Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) and Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).
1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $94 million [debut week] – Marvel Studios has enjoyed a great track record with its films, but even experts figured its latest, about a misfit band of heroes, may be testing the strength of the brand. Those concerns definitely proved unfounded as Guardians enjoyed one of the biggest openings in Marvel Studios’ history. It was just $1 million shy of the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened in April.
The studio has already greenlit a sequel so the execs there weren’t worried and MS now can pretty much trot out any Marvel Comics character in its portfolio and expect a big time payday. The company is only looking up from here as next up is a film with a legitimate shot at being the highest grossing film of all time in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” Continue Reading
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Scarlett Johansson in “Lucy.”
1. Lucy -$44 million [debut week] – Despite having a prominent starring role in the third highest grossing movie of all time in “Marvel’s The Avengers,” Scarlett Johansson has largely been a co-star/key supporting player. “Lucy,” her first collaboration with “The Family” Director Luc Besson, easily marks her biggest opening as a headliner. You’d have to go back to 2006’s “Scoop,” with Woody Allen for a film where Johansson was clearly established as the featured performer. That opened to $3 million. And “Lucy” did much better than Johansson’s previous 2014 film, “Under the Skin,” which earned a total of $2.5 million. With a “C+” CinemaScore, audiences likely won’t be back anywhere near the same numbers next week, but the film has already made back its $40 million budget.
Scarlett Johansson in “Lucy.”
Enduring “Lucy,” the latest disappointing effort from Luc Besson, is probably the closest you’ll come to a very bad sci-fi acid trip. Continue Reading
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Just got news on the screening for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” so I just have to be patient for a few more days now. But while I wait, the fortunate folks in Hollywood already got to see the premiere. We get snowstorms on the East Coast and the West Coast gets earthquakes and Cap screenings early. Hmmn… Continue Reading
Just have to be patient for a few more weeks and I will be rewarded by finally getting to see “Captain America: The Winter Solider,” my most anticipated film of 2014.
To help whet your appetite, here’s the character posters of the main cast. Which is your favorite?
Scarlett Johansson has been named Esquire’s 2013 Sexiest Woman Alive. I know, I know. What an out of left field choice and shocking upset.
“I’m the only woman to win twice right?” Johansson said in the November issue. Johansson is currently showcasing her acting talents and undeniable sex appeal in “Don Jon.”
Interestingly, Johansson won the honor in 2006.
Last year’s winner was Mila Kunis, who also was named FHM’s sexiest woman for 2013 back in May. Wonder if this means FHM will honor Johansson next year just in time for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier?”
“You know, I gotta hustle. I’m a 28-year-old woman in the movie business, right?” she said in the interview. “Pretty soon the roles you’re offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop. I have to hedge against that with work-theater, producing; this thing with Esquire.”
I’m thinking it’s going to be more than a few years before Johansson will have to start accepting “Mommy” roles, don’t you?
What do you think guys? Is it a well-deserved honor for Johansson or do you think someone else should have received the title this year? Katy Perry? Beyonce? Miley Cyrus? Ok, the last one was just to make sure you’re paying attention. The title is a bit obnoxious to me though as Hollywood is probably a much better distinction since the Sexiest Woman Alive is probably blissfully unaware that she would be considered the sexiest woman alive if she just appeared in a couple of Hollywood productions.
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Barbara (Scarlett Johansson) and Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in the club.
“Don Jon” is the sophisticated outrageous adult comedy we’ve been waiting for all year. It’s smart, funny and has a charming message about the dangers of instant gratification and selfishness while hinting at the seemingly limitless potential of its first-time director/screenwriter Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Continue Reading