Actors have been “overpaid” for a long time. For the past few decades the biggest stars were getting 10, 20, 30 million dollars for a movie that maybe wasn’t even that good. Recently, things have begun to go away from that huge upfront sum. No, stars are taking less money upfront for more options on the back end. That encourages a better product, but also creates much bigger pay days. Sandra Bullock made around $75 million for Gravity. Robert Downey Jr. around $100 million for The Avengers. But somehow, you’re okay with that because the movies are good and they took a gamble at the beginning.
Most of these stars did not take a gamble and, in most cases, you can’t blame them. Forbes has complied their list of the ten most overpaid actors of 2014. They look at the “last three films each actor starred in before June 2014,” add the grosses, then divide by the total salary. What’s left is a return on investment number. The amount of money each actor grosses for every $1 paid. None of them lose money, but some make less than others. Read the most overpaid actors 2014 list. Read More »
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In the early 1990s, Warner Bros actually built a Gremlins theme park ride called Gremlins Invasion. The attraction was built in two Warner Bros. Movie World theme parks, one in Bottrop-Kirchhellen Germany and the other in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. While the dark ride was open for almost ten years, I had not heard of its existence until this year. Last week I wrote about a Ghostbusters theme park ride that was being developed for Six Flags that was never built, so I thought now was a good of a time as any to explore the lost Gremlins ride.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 by Angie Han
We don’t know how much you made in the past year, but it’s probably a safe bet that it’s a lot less than these ten Hollywood actresses did. Sandra Bullock tops the list with an impressive $51 million, but numbers 2-10 didn’t do too badly for themselves either. Can you guess who they are? Find out who the 2013 top earning actresses are after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Origin stories are all the rage these days, to the extent where even common housewares are getting them now. Jennifer Lawrence is helping chronicle the birth of the Miracle Mop for David O. Russell, and now Sandra Bullock will depict the rise of Tupperware for Tate Taylor.
Bullock is attached to lead Taylor’s untitled drama as Brownie Wise, the marketing exec who popularized the plastic containers by coming up with the idea for Tupperware parties. Hit the jump for more details on her newest project.
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Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are both making the promotional rounds for their respective films Gravity and Captain Phillips, and were on UK’s The Jonathan Ross Show together. Ross used the opportunity to get Hanks to reprise the iconic FAO Schwarz scene from 1988’s Big, and play chopsticks on a giant floor piano with Bullock. Watch the video embedded after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity landed with a huge splash this weekend, earning near-unanimous critical praise and exceeding all box office predictions to become the biggest October opening in history. Much of the appeal lay in the film’s verisimilitude. As several reviewers put it, Gravity is the closest that most of us non-astronauts will ever get to space.
But wowing general audiences who don’t know the first thing about actual space travel is one thing. Passing muster with experts is quite another. While astronaut Buzz Aldrin wrote that he was “extravagantly impressed,” astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson took to Twitter to point out everything the movie got wrong. Hit the jump to see what they had to say.
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For years we’ve heard that Alfonso Cuarón, director of Children of Men, wanted to make a space-set film like no other. Gravity has been the subject of rumor almost from the start, about how it would feature a very long unbroken “shot” as its opening sequence, about how a mixture of practical photography and CG would be combined to create an immersive and realistic vision of being stranded in space.
Unlike most rumors, most of the ones about Gravity were true. The film follows two astronauts, played by George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, and tracks Bullock’s character as a fairly routine spacewalk turns to disaster. It was shot with unusual methods and features an atypical soundtrack to create the sensation of being in space. And the general reaction to the 3D in the film has been very enthusiastic, especially when seen in IMAX. Our contributor Laremy Legel loved the film in Toronto, and now you have the chance to see it for yourself. So let us know; what did you think about Gravity? Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
It’s way, way too early to guess what the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them might look like, but it’s never too soon to fantasize with producer David Heyman. Also after the jump:
- Sandra Bullock isn’t interested in The Heat 2
- New Fast & Furious 7 pic shows lots of cars, extras
- Night at the Museum 3 will shoot in London and Vancouver
- Futurama returns again, this time in The Simpsons
- Is Mad Max: Fury Road actually awesome?
- See more pics of Michael Bay hard at work on T4
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There are few theatrical experiences as intense as seeing Gravity on a giant screen in 3D. Alfonso Cuaron‘s latest film, opening October 4, is one of the most visually and sonically impressive films in recent memory as the two elements work in beautiful tandem to enthrall the audience. It’s a must-see in 3D because the third dimension is used very specifically to enhance the tension and sense of fear. You feel as if you’re right there, floating in space with two astronauts (Sandra Bullock and George Clooney) who are about to have a very bad day.
Below, watch a featurette which explains how Cuaron and company used 3D as a main character. Read More »