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Box office preview: Can 'Mission: Impossible' and 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' reinvigorate the movies?

After months of tepid results, there’s simply no denying that the box office is in a terrible rut. After the worst weekend of 2011 two frames ago, prognosticators expected surefire sequels Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked to turn things around. Well, they didn’t. Both films underwhelmed in their debuts.

Now, all eyes have turned to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and, to a lesser extent, The Adventures of Tintin and We Bought a Zoo to save the box office before 2011 comes to a close. All three films are already out in theaters and posting solid numbers, but due to Christmas Eve (traditionally a weak day at the box office — kids need to be asleep if Santa’s going to visit!) falling on a Saturday this year, this weekend’s three-day results are likely to look unnaturally small, so don’t balk too much at the low-ish predictions that follow. During the period from Christmas Day to New Year’s, pretty much every day is a weekend day — all films in release should recoup some serious cash then. READ FULL STORY

Alternate-history Spielberg: Who ALMOST starred in his most famous movies?

Behind every movie you love, there is a story about how it almost became something entirely different.

In Steven Spielberg’s recent EW Interview, he revealed plot changes and alternate casting that might have made some classic movies virtually unrecognizable. Everyone knows Tom Selleck was his first choice to play Indiana Jones, though Selleck couldn’t get released from his Magnum P.I. contract to film it.

There are many more lesser-known stories about similar switches. Click through to see how E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Jurassic Park, Hook, and even Jaws might look in an alternate Spielbergian universe…


Spielberg's origin story (and who pushed him around): The EW Interview

Let’s say you’re a crew worker in Hollywood and Steven Spielberg comes up to you on set and asks to borrow your script for a moment because he locked his in his car.

Do you:

A.) Say “sure thing” and loan him your copy.

B.) Snatch the script out of his hands and say, “Get your own.”

If you chose B.) today you could reasonably expect those ghosts from the lost Ark of the Covenant to show up and shoot lightning through your chest until your face melts. But back before Spielberg was Spielberg, this was precisely the scenario that played out on his first paid gig — an installment of the anthology show Night Gallery in 1969, starring Joan Crawford. (The program was a sort of updated version of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone.)

In the current issue of EW, Spielberg tells stories from throughout his entire filmography, but in this online-only excerpt he dives deep into his early years, when he was just a “pre-teen”-looking kid from Arizona, hustling around Hollywood with a projector in a suitcase and an armload of short films.

Once he got that first job on the NBC TV show, things got really tough.


'War Horse' TV spot: The cast sells Spielberg's 'emotional journey'

“It’s about our strength,” says actor Jeremy Irvine in the new promo for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse. Well, if that’s the case, then I guess I’m going to have to shore up my fortitude to weather each new clip from this film, because at this point I’m usually a useless puddle of a human being by the time they’re over. This new clip — which is billed as a TV Spot, but, at two minutes long, I humbly expect it to play pretty exclusively online instead — features much of the cast of the film, interspersed with some familiar shots, as well as a few new ones.

Other than Irvine, the newcomer who plays the (human) lead in the film, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, and Benedict Cumberbatch, all take time to lend their stirring British accents to the cause of selling the film’s grand themes. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Special 'War Horse' screenings set for Sunday


Steven Spielberg has invited folks from 10 cities for a movie night.

The director will preview War Horse starting at 2 p.m. EST on Sunday in simultaneous screenings around the country, followed by a Q&A with journalist (and EW contributor) Mark Harris. The interview will take place live in the New York theater and be sent via satellite to the others, taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, Seattle, Miami, and Atlanta.

Tickets were given out at bookstores, libraries and local stage theaters, and the RSVP list is already full, according to Disney/DreamWorks. If you weren’t one of the lucky few, you can still watch the Q&A live online at Questions can be sent to Harris via a chat function accompanying the streaming video.

War Horse tells the story of a farmboy (newcomer Jeremy Irvine) and the thoroughbred he raised, both of who find themselves trapped in different parts of the carnage that took place in France during World War I. Some individual screenings have taken place over the past month, and the movie opens for the general public on Dec. 25.

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J.J. Abrams talks Blu-ray-bound 'Super 8,' Amblin movies, and why he's so secretive

Super 8 was J. J. Abrams’ mash note to the early work of Steven Spielberg, and, on that front, it hits all the right notes: Aliens, child-like wonder, the small-town experience, directorial economy, ominous caravans of military vehicles, etc., etc. But Abrams also managed to make the movie his own, and, in anticipation of Tuesday’s release of the movie on DVD and Blu-ray, we asked the director about the difficulties in reconciling the two styles, as well as his uncanny knack for keeping a lid on spoilers.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Looking back, what was it like working on Super 8 with Spielberg?
J.J. ABRAMS: To work with Steven, which was something I always wanted to do, and have it be as educational and rewarding and fun as it was, I feel like I just dodged the biggest bullet in my life. Working with your hero, if it ends badly, it’s a scar for life. So the fact that it ended well was a real relief. READ FULL STORY

Box office: 'The Adventures of Tintin' is off to a solid start in Europe


Tintin and Snowy may not arrive Stateside until Dec. 21, but the sleuthing duo has also made quite an entrance in three European countries.

Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin debuted in first place in France, the United Kingdom, and Belgium on Wednesday, grossing $4.7 million, $3.5 million, and $240,000, respectively, according to Sony Pictures. The film’s first day in France puts it on track for the biggest opening in that country besides Avatar.

The 3-D performance-capture movie is expected to perform much better overseas than in the United States, where Hergé’s comic strips aren’t nearly as well known. As a result, Paramount and Sony are releasing the film in more than 40 countries before it reaches America in hopes that stellar foreign results will boost awareness domestically.

Read more:
Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, and Steven Spielberg attend A-list ‘Tintin’ premiere in London
New ‘Tintin’ trailer: Raiders of the Lost Barque?
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Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, and Steven Spielberg attend A-list 'Tintin' premiere in London

The only disappointing thing — if there even is one — about the upcoming CGI adaptation of The Adventures of Tintin, is that you won’t get to actually see the film’s stars Daniel Craig and Jamie Bell. Luckily, there are premieres to remedy that problem. Over the weekend, Craig, Bell, their fellow cast members (like Nick Frost and Simon Pegg), and those behind Tintin — including director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson — attended the movie’s premiere at the 55th BFI London Film Festival. Check out some of the photos from the event below: READ FULL STORY

'Jurassic Park' on Blu-ray: Steven Spielberg and the art of screaming in terror -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Can Jurassic Park really be 18 years old? I still remember the giddy anticipation of camping out on line in front of New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on opening night, June 11, 1993, as if it were yesterday. Those happy memories came roaring back when I received the new Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy on Blu-ray in the mail last week. The three chapters in the dino saga all look great in high-def (even the unfairly maligned Jurassic Park III). But the real selling point is the set’s slew of extras, including a new six-part documentary which does justice to Stan Winston’s awesome animatronics and ILM’s still-dazzling f/x. Of course, the ticked-off velociraptors and dilophosauruses are only part of what makes the franchise so much fun. The humans do a pretty decent job, too.

In this exclusive clip from the extras, Steven Spielberg demonstrates once again why he’s so good at pulling credible performances out of kids, directing Ariana Richards on how to unleash an appropriately blood-curdling scream for the scene when she and her little brother (Joseph Mazzello) are trapped in one of the theme park’s stalled cars when the ginormous T. Rex swings by for a visit. Meanwhile, the now-grown-up Richards pops by to talk about making the movie. (Is it me, or did she grow into a doppelganger of her Jurassic Park costar Laura Dern?).

Also on hand for the vocal chord-shredding yelps was a special visitor to the set that day — King Kong star Fay Wray, the original Scream Queen — who seems delighted when Spielberg tells her, “We’re going to dedicate this scream to you because you did the first good scream ever in the history of movies.” That Spielberg, he’s a charmer. Watch the clip below. READ FULL STORY

New 'Tintin' trailer: Raiders of the Lost Barque?

I grew up in a Tintin-loving household, so I can’t help but be excited for the upcoming Adventures of Tintin film. However, it occurs to me that there is a sizable slice of the American moviegoing public that has never heard of the series. And those people were probably a bit confused by the first preview. So it’s probably no accident that the new trailer is much heavier on action, action, action! Actually, the trailer makes Tintin look a little bit like an Indiana Jones movie — but in a good, odd-numbered-Indiana-Jones way. There’s even a scene where Tintin and his soused sidekick Captain Haddock are riding in an old-timey motorcycle with a sidecar! Then Haddock tries to fire some weaponry at the bad guys, but fires in the wrong direction. (“Son, I’m sorry…they got us.”) Watch below: READ FULL STORY

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