As expected, A Good Day To Die Hard ruled the box office roost over the weekend, collecting $25 million and besting the hit comedy Identity Thief (#2, $23.4 million). The romantic drama Safe Haven also had a solid opening with a third place and $21.4 million showing. The highly hyped Warner Bros. film Beautiful Creatures, however, absolutely tanked and sputtered to a sixth place finish, managing just $7.5 million. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. A Good Day To Die Hard – $25 million
**Bruce Willis talks about the success of the Die Hard franchise:
Katharine McPhee is one of the most diverse people on television. McPhee currently stars on the NBC musical/drama Smash, where she does it all-singing, dancing, and acting. As many remember, McPhee was a contestant on the talent show American Idol, where she came in second place behind Taylor Hicks.
Some former American Idol contestants distance themselves from the show due to their fear of being typecast, but McPhee is not one of them. She told us that it was a challenge coming off of a successful show like American Idol, but that didn’t stop her from pursuing her career aspirations. McPhee is very appreciative of her time on Idol.
Selena Gomez’s career may turn a completely different chapter with the March 15th (in New York and Los Angeles) release of Spring Breakers, the latest feature from unconventional (but never boring) filmmaker Harmony Korine.
After penning the controversial and hard hitting youth drama Kids, Korine directed the indie films Gummo and Julien Donkey-Boy (featuring sublime acting from director Werner Herzog). His 2007 feature Mister Lonely, starring Diego Luna as a sensitive Michael Jackson impersonator, was a surprisingly evocative take on loneliness and heartbreak.
Although the movie features James Franco, who looks like he’s riffing off Gary Oldman in True Romance, Gomez, High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens, and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson, Spring Breakers may fit perfectly into Korine’s body of work. Amidst all the violence and sex lies a narrative centering on people living on the fringe, doing whatever it takes to survive.
As for the story’s potential, a review from The Guardian claims Korine channeled a “21st century Russ Meyer” in directing the film.
The film opens in wider release March 22nd. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. Did Selena Gomez make the right decision? Are you excited for this movie? What do you think of James Franco’s grill? We want to know!
A few months ago, it was announced that the Star Wars movie franchise would continue under the direction of iconic producer Kathleen Kennedy (E.T.,Back to the Future, and Lincoln) with J.J. Abrams directing. Star Wars creator/producer/director George Lucas will be consulting on the films, which will take place after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.
The Star Wars films have been around for over three decades. George Lucas told us a while back that he feels very good that these movies have been viewed by different generations of movie fans.
Star Wars: Episode VII is slated to be released in July 2015.
One game I’m downloading as soon as it hits the App Store on February 21st is Year Walk, an eerie and haunting game from Simogo.
Described by the developers as a “vision quest,” the first person adventure has players walking through the dark woods in 19th century Sweden, where abstract puzzles and supernatural beings await. Available for download on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch, Year Walk looks like something that was hatched from the mind of David Lynch, if he suddenly got obsessed with The Wicker Man and Robert Frost.
The free app A Year Walk Companion will also be released the same day, and it’s described as a “mini-encyclopedia” that helps gamers go “covers a range of forgotten beliefs and superstitions and goes deeper into the subject of year walking.”
Few apps have gotten me as excited as Year Walk, and hopefully the game, which is currently shrouded in mystery, doesn’t disappoint.
Tell us what you think of the game’s trailer below: