I have this habit to post all interesting film industry news to my Facebook wall. Unfortunately the most of my friends are not so interested in reading movie news. So, I decided I’ll start a new series to add to existing ones (Films of the Week, Tv of the Week and The Best of the Best). I should probably make some list on the front page, huh? But anyway, here are the news of the Hollywoodland that got my attention during the last seven days.
Europe made the record of cinema ticket sales in 2012. The leader of the board was of course the newest instalment of the Bond series, Skyfall. To be exact there were fewer tickets sold but because of the higher average price of ticket the total amount was 8.5 billion dollars, a new record. Besides Skyfall, other major ones in box office were family animation Ice Age: Continental Drift, Taken 2 and 3D spectacles The Hobbit and overall winner The Avengers. Also European originated The Impossible from Spain and Intouchables from France made the big bucks. Well, euros. In Finland the ticket sales were 19.7 percent up.
Talking about The Avengers. The Disney mastermind behind the Marvel dominance, Kevin Feige, has revealed a bit more about the so-called Phase Two. There’s going to be, of course, Thor 2 (to be released in the end of October) and Captain America sequel. Iron Man 3 was the first film released in the phase two and to date it has already made around 740M $ at the box office. Nice start. The original films in the Marvel World to come out will be Ant-Man and The Guardians of the Galaxy. And the phase two will end with the probable bang with The Avengers 2 that has the helmer of the first part, Joss Whedon, back on the board. To The Avengers 2 Whedon has planned to add two new characters from the comics, Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch. I don’t read comics but apparently those two are siblings of certain age. The Hitflix is now wondering who will be playing the characters. And they are listing evermore lovely Gemma Arterton! I so hope that they will at least consider her, she’s a total fox and can easily kick any ass as seen in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. Who would you like to see play these two?
Other thing for Disney to ponder is the paycheck of Robert Downey Jr. He has fulfilled his contract now with Iron Man 3, so they need to seal the new deal with him soonish. It is said he already got 50 million dollars for The Avengers, so he can arguably ask whatever for the sequel. Especially after Iron Man 3 making huge money in the cinemas all over the world.
R.I.P. Ray Harryhausen, the pioneer of special effects. Harryhausen got interested in special effects after seeing original King Kong back in 1933. Since that he began creating new monsters and dinosaurs to be used on the big screen.He also created the technique that allowed models to be integrated to live-action films. His talent can be seen for example in this clip of The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
The Hollywood Reporter is listing the aspiring TV pilots for the new season. There were a couple that got my attention. The first is called Anatomy of Violence and is at the moment starring Skeet Ulrich and Amber Tamblyn. The both of them are known names and I have especially found Ulrich very intriguing in kind of sinister way. The series, in case of it’ll be produced, is about “a criminal psychologist (Skeet Ulrich) with an expertise in sociopaths partners with a young, female detective (Amber Tamblyn) with whom he shares a conflicted past”. As you know, I got a thing to that kind of a psychological stuff. The other that I noticed was of course Joss Whedon series S.H.I.E.L.D. That’s Marvel. Again. Maybe I should start to read the comics as well?
The another darling of mine, Game of Thrones, has its own beer now. Would like a taste.
And as a post scriptum, I’ve got to include this video. I just heard it for the first time a couple of hours ago. I’ve always got a thing for Chester Bennington but after hearing this, I think I’m in love with him.