This weekend, The Avengers broke the box office at over 200 million dollars in the United States alone, and over 600 million at the worldwide box office. This makes it the highest grossing movie (without adjusting for inflation) of all time. It is also everything that you want it to be, and I can say that after seeing it twice.
This weekend Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows will hit theatres. And I can say with absolute certainty that The Avengers will probably gross more than it will on its second weekend. Sorry Tim Burton.
The Avengers 2
In the least surprising announcement ever, after the 200 million US opening, Disney has said they’re going ahead with Avengers 2, which will go into production along with Thor 2, Iron Man 3, Captain America 2, and an as-yet-unknown other Avengers movie (Please say Black Widow or Hulk, please say Black Widow or Hulk).
While I have not been a big fan of the second series of Kick-Ass in the comic books, I was a huge fan of the first movie, and I am looking forward to the second movie. Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse will soon be entering into negotiations for returning, and Cry Wolf director/writer Jeff Wadlow will be taking the helm. Filming will begin sometime this summer for an early 2013 release!
It looks like this Ridley Scott picture will indeed be slapped with an R Rating, and nothing is going to be cut in order to bring it down. It’s been a while since there’s been an ambitious science fiction movie that was willing to take on an R, and it’s certainly got my attention (Well. More than it had already.)
It seems the fairy-tale starring Angelina Jolie has really taken off, with casting coming out across the board! Aurora will be played by Elle Fanning (Super 8), and Sharlto Copley (District 9) will be playing Stefan, the king’s half-fairy, half-human bastard. Two of the three fairies who will take care of Aurora have been cast, played by Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville. More news as I get it!
Looks like it’s finally happening, as it’s been confirmed stage shooting will be done in Australia and there will be on-location shooting in Japan. Casting will also begin soon, and it would seem that the studios are looking at some local Japanese talent, which should prove interesting!
James Cameron has now made it clear that the rest of his career will be spent making Avatar movies. No, I’m not kidding. Check the link.
The original script by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) is getting a re-write from Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine), which means that this film should prove to be endearingly cheerful. And full of puppies and bunnies. Which if you read the book, you’d know.
Season 7 may be starting sooner than we thought! It's been announced that Season 7, Episode 1 will screen at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival (MGEITF for short), which takes place August 23-25. Knowing Moffat's dislike of spoilers, can we expect a premiere date soon after? The screening is included in a "master class" on BBC's Sherlock and will be lead by Moffat along with Mark Gatiss and Sue Vertue! Excuse me while I lament flight prices to Scotland.