Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington’s revival of The Equalizer is poised to rule the box office this weekend. The film is based on the 1980s television series of the same name—and favorite show of Max Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street—but Fuqua and Washington have put a modern twist on the classic thriller.
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Littlefinger is gearing up to terrorize some Gladers.
Aidan Gillen, the Irish actor best known for his role as Lord Baelish, or Littlefinger, on HBO’s Game of Thrones, has signed on to play the villain in Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, based on the second installment in James Dashner’s YA trilogy, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox has already dated the pic for a Sept. 18, 2015 release.
To say too much about where, exactly, Scorch Trials picks up would be to spoil the end of the first film, which was just released last weekend and has already grossed $81.5 million worldwide. For those who’ve already read the sequel, Gillen will play Assistant Director Janson, or, as Minho likes to call him, “Rat-Man.”
Maze Runner: Scorch Trials is scheduled to being shooting in October with director Wes Ball, who tweeted that Gillen was his first choice, and star Dylan O’Brien set to return.
Gillen’s reps did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Well I guess it’s out now. Aidan Gillen is playing Janson (aka Rat-Man) in the sequel. He was my first choice, so I couldn’t be happier.
— Wes Ball (@wesball) September 26, 2014
Denzel Washington is gearing up to show his box office might once more as The Equalizer debuts in 3,234 theaters, including IMAX and other premium large format screens, starting with early Thursday-night showings. The R-rated Columbia Pictures action thriller, which re-teams Washington with his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, will easily win the weekend, beating out last week’s champ The Maze Runner and this week’s other new opener, the family-friendly The Boxtrolls.
Here’s how things might play out:
Since Disney revealed its first animated Marvel film, Big Hero 6, the plump robot Baymax has been at the heart of the promotional campaign. His presence has steadily grown from trailer to poster to clip, and the upcoming release’s latest trailer isn’t just heavy on the Baymax love. It makes him the star.
Many children would love it if their books came alive, filled as they often are with princesses and unicorns and so forth. But what if the tome in question concerned a terrifying, German expressionism-inspired monster? No, my friends, that would not be so pleasant as 7-year-old Samuel (Noah Wiseman) and his mother Amelia (Essie Davis) discover in forthcoming horror film The Babadook.
Amy and Nick didn’t always have it so bad.
A new clip from Gone Girl shows the first meeting of the somewhat doomed couple. Amy (Rosamund Pike) might be coyly evasive, but Nick (Ben Affleck) is perfectly persistent, and up to the task of matching her wit. It’s almost cute, but, of course David Fincher’s tinted gaze and the knowledge that things, eventually, go very, very wrong when Amy eventually goes missing just makes the whole encounter ever so creepy.
Take a look below.
Jon Favreau admits to being a bit obsessive when it comes to box-office results, as any good blockbuster director should be. “That’s the ultimate scorecard for whether you get to make more movies or not,” he told EW Tuesday night at an event for his latest film Chef, a small-budget pic about an influential chef who goes back to his roots by opening a food truck.
After opening on just six screens in early May, the film gained momentum throughout the summer, sticking around for over 18 weeks. Chef‘s $45.9 million worldwide earnings might seem paltry compared to, say, Iron Man‘s $98.6 million opening weekend, but of course in box-office terms, it’s all relative. Based on Chef‘s modest production budget and minimal marketing, Favreau’s return to indies after nearly a decade of trafficking in big-budget tent poles was a runaway success.
“People came back and saw it over and over, which meant that I connected with people who felt passionately about the film,” said Favreau. “There was not one billboard for the movie. Everything was from word of mouth. That was what was exciting. Much like the food truck in the movie, its success owed itself to the people who were reacting to what we were doing.” Favreau attributes a lot of that buzz to the “power of social media,” likening its ability to help an indie find its footing to its ability to bolster the stature of anything from stand-ups to food trucks.
Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring) and Matthew Fox (Lost) have joined the Western film Bone Tomahawk, alongside previously announced cast members Kurt Russell and Richard Jenkins. The film starts on Monday in southern California and is written and directed by novelist and first-time filmmaker S. Craig Zahler.
Ted better be careful, because Liam Neeson doesn’t mess around.
Sources have confirmed that Neeson has joined the cast of Ted 2, which writer/director Seth MacFarlane tweeted on Wednesday. Sources also confirmed the casting of Morgan Freeman, which was reported earlier this month.
There’s no word yet on what type of guy Neeson will play, but let’s just hope he appears as himself, because we know how much Ted and John love an action star. Could Neeson be this film’s Sam Jones?
Ted 2 is set to be released in theaters June 26, 2015.
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