August 3, 2009
RT on DVD: Race to Witch Mountain, The Soloist, Delgo
We know it's shaping up to be quite a disappointing week for DVD, but we promise at least a little light at the end of the tunnel. If fantasy is your thing, you've got the latest family flick from the artist formerly known as The Rock (Race to Witch Mountain), an otherworldly animated flop (Delgo), and Thomas Jane's strange sci-fi actioner based on a role-playing game (Mutant Chronicles). Joe Wright delivers an Oscar would-be (The Soloist, starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr.) while the likes of Sienna Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Forest Whitaker, Dakota Fanning and others languish in poorly-reviewed indie pics (The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Fragments). Only Blu-ray owners truly have something to celebrate (Big Trouble in Little China on Blu-ray)! Read on for more.
March 24, 2009
Fickman Answers Paramount's Call
Andy Fickman's dance card continues to fill up: the "Race to Witch Mountain" director just signed on to helm Paramount's adaptation of Sarah Mylnowski's young adult novel "Gimme a Call."
March 16, 2009
Fickman Heads Up Monster Attack Network
"The Game Plan" and "Race to Witch Mountain" director Andy Fickman will continue his family-friendly streak for Disney, where he's just been signed to helm an adaptation of the graphic novel "Monster Attack Network."
March 15, 2009
Box Office Guru Wrapup: Witch Mountain Races to the Top
This weekend Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson became the undisputed heavyweight champion of the North American box office with his Disney adventure film Race to Witch Mountain which opened strongly at number one. The comic book saga Watchmen plunged in its sophomore frame settling for second place while the new horror entry The Last House on the Left bowed impressively in third. Existing films held up very well as five of the seven holdover titles in the top ten dipped by less than 30%. However, the overall marketplace fell from last year's levels for the first time in six weeks. Dwayne Johnson scored his sixth career number one opener for a lead role with Race to Witch Mountain which easily claimed the top spot with an estimated $25M. Playing to a broad audience, the PG-rated adventure averaged an impressive $7,844 from 3,187 theaters and did especially well with family audiences. The debut beat out the launch of Johnson's last Disney vehicle with director Andy Fickman The Game Plan which bowed to $23M on its way to a solid $90.6M which amounted to four times the debut weekend figure. Race was inspired by the Witch Mountain franchise Disney had in the late 1970s.
March 12, 2009
Critics Consensus: Race to Witch Mountain Doesn't Cast A Spell
This week at the movies, we've got a supernatural quest (Race to Witch Mountain, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and AnnaSophia Robb), a vengeance thriller (Last House on the Left, starring Sara Paxton and Garret Dillahunt), and playmate pratfalls (Miss March starring Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore). What do the critics have to say?
March 12, 2009
Box Office Guru Preview: Witch Mountain Challenges Watchmen for Top Spot
After five consecutive frames of beating the 2008 box office, ticket sales this time may have a tough job keeping the streak alive. Looking to knock the superheroes of Watchmen out of the top spot is the artist formerly known as The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, who headlines the new Disney live-action film Race to Witch Mountain opening on Friday. A pair of debuting R-rated pics will target older audiences. Universal unleashes the horror entry The Last House on the Left while Fox Searchlight releases the weekend's only film not inspired by a 1970s classic with the comedy Miss March.
March 12, 2009
Total Recall: Best Live-Action Disney Movies
We tend to think of Walt Disney Pictures as chiefly an animation studio -- and with good reason -- but the house Uncle Walt built has been churning out quality (and often highly profitable) live-action entertainment since the 1950s, something we were reminded of when we noticed that the latest chapter in the Witch Mountain franchise (and the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's latest bid for the undisputed heavyweight champion of kid-friendly cinema), Race to Witch Mountain, was landing in theaters this Friday. What better time, then, for your pals here at Rotten Tomatoes to devote a Total Recall list to the 10 best-reviewed live-action entries in the Disney canon?
March 11, 2009
Five Favorite Films with Carla Gugino
A certain quest for variety has allowed Carla Gugino to cultivate a fan base within two distinctly divergent demographics, alternating between femme fatale and strong maternal figures in films like Sin City and the Spy Kids trilogy, respectively. The juxtaposition has never been more apparent than it is during this month, in which she appears in back-to-back weeks as the pin-up superheroine Silk Spectre in Zack Snyder's Watchmen and then as Dr. Alex Friedman, a brainy UFO specialist who teams up with a cab driver (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) to help a pair of alien teens in this week's Race to Witch Mountain.
February 2, 2009
Watch the Super Bowl Spots for Transformers 2, G.I. Joe, and More!
If you missed the Super Bowl yesterday, you may have also missed seeing new spots for some of 2009's most anticipated movies -- including "G.I. Joe," "Transformers 2," "Star Trek," "Up," "Fast and Furious," and "Angels & Demons." Thank goodness for the Internet -- and Collider, where all the spots have been assembled in one place.
July 24, 2008
IGN Scales Witch Mountain
IGN has the details on today's Race to Witch Mountain preview footage, full of car chases, explosions, extra-terrestrial "revelations" and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
February 28, 2008
The Rock Wants Your Loose Teeth
Try and imagine, if you will, how you might have felt if you had woken up one night during your childhood to find Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson standing over your bed, holding a bag full of teeth.
December 12, 2007
The Rock to Play Black Adam in Shazam!
With a superstar like Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson attached to the comic book movie Shazam!, those unfamiliar with the superhero might assume Johnson's playing the title role. However, as The Rock himself is quick to explain, the comic's fans really wanted him to play supporting character Black Adam.