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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Box Office June 25-27 Results

1 Toy Story 3 - $59,000,000
2 Grown Ups - $41,000,000
3 Knight and Day - $20,500,000
4 The Karate Kid (2010) - $15,400,000
5 The A-Team - $6,000,000
6 Get Him to the Greek - $3,000,000
7 Shrek Forever After - $2,875,000
8 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $2,801,000
9 Killers - $2,000,000
10 Jonah Hex - $1,600,000


Box Office June 26-27 Results (Japan)

1 Confessions (JPN.) - Toho
2 Masked Rider Den-o Trilogy The Movie Episode Yellow (JPN.) - Toei
3 IRON MAN 2 - Paramount
5 THE BOOK OF ELI - Kadokawa/Shochiku
6 Outrage (JPN.) - WB/Office Kitano
8 Flowers (JPN.) - Toho
9 Alone Scalpel (JPN.) - Toei
10 Piecing Me Back Together (JPN.) - SDP


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Matt Damon in talks to star in "We Bought a Zoo"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Matt Damon is in early negotiations to star in Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" for 20th Century Fox.

Crowe is now rewriting the original script written by Aline Brosh McKenna.

Movie is based on Benjamin Mee's memoir, which is about a widowed man who buys a dilapidated zoo in hopes of making a fresh start after his wife died from a fatal illness. He and his children, along with a small but loyal staff, work to get the zoo reopened.

No words still on which character Damon will play, but high chances that he will star as Benjamin Mee, if talks are successful.

Julie Yorn ("Bride Wars," "Alice") is producing the feature, which is scheduled to be released in December 23, 2011.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monaghan, Carroll, Baker, Savane join "Machine Gun Preacher"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Michelle Monaghan, Madeline Carroll, Kathy Baker and Souleymane Sy Savane have joined Liongate's action drama "Machine Gun Preacher", and will star alongside Michael Shannon and Gerard Butler.

Butler will star in the leading role as Sam Childers "Machine Gun Preacher", while Shannon will play his friend in the movie that is based on the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing biker who spend time in the most dangerous parts of Sudan and Uganda rescuing hundreds of Sudanese children who've been forced to become soldiers and sex slaves.

Monaghan will star as Childers' wife, Baker plays his mother, and Carroll plays his daughter, Savane plays his most trusted assistant.

Marc Forster will direct from the script he co-wrote with Jason Keller, based on Childer's memoir.

Forster will also co-produce through his Apparatus Production banner alongside Robbie Brenner; Kaushi Entertainment's Gary Safady and Craig Chapman; and GG Filmz's Deborah Giarratana. Merlina Entertainment's Myles Nestel, Apparatus' Brad Simpson, Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Louise Rosner will executive produce.

Shooting is scheduled to begin on July 5 in Detroit and South Africa, and will be released in fall 2011.


Box Office June 18-20 Results

1 Toy Story 3 - $109,000,000
2 The Karate Kid (2010) - $29,000,000
3 The A-Team - $13,775,000
4 Get Him to the Greek - $6,100,000
5 Shrek Forever After - $5,520,000
6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $5,273,000
7 Killers - $5,100,000
8 Jonah Hex - $5,085,000
9 Iron Man 2 - $2,675,000
10 Marmaduke - $2,650,000


Box Office June 20-21 Results (Japan)

1 Confessions (JPN.) - Toho
2 Masked Rider Den-o Trilogy The Movie Episode Yellow (JPN.) - Toei
3 IRON MAN 2 - Paramount
5 THE BOOK OF ELI - Kadokawa/Shochiku
6 Outrage (JPN.) - WB/Office Kitano
8 Flowers (JPN.) - Toho
9 Piecing Me Back Together (JPN.) - SDP
10 Alone Scalpel (JPN.) - Toei


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Benny Chan promotes "Shaolin" with star-studded cast at Shanghai Festival

By Siewaun

On Monday, director Benny Chan led a star-studded cast of the "Shaolin" kungfu movie, comprising of Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing, Wu Jing, Yu Shaoqun and Bai Bing to the Shanghai International Film Festival. Andy Lau, however was absent.

At the press conference, announcement was made that the movie will be released at the end of this year during the New Year movie season, which is the Chinese box office's busiest season.

After releasing the trailer at the press conference, Benny Chan said that though the movie will be in line with the classic 1982 "The Shaolin Temple," which propelled Jet Li into stardom, the new movie is not a remake. He said, "Jet Li has acted in the best film about Shaolin. But I want to do a different story, my own story."

Benny Chan's version of "Shaolin" is set in the 1920s and about a warlord Hou Jie (Andy Lau), who is betrayed by his ex-friend Cao Man (Nicholas Tse), and gains a new understanding of life with the help of a Shaolin monk (Jackie Chan).

The movie has advantages over other Shaolin Temple themed movie, as shooting will be held in the Shaolin Temple which is located in Songshan, Central China's Henan Province, the first time shooting is allowed inside the temple since Jet Li's starred 1982 "The Shaolin Temple".


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman to star in "Trespass"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Nicolas Cage, who will be seen next in Jerry Bruckheimer's produced fantasy movie "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", and Nicole Kidman, who will star as Einar Wegener, the world's first post-op transsexual in an upcoming film adaptation of "The Danish Girl", have signed on to Nu Image/Millennium Films' action/thriller "Trespass".

Joel Schumacher ("St. Elmo's Fire," "The Lost Boys," "Batman Forever") will direct the movie from script written by Karl Gajdusek and Eli Richbourg.

Movie is about a husband and wife who are taken hostage by four perpetrators whose objective is money, but betrayal and deception soon surface unexpectedly, causing complication in the process.

Producers are Irwin Winkler, Avi Lerner and Danny Dimbort. Trevor Short, Boaz Davidson, John Thompson and Rene Besson are executive producers.

Shooting of the movie will begin in August in Louisiana.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Box Office June 11-13 Results

1 The Karate Kid (2010) - $55,665,805
2 The A-Team - $25,669,455
3 Shrek Forever After - $15,770,491
4 Get Him to the Greek - $9,942,000
5 Killers - $8,008,007
6 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $6,486,150
7 Marmaduke - $6,006,704
8 Sex and the City 2 - $5,438,000
9 Iron Man 2 - $4,521,206
10 Splice - $2,942,000


Box Office June 12-13 Results (Japan)

1 Confessions (JPN.) - Toho
2 IRON MAN 2 - Paramount
4 Outrage (JPN.) - WB/Office Kitano
5 Masked Rider Den-o Trilogy The Movie Episode Blue (JPN.) - Toei
7 Alone Scalpel (JPN.) - Toei
8 Flowers (JPN.) - Toho
10 Railways (JPN.) - Shochiku


Friday, June 11, 2010

Tatsuya Egawa directs 2nd live-action film titled "King Game"

By Siewaun
Reference: Tokyograph

Prolific mangaka or Japanese manga artist, Tatsuya Egawa ("Golden Boy," "Magical Taruruto-kun"), who made his directorial debut in 2006 feature "Tokyo Daigaku Monogatari", has just completed directing his second feature film titled "KING GAME".

Egawa wrote the original story for this suspense/horror themed movie, unlike his 2006 debut film, which was adapted from his manga work.

Movie centers a group of 10 men and women gathered together in a sealed room and forced to play the popular party game known as Ousama Game (King's Game). Each of them has been brought there by a secret contract. As their game goes on, they reach their limits and reveal their true natures, giving way to lust and violence.

Takuya Ishida ("Semishigure," "Oppai barĂª") and Sei Ashina ("Kamen Rider Hibiki," "Silk") are starring in the lead role as two of the group of ten, while supporting cast are Yoshino Kimura, Shunsuke Kubozuka, Ai Maeda, Keisuke Horibe, Koji Yamamoto, Nana Natsume, Jai West, Chiaki Sato, Yukie Kawamura and Jerry Fujio.

Phantom Film will handle distribution of the movie, which will be released on the 28th of August.


Nick Nolte, Jennifer Garner is talks to join remake of "Arthur"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Nick Nolte, who will star opposite Dustin Hoffman in the new HBO series "Luck", and will be seen next in an action drama "Warrior", and Jennifer Garner, who recently starred in "Valentine's Day" and will also be starring in and producing comedy feature "Butter", are in negotiations with Warner Bros. to join Russell Brand, Helen Mirren and Greta Gerwig in the remake of 1981 romantic comedy "Arthur".

Garner will star as a wealthy heiress who is about to marry Arthur (Brand) in an arranged marriage. Nolte will play the father of Linda Marolla (Gervig), who has romantic relationship with Arthur.

Story is about a boozing playboy who falls in love with a working class woman while he was supposed to marry a girl his family expected in order to inherit a vast family fortune.

Jason Winer "Modern Family -ABC TV series" will direct Warner Bros.' big-screen remake of romantic comedy "Arthur" from Peter Baynham's ("Borat," "Bruno") script.

Larry Brezner, Chris Bender and Kevin McCormick will produce, while Brand, Scott Kroopf, J.C. Spink and Nick Linnen will executive produce.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

F. Gary Gray in talks to direct "Kane and Lynch: Dead Men"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

The feature adaptation of the Eidos videogame "Kane and Lynch: Dead Men" has found a new director in F. Gary Gray ("The Italian Job," "Law Abiding Citizen") even though it was earlier mentioned that Simon Crane, a British stuntman, stunt co-ordinator, second unit director, will directing. Guess he changed his mind, or perhaps Lionsgate is looking for a more experienced director?

Gray is still in early negotiations with Lionsgate and Nu Image/Millennium Films to direct the feature version, starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx.

Bruce Willis who signed on in 2008 to play mercenary Adam "Kane" Marcus, and Jamie Foxx signed on earlier this year to play the rage-prone killer James Lynch.

Adapted by Kyle Ward ("3 Rounds," "Fiasco Heights") the live-action feature revolves around Kane and Lynch, who are forced to pair up and have 72 hours to travel the world and recover a doomsday device before Kane's kidnapped wife and daughter are killed by the criminals who broke them out of prison.

Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter will produce alongside David Willis (Bruce Willis' brother), Stephen Eads and Millennium.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in August.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Stanley Tucci is Dr. Abraham Erskine in "Captain America"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Marvel has found the scientist that created Captain America!

Stanley Tucci ("Julie & Julia," "The Lovely Bones") has joined Marvel's new feature "Captain America: The First Avenger," starring as Dr. Abraham Erskine, and co-starring alongside Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving and Hayley Atwell.

Dr. Abraham Erskine's first appearance was in issue #1 of Captain America, published in 1941, as the German scientist who first developed the Super-Soldier Serum that transformed Steve Rogers into Captain America.

Movie will center on Steve Rogers, a sickly young man who was enhanced to a perfect human weapon after being injected with an experimental serum, to aid the United States war effort against the Nazis.

Evans stars as Steve Rogers aka Captain America, Stan plays the captain's sidekick, Bucky Barnes, Weaving will star as Johann Schmidt, a.k.a. the Red Skull, Atwell plays Captain America's love interest, Peggy Carter - who happens to be an American spy.

Joe Johnston "The Wolfman" will direct from the script written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Kevin Feige and Stephen Broussard will co-produce the feature. David Maisel, Stratton Leopold, Louis D'Esposito and Stan Lee executive produce.

Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer in England, and will be released by Paramount in the United States on July 22, 2011.


Box Office June 4-6 Results

1 Shrek Forever After - $25,300,000
2 Get Him to the Greek - $17,400,000
3 Killers - $16,100,000
4 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $13,854,000
5 Sex and the City 2 - $12,650,000
6 Marmaduke - $11,300,000
7 Iron Man 2 - $7,783,000
8 Splice - $7,450,000
9 Robin Hood - $5,100,000
10 Letters to Juliet - $3,000,000


Monday, June 7, 2010

"Mulan" received most nominations for Hundred Flowers Awards

By Siewaun

The People's Hundred Flowers Awards and the Golden Rooster Awards, which is considered the most prestigious film awards in China, has announced the initial nominations list for the upcoming award presentation ceremony yesterday.

The 30th Hundred Flowers Awards festival, which will be held October 12-16, 2010 in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province, sees Jingle Ma directed epic movie "Mulan" receiving the most nominations. The movie received the six nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Actress (Zhao Wei and Chen Kun), Best Supporting Actor and Actress.

"Mulan", known in Chinese as "Hua Mulan", and tells the Chinese folktale of Hua Mulan (Zhao Wei), a young heroine who dresses as a man to fight in the war in place of her old father. It opened on November 27, 2009 and made 80 million yuan (US$12 million) at the box office.

In total, ten films were chosen from 85 films with box office sales above 5 million yuan (US$0.7 million) to compete for the Hundred Flowers Best Film award, and they are "Mulan", "The Founding of a Republic", "Bodyguards and Assassins", "The Message", "Ip Man", "Confucius", "Painted Skin", "If You Are the One", "Tie Ren" and "Jing Tian Dong Di".

Other nominated actors including Donnie Yen who received three Best Actor nominations for "Bodyguards and Assassins", "Painted Skin" and "Ip Man", and Zhou Xun who also received three three Best Actress nominations for "Confucius", "Painted Skin" and "The Message". Wang Xueqi and Ge You received Best Actor nominations, and Alec Su receiving Best Supporting Actor nomination.

Final nominations will be announced by the organizing committee on August 31.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Sigourney Weaver stars as a psychiatrist in "Abduction"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Sigourney Weaver who recently starred in James Cameron's Avatar as Dr. Grace Augustine, leader of the Avatar program, will be playing a different kind of doctor this time in Lionsgate's thriller feature "Abduction," where she will star alongside Taylor Lautner "Twilight film series" and Lily Collins ("The Blind Side," "Priest").

Weaver will star as a psychiatrist to Lautner's character, a young man who finds a baby picture of himself on a missing persons website, and starting to realize that his parents are not his biological parents.

John Singleton ("Boyz N the Hood," "Four Brothers") will direct from script written by Shawn Christensen.

Gotham Group, Vertigo Entertainment and Lautner's Tailor Made are co-producing the thriller with Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman of Gotham Group, Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo, and Tailor Made's Dan Lautner. Vertigo's Gabriel Mason executive producing.

Shooting is scheduled to begin in July in Pittsburgh.


Stephen Graham is Sparrow's sidekick in "Pirates 4"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

English actor Stephen Graham, who starred alongside Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in "Public Enemies", has signed on to "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides".

Graham will star alongside Johnny Depp (Jack Sparrow), Penelope Cruz (Blackbeard's Daughter) and Ian McShane (Blackbeard) in the fourth installment of the franchise by Disney, and will play a Machiavellian pirate named Scram, who became the sidekick of Depp's Jack Sparrow, in search of the fountain of youth.

Director Rob Marshall ("Memoirs of a Geisha," "Nine") will direct from the script co-written by Terry Rossio and Ted Elliott, who wrote the previous "Pirates" franchise. Jerry Bruckheimer will produce.

Shooting is scheduled to begin this month in Hawaii, and will be released in May 20, 2011.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Adam Beach joins Favreau's "Cowboys and Aliens"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Adam Beach "Flags of Our Fathers" has joined Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Paul Dano in DreamWorks' and Universal's "Cowboys and Aliens".

Jon Favreau will direct from the script co-written by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman and Damon Lindelof, which is based on the 2006 graphic novel series created by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

Movie is about the Apache Indians and Western settlers who lay their differences aside and teamed up against an alien species that lands in their city with bad intentions.

Beach will star as Nat Colorado, a half-Apache who works for Woodrow Dollarhyde (Ford).

Imagine Entertainment's co- founder Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are co-producing alongside Steven Spielberg, Rosenberg through his Platinum Studios banner, Orci and Kurtzman.

Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer, and will be released in June 24, 2011.


Hope Davis joins the cast of "Real Steel"

By Siewaun
Reference: Variety

Hope Davis, who is starring as Hillary Rodham Clinton in the recently released HBO feature "The Special Relationship," has joined Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly, Kevin Durand and Anthony Mackie in DreamWork's sci-fi action feature "Real Steel". James Rebhorn ("Independence Day," "Scent of a Woman") and Olga Fonda "Love Hurts" also joined the cast.

Shawn Levy ("Night at the Museum - 1 and 2," "Date Night") will direct the actioner from the script written by John Gatins.

Set in the near future, story is about the popular sport of robot boxing, and revolves around a former boxer (Jackman) who gets one last shot at a comeback when he teams with his long-lost son (Goyo)to train a discarded robot boxer into a perfect contender for the high-tech sport.

Levy is co-producing the feature alongside Don Murphy, Susan Montford. Shooting is scheduled to begin later this month.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Box Office May 28-31 Results

1 Shrek Forever After - $55,725,000
2 Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time - $37,779,000
3 Sex and the City 2 - $37,145,000
4 Iron Man 2 - $20,600,000
5 Robin Hood - $13,600,000
6 Letters to Juliet - $7,250,000
7 Just Wright - $2,700,000
8 Date Night - $2,250,000
9 MacGruber - $1,900,000
10 How to Train Your Dragon - $1,465,000


Box Office May 29-30 Results (Japan)

3 Trick The Movie Psychic Battle Royale (JPN.) - Toho
4 Masked Rider Den-o Trilogy The Movie Episode Red (JPN.) - Toei
5 Railways (JPN.) - Shochiku
6 Zatoichi The Last Days (JPN.) - Toho
7 Box! (JPN.) - Toho
8 Nodame Cantabile The Movie II (JPN.) - Toho
9 GREEN ZONE - TohoTowa
10 Detective Conan The Lost Ship In The Sky (JPN.Animation) - Toho