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Box Office 10/31/2010

“Saw 3D,” the latest installment in the mega-successful, horror series, snagged the top spot at the Friday box office. The legacy of Jigsaw’s deadly traps lives on in the torture franchise’s latest screen turn, picking up $9 million opening day.

Fright films held the top two spots as moviegoers prepared for the Halloween weekend. “Paranormal Activity 2,” which burst into theaters last week with over $40 million, took the second-place slot Friday with $5.8 million. The creepfest went into the weekend with a total estimated tally of almost $55 million.

The action comedy “Red” remained a strong pick among moviegoers, coming in third place. The assassin-powered romp, which stars screen heavyweights Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis, made $3.4 million. The figure ups the movie’s total estimated haul to just over $51 million.

The stunt-crammed, prankster behemoth “Jackass 3D” continued its run in the box-office top five. The “Jackass” guys’ latest installment of freak-out tricks took fourth place, and raked in around $3.1 million on Friday. The film’s total estimated gross now stands at about $96 million.

The supernatural drama “Hereafter” landed in the fifth-place slot. Boosted by a heartfelt performance from Hollywood vet Matt Damon as a psychic dealing with the consequences of his unique talent, the film follows the lives of three people grappling with their relative proximities to the afterlife. The flick snagged about $2 million Friday; a figure which bumps film’s total haul to about $18 million.


The Captains of the Final Frontier – Star Trek

The Bio channel is going to be airing an original Star Trek documentary that focuses on the various starship captains that we have come to know and love in the several TV series and movies over the last several years. The 2-hour doc is called The Captains of the Final Frontier, and it should end up being a great documentary that Star Trek fan will be able to enjoy.

The doc will premiere on the Bio Channel November 3rd at 9PM Eastern.

Here’s the Press Release with all of the details:

STAR TREK is the most influential science fiction television series of all time. In the 44 years since its inception, Star Trek has spanned six series and 11 movies, indisputably paving the way for every science fiction series that has followed. What began as a cult following, stands today as a worldwide phenomenon that only grows stronger and more widespread with each iteration. With its most recent blockbuster film breaking all previous franchise box office records, it’s clear the STAR TREK buzz has never been louder!

And at the center of it all stand the fearless captains of each STAR TREK generation: a class of iconic characters whose leadership and choices changed the course of their own universe forever. So in the next 2 hours, The Captains of the Final Frontier a show for Trekkies, Trekkers and the casual observer alike is riding shotgun on the incredible triumphs and epic dark moments of the most legendary captains in Starfleet’s history, one by one, and comparing them against each other as leaders and lovers.

Taking a hard look at the creation, background and history of these captains, this show will delve into their development and examine the evolution of the role of CAPTAIN itself, as it progressed with each consecutive series and film. We’ve assembled and incredible cast of experts from creators and directors, episode writers, novelists and Star Trek actors to bring the story behind the story to life they’ll reveal how these characters came to be, who was up for the roles and will compare their styles across the leadership spectrum.

This cast of experts will not only bring new perspective to the onscreen action, but will be the ultimate source for revealing the dramatic decisions that were made everywhere from the writers room to the screen…and beyond. So step onto that transporter, because we’re boldly going where no show has gone before, taking a telescopic view of the most powerful men and women in the STAR TREK universe.

Prepare to engage…this is The Captains of the Final Frontier.

The Captains of the Final Frontier premieres Wednesday, November 03 at 9 pm (ET) on the Bio Channel.


Captain America

Marvel fans have been waiting a long time to see the former Human Torch is full Captain America glory, and the wait is finally over. Entertainment Weekly has released the cover for their next week’s issue showcasing the Star Spangled Avenger.

The year is 1942, and Steve Rogers is a scrawny lad who desperately wants to fight Nazis for his country but can’t because he’s been deemed physically unfit. His fate and his physique is radically transformed when he signs up for Project: Rebirth, a secret military operation that turns wimps into studs using drugs and assorted sci-fi hoo-ha. There’s a love interest (Major Peggy Carter, played Haley Atwell), there’s a sidekick (Bucky Barnes, played by Sebastian Stans), and there’s the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s treacherous head of advanced weaponry, whose own plan for world domination involves a magical object known as The Tesseract (comic fans know it better as The Cosmic Cube).

Back To The Future: Eric Stoltz

For ‘Back to the Future’ fans, this is a really big moment. So the story goes that Eric Stoltz was originally cast as Marty McFly in ‘Back to the Future,’ and they shot with Stoltz for a few weeks before it became apparent that he just wasn’t the right man for the role. His comic timing was off, and something was just missing. At the time, they scrambled — re-cast the role with a young, up-and-coming Michael J. Fox — and the rest is history. For years fans have been itching to see some of that Eric Stoltz footage, for no other reason than to grab a peek at what it looked like to have someone else in the role of Marty, and to see why, exactly, filmmakers thought Stoltz was so wrong for the part.

Images of Stoltz filming a couple of scenes have been floating around online for years (see one above), but ‘BTTF’ producer/writer Bob Gale has always seemed determined not to ever release the footage of Stoltz as Marty because he didn’t want to embarrass the actor (since being fired from the lead role weeks into production on a major film is pretty embarrassing in and of itself). Well, guess what? Times (and minds) have changed apparently, and for the upcoming 25th Anniversary Back to the Future Trilogy Blu-ray, Gale and Co. have finally decided to release footage of Stoltz in a behind-the-scenes video that talks about the entire casting snafu.

This is a snippet of footage from that video, and you can watch Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale and Steven Spielberg discuss the “heartbreaking” decision to replace Stoltz after five weeks of shooting below the jump.

I have been waiting to see this video for years.

Erik Davis

Batman:The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan reveals title of third Batman film and that ‘it won’t be the Riddler’

Christopher Nolan’s third Batman film will be called “The Dark Knight Rises” and though the Gotham City auteur isn’t ready to reveal the villain of his 2012 film, he did eliminate one of the big contenders: “It won’t be the Riddler,” Nolan said in an exclusive interview with Hero Complex.

Nolan was most eager to talk about the fact that Warner Bros. had agreed with his argument that the film should resist the current 3-D craze and instead use high-definition approaches and IMAX cameras to strike out on a different cinematic path than the stereoscopic technology that, for better or worse, has become the dominant conversation in the blockbuster sector.

As for the title, it shows the writer-director’s intention to keep his Bruce Wayne trilogy tightly stitched together. “We’ll use many of the same characters as we have all along, and we’ll be introducing some new ones,” Nolan said cryptically. I had an odd thought: What if Nolan somehow brings back Harvey Dent? The only reason I even mention it is because, back during post-production on the second film, Nolan told me that the title “The Dark Knight” was just as much about Dent and his fall from the status of shining-knight civic crusader. Dent was plainly dead at the end of the last film, though, and Nolan has been intent on keeping his Gotham City film firmly rooted in a gritty gangland realism– this isn’t a franchise that has veered off into the supernatural or even much super-science.

Nolan plays things close to the vest — he’s one of the few filmmakers of his generation who actually does wear a vest — and he chuckled when I tried to get a few more details out of him. “Oh, you know me, I don’t talk.” He began our conversation by comparing it with a visit to the dentist’s office. Well, if so, he’s a patient who never opens wide. I asked if he could imagine a time when Warner Bros. would let a filmmaker shoot a Batman script where the villain isn’t one of the signature creations from the comic books. “Ah, Geoff Boucher, master of the leading question,” he said with a chuckle.

That’s when he did agree, however, to eliminate a villain candidate, namely Edward Nigma, the green-suited Riddler, who many people (myself included) assumed was the next natural choice. That character could be taken in a lot of directions — think of Kevin Spacey’s character in “Seven” as a compass point for one of those dark paths — but Nolan and his team are going a different way. As with “Dark Knight,” the new film has a script written by Nolan and his brother, Jonah, and it’s based on a story by the director and David Goyer. Earlier, I got Nolan to take Mr. Freeze off the list and, yes, this is like pulling teeth but don’t think for a minute that I mind. Nolan makes sublime films, and any secrets he wants to keep in place are done so to protect the final product. As for me, I’m hoping now for Hugo Strange who, come to think of it, looks a bit like a dentist…

– Geoff Boucher


Box Office 10/24/2010

The follow-up to the breakout runaway horror hit, “Paranormal Activity 2,” kicked off its first weekend in theaters with a major haul. The creepy tale of a household dealing with unwanted spirits, told through grainy surveillance footage and like its predecessor was largely unscripted, pulled in $20.1 million on Friday.

Trailing behind “Paranormal” is last week’s box-office busting debut “Jackass 3D. “ The prank-fest, which landed about $50 million its first weekend in theaters, slipped to the second-place slot. Johnny Knoxville and his crew’s latest array of cringe-inducing antics rang up nearly $7.6 million as it entered its sophomore session in theaters. Friday’s haul’s kicks the film’s total estimated gross to over $73 million.

The spy thriller “Red” continued to pull in audiences and came in third in Friday’s box-office race. The flick, which stars Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Bruce Willis as retired hired guns now dodging their former employer’s efforts to keep them quiet, raked in roughly $4.5 million. The action picture’s total gross is an estimated $33 million.

The Clint Eastwood-helmed ensemble drama “Hereafter” landed in fourth place. Exploring the lives of three people who are dealing with death and the afterlife in several ways, including the story of a psychic played by Matt Damon, the screen legend’s latest turn in the director’s chair made approximately $4.1 million on Friday.

David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Social Network,” which tells the story of Facebook’s rise from a Harvard campus curiosity to a social media behemoth boasting 500 million users, netted about $2.3 million on Friday. The movie’s total estimated haul stands at around $67.9 million.

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