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First Look: Sherlock Holmes Poster March 29, 2009 11:11 pm

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sherlockholmesteaserposter-032909While at ShoWest, LatinoReview snapped a photo of the teaser poster for Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes.  See it in higher res by clicking the poster above.

The site also snapped a few shots of new posters for 500 Days of Summer, The Hangover and Easy Virtue. Head on over to Latino Review to check those out as well.

Sherlock Holmes hits theaters on December 25, 2009.

Six New Harry Potter 6 Character Posters March 27, 2009 12:49 am

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harrypotterposters-032709MSN has debuted six new character posters for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  The posters feature Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, Draco Malfoy and Severus Snape.  Click the image above to check out all six individually.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits convetional and IMAX theaters on June 17, 2009.

Where the Wild Things Are Trailer March 25, 2009 6:55 pm

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wherethewildthingsare-032509The first trailer for Where the Wild Things Are has been released.  Watch it after the jump.

Where the Wild Things Are, based Maurice Sendaks’ book of the same name, is directed by Spike Jonze and hits theaters on October 16, 2009. (more…)

Casting Bites: Amanda Seyfried, Anne Hathaway, Tom Selleck, Peter Krause and More March 24, 2009 12:52 am

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amandaseyfried-032409Here’s a round up of the latest casting related news for television and film.

  • Amanda Seyfried won’t be able to take on the lead role in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch because HBO won’t release her from her contract on Big Love. Snyder’s film begins shooting this fall, which would conflict with scheduled shooting on the fourth season of Big Love. [EW]
  • Actors Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Tyson Houseman have all signed on to star as members of the wolf pack in Summit Entertainment’s The Twilight Saga: New Moon. [STYD]
  • Anne Hathaway has signed on to star as Judy Garland in the film and stage adaptations of Gerald Clarke’s biography Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland. [Weinstein Co.]
  • Giovanni Ribisi has joined the cast of Hunter S. Thompson’s adaptation of The Rum Diary from Warner Independent. Ribisi will play a carousing journalist in the film, which stars Johnny Depp.  [Variety]
  • Amanda Bynes has landed the starring role in the ABC pilot Canned.  The actress will play Sarabeth, a naive Midwesterner who’s being exploited by her boss – and doesn’t realize it. [Variety]
  • Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara and Martin Mull have all joined the cast of Five Killers, a Lionsgate action comedy that also stars Ashton Kutcher (as a retiring hitman) and Katherine Heigl (his computer tech girlfriend).  Selleck and O’Hara are playing Heigl’s overprotective father and doring mother, while Mull is playing Holbrook, Kutcher’s handler. Robert Luketic is directing the film which is scheduled for release on June 4, 2010 release. [THR]

More casting bites after the jump. (more…)

New Terminator Salvation Movie Poster March 21, 2009 1:49 am

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terminatorsalvationpostertease-032109IGN has unveiled a brand new poster from McG’s Terminator Salvation.  Click the tease above to check out the full poster.

Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22, 2009.

Green Lantern Begins Shooting in September March 19, 2009 4:31 pm

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greenlantern-031909Production Weekly is reporting that Warner Bros’ Green Lantern will begin shooting mid-September.  The comic book adaptation, to be directed by Martin Campbell, is scheduled to hit theaters on December 17, 2010.

The lead role has yet to be cast.

Linda Hamilton is In Terminator Salvation March 17, 2009 6:38 pm

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lindahamilton-031709CHUD is reporting that Linda Hamilton is officially in Terminator Salvation. The site reports that they’ve heard from a source that the actress, who played Sarah Connor in Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day, has already recorded a voiceover for the film.

News of Hamilton doing a voice over first broke when director McG hinted at it back in January.  The actress herself confirmed that she was in talks for the role last month.

Not much is known about the role, other than the voice over will be relatively short and come at the very beginning of the film.  The source compared it in tone and style to her voice over in T2.

Terminator Salvation hits theaters on May 22, 2009.

Two New Harry Potter and the Half Blood-Prince Photos March 17, 2009 6:28 pm

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harrypotterandthehalfbloodprincesmall-031709Warner Brothers has released two new photos of Daniel Radcliffe from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  You can check out the two photos — one is shown to the right — in high resolution after the jump.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince hits theaters on July 17, 2009. (more…)

New Line Developing Second 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth March 13, 2009 3:47 am

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journeytothecenteroftheearth3d-031309New Line has decided to take another 3D Journey to the Center of the Earth.  The film grossed a respectable $240.6 million worldwide (its budget was just $60M), but New Line wanted to wait and see how the DVD numbers turned out before committing to a sequel.  Turns out the performance on DVD was strong enough to warrant pushing along with a sequel.

Contrafilm’s Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson are returning as producers along with Walden Media and Charlotte Huggins.  Eric Brevig, who directed the first film, will also be back and will this time be involved in the development of the script

Because the source material is based on just one book from Jules Verne, THR reports that the sequel’s story came together when a spec script by Richard Outten landed at Walden.  Titled Mysterious Travels, the adventure tale was based on the fantasy that the literary tales Gulliver’s Travels, Treasure Island and Verne’s own Mysterious Island all occurrred on the same island.  The producers all fell for the idea and are now repurposing the script to fit the ‘Journey’ characters (played by Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson–both of whom are expected to reprise their roles).

WB Bringing Stephen King’s It to the Big Screen March 13, 2009 3:15 am

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itpennywise-031309Stephen King’s horror novel It is headed to the big screen.  Warner Bros. has announced that they are adapting the property with Lin Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment.

Dave Kajganich has been hired by the studio to pen the script, which according to THR, will follow a group of kids called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle.

While the novel was set in 1958 and 1985, the feature-film version will be set in present day.  The best-selling 1986 novel had a successful small screen adaptation in 1990, airing as a miniseries on ABC.

Open Letter To The Fans from Watchmen Screenwriter David Hayter March 11, 2009 7:36 pm

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davidhayter-031109Watchmen screenwriter David Hayter has written an open letter to the fans, asking them to go see the film again.  Hayter insists his plea isn’t to get beef up the fim’s box office, but instead to ensure that in the future, more films like Watchmen get made.  Read a few excerpts from the letter after the jump. (more…)

New Wonder Woman Images + Q&A With Keri Russell March 10, 2009 1:12 am

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wonderwoman-flyingkicktoares-031009Wonder Woman, the latest DC Universe DVD/Blu-ray from Warner Bros. is available to now available to own.  But I’ve got a few more images and a brand new Q&A with actress Keri Russell, who voices Diana/Wonder Woman, worth checking out.  Click through the jump to read the Q&A and see two more images.

Official Plot Synopsis:
Produced by the multiple Emmy® Award winning animation legend Bruce Timm, Wonder Woman is an origin– story and features a stellar celebrity voice cast including Keri Russell (Waitress, Felicity), Nathan Fillion (Desperate Housewives), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Rosario Dawson (Sin City), Oliver Platt (The West Wing) and David McCallum (NCIS). Wonder Woman begins on the mystical island of Themyscira, where a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons resides. They have raised Princess Diana, a daughter of stunning beauty, extraordinary strength and incredible fighting prowess. Diana possesses a host of super human powers granted to her by the gods and goddesses of Olympus and her strength and stamina are unparalleled. When Air Force fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazons and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a world war that will destroy them all. It is up to Princess Diana to save her people and the world by using her gifts to become the ultimate Wonder Woman.

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Wonder Woman was released on March 3rd, and is available to own on either DVD or Blu-ray Hi-Def.  You can check out my review of the two-disc DVD at this link. (more…)

Watchmen Takes Weekend With Strong Debut March 8, 2009 3:26 pm

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watchmensmiley-030809According to studio estimates, Warner Brothers adaptation of the Alan Moore comic/graphic novel Watchmen pulled in a very respectable $55.7 million this weekend.  The film took in $25.14 million on Friday, dropped to $19 million on Saturday and is expected to pull in another $11.52 million through tonight (Sunday).

Now, it’s true that the movie failed to match Snyder’s last, 300 (which grossed a March record $70.9 million in 2007) and WB had reportedly been hoping for $60 million or so, but this performance is still very impressive.

That’s all especially true when you factor in the age and difficulty in adapting the source material to the big screen with care, the fact that this is not a sequel of any kind and most especially the R-Rating and very long length (2 hours and 43 minutes).  It’ll be very interesting to see where the movie lands in the coming weeks, but there is no doubt that the long length limited its opening weekend performance even though it played in 3,611 theaters, a record for an R-Rated film.  Then again, it’s total screen count of 7,500 is no where near a record–again, this is all due to the film’s long length.

Looking a bit more on the positive angle, while some may feel the movie’s total gross was a little on the disappointing side, there should be no disappointment with the IMAX folks.  Playing at 124 IMAX theaters (~3% of its total theater account), Watchmen drew an impressive $5.5 million (~$44,000 per theater average) of its business from the large-screen format, accounting for a hefty 10 or so percent of its overall weekend gross.  In fact, it was the second-largest IMAX launch ever behind The Dark Knight which took in $6.3 million at 94 sites (accounting for just a little under 4% of its total gross) and unlike Watchmen had 24-hour showings to help boost its gross:

“This solidifies in our mind that we’re the choice for the fan boys, and we love having them,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of Filmed Entertainment for IMAX

Source: Box Office Mojo

Watchmen: $25.1M Opening Day March 7, 2009 11:46 pm

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watchmencomedianpostersmall-111308Watchmen grabbed an estimated $25.14 million on Friday.  That figure includes the $4.55 million that the film grossed from midnight Thursday grosses.  That’s actually slightly lower than Snyder’s last film, 2007’s 300 which grabbed $28.11 million in its first day ($2.5 million of which from Thursday midnight).

While 300’s March opening weekend record of $70.89 million isn’t out of reach, many analysts expect the film to drop off and fall short of that tally, instead finishing the weekend at around $55-60 million.

Make no mistake, that’s still impressive.  The issue here seems to be the film’s long run time.  At 2 hours and 43 minutes, it’s a full 46 minutes longer than Snyder’s 300.  In addition to the fatigue concern, there’s the simple fact that it won’t be able to be played in as many screens as most other, shorter, blockbusters.

Look for further updates on the film’s gross throughout the weekend.

Midnight Watchmen Screenings Take In $4.6M March 6, 2009 1:58 pm

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watchmenthecomedian-030609Watchmen grossed $4.6 million from Thursday midnight runs.  That’s nearly double the midnight gross for Snyder’s previous film 300, which took in $2.5M in March 2006.  The film played in more than 1,595 theaters across the country and did so well in IMAX that the exhibtor sold out all 124 showings and added 3am showings.  IMAX adds that much of the weekend is already sold out.

Watchmen opens wide today in a record — for an R-rated film — 3,611 theaters.  Most analysts expect the film to gross somewhere in the neighborhood of $60-70 million, more than likely near the higher end of those projections, meaning it may beat the weekend gross of Snyder’s 300, which holds a March record of $70.9 million in its opening weekend.

Source: Variety

A Nightmare on Elm Street Set for April 16, 2010 March 5, 2009 11:02 pm

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elmstreetfreddykrueger-030509Warner Bros. and New Line have set an April 16, 2010 release date for the upcoming horror remake A Nightmare on Elm Street.

The project is based on a script by Wesley Strick and will be directed by music-video turned film director Samuel Bayer. At the moment, competition isn’t too crowded for that date, with just two other wide releases set: Weinstein’s Nerveracker and Lionsgate’s animated film Alpha and Omega.

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Watchmen Character Profile: Ozymandias March 4, 2009 10:36 pm

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watchmenozymandias-030409The third of six exclusive Watchmen character profile’s (discussed in this post), this one focusing on Ozymandias, has aired on SCI FI during the network’s telecast of Ghost Hunters International and is now available to watch online at http://www.nbc.com/watchmen/.

OZYMANDIAS

Adrian Veidt, acclaimed as “The World’s Smartest Man,” was inspired by the life of Alexander the Great to take on the costumed identity of Ozymandias. Having trained his body to athletic perfection, he operated for only a few years before retiring, revealing his secret identity publicly, and building a financial empire based around his past as a costumed hero. Determined to do true good in the world, he is one of the few vigilantes apparently free from psychological scars from his years fighting crime.

Click the image below to watch the character profile clip.

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Watchmen Has Already Broken a Record + New Uncensored Clip March 4, 2009 10:13 pm

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watchmensmall-010809It hasn’t theaters yet, but Watchmen is already breaking records.  The Zack Snyder-directed comic book adaptation will play in 3,611 theaters, the most ever for an R-rated film.  Before going wide on Friday, the film will play at 1,600 locations on Thursday night.  That’s substantially above Snyder’s last film, 300, which played 656 midnight shows, helping pull in $28 million for its first day of its $71 million opening weekend in March 2007.

That first day number for 300 was the second-highest ever for an R-rated film,below the $42.5 million tally that Warners The Matrix Reloaded took in in its first day back in 2003.  ‘Reloaded’ is the previous widest release for an R-rated film with 3,603 theaters.  It took in $91.8 million for its first weekend.

There’s also a brand new Watchmen uncensored scene and interview that aired on Cinemax HD which you can check out after the jump. (more…)

Snyder’s Sucker Punch Cast Shaping Up March 4, 2009 2:25 pm

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zacksnyder-030409With just a few days until the release of Watchmen, Zack Snyder is already lining up talent for an all-female cast for his next project, Sucker Punch.

THR reports that Amanda Seyfried is in negotiations to topline the project, while Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Evan Rachel Wood and Emma Stone are all in talks to star in the action fantasy.  According to THRSucker Punch is set in the 1950s and follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.

Snyder, who will direct, also co-wrote the script with Steve Shibuya and describes the fantasy world as “‘Alice in Wonderland’ with machine guns.”

Snyder will be producing the project with his Cruel & Unusual Films partner and wife Deborah Snyder.

Megan Fox In Negotiations for Jonah Hex; Cast in Fathom March 4, 2009 2:15 pm

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meganfox-030409Megan Fox is one busy lady these days.  The Transformers star is in final negotiations to star opposite Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in Warner Bros.’ action Western Jonah Hex, which is based on the DC Comics character of the same name.  The actress is also attached to star and develop Fathom, Fox Atomic’s comic book-based underwater adventures.

According to THR, Fox will play Leila in Jonah Hex, a gun-wielding beauty and love interest of Hex (Brolin), a scarred bounty hunter tracking a voodoo practitioner (Malkovich) who wants to raise an army of undead to liberate the South.

For Fathom, Fox will help develop and shape the adaptation and will produce in some capacity.

New Clip From Wonder Woman February 28, 2009 11:14 pm

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Check out a brand new clip from Warner Brothers’ upcoming DVD/Blu-ray film Wonder Woman. The film will be released on Tuesday, March 3rd.

Watchmen Character Profiles To Premiere on NBC Networks February 27, 2009 5:12 pm

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watchmencomedianpostersmall-111308NBC Universal has announced that video profiles for six characters (Dr. Manhattan, Rorschach, Ozymandias, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre II and The Comedian) from Zack Snyder’s Watchmen will air during the programming of shows on NBC, USA and SCI FI, gearing up for the film’s theatrical release on March 6, 2009.

NBC has released a short preview clip on NBC.com giving us a taste of what’s the come (watch the clip embedded below):

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Here’s the schedule of what’s planned:

March 1: Clip montage featuring Dr. Manhattan airs exclusively during National Treasure on USA Network.

March 2: Clip montage featuring Rorschach airs exclusively during Heroes on NBC.

March 4: Clip montage featuring Ozymandias airs exclusively during Ghost Hunters International on SCI FI.

March 5: Clip montage featuring Nite Owl airs exclusively during Battlestar Galactica on SCI FI.

March 5: Clip montage featuring Silk Spectre II airs exclusively during Burn Notice on USA Network.

March 5: Clip montage featuring The Comedian airs exclusively during 30 Rock on NBC.

Following their network airings, the clips will be available for viewing on nbc.com/watchmen.

Green Lantern Casting Rumor February 26, 2009 10:20 pm

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greenlanternmovie-020509Here’s an odd casting rumor for the title character of WB’s Green Lantern project.  According to Latino Review, Sam Worthington was unavailable due to his role in Clash of Titans, Ryan Goslin passed on the role and Emile Hirsch also just passed:

So the producers are looking at every young up and coming actor in Hollywood” INCLUDING a name I at first found peculiar, but it grew on me and I wanted to share it with you guys.

Anton Yelchin.

Yelchin has certainly landed some high profile roles recently — Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation and Chekov in Star Trek — but I can’t quite picture him in the role of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern.

Green Lantern hits theaters on December 17, 2010.

Warner Bros. Remaking The NeverEnding Story February 26, 2009 3:12 am

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neverendingstory-022609The Kennedy/Marshall Co. (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way company are currently in discussions with Warner Bros. to remake the 25-year-old franchise The NeverEnding Story.  The studio recently acquired the rights to the property clearing the way for the potential remake.

According to THR, the new film, which returns original producer Dieter Geissler, will examine the more nuanced details of the book the 1984 film was based on.  When released, the original film, directed by Wolfgang Peterson, grossed a then-respectable $20.2 million.  Its sequel, directed by George Miller, came out in 1990 and grossed $17.4 million.  A third film was released in 1996, but quickly went to video.

WB Sets Release Dates for Green Lantern, ‘Deathly Hallows: Part II’, Jonah Hex and More February 25, 2009 5:11 pm

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warnerbroslogo-022509Warner Brothers has announced box office release dates (and changes) for several of their upcoming films.

First up, the studio announced the official release date for The Green Lantern.  The DC Comics adaptation will hit theaters on December 17, 2010.  Other notable films include the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II on July 15, 2011.  That’s the exact same weekend as Marvel’s The Avengers.  The studio also announced a new date for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes which will be moving up to Christmas day from its previous November 13, 2009 release date.

The remake of Clash of the Titans, from director Louis Leterrier has been set for March 26, 2010, Jonah Hex, from director Jimmy Hayward, has been set for a August 6, 2010 release and Christopher Nolan’s original sci-fi picture Inception will be released on July 16, 2010.  And finally, Zack Snyder’s next film, Sucker Punch, will be released on October 8, 2010.

Here’s the release schedule:

December 25, 2009

Sherlock Holmes

March 26, 2010

Clash of the Titans

July 16, 2010

Inception

August 6, 2010

Jonah Hex

October 8, 2010

Sucker Punch

December 17, 2010

The Green Lantern

July 15, 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

Source: ERC BoxOffice