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.
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
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
“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.”
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.”
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.
“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
You’ve gotta appreciate a comic book movie where the filmmakers don’t suck all of the fun out of the hero being able to fly, shoot lasers and have super strength. As one comic book movie villain famously said recently “Why so serious?”
“Iron Man 2” happily embraces the playfulness of comic books and brings it to the big screen in a tremendously entertaining sequel that’s clearly set itself up as the summer blockbuster to beat. Continue Reading
Rise of the Guardians – This was a film that deserved a lot more love last year and hopefully it finds a well-deserved audience on the home video market. Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Chris Pine, Isla Fisher and Jude Law lend their voices to holiday/weather icons like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost on an adventure to stop the world from plunging into darkness conceived by Pitch Black. Continue Reading
For your listening pleasure.
Here’s all the Oscar nominees for “Best Original Song.” They’re all exceptional — “Before My Time” by J. Ralph featuring Scarlett Johansson is a nice surprise — but my favorite remains Adele’s “Skyfall.” Give them a listen and let me know your choice about who should win. Continue Reading