John Dillinger, America’s first Public Enemy Number One, is the subject of the new film by Michael Mann (“Heat,” Miami Vice”). The powerful director, who’s great in exploring criminal minds, tried to delve into the psyche of the Depression-era outlaw in “Public Enemies.” The result is a less than compelling film that is a bit tedious to watch, especially the first half.
I really want “Public Enemies” to be great! The players behind this film attract high expectations. It’s Depp! It’s Bale! It’s Mann! But as it turned out, Academy-award winner Marion Cotillard (“La vie en rose”) became the savior of the movie.
Johnny Depp, one of our most gifted contemporary actors, stars as Dillinger, a bank robber nicknamed “jackrabbit” for his many narrow getaways from police. The first time we see Dillinger, he’s trying to help his crew escape from Indiana State Prison. Read More...
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Heavy metal! Paramount is enjoying huge success with “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” The sequel has grossed an estimated $201.2 million since opening Wednesday. But, “The Dark Knight” still holds the crown with the best five-day haul ever, grossing $203.8 million when it opened last summer.
Estimating its total since Friday, “Transformers 2” grossed $112 million for the weekend.
By the way, “Dark Knight” and “Transformers 2,” both sequels, are the only two titles to make a huge leap to the $200 million in just five days. Now, can you blame Hollywood for giving us sequels after sequels?
Another new film to open this weekend, “My Sister’s Keeper” only grossed $12 million but it’s still a respectable opening considering it’s counter-programming to the giant robots.
But “The Proposal,” previous weekend’s No. 1 film enjoyed better reception, selling $18.5 million box-office tickets falling to No. 2. So far, the Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds comedy has a total of $69 million in its first 10 days.
No. 3 is “The Hangover” with an estimated $17.2 million bringing its total to $183.2 million.
Meanwhile, Disney-Pixar’s “Up” came in at No. 4 with $13 million. The animated adventure beat “Star Trek” to become the highest grossing film of the year, taking in $250.2 million. “Star Trek” is the second best-selling film with a total of $246.2 million.
The best story of the weekend? “Away We Go,” in just 495 theaters, grossed $1.7 million for a total of $4.1 million.
Here’s the estimated Top 10 films at the box office for weekend of June 26th:
1. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” $112,000,000
2. “The Proposal” $18,466,000
3. “The Hangover” $17,215,000
4. “UP” $13,046,000
5. “My Sister’s Keeper” $12,030,000
6. “Year One” $5,800,000
7. “The Taking Of Pelham 123” $5,400,000
8. “Star Trek” $3,606,000
9. “Night At The Museum: Battle Smithsonian” $3,500,000
10. “Away We Go” $1,678,251
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"Spider-Man" the Musical Cast Announced! Peter Parker Still Missing, But Who's Rumored for the Part?
We have been speculating for months, but now, it's official! Evan Rachel Wood will play Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Broadway spectacle "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark." Meanwhile, Alan Cumming will play the role of Norman Osborn aka the Green Goblin, the big bad!
Wood will don the role that Kirsten Dunst made famous in the "Spider-Man" franchise, while Cumming will reprise on stage Willem Dafoe's character in the first film.
(Check out the article we first posted back in February about "Spider-Man" the musical right here)
And the official title will be "Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark." U2's Bono and the Edge will provide music and lyrics, while Julie Traymor is attached to direct. Check the musical's official site right here.
You won't be able to see this on Broadway until Feb. 25, 2010 though, and right now, the search is on for the actor to play Peter Parker aka Spider-Man! But Wood's co-star in "Across the Universe," Jim Sturgess, is being mentioned for the part. What do you think?
The musical will open at the Hilton Theater, and if you go to their website right now, you can actually buy tickets!
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Universal Pictures decided to cut a Michael Jackson-related sketch from "Bruno" moments before the film's Los Angeles premiere! The studio made the decision out of sensitivity to the Jackson family.
The scene that was cut featured Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno interviewing LaToya Jackson, and of course, Michael Jackson was one of the topics.
Some of the jokes in the sketch revolved around Michael's high-pitched voice, and his trademark white glove.
With the Michael Jackson scene cut out, you will now see the film's sequence go from Paula Abdul's beleaguered interview to a focus-group for Bruno's fake reality show.
But still, director Larry Charles was heard saying that they might still reassess before "Bruno's" release date in two weeks whether to put the scene back in or not.
I'm against censorship of any kind, but in this case, I applaud Universal's decision to remove the scene. But we shall see if the studio edits it back into the final print when "Bruno" arrives in theaters July 10.
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I pretty much gave up on M. Night Shyamalan after his last two crappy films, "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening."
But I'm pleased to report that the teaser trailer for "The Last Airbender" is actually interesting. But then again, the trailer for "The Happening" was great too...until I saw the film.
We can at least hope that "Slumdog Millionaire's" Dev Patel will spread his magic to "The Last Airbender."
We have to wait until July 2 of next year before we can watch the film, so enjoy the teaser trailer for now.
Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies Present
A Blinding Edge Pictures/ Kennedy/Marshall Company Production
An M. Night Shyamalan Film
“The Last Airbender”
Co-Producer Jose L. Rodriguez
Executive Producers Kathleen Kennedy Scott Aversano
Michael Dante DiMartino Bryan Konietzko
Produced by Sam Mercer Frank Marshall
Based On the Series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”
Created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
Written, Produced and Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Dev Patel, Jackson Rathbone, Shaun Toub, Aasif Mandvi and Cliff Curtis.
Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world.
Based on the hugely successful Nickelodeon animated TV series, the live-action feature film “The Last Airbender” is the opening chapter in Aang’s struggle to survive.
July 2, 2010
This film has not yet been rated.
CREDITS NOT FINAL AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
“The Last Airbender” is a Paramount Pictures release
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