When any recognizable comic book character is coming to the big screen, everybody loves to do some fantasy casting, imagining just who could bring a familiar hero or villain to life. Well, Lobo might not be as ubiquitous a comic book fixture as Spider-Man or Superman, nor is his first cinematic outing guaranteed, but the DC Comics anti-hero is nonetheless a big personality and a Lobo movie is in development. And it looks like Warner Bros. and company have a good mind to get Dwayne Johnson to play the intergalactic biker.
Available on DVD July 3rd is the new drama from first time director Lawrence Rock called The Forger. The film stars The Hunger Games actor Josh Hutcherson (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island), Hayden Panettiere (Fireflies in the Garden), Lauren Bacall (To Have And Have Not), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Billy Boyd (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring), and Dina Eastwood (Mrs. Eastwood & Company).
IAR is proud to present the exclusive premiere of a clip from The Forger entitled "Nothing But The Best."
The DC Comics character of Lobo has, somewhat improbably, been the subject of numerous attempts at cinematic adaptation, including the long, long-ago rumored Superman movie that would pit the Kryptonian against the big blue alien biker. Unlike many of the squeaky clean inhabitants of the DC Universe, Lobo is a different beast, a grizzled alien with no morals and a love of the old ultra-violence. So it's somewhat surprising that Warner Bros has hired the director of Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore to develop Lobo.
While it undertook the task of actually making The Hunger Games, Lionsgate smartly began pumping the film up as an inevitable blockbuster, expertly playing the hype-harmonium on the adaptation of Suzanne Collins's first novel in her dystopian trilogy. It started a year ago with breathless yet seemingly endless casting talk, it continued over months of official images, and led up to weeks of fevered anticipated and total marketing ubiquity. It all paid off, as The Hunger Games just opened to an estimated $155.0 million over three days.
Okay, let's get the bad news out of the way right off the bat: this weekend's box office was down from the corresponding weekend last year, a first in this so-far commercially robust 2012. Still, it was only down 8% from last year, when Limitless, The Lincoln Lawyer, and Paul all opened. This weekend had just one wide release, and that one performed excellently. 21 Jump Street opened in first place, while two very different films in limited release got off to promising starts.
This weekend saw the addition of three new wide releases to the movie marketplace, one an expensive would-be franchise starter, one a thriller remake built around a cinematography novelty, and one family-friendly vehicle from an erstwhile stand-up comedian with a predilection towards leather outfits. Of these three, none were able to really make an impression commercially, and last week's number one movie, The Lorax, once again stood atop the box office heap grooming his Wilfred Brimley-style mustache. Disney's John Carter, a movie whose budget has been the subject of much hemming and hawing, debuted in second place.
Once again, the people of America have proven that we can drive to the multiplex and unironically enjoy a movie with an overtly environmental message from the comfort of air-conditioned movie theaters. Any broader economic issues aside, the young year has consistently posted far bigger weekend numbers than the corresponding weekends last. This was the case for the ninth consecutive weekend, with The Lorax posting the biggest opening of 2012 so far and the found footage comedy Project X contributed significantly in second place.
It's Oscar weekend, which means the culmination of months and months of fevered speculation and whatnot. While The Artist is the subject of Awards Season discussions, four new releases hit nationwide theaters on Friday, and according to estimates, Relativity Media's military actioner Act of Valor won the weekend by a sizable margin. One of the other new releases performed within expectations in second place, while the other two disappointed in eighth and ninth.
It's Presidents' Day weekend, folks and in anticipation of the day commemorating revolutionary ass-kicker his Excellency George Washington, the American moviegoer showed some love to another cool, though historically less significant Washington. The actioner Safe House starring Denzel Washington is squeaking out a victory in its second weekend of release, as current estimates have it making just a bit more than fellow holdover The Vow. Both films managed to best three new releases, though.
As the nation recovered from last weekend's Super Bowl festivities, it sought entertainment through the movies, resulting in a very busy weekend, resulting in a few minor records being broken. So far in this young year, the box office has been surprisingly robust, particularly considering the often feeble showings throughout 2011. This particular weekend, no less than four major movies opened to well over $20 million, quite an accomplishment on a seemingly unremarkable February frame. Strong showings all around meant that, overall, there was a 30% increase from the comparable weekend last year.