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Johnny Depp & ‘Transcendence’ Flop: What’s The Problem?

Johnny Depp & ‘Transcendence’ Flop: What’s The Problem?

Johnny Depp & ‘Transcendence’ Flop: What’s The Problem?

Transcendence, from Christopher Nolan cinematographer and protege Wally Pfister, starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman, crashed and burned at the box office last weekend. The film, made for a reported $100m, grossed just $10.8m over its early release period. The first time director took on a complex project with a big budget and a (supposedly) bankable lead and set the thing on fire. Critics at RT give it a not so sterling 19% rating. The flop joins other recent big budget failures such as Pompeii in  what is becoming an increasingly fickle marketplace. So, what happened here?

First time director was unproven. Bit off more than he could chew. This ia a likely scenario. Directors who have yet to helm a big project could often be served better by starting small and then growing, rather than jumping right into the fray. This isn’t an irreversible rule, but one to consider for sure.

Johnny Depp is not the lead he is made out to be. To me, this stands to reason as accurate. The guy is a weird, frail sort, who has now seen underperformers/box office failures in The Lone Ranger, The Tourist and just about every film over the last decade not name Pirates of the Caribbean. It takes a specific actor to pull off certain roles and Depp looks to have over-extended his “still considerable” reach.

The movie couldn’t find its target audience. This is obviously true to some extent based on the results. Every trailer I saw failed to inspire me to see it, let alone have any idea WTF was going on/what to expect if I were to see it. This can work if its a smaller film, but not so much on a big one. Compare it to Pompeii and its strangely the opposite, a film that you know exactly what you are going to get, which also failed to inspire.

I’ve long been a proponent of Hollywood scaling back budgets in honor of putting out more films in the sub-$30m range. This could increase films in the marketplace but also decrease their exposure. In their eyes, it would also decrease their profits which is why they refuse to listen. The beat marches on. For Alcon Entertainment’s part, they are at least taking it as they should (h/t Deadline):

“Alcon takes responsibility for its successes and failures, and Warner Bros worked hard on the distribution and marketing,” Kosove said. “It is a big, big disappointment to us, a horrible outcome, but we learn and move on.”

We will continue to see this budget battle play out over the next several years in an increasingly complex and dynamic marketplace.

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One Sheets This Week: ‘TMNT’, ‘Haunted House 2’, ‘Gone Girl’, More!

One Sheets This Week: ‘TMNT’, ‘Haunted House 2’, ‘Gone Girl’, More!

One Sheets This Week: ‘TMNT’, ‘Haunted House 2’, ‘Gone Girl’, More!

This week’s look at the latest in movie posters features one sheets from Godzilla, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Haunted House 2 (which I know you are all dying to see – pun intended!), Fed Up and David Fincher’s teaser poster for Gone Girl. I’ll be honest, while I enjoy posting about posters and looking at them, there just hasn’t been that much interesting stuff to go around lately, hence the intermittent looks. There are too many generic sales efforts going around. Anyway, have a look at the poster film art below and enjoy your movie weekend. Thanks to IMP Awards for the drops.

gone girl one sheet

HH2 one sheet

fed up poster

godzilla giveaway poster

TMNT poster

TMNT one sheet

tmnt pic

donatello pic

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David Fincher News: ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer Debuts & He Pulls Out of Jobs Film

David Fincher News: ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer Debuts & He Pulls Out of Jobs Film

David Fincher News: ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer Debuts & He Pulls Out of Jobs Film

David Fincher has been in the news over the last 24 hours. Notably, the debut of his new Gone Girl had it’s trailer crash the Internet last night and has subsequently been pulled from most sites due to copyright issues. At this juncture we don’t have it for you, but it feels like a cross between Zodiac and The Social Network stylistically upon my viewing. The Ben Affleck starring pic is set to come to theaters in October. We will give you the trailer once readily available.

Additionally, Fincher has reportedly been ousted or pulled out of the Steve Jobs biopic over creative issues. Primarily, the rumors suggest he wants too much power and money for what isn’t seen as an overly commercial film. From THR:

A source with ties to the studio says Fincher potentially could re-enter negotiations but that the fee he is seeking is “ridiculous,” adding, “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality — it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”

He supposedly wanted $10 million up front while the source suggests a back end deal would be more logical. Additionally, as we previously mentioned, he wanted Christian Bale in the lead or he didn’t want to do the pic. Stay tuned as this doesn’t really sound like the end of things on this.

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Cameron Diaz & Kate Upton in ‘The Other Woman’ Trailer

Cameron Diaz & Kate Upton in ‘The Other Woman’ Trailer

The Other Woman shows a crazy revenge played by some really hot ladies

If you’re searching for a good romantic comedy that involves some strong drinks, gorgeous women and funny jokes, The Other Woman is what you need. The new movie is written by Melissa Stack and directed by Nick Cassavetes. The Other Woman trailer intrigues us with Kate Upton running in slow motion on the beach, Cameron Diaz and Leslie Mann getting super drunk and Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, being a total jackass. There is also Nicki Minaj, Don Johnson, Taylor Kinney and many other actors, who are playing different characters, adding to the movie an incredible amount of fun and authenticity.

The Other Woman tells a crazy story. After discovering her boyfriend is married, Carly (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets Kate (Leslie Mann), the wife he’s been cheating on, she realizes they have much in common and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, lover. This cheater steals from his partners and takes different vitamins, hormones, totally trusting his wife… now you understand what is to be done in here. Put a blonde lawyer, vodka and some boobs together against you, and you’ll get one of the greatest vengeances ever.

Taste the fun and the drama of being cheated on with these super females of the modern world. Watch Cameron Diaz play an incredible role of a woman who will go on no matter what. Watch Leslie Mann getting drunk and Kate Upton, doing what she knows the best, showing some bikini looks.

The Other Woman is brought to us by 20th Century Fox and premieres in cinemas, this spring. Do not lose the chance to watch the incredible romantic comedy and have a good time, because you will laugh and get totally entertained by these sexy and smart characters. There is more than just romance and comedy. You will get to see a crazy revenge played by some really hot women of our world, today. What other reason do you need to watch The Other Woman?

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Jerry Bruckheimer Dishes on Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun 2’ Movie Concept

Jerry Bruckheimer Dishes on Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun 2’ Movie Concept

Jerry Bruckheimer Dishes on Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun 2’ Movie Concept

Infamous producer Jerry Bruckheimer who has backed such hits as Armageddon, Beverly Hills Cop II and of course Top Gun, now has a long gestating script idea for a sequel to the Tom Cruise vehicle. The original, which debuted some 28 years ago, saw a young hot shot pilot in Cruise, capture the hearts of women and shoot down some Russian fighter planes while making him a mega star (Risky Business notwithstanding). Now, why hasn’t a sequel come along after all these years? According to Bruckheimer, the usual series of close calls and missteps. However, an idea he says is closer to fruition finally features the following from THR:

“The concept is, basically, are the pilots obsolete because of drones. Cruise is going to show them that they’re not obsolete. They’re here to stay,” explained the producer.

“It’s just getting to the starting place. Fortunately for Tom, he’s very busy, so you have to find a slot he can fit into and get a budget that Paramount feels they can make the picture,” he explained, adding that there is no director yet for the sequel.

So, after Tony Scott passed while having Top Gun 2 as one of the three films on his plate, this one seems closer to seeing the light of day. All of that said, it certainly sounds feeble. The original was fun and fresh, but this sounds a little stale and technical, man vs. machine tale which is so often used these days. We shall see, assuming this ever does get off the ground.

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R.I.P. – Character Actor James Rebhorn Writes His Own Obituary

R.I.P. – Character Actor James Rebhorn Writes His Own Obituary

R.I.P. – Character Actor James Rebhorn Writes His Own Obituary

James Rebhorn is not a household name. He was the epitome of a character actor, that guy you recognized in many movies, but never the star, always content to do strong work and be part of a cast, doing his part to deliver his talents as part of the greater good of a production. Rebhorn passed away on Friday at age 65.

I’ll remember Jim most for his work in Independence Day, Meet The Parents and most notably for me, The Game. In Fincher’s film, he did yeoman’s work, honest and sincere, interesting without drawing attention to himself, all in a pivotal role to the success of the film. He’ll live on through his work. Here, he pens his own obituary. Sad, but honest and worth a look (h/t: Deadline). May he Rest In Peace:

James Robert Rebhorn was born on Sept. 1, 1948, in Philadelphia, PA. His mother, Ardell Frances Rebhorn, nee Hoch, loved him very much and supported all his dreams. She taught him the value of good manners and courtesy, and that hospitality is no small thing. His father, James Harry Rebhorn, was no less devoted to him. From him, Jim learned that there is no excuse for poor craftsmanship. A job well done rarely takes more or less time than a job poorly done. They gave him his faith and wisely encouraged him to stay in touch with God.

He is survived by his sister, Janice Barbara Galbraith, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She was his friend, his confidant, and, more often than either of them would like to admit, his bridge over troubled waters. He is also survived by his wife, Rebecca Fulton Linn, and his two daughters, Emma Rebecca Rebhorn and Hannah Linn Rebhorn. They anchored his life and gave him the freedom to live it. Without them, always at the center of his being, his life would have been little more than a vapor. Rebecca loved him with all his flaws, and in her the concept of ceaseless love could find no better example.

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His children made him immensely proud. Their dedication to improving our species and making the world a better place gave him hope for the future. They deal with grief differently, and they should each manage it as they see fit. He hopes, however, that they will grieve his passing only as long as necessary. They have much good work to do, and they should get busy doing it. Time is flying by. His son-in-law, Ben, also survives him. Jim loved Ben, who was as a son to Jim, especially through these last months. His aunts Jean, Dorothy and Florence, numerous cousins and their families, and many devoted friends also survive Jim. He loved them all, and he knows they loved him.

Jim received his BA at Wittenberg University and his MFA at Columbia. He was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Nu Zeta 624, a life-long Lutheran, and a longtime member of both the AMC and ACLU.

Jim was fortunate enough to earn his living doing what he loved. He was a professional actor. His unions were always there for him, and he will remain forever grateful for the benefits he gained as a result of the union struggle. Without his exceptional teachers and the representation of the best agents in the business, he wouldn’t have had much of a career. He was a lucky man in every way.

–Jim Rebhorn, March 2014

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J-Law Dances and Lip-Syncs in ‘American Hustle’ Deleted Scene (Video)

J-Law Dances and Lip-Syncs in ‘American Hustle’ Deleted Scene (Video)

Jennifer Lawrence aka J-Law Dances and Lip-Syncs in ‘American Hustle’ Deleted Scene (Video)

This video has been running around the Internet in the last week with the release of David O. Russell’s rightfully lauded American Hustle being released on Blu-ray recently. The scene is a 4-minute showcase for Jennifer Lawrence aka J-Law to dance and lip sync to a famous Santana track. In my opinion, the scene was rightfully deleted and the scene that was ultimately used had Jennifer’s Rosalyn performing in a similar manner to Live and Let Die (a more apropos track). Still, people hype J-Law’s performance here (unnecessarily so IMO, despite her considerable acting talent) and therefore the inclusion of sharing it with you loyal readers seems warranted. Enjoy. (BTW, how little cleaning does she actually do in this scene?) Thanks Variety.

 

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Christian Bale As The Next Steve Jobs in David Fincher Film?

Christian Bale As The Next Steve Jobs in David Fincher Film?

Christian Bale As The Next Steve Jobs in David Fincher Film?

Will The Dark Knight be the next Steve Jobs? That is the question floating through Hollywood. A script penned by Oscar winning Aaron Sorkin and planned to be directed by David Fincher (The Social Network, Fight Club) reported requires Christian Bale to play the lead. According to speculation Fincher won’t do the film without Bale as the Apple founder. From CNET:

Move over, Aston Kutcher, there may soon be a new Steve Jobs in town. An as-yet-untitled movie for Sony Pictures centering around the Apple co-founder has a script by Aaron Sorkin (“The Social Network”), but it doesn’t yet have a star attached. Director David Fincher (“Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) is said to be the likeliest person to helm the production. According to areport from TheWrap, Fincher said he would only do the film if Christian Bale signs on as the lead.

I never saw Kutcher’s portrayal but placing Bale, Fincher and Sorkin together on a film would be not only a must-see but likely awards fodder. Though I’m not really big on rumors, I’m really hoping this gets pulled off. Bale can obviously capture Jobs, they have a similar look and Bale is known for sinking into his roles. Make this happen, Tinseltown. You usually put out garbage, now is a chance to make up for it a little bit.

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