June 26, 2007
Travolta On the Fence About "Wild Hogs 2"
Everyone was shocked when "Wild Hogs" became one of the biggest hits of all four stars' careers. It made so much money that it seems like they'd have to make "Wild Hogs 2," but John Travolta may be the hold out.
March 5, 2007
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Audiences Ride with Wild Hogs at #1
Moviegoers rallied behind the star-driven comedy "Wild Hogs," which raced to number one at the North American box office, zooming past all expectations from Disney. Meanwhile, Viacom saw less-than-stellar debuts from its serial killer drama "Zodiac" from Paramount Pictures and the southern fried saga "Black Snake Moan" from arthouse unit Paramount Vantage. Overall, the box office remained healthy and surged well ahead of last year's performance.
August 24, 2006
Critical Consensus: "Invincible," "Worms" Score; "Idlewild," "Beerfest" Mixed
This week at the movies, we've got four underdog stories. An average Joe tries to play pro football ("Invincible," starring Mark Wahlberg), the new kid in school tries to ward off bullies by consuming soft-bodied invertebrates ("How to Eat Fried Worms"), a ragtag bunch tries to win an international keg-tapping contest ("Beerfest," starring Broken Lizard), and two struggling 1930s musicians try for a big break ("Idlewild," starring Outkast). What do the critics have to say?
June 6, 2005
Milian and Bell Feel the "Pulse"
Variety reports that pop star Christina Milian ("Be Cool") and actress Kristen Bell ("Spartan") have signed on to appear in the Weinstein Company horror flick "Pulse." A remake of the Japanese horror movie "Kairo," "Pulse" begins shooting in Romania later this month with first-timer Jim Sonzero at the directorial helm.
June 2, 2005
David Twohy & F. Gary Gray to Work Together on a "Brazilian Job"
When filmmaker David Twohy ("Pitch Black," "The Chronicles of Riddick") pitched his "Wrecking Crew" concept to some Paramount executives, he was hoping to write and direct the project. But Variety reports that the producers thought "Crew," with just a little tinkering, would work perfectly as a screenplay for "The Brazilian Job" - which, of course, would be the sequel to Paramount's "Italian Job" remake.
April 14, 2005
The Rock, a Rapper, and a Director Join the "Gridiron Gang"
Variety brings news of "Gridiron Gang," a new sports flick that "concerns a dedicated probation officer ... who puts together a football team of juvenile-detention inmates to compete against local high school teams." The Rock ("Walking Tall," "The Rundown") is already on board to play the probation officer, rapper Xzibit is close to landing a role, and Sony just signed Phil Joanou ("State of Grace," "Three O'Clock High") to direct.
March 26, 2005
Box Office: ?Guess Who? Topped The Box Office?
Two comedies battled for box office supremacy this Easter weekend and the interracial romantic comedy ?Guess Who,? starring Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac, handily defeated ?Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,? starring Sandra Bullock.
March 24, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Miss Congeniality" Armed, But Unfabulous
It?s been a while since Sandra Bullock?s last appearance on the big screen ? 2002?s romantic comedy hit, ?Two Weeks Notice,? co-starring Hugh Grant. She returns with ?Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous,? the sequel to one of her biggest hits in recent years. Ashton Kutcher and Bernie Mac team up for the first time in the romantic comedy, ?Guess Who.?
March 14, 2005
Box Office: "Robots" Follows "Ice Age" with Second Best March Opening Ever
20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios, which produced the critical and box office hit ?Ice Age,? score again with their second collaboration ?Robots.? It topped the box office with an estimated $36.5M over the weekend. It didn?t break the March opening record of $46.3M set by their previous film ?Ice Age,? but it did come in second best. It looks like this is the month for Fox and Blue Sky to launch their animated collaborations. This strong opening also establishes Blue Sky as the third successful animation studio, following Pixar (?The Incredibles?) and PDI (?Shrek?).
March 3, 2005
Critical Consensus: Not So Cool
You know what they say ? sequels are rarely better than the originals. ?Be Cool,? the sequel to 1995?s ?Get Shorty,? opens this weekend and continues that trend. Also opening this weekend are the family comedy ?The Pacifier? and the sci-fi thriller ?The Jacket.?