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Potter Crosses $1 Billion On Pace With Avatar

20110731-101354.jpg‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’ is carving its path through the record books at a record pace. The blockbuster of the summer, and more than likely the biggest movie of 2012, crossed the $1 billion barrier on Sunday. The Potter finale accomplished the treasured feat in 19 days, which ties ‘Avatar’s’ pace. The $1.008 billion worldwide gross ranks 8th all-time, passing ‘The Dark Knight’. BoxOfficeMojo projects that ‘Part 2’ could be on pace to take 3rd place away from ‘Lord of the Rings: Return of the King’ ($1.12 billion) as early as next weekend.

The question now, is whether or not Harry can keep pace with the Blue Aliens? Even though both films were 3D movies, and were shown in IMAX theaters, ‘Avatar’ did have the advantage of being re-released. While Potter’s torrential pace is seriously impressive, I don’t see it having the perseverance to claim the ultimate crown.

Picture and Stats via BoxOfficeMojo:


‘The Dark Knight Rises’ News: Bane Revealed and Tumbler’s Loose in Pittsburgh

Check out this photo of Tom Hardy from ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, revealing Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of Bane (Picture Via Batman-News):

Subaruwrxfan was able to capture of the filming of ‘The Dark Knight rises on the set. Check out this first video of Tom Hardy standing on top of a camouflage Tumbler (Video via Subaruwrxfan)

Subaruwrxfan also got some awesome close-up footage of three camouflage Tumbler’s driving through the streets of Pittsburgh.

Noteworthy News: Abrams in for Trek 2, First Synopsis for Raimi’s Oz, Dawson & Cassel Added to Boyle’s ‘Trance’

1) Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel have been confirmed to be a part of Danny Boyle’s next project ‘Trance.’  Over the past decade, Boyle has been on fire, receiving critical acclaim for his last two movies, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ (Won – Best Directing) and ‘127 Hours’ (Nominated for Best Picture and Best Writing).  ‘Trance’ is being both written and directed by Boyle, and tells a story about a thrilled story about a failed robbery featuring James McAvoy.

(Via The Playlist)

2) J.J. Abrams has finally committed to direct ‘Star Trek 2.’  While everyone has been waiting in anticipation for his response, including fans and producers, Paramount has had to readjust some of their scheduled releases due to Abrams indecision.  The original studio release date was July 29, 2012, but it seems much more likely now to land in the summer of 2013.

“Just been waiting for JJ to be free to really decide if he likes the story and hear his suggestions before we finish the script. Once he says go, we’ll have it in no time. Meanwhile, our outline is detailed enough (70+ pages!) to do some prep :),” Orci posted

(Via The Playlist)

3) The first synopsis for Sam Raimi’s ‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’ has been released.

“Oz The Great and Powerful” imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot—fame and fortune are his for the taking—that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. ‘


(Via Collider)

New Posters for ‘Battleship’ & ‘The Muppets’

Here are the new posters for ‘Battleship’ and ‘The Muppets.’

‘Battleship’ is directed by Peter Berg (Hancock, The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights), written by Erich (Whiteout & Red) & Jon (Whiteout) Hoeber, and stars Liam Neeson, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna, and Taylor Kitsch. ‘Battleship’ is scheduled to hit theaters on May 18, 2012.

‘The Muppets’ is directed by James Bobin (1st feature film), written by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Nicholas Stoller (Get Him To The Greek), and stars Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Rashida Jones, Selena Gomez, Mila Kunis and many others.

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ Press Conference, Bat Signal in Pittsburgh, & Tom Hardy on Roids

Check out ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ press conference from yesterday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Producer Emma Thomas, director Christopher Nolan, and Christian Bale spoke to the people of the Steel City.  (Video via Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Also, check out these pictures of the Bat Signal shining in downtown Pittsburgh.  (Pictures via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Finally, check out the insane amount of mass that Tom Hardy has put on in the past couple of months to fit the bill of the villainous ‘Bain’.  (Picture via

First Images of ‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’

I need someone to explain to me why Ghost Rider 2 is necessary. ‘Ghost Rider’ (2007) was butchered by critics across the board. It scored a 27% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and earned a 35 on Metacritic. Those numbers don’t scream sequel. For whatever reason, Nic Cage really believes in the project, to the point where he actually took a pay cut to ensure that the movie happened. Maybe it’s because the first installment wasn’t a complete disappointment in the box office, earning $228.7 million worldwide ($110 million budget). Unless the new boys sharing the directors seat (Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor) that brought the world the insane and disturbing ‘Crank’ franchise, and Christopher Nolan’s Batman writer David Goyer, can reinvent nearly everything about the first movie, then this sequel will burn up like the unlikely hero’s face.

‘Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance’ is set to release on February 17, 2012.

(Picture Via The Film Stage)

Hugh Jackman Will Battle the Silver Samurai in ‘The Wolverine’

Hugh Jackman announced at Comic-Con this past weekend that filming for ‘The Wolverine’, the stand alone, non-sequel to ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’; will begin in October.

I’m filming Les Miserables in February, but before that I will be filming Wolverine 2 in October. Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script and it should turn out really good. I’ll fight the Silver Samurai in it so that should be exciting. Most of the filming will take place in Japan.

Since a majority of the storyline between Wolverine and the Silver Samurai in the comic books takes place in Japan, it is not shocking that the film will primarily be shot there.  In the continuity of the comic books (which hardly ever seems to matter for movie directors and screenwriters) the Silver Samurai is the half brother of Wolverine’s long lost lover Mariko Yashida.  Wolverine and the Silver Samurai have been allies at times and enemies at times, when the Samurai decides to revert back to mercenary ways.  The Japan arch of Wolverine’s storyline is a big part of his past, but has never been touched in any of the movies.

After ‘Black Swan’ director Darren Aronofsky backed out of ‘The Wolverine’, James Mangold stepped up to the plate.  Mangold has worked with Jackman once before, when he directed and wrote ‘Kate and Leopold.’  His most recent movie was ‘Knight and Day’, featuring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz.  Mangold’s average grade in a directorial role on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 68%.

The script also looks to be in good hands with Chris McQuarrie penning it.  McQuarrie is best known for his work in ‘Usual Suspects’, in which he won the Oscar for Best Writing.  McQuarrie’s most recent work also featured Tom Cruise in ‘Valkyrie.’  His average grade on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer is a 63.75%.  

‘The Wolverine’ is supposed to hit theaters sometime in 2012.

(Quote via Reelz Channel)

Jurassic Park IV Forecast: 2-3 Years According to Spielberg

Steven Spielberg dropped a bomb at Comic-Con this past weekend, giving a forecast that Jurassic Park 4 will in fact happen, hopefully within a timeframe of 2-3 years.

Jurassic Park 4 has a story,” he revealed. “We have a writer, and we’re hoping to make Jurassic Park 4 within the next two or three years.”

(Quote Via Total Film)

There are no details of who the mystery writer is or even the slightest detail, but he gave us just enough to tease us.  Jurassic Park is the 12th highest grossing movie franchise of all-time, earning a total of $1.9 billion between the three installments (CNBC).

Jurassic Park (1993) – Rotten Tomatoes: 88%/Metacritic: 68/Box Office – $914.7 million

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) – Rotten Tomatoes: 51%/Metacritic: 59/Box Office – $618.6 million

Jurassic Park III (2001) – Rotten Tomatoes: 50%/Metacritic: 42/Box Office – $368.8 million

The first two films were directed by Spielberg, but the last installment was led by ‘Captain America’ director Joe Johnston.  The fact of the  matter is that people love Spielberg and people love dinosaurs.  Whenever this 4th installment of the Jurassic Park series is unleashed, it will without a doubt be a booming success.


‘The Dark Knight Rises’, ‘The Lone Ranger’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’ Add Cast Members

1) Christopher Judge has officially joined the cast of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, according to his own personal Twitter feed.

I can finally confirm: I have been cast in “The Dark Knight Rises”.

Follow Christopher Judge on Twitter: @iamchrisjudge

Judge is most recognized for his role on Stargate as Teal’c.


2) Helena Bonham Carter has officially joined the cast of the Jerry Bruckheimer produced, Gore Verbinski directed ‘The Lone Ranger.’  For sometime now Johnny Depp was the only cast member attached the film, but now Carter (Recent Film – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) along with country singer Dwight Yoakam (Recent Film – Dirty Girl) and Barry Pepper (Recent Film – True Grit) have joined the cast.

(Via Total Film)

3) Oscar Isaac has officially joined the cast of ‘The Bourne Legacy.’  Even though Isaac originaly tried out for the lead role, which Jeremy Renner ended up claiming, Gilroy was so impressed with his audition that he cast him in another prominent role.  Isaac’s most recently was seen in ‘Sucker Punch’ and ‘Robin Hood.’

(Via Reelz Channel)

Awesome Comic-Con Concept Art for ‘The Avengers’

Check out the Comic-Con concept art for ‘The Avengers’ that Marvel just released.  We’ve had the opportunity to see everyone of these characters in film already, except Mark Ruffalo’s ‘Hulk’ and Jeremy Renner as ‘Hawkeye.’  Which one of the pieces of art is your favorite?  Let’s here your thoughts in the comment section below!

(Pictures Via Marvel)