Monday, July 12, 2010

Despicable? Box Office Sales Says No

Universal's 3D animated film Despicable Me was well received by audiences in North America as it debuted on the weekend box office at the top with a healthy $60.1 million dollars. The movie is led by actor Steve Carell, who lends his voice to the main character of the movie, Gru. Last week's winner The Twilight Saga: Eclipse slips to number 2, while the sequel Predators opens with $25.3 million, exceeding expectations and pushing it to 3rd place.

'Despicable' is delightful at weekend B.O.
'Despicable Me' Dominates, 'Predators' Solid But Unspectacular
'Despicable Me' tops weekend box office at $60.1M
'Despicable' puts sizzle in b.o. at No. 1

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Life in a Day

What does your life look like in a day? On July 24, 2010, millions of people from all over the world will try to answer that question with their own video of their life on that day. Produced by Ridley Scott and directed by Kevin Macdonald, this ambitious social experiment is a documentary of millions of people's lives condensed into a watchable format. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011.

It is a brilliant idea, but July 24 is a Saturday. It is a sad truth that most of us spend 5 days of our 7-day week working, so if they want to capture someone's life in a day, then they should do it on a weekday. It is interesting to see how each of us live our life on a weekday, who among us have that "weird" job, and who works during the night instead of the day.

YouTube to gather videos for 'Life in a Day' movie
Ridley Scott and YouTube prep for "Life in a Day"
Life in a Day YouTube Channel

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Dominates The Box Office

Vampires and werewolves reigned supreme as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse earned $64 million over the Independence Day weekend, and a total of $83 million since opening Wednesday June 30. M. Night Shyamalan's latest offering, Nickelodeon-based The Last Airbender, opened in 2nd with $40 million under its belt, despite the poor reviews it has received. Last week's topnotcher and critically-acclaimed Toy Story 3 slips to 3rd place with still a strong $30 million.

Twilight sequel Eclipse shines at US box office
'Twilight' climbs to $83.6M over holiday weekend

Thursday, August 23, 2007

G.I. Joe The Movie

Another live-action film will be based on a popular Hasbro toyline. With the recent success of the Transformers, Paramount Pictures decided to move along their plans in making the G.I. Joe film by hiring Stephen Sommers to direct the movie. Some of Sommers more renowned works include The Mummy and The Mummy Returns.

"G.I. Joe" accepts movie assignment

In Theaters This Weekend (August 24-26, 2007)

Here are movies opening this weekend, via IMDB, and ranked according to personal familiarity with the movie and/or actors in the movie.

  1. War - Jet Li, Jason Statham. Directed by Philip G. Atwell
  2. Mr. Bean's Holiday - Rowan Atkinson, Willem Defoe. Directed by Steve Bendelack.
  3. The Nanny Diaries - Scarlett Johansson, Laura Linney, Paul Giamatti. Directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Superbad is Super Good: Movie is the Weekend Winner

Superbad wins the box office race this weekend as the teen comedy rakes in $33 million, edging out last week's number one movie Rush Hour 3, which placed at number 2, and the Nicole Kidman/Daniel Craig sci-fi horror remake The Invasion, which tanked and opened at 5th place. Superbad stars relatively unknown actors Michael Cera and Jonah Hill, and produced by fast-rising Judd Apatow, whose previous works include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman, and the surprise 2007 hit Knocked-Up.

Superbad tops US box office chart
'Superbad' Wins Weekend With $33 Million

Eleven Hurt on Set of Tom Cruise's Valkyrie

I still remember posting an article here about Tom Cruise getting protests from Germans for starring in the Germany-based movie Valkyrie, but here's another somewhat bad news. Eleven extras on the movie were injured when they fell off a truck whose side burst open while it was turning a corner.

Eleven injured on Cruise film set
Extras Hurt on Set of Tom Cruise Movie

Friday, August 17, 2007

What Makes a Movie a Success?

So what makes a movie a success, Oscars- or box office-wise? Psychology professor Dean Simonton thinks he knows the answers. He says most critically-acclaimed movies are R-rated and based on a true story or a novel.

You can read more about the article here.

I should mention a funny thing (for me at least) that was mentioned in the article. Tom O'Neil of expresses his rather not so positive thoughts on movie critics and why they usually give bright reviews to fairly obscure movies. I tend to agree with him.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

In Theaters This Weekend (August 17-19, 2007)

Here are movies opening this weekend, via IMDB, and ranked according to personal familiarity with the movie and/or actors in the movie.

  1. The Invasion - Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, James McTeigue.
  2. Superbad - Michael Cera, Jonah Hill. Directed by Greg Mottola.
  3. The Last Legion - Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai. Directed by Doug Lefter.