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Box Office Mojo reveal that ‘Skyfall’ has taken a further $156 million at the international box office this past weekend. The 23rd James Bond adventure, continuing the longest running and most successful franchise in film history, opened with $80.6 million in its first weekend internationally, from 25 markets. After expanding this weekend to more territories, ‘Skyfall’ is sitting at a hefty $287 million total, well on its way to obliterate the $427 million overseas total of ‘Casino Royale,’ which is currently the franchise record. Earning £37.2 million in its opening week at the UK box office, ‘Skyfall’ raked in a further $25.7 million this weekend, bringing its UK total to $85.8 million, putting it a day or two away from passing ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ to become the highest-grossing movie of the year at the UK box office.
‘Skyfall’ opened big in Germany with $23.9 million, $7.9 million in Italy (the biggest Hollywood debut of the year), $6.7 million in Spain (second on the year behind ‘The Impossible’), $5.3 million in Switzerland (a new record), $5.1 million in India, $4.4 million in the Netherlands (first place in 2012), $3.4 million in Austria (double 2012′s previous record holder). ‘Skyfall’ also added a further $14.3 million in France, $5.2 million in Russia, and $3.4 million in Brazil. While the film is out now in most international areas, it still has China, Australia, Japan and Turkey on the way. Skyfall’ has a November 8th release in North America on IMAX and other large-format screens before rolling out everywhere a day later.
The good people over at Stitch Kingdom have premiered this new look at Sir Ben Kingsley as Tony Stark/Iron Man’s most iconic foe, The Mandarin, in Marvel Studios’ ‘Iron Man 3.’ The film pits the brash-but-brilliant industrialist (Robert Downey Jr.) against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds (The Mandarin). When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, ‘Iron Man 3′ returns Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Marvel’s The Avengers) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (Iron Man 2) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) as Happy Hogan. Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3′ marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009. The likes of Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Guy Pearce and William Sadler join the Marvel universe in this third Iron Man movie as The Mandarin, Maya Hansen, Eric Savin, Aldrich Killian and Sal Kennedy, respectively.
The Wrap has uncovered brief plot details for Wally Pfister’s Johnny Depp-starring directorial debut ‘Transcendence.’ The Oscar-winning cinematographer’s sci-fi/fantasy flicks is said to ”follow three scientists, attempting work on stem cell and advanced computer technology, which will change the fundamentals of human life. Tension comes into play when they are met by protest and resistance.” Alongside Johnny Depp, Pfister is reportedly eyeing Christian Bale to play one of three leads in the film. The likes of James McAvoy, Tobey Maguire, Noomi Rapace and Christoph Waltz have all been linked to the $120 million budgeted film.
’Transcendence’ will shoot in Los Angeles – a shift from potential East Coast locales, owing to new plot elements – when cameras begin rolling in February, 2013. Pfister, who won an Oscar for his cinematography for ‘Inception’, is well known for his work on projects with Christopher Nolan. His collaboration with Nolan has spanned seven films, beginning in 1999 with ‘Memento,’ and earning him his three Oscar nominations and one win. Four of those Nolan films starred Bale. Wally Pfister recently completed ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ with Christopher Nolan and served as the cinematographer on last year’s best picture nominee, ‘Moneyball.’ Other credits include such films as ‘The Italian Job’ and ‘Laurel Canyon.’ Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on ‘Transcendence,’ which will be financed and produced by Alcon Entertainment. The screenplay is by newcomer Jack Paglen.
The Daily Mail has posted this new batch of images from the New Orleans, Louisiana set of Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy,’ featuring Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. At this moment in time, Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s cult classic has the likes of Brolin, Olsen, Sharlto Copley, James Ransone and Samuel L. Jackson on-board to star. FilmDistrict recently announced a October 11th, 2013 bow for the film.
Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ follows Josh Brolin’s character, Joe (Dae-su Oh in the original), a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughters birthday. For fifteen years he is held captive, and upon his release must begin his journey to find the reason for his imprisonment. He soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than his solitary confinement. Sharlto Copley plays a mysterious billionaire out to destroy Joe’s life, while Elizabeth Olsen will play Marie, a caseworker who helps Joe investigate the past. Samuel L. Jackson takes on a small but key role as the head of the motel where Brolin’s character has been held hostage. The original film, released in 2003, won the much coveted Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. ‘Oldboy’ is based on Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi’s 90′s manga series.
Sierra/Affinity have announced that Jude Law has joined Werner Herzog’s upcoming period drama ’Queen of the Desert.’ Written and directed by Herzog, the film also stars Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson. Watts leads the pic as Gertrude Bell, an explorer, writer, archeologist and attaché for the British Empire, who is credited with helping to catalyze the formation of the Middle East at the dawn of the 20th century. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, Bell traveled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Bell became highly influential to British imperial policy-making due to her extensive travels in Greater Syria, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia.
Robert Pattinson is set to play T.E. Lawrence in ‘Queen of the Desert,’ a British Army officer whose writing earned him international fame as Lawrence of Arabia, on whom David Lean’s classic 1962 epic is based. Lawrence was a good friend to Gertrude Bell over the years, as the duo helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq. There’s currently no word on Jude Law’s role. Nick Raslan will produce via his Palmyra Films banner along with Cassian Elwes and Michael Benaroya. Benaroya’s Benaroya Pictures banner will finance the film. Sierra/Affinity will handle international sales and will make it available to buyers during this year’s American Film Market. Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Morocco in March 2013.
Variety bring word that Saoirse Ronan has nabbed the female lead in Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel.’ The director has said that the story, set 85 years ago in a Hungarian hotel, is partly inspired by the witty films of Billy Wilder and Ernst Lubitsch (The Shop Around the Corner). Ronan joins the likes of Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman in the pic.
Saoirse Ronan was nominated for an Oscar at the age of 13 for her supporting performance in ‘Atonement.’ She’ll next be seen in Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling novel ‘The Host,’ Kevin Macdonald’s ‘How I Live Now,’ Neil Jordan’s ‘Byzantium’ and Geoffrey Fletcher’s ‘Violet & Daisy.’ ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ will be both written and directed by Wes Anderson, with the filmmaker re-teaming with producers Scott Rudin and Steve Rales. Their most recent project, ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ was a huge success both critically and at the box office this past summer. Look out for more details shortly.