'Scream 4' not the charm ...
At a 4:30 Saturday showing in New York City, the movie was sold out. It was heartening to see so many people that interested in a movie about the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln (unless they thought they were stumbling into a movie about a lawyer and his car -- that other Lincoln movie), but I guess the majority of film fans were actually watching a talking macaw.
That is heartening also -- a number one Jesse Eisenberg film.
Here's more about this matter:
"Moviegoers around the world headed to 'Rio' for the weekend.
"The 3D animated misadventure of a Brazilian macaw scored the biggest opening so far this year at the North American box office, and was the top choice overseas for a second weekend, distributor 20th Century Fox said on Sunday.
"The film sold an estimated $40 million worth of tickets across the United States and Canada during the three days beginning April 15, coming in at the top end of expectations.
"It also provided some rare good news at the box office where sales so far this year are down 19 percent to $2.65 billion, according to box office analysts at Hollywood.com."
And who do you think posted his bond?
From The Wrap:
"Listen real carefully, and you can almost hear an A&E programming executive squeek, 'Oh please, run.' The network's reality TV bounty hunter, Duane 'Dog' Chapman posted the $11,000 bond needed to spring Nicolas Cage from a New Orleans jail.
"Cage was arrested Saturday morning on one count of domestic abuse and one count of disturbing the peace, according to police records. Witnesses say the actor was very drunk and was taunting police, who were looking into an argument he was allegedly having with his wife at the time."
Check out the premiere for the fifth 'Fast and the Furious'
So I am happy to announce that MSN is posting the live webcast streaming premiere of "Fast Five" in, yes, Rio, today, 5 p.m. PST.
Check it out below.
A personal tour from Peter Jackson
Here, the director walks us through the production of "The Hobbit" in this 10-minute behind-the-scenes-set video. I actually don't like these types of things before the picture -- it sort of ruins the magic -- but there are those who get thrilled by this stuff.
For those who get stoked by Jackson talking Bilbo's historic moments in the Misty Mountains and more ("That looks like a foot. Or an arm"), here you go:
Wahlberg is busy
Anyway, let's put that aside for a second because I had a surprisingly startling moment of ... what? No when I read about his newest possible reboot. "Billy Jack"? It makes complete sense and yet, I just don't know how I feel about it.
"Mark Wahlberg is one of the busiest men in Hollywood, and he just got a whole lot busier.
The star and producer of "The Fighter" has signed on for two new major films; he's agreed to produce, and possibly star in, the Chicago mob movie 'When Corruption Was King' (via Variety) and, similarly, produce and potentially star in a remake of the 1971 ex-Green Beret film 'Billy Jack' (via /Film).
"The two films are somewhat on the back burner; Variety points out that "Corruption" has no start date, and "Billy Jack" is searching for a studio. The timing, though, works out well for Wahlberg.
Reviews for the Ayn Rand adaptation 'Atlas Shruged'
I'd heard about the flaws of this movie before it opened, and even saw postings that predicted the Ayn Rand opus would become the next "The Room." And yet, alas, it sounds like it's not bad enough to be that interesting. Just boring. (Of course I will need to judge this for myself.)
There's plenty of negative reviews to be found at Meta Critic, but I enjoy the great P.J. O. Rourke's review at The Wall Street Journal.
A pan straight from a Randian:
"The rest of the movie’s acting is borrowed from 'Dallas,' although the absence of Larry Hagman’s skill at subtly underplaying villainous roles is to be regretted. Staging and action owe a debt to 'Dynasty'—except, on 'Dynasty,' there usually was action.
"In 'Atlas Shrugged–Part I' a drink is tossed, strong words are bandied, legal papers are served, more strong words are further bandied and, finally, near the end, an oil field is set on fire, although we don’t get to see this up close. There are many beautiful panoramas of the Rocky Mountains for no particular reason. And the movie’s title carries the explicit threat of a sequel.
"But I will not pan 'Atlas Shrugged.' I don’t have the guts. If you associate with Randians—and I do—saying anything critical about Ayn Rand is almost as scary as saying anything critical to Ayn Rand. What’s more, given how protective Randians are of Rand, I’m not sure she’s dead."
Looking back at some seriously great "Scream" moments
With "Scream 4," the genre-bending, influential horror series that effectively used scares, humor, high school angst and cleverly wrapped movie-within-movie references is back from the dead. Yes, it’s been 11 years since "Scream 3" was released. Scary. So what to do, take a look at some great moments in the history of "Scream," which I did for Movies.com.
Since the last two Screams never held up to the original, and the Scream series has even been blamed for making horror movies less scary, we’re curious how time, reflection and all the other waves of horror (from the "Ring" movies to "Hostel" to even the "Scream" joke films, "Scary Movie" etc.) will factor into the newest nightmare.
What follows are 8 great moments in the franchise. And yes, almost all of them contain spoilers and one of them involves Jiffy Pop. Is Jiffy Pop even around anymore?
Here's the first. Casey's Call:
Well, this one is obvious. No matter what you think of all the ensuing Scream movies, the first picture’s opening, with a wonderful hat-tip to "Psycho" (killing off the blonde beauty early) is now iconic. While popping that Jiffy Pop before settling into a movie, lovely Drew Barrymore answers an especially distressing phone call. Her initially amused and playful response turns into abject horror when she realizes a psychopath is on the other line. And worse, a psychopath donning an Edvard Munch-looking mask (another iconic image, and a Halloween mask for years to come). This was truly unexpected, and genuinely scary, not losing any momentum by leaving poor Drew stabbed and strung up in a tree! Sure, we knew we’d be laughing with this movie, but nervously so. What was going to happen next?
Clooney's new, timely film
Here's more from Huffington Post:
"George Clooney is set to produce -- and perhaps direct -- '700 Billion Man,' a new film about the 2008 financial crisis and the subsequent government bailout of troubled financial institutions, Variety reports.
"Clooney's film will be based on a 2009 Washington Post feature on Neel Kashkari, the former Goldman Sachs executive who put together and helped administer the Troubled Asset Relief Program. A gloomy portrait of a man under pressure from the government, Wall Street, the media and the public at large, the article finds Kashkari in a cabin in Northern California, having resigned after putting the maligned package together."