Not that anyone really cares, but the Teen Choice Awards apparently took place tonight. I mean how can you take any award show seriously that has a category like “Choice Bromantic Comedy” and where Step Up 2: The Streets can win Best Dramatic Film of the year?! The show will air on Monday at 8:00pm et/pt on FOX, but we have the list of movie related winners below.

Action Adventure:
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Drama: Step Up 2: The Streets
Chick Flick: 27 Dresses
Bromantic Comedy: What Happens in Vegas
Comedy: Juno
Horror/Thriller: I Am Legend
Action Adventure: Hancock
Summer Movie Comedy: Get Smart
Actor – Drama: Channing Tatum, Stop-Loss
Actress – Drama: Keira Knightley, Atonement
Actress – Action Adventure: Rachel Bilson, Jumper
Actor – Comedy: Ashton Kutcher, What Happens in Vegas
Actress – Comedy: Ellen Page, Juno
Actor – Horror/Thriller: Will Smith, I Am Legend
Actress – Horror/Thriller: Jessica Alba, The Eye
Villain: Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd
Breakout Female: Ellen Page, Juno
Breakout Male: Drake Bell, Superhero Movie

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianDisney CEO Robert Iger is now claiming that The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian isn’t performing as well as expected at the box office because the May 16 release date was “too competitive”. It probably had nothing to do with the fact that a large portion of moviegoers were

A. disappointed by the first film, and/or
B. Not excited by the trailers and prerelease advertising for the second film.

Yeah, it probably has NOTHING to do with either of those factors. It’s a good thing that Disney moved Prince Caspian from it’s original Christmas 2007 season release out of fear that The Water Horse would be targeting the same audience. Because we all know what kind of HUGE hit The Water Horse went on to become… To be fair, Disney might have made the move due to Walden Media, who was both their production partner on Prince Caspian and the production company behind the Water Horse. Besides, the footage shown at WonderCon in late February was in such an uncompleted state that I double a 2007 release would have been possible.

It should also be noted that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is scheduled to hit theaters on May 7th 2010, only a week after Iron Man 2. So it looks like they’ll be able to use the same excuse next time around as well.

source: The Hollywood Reporter

Page 2

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!


TotalFilm has a batch of production photos from Pixar’s WALL-E.

David Poland
calls Sex and the City: The Movie “the Lord of the Rings of Chick Flicks… not that it’s anywhere near as good, emotional, artistically made or worthy of box office or awards… IT’S 2 HOURS AND 25 FUCKING MINUTES LONG!!!!”

With news of yesterday morning’s decision by the California Supreme Court, Screenwriter John August has announced he is getting married. Congrads.

France’s MK2 and Britain’s Film4 will produce “Satisfaction,” the second film by U.S. writer-director Miranda July (Me and You and Everybody We Know). [Variety]

Universal Pictures has launched a viral site for the Timur Bekmambetov’s

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceBlogwarts has the third official photo from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but it’s very low resolution and not very revealing.

Rotten Tomatoes‘ Total Recall column focuses on movies with talking live-action animals.  This, naturally, is in anticipation of the new Narnia movie.

Variety continues to STEAL stories from movie news websites. How unprofessional. [collider]

Producer Daniel Dubieki says he would like to make a sequel to Jennifer’s Body: “I could see [a sequel] in the future if this movie does well and I think it will. As long as we can bring the right ingredients back to the table, I could totally see that happening. We’re not making it for that reason, but it could work. I’d love to do that.” [shock]

ThePlaylist has a small review of Pineapple Express: “The movie was bloody and hysterical. It was definitely like no other movie I’ve ever seen. [There’s] lots of killing, at least 12 on camera deaths, and lots of blood. Insane. PS Danny R. McBride is a scene stealer.”

Former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, who represented the Al Gore team during the 2004 Florida recount, has denounced the HBO drama Recount, scheduled to air on May 25. [imdb]

io9 explains How Superhero Movies Made Comic Books Cooler (If Not Better).

The Love Guru PosterComingSoon has a new poster for Paramount’s The Love Guru, and no one cares.

PixarBlog has the track-listings for the WALL-E soundtrack.

Film School Rejects has the trailer for Don Cheadle‘s Traitor.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is currently getting a 73 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Jon Brion is scoring Charlie Kaufman‘s Synecdoche, New York. [playlist]

Tom Cruise is in talks to star in director Phillip Noyce‘s thriller 28th Amendment, about a U.S. president (Cruise) who discovers that a secret committee (run by Denzel Washington) has controlled the U.S. government since WWII. [moviehole]

Six Flags Great Adventure announced the grand opening of The Dark Knight coaster which will feature new customized footage of Aaron Eckhart as District Attorney Harvey Dent. The ride also incorporates audio and visual elements from the film which will debut July 18, 2008, offering guests a sneak peak. [SHH]

The Movie Blog theorizes that Paramount might have botched the marketing for Indiana Jones 4.

Rob Corddry has landed his first starring role, a part in “Project A,” an action comedy from Ben Stiller’s production company about a man trained by the U.S. government as a Cold War experiment to become the world’s biggest jerk. [reuters]

EW’s Highest Grossing Movies of the Summer?

Entertainment Weekly

In Entertainment Weekly’s Summer Movie Preview issue, the EW staff compiled a prediction of the Top 10 Highest Grossing Movies of the Summer.

1. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (355.9 million)
2. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (310.8 million)
3. Hancock (280.4 million)
4. Wall-E (280.3 million)
5. Iron Man (267.7 million)
6. The Dark Knight (255.0 million)
7. Kung Fu Panda (244.6 million)
8. The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (176.5 million)
9. The Incredible Hulk (147.2 million)
10. Tropic Thunder (146.6 million)

When I first saw their list, I was actually pretty shocked. How could The Dark Knight place so low? And Prince Caspian at #2? Really? And the biggest superhero of the summer: Will Smith’s? Over Iron Man, The Dark Knight and The Incredible Hulk?

I was prepared to write an article on why Entertainment Weekly is wrong, but as I did more and more research, I started to doubt my first impressions.

EW Might Be Right…

For example, let’s take a look at The Dark Knight. The first film, Batman Begins, made $205 at the domestic box office. Most super hero sequels actually make less than the first film:

  • Spider-Man made $403M, Spider-Man 2 made $373.
  • Superman made $134M, Superman II made $108M.
  • Batman made $251M, Batman Returns $162M.

The only real example of a sequel making more than the original is X-Men which made $157M, and X2 made $214. There are a variety of reasons why this happened, not limited to the second film’s promotion budget and theater count (a difference of almost 700 screens). So history shows us that comic book sequels generally don’t make more money than the first film in the series, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen. Let’s look at best case scenario: The Matrix made $171M, and the sequel The Matrix Reloaded made $281M. That’s a 64% increase. What if The Dark Knight could pull the same type of increase? It would be $336M. I don’t think anyone expects The Dark Knight to pull Reloaded type numbers, especially with the looming death of Heath Ledger. EW’s prediction of $255M is a 24% increase over Batman Begins. I wouldn’t be surprised if The Dark Knight could pull out $275M but any higher would be pushing it.

EW Might Be Wrong About…

Hancock is a completely different matter. I understand that Will Smith is red hot, and that none of the movies Smith has starred in the last five years have made less than $138M…. BUT the movie looks stupid, and I haven’t talked to one person who would list it as their most anticipated movie of the summer (or maybe even top 5). Smith’s biggest movie since Independence Day was I Am Legend, and that only made $256M. And I actually knew a lot of people that were excited to see that movie.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
made $291M but I feel a lot of people felt slighted by the first film. Disney promised the new big fantasy film franchise and people for the most part were left disappointed. I don’t see how The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian could out perform the first. I would guess that Narnia might not even cross the $250M mark.

Discuss: Do you agree with Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 predictions?

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Trailer

The new trailer for Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has hit the web. The new trailer definitely takes on a darker tone. I really wonder how many people are actually interested in this film. It appears that Disney is not committed to continuing the series after Dawn Trader unless the box office dictates that there is enough interest. Watch the trailer below, and as always, I’d love to know what you think in the comments.

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You can watch the new trailer in High Definition on Myspace. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian hits theaters on May 16th 2008.

Discuss: Are you still interested in Narnia?

Super Bowl Ads: Wanted and Narnia: Prince Caspian

Check out the Super Bowl spots for Universal’s Wanted and Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian below.

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The Wanted advertisement is also available in High Definition on Yahoo! Movies.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Trailer

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Most of my friends are Lord of the Ring nuts. They are the type of people who were really looking forward to The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and were really deflated and disappointed after having seen it. I’m not sure if they were expecting a harder edged movie, or what. I was very unimpressed by the computer generated effects in the trailers, and a little turned off by the prospect of the religious undertones of the story. That said, I ended up walking out of the theater two years ago surprised at how much I actually enjoyed the film. Sure, I agree that the film could have done with dome more action and a little less exposition, and at Comic Con 2007, director Andrew Adamson promised to fix the issues most people had with the first movie.

The theatrical trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a good teaser for the next chapter in the series. It offers some cool looking effects, magical fantastical imagery, promises of more action, and leaves you wanting more. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Movie Poster

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Cinematical have posted the official movie poster for Disney’s The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. I wasn’t really a fan of the first film, but the footage that Disney premiered at Comic-Con has given me new hope for this sequel. It appears that they have tried to pump up the plot with more action sequences, which was one of my main complaints about the first adaptation. Check out the poster after the jump.

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Speed Racer and the Release Date of Doom

speedracerlong.jpgThe Wachowski Brother’s live-action Speed Racer movie was set to premiere on May 23rd, 2008, a day after the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series will be unleashed. Well not anymore, it looks like someone over at Warner Bros did the math.

Speed Racer will now hit theaters on May 9th 2008.

“We have been excited about ‘Speed Racer’ since we first announced the project. We see it as a movie with broad-based, worldwide appeal–from adults to teens to families–making it the perfect film to lead off our exciting 2008 Summer slate. We want to give ‘Speed Racer’ the maximum playability throughout the season, so moving it up to the earliest possible date made the most sense,” said Dan Fellman, President of Domestic Distribution.

They also announced that Speed Racer will open day-and-date in most international markets.

For now the only movie Speed Racer needs to contend with is The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, which opens 7 days later.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian has begun filming. Check out the full press release after the jump.
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