This week’s edition of Kevin Smith’s Spoilers had the unfortunate task of reviewing The Watch. Surprisingly, many people were on the fence about this movie which has received some of the worst reviews all year; however, there were still many people perfectly willing to set the record straight. One of those people was Smith himself who definitely did not like the film, but he was nice about it by blaming his own high standards for the way he felt.
Beyond that, this week’s episode featured an interview with Total Recall director Len Wiseman who Kevin Smith worked with on Live Free or Die Hard. Many of you might recall that Smith filled the role of comic relief via his hacker character ‘The Warlock’ with many great lines including a reference to his mom’s basement as a ‘command center.’ Continue Reading
Apparently, the London Opening Ceremony (watched by a record-breaking 40 million viewers,) was the principal cause behind Friday’s absurdly low box office figures. The numbers have been adjusted up significantly for The Dark Knight Rises and a few other films from what we saw just yesterday; however, for the most part DKR appears to have been affected the most as is the way with blockbuster features.
That said, The Dark Knight Rises led a weekend that is down double digits from last year with $64.1 million. While that number is noticeably off from its predecessor’s $75.2 million second weekend, this is still very respectable as it qualifies as the sixth biggest week two intro on record. Continue Reading
The box office is not exactly be flooded with summer dollars right now in light of current events (some analysts are suggesting 25% are too afraid to go to the theaters,) so we did not expect a massive second weekend for The Dark Knight Rises. I actually took the low-end in my estimates and figured $60+ million would be in the cards especially due to the Summer Olympics.
It turns out that even my estimates were not low enough as the movie only banked $18 million on Friday, suggesting a $50-55 million weekend. Judging from the amount of interest and deterioration right now, suggesting $55 million might even be optimistic but that is what the industry believes right now. That would signal a massive 66% drop-off week-to-week from the $160.9 million debut The Dark Knight Rises saw opening weekend. For comparative purposes, that number is around $20 million lower than what the film’s direct predecessor did four years ago in its second week of release. Continue Reading
Ben Stiller’s new movie drops into theaters this week, thus his presence on the talk show circuit. The film is Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch which is getting pretty awful reviews, but this movie is still expected to do pretty well at the box office thanks in part to Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill who serve as the actor’s co-stars. Also helping is the fact that it has been nearly a month since Ted hit theaters, creating somewhat of a summer comedy void. Continue Reading
The reviews are starting to come online for Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch as the movie is set to hit theaters less than 24 hours from now. The R-rated comedy enlists Jonah Hill, Ben Stiller, and Vince Vaughn as a neighborhood watch group that stumbles upon an alien invasion–something that is not exactly brilliant, but nothing this all-star comedy trio cannot work around. Essentially, that is the problem though. They are expected to turn garbage into gold and the critics are saying that did not happen as the movie is really your classic clock-watcher. Continue Reading
The Watch is set to hit theaters nationwide in two days’ time, and The Lonely Isle’s Akiva Schaffer is looking to boost the effort by releasing a rare outtakes trailer to drum of some buzz. It is actually worth the view for those of you on the fence because the lack of red-band promotional material strips this comedy of everything that supposedly makes it good.
Also new this week was Moviefone’s Unscripted interview with the cast which is always fun to watch. Essentially, it has Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, and Jonah Hill answering fan questions to promote their new movie. Continue Reading
Vince Vaughn’s Dodgeball reunion with Ben Stiller is finally set to arrive in theaters at week’s end. The Wedding Crashers star took to The Tonight Show couch on Monday evening to promote the R-rated comedy, and that brings us to today’s posting–his first late night talk show appearance for The Watch. The actor talked about a number things including his newborn baby, the Olympics, his TBS series Sullivan and Son, and the new movie.
Vaughn also dished on a possible sequel to 2004′s Dodgeball which he starred in alongside his co-star from The Watch, Ben Stiller. Apparently, the film is still be written, so there is no real guarantee it will happen. Since the original banked over $160 million worldwide on a budget of only $20 million, there probably will be a ton of weight around this project to get it out the door unlike what we are seeing for Zoolander 2 and other less comedy proven franchises. Continue Reading
Ben Stiller has been out doing press for The Watch this month. Last Friday he was on The Tonight Show and just last night the Meet the Parents star appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live where he talked about ping pong and the P90X workout that hit the set of The Watch. The actor also gave a brief explanation of his new comedy in which he plays the manager of a Costco. Continue Reading
This week has graced us with some fairly good news for fans of Nicholas Stoller. Not only is he set to return to adult comedy mode after his work on The Muppets and its upcoming sequel, but he is also headed back to Hawaii. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall director is gearing up to write Aloha for Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill–a team that will hit the big screen for the first time next week in Akiva Schaffer’s The Watch. Continue Reading
Ben Stiller is back in movie-marketing mode this week as he used Friday night to promote his new comedy The Watch. This is the actor’s live-action follow-up to Tower Heist which did merely ‘okay’ at theaters, so perhaps the re-teaming with his Dodgeball co-star Vince Vaughn goes a bit better. Also in the film is Jonah Hill who is coming off of 21 Jump Street which is leading some to believe that if the quality is there, this R-rated feature might turn out be a bigger hit than initially projected. Continue Reading
Today featured the release of the red-band trailer for Neighborhood Watch, and with it came the news that Fox has responded to the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin tragedy by changing the movie’s title. The Akiva Schaffer-directed comedy is now called The Watch which might be best considering the alternative was to delay the release, missing the summer movie season.
Cast members include Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Ben Stiller. Of course, this will be the first Stiller-Vaughn effort since Dodgeball, but the movie could also be billed as Hill’s followup to 21 Jump Street which racked up over $130 million at the domestic box office earlier this year. Nonetheless, expectations are running high.