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Newswire: Weekend Box Office: The once and never King

Debuting with a piddling $14.7 million and a third place finish, the Guy Ritchie-directed King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword has turned out be a huge flop. Some industry news sources are predicting that it could lose as much as $150 million, having also flopped in China. (In fact, The Hollywood Reporter estimates it had the third worst opening weekend ever for a movie with such a large budget and wide release, behind Monster Trucks and the all-time champ, Mars Needs Moms.) That’s a shame, because although it’s clearly the lesser of this year’s two Charlie-Hunnam-as-updated-Arthurian-figure vision quest movies, it had some fun parts.

King Arthur was badly beaten by another under-performer, Snatched, the Amy Schumer-led comedy that marked Goldie Hawn’s first role in 15 years. Grossing an estimated $17.5 million, the film fell somewhat below expectations, and well short of the kind of ...
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Films that led to other films being cancelled

Ryan Lambie Feb 15, 2017

Had Tomorrowland been a hit, we might have had a Tron sequel. We look at movies whose fate had a knock-on effect on other films...

You've probably heard of chaos theory and a thing called the butterfly effect - a concept where the flapping of an insect's wings in a London borough causes a shed to collapse somewhere in the Australian outback. In other words, seemingly incidental events can have a knock-on effect on everything else - like that old board game, Mousetrap, where a ball falling into a bath caused a boot to kick a bucket, which eventually led to the cruel detainment of several rodents.

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The concept applies even in the high-stakes, high-energy world of filmmaking, where the success of one type of movie can prompt rival studios to greenlight their own,
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Five Things to Know About Fantastic Beasts Hilarious Breakout Star Dan Fogler

Five Things to Know About Fantastic Beasts Hilarious Breakout Star Dan Fogler
Move over Ron Weasley — there’s a new funny guy in the Potter-verse!

The first Harry Potter prequel, in a series of five, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits theaters Friday and follows the life of magizoologist Newt Scamander — played by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne — as he travels to New York with a peculiar case filled with magical creatures.

But the real fun comes from Dan Fogler’s character, Jacob Kowalski, a no-maj (the American word for Muggle or non-magic person) World War I vet who gets caught up in Scamander’s dangerous and magic filled adventures.

“I equate
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‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Why Ang Lee Deserves Praise for Stepping Into the Future

Fearing that the golden age of television will make the public overlook cinema’s charms, studios and their filmmakers are desperate to find ways to lure audiences into the theater. Much of their arsenal relies on technology, including immersive 3D, eye-popping visual effects, bone-shattering immersive sound — and now, 3D delivered at a super-high frame rate via Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Read More: At CinemaCon, the Studios Look Out Theatrical Windows and Say It’s Sunny

In banking on Lee, new Sony chairman Tom Rothman believed lightning could strike twice. In 2012, as the chairman of 20th Century Fox, he introduced Lee’s 3D spectacle “Life of Pi” as a potential Oscar contender and game-changer. At CinemaCon 2016, Rothman launched Sony’s presentation with Lee’s true-life drama about an Iraq War vet (Joe Alwyn) who is celebrated as a hero. There was palpable excitement over the prospect
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‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’: Why Ang Lee Deserves Praise for Stepping Into the Future

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Fearing that the golden age of television will make the public overlook cinema’s charms, studios and their filmmakers are desperate to find ways to lure audiences into the theater. Much of their arsenal relies on technology, including immersive 3D, eye-popping visual effects, bone-shattering immersive sound — and now, 3D delivered at a super-high frame rate via Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.”

Read More: At CinemaCon, the Studios Look Out Theatrical Windows and Say It’s Sunny

In banking on Lee, new Sony chairman Tom Rothman believed lightning could strike twice. In 2012, as the chairman of 20th Century Fox, he introduced Lee’s 3D spectacle “Life of Pi” as a potential Oscar contender and game-changer. At CinemaCon 2016, Rothman launched Sony’s presentation with Lee’s true-life drama about an Iraq War vet (Joe Alwyn) who is celebrated as a hero. There was palpable excitement over the prospect
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A Lesson of the ‘Ben-Hur’ Debacle: Movie Stars Still Matter

A Lesson of the ‘Ben-Hur’ Debacle: Movie Stars Still Matter
Up until recently, when a movie turned out to be a major bomb — not just a financial failure but a symbol of waste, a legend, a stink bomb — there was usually a movie star’s name imprinted on it. The star became part of the movie’s infamy, and he also took on some of the blame. Just think of a folly like “Ishtar” (1987), in which the combined star wallop of Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty couldn’t add up to a hill of beans in the desert, or “Battlefield Earth” (2000), which proved that John Travolta in the middle of the Travoltassance couldn’t sell a sci-fi epic that was really an obsequious vanity project. “Heaven’s Gate,” the movie that brought down a movie studio, was the exception that proved the rule: No one really thought of it as a Kris Kristofferson film, but that’s because there was
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"Alice" Sequel Headed For Costly Bust?

In the past few years as Disney has essentially become a nuclear superpower in its own right, the studio has had a steady stream of hits both critically and commercially. Yet there's always seemingly one or two films a year that rain on its parade.

These include 2010's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," 2011's "Mars Needs Moms," 2012's "John Carter," 2013's "The Lone Ranger," 2014's "Muppets Most Wanted," and 2015's "Tomorrowland" which were all notable (and costly) duds for the Mouse House.

Now, industry projections have revised the numbers for its Memorial Day release "Alice Through the Looking Glass" downward with Deadline reporting that the $170 million budgeted fantasy sequel is looking to take in just $31 million for the three-day weekend and $40 million for the four-day holiday.

That's considerably down on the $60 million estimates being bandied about earlier this week. Domestically the movie is on track to earn just $9 million on Friday, including
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Blockbusters: are big films all year round a good thing?

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We’re seeing big cinema releases almost every weekend now. But is this a good thing?

Do you remember during 2014, where lots of fans stubbornly declared Captain America: The Winter Soldier the best film of that summer despite its opening in March/April? It was joined by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in trying to steal a march on the competition, but clearly when you think big blockbusters, they’re associated with a certain time of year. And given how for the studios, summer season occupies a full third of the year from May to August, and Christmas the sweet period from November all the way through to New Year, that should be plenty of room for the Avengers, Star Wars and Jurassic Parks of the world, right?

Except that there are plenty more 'tentpoles' (big releases to prop up the studio’s bottom line) being made and
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Robert Zemeckis on why there will never be a Back to the Future 4 and the future of 3D movies

Director Robert Zemeckis has told Digital Spy that there will never be another Back to the Future movie and dismissed claims that his new movie The Walk has caused audience members to vomit.

See Also: Read our ★★★ review of The Walk

Zemeckis is currently promoting The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception) as Philippe Petit – the tightrope walker who famously walked between the two towers of the World Trade Center and was the subject of Oscar-winning documentary Man On Wire. The film’s vertiginous climax has reportedly caused vomiting in some audiences, but Zemeckis described the claims as “bullshit” adding “do you think that’s actually true?”.

The Walk has been marketed heavily on the basis of its 3D screenings, continuing Zemeckis’ love affair with the technology despite high-profile flops like Mars Needs Moms, on which he was a producer. “A 3D movie works great if you design it from the
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‘The Martian’: Why Matt Damon’s Space Epic Soared at the Box Office

‘The Martian’: Why Matt Damon’s Space Epic Soared at the Box Office
Three years ago, hoping to disassociate itself from Red Planet flops like “Mars Needs Moms” and “Mission to Mars,” Walt Disney Studios shortened the title of a bloated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ outer space epic to “John Carter.”

Lopping the “of Mars” from the picture’s posters and credits couldn’t prevent a $200 million write-down. The move seems positively asinine in retrospect, particularly after Matt Damon’s “The Martian” soared to an unearthly $55 million opening this weekend. Not only did Damon’s stranded astronaut Mark Whatley help kill the so-called “Mars curse,” the fresh and funny thriller about a rescue mission to the fourth planet from the sun continues a steady stream of outer space hits.

At a time when Nasa has put the brakes on moon missions, audiences looking for space travel have turned to the big screen in force. Their interest in space exploration helped make “Interstellar
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‘Strange Magic’ Review: George Lucas’ Off-Key Kiddie Dud Will Make You Miss Jar Jar Binks (Video)

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‘Strange Magic’ Review: George Lucas’ Off-Key Kiddie Dud Will Make You Miss Jar Jar Binks (Video)
Rubber-faced characters and a seemingly ceaseless parade of repurposed pop ditties combine to make what might be the worst animated feature Disney has ever released

Well, now we know what a Las Vegas show designed for eight-year-olds would look like.

The advance marketing on producer George Lucas’ “Strange Magic” suggested a retread of the not-all-that-memorable 2013 cartoon “Epic.” And yes, this fairies-versus-bugs story does recall that earlier film, but “Magic” also ladles in unwieldy dollops of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Moulin Rouge!” and a particularly long and excruciating episode of “American Idol.”

See Video: Sing Along With the First Trailer
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Jessica Chastain Discusses Astronaut Training & Nasa’s Jpl For Ridley Scott’s The Martian

Ridley Scott’s epic Exodus: Gods And Kings opens in theaters in three weeks.

Jessica Chastain currently stars in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar where she plays a scientist trying to save humanity from extinction.

One year from now, Scott and Chastain, along with Matt Damon, come together in 20th Century Fox’s upcoming sci-fi film The Martian.

“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”

During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Walks The Walk For Robert Zemeckis In New Behind-The-Scenes Shot

Today, we’ve received our first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as daredevil Philippe Petit in Robert Zemeckis’ The Walk. And though it’s in no way an official shot from the movie, hailing from Facebook, we’re still excited to see Gordon-Levitt in character for the first time.

Though we personally preferred the title To Reach the Clouds for Zemeckis’ upcoming film about Petit, who in 1974 successfully strung a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center and walked across it, the Flight director could really call his film whatever he wanted and we’d still go see it. After all, he’s recruited a tremendous actor in Gordon-Levitt, and his supporting cast is also stellar. Gordon-Levitt is pictured above with co-star Charlotte Le Bon, but The Walk also stars Ben Kingsley and James Badge Dale.

It will probably be a while until we see a trailer for The Walk,
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‘Maleficent’ boasts a memorable lead performance and little else

Maleficent

Written by Linda Woolverton

Directed by Robert Stromberg

USA, 2014

Every year or so, apropos of very little, the Walt Disney Company will showcase a new series of ads courtesy of acclaimed photographer Annie Leibovitz, in which a celebrity plays one of the company’s iconic human characters, whether it’s Jessica Chastain as Princess Merida from Brave, Russell Brand as Captain Hook, or Taylor Swift as the Tangled version of Rapunzel. Now, filling a need that was not exactly desired, Disney has made Maleficent, a feature film with the visual flair and creative hollowness of one of Leibovitz’s so-called “Disney Dream Portraits.” Ostensibly a retelling of Sleeping Beauty, both the original fairy tale by Charles Perrault as well as the 1959 take from Disney’s animation arm, Maleficent is boosted by its impressive lead performer, and little else.

Angelina Jolie, after a few years away from live-action filmmaking, stars
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BondIt: Product Launch: Influx of Project Submissions, Needs, Variation of sizes and Interpretation on Usage

By Matthew Helderman, & Luke Taylor

Determining specifics on the success of a product’s launch is always speculative. We’ve seen the same story countless times — a studio primes their latest release to be a massive box office success, only to watch the film crash and burn into box office bomb oblivion. Cloud Atlas, Mars Needs Moms, John Carter, Battleship, […]
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12 Movies You Presumed Were Massive Flops (That Really Weren’t)

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The word “flop” can mean a number of things in the movie industry, for a failure can of course be critical, commercial, or in the worst cases, both. Commentators love to discuss movies that have flopped, though it’s worth distinguishing between movies that simply underwhelmed at the box office (and possibly with critics) and movies that were flat-out, horrendous train-wrecks.

These 12 films all have one common fibre: they are presumed by most audiences to be colossal, money-losing flops, when in reality, that just isn’t the case, even if a profit of $50 million might ultimately seem like chump change to some studio executives.

Did these films all underwhelm compared to expectations? Absolutely, but they’re far away from failures such as John Carter (which cost over $350 million to produce and market, and only made $284 million at the box office), or even worse, movies like Mars Needs Moms,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Shameless: Season Three

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 17, 2013

Price: DVD $39.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $49.99

Studio: Showtime/Warner

It's all in the family in Shameless.

Premium cable channel Showtime’s critically acclaimed television comedy-drama series Shameless: Season Three delivers another 12 episodes of outrageous family dysfunction.

Shameless stars William H. Macy (The Lincoln Lawyer) as the South side of Chicago’s Frank Gallagher, a proud, working-class patriarch to a motley brood of six smart, spirited and independent kids. Booze-addled Frank leaves it up to eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera) to hold down the fort as he takes a drunken bite out of life. Unofficial matriarch Fiona is fiercely determined to keep her dysfunctional family happy and whole, even if it means sacrificing her own personal needs. Needless to say, a half-dozen kids means a half-dozen unique sets of circumstances (and at least as many storylines)!

Season three of Shameless picks
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The Lone Ranger: a box office flop rides into town

Film starring Johnny Depp opens in Britain this weekend as losses could reach $200m after scathing reviews

It was billed as one of the summer's biggest blockbusters, reuniting Johnny Depp – as Tonto in The Lone Ranger – with the team behind the huge success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

But Walt Disney has now warned that the film could instead go down as one of the year's biggest flops, predicting losses of almost $200m.

The Lone Ranger, which opens in Britain this weekend, stars Armie Hammer as the masked Texas lawman and Depp as his Comanche spirit guide. Budgeted at $225m, the film, directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, suffered a tortuous production process and met with largely scathing reviews on its release in the Us.

Concerns over the odds of recouping the investment were reportedly voiced during production, and the shoot halted for several months
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Depp's Ranger a Bigger Bomb Than Anticipated?

The Lone Ranger weekend box office: Bigger flop than early estimates indicated? (Photo: Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger) The Pirates of the Caribbean team is back with The Lone Ranger: that’s producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, actor Johnny Depp, and distributor Disney. But whereas Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the White Pearl, co-starring Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom, was a major domestic box-office hit, opening with $46.63 million at 3,269 locations in early July 2003 (approximately $61 million today) and going on to gross $305.41 million in North America (approximately $402 million today), The Lone Ranger is bound to become one of the biggest domestic box-office flops of 2013 in relation to its exorbitant $215 million production budget, alongside several other costly underperformers at the North American box office: M. Night Shyamalan / Will Smith’s After Earth, Roland Emmerich’s White House Down,
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