$3.35 billion in worldwide box office, some of the biggest opening weekend's in movie history and one of the most successful movie franchises of all-time! No, we are not talking about Stephenie Meyer's The Host. The anticipated big screen follow up to her enormously successful Twilight franchise is not even in the same ballpark. The Host's paltry $10.6 million for the entire weekend is less than one-third of the first day gross of the first Twilight movie back in 2008 ($35.98M) and allowed for only a sixth place debut for the weekend behind holdovers Oz the Great and Powerful and Olympus Has Fallen.
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Featuring a young and attractive cast including Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Hanna), Max Irons(Red Riding Hood) and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones, I Am Number Four) the plot had something to do with an "unseen enemy" taking over people bodies and performing some sort of mind erasing techniques. Clearly the romance and drama that was so compelling to teen girls in the Twilight films was absent with The Host and the numbers reflect this indifference.
To be fair, no one expected the film to come anywhere close to the box office numbers of any of the Twilight films and Meyer is not the only one to be stung by the come down blues. Other than Kristin Stewart and her Snow White and the Huntsman box office home run, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner have had mixed success in their post-Twilight careers. If this proves anything, it is that even a brand name like Meyer's isn't enough to make a hit out of a mediocre movie.
So what ultimately went wrong? You can blame all of the usual things: bad timing, competition in the marketplace, ineffective marketing, bad reviews, etc. Perhaps it just came down to the nebulous title and a lack of any real star power to drive teen audiences to the theater. Or maybe it just was a really bad movie and no one showed up. What do you think?
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In a sudden reversal of fortune for the action movie genre, it looks like Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation will do for the genre what Olympus Has Fallen did last weekend: draw moviegoers in big numbers.
After a string of flops aimed at the action crowd in 2013, it looks like the testosterone-driven action flick is back and the sequel to 2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (with a debut of $54.7M) aptly named G.I. Joe: Retaliation should easily top Easter weekend with around $47 million for the 3-day portion (Friday-Sunday) of the debut. The film opened officially on Thursday and the additional day will take advantage of the fact than many schools and businesses will be closed on Good Friday. The film boasts the action star triple-play of Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis and this should draw in a nice mix of both male and female (and older and younger) audiences to the multi-plex. See a Ninja Battle sequence from the film in the video clip below:
Last weekend's number one film The Croods from Fox and Dreamworks Animation has been performing like a caveman on steroids during the mid-week derby taking in a whopping $5 million on Tuesday alone. In the wake of a solid $43.6 million debut, an expected high $20 million second weekend should place it firmly in second place as it nears the $90 million mark in N. America by Sunday night.
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This will leave it up to Mr. Box Office Consistency, Tyler Perry to take third place with the debut of Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Temptation with a gross in the high teen millions. Starring Vanessa Williams, Kim Kardashian and Lance Gross, this sort of updated riff on Indecent Proposal tells the tale of a married woman's temptation by a handsome billionaire and her resultant reckless behavior and its after-effects. With a loyal following and solid fanbase, director Perry's box office performance is always assured, if not in the number one spot at least profitable time after time. Women will certainly be the target for this nicely counter-programmed alternative to G.I. Joe.
This will place last weekend's surprise hit Olympus Has Fallen from FilmDistrict on a collision course with newcomer The Host from Open Road Films in a dust up for the fourth and fifth spots in the $15 million to $17 million range.
Olympus earned about $10 million more than anyone expected with the Gerard Butler action drama taking in an impressive $30.4 million last weekend for a second place debut. Even the mid-week numbers are strong with over $3 million on Tuesday alone and an expected total nearing $60 million by the end of the weekend.
Twilight's Stephenie Meyer brings her latest effort to the big screen as The Host starring Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Hanna), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Jake Abel (The Lovely Bones, I Am Number Four) opens in over 3,000 theaters this weekend. With strong appeal to young adults, the PG-13 romantic adventure will draw mainly teen girls and hopefully even more than a few Twilight fans to theaters over the Easter weekend frame.
Year-to-date revenues are still lagging 13% behind last year , but it seems that we are starting to see some momentum kicking in at the box office as we head toward the start of the summer movie season in about a month...and that's good news!
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Fast & Furious 6 is set for release for Memorial Day 2013, and yet rumors are already brewing for what Fast & Furious 7 has in store for adrenaline junkies. Yes, the installment with three months left to hit theaters is already falling victim to the pulse of the unannounced seventh sequel. Fast is a franchise speeding along on all cylinders.
For those who want to keep potential Fast & Furious 6 spoilers under the hood, we'll reveal the latest tidbit after the pressing news: loyal star Paul Walker, who has appeared in five of the six Fast movies, has been heralded with his own poster for Fast & Furious 6. As a series known for showcasing its ensemble cast behind the bald wonder of leading man Vin Diesel, this something of a treat for Walker, who really hasn't seen the individual love since 2 Fast 2 Furious. And it's a cool one-sheet; as opposed to blowing Walker's mug up ten sizes and filling a poster with stubbled chin, the marketing wizards behind Fast & Furious 6 have opted for minimalism. Just a guy, his car, and the open road... that will eventually be crashed down upon by a flaming airplane with hot rods flying out of it.
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Check out the poster below and scroll a bit further for the latest Fast 7 rumor:
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According to Ain't It Cool News, the team behind Fast & Furious 6 already has an idea in place for a seventh sequel, a nugget far enough in developement that they'll cap their movie with a post-credits scene setting up a new villain.
Similar to how Michelle Rodriguez was reintroduced into the franchise at the end of Fast Five, AICN's report suggests that none other than Jason Statham, previously courted for the villain role in Fast & Furious 6, will appear in the final scenes of the film to set up the next movie.
Even if scenes featuring Statham were shot for the film, we may not know if the news is true until the final minutes of the next movie. What it does suggest is that the Fast series isn't slowing down. As long as they keep giving Paul Walker his own posters, we're okay with it.
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The only thing more feared on Valentine's Day than receiving a Whitman's sampler from your significant other which they clearly picked up from CVS on the way home, is being on the receiving end of of some truly awful pick-up lines from some creepy lonely heart. While some opt to say sweet nothings on candy hearts, some brave souls often test the waters with lines that can range from cheesy and embarrassing to sexy and flattering.
That's because pick-up lines are, in the end, all about the pick-up artist. Would Ryan Gosling's cocky come-ons in Crazy Stupid Love have worked if they hadn't been coming out of that mug? How about Meg Ryan's request to "Take me to bed or lose me forever" in Top Gun?
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But, even if you don't have Gosling-like looks (who among us mere mortals does?) it's all about the confidence. Case in point: Joey Tribbiani's (Matt LeBlanc) patented "How YOU doin'?" on Friends. The line isn't much, but it's all in the delivery. So, don't fear the pick-up lines on Valentine's Day, just take a cue from some of the best ones from television and movies. (And avoid the others we list at all costs). Check out our Best and Worst Pop Culture come-ons and pick-up lines below. Oh, and, how you doin'?
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- "How YOU doin'?" Joey (Matt LeBlanc) on Friends
-"You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how." - Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in Gone with the Wind
- “You make me want to be a better man.” - Melvin (Jack Nicholson) in As Good As It Gets
- "Haaaaave you met me?" Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) on How I Met Your Mother
- "I like you, very much. Just as you are."- Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) in Bridget Jones' Diary
- "Here's looking at you, kid" - Rick (Humphrey Bogart) in Casablanca
- "Mind if I get drunk with you?" - Dennis (Clark Gable) in Red Dust
Any of the following by Jacob (Ryan Gosling) in Crazy Stupid Love:
- "Suck me, beautiful" - Oz (Chris Klein) in American Pie
- "You should do something with that sourpuss, you're very beautiful" - Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) on Mad Men
- "My name is George. I'm unemployed, and I live with my parents." - George (Jason Alexander) on Seinfeld
- "I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party.” - Brick (Steve Carell) in Anchorman
- "Girl, you're more precious than Precious."- Tom (Aziz Ansari) in Parks and Recreation
- "Wanna play a game? You can be Little Red Riding Hood and I’ll be the Big Bad Wolf." - Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in Twilight
So bad and INCREDIBLY NSFW we can't even write it:
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“Your eyes are amazing, do you know that? You should never shut them, not even at night.” - Paul (Olivier Martinez) in Unfaithful
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Hollywood producer Weinstein helped to put together the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief mega gig in New York last week (12Dec12), which featured rock icons including Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and The Who, and he took the charity spirit to the West Coast on Wednesday to boost funds for The Robin Hood Foundation.
The bash at Smashbox Studios was a decidedly more low-key affair with no sign of the music icons who had rocked Madison Square Garden days earlier. Instead, replays of the big show played on screens at the venue, and guests such as Chris Tucker and DJ Paul Oakenfold were treated to a performance by R&B star Rita Ora.
The event took place hours before it was announced that an estimated $50 million (£31.25 million) had been raised by the 12-12-12 show to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy, which devastated areas across America's East Coast when it struck in late October (12).
The movie star walked the red carpet last month (Nov12) in a sheer, lace Zuhair Murad gown, and she is now giving one lucky superfan the chance to own it.
Stewart, who also autographed the dress, has decided to hand over the garment to charity officials behind the 12-12-12 Auction for Sandy Relief.
The sale follows the actress' appearance at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief mega gig at New York's Madison Square Garden last week (12Dec12), when she called on viewers of the televised show to keep donating to help those worst hit by October's (12) storm, which caused devastation across America's East Coast.
Bidding on the strapless gown had already reached $1,750 (£1,094) as WENN went to press. The auction ends on Thursday (20Dec12).
Other items up for grabs in the CharityBuzz.com sale include limited edition guitars signed by 12-12-12 performers including Bon Jovi, Sir Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen, a signed sweatshirt worn by Kanye West, and the drumsticks rocker Dave Grohl used as he staged a Nirvana reunion with McCartney as their frontman.
All proceeds will benefit the event's charity, The Robin Hood Foundation.
Comedian George Lopez spread a little festive cheer by buying meals for hundreds of fans who turned out to support North Hollywood eatery Henry's Tacos, which has been a culinary institution for locals for 51 years.
Rising rent prices are forcing owner Janis Hood to close the business at the end of the year (12), despite efforts by celebrities like The Lord of the Rings star and Paul, who have been encouraging their Twitter.com followers to sign a petition asking Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Krekorian to recognise the fast-food joint as a Historic-Cultural Monument - and thereby save it from being shut down.
The Breaking Bad actor took to the micro-blogging site on Sunday to thank fans for turning out in force, writing, "Thank you everyone who came out to support Henry's Tacos today. Truly amazing. So nice to see the beautiful community come together. LA".
The actress admits she had never watched Idol before the season that featured McDonald and it was a huge coincidence that they met on the red carpet at Twilight filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke's movie Red Riding Hood.
She explains, "Taylor (Lautner)... is really into American Idol, so we would have Idol dates while we were filming.
"I never go to premieres of films I'm not in but I've known Catherine Hardwicke since I was five years old and she called me and asked if I'd go to the one in Vancouver. I actually wasn't in Vancouver.
"I was driving home from the airport in L.A. and she said, 'Can you stop by the premiere?' My hair was dirty, I was a mess, I called my dad and I said, 'I'll pick you up, we're going on a date'... It was 4pm, I had to find a dress, I was tired, hadn't washed my hair and had to be there at six."
At the premiere she spotted her Idol idol and her dad Seth helped her pluck up the courage to speak to him: "My dad said, 'You should go and say hi.' Mind you I hadn't been on a date in, like, a year and a half."
And the magic moment was captured for eternity on camera.
Reed tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood Live, "You can YouTube that moment... It's so horrible... It's the worst thing... It's something like me going, 'Oh, wow, hi, you're awesome and I should go hide under a rock now'."
She tells Zooey magazine, "I walked over to Paul and knew I was in love within one second of saying hi. It was the craziest thing that has ever happened to me in my life."
The couple wed seven months later, in October, 2011
Troubled by unfortunate event after unfortunate event The Watch sidesteps faux pas to come out on top as a consistently funny sci-fi comedy that doesn't let its high concept tangle up a bevy of one-liners. The script penned by Jared Stern Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg assumes you've seen a few movies before entering the theater (mainly any sci-fi movie made in the 1980s). "Summer movie logic" is the foundation for The Watch's ridiculous plot which finds four adult nincompoops teaming up to form a Neighborhood Watch trying to solve the murder of a local Costco employee and eventually pursuing a killer extraterrestrial. Instead of making sense of it all The Watch wisely focuses on its four leads: Ben Stiller Vince Vaughn Jonah Hill and The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade — a quartet whose bro banter goes a long way in spicing up the dust-covered material. There's nothing revelatory to be found in The Watch but the cast's knack for improv a poetry of the profane makes the adventure worth…viewing.
Director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) establishes his two-dimensional characters quickly and bluntly smashing together broad personality types like a Hadron Collider of cinematic comedy. Stiller's Evan is a micromanaging do-gooder who can't find time for his wife; Hill's Franklin is a mildly disturbed weapons enthusiast yearning to join the police; Ayoade is the quaint weirdo who joins the Watch to fill the void left by his divorce; Vince Vaughn is Vince Vaughn: a loud crass gent looking for a bit of male bonding. The ragtag team assembles to fight crime but they spend most of their time drinking beers in a minivan — an affair they dub "stakeouts." A perfect opportunity for banter.
For a movie about enforcing the law and alien invasions there's a surprising lack of action in The Watch. Long stretches of the film see the central players yapping back and forth about everything: Russian nesting dolls peeing in cans or the similar viscosities of alien goo and human excrement. Charisma goes a long way and Vaughn does much of the heavy lifting making up for lost time out of the spotlight (he's been virtually nonexistent since 2005's Wedding Crashers). The man spits out jokes like no other — the rest of the cast barely keeps up. Ayoade balances out Vaughn's bombardment with a tempered timed delivery that's uniquely British and rarely found on the American big screen. Even when nothing's happening in The Watch it's rarely boring.
The Watch is at its best when it goes a step further mixing the group in with outsiders and throwing them off their rhythm. Billy Crudup cuts loose as a creepy neighbor and its delightfully weird while the always-impressive Rosemarie DeWitt as Evan's wife Abby brings unexpected warmth to the couple's relationship. Sadly The Watch mishandles its greatest asset: the aliens. The film never finds a pitch perfect blend of comedy and science fiction (Ghostbusters or Galaxy Quest this is not); a few scenes where the two come together hint at the best possible scenario but more often than not The Watch avoids its sci-fi roots. A moment in which the guys haul a dead alien back to their man cave plays like an E.T.-inspired version of The Hangover credits. It's lewd and ridiculous but the rest of the film struggles to maintain that energy.
Stiller Vaughn Hill and Ayoade have all proved themselves able funnymen capable of taking weak and tired material up a notch which they're forced to do in every moment of The Watch. Schaffer can handle his talent but his direction isn't adding anything to the mix. By the third slow-motion-set-to-gangster-rap scene The Lonely Island member's obsession with non-cool-coolness is officially just an attempt at being cool (which is not all that funny). The Watch has a greater opportunity than most comedy blockbusters to go absolutely bonkers: it's rated R. But instead of taking its twist and running with it the movie plays it safe. In this case safe is non-stop jokes about the many facets of human reproduction.
Game of Thrones star Lena Headey has reportedly filed for divorce. People reveals that the actress who plays the villainous Cersei Lannister on the hit HBO series began the proceedings on a divorce from her husband Peter Paul Loughran, filing in L.A. Superior County Court on Friday, July 20.
Headey, 38, has been married to musician Loughran since 2007, but separated in 2011. The actress accredits her decision to irreconcilable differences. Reports are that Headey seeks to share custody of son Wylie Elliot Loughran, 2, with her husband.
Hollywood.com has reached out to Headey's representation for comment.
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