Fox’s Unstoppable Number One On Box Office

20th Century Fox drama “Unstoppable” is number 1 on Friday Box Office grossing at at $8.1 million. But critics says it won’t be a runaway hit.

Starred by American actor, screenwriter, director and film producer Denzel Washington has proven powerful enough for Fox’s “Unstoppable” to deliver at No. 1.


Rated PG-13,this runaway-themed thriller won’t likely stay in the top spot for DreamWorks 3D family film “Megamind” is at close at $7.9 million and is projected to gross around $30 million this weekend.

Budgeted at $85 million after tax breaks, the Tony Scott-directed “Unstoppable” is on track to meet lukewarm pre-release estimates of $20 million-$25 million, and sustain Washington’s streak of $20 million-plus wide openings that dates back to 2003’s “Out of Time.”

Also opening wide this weekend, Rogue Pictures’ low-budget sci-fi film “Skyline” also met its tracking Friday, opening to an estimated $4.7 million and on pace for around $12 million for the weekend.

Meanwhile, the box-office situation could be called gory for Paramount romantic comedy “Morning Glory,” with the Harrison Ford/Diane Keaton/Rachel McAdams film grossing just $3.1 million Friday.

Co-produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot at a cost of around $40 million, “Morning Glory” opened softly Wednesday to $1.1 million and probably won’t have even $12 million by the time the weekend is through.

Avatar Sequel Would Be 6.8 Miles Underwater

Who among us here wasn’t able to watch the ambitious film Avatar? I guess no one, if ever there was, then that person might be living in a place where cinemas and internet don’t exist. The most successful film so far which has raked nearly two billion dollars at the box office. The film was truly amazing and it just rightful to say that Cameron was able to create a whole new fantasy world.

A lot has been waiting for the sequel of the film. If not as great as the first, it would be greater for sure. Now here’s a slight hint of its plot. Cameron is planning to have the sequel 6.8 miles underwater and aims to present more on the seas of Pandora, the fantasy place of Avatar. If he would be able to do it, he would at the same time win a $10 million X-Prize. This prize was last given to the first team who managed to privately fund a manned spacecraft and launch it out of Earth’s atmosphere. Now it’s going to the first private crew to make two manned dives to the deepest surveyed point in all of Earth’s oceans, the Challenger Deep.

No wonder Cameron could achieve a great sequel. Such brilliant mind will not settle for something mediocre in the world of films. The world now awaits for the great sequel.

The Wizard of Oz 71st Anniversary Celebrated in Google Doodle

The Wizard of Oz Anniversary Celebrated By Google Doodle – Perhaps you are puzzled on today’s Google Doodle in Google’s homepage. Apparently, the image points to the 71st anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, the 1939 American musical fantasy film directed primarily by Victor Fleming based on the 1900 novel of the same name “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.

Wizard of Oz features Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a 12-year old Kansas farmgirl who are ultimately transported to the magical Land of Oz, where she sets out on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz to return her to his original hometown Kansas. In her journey towards the Emerald City, she met her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion who joined her to receive the needed change namely a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.

The Google Doodle below is a scene in the Wizard of Oz where Judy Garland portraying “Dorothy”, together with his friends “Scarecrow”, “Tin Man”, and “Cowardly Lion” first see a glimpse of the capital city of the Land of Oz, Emerald City. The word “Google” is written in the landscape. Notice the difference from the original scene in the Wizard of Oz right after it.

Initially, the Wizard of Oz only made a small profit because of the huge expenses associated in making it. It received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. However, since the film was shown in television, it quickly gathered a huge audience. In fact, the Library of Congress named “The Wizard of Oz” as the most-watched film in history.

It has been seven decades since Wizard of Oz was filmed. However, the reason this movie remains one of the most beloved of all Hollywood films is because of its uniqueness among motion pictures in that it mirrors our longings and imaginations as children. The dreams that Dorothy sings about and the adventure that follows in the Wizard of Oz seem to mirror our yearnings as children. She imagines a bigger place where her problems don’t linger and she is free to explore them. She imagines a place where there isn’t any trouble and people actually listen to what she has to say.

Happy 71st birthday Wizard of Oz! Thanks to Google for commemorating such a great film!

The Avengers Introduced At Comic-Con

Some crowd of 6,000 gathered for the Marvel Studio presentation at the Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday. Just as the presentation was about to end, Samuel L. Jackson announced the “The Avengers” movie, set for release in 2012.

Chris Hemsworth is the arrogant but powerful Thor. However, the “Thor” movie starring Chris will be released in May 2011 before he joins forces with the Avengers. Chris Evans has played the Human Torch, another Marvel superhero, in the past. In a movie for release in July 2011, Evans will play Captain America in “Captain America: The First Avenger”. The same Captain America will also appear in the Avengers movie the following year.  

The other Avengers include Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman once again, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as the new Hulk. Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Nick Fury in the Captain America and Avengers movies.

Mark Ruffalo Is New Hulk For The Avengers

Versatile actor Mark Ruffalo is set to play the role of Bruce “the Hulk” Banner in the upcoming movie “The Avengers”. At the Comic-Con in San Diego on Saturday, Samuel L. Jackson announced the upcoming movie before a crowd of about 6,000 who were present at the conference. The Avengers movie is set for release in 2012 after two other Marvel superhero movies in 2011.

The Avengers movie brings together superheroes of Marvel Comics including Ironman, Captain America, Thor and Hawkeye. Other superheroes included are yet to be confirmed. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his Tony Stark/ Ironman role while Jeremy Renner will portray Clint Barton/Hawkeye. Chris Evans, who is set to appear in the new Captain America movie in 2011 is also set to join the Avengers. Chris Hemsworth plays another Marvel superhero, Thor, which has a separate movie showing in 2011.

Mark Ruffalo’s versatility is not limited to just being an actor as he also is a director, producer and screenwriter. Some of his more recent movie appearances include “Just Like Heaven”, “Zodiac” and “Shutter Island”.

Angelina Jolie’s “Salt” Priemeres In Hollywood

Academy award winner Angelina Jolie’ new movie Salt, action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, premiered Monday night in Hollywood.

Jolie and husband Brad Pitt arrived for the premiere which caused all cameras, from carpet to the streets, to turn towards them.  She spent more time with the fans than with the press.

“Salt” is a PG 13 –  adrenaline-filled action movie and Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, accused of being a Russian spy, KGB sleeper agent  , on the run to try to clear her name.

The actress proudly did her own stunts for this movie.

“Just a lot of hand-to-hand combat, but the jumping stuff, which was a lot of that, you just have to jump,” said Jolie.

Asked how she made it through dangerous, high-rise apartment stunts, Angelina replied, “Fortunately, I’m not afraid of heights, so I like it. I actually do like it. I’m a little odd that way.”

“We want to do our own stunts. But some people are very talented to do their own stunts — Angie’s one of them,” said actor Jon Voight  (Angelina’s father). “But for a father, it’s not easy to watch some of the stuff.”

“I like that, too. It was amazing,” said “Salt” co-star Live Schreiber. “It is just non-stop. It comes at you from every angle.”

When the movie ends, you realize there’s an opportunity for a “Salt” sequel.

“We’ve all spoken about maybe a sequel,” said director Phillip Noyce. “But it’s up to those guys out there to vote at the box office.”

Batman 3 Coming Soon

It has been announced that filming of “Batman 3” is set to begin in April 2011. Christian Bale reprises his role of billionaire Bruce Wayne with Michael Caine as his loyal butler, Alfred. Gary Olman is set to appear again as Commissioner Gordon while Morgan Freeman should still be around as Lucius Fox.

Other details have not been disclosed yet but director Christopher Nolan confirmed that the Joker character previously played by the late Heath Ledger will no longer be reprised. Nolan says that it would be difficult to replace Heath Ledger as Joker. Ledger, a talented Australian actor, passed away from drug overdose in 2008 at the age of 28. His portrayal of the Joker was critically acclaimed, making it a difficult void to fill for any actor.

No announcements have been made on who the villain or villains will be. What Batman 3 can guarantee is another dark yet interesting portrayal of Gotham City and its most loved vigilante, the Batman.

Toy Story 3 Gets Big Time With $109M on First Weekend

Toy Story 3 Gets Big Time With $109M on First Weekend – Such a great news to hear. Toy Story fans has clearly enjoyed the 3rd franchise of the movie. It has joined Shrek The Third and Shrek 2 as it became the 3rd animated film to top $100 million in the first weekend.

“Whether you’re a kid or a parent, you always come to a fork in the road where you make the decision of what to do about your toys. Therein lies the appeal of the movie,” said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney. – BBC News. The movie has out-shined The Karate Kid which took $29m.

“Somehow these characters have worked their way in. When you go there, you can see the audience is vested in the movie from the start. It doesn’t take any time to warm up. The minute it hits the screen, they’re in,” Viane said. – ABC News.

“Toy Story 3” took in an additional $44.8 million overseas, giving it a worldwide total of $153.8 million. If your were not able to watch the movie yet, better go to the movie house now and see for yourself.

Clash of the Titans Review: A Flop on Most Movie Reviewers

Clash of the Titans just released the movie and had its premiere.  The trailers have been looking impressive and it tells much promise.  However, the expectations and the actual reaction to the movie of the Movie Critics are not the same – in a bad way mostly.  Clash of the Titans indeed Clashed with the movie goers expectations.

As of today, it just scored a disappointing 36% on Rotten Tomatoes.  Most of the critics say that the movie had all the budget and the special effects but something is just missing.  Also, most of the people who already watched the movie say this line sarcastically “If you’re watching Clash of the Titans, be sure to watch it in glorious 2-D.”

Good movie reviews or not, wouldn’t you be curious on how the movie went? What do you think?

How to Train Your Dragon Movie Review

We all know that dragons are ferocious animals. We’ve been used to fairy tales where the images of dragons are bad. They are mostly used as one of the characters by the antagonist in a movie.

However, with this new movie “How to Train Your Dragon”, that image might be replaced. According to the movie reviews made by some people who have already watched the movie, they had the urge of wanting to have a pet dragon after watching it.

The story of “How to Train Your Dragon” movie revolves around a young Viking named “Hiccup” and a dragon named “Toothless”. In the first part of the movie, Hiccup aspires to hunt dragons since these dragons are considered as pests in their villages destroying their livestock.

Apparently, as the story revolves, he was able to down one of the dragons named “Toothless” and intead of killing it, he befriended it until he considered it as a pet and learned there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.

Judging from the animations used in the film, it was superb and the characters are so open to their emotions, that it becomes a lot more real than the photo realistic 3D animation and effects.

In summary, the film is very good and it’s a must watch movie. With the look of the dragon “Toothless” to resemble “Stitch” in the movie “Lilo and Stitch”, definitely, the ferocious look of a dragon disappeared and you will be made to love the dragon here.

Congratulations for a job well done to all the directors and casts of the film “How to Train Your Dragon”.