April 7, 2014 |
[On Monday mornings, Movies Now will be looking at some aspect of the No. 1 movie over the weekend. This week: Robert Redford's homecoming in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. "] Robert Redford long ago transitioned from matinee idol to Hollywood elder statesman, and of late the actor, director and Sundance guru has tended to focus on smaller, serious-minded dramas, such as 2013's "The Company You Keep" (which he also directed) and "All Is Lost. " So it came as a surprise to many when Redford signed on for the latest Marvel extravaganza, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," which debuted to $96.2 million over the weekend and became the top April opening of all time.
March 26, 2014 |
Chris Evans fans should not expect to see their hunk on the big screen as anyone other than Captain America in the foreseeable future, because the actor says he's pretty much quitting his day job. Why? Well, as they say, what he really wants to do is direct. "I've known for a while ... ," the 32-year-old actor told Variety . "But [time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, you know what - I have to do this.
March 25, 2014 |
On-screen, he's Captain America. But what Chris Evans really wants to do is direct. Evans, the star-spangled, shield-toting hero of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "The Avengers," said in a recent interview with Variety that he's ready to leave acting behind and focus on directing once his six-film contract with Marvel is up. "I've known for a while I wanted to direct," Evans said . "But [time] never really opens up. There's another movie to do, there's another acting job. It just got to a point where I was like, 'You know what -- I have to do this.' " The 32-year-old actor spent his winter break from the Marvel Cinematic Universe directing his debut feature, a love story tentatively titled "1:30 Train.
April 13, 2014 |
In a battle of the sequels, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" retained its superhero grip at the weekend box office, finishing No. 1 and beating the animated "Rio 2" by a slim margin. "Captain America" grossed a studio-estimated $41.4 million in its second weekend, down 56% from its $95-million opening. The Marvel superhero movie, released by Disney, has a domestic haul so far of $159 million. The 3-D sequel is already close to matching the total $176.7-million domestic take of 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger.
April 26, 2014 |
The revenge comedy "The Other Woman" is on its way to topping the box-office charts this weekend, the first film to surpass the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" since that film's release. Directed by Nick Cassavetes and starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, "The Other Woman" was greeted with mostly negative reviews, including one critic for National Public Radio who called the film "a conceptually odious, stupid-to-the-bone enterprise. " But that didn't dissuade audiences, who came out to give the film an estimated $9.3 million on its opening night.
April 7, 2014 |
After the coffee. Before the NCAA Championship game. The Skinny: I saw "Rob the Mob" on Sunday. While some of the cast was enjoyable -- particularly Griffin Dunne and Ray Romano -- overall I was a little disappointed in the movie about a young couple who come up with the brilliant idea to rob mob social clubs. Monday's roundup includes the weekend box office recap and a look at the legal battle over unpaid interns. Also, Yahoo wants to try the video business again. Finally, the legacy of Mickey Rooney, who died Sunday.
April 10, 2014 |
A flock of tropical birds will play the villain to Captain America at the box office. The 3-D computer-animated family comedy "Rio 2" and last weekend's No. 1 movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" are each expected to gross around $40 million in ticket sales in the United States and Canada Friday through Sunday, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. A $40-million debut for "Rio 2," the latest release from 20th Century Fox's animation company Blue Sky Studios, would likely put it neck-and-neck with the red-white-and-blue-clad hero for the top of the box-office charts.
April 24, 2013 |
On the fourth floor of a vacant wing of St. Vincent Medical Center near downtown Los Angeles, some 150 crew members crowded the hallways, joining actors Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson as they prepared to film a scene for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier. " The hospital wing is often used for filming television crime dramas such as "CSI" and "Private Practice," but Tuesday's shoot was among the largest St. Vincent has accommodated in 20 years of renting out its facilities to Hollywood.
April 24, 2014 |
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned -- and this weekend, three of them are poised to take down a proven force at the multiplex. After three weeks atop the box office, the blockbuster "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is expected to narrowly lose out to the romantic comedy "The Other Woman. " Starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and supermodel Kate Upton, the latter film is likely to debut with a healthy sum of around $18 million, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys.
January 22, 2011
How do you sell a movie called "Captain America" to an overseas market? In South Korea, Russia and Ukraine, apparently, the answer is you don't even try. The film "Captain America: The First Avenger" will have its title truncated to, simply, "The First Avenger" in those three overseas markets, according to Marvel Studios insiders. The choice was made by Marvel, Paramount Pictures' international team and distributors in those three countries based on market research results. Those involved in the decision are being careful to frame the move as a matter of brand management and consumer awareness and not as a decision tilted by cultural or political winds.