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Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot

Get ready because we’ve got a number of high profile projects making some big moves this week. Not only are the top choices for the “Fantastic Four” reboot finally here, but we’ve also got a Kyle Reese for the new “Terminator” movie, too. On top of that, we’ve got some fresh projects coming into the mix that are well worth keeping an eye on. Even though “Space Jam” first hit back in the mid-90s, plans for a sequel are first getting underway now, and then we’ve Jennifer Aniston eying the “Mean Girls”-esque project, “Mean Moms,” while Will Smith considers adopting a super power for the book-to-film adaptation of “Brilliance.” Ready  [ Read More ]

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Box Office Predictions: The Lego Movie Will Be Awesome x3

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On February - 20 - 2014 0 Comment
The Lego Movie

This weekend should belong to newcomers “3 Days to Kill” and “Pompeii,” but considering neither got much of a promotional push, “The Lego Movie” will come out on top yet again. “3 Days to Kill” could wind up being “From Paris with Love” all over again for Luc Besson. Should that be the case, it’ll kick off its run with just about $9 million. As for “Pompeii,” that one might follow in the footsteps of one of Paul W.S. Anderson’s latest releases, “The Three Musketeers.” “Pompeii’s” got a little less competition than “Three Musketeers” did back in October of 2011 when it faced off against “Paranormal Activity 3,” so it  [ Read More ]

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Lego Movie

Love is in the air! Love for “The Lego Movie,” love for Ron Howard, love for Robert Schwentke, Odeya Rush, Chris Pratt and Black Widow. Love for just about everything and everyone except “Winter’s Tale.” Warner Bros. is currently making arrangements to bring Howard aboard to direct “The Jungle Book,” Schwentke just locked the gig to direct the “Divergent” sequel, “Insurgent,” Rush will star alongside Jack Black in the “Goosebumps” movie, Pratt could be circling yet another big-name project and Kevin Feige revealed that Marvel is exploring the idea of a Black Widow standalone film. And then we’ve got “Winter’s Tale.” $80 million-budgeted, star-studded “Winter’s Tale” that opened at #7  [ Read More ]

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Box Office Predictions: The Lego Movie To Continue Doing Awesome

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On February - 13 - 2014 0 Comment
Lego Movie

We’ve got two holidays on the horizon, but an abundance of competition and lack of interest could keep all four newcomers from making enough to trump last weekend’s big winner, “The Lego Movie.” Considering there’s no new animated competition and all of the very positive word of mouth, there’s a good chance “Lego” might maintain 50% of its opening profits, making $35 million for three days and $45 million for four days the numbers to beat. The ones that could come closest to doing just that are “About Last Night” and “Robocop.” Kevin Hart’s been killing it lately and with “Ride Along” making its way out, there’s more than enough  [ Read More ]

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Evangeline Lilly

Consider this week’s Movie News Cheat Sheet a casting cheat sheet because besides the trailers, box office report and Shia LaBeouf being weird at the Berlin Film Festival, it’s one casting update after the next. We’ve got big-name actors screen testing for the “Fantastic Four” reboot, another admitting he’s been approached about a role in “Star Wars: Episode VII,” and yet another choosing to back out of a franchise that he’s partially responsible for starting. Ready for the details on all of that, an “Avengers: Age of Ultron” addition, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill’s planned reunion and loads more? It’s all coming your way right here. 1. Shia LaBeouf’s Bizarre  [ Read More ]

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The Lego Movie's Good Cop

We’ve got a big one on the way. “The Lego Movie” is due out in 3,775 theaters tomorrow and it’s going to put each and every one of them to good use. It’s an odd time for a new animated movie, but considering the franchise already has a well-established fan base, “The Lego Movie” should manage to split the difference between “The Croods” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax,” and kick off its run with about $55 million. Unfortunately, our other two wide releases could debut with disappointingly soft openings. Even though “The Monuments Men” is getting over 3,000 theaters and has George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray and more on  [ Read More ]

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Movie News Cheat Sheet: RIP Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On February - 2 - 2014 0 Comment
Philip Seymour Hoffman

It’s with a very heavy heart that we begin this week’s Movie News Cheat Sheet with the news that Philip Seymour Hoffman has died of an apparent drug overdose. As reported by the New York Times, Hoffman was found in his West Village apartment at about 11:30am with a syringe in his arm. He was clean for 23 years, but just last year did admit to “falling off the wagon.” Hoffman’s got an Academy Award and a slew of unforgettable titles to his name, but personally, the standouts will always be “Twister” and “Pirate Radio,” “Twister” having been a film I grew up with and still watch repeatedly and “Pirate  [ Read More ]

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That Awkward Moment

It looks like we may be in for another lukewarm weekend at the box office. We’ve only got “Labor Day” and “That Awkward Moment” on the way and while one will dethrone “Ride Along,” neither will earn big hit status. Of the two, “That Awkward Moment” will absolutely come out on top. There’s a good chance it’ll keep in line with the 2011 release, “No Strings Attached.” It’s got star power and isn’t facing much new competition, but it’s also slow going for new releases this time of year. It looks as though “That Awkward Moment” will kick off its run on top, but with just about $17 million. As  [ Read More ]

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Gal Gadot

Get ready to add a slew of films to your most anticipated list because the Sundance Film Festival has come to a close and there are loads of acclaimed projects that secured distribution. In addition to the big winners coming out of Park City, we’ve also got one 2013 release emerging from the Directors Guild Awards as a strong Academy Award frontrunner. Interested in the details on those stories as well as Gal Gadot’s three-picture Wonder Woman deal, the “Hateful Eight” script leak, Universal’s unusual release plan for “Stretch,” and more? Catch it all in your weekly Movie New Cheat Sheet. 1. Sundance Wrap-Up: That’s a wrap on Sundance 2014.  [ Read More ]

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in Ride Along

“I, Frankenstein” has the weekend all to itself, but that certainly doesn’t mean it’ll be a guaranteed winner. In fact, if it pulls a “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and opens with about $5,800 per theater, it’ll make just $15 million and that will only be good enough for second place. After demolishing the competition last weekend and with no new genre crossover coming its way, there’s no reason to think that “Ride Along” won’t hold strong. In fact, there’s a chance it might keep right in line with “The Heat” and if that’s the case, it’ll dip just about 37% making the move through weekend two and that means  [ Read More ]

Oscars

Bust out those awards season scorecards because we’ve got a string of winners to report that could very well predict which films and filmmakers walk off with an Oscar come March 2nd. In addition to the Academy Award nominations and the SAG, PGA and Critics Choice wins, we’ve also got the latest out of Sundance and the details on the double dose of Ant-Man coming our way on July 31, 2015. Ready to dig into all of that and loads more? Let’s get to it with this week’s Movie News Cheat Sheet. 1. Academy Award Nominations: The time has finally come. The Academy Award nominations are here and even though  [ Read More ]

Lone Survivor

After two weekends with just a single new wide release (and a few wide expansions) we’re finally heading towards one with some serious competition. Not only will all the Oscar contenders get a nice boost from today’s nominations announcement, but there are also four new wide releases entering the mix, and all four have entirely different target audiences. “The Nut Job” is due for the widest release and even though we haven’t gotten a new animated movie in quite some time, “Frozen” is still going strong enough to have an effect. Also, we don’t tend to get new animated movies in January. “Beauty and the Beast 3D” opened in January  [ Read More ]

Movie News Cheat Sheet: People’s Choice, Golden Globes & More

Posted by Perri Nemiroff On January - 12 - 2014 0 Comment
Golden Globes

Hope you’re ready for some serious awards season hype because the final Movie News Cheat Sheet before the Academy Award nominees are announced is 40% nominee and winner news. In addition to People’s Choice and Golden Globe recaps, we’ve got the BAFTA nominations and the five DGA ones, too. In non-awards territory you’ll find the latest “Star Wars: Episode VII” casting rumors as well as the official start dates for hot properties including “The Fantastic Four” and “Jurassic World.” Ready for all of that, some recently announced SXSW selections, the box office results and more? It’s all right here in your Movie News Cheat Sheet. 1. Golden Globe Winners: “12  [ Read More ]

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Lone Survivor

The first weekend of the year wasn’t particularly kind to box office newcomers and the same will be true in weekend two because the only new wide contender is “The Legend of Hercules.” The movie doesn’t have much hype, is riding on whatever star power Kellan Lutz has left after “The Twilight Saga,” it’s only hitting 2,000 theaters and it’s got to fend off films with Oscar buzz. If you take all of those factors into account it puts “Hercules” in a very similar position to last year’s “Gangster Squad,” which came out against “Zero Dark Thirty’s” wide expansion and lost quite a bit of steam thanks to poor reviews.  [ Read More ]

Boba_Fett

Welcome to your first Movie News Cheat Sheet of 2014! We’re hitting the ground running with loads of promising industry news. Dwayne Johnson confirmed that he’s going to take on a DC Comics character, we got our first official look at our Guardians of the Galaxy, and there’s a rumor floating around that Boba Fett could get the first “Star Wars” spin-off film. On top of that, we also got a nice laugh at Shia LaBeouf’s expense because as Lena Dunham so eloquently put it, “I’ve always felt, utterly and unchangeably, that only sociopaths hire skywriters.” Catch the details on all of those stories as well as some must-see trailers  [ Read More ]

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