During a recent chat with Vulture for ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Sunight Jr.,’ Norman Reedus spoke on why he turned down a role in Brad Bird’s ‘Tomorrowland.’ “With Tomorrowland, there was an issue about cutting my hair. It’s a period film, and I would have played the father of George Clooney, but the haircut, the pictures they sent me, it looked like some sort of a hair croissant on the top of your head. And I was like, “How am I going to pull that off?” I have really long wild guy hair right now [because of 'The Walking Dead'] and it just wouldn’t work. This show is my bread and butter, and it’s my heart. And I don’t want to just do a giant blockbuster that’s going to disappear. I want a film that means something, and then I’ll go back to my highly watched, super-popular television show. I’m not opposed to big-budget films, and there are certain directors that I absolutely love that do them — Guillermo [del Toro], David Fincher. But it’s a fine line…..”
Opening on May 22nd, 2015, the likes of George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, Raffey Cassidy, Thomas Robinson, Kathryn Hahn and Britt Robertson star in ‘Tomorrowland.’ Brad Bird is making the film his follow up to ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ his first live action pic after helming his trio of awesome animated flicks, ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘Ratatouille’ and ‘The Iron Giant.’ ‘Lost’ co-creator Damon Lindelof co-wrote the script for ‘Tomorrowland’ with Jeff Jensen, an editor at Entertainment Weekly.
These two hi-res images from ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ have arrived online today courtesy of Sony Pictures. The superhero sequel stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Max Dillon/Electro), Paul Giamatti (Aleksei Sytsevich/The Rhino), Dane DeHaan (Harry Osborne), Colm Feore, Chris Cooper (Norman Osborne), Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, Sarah Gadon and Sally Field (May Parker). The official synopsis for the film is as follows: “In ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ for Peter Parker life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen, high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.” Look out for the film’s first trailer early next month.
‘Thor: The Dark World’ Nearing $500 Million; Already Surpassed The Gross Of ‘Thor’ & ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’
Marvel’s ‘Thor: The Dark World’ has reached $479 million in ticket sales globally, already surpassing the entire lifetime gross of the first ‘Thor’ ($449 million) and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ ($371 million). ‘Thor: The Dark World’ stayed at No. 1 in its second weekend at the North American box office, but Malcolm D. Lee’s ‘The Best Man Holiday’ came much closer than anyone expected to the hammer-wielding superhero in grossing a brilliant $30.6 million to place No. 2. ‘Thor: The Dark World’ currently has a North American total gross of $150 million. Overseas, the tentpole took in $52.5 million from 69 markets for an international total of $332.8 million and global haul of $479.8 million.
Enjoying ‘The Avengers’ halo effect in particular overseas, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ has already earned more internationally than ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ ($192 million), ‘Iron Man’ ($267 million), ‘Thor’ ($268 million) and ‘Iron Man 2′ ($312 million). China leads with $41.8 million, followed by Russia ($31.6 million), the UK ($27.4 million), Brazil ($20.9 million) and Mexico ($19.4 million).
On Friday the city of San Francisco came together to make the superhero dreams of a 5-year-old boy come true. ’Batkid’ Miles Scott , the 5 year-old cancer patient who has captured the world’s heart with the help of Make-a-Wish Foundation, was cheered on by thousands of San Francisco supporters. The charity received pledges from more than 10,000 people to lend a hand, while US President Barack Obama also praised Miles in a video from the White House.
On Saturday, the pint-sized superhero received his highest compliments yet from none other than the real Batmen. Christian Bale and the new Dark Knight Ben Affleck applauded ‘Batkid’ and the Make-a-Wish foundation for making the the kid’s dream of becoming Batman a reality. “I looked on the news and I saw this headline and thought, ‘What’s that?’ And I saw all the pictures of him running around and saving people. It’s so touching,” Bale said in an interview with Vulture. The Oscar winner also had some plaudits for the social networking that allowed the Batkid story to become such a phenomenon, encouraging people far and wide to show up in San Francisco to cheer Batkid on. “I’m so far behind the times when it comes to things like that, I’m a dinosaur,” Bale admitted. “I’ve never been on Twitter, but how great a thing that it can create something like that! I mean, wonderful. This little kid, oh my God — what a wonderful day for the little fella! It’s just fantastic, seeing all those people who were out there to support it.” Affleck later tweeted, “Batkid. Best Batman ever. #SFBatKid #MakeAWish @SFWish”.
‘Gravity’ Crosses $500 Million; Biggest Box Office Hit Of Both Sandra Bullock & George Clooney’s Careers
According to Variety, Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’ crossed the $500 million mark globally on Saturday, becoming one of the most successful sci-fi movies of all-time and the biggest box office hit of both Sandra Bullock and George Clooney’s careers. The 3D sci-fi smash, which is being tipped for a run at the Oscars, has earned a hefty $235.9 million in the US and over $261 million overseas. Last month, ‘Gravity’ became the highest-grossing live-action feature in October history with over $400 million worldwide. Bullock’s previous highest-grossing film was ‘Speed’ ($350.2 million) while Clooney’s benchmark was ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ ($450.6 million).
“We know what we have here,” Warner Bros distribution president Dan Fellman recently told Variety. “This is a phenomenon where people are asking friends and family not only if they’ve seen the film, but where.” The $100 million space odyssey largely benefited from premium 3D and IMAX ticket prices as well as repeat viewings.
Fun ‘Batman Vs Superman’ Illustration Featuring Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Wonder Woman & Nightwing
Bobby Rubio has put together this great ‘Batman vs. Superman’ illustration, featuring two iconic DC Comic characters that are rumored to be featuring in the film: Wonder Woman and Nightwing (nothing has been confirmed). Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project – bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel.’ The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17th, 2015.