Harrison Ford has signed up to star in Ender's Game.
The Indiana Jones actor will take on the role of Colonel Hyram Graff in the sci-fi movie, which will be directed by Gavin Hood. Ford will appear alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Hailee Syeinfeld, Abigail Breslin and Asa Butterfield.
Hood has adapted Orson Scott Card's classic sci-fi novel and Butterfield will take on the lead role of Ender Wiggin, a prodigy who becomes part of mankind's war against an alien race known as the Formics. Rising quickly through the ranks at the Battle School, Ender is revealed as a master tactician. Hailee will play fellow school warrior Petra Arkanian, Breslin will take on the role of Ender's older sister Valentine and Kingsley is aboard to play Mazer Rackham, a legendary war hero many had thought was dead.
Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci - who recently wrote the Star Trek sequel - have signed on as producers and shooting is set to start in February.
Director Garry Marshall gathered some of Hollywood’s biggest names for Valentine’s Day, and now he’s taking on another holiday.
Marshall has cast Ashton Kutcher, Hilary Swank, Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin and Lea Michele in his upcoming New Year’s Eve. Sounds like a party.
The movie focuses on a group of New Yorkers and how they spend the holiday. Kutcher’s character hates it, De Niro’s is dying, and Pfeiffer’s is an overworked secretary who’s ready to kick up her heels.
Hilary Swank will play the producer of the huge Times Square New Year’s Eve party, so we’ll be looking for a few notable cameos, too.
Shooting for the film begins next month in New York.
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A-list actress Cameron Diaz was helped through the grieving process by her young co-stars.
The actress - who lost her father Emilio in April 2008 after he died of pneumonia while she was shooting the film My Sister’s Keeper - said it was the kind words of Abigail Breslin, 13, and Sofia Vassilieva, 17, who provided the most comfort.
“Being able to go back to a great group of people, who were there and waiting for me, was a blessing. Those girls helped me. Nick Cassavetes, the director, was amazing, too. That’s the only way I was able to do it.”
Despite the tragedy, the 37-year-old beauty - who was given two weeks off after the production schedule was changed to help her grieve - said she knew the “show must go on”: “If anyone knows what it’s like to lose a parent, and it happened very suddenly and very unexpectedly for me, you’re in shock.”
Her father’s death has also made her appreciate those around her a lot more.
“The most important thing I’ve found in my life is my family and friends. Your wealth in life is the people who you get to love and who love you back, and all the experiences that you get to have with those people throughout your life.”
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, DreamWorks, FOCUS, Magnolia, Miramax, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Action, Adaptation, Classics, Drama, Foreign, Foreign Language, Romance, Science Fiction, Comedy, Thrillers, Home Entertainment, Lists, New Releases
Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this Tuesday:
- Brüno: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Canyon: DVD
- Chasing Amy: Blu-ray
- Clerks: Blu-ray
- Fight Club: Blu-ray
- Galaxy Quest: Blu-ray
- Gone with the Wind (70th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
- How to Be: DVD
- Is Anybody There?: DVD, Blu-ray
- My Sister’s Keeper: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Professional: Blu-ray
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Combine I Am Legend with a little Natural Born Killers, some 28 Weeks Later, and a giant heaping of Shaun of the Dead, and you might just get Zombieland.
In this new film from Ruben Fleischer, survivors of a zombie plague journey across the country to an amusement park. (Because we should always feel safe in a land of clowns.) The horror comedy stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin and features cameos from Bill Murray and Mike White.
It’ll be time to “nut up or shut up” on October 9.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Period, Romance, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Box Office, Lists
After putting up with a frustrating delay, eager Muggles rushed to the theaters this weekend in droves. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince kicked off its extended debut with a record-breaking premiere ($22.2 million) at midnight Tuesday. The series’ sixth installment went on to earn $158 million over five days and officially became the biggest international opener of all time ($237 million).
Despite the numbers, there was one film Half-Blood could not beat: The Dark Knight. At this same time last year, the Batman sequel had also racked up $158 million in sales. But that film did it in only three days.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Period, Remakes, Romance, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Thrillers, Box Office, Lists
Just like in the fashion world, one day Bruno was hot—the next day he was not.
Even though the comedy did well enough to place first this weekend, it appears the sexually graphic film may have turned some off. Ticket sales for the Sacha Baron Cohen entry dropped 39% between Friday and Saturday, leading many to believe that negative word of mouth played a factor.
In total, Bruno piqued enough interest to raise $30.6 million over three days. While that gross beats Borat‘s $26.5 million debut, the 2006 film later went on to earn $129 million domestically.
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This was one heated battle that left Ice Age out in the cold.
Only 24 hours ago, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and the animated comedy were estimated to finish in a possible tie. But when the final numbers were computed, last Monday’s champ managed to keep its spot for another round. In just two weeks, the Paramount feature has managed to earn just under $300 million.
But Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs had nothing to complain about. Even though it missed the #1 spot by less than $1 million, the threequel had the best per screen average of any entry in the Top Ten. In total, the movie earned $66.7 million over five days, just shy of what 2006’s Ice Age: The Meltdown grossed over only three days.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, FOCUS, Disney, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family, Period, Remakes, Romance, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Thrillers, Box Office, Lists
It’s not very often when “loud” and “mindless” are deemed good qualities. But in Paramount’s case, it was a recipe for success.
Over the past five days, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen did what most films have been attempting all year: It passed the $200 million mark. (Up just became the first 2009 film to hit $250 million.)
While the Michael Bay film is definitely on track to be one of the most successful entries this year (let’s not forget about Harry Potter), the sequel’s opening still takes second behind last year’s topper. During its opening run, The Dark Knight earned $203.8 million domestically.
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Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:
- My Sister’s Keeper (PG-13): starring Cameron Diaz, Abigail Breslin, Alec Baldwin (directed by Nick Cassavetes)
- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (PG-13): starring Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel (directed by Michael Bay)
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