April 23, 2014

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Shailene Woodley will be insanely attractive as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man

I’m not going to get into the misogynistic aspect of the trolling centered around a few on-set photos of Shailene Woodley from The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
To those saying that she’s not ‘pretty enough’ to be Mary Jane Watson, I’ll simply extend a hearty ‘f*ck you’ and merely offer to be, wedding vows and relative current marital bliss aside, the next guy in line at the bar after you turn down her advances. But while others will justifiably focus on the offense at the trolling of a young actress having the gall to walk around without make up, I’d like to offer a bit of silver lining to this whole affair.
Now thanks to the Internet trolling, I can absolutely guarantee that not only will Shailene Woodley be insanely attractive as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man, but she will also be a terrific character, in terms of acting and all of that ‘less-important’ stuff too.
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Star Trek may bleed into Star Wars – J.J. Abrams

So, it’s officially official. Disney just put out a press release, which means I can write about it without fear of it being debunked moments after publication. J.J. Abrams is indeed directing Star Wars: Episode VII. And what do I have to say about that? Well… not much really.
There is indeed a part of me that feels that it is wholly inappropriate and/or unnatural that the same director will be behind new Star Trek *and* new Star Wars movies. Back in the old days, I believed in the perhaps simplistic idea that every franchise would get their own special director. Sam Raimi had Spider-Man, Bryan Singer had X-Men, and Chris Nolan had Batman. Obviously that idea no longer exists.
Bryan Singer can helm X-Men and then go on to attempt to reboot Superman with Superman Returns before taking back the X-Men franchise from Matthew Vaughn, who is now rumored to be among Warner’s top choices for a Justice League movie. Even with more and more franchises being rebooted and/or changing hands, it seems like an awfully incestuous little circle, with only a handful of directors seemingly ending up helming these major properties. Say what you will about Marvel, but they deserve kudos for thinking outside the box on pretty much every major film thus far when it comes to a director.
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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Top film of the weekend was once again

As I have been warning about for months, 10,000 releases all opened in this very weekend, with another 5,000 coming on Tuesday. Let’s just get right into it. The top film of the weekend was once again The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (review), but it actually took a massive dive from last weekend. The film earned $36 million, or down 59%.
It’s tough to compare this to the previous Lord of the Rings films because they all opened on *this* weekend and had the unbeatable holiday cushion to keep them afloat. Still, the film has $149 million in ten days, or well below the respective ten-day totals of The Two Towers ($168 million) and Return of the King ($190 million) and very much behind where they were at the end of their second weekends (IE – 12 days as they all opened on Wednesdays – $168 million and $200 million respectively). It’s not bombing, but it’s already proving that it’s not the box office second-coming ala Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. Come what may, just with this year’s Spider-Man reboot, what was once the biggest franchise of all is now just another large fish swimming in the blockbuster pond.
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Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield not rushing romance

HollywoodNews.com: Although they seem to be a bit inseparable, it is rumored that Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield are not at all interested in rushing their romance.
They have allegedly been enjoying a break from work and are happy to just spend time together right now, states UsMagazine.com. But, both are still reportedly very focused on work and not concerned about taking the next step.
While fans might want them to get engaged and start planning a wedding, it sounds like that won’t be happening anytime soon. Instead, the two will be working on reprising their roles in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’
Do you think they’ll last?
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Emma Stone opens up about her first heartbreak

HollywoodNews.com: Love isn’t easy, even for celebrities, as Emma Stone has opened up about how horrible her first heartbreak was as a teenager.
Stone spoke about the broken love with ‘Interview’ magazine and Cameron Crowe, and it seems she could barely handle it at 14 years old, states UsMagazine.com. “I was crawling on the floor. I remember throwing up … I have never felt anything quite like that. It was so visceral. It’s like someone has killed you and you have to live through it and watch it happen,” Stone commented.
She has since moved on from that tragedy as she is now happily dating her ‘Spider-Man’ costar Andrew Garfield.
Can you relate to her teenage heartbreak?
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The Dark Knight Rises topped the weekend box office again with $36 million.

HollywoodNews.com:In the face of two relatively non-mighty openers, The Dark Knight Rises (review/spoiler-review) topped the weekend box office again with $36 million. As has been the case throughout the film’s much-debated run (which is really only 17 days old), it’s doing pretty spectacular by any logical standard but must be defended from those who think it automatically should have topped The Dark Knight and/or challenged The Avengers.
The film has $354 million after three weekends, versus The Dark Knight ($393 million) and The Avengers ($457 million). It’s the third-biggest 17-day total of all-time, closely surpassing Avatar ($352 million) as the third-fastest film to reach $350 million. It will crack $400 million in two or three weekends (surely the fourth-fastest movie to do so if it can in less than Shrek 2′s 43 days) and anything after that is merely bragging rights. It may or may not crack $1 billion worldwide, with around $700 million so far and holding up relatively well. Despite my concerns following its Harry Potter/Twilight-esque opening weekend, it’s already having a leggier run than any recent Harry Potter or Twilight Saga sequel, as well as Spider-Man 3 (2.2x its weekend) or Iron Man 2 (2.4x times its weekend). It’ll out gross Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith ($380 million) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II ($381 million) around next weekend.
It will probably outgross Transformers 2 ($402 million), Spider-Man ($403 million), and The Hunger Games ($405 million) by the end of the month, with Toy Story 3 ($415 million), The Lion King ($422 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($423 million) waiting on tap if it can keep those non-IMAX screens during the end-of-August deluge. So relax Bat-fans, it’s doing just fine.
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The Dark Knight Rises comments thread…

HollywoodNews.com: So it’s midnight on the West Coast, which means the first midnight showings are just letting out on the East Coast. Okay, you know the drill. Here’s hoping I have more comments here than I did for The Amazing Spider-Man.
Anyway, I’m actually going to be away from my keyboard for a couple days, but I’ll *try* to do a weekend box office write-up on Sunday morning. Until then, it’s officially open season for anyone who saw the third and final Chris Nolan Batman film. You’ve heard my thoughts, now time to share yours, in as much detail as you desire.
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The six-day $140 million debut of The Amazing Spider-Man

HollywoodNews.com: There are a number of ways to judge the six-day $140 million debut of The Amazing Spider-Man. First of all, in all but the most unlikely of circumstances, a film grossing $140 million in its first six days ($65 million over the traditional Fri-Sun weekend) is a pretty big financial success. For the record, the film played 44% 3D and 10% IMAX. The film earned an A- from Cinemascore and played 75% over 12 years old and 25% families with kids under 12. Of the over-12 audience, it played 54% were male and/or over 25 years old. Of the under-12s, 73% were under 10 years old and 65% were boys. While final figures won’t drop until Monday, the six-day weekend puts in between 25 and 30 among the biggest six-day totals.
On the other hand, as far as Spider-Man films go, it’s actually pretty weak sauce. Spider-Man 2 opened on this same holiday weekend back in 2004, earning a then-record $180 million in its first six days (with $88 million over the traditional Fri-Sun weekend, among the top-five opening weekends ever at that time). The first Spider-Man film opened in May 2002 to a then-record $114 million Fri-Sun debut, earning $144 million over its first six days of play, three of those days falling in the middle of the school year no less.
As for Spider-Man 3, it also broke the Fri-Sun record back in May 2007 ($151 million) before earning $176 million in its first six days. So factoring in inflation (Spider-Man – $196m, Spider-Man 2 – $229m – third best six-day of all time, Spider-Man 3 – $202m) and the 3D ticket-price bump, The Amazing Spider-Man sold far fewer tickets than its predecessors over its first six days of release. Point being, the Sam Raimi trilogy set box office records, while The Amazing Spider-Man merely exists as another relatively large-scale blockbuster amid a sea of preordained blockbusters.
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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Photo Gallery: July 5, 2012

HollywoodNews.com: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone was released on July 3, 2012.
The latest reboot of the franchise will likely do well at the box office as new stars bring fans another story.
Hollywood News is celebrating the release with a photo gallery of the newest film.
Enjoy the photo gallery below!

The films stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man while the character discovers a clue about why his parents may have disappeared on him when he was younger. The film follows this story while also following his love story with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.
The film also stars Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Sally Field and Martin Sheen.

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Rebooting the Spider-Man franchise

HollywoodNews.com: It’s no secret that I have had major issues with the very idea of quickly rebooting the Spider-Man franchise. If the film was a smash, I have argued, then studios would basically spend the next few decades merely rebooting the same dozen franchises over and over again.
Well, the Marc Webb-helmed reboot is here, and it fails in fundamental ways despite not being an outright terrible film. It fails by both not being different enough from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and not being better than Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. While it is preferred to view (and review) films in a vacuum, the circumstances in this case not only prevent that but discourage it. At its core, it is an unofficial loose remake of a prior film being sold as an ‘untold story’ while the studio attempts to sell used goods as a new product. It is astonishingly cynical gambit and the idea behind its construction turn what is by-itself a moderately entertaining superhero origin story into something downright insidious.
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