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Original General Zod Terence Stamp talks about why 'Man of Steel' made him 'sad' and discusses removal of Richard Donner and Marlon Brando on 'Superman II'

Critics and fans have been divided about Man Of Steel. But one person in particular was not too happy when he heard about the new Superman reboot: the man who originally played General Zod in Superman and Superman II, Terence Stamp. Stamp stopped by the studio of Entertainment Weekly Radio (channel 105 on SiriusXM) to talk about his new movie Unfinished Song (which opens this weekend), and we asked him for his take on the new Superman film, which features Michael Shannon now playing intergalactic villain General Zod.

“When I heard they were remaking it, or they were doing a version of it, I was kind of sad in a way,” said Stamp. “Because it was the benchmark for all of these comic book movies. There’s never been anything quite as good as those Dick Donner movies. And since then, big movies have become computer generated. They’ve become unemotional, and so I was sad. I thought it would be diluted, in other words. And that it would be a personal dilution because it was such an incredible moment for me to come back, and to come back and play my first comic book villain. I was sad, but the truth is, I’m sure it’s vastly different…. But, hey, you know, they wanted to pull on the Kryptonite boots? Good luck to them. They’re big!” READ FULL STORY

Box office report: 'Man of Steel' scores super $125.1 million debut, breaks June record


Faster than a speeding bullet, Warner Bros.’ $225 million franchise reboot Man of Steel has become a box office behemoth.

The superhero film began its run with a massive $125.1 million ($113.1 million over the traditional weekend, $12 million from corporate screening programs on Thursday), breaking the record for the biggest June opening weekend ever, ahead of Toy Story 3‘s $110.3 million bow in 2010.  Among 2013 films, Man of Steel had the second best debut of the year behind Iron Man 3, which started with $174.1 million in May.

Man of Steel garnered a fantastic $29,731 per theater average from its 4,207 locations. The film grossed $13.3 million in IMAX theaters, and 41% of its business came from 3D ticket sales. Audiences were 56 percent male and 44 percent female, a more even gender distribution than Iron Man 3, which had a 61/39 percent male/female split on opening weekend. The dashing looks of Henry Cavill (and Amy Adams’ appeal) no doubt helped Man of Steel play well with women. Reviews were mixed, but crowds issued the film a strong “A-” CinemaScore.

For Cavill, Adams, and the rest of the cast — which includes Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Laurence Fishburne, and Michael Shannon — Man of Steel became their best ever opening weekend. The same goes for director Zack Snyder, who formerly saw gigantic numbers when 300 bowed with $70.9 million in 2007.

Man of Steel also clobbered the debut of 2006’s Superman Returns, which opened with $52.5 million and earned $200 million domestically against a $270 million budget. Widely considered a box office misfire, Superman Returns did not, in fact, return. In about one week, Man of Steel will likely have surpassed that film’s domestic total.

The news couldn’t be better for Warner Bros., which — with the exceptions of The Great Gatsby and 42 — has badly struggled at the box office in 2013. Films like Jack the Giant Slayer, The Hangover Part III, Beautiful Creatures, Bullet to the Head, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone have massively under-performed at the box office, so Man of Steel‘s success is a welcome change. “We’re thrilled,” says Dan Fellman, the studio’s president of domestic distribution, “and it will fly through the summer. We’re going to have legs on this film.”

Fellman also notes that Man of Steel‘s success brings Warner Bros. and DC Comics one step closer to creating a Justice League franchise that might rival Marvel/Disney’s Avengers. The exec wouldn’t confirm whether Henry Cavill has already been contracted to star in Justice League films, though he did coyly remark, “Henry will be around for a while.”

Internationally, Man of Steel soared with $71.6 million in its first weekend, including $17.6 million in the United Kingdom and $9.8 million in Mexico. The film has yet to open in a number of large markets, but it’s already clear that it will easily outdo Superman Returns $191 million international haul. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'Man of Steel' soars to $44.1 million Friday, will speed past $100 million


After one day, the return of Superman is already faring better than Superman Returns.

Warner Bros.’ $225 million franchise reboot, Man of Steel, took in a blazing $44.1 million on Friday. Including the $12 million earned on Thursday through corporate screening programs, the film has a $56.1 million total headed into the final two days of the weekend. By Sunday night, Man of Steel may earn about $125 million, which would stand as the second highest opening weekend of 2013 behind Iron Man 3‘s $174.1 million bow.

There’s also a chance that Man of Steel, which garnered an “A-” CinemaScore and has massive potential for Father’s Day business, may hold up better the average tentpole and finish closer to my $132 million prediction. Stay tuned to EW to see where it finishes.

Fellow newcomer This is the End scored $6.9 million on its first Friday, giving it a three-day total of $19.2 million. The $32 million R-rated comedy should take in about $20 million over the weekend, giving it a five day total of about $33 million. Audiences issue the film a “B+” CinemaScore.

Three holdovers filled out the rest of the Top 5. Now You See Me dropped only 46 percent in the face of Man of Steel to $3.3 million, putting it on pace for an $11 million frame. The Purge, meanwhile, plummeted 83 percent from its first Friday to $2.9 million, and may earn about $8.5 million in its sophomore weekend. Fast & Furious 6 grossed $2.6 million on Friday, and it may climb into fourth place by Sunday night with $9 million.

1. Man of Steel – $44.1 million
2. This is the End – $6.9 million
3. Now You See Me – $3.3 million
4. The Purge – $2.9 million
5. Fast & Furious 6 – $2.6 million

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Analysis: 'Man of Steel' garnered better pre-release buzz than 'Iron Man 3'


Iron Man fans may be more numerous, but Superman fans are more hopeful. According to General Sentiment, a leading social analytics firm that analyzes more than 60 million sources of digital content every day, Superman fans are generating major positive buzz around director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. EW has partnered with General Sentiment to develop an aggregate score to report — not just on what is trending in social media — but on what users are actually saying on social networks.

During the two weeks prior to Man of Steel‘s debut week, fans tweeted about the film 121,864 times. While that pales in comparison to the number of tweets Iron Man 3  garnered (340,347) around its release, the tone of Man of Steel‘s buzz was substantially more positive, and about two-out-of-three user mentions (about 66.5 percent) casting the film in a positive light. Meanwhile, Iron Man 3 earned more mixed pre-release buzz with a 56.4 HIT score, which is somewhat surprising given Iron Man’s fan-favorite character status with Marvel fans.

Using a 100-point scale for each film — a score of 50 being neutral, a score of 51 and higher skewing positive, while scores of 49 and lower skew more negative, General Sentiment and EW can catch the sentiment of the social chatter – both positive and negative. Check out the HIT score below.

Christian Bale will not be in 'Justice League,' insists 'Dark Knight' and 'Man of Steel' writer

It’s no secret that Warner Bros. hopes that Man of Steel will lead into a whole shared-universe of DC superhero movies, culminating in a mega-spinoff team-up Justice League film. It’s also no secret that Warner Bros. wants that Justice League movie to feature Batman, by far the most popular superhero in the DC lineup thanks to the Christopher Nolan trilogy. Much has been speculated about whether Justice League would tie into the Dark Knight films — which, after all, were incredibly popular.

Box office preview: How high will 'Man of Steel' fly on opening weekend?


It’s finally here. The most talked-about film of summer 2013. Man of Steel.

The Superman reboot isn’t just anticipated from a creative standpoint. With a $225 million budget, an image-overhaul by producer Christopher Nolan, and lingering memories of Superman Returns‘ less-than-stellar box-office run in 2006, Man of Steel‘s financial prospects have become almost as big of a story as the film itself.

Expectations for Man of Steel‘s opening weekend vary wildly. Warner Bros. is trying to keep forecasts around $75-80 million. Meanwhile, prognosticators’ predictions range from $84 million all the way to $115 million. But those all seem low to me. Yes, low.

'Man of Steel' gets two Mondo art posters

Warner Bros. has already created some eye-catching posters for Man of Steel, but now Mondo has released some striking new art for the upcoming Superman movie.

Mondo, a collectable art boutique that has caught fanboys’ attention with its stylish takes on art for movies like Star Wars and TV shows like Game of Thrones, commissioned two artists, both Mondo alums, to create posters for the Zack Snyder-directed Superman film. One, by Australian artist Ken Taylor, features young Clark Kent near his Smallville home, an image seen in Man of Steel‘s teaser trailer. The other poster, by Uruguay-based artist Martin Ansin, depicts Superman above planet earth, along with some illustrations of other characters in the film. READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel' premiere: Watch live stream of red carpet tonight -- VIDEO

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a live stream of the Man of Steel red carpet.

Superman returns (again) tonight with the official New York premiere. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, director Zack Snyder, producer Christopher Nolan and more are all expected to attend. Fans can submit questions to the stars via Twitter using the hashtags #manofsteel or #manofsteelpremiere, or just sit back and watch the arrivals and interviews.

The pre-show will begin streaming at 5:30 p.m. ET with the official red carpet happening from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Check it out then below: READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel' will keep pivotal scene with destructive tornado

In the upcoming film Man of Steel, Superman faces off against ruthless outcasts from his home planet. The last son of Krypton also encounters a more realistic force of nature on earth: a deadly tornado.

Man of Steel director Zack Snyder said there was never any discussion about altering the pivotal scene involving a twister following recent deadly storms in Oklahoma.

“He’s changed by those events,” said Snyder during an interview to promote the movie. “If anything, we feel like our Superman has a connection — not to make light of it — to the kind of grief that happens during those kinds of natural disasters. Also, in a sad way, even Superman can’t change that.” READ FULL STORY

'Man of Steel' gets release date in China


Superman is coming to China! According to an update from the country’s state-owned distribution agency website, Man of Steel will premiere in theaters June 20. The reboot is slated for a month-long release.

Star Trek Into Darkness opened May 28 in China and Keanu Reeves’ Sino-U.S. co-production Man of Tai Chi will debut July 5, so Man of Steel is in a prime position to dominate the Chinese box office for the first two weeks of its run, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Man of Steel will open in theaters in the Unites States June 14.

Read more:
‘Man of Steel’ 13-minute featurette features extended look at Krypton, Lois Lane, General Zod… well, everything — VIDEO
‘Man of Steel’ behind-the-scenes video features a look at the action scenes
‘Man of Steel’ trailer: Oh my Zod! — VIDEO

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