Not too many actors, even straight-up stars, can be relied upon to create big opening weekends, especially if they're not doing lots of CGI derring-do.
Denzel Washington is the rare thespian who pretty ensures a solid debut, even though the majority of his films are R-rated.
His latest, The Equalizer, is especially R-rated and hard-as-nails, but his reunion with Training Day director opened huge in North America this weekend.
The Equalizer sits atop the box office heap, having debuted in 3,236 theaters and earned a whopping $35.0 million, according to current estimates.
For years, comic fans have lived under the threat of a mediocre Y: The Last Man movie actually getting made, but no longer!
Or not for the time being, at least.
The movie rights to the remarkable Vertigo series have reverted back to Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, the writer and penciller, respectively, of one of the finest stories ever told in the comic book medium.
In Blackhat, Chris Hemsworth is the most strapping super-hacker since Hugh Jackman mashed a keyboard in Swordfish.
Like Jackman, Hemsworth's an Australian playing an American console jockey who is also up for some breakneck action at a moment's notice. He stars as Nicholas Hathaway, a furloughed convict recruited to help American and Chinese authorities bust a cybercrime network.
Blackhat has a far finer pedigree than Swordfish, however, and if the first theatrical trailer is any indication, it could be an globetrotting, visually arresting crime thriller with a contemporary bent.
Some new images promoting Interstellar show off Matthew McConaughey as a heroic father/astronaut, while two behind the scenes pictures remind us that Christopher Nolan is the director of this scifi epic.
"Epic" might just be the operative word here. Nolan has never been afraid of a humdinger, and it turns out that Interstellar is the biggest movie he's ever attempted, at least in terms of its running time.
The first clip from Gone Girl shows how nicely the central relationship started, with a charming exchange between handsome Ben Affleck and gorgeous Rosamund Pike, both making like they're meeting cute in a standard-issue romantic comedy.
No fewer than five TV spots for David Fincher's latest illustrate just how horribly their eventual marriage curdles, with the wife missing and the husband the primary suspect.
When X-Men: Days of Future Past hits Blu-ray on October 14th, it'll be the version of the mutant three-ring circus we saw over the summer, the one in which Anna Paquin makes only the most fleeting appearance.
Our namesake will get her due after all, though, because Fox is releasing an extended cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past, a cut that re-incorporates Paquin as Southern belle and X-Man Rogue.
2014 is the year of the Poots!
Since January, English actress Imogen Poots (Fright Night, A Late Quartet) has already had three major movies released including That Awkward Moment with Zac Efron, Need for Speed with Aaron Paul, and Filth with James McAvoy. Her latest film is the new biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side, which stars Andre Benjamin (Four Brothers) in the title role and opens in theaters on September 26th.
The film, which was written and directed by Academy Award-winner John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), follows the life of iconic musician Jimi Hendrix as he left New York City for London, where his career really took off. It’s basically “Jimi Hendrix Begins,” and is the origin story of how he came to be the legendary guitarist that we all know and love. Poots plays Linda Keith, girlfriend of The Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards, and the woman who discovered Hendrix and encouraged him to move to London to become a solo artist. In addition to Benjamin and Poots, the film also stars Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), and Andy Buckley (Bridesmaids).
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the absolutely delightful Imogen Poots about her work on Jimi: All Is by My Side. The talented young actress discussed her new film, the recent onslaught of Poots projects, her experience with the music of Jimi Hendrix, telling his origin story, Linda Keith’s role in his career, if she felt a responsibility to Keith portraying her on film, Andre Benjamin’s impressive performance, her understanding of his approach to playing the iconic musician, working with director John Ridley, and what she is looking for from a director on set.
If you're antsy with anticipation for Ridley Scott's upcoming Old Testament epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, then you're in luck.
Just keep scrolling and you'll eventually run into three behind the scenes featurettes promoting the Biblical event movie starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton as bros turned enemies Moses and Ramses.
If you're itching for news about Scott's next movie, The Martian, or his possible sequels to Prometheus and Blade Runner, then you're also in luck.
Hot on the heels of supporting player Oscar Isaac describing "hundred of stormtroopers" on the Star Wars: Episode VII set, two leaked images are showing off a hot new look for some of the galaxy's worst marksmen.
Yes, the lid on the mystery box has cracked open, revealing a picture and concept art of a chromed-out stormtrooper in the hugely anticipated Star Wars sequel.
A brand spankin' new theatrical makes Jupiter Ascending look insane.
This thing looks ridiculous in the best possible way, like Warner Bros. spent hundreds of millions of dollars bringing the cover art from a pulpy scifi paperback to life.
We're talking hyper-detailed and elegant spacecraft, gorgeous alien vistas, lasers PEW-PEW-PEWing almost nonstop, physics-defying fisticuffs, gravity-defying flight boots, lizard warriors, and explosions on explosions.
Jupiter Ascending is the sort of bold, idiosyncratic, crazily ambitious event movie that only The Wachowskis have the chutzpah to attempt.