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'Iron Man' to Be First 2008 Movie to Pass 300 Million Dollars Mark

June 19, 2008 09:03:38 GMT

The excitement level on the "Iron Man" camp may perhaps be in its ultimate height. The first summer movie of 2008 is about to add another significant accomplishment to its name. On Thursday, June 19, the Marvel's comic books adaptation will become the first feature film of the year to cross the $300 million mark.

The forecast has been offered out since until Tuesday, June 17, the superhero film about the man in armor suit starred by Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow has pulled in approximately $299.3 million from the United States and Canada's market. If the film's recent daily grosses of about $680,000 is put into consideration, the calculation following suggested that it will bolt through the $300 million threshold on the predicted date.

Will Good Karma Take Side on 'Love Guru'?

June 19, 2008 08:12:16 GMT

Among the genius comics making a living in the movie industry, Mike Myers maybe considered to be one of the most successful comedians who has managed to deliver one blockbuster hit after another. Yet, like many other acclaimed actors, the Canadian funny man has experienced being loved as well as being gutted out by the movie critics throughout his acting career. With his latest comedy film "The Love Guru", Myers is trying to once again reach another box office success. But, it seems that this time, the good karma may not stay by his side.

Expecting a better Myers film for the follow-up to his other great movies, including "Wayne's World" and "Austin Powers", most of movie critics came out with harsh reviews on the new comedy. With only 2 out of 13 critics hailed it to be a fresh one, "Love Guru" looks like ought to be satisfied with the 15% rating given by Rotten Tomatoes. Stating his opinion about the star-studded movie, Variety's Brian Lowry noted that it "doesn't provide any grand insights about self-actualization" and worse it only offers "bathroom jokes, sixth-grade puns and silly songs". On the same degrading tone, another top critic Kirk Honeycutt of Hollywood Reporter slammed it with comment that "Not only does the film stumble badly from one skit to another, the skits themselves have too much dead air."

A Widget for Vampire Drama 'Twilight'

June 19, 2008 05:12:48 GMT

To add more spice to the promotional works done for the upcoming vampire love story "Twilight", Summit Entertainment have presented fans with a special treatment. The production company of the movie adaptation from Stephenie Meyer's bestselling novel have put out a special widget to be grabbed freely by anyone.

Like many other widget made especially to promote a particular upcoming feature film, this embeddable device offers stills from the movie, the latest videos outed as well as detailed information about the film itself, the cast ensemble and links. What makes it somehow different though, it gives fans an opportunity to send an e-card with a custom message to others. This special tool can be obtained directly below or through "Twilight" official site.

Sequel Talk for Timur Bekmambetov's 'Wanted'

June 19, 2008 04:28:20 GMT

Whether the action sci-fi flick "Wanted (2008)" is successful or not in collecting piles of gold can't be made sure of at least until it hits the big screen next Friday, June 27. Yet, it is said that the filmmakers behind the graphic novel's adaptation are already talking about the follow-up movie to this Timur Bekmambetov-directed film.

Revealing the filmmakers' intention, one of the actors to be featured in "Wanted", Terence Stamp, sparked the speculation when he talked about the Universal Pictures' action-packed movie. While explaining about the part he is portraying, the Academy Award-nominated actor who is also expected to be seen in Steve Carell's "Get Smart" and Jim Carrey's "Yes Man" hinted about the possible sequel. "I play a character who's called Pekwarsky," explained the 69-year-old. "He's an enigmatic character who doesn't feature a lot in the first one, but it's something that's written for a sequel."

Rihanna Insists 'Black Widow' Casting a Rumor

June 19, 2008 03:40:17 GMT

Rihanna has grown to be one of the successful R 'n' B stars of today with hit songs like "SOS", "Umbrella" and "Don't Stop the Music". It is no wonder that buzzes keep on hovering around her. And, sure is when there was a say that the songstress is heading to the movie biz by landing a role opposite Mos Def in "Mama Black Widow", the media went frenzy over it. But, what the Barbadian singer really has to say about it?

Talking to MTV, the 20-year-old was quick to come with a denial over her involvement with the Muse Productions' drama. When asked about the matter, she insisted that it was merely a rumor and she herself was surprised by the outing of the news. "No, that's a rumor," claimed the singer who is associated with R 'n' B hunk Chris Brown. "I don't know how people came up with that." Nevertheless, in the taped interview which can be seen below, Rihanna didn't close the door on the possibility to appear on the big screen stating that she is pretty much interested with the thought, though she won't do it with "Widow".

Sienna Miller Being a Maid in 'Nottingham'

June 19, 2008 02:42:04 GMT

Throughout the years, Maid Marian, the lady companion of the ever so famous figure in English folklore Robin Hood, has been portrayed by various actresses, including Kate Moss, Audrey Hepburn, Uma Thurman and Amy Yasbeck, giving different interpretations to the legendary character from courageous and noble woman to a mischievous tomboy and skillful archer. In 2009, Sienna Miller is expected to bring a new air to this particular character through "Nottingham".

In an interview with BBC, the English starlet revealed that she has been signed to star as Marian in the new and twisted Robin Hood movie. Speaking to Colin Paterson, Miller confessed, "It's happening. I just found out. It's the most exciting news in the world." She also expressed her excitement in nailing the part saying, "I could not have a better part." Though obvious that the 26-year-old is excited with the news, she still offered a serious thought on whether or not the movie will actually be done. "It's ridiculous," she said. "But there's this looming actors' strike, so it's not 100 per cent sure that it's going to be made, but it's looking pretty certain."

Getting a Smart Choice With 'Get Smart'

June 18, 2008 09:52:47 GMT

In early June, a big fat panda has reached out to his dream of becoming a kung fu master and dominated the box office chart with the release of "Kung Fu Panda" in the theaters across the country. This coming Friday on June 20, a compulsively efficient analyst, Maxwell Smart, will also be living on his dream of being a secret agent for the spy company he works for in Warner Bros. Pictures' newest comedy movie "Get Smart". But, with another comedy film "The Love Guru" in hot pursuit to pose a tough challenge, can "Smart" rise to the occasion and win the box office battle like when Po beat Zohan from "You Don't Mess With the Zohan"?

Apparently, many of the movie critics believe so as they praise the Peter Segal-directed movie to be an entertaining comedy flick. Commenting on the movie adaptation to the hit 1960s spy parody television series of the same name, Village Voice's J. Hoberman simply called this movie as a pleasant surprise given that it is "more an all-purpose (and often quite funny) goofball action comedy". In similar tone, Jeff Otto of ReelzChannel.com saw it to be "breezy summer fun". In a more critical approval, Emanuel Levy from EmanuelLevy.Com lauded Steve Carell for his successful attempt in delivering the spy nerd and providing the goofy moments.

A Batch of On-Set 'Wolverine' Photos Surfaced

June 18, 2008 08:27:28 GMT

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine", the spin-off movie from the hugely popular "X-Men" series, is currently filming in locations across Australia and New Zealand. And, with the crew being busy shooting for the action fantasy, a bunch of on-set photos has leaked out. The pictures expose the activities done while filming on Blacksmiths beach.

Outed by local publication The Lake Macquarie News earlier, the images display bits from what scenes are being shot on the particular day. Reportedly, the principal photography taken on the day of the photos highlighted on Wolverine landing on a beach with a band of World War II soldier. One of the pictures shows Hugh Jackman, the Wolverine depicter, wearing a soldier uniform. All of the images can be seen via Lake Macquarie News' photo gallery.

Angelina Jolie Opens Up About 'Sin City 2' Rumor

June 18, 2008 07:31:29 GMT

With a list of action movies, such as "Gone in Sixty Seconds", "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" and "Mr and Mrs Smith", on her resume, Angelina Jolie can be credited as one of the top Hollywood actresses who kick butt. Hence, it seems reasonable why in early 2006, she has been hit with speculation over her possible involvement in "Sin City 2". Two years have passed, but the rumor has yet being thrown out of the picture or being confirmed. Now, the actress has come forward addressing the matter.

In an interview with MTV for her latest action movie co-starring James McAvoy, "Wanted (2008)", the life partner of Brad Pitt opened up about the rumor stating that filmmaker Frank Miller wanted her to play the role of Dwight McCarthy's former lover, Ava Lord. On the occasion, when asked whether she is up for the role, the 33-year-old confessed that she still hasn't made any decision on it. "I don't know," the star of "Beowulf" stated. "I found the first "Sin City" impressive, but I don't know what they're going to do with the next one to make [it] as original as the first one. I'd be curious. I think he's a genius."

Featurette: Lots of Bots From 'Wall-E'

June 18, 2008 06:32:02 GMT

Adding to the many collection of "Wall-E" released videos, Walt Disney Pictures have released yet another featurette to the upcoming animation comedy about the waste compacting robot. The new video footage runs for about two and a half minutes and it discusses about the robots featured in the movie from director Andrew Stanton's point of view.

Revealing several unseen footages cut from the Pixar's flick, the featurette focuses merely on the robots that viewers will meet when they go to see "Wall-E" in the theaters. In it, Stanton and Bill Wise, the film's character supervisor, explained about the design of the robots and what is the ground of drawing the robots the way they are presented in the film. It also introduces for the first time the reject bots, the broken, faulty robots.

Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Bruno' to Challenge Tom Hanks' 'Angels'

June 18, 2008 05:01:06 GMT

In 2003, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has received immense success as well as down-pouring lawsuits for his extremely controversial comedy movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan". Now, the 36-year-old is gearing up to introduce another potentially controversial movie, "Bruno", and for it, Universal Pictures have picked up a suitable summer release date.

The comedy movie that is developed from one of Cohen's noted characters in comedy television series "Da Ali G Show" is now set to be debuted on the big screen nationwide on May 15, 2009. It means that the movie about the eccentric gay Austrian fashion reporter will be up against "Angels & Demons", the prequel of "The Da Vinci Code" which stars Tom Hanks. The release of "Bruno" on that particular day will also mark the starter kick of the summer movie season since the date chosen has often been identified with the beginning of the summer movie season.

Full Movie Nominees of the 2008 Teen Choice Awards

June 18, 2008 04:00:02 GMT

For the 10th time in a row, teenagers across the country are given the power to choose their favorites in the entertainment industry for the 2008 Teen Choice Awards. On Tuesday, June 17, the annual award show whose winners are voted by teens aged 12 to 19 has announced its long list of this year's nominees and the movie category has been dominated by romantic comedy "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" and drama comedy "Juno".

Both Universal Pictures' flick featuring Hollywood hotties, Kristen Bell and Mila Kunis, and Fox Searchlight Pictures' film starring rising star Ellen Page earned themselves five gongs each. "Forgetting" gathered nod for Best Romantic Comedy Movie, brought double nominations for Bell in the category of Comedy Actress and Breakout Female, and helped Kunis and Jason Segel to get gong for Breakout Female and Breakout Male respectively. Meanwhile, "Juno" nailed a count for Best Comedy Movie and put its two stars, Page and Michael Cera, for double nods. Page is up for Comedy Actress and Breakout Female, and Cera is in run for Comedy Actor and Breakout Male.

Scarlett Johansson's 'Barcelona' Exposes Official Trailer

June 18, 2008 02:24:52 GMT

"Vicky Cristina Barcelona", Woody Allen's latest feature film project has become one of the official selection movies in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. It has been hailed to be a funny movie and the sexiest of all Allen's works. Now, one can judge by oneself whether the claims hold some truth with the release of the movie's official trailer.

Outed by The Weinstein Company earlier, the video footage promoting the tidbit provides viewers with a deeper look into the storyline than the previously released promo trailer. Though it shows lesser raunchy scenes than the promo video, this new trailer exposes how Juan Antonio played by Javier Bardem seduces Vicky and Cristina depicted by Rebecca Hall and Scarlett Johansson respectively and be successful in it. It also displays the intricate relationship between Juan and his former wife Maria Elena portrayed by Penelope Cruz, who still has deep feeling toward her ex, as well as the complication coming along with the four characters' entangled relationship.

Video Interview: Timur Bekmambetov, James McAvoy and Common Talk About 'Wanted'

June 17, 2008 09:43:26 GMT

In less than ten days, the high-octane action movie "Wanted (2008)" will be making its theatrical debut in the theaters across the country and in support for the promotion of the adaptation film, Universal Pictures have presented future audience with many amazing videos, either from the trailer or from the clips, released earlier. Now, other kind of videos have surfaced and they offer the taped interviews with director Timur Bekmambetov and two of its stars, James McAvoy and Common.

In the individual interviews with Chuck the Movie Guy, the three sat down to discuss their works in the movie as well as the movie itself. The first video interview posted below, Bekmambetov talked about his reason in choosing McAvoy to be the lead actor since he doesn't have the appearance of typical hero, his directing style and the slow motion part used to create the dramatic effect. The second video highlighted McAvoy's discussion over his bulkier appearance and everyone's dream of knocking off annoying co-worker or boss, while in the third video, Common confessed the reason he took the offering of his part, the experience working with Bekmambetov and the overwhelming feeling of working with the A-list actors.

'Live Free or Die Hard' Helmer Len Wiseman Tapped for 'Gears of War'

June 17, 2008 08:54:14 GMT

Known for his work in "Underworld" franchise, Len Wiseman has delivered a blockbuster hit with the fourth installment of "Die Hard" series making "Live Free or Die Hard" to be the most successful movie from the franchise. Having proved his talent in tackling the action genre feature film, it would be right to trust the filmmaker with another high-octane action film, and that just exactly what New Line Cinema do.

The husband of the "Underworld" star, Kate Beckinsale, has recently been signed by the studio to helm their latest adaptation film "Gears of War". The 35-year-old has long been rumored to be chosen as the man behind the camera for the action film, but the confirmation on the matter has just come out awhile back. Apart from taking the director seat, in bringing the hit video game to the big screen, he will team up with "Wanted (2008)" scribbler, Chris Morgan with whom he has also work together for "Shell Game", to develop the story.
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