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'Star Wars: Episode I -The Phantom Menace': Just how successful has the 3-D re-release been?

Two weeks ago, when Fox re-released Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, many people expected George Lucas’ sci-fi sequel to rake in huge amounts of dollars and easily top the box office. After all, when Disney re-released The Lion King in 3-D in September, the animation roared up a huge $94.2 million, so prognosticators assumed that a Star Wars film had to be at equally successful. But that’s not really how things have played out.

The Phantom Menace scored $22.5 million in its first three days, enough for a fourth-place finish behind The Vow, Safe House, and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. It then plummeted 65 percent in its second weekend (a holiday weekend no less!) to $8 million — which put the film in sixth place. All told, the re-release has brought in $35.8 million in its first 11 days.

So is that gross actually any good? READ FULL STORY

'300' sequel bulks up cast, talks with 'Snow White and the Huntsman' star

EW has confirmed that Jamie Blackley is in talks to star as Calisto in 300: Battle of Artemisia. The swords-and-sandals sequel, which producers have said runs “parallel” to its progenitor, finds 16-year-old Calisto leading a group of soldiers in hopes of becoming a hero. Since his 2010 part in the Colin Farrell-Keira Knightley gangster flick London Boulevard, Blackley has remained a relative unknown, though his role in this summer’s highly anticipated Snow White and the Huntsman — alongside Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron — could change all that.

It was announced last week that Aussie Animal Kingdom star Sullivan Stapleton landed the lead role in Artemisia. Former Bond girl Eva Green will play the title character, and South African actor Andrew Pleavin will return as the character Daxos. Smart People helmer Noam Murro will direct the film for a projected 2013 release.

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Peter Jackson going straight from directing 'The Hobbit' to 'Tintin 2'

Look alive, Tintin lovers! You won’t have too long(ish) of a wait for the The Adventures of Tintin 2. Peter Jackson’s Tintin co-producer Steven Spielberg tells Total Film that Jackson will not take a break between the two Hobbit films — which are being produced simultaneously — and the as-yet-untitled sequel. “We made a deal,” said Spielberg. “I said, ‘I’ll direct the first one, you direct the second one.’ Peter, of course, is going to do it right after he finishes photography on The Hobbit. He’ll go right into the…performance capture.”  READ FULL STORY

Selena Gomez steps in for Miley Cyrus on 'Hotel Transylvania'


You can now begin envisioning the girl to the right with Selena Gomez’s voice. EW has confirmed that the 19-year-old singer will take over the part that Miley Cyrus had originally been slotted to play in Sony Picture Animation’s upcoming 3-D family film Hotel Transylvania. Gomez will voice Mavis, the teenage daughter of vampire hotelier Dracula (Adam Sandler).

Despite Cyrus’s departure for as-yet-undisclosed reasons, Genndy Tartakovsky’s film — costarring Andy Samberg, Cee Lo Green, and Kevin James — is still scheduled to check in to theaters on Sept. 21, 2012.

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'Titanic' in 3-D to set sail two days earlier


Near, far, wherever you are, Titanic in 3-D is coming to a theater near you earlier than planned. James Cameron’s 3-D re-release of his Oscar-winning smash was initially going to sail on Friday, April 6, but Paramount has opted to have the epic Kate and Leo love saga arrive on Wednesday, April 4 instead.  This April will mark the 100th anniversary of the legendary ship’s first and final, tragic voyage. READ FULL STORY

Monty Python alum Terry Jones talks getting the gang (and Robin Williams) together for 'Absolutely Anything'

What made this time right for the cinematic coming-together of the Monty Python comedy troupe for the first time in 16 years? “I just like having friends around,” says Terry Jones, the Python vet who is directing John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, and presumably Eric Idle (though that deal has not been inked yet) for the upcoming Absolutely Anything. EW spoke with Jones and producer Chris Chesser about the film, which centers on a pack of aliens who grant absolute power to an unwitting Englishman then sit back and watch what havoc he wreaks.


'Cirque du Soleil' to get the high-flying 3-D treatment

Cirque du Soleil is heading to a theater near you. Only this time you won’t be watching the visually arresting stage show through the tripped-out eyes of Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd à la Knocked Up, but rather with your own 3-D glasses. Paramount announced today that they have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away, which boasts Andrew Adamson (the first two Shrek and Chronicles of Narnia films) as writer-director and Avatar‘s James Cameron as an executive producer for the 3-D presentation of “artistic and acrobatic performances from some of the most elaborate Cirque du Soleil productions.”

According to the statement from Paramount, Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away, which has an “original story written especially for the movie,” will bring moviegoers “on the stage” for the action. The film, slated to hit theaters in 2012, does not have an official release date yet.

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J.J. Abrams on converting 'Star Trek' 2 to 3-D: 'I did not fight for the 3-D'

While promoting the premiere of his upcoming Fox series Alcatraz at the TCA press tour in Pasadena, Calif., J.J. Abrams also spoke with reporters about his plans to have the sequel to his 2009 blockbuster Star Trek, which begins shooting on Thursday, converted to 3-D in post-production. “I did not fight for the 3-D,” says Abrams. “It was something the studio wanted to do. I didn’t want to do it.” Indeed, at a 2010 Comic-Con panel hosted by EW, Abrams expressed real reservations about the 3-D format: “The thing that drives me crazy about 3-D is that when you put on the glasses, everything seems dim. I’m not totally on board yet.”

So what changed his mind? READ FULL STORY

Box office dips in 2011: A year-end analysis

Box office junkies, unite! It’s time to break down the year that was at the movies using the thing that we love most — the numbers!

Blockbuster franchise films reigned supreme at the North American box office in 2011. Of the ten highest grossing movies, the top seven — led by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 with $381 million — are sequels, Rise of the Planet of the Apes (No. 9, $176.7 million) is a prequel, and Thor (No. 8, $181 million) and Captain America: The First Avenger (No. 10, $176.7 million), while not sequels, are part of the larger Avengers franchise which Marvel will roll out next year.

All told, theatrical releases sold about $10.2 billion worth of tickets in 2011 (final numbers not yet available) at an average price of $7.96. (Ticket price via the National Association of Theatre Owners. Although, seriously, when was the last time anyone paid so little for a ticket?) That total marked a 3.5 percent drop from 2010, when the box office earned a yearly total of $10.6 billion, and attendance dipped by about 5 percent for the second year in a row. In fact, with 1.28 billion tickets sold, 2011 was the least-attended box office year since 1995.

What caused the dip? READ FULL STORY

'MI:4' director on filming in IMAX and how Christopher Nolan is 'throwing down the showmanship' with 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Brad Bird wanted to be a filmmaker since the moment he learned to draw. “I didn’t realize this until later,” says the 54-year old director of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, “but the very first drawings I did when I was a kid at age 3 were sequential. They weren’t great drawings – they were just stick figures – but they were meant to be viewed in a certain order. So from the very beginning, I was trying to make films.”

The pictures have only gotten got more sophisticated — and larger — since then. Bird made a name for himself in animation with The Iron Giant, then won Oscars with two Pixar blockbusters, The Incredibles and Ratatouille, both of which he wrote and directed. His winning streak has continued with his first live-action effort: Ghost Protocol, the fourth installment in Tom Cruise’s signature spy-fi franchise — and the second to be shepherded by producer J.J. Abrams — has received rave reviews (EW’s Owen Gleiberman even has it on his 10 best of ’11 list) and is poised to be one of the biggest movies of the holiday season. (The film, which opened in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, grossed over $17 million during a 6-day run on 425 IMAX screens.) Bird took a few minutes to speak with EW about the animation-to-live-action-to-IMAX transition. READ FULL STORY

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