The Broadway show “Rock of Ages” by Chris D’Arienzo was critically and commercially well-received garnering five 2009 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical. Using popular arena rock and power ballads of the 80s, “Rock of Ages” simply rocked. The new movie adaptation follows the formula of the stage show. The result is an all-out music extravaganza that will rock you like a hurricane.
Like the musical, the characters of the movie are clichéd and the plot is formulaic. But the cast is great, the music is superb, and director Adam Shankman wants to give you nothing but a good time. And at its center is the scene-stealing Tom Cruise as the rock god, Stacee Jaxx. He alone is worth the price of admission. Read More...
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So, "The Avengers" surprised everyone and went on to become the third biggest movie in the world! Hollywood thought summer would elevate box-office revenue, but then..."Battleship" sank! And "Dark Shadows" and "The Dictator" both underperformed.
Hollywood needed a savior.
Enter "Snow White and the Huntsman." But the fairy tale was not enough to feed the Hollywood beast, so everyone in Tinseltown was wondering if "Prometheus" or "Madagascar 3" could lift its financial doldrums. And lift both films did!
"Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" opened at No. 1 with $60.4 million. Featuring the voices of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jada Pinkett Smith, and David Schwimmer, the DreamWorks Animation flick zoomed past competition. "Madagascar 3" was higher than the original's debut ($47.2 million) but slightly lower than "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" ($63.1 million). ("Madagascar 3" movie review)
And that's where Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" come in to play. The sci-fi thriller debuted at No. 2 with $50 million. Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron (yes, her again, and more power!), "Prometheus" opened strong despite its pesky R-rating. ("Prometheus" movie review)
According to Hollywood.com, "Madagascar 3" and "Prometheus" lifted Hollywood out of its summer revenue slump. The one-two punch of both movies raised revenue by 29 percent from the same weekend last year when "Super 8" made its debut with $35.5 million.
Focus Features' "Moonrise Kingdom" continued to shine! The fantastic movie from Wes Anderson expanded to 96 theaters and made $1.6 million for the No. 10 spot! I will post my interviews with the cast and Anderson in little bit.
For now, here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of June 8th:
1. "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," $60.4 million ($75.5 million).
2. "Prometheus," $50 million ($39.2 million international).
3. "Snow White & the Huntsman," $23 million ($24.6 million international).
4. "Men in Black 3," $13.5 million ($38.3 million international).
5. "The Avengers," $10.8 million ($7.8 million international).
6. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $3.2 million ($342,000 international).
7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $2.7 million.
8. "Battleship," $2.3 million.
9. "The Dictator," $2.2 million ($4.9 million international).
10. "Moonrise Kingdom," $1.6 million.
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Okay, say what you will about Kristen Stewart and "Snow White," but that film actually gets better with second viewing (I re-watched the film over the weekend, and I liked it better the second time!). It's not that I didn't enjoy the film the first time, it's just that I thought all the mood, and dread, and atmosphere, would take a toll on second viewing. ("Snow White and the Huntsman" movie review)
But I was wrong.
And moviegoers enjoyed the film the second time too (check out its royalty-like opening two weekends ago).
And Universal is hoping that you really love "Snow White and the Huntsman" because they hired David Koepp ("Spider-Man," "Jurassic Park") to write the script. The studio also wants director Rupert Sanders to return according to Moviefone.
And of course, Stewart and Chris Hemsworth have voiced their willingness to return, but Charlize Theron? Well, SPOILER ALERT!, how will they bring her character of Queen Ravenna back? Truth be told, she lights up the screen everytime she's on, so I really want her back, don't you?
You know who else I want to be back? Scriptwriter Hossein Amini, the guy who wrote "Drive" and who helped shape up "Snow White's" script. He should be back! I think his contribution paid off and gave this "Snow White" the dreary but exciting mood that the film truly needed.
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Cary Fukunaga, the brilliant director who gave us "Sin Nombre" and last year's "Jane Eyre" is entering Stephen King territory. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fukunaga is set to direct "It" and will co-write the script with Chase Palmer. (Check out my interview with Fukunaga for "Jane Eyre" right here)
I'm a Stephen King fan, so I welcome this with open arms! And here's the best part, to fully told the tale, Fukunaga and Palmer are adapting the book into two films!
We may remember the book's premise -- a group of kids in a Losers Club and their battles with a creature called It aka Pennywise, the sadistic clown. Tim Curry played the menacing clown in 1990 for the ABC miniseries co-starring John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, and Richard Thomas.
Warner Bros. Pictures bought the rights to the book in 2009.
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