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Trailers of the Week

Most of the trailers this week come hot off the heels of Comic-Con where a lot of new trailers were revealed for people to enjoy and to start the hype for movies coming out next year.    This year’s Comic-Con was less about comics and more about movies and games which isn’t a bad thing really…but isn’t a good thing either for comics which didn’t seem to have their game faces on at the con this year.

Sucker Punch

I will be honest I hadn’t heard a single thing about this new movie from Zack Synder (Watchmen, 300) which is about a young woman who is trapped in a life that she doesn’t want to be in and can enter a dream world where things are not the same as they are in the real world, but when the two get twisted things happen and the consequences are not what you expect.   The movie’s first trailer looks impressive and looks like its got lots of ambiance and set pieces as well…what you would expect from the guy who brought us 300 and Watchmen.

Priest

Coming from Scott Stewart (Legion) is the action/thriller movie about a Priest in the far future after a war has ravaged the planet between vampires and humans for centuries who is hunting the vampires that kidnapped his niece.   The movie looks very stylish with a lot of great action sequences, not too surprising it also looks far more low-budget than other movies coming out next summer as it is made with the same kind of budget that was given for Legion Scott Stewart’s previous movie which was decent but not great.   It even stars the same actor: Paul Bettany (not that it’s a bad thing).  The movie looks decent but I don’t know how many people its going to attract.

Let Me In

One of the most promising remakes I have seen in a long time of a foreign film (probably since the first Ring movie) is coming out in October, it’s called Let Me In and is a remake of Let the Right One In which was based on a novel.  The original movie was fantastic with a dark undertone regarding vampires and mature themes about alienation and also being a young kid from a rather not well off family among other social issues.   The americanized remake is being directed by Matt Reeves (Cloverfield) and I think looks as equally impressive and also stars Chloe Moretz who has jumped up in fame since her part in Kick-Ass.   This is one I will be going to see when it comes out.

That’s it for this week….I wanted to post the Thor video for the trailer which was really cool looking but it’s already been pulled from everywhere and probably won’t be posted back up for a while until Marvel decides they want to release it probably.   Same goes for Green Lantern footage shown at Comic-Con.    So I’ll be back monday with the box office report and next week with more trailers plus perhaps a movie review!

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August Movie Release Preview 2010

It is almost time for the final month of the summer, only a few weeks of July remain and I think its high time we set August into preview and remember that the closing month of Summer is usually a slower month than the months of June and July.   July is already closing out with a slow week so lets see how August looks!

Weekend of August 6-8

The Other Guys-Opening August 6th nationwide

The Other Guys centers around two cops named Allen (Will Ferrell) and Terry (Mark Wahlberg) who are basically the kind of cops that you don’t usually see in movies.  They are two regular cops who mainly sit behind the desk and are over shadowed by the two biggest and most impressive cops in the precinct, Highsmith (Samuel Jackson) and Danson (Dwayne ‘the rock’ Johnson) who are everything that you are used to a cop being when watching a cop movie.   What happens is a shake up and the two regular cops both suddenly are caught up in something and have to take care of business like a badass cop instead of the kind of cops that they both usually are.

Starring: Will Farrell, Mark Wahlberg, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michael Keaton, and Lindsay Sloane

Directed by: Adam McKay

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: The week before this movie comes out we get the release of another comedy for adults: Dinner for Schmucks so its hard to say how well this movie will draw.  The good thing going for this movie is that there hasn’t been a cop comedy this summer and there isn’t one coming out anywhere near where this one is coming out at.   Another good thing going for this movie is it looks like both Will Farrell and Adam McKay are back to their form from Talladega Nights instead of the horrendous and forgettable Step-Brothers (which they should not have promoted at all in the trailers).  Another good thing going for The Other Guys is that it is coming out against the joke that is Step Up 3-D.

Opening Weekend Gross: 40 to 50 million more than likely this will be the biggest movie of the weekend, drawing in a nice crowd of those that want to go see a laugh…unless people want to see the other release for a different kind of laugh.

Step Up 3-D Opening July 6th Nationwide in 3-D

The first time I heard of the movie Step Up I thought it might be interesting and fun, and the movie was a decent film about dancing and the art of street dancing.   Of course it did a lot of money and thus it got a sequel and now another Step-Up movie is about to come out and all because well 3-D is the hot thing and why not make a 3-D dance movie about a tough gang of street dancers who happen to live in New York.  If the rehashed plot from the first and second Step Up movies about a group of people who have to Dance to save their lives or resolve their personal problems is to your liking then I am sure you will enjoy this movie and all that it has to offer.  Of course there is also the possibility that you just can’t resist 3-D films and thus you want to see a dance movie 3-D film.   Personally this movie looks like someone is playing a joke…just like the Cats and Dogs movie from July.

Starring: Alyson Stoner, Sharni Vinson, Harry Shum Jr., and Rick Malambri

Directed by: Jon Chu (he directed the second one too fyi)

Opening Box Office Draw: Personally this movie is a dud, but I am trying to look at this towards the audience that it is trying to attract.   This movie has a good shot of attracting mainly teen and preteen girls that like fast-moving dance films and even some boys perhaps as well.  Its got the appearance of gritty and thus some of them will be drawn to it thinking it is the next hot thing out there, plus its in 3-D which means its got to be at least partly interesting.  This movie will attract teeny-boppers to it and even some people who just like dancing in their films.

Opening Weekend Gross: 30 to 40 million, and this will be mainly because the movie is in 3-D and there will be enough draw of people who liked the first two as well.

Weekend of August 13-15

Eat Pray Love-Opening August 13th nationwide

This is the first Julia Roberts movie that I have wanted to see in a while.   The movie basically deals with a woman who one day realizes that her life is anything but full of meaning other than who she is with and why she is with them.   She decides to set out on a quest, spend a year traveling and just learning about the world and also herself at the same time.    The story looks interesting and the best thing is it looks like Julia Roberts is back to doing the kind of character that she does really well once more.   Its not the kind of movie that I see in theaters, but I am interested in seeing it once it comes out on dvd just because it looks like a movie with real heart and soul.    The film is going to attract people just because it has Julia Roberts, but like The Other Guys in the week before this movie knows where its audience is and is pushing itself towards them.

Starring: Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup, and Richard Jenkins

Directed by: Ryan Murphy

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: This movie will pull in a lot of women, there is no way to be PC about it, the movie is designed to pull women in to see it and there is nothing wrong with that.   The draw of the film though is simple enough there hasn’t been any romance movies of the type that this one is released all summer and thus this one has a really good potential of drawing in a lot of women to see it and with them will come their boyfriends and husbands.

Opening Weekend Gross: 20 to 35 million.

The Expendables-Opening August 13th nationwide

If there is one thing that Sly Stallone knows its action and this one looks to be a movie full of action and really good action at that.  The Expendables is about a group of mercenaries who get hired to take down a dictator of a third world country, only things don’t go as the thought it would and everything gets more complex once they are over there.  They have to abandon one of their own and things go crazy from there when they learn the truth of what really happened and who set them up.   The trailers show the movie as being one full of action and the best thing of all a bunch of older action stars all once again showing that they can live up their roots of being action stars.  Stallone has shown that he’s not done with action yet and this movie truly does show that he might be able to keep doing it for years to come if he chooses to do so.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Eric Roberts, and Dolph Lundgren

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: This is one of the slickest looking action movies of the entire summer, it’s going to draw a lot of people in to see it because by the time this one comes out it will have been nearly a month since another action movie has been in theaters and more than that this is one of those big tent pole action films that will draw both younger and older men to see including even boys just because of how much action and crazy things look to be happening in this movie.

Opening Weekend Gross: 30 to 40 million.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World-Opening August 13th nationwide

Scott Pilgrim is a young man who finds a really wonderful woman that he’s in love with, the only thing is well….she’s got these ex-boyfriends who won’t let him date her until he proves it to them.   The movie has style and substance, and also all of these strange special effects and video game like atmosphere.   The movie is based after a comic series of course (most original properties in hollywood are now).   The movie looks like it was made for Michael Cera to play and he looks really good in the movie as well.  This summer has shown us a lot of different and strange film but this one is perhaps the strangest of them all.

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Chris Evans, and Brandon Routh

Directed by: Edgard Wright

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw- I would have to say not much, honestly the movie trailer has some really cool substance to it and its very comic like in apperance, but the film is not goign to draw a lot of people.   The trailer is pointed towards one sort of person, and the movie is pointed to that same person.   Scott Pilgrim is not going to be the huge hit that Universal seems to think that it will be and I don’t see it pulling in more than The Expendables and Eat Pray Love so I could be wrong but I don’t think that I am.

Opening Weekend Gross- 20 to 30 million.

Weekend of August 20-22

Lottery Ticket-Opening August 20th nationwide

Lottery Ticket is one of those easily forgettable comedies that come out around this time of the year.   This is where comedies that might do decent get a release date and this one does look like it has some moments that are going to make you laugh and enjoy yourself.  I can’t say there is one type of audience that this movie is directed towards, as it is a comedy that could have a lot of really good moments that will make you laugh out.   The premise behind the movie is that a young man and his mom win the lottery but when he goes to collect the money hilarity ensues because the lottery office is of course closed due to it being July 4th weekend.   Then somehow it gets out that he one the lottery and everyone is out seeking his money.

Starring: Terry Crews, Keith David, Ice Cube, Mike Epps, and Bow Wow

Directed by: Eric White

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: Movies of this nature (dealing with someone winning the lottery) do okay when they are released but they never really push the envelope and surely never draw but a few people here and there into the theater to watch them.   There is an audience that this movie is speaking towards and that is the audience that will go see the movie.   I don’t think its going to be a huge draw at the box office but it will be big enough to pull into the top five for the weekend.

Opening Weekend Gross: 20 to 30 million.

Nanny McPhee Returns-Opening August 20th nationwide

Never saw the first one, but I got the premise behind the movie and this one the second one has much the same.  Nanny McPhee returns once again to teach some kids that are spoiled and have never had any real fun the true meaning of what it means to be kids and also to be a part of a family.   Strange things happen and you cannot but help compare Nanny McPhee to another famous caretaker of young kids Marry Poppins its hard to say if either of them is based off of the other or not for me but I can see the likes right away when I watch the trailers for this movie.    Nanny McPhee is going to be a really good family movie of that I have no doubt, families will enjoy seeing it but that is about all.

Starring: Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, and Ralph Fiennes

Directed by: Susanna White

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: The movie will draw in families, especially those with young kids.  This is the kind of movie that you can safely take a kid under the age of nine to and not have to worry about missing something if they have to get up to go to the bathroom or if the kids are talking throughout most of the movie or not sitting still.   It will draw in famlies and those that want to take a kid to a film just so that they can be entertained and I am sure that it will be entertaining for them as well.

Opening Weekend Box Office Gross: 20 to 30 million.

Piranha 3-D-Releasing August 20th nationwide

Piranha 3-D is basically a 3-D remake of a classic horror movie released in 1978.  The movie was well-known for its cheese but has become a classic standing cult favorite and thus Hollywood felt it was time for a remake, an updated one with 3-D of course as well.  The premise behind the movie is anything but original but hey its in 3-D so of course scores of people will go out and see it.  What happens is an earthquake releases Piranha’s that are supposed to be extinct but of course they are hungry for….yeah you guessed it….human flesh in 3-D! GASP!  The movie doesn’t look exactly horrible and it has a decent cast so it might end up being  a fun watch but my bet is on it not being a big money-maker though it is coming out at the right time, end of August through October is usually when you have a good shot of making money on horror.

Starring: Elizabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss, and Eli Roth

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: Depends on how thrilled people are at the chance of seeing another 3-D horror movie.  It is coming out at a good time, there isn’t much else that will get teens and young adults in the theater this weekend and this one could really do it.   It all depends on how people feel about it and if they aren’t tired of seeing movies in 3-D as this one is only coming out on 3-D (I think that’s the plan anyway).

Opening Weekend Gross: 30 to 40 million perhaps less if no one wants a 3-d horror movie or find a sudden interest in something else like Nanny McPhee.

The Switch-Releasing August 20th nationwide

There are some who say that Jennifer Aniston is not a box office draw yet she keeps getting to make movies even though most of her films have done nothing much at all.  This summer she’s getting a second shot this year with the romantic comedy The Swtich which is about a woman who wants to get pregnant and she uses a sperm donor the thing is, the donor’s sperm was replaced with a friends sperm by the friend so that it’s actually his baby that she has.   Yeah it sounds horrible and it looks horrible, but it might draw some in with its quirky plot line and the fact that Jennifer Aniston is starring in it.  Otherwise you might best stay away, like the baby movie earlier this summer with Jennifer Lopez this is another movie that most will just forget even comes out until its been out in theaters for two or three weeks.  They of course say it from the people who brought us Juno, by that they mean the producers that brought us Juno because neither the writer nor the director of the movie are actually involved, it’s just a trick to get people to go see the movie.

Starring: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum, and Juliette Lewis

Directed by: Josh Gordan and Will Speck

Weekend Box Office Draw: There are three bad signs for this movie and it making any money at all.  The first is that it stars Jennifer Aniston who has not proven at all that she can draw people into the box office lately or ever.   The second is that it is being billed as a movie from the people who brought us Juno as an attempt to get people into seats even though the movie is not written or directed by the people who did Juno.  The third and finale one is always a bad sign: it was directed by two people who also directed the Cave Man show.   I don’t think this movie is going to draw a lot of people in.

Weekend Box Office Gross: 10 to 15 million.

Vampires Suck-Opening August 18th nationwide

The battle for who will suck all of the life out of the vampire craze comes to a final conclusion with the movie Vampires Suck a straight up mash-up of vampire cliché’s and making fun of the Twilight Movies.   The film looks like it’s trying to be funny but doesn’t quite get how to be funny and thus it fails on many fronts.   They are trying to capitalize on the Twilight Saga craze, but on the other side instead of the side that loved the movies.  They are going for the people who hated the twilight films and are trying to be hip with those people by agreeing with them on the fact that the movies are horrible by making their own horrible comedy spoof of the movies.    It’s not really a good idea, but it could finally be the movie that ends the current vampire craze, its only downhill from here.   Trust me.

Starring: Matt Lanter, Ken Jeong, Anneliese van der Pol, and Jenn Proske

Directed by: Jason Friedberg, and Aaron Seltzer

Weekend Box Office Draw: Are you kidding me?  This movie has no draw at all.  Its directed by the same guys who wrote all of the Scary Movie movies, Date Movie, Meet the Spartans, Disaster Movie, and even Spy Hard. It amazes me that these guys still get funding to direct and write these horrible movies.  They stopped being anything other than jokes after the second Scary Movie and they are horrible movies to watch in theaters and do not draw anyone in to see them.  Then again they are cheap to make so they usually make all of their money back.

Weekend Box Office Gross: 5 to 10 million if they are lucky.

Weekend of August 27-29

Going the Distance-Releasing August 27 nationwide

This one is a true romantic Comedy that I haven’t seen in a long while, its more focused on the romance and the comedy than most romantic comedy trailers lately.  Its the story of two people who meet one another but she lives half way across the country and was only visiting her sister when she met him.  They fall in love during the two weeks or so that she is there and decide to try long distance dating, thus the name of the movie.   Things happen, the two of them realize they miss one another and thus begins a quest to meet again.   It looks charming and funny plus it has a really good cast.   This one has a good chance of being a good romantic comedy.

Starring: Drew Berrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, and Ron Livingston.

Directed by: Nanette Burstein

Weekend Box Office Draw: the movie looks like it hits all of the right parts quickly and truly does look funny and sweet as well, because of this a lot of people especially couples who want to have a romantic night out will be seeing this one.   It looks like a really good and fun film with a lot of funny moments along with romantic ones.   It will pull people into the box office though I don’t think it will a huge draw.

Weekend Box Office Gross: 25 to 30 million (really good for a romantic comedy)

The Last Exorcism-Opening August 27 nationwide

The Last Exorcism is about a exorcist who goes out to a farm to help a father with his daughter whom the man believes is possessed  by the devil.   The Exorcist is in fact a fake, he’s always faked these things before, but out on this farm with a documentary crew things go terribly wrong, something dark gets called forth and things take a quick turn for the worst for all of them on that farm.  The trailer looks sick (in a good way) and the documentary style of the movie seems to add something more realistic to the movie this time around.  They are really doing a good job of showing the dangers of what can happen during an exorcist and it harkens back to the classic movie The Exorcist in a very good and disturbing way.

Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashely Bell, and Louis Herthum

Directed by: Daniel Stamm

Opening Weekend Box Office Draw: The time is right, late August, people are tired of the summer block buster season and want to see other kinds of movies, and this is why Horror usually does better in the fall than in the spring when people are starting to get pumped up for more action movies or comedies.   This would have been a good time for Splice to come out, but this weekend we get this one instead.  The movie looks good and I think it will draw in even more people than Piranha from the week before did.

Opening Weekend Gross: 20 to 30 million.

TakersOpening August 27 nationwide

Its the story of a group of men who are all “takers” as one of them points out.  They are bank robbers and work hard at their jobs, but something happens during their latest “take” and they are suddenly in trouble and have to deal with it.    The story is hardly original and while the cast is decent the movie looks like a re-tread of much better bank heist movies that were released years before it.  There is a decent plot though and some of the action looks really tight and interesting, its hard to see how the movie will move along through a short trailer, but doesn’t really hold the attention for very long.

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, and Matt Dillion

Directed by: John Luessenhop

Weekend Box Office Draw: not very high, it will all depend on how many people want to see another heist movie as opposed to those who just want to see something different.   These types of movies can either do really good or do really poorly.  The last heist movie Armored did not do very good at all, and it looked like a superior movie to this one, though that doesn’t mean this one won’t make a lot of money.   My guess though is that this movie is only going to appeal to some not to all and it’s going to do significantly less than the studio that made it thinks it will do.

Weekend Box office Gross: 10 to 20 million.

That is the month of August, like most months of August its the end of the summer and the blockbuster season is over as kids start to focus on school again and parents start to focus on helping them get ready for school again.  The fun of summer ends and the movie season kicks into one of the two doldrums (the other is late winter/early spring) of the year before another ramp up during the holiday season.   I will be back in August for September…till then keep reading and I’ll keep writing.