|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis|
|Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters ||$19M ||$19M ||Critics may hate these witch hunters, but movie goers made them number one|
|Mama ||$12.9M ||$48.6M ||Mama's on track to out-gross every 2012 horror flick|
|Silver Linings Playbook ||$10M ||$69.5M ||Strong word-of-mouth keeps Silver Linings in the top three|
|Zero Dark Thirty ||$9.8M ||$69.9M ||Has the buzz wound down for this Oscar nominee?|
|Parker ||$7M ||$7M ||Looks like Statham and JLo weren't able to fill theaters |
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Weeknights after the movies Posted 01.28.13 by reelz
After Sunday's Golden Globes ceremony, this weekend's horror movie Mama doesn't just star Jessica Chastain but "Golden Globe winner" Jessica Chastain. It might seem strange to see an award-winning actress in a horror movie, but the trend of respected actors taking roles in horror movies is on the rise. Just last year, Oscar–nominated actor Ethan Hawke (Training Day) starred in supernatural horror-thriller Sinster while Golden Globe-nominated Rebecca Hall (Vicky Christina Barcelona) appeared in British ghost story movie The Awakening.
Of course, horror movies have historically been a place where actors often get their start. In fact, a surprising amount of Hollywood stars and Academy Award winners and nominees have started their careers in the horror genre, and, in fact, some are still working in the genre. check out the list >> Posted 01.18.13 by Ryan
It's important to learn from one's mistakes.
The original fairy tale of Hansel and Gretel told of a poor woodcutter's family, who are so poor that they leave their children in the woods to fend for themselves because they cannot afford to feed them. Abandoned, the siblings find a house made of gingerbread and sugar that houses a blind yet cannibalistic witch who wants to eat them. Instead, Gretel tricks the witch and burns her alive in her own oven and the kids live happily ever after.
The upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters continues the siblings' story, taking Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) into adulthood, where they are now trained witch hunters that are hired to defeat a coven of witches and retrieve the children they have abducted. As the title indicates, the movie is a tongue-in-cheek affair, and a bloody one at that, as revealed in the second red band trailer (the first red band trailer was released in October), which offers a simple, yet effective, lesson that Hansel and Gretel live by.only the sweetest trailers
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer >> Posted 01.07.13 by Ryan
A quick peek into what lies ahead this year.
Now that 2012 is behind us (and the Mayans were wrong), 2013 is rolling ahead as scheduled (and like most of us assumed it would). That means a whole new year of movies are scheduled to open, starting this Friday. However, to help us prepare for the coming onslaught of sequels, reboots and potential franchise starters, YouTube user M Walls has put together a 2013 movie trailer mashup (via ScreenRant) that includes footage from Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, Lone Ranger, World War Z, After Earth, Oblivion, Gangster Squad, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Star Trek Into Darkness and reveals a taste of what audiences have to look forward to in the coming year. watch the video >> Posted 01.03.13 by Ryan
This is going to be one bloody fairy tale.
Actor Jeremy Renner has been on a roll ever since his Academy Award–nominated performances in The Hurt Locker and The Town, which have translated into roles in franchises like The Avengers, the Bourne movies and Mission: Impossible. There's no telling whether the upcoming horror comedy Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters will be the next franchise for Renner, as audiences won't know until early next year whether the decision to delay the movie (twice!) was a red flag or savvy scheduling. Considering what we see in the new, bloody red band trailer — certainly an improvement over the movie's first trailer — we're inclined to say its the latter, but time will tell.more grimm trailers
Saturdays 10:00a ET / 7:00a PT watch the trailer and check out a new poster >> Posted 10.29.12 by Ryan
This is not the Hansel and Gretel you read about as a kid
What's it about?: Hansel and Gretel (Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton) takes place years after the siblings from the popular Brother's Grimm fairytale killed the witch with the gingerbread house. They are now professional witch hunters. Check out the trailer >> Posted 09.04.12 by reelz
Bows are still in: Starting with this year's The Hunger Games, bows have been the go-to weapon for big-screen heroes and our title characters keep the trend going. Jeremy Renner should be comfortable around with a bow. He played the bow-toting Nighthawk in The Avengers. Be sure to check out Arterton's automatic crossbow in the trailer.
Verdict: While the idea of Hansel and Gretel as witch-killing assassins sounds great on paper, so did a vampire-killing Abe Lincoln. This version of Hansel and Gretel looks more like Van Helsing 2.0 (and that's not really a compliment).
Last month, Paramount Pictures released the first look photo of Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as the title characters in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. At the time, despite the movie's lack of even a teaser trailer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters seemed to be on schedule for its March 2nd release date. A month later, and with only two months to go, it would seem that a trailer had to arrive, but instead, Paramount has decide to push the release of the movie until 2013. why the move? >> Posted 01.10.12 by Ryan
Still without a trailer but scheduled for a March release date, EW has offered the first look photo of Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) and Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker) as the title characters in Paramount Pictures' Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters. As the title implies, the movie isn't your average adaptation of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, with Arterton describing the movie as "very, very dark, and bloodthirsty" with "a lot of cursing" and a "[Quentin] Tarantino feel". We have to admit, it sounds intriguing.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters follows the title characters 15 years after the events in the story, having gone back and murdered the witch in the gingerbread house that was hungry to eat the two kids. Arterton says the German folktale is just the prologue to what happens in the movie.
more about Hansel and gretel >> Posted 12.02.11 by Ryan
You see a series of flashbacks with their experience of killing that first witch, which is brilliant. I remember being on set for the final few days of that. The candy house, and the witches are really repulsive and quite frightening. The make-up is out of this world. It’s this bone-chilling scene. Very dark. The girl who plays my character is brilliant, with the horrified expression she has.
Most of us are familiar the Brothers Grimm story of Hansel and Gretel, where two young siblings are lured to the gingerbread-ed home of an evil witch who intends to eat them, but is anyone familiar with the story of a grown up Hansel and Gretel who decide to become witch slayers? That's the version that screenwriter D.W. Harper and director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow) have brought to Paramount Pictures. Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner were cast in the title roles last month, with actress Famke Janssen (the X-Men trilogy) joining the cast as the leader of the witches earlier this month.
The casting progress is enough for Paramount to schedule the movie's release date, with Deadline reporting that the $60 million budgeted, 3-D movie is set for a March 2, 2012, release date. Hansel and Gretel's only competition for that weekend is Universal's The Lorax, which is also being released in 3-D.
Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is being produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, with McKay telling MTV last May that the movie was "one of my favorite projects."
The script is kick ass. It's one of my favorite projects. Wirkola is an unbelievable director. His script is awesome. We're all just giddy about that one...Also, the witches are awesome in it. Nasty, mean witches, and we'll get some great actresses for them as well.
McKay also expressed interest in turning Hansel and Gretel into a franchise. "If I step back, it feels to me like, 'God, I could watch a bunch of these, just having read the script and knowing what Wirkola's style is,'" McKay admitted. "I'd be very happy if he did three of them." Posted 02.19.11 by Ryan
What if fairy tale characters Hansel and Gretel grew up to become witch hunters? That's the premise behind Paramount's appropriately-titled Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which screenwriter D.W. Harper has fashioned into a "horror/action/comedy" for producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay and Norwegian director Tommy Wirkola, who will be making his U.S. debut after receiving international attention for his 2009 Nazi zombieflick Dead Snow. Wirkola has assembled quite the cast for his movie as well.
Variety reports that Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner have been cast as the candy-loving siblings in the movie, which sees the characters 15 years removed from their initial witch encounter. Will their schedules permit? >> Posted 01.05.11 by Ryan