Would you cut off your own foot to see Saw back on the big screen? If so, you’re crazy—but, also, here are some glad tidings. Lionsgate announced today that, to mark the 10th anniversary of director James Wan’s franchise-inaugurating horror movie, the film will return to cinemas on Oct. 31, with select screenings the night before.
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If this weekend’s number one movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes — the second entry in the rebooted Apes franchise — has a spiritual sibling in the original series of films, it is 1972’s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. While Conquest was the fourth movie in the franchise to arrive in cinemas it is, like Dawn, the second according to the interior timeline of its series and, again like director Matt Reeves’ new film, features an apocalyptic showdown between apes and humans. Thus, it seems appropriate that this weekend Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comprehensively conquered the domestic box office by earning an estimated $73 million, exceeding both expectations and the $54.8 million opening weekend of its predecessor, 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
New film Neighbors (Cinema Score: B) easily won the domestic box office battle this weekend. Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, and Zac Efron’s frat comedy earned an estimated $51.1 million, making for a global total of $85 million so far. Last week’s No. 1 movie, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, fell to second place, with a weekend gross of $37.2 million for a cumulative domestic gross of $147.9 million and a worldwide gross of $550 million. The Other Woman, meanwhile, raked in $9.2 million for a domestic total of $61.7 million.
ORIGINAL POST: As kryptonite is to Superman, so a kegger is to Spider-Man. That seems to be the lesson of this weekend’s box office, anyway.
Seth Rogen and Zac Efron’s new frat comedy Neighbors drank in an estimated $19.6 million at the box office on Friday, almost twice as much as the $10.1m which was caught in the web of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Sony is projecting its superhero sequel will gross $37 million for the weekend, which would give it a cumulative domestic take of $147m by the end of Sunday.
“The second, third, and fourth films all go into production simultaneously,” he wrote. “They’re essentially all in pre-production now because we are designing creatures, settings, and characters that span all three films. And we should be finished with all three scripts within the next, I would say, six weeks.”
But Cameron, who penned the original Avatar screenplay, isn’t going it alone this time. Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, and Shane Salerno are collaborating with him on this massive undertaking.
“There’s always pressure, whether it’s a new film or whether it’s a sequel, to entertain and amaze an audience. I’ve felt that pressure my entire career, so there’s nothing new there,” Cameron added. “The biggest pressure I feel right now is cutting out things I love to get the film down to a length that is affordable. There hasn’t been a problem finding new and wonderful things to include in the movie.”
Production on Avatar 2 is slated to begin this fall. Principals Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang are returning for the sequels with hopes that the next films can be as successful as the 2009 original. Avatar grossed nearly $2.8 billion worldwide and won Oscars for cinematography, visual effects, and art direction. Cameron hopes to continue pushing creative and technological boundaries with the franchise.
“I believe all movies should be made in 3-D, forever, but the projection needs to be better and brighter,” he wrote during his AMA. “I want people to see in the movie theaters what I am seeing in my perfectly calibrated screening room and people aren’t seeing that. Larger formats. I’d love to see screens get bigger.”
The Avatar sequels are scheduled for release December 2016 through 2018.
If you’re anything like me, hearing the classic piano strains of the Peanuts theme is enough to send you deep into nostalgia — and the new trailer for Charles Schulz’s animated classic is designed to do just that.
Fans have been anticipating this upcoming feature — from 20th Century Fox Animation and Blue Sky Studios, and helmed by Steve Martino (Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who) — for years. And though it might be jarring to see computer-generated versions of Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, and Snoopy, hardcore Schulzites shouldn’t worry: Producer Paul Feig (The Heat, Bridesmaids) promises USA Today that the comic’s beloved characters will come to the big screen with their personalities intact.
“Snoopy will not be rapping, no one will be twerking,” he vows. “We’re in good hands.”
Box office report: 'Mr. Peabody and Sherman' beats 'Need for Speed' to finish line with $21.2 million; Tyler Perry flops
It was not a good weekend to be a new movie in wide release at the box office. The world’s smartest animated dog took the lead this weekend and left Need for Speed in the dust, while Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club missed the mark and now has the dubious honor of being his lowest opening ever.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman came out on top in its second weekend in theaters with $21.2 million from 3,951 locations. The $145 million DreamWorks Animation pic dropped 34.2 percent from last week’s opening, putting its domestic total at $63.2 million. The real test will be how it stands up to Muppets Most Wanted next weekend — its first real new competition. That could be an indicator of its longterm theatrical legs.
If you’ve seen Frozen, you’ve seen the cutting-edge/old-fashioned Mickey Mouse short Get a Horse! (And given Frozen’s box office at this point, we’re guessing that means everybody.)
But even if you’ve already watched the nuvo-retro Mickey movie, which combines an old-school 1930s hand-drawn style with state-of-the-art digital animation and 3-D effects, you probably haven’t seen everything the Oscar-nominated short has to offer.
EW has an exclusive clip of the Walt Disney Animation Studios film – when things go from flat to flat-out crazy. Director Lauren MacMullan walked us through all the little details, hidden and otherwise.
So here they are, the video and secrets of Get a Horse! READ FULL STORY
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