THR is teaming with the Sundance Institute through 2017
PREDICTED WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:
- 1$71.3 millionThe Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies89%MovieWeb: 2 reviews61%Rotten Tomatoes: 17 reviews
- 2$28.4 millionNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews49%Rotten Tomatoes: 18 reviews
- 3$15.5 millionAnnie0%MovieWeb: 1 reviews24%Rotten Tomatoes: 26 reviews
- 4$11.6 millionExodus: Gods and Kings80%MovieWeb: 1 reviews27%Rotten Tomatoes: 29 reviews
- 5$7 millionThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 190%MovieWeb: 6 reviews66%Rotten Tomatoes: 11 reviews
- 6$4.4 millionTop Five100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews90%Rotten Tomatoes: 5 reviews
- 7$3.9 millionPenguins of Madagascar100%MovieWeb: 1 reviews73%Rotten Tomatoes: 10 reviews
- 8$3.2 millionWild100%MovieWeb: 0 reviews92%Rotten Tomatoes: 35 reviews
- 9$3.4 millionBig Hero 693%MovieWeb: 3 reviews89%Rotten Tomatoes: 26 reviews
- 10$2.8 millionInterstellar89%MovieWeb: 5 reviews73%Rotten Tomatoes: 2 reviews
In an email to the studio's top executives, the hackers called the decision not to release 'The Interview,' "very wise"
“He's not going to be at the theater [watching 'The Interview']"
A movie based on the popular Fox series 24 was in discussions for quite some time, and came very close to happening. But after 8 seasons, it just couldn't get itself off the ground. Kiefer Sutherland was hungry to return and finish off Jack Bauer's story, and that eventually happened with a miniseries that aired this past summer. Now, Kiefer Sutherland believes the character has been officially retired, and doesn't see himself coming back for the movie as originally planned, or even a second miniseries.
"Me, I don't see going back to it. We had set out to do 12 episodes [of Live Another Day] to end the show and deal with some of the past history of the show. It was also an irresistible opportunity to go shoot in England. So for all of those reasons it made sense to do that last season."
In his interview with Telegraph UK, he didn't completely rule out the possibility that Jack Bauer would return some time time in the distant future.
"I think I said the same thing at the end of Season 8. So I would hate to be held to that."
After 24 ended in 2010, a movie was often talked about. It was in pre-production for many years, with a script written. It just couldn't get itself in front of cameras for a variety of reasons. 24: Live Another Day eventually took the place of the movie and aired for 12 episodes, ending its run this past July. Shortly after it ended, executive producer Jon Cassar claimed a movie was still being planned. As of now, nothing has been confirmed by the studio. During the run of the miniseries, Kiefer Sutherland seemed slightly optimistic about a movie happening, calling it an 'ongoing situation'. While this looks like the end of Jack Bauer for now, its possible we may seem him resurrected in the next couple of years.
First announced during Comic-Con 2011, Robert Rodriguez's long-planned live-action remake of the 1983 animated fantasy adventure Fire and Ice is finally moving forward at Sony. The studio has acquired a big package deal, hoping to turn the title into a franchise. The film will serve as a homage to Robert Rodriguez's friend and late artist Frank Frazetta.
Fire and Ice is an expensive buy for Sony at a time when the studio is going through troubles. The deal reunites Sony with Robert Rodriguez, as it was their Columbia Pictures division that acquired his breakout hit El Mariachi at Sundance in the early 90s. The plan is for Fire and Ice to launch a fantasy adventure series that will be informed by the paintings that Frank Frazetta has left behind.
The original Fire and Ice revolved around a small village that is destroyed by a glacier domain ruled by the evil Ice Lord Nekron. The sole survivor of the village is a young warrior who vows revenge. When Nekron sends his subhuman ape-like creatures to kidnap the king's daughter, the warrior tracks her down and frees her.
Fire and Ice will be as much of an homage to Frank Frazetta as Sin City was to Frank Miller. The artist become known for his illustrations of Conan The Barbarian and Princess Of Mars book covers, and worked on a number of movie posters throughout the years. The original Fire and Ice is his sole film. Robert Rodriguez is a lifelong fan, and owner of a great deal of original Frank Frazetta artwork. He routinely tours his collection. About the project, he says:
"I started developing it independently with Bold Films. The more we started putting it together, we realized it could be something much bigger and it started attracting A-list talent. I thought, 'Let's partner with a studio,' but which would give it the rocket fuel it deserves? I'd heard Mike De Luca was looking for franchises, and I thought this could fit the bill because of the subject matter and the talent that was interested, people who'd seen the presentation I had and wanted to. Turned out Mike was a big Frazetta fan, and the studio was the perfect place. I'd started out with them with El Mariachi, and I had a long relationship with the studio and it seemed like the perfect rocket fuel for this. We're actively interviewing to hire A-list writers to do another pass to get this going next year. I'm excited."
Fire and Ice is in development .
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The final regular podcast of 2014 ends on a high note, with some stellar interview talent in the form of Tim Burton (Big Eyes) and three members of the Dumb And Dumber To team: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels and one of them there Farrelly Brothers everyone's talking about.
Then there's a lengthy discussion of the biggest news of the week, namely Sony's decision to pull The Interview from cinemas, plus possibly the longest reviews section the Empire Podcast has ever seen. Christmas, eh?
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