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2008/07/22 at 12:00am

Tobey Maguire signs on for Universal’s ‘The Crusaders’

Tobey Maguire signs on for Universal's 'The Crusaders'

Tobey Maguire has signed on to star in new Universal pic ‘The Crusaders’. 

Gary Ross will be directing the drama about the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case.

Maguire is lined up to play Jack Greenberg, an idealistic lawyer fresh out of law school who joined with NAACP Legal Defense Fund head and future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall to win a Supreme Court case that ruled segregation in American schools illegal.

Danny Strong is penning the script for the movie, reports Variety.

On board as producer is Bob Cooper with Ross and Maguire exec producing through Ross’s U-based Larger Than Life Prods.  

The project is based on Greenberg’s memoirs ‘Crusaders in the Courts’.

It was originally developed by Cooper at New Line but was let go after the studio was absorbed by Warner Bros. (ANI)

Alex Florez

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2008/07/20 at 12:00am

‘The Dark Knight’: Breaks box-office record

'The Dark Knight': Breaks box-office record

The Dark Knight continues to smash records at the box office. A mere five days into its domestic theatrical run, the second Batman movie from star Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan has earned a whopping $203.8 mil. That utterly obliterates the old record for the fastest movie to reach the $200 mil mark, set by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which took eight days to achieve the feat. It’s worth noting that the Pirates sequel went on to earn $423.3 mil domestically — a sum that now appears to be in reach for The Dark Knight in the long run.

Following a record-breaking opening weekend, during which it grossed a staggering $158.4 mil, the comic-book flick banked $24.5 mil on Monday (the best non-holiday Monday gross ever) and $20.9 mil on Tuesday (the best non-holiday Tuesday take of all time). The total earnings for The Dark Knight‘s first four days of release ($182.9 mil) and first five days out ($203.8 mil) are also new historical highs. What’s more, in less than a week, the film has earned almost as much as its predecessor, 2005’s Batman Begins, grossed during its entire run ($205.3 mil), and this film has already brought in more money than four of the previous six live-action Batman movies made in theaters.

At press time, The Dark Knight ranks No. 84 on the all-time domestic box office roster (a notch behind Terminator 2: Judgment Day, which was the highest-grossing movie of 1991). To track its fast ascension up the list, check back with EW.com on Friday for our weekly Box Office Preview.

Mack Chico

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2008/07/20 at 12:00am

Jim Carrey in ‘Yes Man’ – teaser poster

Jim Carrey in 'Yes Man' - teaser poster

Warner Bros gives us the official poster of the new Jim Carrey film ‘YES Man’. This Danny Walace’s second solo book. In it, he describes how he spent six months “saying Yes where once would have said No”, to make his life more interesting and positive. In this book he shows the tribulations and mischief that he got up to while he said yes to any question or proposal.

It is set to be released for the 19th December 2008.

Jim Carrey en 'Yes Man'

 

Ted Faraone

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2008/07/17 at 12:00am

Mamma Mia!

Rated: PG-13 for some sex-related comments.
Release Date: 2008-07-18
Starring: Catherine Johnson
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Meryl Streep gives a bravura performance as Donna, the innkeeper of “Mamma Mia!,” a faithful screen adaptation of the ABBA-based musical of the same name that has played on stages worldwide for the past several years.  In addition to acting, she excels at physical comedy, dance, and singing.  The same is true of the entire cast.  “Mama Mia!” may well become the feelgood movie of Summer 2008.  Streep is well matched by Christine Baranski (Tanya) and Julie Waters (Rosie), as erstwhile members of an all-girl pop trio.
 
The soundtrack cannot be beat.  The ABBA tunes, although thoroughly rooted in the 1970s, are excellent music and not the easiest for singers.  “Dancing Queen” has a three octave range.  As with the play, the audience leaves the theater humming the tunes… just like the best musicals of yore.
 
In the transition from play to movie, helmer Phyllidia Lloyd (who directed stage productions in London and New York) took advantage of the scope afforded by film to expand on the choreography using expressionistic imagination sequences to build on some of the production numbers.  Writer Catherine Johnson missed not a beat in adapting her script for the big screen.
 
The plot is basically an excuse to string together ABBA’s best tunes in a movie.  Twenty-year-old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), about to marry, invites to her wedding the three men her mother’s (Streep as Donna) diary indicates could be her dad.  Her mother is unsure.  She also doesn’t know about the invitations.  It is a tribute to the filmmakers that no one questions why DNA testing is not at issue.  “Mama Mia!” simply beguiles the audience into total suspension of disbelief.
 
The three, Pierce Brosnan as architect Sam Carmichael, Colin Firth as prosperous banker Harry Bright, and Bill, a travel writer played by Stellan Skarsgård, make an unlikely Three Stooges.  Firth’s uptight banker is a wonderful counterpoint to Skarsgård’s loosey-goosey world traveler, while Brosnan wonderfully projects a mixture of ego, hope, and humility tempered by experience.
 
The pic is long on sight gags – from Streep’s phallic cordless drill to a pair of tattoos on Skarsgård’s tush.  The latter may be the only objection brought by overly sensitive parents to this PG-13 rated opus.  In a nod to multiculturalism, minority players get some featured screen time.  “Mamma Mia!” needs no excuse to be a family outing.

 

Alex Florez

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2008/07/17 at 12:00am

The Dark Knight

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.
Release Date: 2009-01-23
Starring: Bob Kane, Christopher Nolan
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WHERE IS THE OLD BATMOBILE WHEN YOU NEED IT?
 
At two and one half hours, “The Dark Knight” is a great muddle of equivocal morality masquerading as a superhero skein.  Helmer Christopher Nolan’s sequel to “Batman Begins” falls victim to a curse common to attempts to build a franchise:  It has no compelling story.
 
Instead, it throws a filmmaker’s bag of tricks at a screenplay that is too long by an hour.  The tricks come in the form of plot twists, largely incomprehensible because their visual clues are buried under special effects and their dialogue clues are buried under a pumped up soundtrack.  That is too bad, because stripped of its silly subplots, “The Dark Knight” has the germ of a satisfying comic book flick.
 
The first rule of superheroes is that the superhero is the guy with the super powers.  Civilians do not have super powers.  If they did, there would be no need for a superhero.  This is where “The Dark Knight” falls down.  Too many civilians survive explosions, car accidents, and assassination attempts that should have killed them because they don’t have super powers.
 
The plot is roughly this:  After cleaning up Gotham Batman (Christian Bale) is having second thoughts.  Using criminal tactics to catch criminals may turn him into one.  He also wants to marry his love interest, Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal, terribly miscast).  She won’t have him until he gives up the cape and mask.  Into this frittata toss The Joker (the late Heath Ledger) with a scheme to take over what is left of Gotham’s mob headed by Salvatore Maroni (convincingly played by Eric Roberts).  Add handsome crusading DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) who gains the confidence of Batman and alter ego Bruce Wayne, and you have the recipe for the end of the Batman saga.  Predictably The Joker is the fly in Batman’s retirement ointment.  Without Batman’s help, cops can’t prevent the agent of chaos from turning Gotham into a war zone – and from keeping Batman in costume.
 
Ledger’s Joker is totally competent, but in Jack Nicholson he has a tough act to follow.  He comes across more like Christian Slater in “Heathers” than the cinematic master of madness.  With the exceptions of veterans Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, performances fall victim to special effects, some of which are cheesy.  Even the once sleek Batmobile now looks like Hummer that has been sat on by an elephant.
 
With a PG-13 rating, nothing in “The Dark Knight” is objectionable to children, but it could bore them to death.

 

Mack Chico

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2008/07/11 at 12:00am

Street Kings

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Rated: R for strong violence and pervasive language.
Release Date: 2008-04-11
Starring: James Ellroy, Kurt Wimmer, Jamie Moss
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2008/07/11 at 12:00am

The Incredible Hulk

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Rated: PG-13 for sequences of intense action violence, some frightening sci-fi images, and brief suggestive content.
Release Date: 2008-06-13
Starring: Jack Kirby, Stan Lee
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2008/07/11 at 12:00am

M. Night Shyamalan – "people think I'm Dominican"

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El maestro del terror M. Night Shyamalan, regresa al séptimo arte después de su fracaso cinematográfico ‘Lady in the Water’ para intentar asustarnos nuevamente con su sexto largometraje ‘The Happening’. Entrevistamos  al cineasta, y a nuestro asombro, fue muy chistoso, jovial y placentero. Hablamos sobre sus raíces “latinas’, su poco esfuerzo para aprovecharse de su clasificación R, y la inclusión de comedia en su actual filme de terror.

‘The Happening’ gira entorno una familia que huye de misteriosos ataques que ocurren en varias ciudades sin ninguna explicación en particular y sin causa alguna. Esta semana le tendremos la reseña de la película y entrevistas con los protagonistas John Leguizamo y Mark Wahlberg.

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2008/07/11 at 12:00am

Video: I ask Mark Wahlberg if he'll ever return as Marky Mark!

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We recently spoke to tough guy actor Mark Wahlberg, and Oscar nominated thespian I might add, about his new film Max Payne (he fractured his thumb doing a stunt), and also about ‘The Happening’ (what happened? is right).

Finally, we managed to squeeze his thoughts on a potential comeback by the defunct “Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch”. Will he do it again? Play the video and find out!

 

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2008/07/10 at 12:00am

The Visitor

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Rated: PG-13 for some strong language.
Release Date: 2008-04-11
Starring: Thomas McCarthy
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