July 23, 2008
Lucas Taking Star Wars 3-D?
According to DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, George Lucas is prepping 3-D versions of all six episodes in the Star Wars saga.
December 13, 2007
Jurassic Park T-Rex, Life-Sized Terminator, More Up For Auction
This Christmas, we're asking Santa for Sam Jackson's Star Wars: Episode III lightsaber, Neo's Matrix Reloaded coat, and a full scale T-800 Terminator 2 endoskeleton for that little nook in the foyer. See what else is up for sale at this year's Profiles in History auction!
October 17, 2007
Lucas Talks Star Wars TV Series
Three decades after taking theatrical audiences to a galaxy far, far away, George Lucas is preparing to bring the Star Wars universe to the small screen.
May 14, 2007
New "Star Wars" Documentary to Premiere on The History Channel
"Empire of Dreams" is the name of the "Star Wars" documentary that came in that 4-disc original trilogy box set -- and it was pretty much a fanboy's dream. (Let's just say I've watched it more than once.) Now it looks like The History Channel has something to add.
October 6, 2006
16-Year-Old "Whale Rider" Star To Be A Mommy
Young Oscar-nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, who starred in the lauded New Zealand drama "Whale Rider" at the tender age of 12, has announced that she's pregnant. "Whale Rider" came out in 2002, so if you do the math...the young mom-to-be is sixteen years old. But a very mature sixteen, they say.
August 11, 2006
Hayden Christensen "Jumps" Back into Sci-Fi
After playing Anakin Skywalker in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith," Hayden Christensen was expected to fade out of the limelight and eventually become a really easy Trivial Pursuit question, but it looks like Doug Liman wants the guy to anchor his new action flick.
July 24, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Pirates" Passes $300M; "Lady" Stumbles
Johnny Depp made this weekend's four new releases walk the plank as his megablockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest became the first film of the year to spend three consecutive frames at number one and zoomed past the $300M mark in record time.
July 17, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Audiences Still Love Their Pirates
The Johnny Depp juggernaut Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest remained the most popular film in North America for a second weekend easily defending its box office crown against two new comedies that fought bitterly for the runnerup spot.
July 12, 2006
Disney Hits Jackpot, Announces a Bunch of Layoffs
So you come in to work at Disney on Monday morning, expecting everyone to be all smiles and excited about the "pirate booty" that was made over the weekend. Or maybe you're happy to notice that "Cars" crossed the $200 million mark over the same weekend. And the comes a memo from the boss that says "You're fired."
July 12, 2006
Portman Party Pooper: Natalie Won't Be Nude
After a few exhilarating days of hopeful speculation, the dreams of "Star Wars" fanboys everywhere have been crushed as Natalie Portman will not, repeat not, appear nude in her political period piece, "Goya's Ghosts." Sorry, guys.
July 10, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Pirates" Shatters Industry Records With $132 Million Take
Box office records were shattered by Johnny Depp and his companions this weekend as the much-anticipated adventure sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest exploded into theaters with the biggest opening weekend in Hollywood history. Former champ Superman Returns was hit hard and fell sharply in its second weekend. However, Pirates managed to expand the overall marketplace with most holdovers not suffering large declines. For the first time in box office history, the top ten smashed through the $200M mark.
July 8, 2006
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Sequel Loots Record-Breaking $55.5M on Friday
It looks like this summer will come away with a mark in the record books, if estimates hold. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," the sequel to 2003's surprise smash hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," grossed $55.5M on Friday, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It's the biggest single-day gross ever, besting the $50M single-day debut of last year's "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."
June 11, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: "Cars" Parks Itself at #1
The Disney/Pixar animated film Cars raced past the competition to finish in first place at the North American box office. Though it did not open as strong as some of its predecessors, the toon easily outdistanced everything else in the current marketplace outselling the second place film by a three-to-one margin.
June 8, 2006
Box Office Preview: "Cars" Battles "Omen" at Theaters
Racing into theaters across North America, the computer animated film Cars aims to take over pole position this weekend targeting family audiences. Those looking for a good scare can instead choose The Omen which already launched on Tuesday with some frightening results. The frame's final new wide release is the Robert Altman comedy A Prairie Home Companion giving the weekend a wide assortment of titles for all audiences.
June 5, 2006
2006 MTV Movie Award Winners!
I was going to try to avoid the MTV Movie Awards winners until the broadcast on June 8th, but since we at RT like to bring you the movie news while it's still relevant ... OK, here they are!
June 4, 2006
Box Office Wrapup: Women Power "Break-Up" to #1
Nosy moviegoers just couldn't stay away from a high-profile lovers quarrel as the anti-romantic comedy The Break-Up starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston surprised the industry this weekend by opening at number one, shoving the comic book juggernaut X-Men: The Last Stand into second place in only its second weekend.
June 1, 2006
Box Office Preview: Jen and Vince Ready to Rumble
How much money will moviegoers spend on watching two celebrities yell and scream at each other for 106 minutes? That is the question that Universal, and the film industry in general, will be asking itself with the opening of The Break-Up, the new romantic comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston.
May 28, 2006
"X-Men 3" Is Biggest Memorial Weekend Opener Ever
"X-Men: The Last Stand" grossed an estimated $107M over the Friday-Sunday weekend, becoming the biggest Memorial Weekend Opener of all time. It grossed $45.5M on Friday (one million more than what was previously reported), $32.5M on Saturday, and an estimated $29M on Sunday. Debuting in 3,690 sites, it has a three-day per theater average of $28,997.
May 27, 2006
Box Office: "X-Men 3" Grossed $44.5M on Friday
According to Showbizdata.com, the latest installment of the "X-Men" franchise "X-Men: The Last Stand" grossed a staggering $44.5M on Friday. The worst reviewed of series, it's the best opening day performance for the lucrative franchise, easily passing the $32M made by the previous film "X2: X-Men United."
May 25, 2006
Box Office Preview: X-Men 3 Ready to Rock Memorial Day Weekend
Wolverine, Professor X, and the rest of their soul patrol will launch a full-scale attack on the North American box office this weekend as the gargantuan comic book film X-Men: The Last Stand invades the marketplace on Friday ready to dominate the long Memorial Day holiday weekend.
May 23, 2006
MTV Movie Awards Builds a Cast
With Hollywood's most anticipated blockbuster only weeks away and stars lining up to attend, MTV: Music Television today announced that Colin Farrell, Jessica Simpson, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Amanda Bynes and Dane Cook will join the star studded cast of presenters at the "2006 MTV Movie Awards."
April 26, 2006
Get Your Goofy MTV Movie Awards Noms Right Here
You thought the awards season ended with the Oscars? Please. MTV's just gearing up for their movie awards, which will be broadcast worldwide on June 8th -- but we have all the nominations listed just a click away. (Interesting to note that not only were Paris Hilton & Rob Schneider nominated for awards, but also that "Hustle & Flow" earned three noms -- a movie produced by "MTV Films.")
March 16, 2006
Lucas Talks With Time About "Star Wars" Series
Time Magazine recently had a rather interesting sit-down with mega-successful moviemaker George Lucas, and topics included the next Indiana Jones epic, "day & date" release patterns, 2D vs. 3D, and, of course, the upcoming "Star Wars" TV series.
March 10, 2006
2005 Box Office Numbers Are In ... and Ugly
The Hollywood Reporter explains in clear and concise detail how "the slump" affected overall box office numbers in 2005. Bottom Line? Domestic tallies were down 6% from 2004, which just goes to show how moviegoers feel about cell-phone chatters, non-stop commercials, rising ticket prices, and nine-dollar tubs of popcorn. (Oh, and Hollywood should start making better movies.)
March 6, 2006
Razzie Winners (?) Announced
Fans of bad movies have The Stinkers and The Razzies to look forward to every year, and now that the latter organization has announced their winners, we can put this issue to bed and enjoy the next ten months of cinematic ineptitude.
March 3, 2006
2006 Golden Schmoe Award Winners!
Sure, everyone's psyched for the Oscars this Sunday night (yes, even the movie snobs who claim to hate the Oscars), but let's kick the weekend off with an awards presentation that's a little less ... highbrow. If you followed our advice last week, then you've already cast your ballot for JoBlo's Golden Schmoe Awards. Now check out the winners!
February 1, 2006
Razzie Nominations Announced; Easy Targets Run for Cover
Courtesy of their official site come the annual Razzie Awards Nominations ... or as I like to call them: The Amazingly Obvious Fish in a Barrel Nominations in Which We Savage People We Don't Like, Regardless of the Quality of Their Work. Oh, and it seems the Razzers have decided to branch out an include a "Most Tiresome" category, which I happen to find pretty ironic.
January 31, 2006
2005 Oscar Nominations Are In!
Like most pathetic movie geeks, I was up at the crack of dawn (ok, 8:30am eastern time) to see how my nomination prediction ballot would measure up. (I was perfect on all 20 acting nods and all 10 screenwriting nods, but I erroneously predicted that "Walk the Line" would get nominated over "Capote" for Best Picture, and I picked Croneberg for director over Benett Miller.) Anyhow, here are the nominations for us to rant and rave about for the next five weeks...
January 11, 2006
The "People's Choice" is Pure Idiocy
Whenever I share a new Top Ten List or Critic's Group Nomination list, I'm always extra careful to be fair and respectful of other peoples' opinions. But after seeing what the "People's Choice Awards" handed out for 2005's movies, I just can't contain myself. It's simply too hilarious.
January 11, 2006
7 Films Eligible for Best Makeup Oscar
Yesterday we found out which movies would duke it out for the Best Sound FX Oscar nominations, and today we get the Best Makeup side of the equation. Thanks again to ComingSoon.net for sharing the Academy's press release. (And can someone explain to me why "Sin City" didn't make this short-list? I mean ... sheesh!)
January 10, 2006
7 Flicks Eligible for Sound FX Editing Oscar
ComingSoon.net shares an Oscar-related press release regarding which movies will be duking it out for the Best Sound Editing nominations. Needless to say, most of the films are big, expensive stories full of big, expensive sounds.
December 19, 2005
Seven Flicks Eligible for the Best FX Oscar
Thanks to ComingSoon.net for sharing a press release in which the seven films eligible for the Best Visual Effects award are revealed. It looks to be a tough category this year, what with "King Kong" and "War of the Worlds" among the options.
December 12, 2005
The Lion, the Witch, and the Very Impressive Weekend
Disney & Walden's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" had a pretty fantastic opening weekend at the box office, pulling in just over $67 million from 3,600 theaters. "Narnia" became the #3 biggest opening of the year, behind only "Star Wars Episode 3" and "Harry Potter Episode 4."
November 21, 2005
Harry Potter and the Box Office of Plenty
It's no big shock that the fourth entry in the "Harry Potter" series was, far and away, the number one draw at the weekend box office. But the flick turned out to have the fourth biggest box office weekend in the history of moviedom: Harry snagged over $101 million from nearly 3,900 North American screens ... in only three days!
October 3, 2005
Summer Tomatometer Wrap-Up: Box Office Down, Tomatometer Up
As everyone knows, 2005 was an awful year of bloodletting for everyone in the movie business. With the exception of movies involving the Empire (Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith) or the emperors (March of the Penguins), this was one of the worst summers in history at the box office, the pundits and studios cried.
September 28, 2005
Another "Star Wars" Box Set?
DVDAnswers.com brings the news that Lucasfilm will be releasing a second box set of the original "Star Wars" trilogy. "Why?" is the first question that springs to mind.
September 8, 2005
Critical Consensus: Critics Pan "Emily Rose," "The Man"
This week at the movies features two of our favorite story elements: demonic possession ("The Exorcism of Emily Rose") and fish-out-of-water-cop-buddy-action stuff ("The Man"). Will the critics see the light, or is it off to the slammer for these two?
August 15, 2005
"Four Brother" Split $20 Million at the Weekend Box Office
John Singleton's action drama "Four Brothers" opened in 2,500 theaters to a better-than-expected $20.7 million in its first weekend, handily beating a trio of other newcomers. One of its main competitors was the Kate Hudson bayou thriller "The Skeleton Key," which unlocked nearly $15.8 million (from about 2,800 theaters) in a comparatively slow weekend at the box office.
July 26, 2005
"Sith" Happens at Home on November 1st
ComingSoon.net shares a press release from Lucasfilm, and (surprise!) it looks like the "Revenge of the Sith" DVD will be on the shelves in plenty of time for the holiday season.
June 20, 2005
Batman Rules the Box Office Roost
Debuting with very strong (albeit not staggering) box office numbers is the long-anticipated return of the Caped Crusader. Christopher Nolan's "Batman Begins" handily hooked the #1 spot at the box office this weekend, hauling in just under $47 million over the three-day frame. Toss in the Wednesday and Thursday numbers and the new-fangled bat-flick stands with a fairly impressive five-day tally of $71.1 million.
June 13, 2005
The Smith Spouses Demolish the Weekend Box Office
The charismatic superstar pairing of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie kicked a whole lot of box office butt over the past weekend, raking in an extremely impressive $51.1 million from 3,400 theaters. Industry insiders were expecting a solid bow for the semi-romantic action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," but the movie blew right past the predictions, thanks to a multi-demographic concept, (very) high media visibility, lots of high-end action, and good old-fashioned sex appeal. (Word is that a sequel is presently being discussed.)
June 6, 2005
Weekend Box Office: It's a Zoo Out There
One week after debuting impressively, yet still behind the juggernaut that is "Revenge of the Sith," "Madagascar" snagged the #1 box office spot in its second weekend of release. (But don't feel too bad for George Lucas' baby; it's now the fastest movie to gross over $300 million.) The DreamWorks animated comedy "Madagascar" beat out a trio of multiplex newcomers to grab the top spot, grossing $28.7 million in its second frame.
May 31, 2005
"Sith" Takes More Revenge Over the Holiday Weekend
Despite some rock-solid competition, "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith" grossed an impressive $70.8 million in its second weekend. Bolstered by a 4-day holiday frame, George Lucas' sixth and final space opera reigned supreme over a pair of wide-release newcomers -- but the competition did pretty darn well, too. The DreamWorks animated comedy "Madagascar" drew the family ticket, grossing $61 million over the Memorial Day weekend (in over 4,100 theaters), while the Adam Sandler sports flick "The Longest Yard" was close behind with a tally of $60 million in just over 3,600 theaters.
May 23, 2005
"Sith" Smashes Box Office Records All Over the Place
Needless to say, "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith" was the number one movie at the box office this weekend ... and it absolutely demolished a few records in the process. "Sith" grossed just over $158 million in its first four days of release as it debuted on over 9,000 screens.
May 21, 2005
"Sith" Grossed $83.8M After Two Days
According to Showbizdata, "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" grossed an out-of-this-galaxy $83.8M after just two days of release. "Sith" took in a record-breaking $50M on Thursday and $33.8M on Friday.
May 20, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: Fantastic Four
If you were one of the "Revenge of the Sith" early birds, then you've probably already seen this third (and most likely last) trailer for the upcoming superhero-fest "Fantastic Four." But if you were out getting popcorn while the trailers were spinning, feel free to visit Yahoo! Movies for a new look at this freakishly fantastical family.
May 20, 2005
Trailer Bulletin: The Island
Yahoo! Movies brings us an all-new trailer for Michael Bay's sci-fi thriller "The Island." A tale of utopian societies, rampant cloning, and desperate escapes, "The Island" hopes to be one of the "out of left field" hits this summer. Ewan McGregor ("Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith") stars alongside Scarlett Johansson ("Lost in Translation'), and they're supported by folks like Sean Bean ("National Treasure"), Michael Clarke Duncan ("Daredevil"), Djimon Hounsou ("Amistad"), and Steve Buscemi ("Reservoir Dogs").
May 18, 2005
FilmFocus Chats With Some Guy Named Lucas!
One of our favorite movie sites from across the pond is FilmFocus, and their Joe Utichi had the chance to lob a few questions towards George Lucas during the London premiere of "Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith." The equally loved and derided filmmaker stopped to share some news regarding Indiana Jones ("Harrison's definitely the right age for this one, for what we have in mind, he'll definitely do it. He could take down Arnold Schwarzenegger if he wanted to!""), the "Star Wars" TV series ("We're doing another series of Clone Wars ... But we're also doing something with live action for television too. It's a spin-off really. I won't really be involved in it, but I'm going to get it started and get it going.") ...
May 18, 2005
Critical Consensus: "Revenge of the Sith" Tomatometer Update
Now that the critical dust has settled, it?s time for a final consensus on "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." After George Lucas? first two "Star Wars" prequels received lukewarm responses from fans, he finally ends the series on a triumphant and satisfying note.
May 16, 2005
Fonda & J. Lo Enjoy a "Monster" Weekend
Despite total box office numbers being down (once again), that didn't stop the critically lambasted Jane Fonda/Jennifer Lopez comedy "Monster-in-Law" from grabbing the top spot with a better-than-expected haul of $24 million on 3,400 screens. Also debuting in fine financial form was the Will Ferrell sports comedy "Kicking & Screaming," which effortlessly earned second place with a tally of $20.8 million on approximately the same number of screens.
May 13, 2005
Critical Consensus: Jet Li Gets Fresh with "Unleashed"
"Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" will dominate headlines next week, but this week, it's all about kicking and screaming in one form or another. First off, Jet Li does a lot of kicking and screaming, as well as punching, in the action drama "Unleashed," co-starring recent Oscar winner Morgan Freeman. Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda do their fair share of screaming and baring their claws at each other as potential in-laws in the comedy "Monster-in-Law." There?s also a lot of screaming in "Mindhunters," a thriller starring Val Kilmer, LL Cool J and Christian Slater. Last, but not least, there?s the soccer comedy where Will Ferrell and elementary school kids do a lot of "Kicking and Screaming." Let?s see which of these films critics will be kicking around and screaming at.
May 12, 2005
Early Consensus: "Revenge of the Sith" May Be the Best "Star Wars" Movie
After George Lucas?s first two "Star Wars" prequels received lukewarm responses from fans, it looks like he will end the series on a triumphant and satisfying note with the concluding chapter. Early reviews from the nation?s print, online, and broadcast critics, are gushing praises for "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith."
May 9, 2005
"Kingdom" Leads a Less Than Heavenly Weekend at the Box Office
"Officially" starting the Summer Movie Season with somewhat of a fizzle are a pair of wide release newcomers and a handful of hangers-on. Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven" took the #1 spot by a healthy margin, although total box office numbers continue to lag as compared to last year. "Heaven" grossed an estimated $20 million on 3,200 screens, which was more than enough to give it the top spot, despite hauling in less cash than anticipated. In second place ...
April 26, 2005
Lucas to Bring "Star Wars" to the Small Screen
You didn't actually buy all that "one final trilogy and that's it" material, did you? Seems that George Lucas has not one but two separate "Star Wars" TV series in the works, one a spin-off of his exceedingly popular "Clone Wars" animated adventures ... and the other a live-action adventure series that will take place after "Revenge of the Sith," but before "Star Wars."
April 1, 2005
Spielberg a "Guest Director" on Episode III?
StarWars.com divulges some fairly fascinating news in their interview with "The Making of Revenge of the Sith" author J.W. Rinzler: Steven Spielberg helped put some sequences together? "As George [Lucas] explains in the book, he gave Spielberg a few scenes to play with at the animatics stage: a bit of the Mustafar duel, and Yoda's duel with the Emperor, along with a couple of others. How much of Spielberg's contribution made it to the final film, only Lucas or Spielberg could say, particularly as George revised and reinvented every scene in the film so extensively in editorial."
March 29, 2005
Will There Be Two Different Version of "Sith"?
Reliable 'Star Wars source TheForce.net shares some prequel news, courtesy of Empire Magazine. In an interview with the mag, producer Rick McCallum says 'The digital version of the movie (Episode III) will be different from the version that goes out on film. That has to be locked down so much earlier, whereas the digital can go right up to a week-and-a-half before the film comes out.'
March 17, 2005
Buy the Episode 3 Soundtrack CD, Get a Free DVD
IMDb's Daily News Report shares some exciting news for fans of "Star Wars," John Williams, and freebies in general: "The soundtrack CD of John Williams' score for "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith" will be accompanied by a special 70-minute DVD, "Star Wars: A Musical Journey," when it is released on May 3...the DVD will feature Williams conducting excerpts from his Star Wars scores behind 16 "music videos" compiled from all six films that will include original dialogue and sound effects."
March 11, 2005
Could "Episode III" Score a PG-13 Rating?
In preparation for their "60 Minutes" interview with filmmaker George Lucas, CBS News shares a tip that "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith" may indeed be rated PG-13. "I don't think I would take a 5- or a 6-year-old to this," says Lucas, "It's way too strong..."(The film) is much more dark...more emotional. It's much more of a tragedy.
March 9, 2005
"Sith" One-Sheet Materializes at StarWars.com
George Lucas' third (sixth?) chapter in the long-running "Star Wars" series is almost here, and fans can now bask in the juicy Jedi goodness of the final "Episode III" poster. Created by legendary poster artist Drew Struzan, the latest one-sheet feels a whole lot like the artwork used on the previous pair of prequels (which means the three posters look great when seen together!).
February 18, 2005
"Star Wars III" Will Open Cannes
There will be a disturbance in the Force in this year's Cannes Film Festival. According to This is London, "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" will open this year's festival in May, after months of negotiations between George Lucas and the festival officials.
February 17, 2005
"Star Wars: Episode III" Poster Images
Comingsoon.net reports that MillenniumFalcon.com has posted some poster images for "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith." Besides posters of Yoda and Mace Windu, there is also one featuring a saber duel between Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker. Starring Hayden Christensen, Ewan McGregor, and Natalie Portman, "Revenge of the Sith" will be in theaters May 19th.
January 27, 2005
Title Crawl for "Revenge of the Sith" Revealed
The title crawl for the "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," as well as those of the other five episodes, has been posted on the Star Wars official site. The first paragraph begins with, "War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere."
January 18, 2005
SPOILER: Jackson Gets Wish in New "Star Wars" Film
Samuel L. Jackson has had a lot of brushes with death in the movies, but he's going out in a blaze of glory in "Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith," according to the Associated Press. Jackson said he asked director George Lucas to create an exciting death scene for his character in the film, and Jackson said the final light saber battle is "rousing."
December 23, 2004
Revenge of the Sith Details
Comingsoon.net has posted a summary of an interview with "Revenge of the Sith" stunt man Nick Gillard, as well as some plot points from the upcoming Star Wars novel "Labyrinth of Evil." Gillard gives details on various duels in the movie, including the one between Obi-Wan and Anakin. The article is full of spoilers, so don't read if they ruin the movie experience for you.