Alita: Battle Angel may have topped the box office when it debuted in theaters over a week ago, but it certainly wasn’t a box office haul to brag about. However, the film’s performance in international markets, especially China, has the 20th Century Fox release looking a little more favorable. But the question is will it be enough for the movie to break even and turn a profit for the studio? Read More »
It’s official: people really want to learn how to train their dragons. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third and final entry in the animated franchise, won the weekend box office, hauling in $55.5 million. This is the best debut of any film in the series, probably because audiences couldn’t resist seeing hot older Hiccup and his CGI beard. Meanwhile, Alita: Battle Angel dropped to second place, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part came in third, and Fighting With My Family wrestled its way to fourth place.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff devote an entire episode to Alita: Battle Angel, the new film directed by Robert Rodriguez and co-written by James Cameron, based on Yukito Kishiro‘s manga series Gunnm. The cast is joined by Max Evry, Senior Editor at ComingSoon.net to ask the question: was it worth the wait?
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, see how the visual effects of Alita: Battle Angel came together to create the titular cyborg character. Plus, a video essay explores how music biopics have become stale because they keep adhering to the same formula, and you can get hours of relaxation from Big Mouth in the form of a bubble bath loop featuring the soothing voice of Maya Rudolph. Read More »
Alita: Battle Angel is the latest action extravaganza from two of our most auteur-like blockbuster directors working: Robert Rodriguez and James Cameron. Cameron served as a producer, but has spent over a decade trying to get the film off the ground on his own. It was originally announced in 2003 but production of Avatar kept Cameron from committing to the project, in addition to other development issues. In 2016, Robert Rodriguez was brought on as a director and the film finally got made.
Based on a ‘90s manga series by Yukito Kishiro called Gunnm in Japan and Battle Angel Alita here in the US, the theatrical Alita: Battle Angel is a marvel of technology, offering rich visuals and kinetic action that is beyond fun to watch.
I think the merit in this film isn’t necessarily with the story and script, which is serviceable, if not bloated. And it only feels bloated in order to tee up a sequel I wonder if we’ll ever get. No, the merit in this film is spectacle.
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Last year, President’s Day weekend was quite the box office bonanza thanks to Black Panther raking in $202 million in its opening days. This year, the holiday weekend wasn’t fortunate enough to have such an impressive performer, and it resulted in the worst three-day President’s Day weekend since 2004.
Alita: Battle Angel landed at the top of the box office with $27.8 million. Even though that doesn’t seem like an impressive number for a movie that cost $170 million to make, the film still performed beyond analyst expectations. But not all of the new releases were so lucky. Read More »
Rosa Salazar is the heart and soul of Alita: Battle Angel. The actress, known for her work in the Maze Runner series, breathes life into what’s easily Robert Rodriguez‘s biggest and most sincere movie. The scale of the James Cameron-produced manga adaptation is a treat for the eyes, but Alita is the main attraction of this spectacle, and the reason it’s easy to get lost in the world.
Alita is another major accomplishment for Weta, as well as for Rodriguez and Salazar. The character, who was created via motion capture, is as dense and nuanced as her futuristic world, if not more so. Whether she’s eating a chocolate bar for the first time or playing a game of Motorball, she’s always growing, always learning, and always entertaining. Recently, Salazar told us about the work that went into playing Alita, studying the source material, and one pivotal scene that left her conflicted.
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In this edition of Sequel Bits:
- Kung Fu Hustle 2 is currently being developed.
- Some updates on the mysterious Ghostbusters 3.
- There’s still a chance we’ll see a “U.S.S. Callister” follow-up, but it won’t be in Black Mirror season 5.
- Brad Bird and Patton Oswalt make a disgusting joke about the fictional Ratatouille 2.
- Jason Blum wants 10 more Halloween sequels.
- Avatar franchise producer Jon Landau isn’t worried about that long gap between Avatar and Avatar 2.
- James Cameron has plans for Alita sequels, but don’t get your hopes up.
- Just what is going on with that Pirates of the Caribbean reboot?
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Alita: Battle Angel isn’t a movie set in the future that’s all about doom and gloom. Director Robert Rodriguez‘s grand spectacle tells a story with genuine warmth and kindness, thanks in no small part to the presence of actor Christoph Waltz. Playing Dr. Dyson Ido, who discovers Alita in a heap of trash and jolts her back to life, Waltz helps make Rodriguez’s adaptation of Yukito Kishiro‘s manga series more heartfelt than a typical studio movie (which Alita: Battle Angel most certainly is not).
Waltz plays a paternal role and watches Alita’s self-discovery unfold like the audience does. Another part of Waltz’s role and job: assisting in explaining the world, Alita, and the tech. The actor does plenty of heavy lifting for the story, but like Cameron’s handle for world building, Waltz does it all with a natural ease. Plus, if there’s one actor you’re going to immediately buy as a brilliant scientist and doctor, it’s the Inglorious Basterds star, who recently told us about his experience with Rodriguez, cinematographer Bill Pope (The Matrix), and producer James Cameron during a brief phone interview.
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Alita: Battle Angel has been a long time coming. Based on Yukito Kishiro‘s manga series Battle Angel Alita, the big and intimate Robert Rodriguez film was once going to be directed by producer James Cameron, who ended up choosing Avatar over the property. Cameron ultimately handed directorial duties over to Rodriguez, who helped whip Cameron’s epic script into a manageable length.
Even with a different director at the helm, producer Jon Landau wanted to make a James Cameron-style event film, describing the movie as “a movie with themes bigger than its genre” and “has a central relatable character, who on many levels, is an ordinary character who ends up doing extraordinary things against this epic backdrop.” Alita: Battle Angel, which the site’s own Hoai-Tran Bui rightfully praised as Hollywood’s first good manga adaptation, certainly checks those boxes.
We spoke to Landau recently and he told us a bit more about the project’s history, working with Cameron, deleted scenes, and Avatar 2.
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