2015 box office

If you haven’t been to the movies much this year, you aren’t alone. So far, Hollywood’s 2015 offerings have been pretty lackluster. Kingsman: The Secret Service and Paddington are rare exceptions amiss a slew of big budget movies that have either been terrible, or that just underperformed terribly. Some examples are Jupiter Ascending, Seventh Son, Strange Magic, Blackhat, Mortdecai and Focus.

But it this different than usual? January and February are traditionally two of the weakest months both in terms of box office and critical acclaim. Well, it turns out this year has been historically bad. Pajiba lined up the domestic grosses of the January and February releases, juxtaposed with their rumored budgets, to figure out how much money Hollywood has lost this year. And it’s a lot. Read more about the 2015 box office bombs below. Read More »

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After the jump:

  • Sharknado 3 gets hit with a strike-nado, might get delayed
  • T.S. Nowlin will be back to script the last Maze Runner
  • Joe Carnahan offers a glimpse of the A-Team sequel we never got
  • The Poltergeist remake is going to be here two months early
  • Sigourney Weaver is excited about Neill Blomkamp’s Alien sequel
  • The latest Terminator Genisys rumors are are the craziest yet
  • Get another little peek at Bryce Dallas Howard in Jurassic World
  • Watch expensive cars chase each other on the set of Spectre

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ultimate marvel marathon

Do you have 27 hours to spare before Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters? If so, take a shower, bring a blanket and get ready for the Ultimate Marvel Marathon: a 29 hour, 11 movie marathon that begins at 6pm April 29 with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man and goes until around 10pm April 30 with an early screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron. AMC and Regal are each hosting similar events and you can read more below. Read More »

Oscars Academy Awards

After five to ten years of five to ten Best Picture nominees, the Oscars are eyeing a return to old ways. The Academy reportedly wants to shrink the Best Picture pool back down to five nominees.

The rule limiting nominees to five had been in place since the mid-1940s, but was changed in 2009 to include 10 nominees, and then again in 2011 to include 5-10 nominees. Now it might change again. More on the possible Oscars Best Picture nominees rule change after the jump.  Read More »

Transformers Age of Extinction

Before we close the book on another year in film, Brandcameo has one more set of awards to hand out. But these aren’t for achievements in acting or directing or sound mixing. These are for all the product placements that cropped up in the movies last year, from Reese Witherspoon‘s REI boots in Wild to, well, the entirety of The Lego Movie.

The winner for most brands in a single film shouldn’t be hard to guess (I’ll give you a hint: it’s in the headline) but smaller films like Nightcrawler and The Theory of Everything apparently still found ways to squeeze in a few notable brand mentions. Find out who won the sometimes dubious honors in the 2015 Brandcameo Product Placement Awards after the jump.  Read More »

chinese box office

Hollywood is regularly considered the center of the movie universe. American films are made there, and those films not only play within America’s borders, they get shipped all over the world. But as technology gets better and movie tickets more expensive, those tables have been turning. These days, an American film will regularly make more money overseas than it will in the U.S. Of course, that’s one country versus hundreds, but that’s certainly a newer trend.

Until this month though, even if some movies made more money overseas, our monthly box office has always been the highest. The second largest market, China, has done well but never overtaken us. That changed in February 2015 when the U.S. box office grossed $640 million while the Chinese box office took in $650 million. Read More »

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Red Sonja movie

Thirty years have passed since audiences were introduced to Red Sonja on the big screen. Envisioned as a female equivalent to Conan, the film starred Brigitte Nielsen as the title character and even featured Arnold Schwarzenegger in a slightly confusing Conan, but non-Conan, role. The sword and sandal fantasy epic was not a big hit and in fact even took home a Razzie award for the actress. Yet fans who found the film when they were younger hold it in high regard and a new Red Sonja movie has been in talks for sometime.

Robert Rodriguez was originally attached with Rose McGowen in the lead. Megan Fox was floated and then Simon West seemingly boarded the film with Amber Heard as the warrior. Now, that has all been wiped clean. No one is attached to Red Sonja except screenwriter Christopher Cosmos. Read More »

Tomb Raider Movie Reboot

Six years ago, news of a Tomb Raider movie reboot first hit the web. It was being developed by GK Films as an origin story drawing inspiration from Rise of the Planet of the Apes. MGM then came on board and there a script was even commissioned. But we haven’t heard anything since 2013.

Now there’s the first significant update in two years. Warner Bros. has come on board to distribute the film, which will be written by Evan Daugherty, the writer of Snow White and the Huntsman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent and the upcoming G.I. Joe 3. Read more about the Tomb Raider movie reboot below. Read More »

Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski may be best known for big, bombastic blockbusters, but every once in a while he surprises us with something smaller. Rango is a great example. His hit remake The Ring is another. And though the director hasn’t stepped behind the camera since the disaster of The Lone Ranger, the idea for his next movie comprises a bit of both impulses. It’s an original idea with blockbuster potential.

Verbinski is now attached to an untitled film that’s being called “the Driverless Car Race pic.” Written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), it’s a cross-country race movie about cars that drive themselves, with a focus on how the passengers inside deal with that technology and loss of control. Sony Pictures will finance and distribute. Read more about the plot below. Read More »