Even the most brilliant actors will occasionally make bad movies. Scripts change, budgets shrink, directors quit or get canned. For the most part, audiences realize that movies are a collaborative medium and that a bad movie isn't necessarily the fault of the lead actor. Audiences are far less understanding when a bad movie has an ensemble cast, however: How could so many talented people be so wrong? We recently asked you to rate the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies; now, we want you to be brutally honest and help us rate the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Bad Movies.
Rate the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Bad Movies >> Posted 10.02.12 by BrentJS
We laughed (at how bad the movie was), we cried (because we didn't see a different movie), we kissed eight bucks (or ten or twelve or sixteen, depending upon the format) good-bye!
Stale jokes, missing plots, phone-in performances...too often this summer movie season, we found ourselves scratching our heads in wonder at how actors and directors we have come to respect could have strayed so far off course. We probably should have gone back to the box office and demanded a refund for some of the stinkers we endured this summer. If you feel the same way, vent your frustration by helping us rate the Top 10 Worst Movies of the 2012 summer movie season.
Rate the Top 10 Worst Movies >> Posted 09.27.12 by BrentJS
Whether you're looking for a bombastic sci-fi action movie, a "nice little indie (female) buddy comedy" or an (overly) dramatic romance to give you a brief respite from the daily grind, this week's DVD and Blu-ray releases should have something for you. Click the link above to find out what our resident movie expert Richard Roeper thinks about the latest movies to hit the home video market, The Lucky One, Life Happens and Battleship. Though not a movie release, Roeper also offers up a glowing review of The Walking Dead: The Complete Second Season, which he describes as "a great show" that "isn't really a show about zombies" despite the zomb-pocalypse setting of the based-on-a-comic book AMC series. Posted 08.29.12 by BrentJS
The board game-to-movie adaptation of Battleship opened to decidedly mixed reviews but still managed to earn over $300 million at the box office, particularly overseas. The movie followed Naval officer Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) attempts to protect the planet from an alien invasion while simultaneously trying to impress his girlfriend's father, Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson).
But wait, did anyone actually watch Battleship for its plot? Not likely. It was the visual effects that brought the crowds out to the theaters, so they could watch massive naval ships attempt to blow other massive ships out of the water. Hollywood Dailies went to Industrial Light & Magic to get a look behind the scenes at Battleship's extensive visual effects, and learned how the company created the alien creatures in the movie, which were ordered by director Peter Berg (Hancock) to look different from your "run-of-the-mill, slimy-looking creatures." watch the trailer >> Posted 08.29.12 by Ryan
Last month's board game-turned-summer action movie Battleship didn't receive the worst reviews — the results ran from mostly mixed to bad, but there were a few extremely positive reviews as well. But when the movie was released last month it was crushed at the box office by The Avengers. Battleship did, however, fare better overseas, and is inching closer to $300 million in worldwide box office. "The movie kicked butt internationally, but we kind of ran into a wall when Avengers refused to go away," director Peter Berg recently admitted in an interview with MTV. Berg went on to say that he wished Battleship had come out before The Avengers and not after.
will there be a sequel? >> Posted 06.27.12 by Ryan
I would have loved to have come out three weeks before The Avengers domestically, like we did internationally because The Avengers outperformed everything. It was impossible for Battleship to get any oxygen. We did OK, but in hindsight — which my grandmother used to say is worth about a bucket of spit — we would have come out ahead of The Avengers, not realizing it would have become, I think, the second biggest film in history behind Avatar.
|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|The Avengers ||$55M ||$457M ||Not even Battleship could stand in the way of Avengers dominating the box office for the third weekend in a row; now the sixth-biggest movie of all time domestically |
|Battleship ||$25.3M ||$25.3M ||A disastrous opening for this $200M+ movie; as big of a bomb as John Carter, which also starred Taylor Kitsch |
|The Dictator ||$17.4M ||$24.5M ||Did better than most expected (opened on Wednesday), but failed to match the debuts of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat and Bruno |
|Dark Shadows ||$12.8M ||$50.9M ||Dropped a massive 57% in its second weekend, proving not everything Johnny Depp and Tim Burton touch turns to gold |
|What to Expect When You're Expecting ||$10.5M ||$10.5M ||Despite its A-list ensemble, failed to deliver strong numbers |
Posted 05.21.12 by Chris
How did a board game become a summer blockbuster? Find out when Battleship: Game On! makes its primetime premiere next Monday, May 14, at 7:30PM ET / 4:30PM PT. The Reelz special, which includes a never-before-seen clip from the movie, tracks Battleship's journey to the big screen and profiles some of the real sailors the characters are based on. (Meet some of them after the jump.)
Hosted by Jeremy Parsons, Battleship: Game On! takes viewers to the Battleship set in Honolulu, Hawaii, atop the USS Missouri. The special features exclusive one-on-one interviews with the movie's stars — Liam Neeson, Rihanna, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Alexander Skarsgard — and director Peter Berg, who talk about filming in Pearl Harbor on real American battleships and what it was like to work with Navy servicemen and women, as well as World War II veterans. get encore times, meet the sailors >> Posted 05.08.12 by reelz
World-renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has said that the existence of aliens is "perfectly rational" to his "mathematical brain," but that it would be best if we never met them because "the outcome would be much as when Columbus landed in America, which didn't turn out well for the Native Americans." As in the real world, Hawking's warning goes unheeded in director Peter Berg's (Hancock) board game-turned-action movie Battleship. The new featurette reveals that the aliens that come to take over our planet were "invited" by scientists beaming signals at "Goldilocks" planets similar to the Earth. watch the featurette >> Posted 03.23.12 by BrentJS
An action-packed new theatrical trailer — the third, to date — for director Peter Berg's (Hancock) board game-to-movie adaptation, Battleship, is now available for viewing online. The two-minute trailer skips the personal dramas of Naval officer Lt. Alex Hopper (Taylor Kitsch) that dominated previous trailers and TV spots in favor of showcasing the Transformers-esque special effects of the invading aliens and their city-leveling superior technology. Oh, yeah, and it looks like we might actually get to hear Admiral Shane (Liam Neeson) shout, "You sank my battleship," at some point, because the USS John Paul Jones is revealed to be no match for the aliens. watch the new trailer >> Posted 03.14.12 by BrentJS
While the domestic poster campaign for director Peter Berg's (Hancock) new sci-fi movie, Battleship, focuses more on the "David and Goliath" nature of the conflict between invading alien forces and the U.S. Navy, the international campaign seems to be more about selling the names — or faces — attached to the movie. Last week, the first "character poster" debuted, putting Canadian actor Taylor Kitsch front-and-center. Now, several new international character posters have turned up online that feature supporting actors Liam Neeson, Alexander Skarsgard and Rihanna (sorry, Brooklyn Decker, guess you don't rate), and one of the "Regents" that have come to Earth to build some sort of a power plant in our oceans. check out the new posters >> Posted 03.02.12 by BrentJS