Interesting Infographic Explores What Influences the Films We See

Behind the Box Office Infographic

What is it, exactly, that influences us to choose the movies we choose to see? As moviegoers, do you go to the cinema with a specific movie in mind? Or do you go with the intention of finding something good? How do you know what's playing? How do you know what will be good? These are a few of the ambitious questions this research-based infographic tries to answer. Titled "Behind the Box Office", it was made by Google using mostly Google / Millward Brown Digital data through various studies designed to determine the path a moviegoer takes. It's not as surprising as I thought, because most of the data is makes sense - moviegoers go to YouTube to watch trailers, go to theaters to choose a movie, and care more about actors than anyone.

 Posted November 19 in Discuss, Movie News | Comments

Rosamund Pike Joining Charlie Hunnam in 'Mountains Between Us'

Rosamund Pike

With Gone Girl making a big splash at the box office and having some staying power over the past month and a half, it's time for Rosamund Pike to lock down her next project. Variety reports the star of Jack Reacher and The World's End is now in early talks to star in The Mountain Between Us, an adaptation of Charles Martin's book of the same name name set up at Fox 2000 & Chernin Entertainment. Previously Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) was going to star in the film with Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam, but she probably fell away since she's likely playing Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad at Warner Bros. next.

 Posted November 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Chris Pratt Now Attached to Star in Universal's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'

Chris Pratt / Cowboy Ninja Viking

After becoming a household name with the leading role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, there's no denying that Chris Pratt is a big star now. His profile will get even bigger next summer after he stars in Jurassic World, and now Collider reports the actor has lined up a new project. Reportedly, Pratt is attached to star in an adaptation of writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. And while that sounds like a fake project, we can assure you it's merely a wild genre tale following an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking.

 Posted November 19 in Casting, Development, Movie News | Comments

Watch: Full Trailer for Disney's New Live-Action 'Cinderella' Fairytale

Cinderella

"Ella, you have more kindness in your little finger than most people possess in their whole body." The time has come for the classic fairytale to get a facelift from the same studio responsible for the most iconic animated take on Cinderella. The full trailer for the new live-action take on this magical coming-of-age romance has arrived, and it's definitely whimsical and rather gorgeous. If you're familiar with the tale of Cinderella, there's nothing drastically different, with the exception of a glimpse into the life the title character had before she was left with her wicked step-mother (Cate Blanchett). It looks all right. Watch!

 Posted November 19 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New 'Good Dinosaur' Concept Art Surfaces with Details on Changes

The Good Dinosaur

A month ago, almost exactly to the day, we learned that Peter Sohn had been named the new director of The Good Dinosaur after being part of the brain trust (along with John Lasseter, Lee Unnkrich and Mark Andrews) taking over direction of the film from Up helmer Bob Peterson. We've heard some overhauling and reimagining was taking place behind the scenes, and that explains why the film was pushed back to November 2015. Now a report from LA Times has Sohn discussing some of the changes being made, in addition to how difficult it was for Pixar to make the choice to push the movie in order to make it better.

 Posted November 18 in Development, Movie News, Pixar | Comments

Elle Fanning & More Up for Jean Grey Role in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Elle Fanning / Jean Grey

It's time for the X-Men: Apocalypse cast to start locking down new talent for some new roles who will join returning cast members like Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult and hopefully (presumably) Hugh Jackman. We've heard some new mutants would enter the mix, and that they would likely be young versions of the X-Men we had already seen in the original X-Men franchise. Now that has been confirmed as The Wrap reports Elle Fanning, Chloe Moretz and Hailee Steinfeld are all on the shortlist to play the telekinetic mutant Jean Grey, mentored by Professor X. But there's even more!

 Posted November 18 in Casting, Development, Marvel, Movie News | Comments

First Look: Will Ferrell Bench Presses Kevin Hart in 'Get Hard' Comedy

Get Hard

With some major films hitting theaters over the next month of holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we're starting to get a slew of new photos and trailers offering a first look at some of the early releases in 2015. The latest is the comedy Get Hard starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart, and this certainly looks like it's going to stretch the limits of the big screen. Ferrell is a pretty tall guy, and Hart is one of the shortest comedians today, and these first look photos clearly show their size difference, even using it for comedic effect as one photo shows Ferrell bench pressing Hart. Expect the first trailer sometime soon. Look!

 Posted November 18 in First Look, Photos | Comments

'Safe House' Director Boards 'Boston Strong' But Casey Affleck Exits

Daniel Espinosa

Just last month, we learned that Casey Affleck was tapped to star in Boston Strong, an adaptation of the book of the same name by by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge about the titular city's reaction to the Patriot Day bombing of the Boston Marathon and also the hunt for the two siblings wanted in connection with the bombings. However, as 20th Century Fox has picked up the script by The Fighter writing duo Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, it has been revealed that a deal with Affleck could not be reached, and he's no longer involved. However, the project does have a new director in talks to help move the project along. Read on!

 Posted November 18 in Development, Movie News | Comments

'Expendables 3' Gag Reel: Mel Gibson, Sly Stallone & More Flub Hard

The Expendables 3

Though some might argue that The Expendables 3 was one big movie flub in itself (sure it has its moments, but the sequel fell flat), there were some real bloopers on the set of the action flick. We're used to seeing gag reels for comedies, especially with all the alternate takes many directors try out, but there's something even more endearing and fun about seeing stars like Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer and Harrison Ford laughing after messing up a take during production. There's a lot of downtime on action films, so it's good to see not everyone is dead serious all the time while filming. Watch!

 Posted November 18 in Humor, To Watch | Comments

Mae Whitman Gets a Terrible Label in Trailer for 'The DUFF' Comedy

The DUFF

Though Mae Whitman may have become known for being rather plain as Michael Cera's girlfriend Ann in "Arrested Development," the actress is anything but frumpy now. However, that hasn't stopped her from being labeled The DUFF (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) in a new comedy from CBS Films. It's basically Mean Girls meets She's All That, however, it doesn't seem like it will have the surprising charm and hilarity or staying power of either. If this is supposed to be a trailer for a comedy, there should probably be more than just a couple solid laughs. At the very least Whitman seems like she could make it work. Watch below!

 Posted November 18 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Struggling DreamWorks Animation Removes 'B.O.O.' from 2015 Slate

DreamWorks Animation / B.O.O.

It's been a tough year for DreamWorks Animation. The studio needs a boost this year at the box office, so they decided to bring The Penguins of Madagascar to theaters this month instead of the original, sci-fi comedy Home, which is now slated to arrive on March 27th, 2015. In addition, they also pushed back How to Train Your Dragon 3 to 2017 with no explanation. Now, hot on the heels of news that the discussion of a hopeful merger with Hasbro has ended, the animation studio also announced that their supernatural comedy B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations has been removed from their 2015 release date.

 Posted November 18 in Animation, Development, Movie News | Comments

Ewan McGregor Goes for the Gold in First US 'Son of a Gun' Trailer

Son of a Gun

"There's no margin for error. No half-measures. This is all or nothing." An international trailer for the crime thriller Son of a Gun arrived a couple months ago, and now a US trailer has arrived, showcasing the solid pairing of Ewan McGregor and rising star Brenton Thwaites (The Signal, The Giver, Maleficent) which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this past summer. The two stars team up as a veteran thief and a freshly released young convict, all in an effort to pull of a big gold heist. As you might guess, it turns into a big chase for the money where no one can be trusted and everything, including lives, is on the line. Watch!

 Posted November 18 in To Watch, Trailer | Comments

Watch: James Franco Recollects in US Trailer for 'The Color of Time'

The Color of Time

Most of the time, when a group of 12 filmmakers get together for a single film, it's an anthology like V/H/S or Paris, je t'aime. But when it comes to The Color of Time, this ensemble of writers and directors (all students from New York University) are working to tell the story of one Pulitzer Prize-winning poet (James Franco), working through some dark memories as he prepares for a reading in New York City. We've seen a trailer for this film before when it was called Tar and played at the Rome Film Festival. Now it's poised for release next month, and honestly, it looks like it's trying to hard to be a Terrence Malick film. Watch now!

 Posted November 18 in Indies, To Watch, Trailer | Comments

New Posters Show Off Emotional Characters of Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Inside Out

Though we didn't get a film from Pixar Animation this year, thankfully Walt Disney Animation still brought us Big Hero 6 this month. But next summer, the computer animation giant returns with Inside Out, a story that takes us inside the mind of a little girl dealing with her new home in San Francisco. Inside the mind of Riley, we meet all of her emotions driving her life: Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). Now they all get their own colorful close-up, character posters. This means there could be a new trailer on the way sometime soon. Look below!

 Posted November 18 in Animation, Hype, Pixar, Posters | Comments

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