For some onlookers, John Carter‘s opening weekend box office take of $30 million in the US earmarked the film as a failure. No one can be 100% sure about the movie’s financial future until the upcoming second weekend returns but it would take a Moses-size miracle for the $250-$300 million film to become profitable in the United States. (To be fair, its $70 million international opening weekend gross is far more encouraging.)

If you saw the film, however, you might agree that, no matter how you feel about its first two hours, the finish is phenomenal and a great cliffhanger for a possible sequel. It has inspired fans to assemble like the armies of Barsoom to tell Disney that, yes, we want to see more John Carter, even if the numbers aren’t too promising. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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This week, Dave, Devindra, and Adam are joined by Katey Rich from CinemaBlend to discuss the quality of the HBO film Game Change, the ineffectiveness of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, the devastating nature of The Snowtown Murders, and the disappointing box office performance of John Carter.

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VOTD: The Sound and Music of ‘John Carter’

Our friends at SoundWorks have put together a wonderful 10 minute behind the scenes look at the sound and music of Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter. In the video, Supervising Sound Editor Jonathan Null and Composer Michael Giacchino share their experience bringing to life the planet of Barsoom. Watch it now embedded after the jump.

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‘John Carter’ – What Did You Think?

It’s the big weekend for Disney, and Pixar director Andrew Stanton, as Stanton’s live-action adaptation of the Edgar Rice Burroughs novel A Princess of Mars finally hits theaters. John Carter is a film that has been many, many years in development, and finally sees life thanks to Stanton’s interest in the story. Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Willem Dafoe, Mark Strong and more make up the cast of the film, which follows a Civil War vet (Kitsch) who is transported to Mars, where he meets a smokin’ hot princess (Collins) and is drawn into an alien civil strife.

In our review of the film, Angie praised the loving care devoted to realizing the film’s world, even as she was less than impressed with the overall narrative structure and central character. But enough about our thoughts, and enough about Disney’s marketing of the movie, plans for sequels, or past versions that never came to be. Let’s talk about the John Carter that we have here and now — hit the jump to voice your thoughts on the film, and go into the discussion knowing that spoilers lie ahead. Read More »

Halloween 3D gets cut and Beverly Hills Ninja 2 gets sued, but on a happier note, Joss Whedon has some really good ideas for a theoretical The Avengers 2. After the jump:

  • Andrew Stanton and Michael Chabon are working on John Carter 2
  • Defying tradition, Joss Whedon wants to go smaller for Avengers 2
  • Speaking of which, John Slattery would not mind doing Avengers 2
  • Beverly Hills Ninja 2 gets slammed with another lawsuit
  • Dimension Films cuts Halloween 3D from the 2012 calendar
  • [REC]3 Genesis clips hit the web

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On a surface level, there’s much that Andrew Stanton‘s John Carter gets right — much more than you’d expect, given Disney’s exasperatingly incompetent marketing campaign. The visual effects are imaginative and seamless, the action is appropriately flashy, and the source material by Edgar Rice Burroughs seems rich enough in mythology to make even the most jaded sci-fi and fantasy geek drool. All of that, however, can’t make up for the fact that beyond its intricate trappings, John Carter feels oddly hollow. Somehow, the director who once brought us Finding Nemo and Wall-E fails to evoke emotion in his first live-action outing.

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As I walked into Andrew Stanton‘s temporary Arizona villa to speak with him about his new movie John Carter, I was probably the most nervous I’d been in a while. Stanton has only directed two films – Finding Nemo and Wall-E - but they’re two of my favorites, and he’s partially responsible for much of what makes Pixar films so successful. Suffice to say, his talent is intimidating.

For his new movie, which opens Friday, Stanton used that talent to go way out of his comfort zone as a director. He not only tackled live-action for the first time in his career, he brought to life a property he’s been a fan of since his teenage years. John Carter is more than just a big budget epic for Andrew Stanton, it’s a lifelong dream.

We spoke a bit about that as well as the expectations that come with success, his working relationship with star Taylor Kitsch, what the future holds for a director and much more. Check out the video interview after the jump. Read More »

Andrew Stanton‘s new film, John Carter, is bound to cause a lot of dissension among film fans. Some will love its epic action and incredible visuals, others might be put off by its dense, plot heavy structure. No matter which group you fall into, though, there’s no denying that Stanton has a true talent as a story teller. Case in point: Finding Nemo, Wall-E, Toy Story 1-3, Monsters Inc. and more.

Stanton put that reputation to the test recently, taking the stage at TED to give a talk about “The Clues to a Great Story.” Unlike his Pixar films, his talk does get into some NSFW language. Like the films, it’s enlightening and incredibly watchable. Read More »

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