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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters earned a 7% on Rotten Tomatoes today. Ouch. The question is why?
J.J. Abrams To Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Movie For Disney
By DOMINIC PATTEN | Deadline.com — January 24, 2013
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams will be helming the next Star Warsmovie. “It’s done deal with J.J.,” a source with knowledge of the situation told Deadline today. Argo director Ben Affleck was also up for the gig, the source says. Despite saying publicly that he didn’t want to direct a new Star Wars, Abrams was courted heavily by producer Kathleen Kennedy to take the job. Expected in 2015, Episode VII will be the first new Star Wars movie since 2005′s Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith. Michael Arndt is writing the script for the first installment of the relaunch of George Lucas’ franchise by Disney. The company bought Lucasfilm in October for $4 billion, with the Star Wars franchise the jewel in the crown. At the time, CEO Bob Iger said three more Star Wars films were in the pipeline. Abrams’ other space-based franchise sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, comes out May 17. This weekend, the PGA will honor the Lost creator and Revolution producer with its 2013 Norman Lear Award For Television. Abrams is repped by CAA and Oasis Media Group.
In a surprise upset, Lionsgate’s Texas Chainsaw 3D placed No. 1 at the Friday box office with a healthy debut of $10.2 million.
The R-rated film is now expected to win the weekend with a gross in the $20 million to $22 million range, marking a victory for Lionsgate.
Pre-release tracking had suggested that holdoversThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Django Unchained would battle it out for No. 1, followed by Les Miserables.
Picking up where Tobe Hooper‘s 1974 classic slasher film left off, Texas Chainsaw earned a C+ CinemaScore. Normally, a poor grade would spell trouble for a film’s playability, but horror films often receive a C.
Django, from the Weinstein Co., came in No. 2 on Friday, grossing $6.2 million for a domestic total of $92.4 million. The Quentin Tarantino film is expected to earn in the $19.5 million range for the weekend.
Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit and Tom Hooper‘s Le Mis were in a relatively close race Friday.
Hobbit came in slightly ahead, grossing $5.2 million for a domestic total of $251.5 million. Overseas, the New Line and MGM tentpole has earned north of $500 million.
Universal’s Les Mis placed No. 4 with $5 million for a domestic total of $92.5 million.
Family comedy Parental Guidance rounded out the top five, grossing $3.1 million for a domestic cume of $45.8 million.
From ‘Battleship’ to ‘This Means War,’ the year’s biggest cinematic stinkers
BY HITFIX STAFF FRIDAY, DEC 21, 2012 2:39 AM
With all the fawning end-of-the-year kudos currently circulating, it’s easy to forget that a sizable number of actual bad movies came out in 2012. Well, consider this a refresher.
From failed blockbuster tentpoles (“Battleship“) to would-be hilarious comedies (“The Watch“) to lame scare-challenged horror flicks (“The Apparition“) to…uh, well, pretty much anything involving Tyler Perry, there’s no doubt that the last 366 days have come with a heaping helping of truly heinous cinematic stinkers.
So what better time for an accounting of the year’s most outrageous big-screen abominations than on the eve of the coming apocalypse? You’re gonna have to make peace with the end of the world somehow – might as well do it by reminding yourself of just how bad things can get at the local multiplex.
Check out our selections for the 20 worst movies of 2012 in the gallery: Read more at http://www.hitfix.com/news/20-worst-films-of-2012#CiScsYep7UrrhtFd.99
Last year at this time, there were a lot of big movies to look forward to. And while some met or exceeded expectations in a big way – “The Avengers” and “Skyfall,” for example – others didn’t quite live up to our hopes (“Prometheus,” for one).
But now we’ve got a new year and a huge field of gigantic movies ahead of us. So we’ve sorted through all the sequels, bestselling book adaptations, post-apocalyptic adventures, and (of course) comic-book movies to pick out and rank the 25 most anticipated titles of 2013.