Do you enjoy seeing behind-the-scenes photos of sci-fi actors drinking tea and eating HobNobs cookies? Then get ready to smile. According to the BBC, Star Wars: Episode VII will be shot in the United Kingdom, a regular production home for the franchise. ”We’ve devoted serious time and attention to revisiting the origins of Star Wars as inspiration for our process on the new movie,” Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said in a statement “and I’m thrilled that returning to the UK for production and utilising the incredible talent there can be a part of that.”
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After picking up a Grand Jury Prize nomination at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in January, Lynn Shelton’s Touchy Feely is set for a September 6 release in theaters and on VOD, a rep for the film confirms exclusively to EW. Written and directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), the dramedy tells the intertwining stories of two siblings: A massage therapist (Rosemarie DeWitt) who becomes averse to touching bodies, and a dentist (Josh Pais) who discovers that he may have the ability to mysteriously heal patients with his touch. “Abby, the massage therapist, is free spirited and in touch with feelings. And Paul [the dentist] is the polar opposite: scared of the world, not wanting any change. And the two of them enter these journeys of self-discovery for kind of opposite reasons,” explains Shelton, who originally developed the characters for two separate movies. “Then I realized, they should be in the same movie! They’d be an interesting juxtaposition with each other, so I’ll make them brother and sister.” READ FULL STORY »
Today was a big one for fans eagerly anticipating this summer’s The Wolverine. Not only did EW premiere 8 exclusive new images from the July 26th flick but now director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) has tweeted a vine of the trailer (the full one will be online Wednesday). The biggest shock in this six-second blitz? Famke Janssen’s Jean Grey! The Wolverine takes place AFTER X-Men: The Last Stand in which Grey perished so this must be some sort of dream sequence. EW asked Mangold if online rumors were true that Janssen shot a cameo for The Wolverine. While he wouldn’t confirm or deny, Mangold did say, “I read that rumor. I thought it was a good idea.” Seems like he put that idea to use. READ FULL STORY »
EW has confirmed an earlier Variety report that Kate Winslet is in talks with Summit Entertainment to co-star in Divergent, the Neil Burger-directed adaptation of the popular Veronica Roth novel that’s due in theaters March 2014.
Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) has already been cast as heroine Beatrice Prior in the YA drama (and intended trilogy), that takes place in a futuristic, dystopian Chicago. The male lead–mysterious and alluring “Four” — has yet to be cast and the studio is mum on the role Winslet is close to taking. But a good guess would be the villainous and brilliant Jeanine Matthews.
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone have built a nice little niche in pop culture for themselves, first with the still-ongoing Comedy Central-defining cartoon South Park and more recently with the smash success of The Book of Mormon, which is sort of like a version of South Park that even your mom loves. Now they’re planning to expand their empire by forming their own production company. In a press release, Parker and Stone announced the formation of Important Studios, a production company created in collaboration with the Raine Group, a self-described “boutique merchant bank.” Important Studios brings together all the Parker-Stone projects, and is valued at an estimated $300 million by The New York Times, largely because of South Park and The Book of Mormon, though surely those residuals from Baseketball helped a little bit. READ FULL STORY »
Holy Guttenberg, is another Three Men and a Baby sequel going to make it to the big screen?
Tom Selleck seems up to the challenge. The Blue Bloods star told the women of The Talk Thursday that he’s definitely discussed the possibility of making Three Men and a Bride with Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg, his co-stars from the 1987 flick that grossed more than $167 million domestically. “We’d love to get back together if they’ve got a good idea,” he said. “It seemed to be real, and then it disappeared. If they’re smart, they’ll do it.”
Actually, it hasn’t dematerialized. A Disney spokesman confirmed the project remains in early development. If the movie ever makes it past the talking stages, it would be the third in the franchise; the studio released a sequel in 1990 called Three Men and a Little Lady.
Here is the mustache talking about the possibility of a big screen reunion. (They wouldn’t still be roomies, would they?) READ FULL STORY »
The economy may be teetering on the edge of a fiscal cliff, but such dire financial woes were nowhere to be found at the box office in 2012. Over the past 365 days, Americans spent many of their hard-earned dollars at the movies — paying to see everything from Channing Tatum’s abs to a foul-mouthed talking teddy bear, and as a result, the box office had its best* year ever.
Movie theaters sold an estimated $10.84 billion worth of tickets domestically in 2012, beating the previous record of $10.59 billion set in 2009 (when Avatar led a late-December surge), and marking a new record in terms of revenue earned in a single calendar year. All told, the 2012 box office finished 6.6 percent ahead of 2011′s $10.17 billion take and 2.5 percent of 2010′s $10.57 billion cume. 3D and IMAX surcharges, which have now become a common part of the moviegoing experience, no doubt helped the box office reach such heights, though this year’s average ticket price (it stood at $7.94 through Q3, per the MPAA) just barely increased over 2011′s ($7.93).
So, it was those surcharges coupled with a boost in admissions that helped the industry achieve record-breaking grosses. An estimated 1.365 billion tickets were sold in North America this year. That’s 6.3 percent higher than 2011 (when 1.283 billion were sold) and 1.9 percent higher than 2010 (1.339 billion tickets sold), but 3.4 percent lower than 2009 (1.412 billion tickets sold) and a full 13.4 percent lower than 2002 (1.576 billion tickets sold), which was the most attended box office year of the past three decades. (BoxOfficeMojo has a handy chart that sums up much of this info.)
Of course, ticket admissions wouldn’t have increased unless there were new releases that moviegoers wanted to see — and this year had no shortage of blockbusters. The Avengers was the year’s biggest hit, grossing a thunderous $623.4 million — and over $1.5 billion worldwide — and The Dark Knight Rises finished in second place with $448.1 million. Those two films ruled the summer, but it was The Hunger Games that ruled the spring. Games exploded out of the gate in March with $408 million, thereby becoming the year’s third-biggest hit. Skyfall ($289.6 million) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 ($286.1 million) rounded out 2012′s Top 5.
This year saw its fair share of flops, too. John Carter bombed with only $73.1 million against a $250 million budget, which forced Disney to publicly announce an expected $200 million loss. Battleship, another film starring Taylor Kitsch, sank as well, finding just $65.2 million against a $209 million budget. The $150 million production Dark Shadows drained a lackluster $79.7 million, and the $125 million Total Recall remake proved D.O.A. with a weak $58.9 million. Oh yeah, and The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure had the worst debut weekend of all time.
Still, for the 655(!) movies released in theaters this year, the impressive box office performances far outweighed the bad ones, and now the industry has its sights set on 2013, which — thanks to Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, Despicable Me 2, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — could give 2012 a run for its money. Bring it on, Hollywood.
*As is always the case in box office writing, “best” is a relative term. For as long as the media has covered the box office, the film industry has (shrewdly) reported grosses instead of ticket sales — that way, Hollywood can keep claiming “record-breaking” years, even if ticket sales aren’t record-breaking. (I bet the music industry wishes it had set that precedent when it started reporting sales.) I understand the inherent flaws in this system, so I’ve done my best to include as many specifics about ticket sales and ticket price as possible.
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'Fun Size': Josh Schwartz lists the classic comedy inspirations behind his big-screen debut -- EXCLUSIVE
Responsible for pop-culture TV phenoms The OC and Gossip Girl, writer Josh Schwartz knows a little something about dramatizing life as a teenager on screen. “The stories that I keep getting drawn back to are coming of age stories,” admits the 36-year-old. So it’s no surprise that his first big-screen outing would be the comedy Fun Size, opening today, about teen Wren (Victorious’s Victoria Justice) searching for her missing younger brother Albert (Jackson Nicoll) on Halloween night. Schwartz gave EW some of the comedy classics that inspired his directorial debut.
Sixteen Candles (1984)
“It’s a comedy with a teenage girl at its center, but it’s also one that guys can enjoy. It was John Hughes’ first movie as a director. It’s really about family and rooted in Samantha Baker [Molly Ringwald] and her emotional journey in the same way Fun Size is about Wren’s family.” READ FULL STORY »
Two years ago, the Interwebs exploded with the news that Tina Fey and Meryl Streep might co-star in a comedy called Mommy & Me, directed by Stanley Tucci. And while the idea of sharing the big screen with acting’s reigning queen seemed like a dream to Fey, unfortunately the reality is that the film is unlikely to happen… at least in the foreseeable future. “It seems to have fallen apart for now,” says Fey in this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. Still, she adds: “Sometimes movies come back together.” Click through for the full exchange. READ FULL STORY »
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