Over its first five days, The Muppets pulled in over $40 million, making it a bona-fide success for Disney. That’s in large part to the simple fact that the movie is just plain good.
Angie gave The Muppets a great review on the site and it’s still kicking at 98% on Rotten Tomatoes. But the film wasn’t always a rainbow connection. The film had several problems before, during and after production, ranging from original puppeteers not wanting to be a part of the project; current puppeteers not agreeing with character choices; and major changes to the script at almost every stage. Nowhere is that flux better illustrated than the film’s ending. In fact, the ending you now see in theaters is not how the movie originally ended.
After the jump, we’ll reveal the original ending which – of course – will force us to spoil the current ending. If you haven’t seen The Muppets yet, go do that, then come on back. Read More »
Hint: It wasn’t Kenneth Branagh. Thor is still playing in theaters across the world and, if you’re reading this site, chances are you saw it and stayed until after the credits to see what Easter egg Marvel had in store for us. I won’t spoil what happens here, we’ll do that after the jump, but according to one of the actors in the scene, it was not directed by Thor director Kenneth Branagh, but rather by The Avengers director Joss Whedon. After the jump, read how we found out about this but beware of Thor and Avenger spoilers in the context. Read More »
For the sixth time, Spider-Man will be missing his cue. On Friday, producers officially announced that their now infamous musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, would be shut down from April 19-May 11 before reopening with all eyes set on a new opening date of June 14, a three-month delay. This is the culmination of several weeks of rumors and whisperings surrounding new creative voices influencing the show as well as the recent departure of director Julie Taymor, who had been working on Spider-Man for the better part of the decade. According to a press release, the delay is to rehearse and insert “significant and exciting revisions” into the show. Read more after the break. Read More »
Mere days after James Cameron used Peter Berg‘s board game-inspired action movie Battleship as a prime example of the degradation of cinema, one of the film’s stars has leaked some news that sounds worse than it is. Brooklyn Deckar, the model turned actress, who plays a love interest in the film, has been quoted as saying Berg shot “a bunch of alternative endings” and that they’re going back to do reshoots. The big budget action film has been described as “a battle on land, sea and the sky between earth’s forces and attacking aliens,” according to Universal.
Sometimes “reshoots” is a code for “this movie doesn’t work” but, according to Universal, these “reshoots” were built into the principal photograph schedule. There’s a whopping 17 months until the reported $200 million action film is scheduled for release, after all. Read more specifics after the jump. Read More »
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Now the Harry Potter series is really finished. The core cast recently reconvened at Leavesden Studios to reshoot one of the more memorable sequences that takes place in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2: the epilogue.
You might have missed it a little over a month ago when Peter talked to Daniel Radcliffe around the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and the actor mentioned that there was a plan to reshoot the epilogue to the story. I’ll keep all details about that after the break, just in case there are readers who follow the films but don’t know how the books end. In addition, the names and faces of a couple young actors in the film have been revealed, including the lad who plays young Snape. Read More »
Over the weekend, news broke that Universal moved their prequel of John Carpenter’s The Thing, also called The Thing, into release date limbo. Official word from the studio was the film was “not yet ready” and fanboy worry and speculation began. Does the film suck? Do the effects looks stupid? Performances stink? All of the above? The answer, in fact, is none of the above. Producer Marc Abraham clarified to Hitfix that while they already have a cut of the film, the release date shift has allowed them to schedule additional photography that will “enhance existing sequences,” “make crystal clear a few story beats” and “add punctuation marks to the film’s feeling of dread.”
So while we are going to have to wait a little longer to see director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.’s version of The Thing, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton, the film we do eventually see will be better for it. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Briefly: This is an update to a story that first cropped up a couple months back when Daniel Craig was in talks to join David Fincher‘s version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Mr. Craig shot a lead role in Jim Sheridan‘s thriller Dream House earlier this year, alongside Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz, but to make the scheduled February 18 release date, reshoots are required.
Problem is, Daniel Craig is busy with David Fincher now, and won’t be available to take part in the full-cast reshoots for Dream House until December. So that Toronto shoot has been postponed until then. That puts the Dream House release date as TBD, too. The film is about “a successful New York publisher (Craig) who moves his wife (Weisz) and children to a New England town, where they buy the home of their dreams. But the dream is shattered when they learn that the previous tenants were murdered. The husband teams with a neighbor (Watts) to learn the truth about the crime.”
Assuming these reshoots take place in December, we’ll see three Daniel Craig movies in 2011: Dream House, Cowboys & Aliens on July 29 and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo on December 21. [Variety]
Not long ago we heard that reshoots for Universal’s threequel Little Fockers were potentially going to involve Dustin Hoffman, who appeared in Meet the Fockers, the first sequel to Meet the Parents. Hoffman had originally declined to be a part of Little Fockers for a variety of reported reasons. (Scheduling, the part written for him, financial differences, etc.)
But changes are being made to Little Fockers, and one of them is that Dustin Hoffman has been written back in, and will take part in pickup shooting in September. Read More »
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Briefly: Robert Schwentke‘s movie Red is evidently testing well, and I’ve heard great things about it from a few people who’ve seen big chunks of the movie. (And it’s doing well enough that Schwentke is now up for gigs like Wolverine 2.)
But the film isn’t quite done, and the director is down in Louisiana this weekend with Bruce Willis and John Malkovich to shoot a new scene for the film. THR says this isn’t a reshoot in the usual sense. Rather, it is an addition to the movie: a one-minute gag that will (presumably) be an after-credits tag.
I know there is some resistance to the film based in part on the fact that it seems to seriously depart from the comic upon which it is based. But look at the cast: Willis, Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker, Julian McMahon, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine and Brian Cox. That’s a hell of a lineup, and I can’t wait to see them romping through what looks like a sort of action farce.
UPDATE: The LA Times talked to Universal chairman Adam Fogelson, who said the film is testing well and added, “As we’re continuing to refine the film, one of the ideas that’s certainly a possibility is having Dustin be a part of the picture. We didn’t call him and say that we desperately need his help or anything like that. But there is one path that we’re pursuing that could include his involvement.” Take that as rumor control or damage control, as you will.
I’m shocked — shocked! — that Little Fockers isn’t testing well. The first trailer for the film left me with little doubt that the would be exactly what you’d expect out of a threequel to Meet the Parents: broad, mildly awkward comedy with a few family-approved sexual and scatological tee-hees. Gurgle.
Earlier this week there was a report that a week’s worth of pick-up shots were in order, to give the film a little more zing. Now another source says that the film might undergo more dramatic reconstructive surgery, including (if possible) an injection of Dustin Hoffman. Read More »