Hollywood Movie Roundup: All bets on ‘Wall Street 2’

HollywoodNews.com: Wall Street big screen baddie Gordon Gekko is about to meet his fiercest foe in movieland: A bunch of CG owls.

Fox’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” a sequel to its 1987 Oscar-winning film “Wall Street” will tangle with Warner Bros.’ kidpic “Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” and Disney chick comedy “You Again.” Box office analysts foresee a photo finish between “Money Never Sleeps” and “Legends” with about $20 million apiece.

“Money Never Sleeps” like “Wall Street” was directed by Oliver Stone and follows financial guru Gekko after he’s sprung from jail. Shia LaBeouf stars as a promising broker Jake Moore, whose mentor is brought down during the onset of the recession. Luckily Moore is dating Gekko’s estranged daughter Winner (played by off set LaBeouf squeeze Carey Mulligan). With Gekko’s help, Jake figures out how to bring down his mentor’s nemesis, money ogre, Bretton James (Josh Brolin). Though critics are split on the film at 56% rotten, top-shelf ones give it a 65% fresh. Fox kept it thrifty, shelling only $50 million to make the film. Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gekko, which he won a best actor Oscar for.

Richard Corliss of Time Magazine praises “Money Never Sleeps”: “Moving as fast and recklessly as a trillion-dollar fat-finger stock-market transaction, the film has the drive, luxe and sarcastic wit of the snazziest Hollywood movies for most of its two-hours-plus running time.”

“Legends” is based on a series of children’s novels and was helmed by “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder. Many have described this film as a stunning “Star Wars” like faceoff between good and evil owls. Film has the advantage of going toe to toe with “Money Never Sleeps” due to its higher priced 3D tickets. Warner Bros. needs to win big with this as “Legends” cost a golden $100 million. Critics are currently split at 48% rotten on the Tomatometer.

Disney’s low-cost Kristen Bell-Betty White comedy “You Again” about a young woman whose brother marries her arch-high school nemesis looks to cash in $10 million. Film cost a little less than $20 million to make and analysts don’t expect the film to fare well. Critics hate it at 13% with Lou Lemenick of the New York Post griping “Such a stinker that the only way to improve it would be for Disney to run the negative and all of the prints through an industrial shredder.”

Sony expands its micro-budget teen comedy “Virginity Hit” to 700 theaters. Film was produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and stars theater members of L.A.’s Upright Citizens Brigade. Rotten Tomatoes, which has the film logged at a 30% rotten score, describes the plot as:

Four guys, one camera, and their experience chronicling the exhilarating and terrifying rite of passage: losing your virginity. As these guys help their buddy get laid, they’ll have to survive friends with benefits, Internet hookups, even porn stars during an adventure that proves why you will always remember your first

Critics hate the film with Peter Howell of the Toronto Star saying “The best argument yet why YouTube novelties were never meant to run at feature length in theatres, or to be taken seriously.”

Photo Credit: Fox, Warner Bros., Disney and Sony


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