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Weekend Box Office: Kids Come Out For 'Hop,' 'Sucker' Thoroughly 'Punch'ed

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2011 5:00 AM
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While Universal’s animated division remains behind Disney and Dreamworks, “Hop” became their second straight surprisingly big opening this weekend, collecting $39 million. Most called the heavily-promoted film in the high 20’s, low 30’s, but like “Despicable Me” before it, the film definitely connected with family audiences in its first frame. While “Despicable Me” eventually collected $544 million globally with a much bigger opening, “Hop” isn’t expected to bust the doors down. But due to the seasonal and family appeal, expect this thing to have legs, and while they initially weren’t counting on $100 domestic, that should be easily surmountable from here, with $150 million being a solid preliminary target. Fanciful returns for the studio, who have kept the budgets for the partly-animated “Hop” and the fully animated “Despicable Me” well under the industry-standard $100 million.

In Theaters: 'Hop' Will Try To Deprogram 'Source Code' & Scare Away 'Insidious'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 1, 2011 5:51 AM
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TGIF! With a crop of new releases we are finally, FINALLY released from our bonds requiring us to flagellate poor "Sucker Punch" to death. Why were you a failure, "Sucker Punch"? Was it the marketing/storytelling/CGI/demographics/Zack Snyder?! Do we have to worry about "Superman"/girls/original source material??? We may never know. Moving on! We've got a new futuristic sci-fi, based-on-an-original-script, helmed-by-a-hot-new-piece-of-director-ass film to fret over! That's right, it's "Source Code" from Duncan Jones! In the other corner, we've got the ace-in-the-hole, aimed squarely at the kid demographic, "Hop," and quivering outside the wide release ring is horror thriller "Insidious" from "Saw"-originator James Wan. It's gonna be an interesting box office report this week!

Review: James Gunn's 'Super' With Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Is Twisted, But Uneven

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 31, 2011 11:05 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from SXSW.

Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg Want You To See 'Super'; Soundtrack Details Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 5:49 AM
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"We didn't want to have to recommend ["Super"] to all of our friends individually," joked Evan Goldberg, so he and friend Seth Rogen rented out Los Angeles' gem The New Beverly Theatre and let the work speak for itself at an advanced preview screening last night. "We had nothing to do with this film," Rogen explained of the somewhat mysterious connection -- it turns out they just both really enjoy it.

Poster Round Up: 'Your Highness,' 'Super,' 'On Stranger Tides' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 15, 2011 1:17 AM
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Also Mark Ruffalo's 'Sympathy For Delicious' & 'Daydream Nation'Here's a quick round up of the latest posters unveiled from a handful of new films with release dates just around the corner. First up, three character posters have hit for David Gordon-Green's medieval stoner-comedy "Your Highness" featuring the three leads: Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman.

SXSW: James Gunn & Rainn Wilson Talk The Dark, Twisted Comedy Of 'Super'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 14, 2011 2:13 AM
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In James Gunn’s “Super” (review here), Rainn Wilson plays a mild-mannered man who reacts to the “evil” in the world by donning a superhero costume and fighting crime. Of course, it’s never that simple when you’re dealing with Gunn and Wilson. As deranged as Gunn’s previous films have been (particularly his early roots at Troma), Wilson is an equally unpredictable mind, crafting an onscreen persona that continually subverts expectations.

SXSW Review: James Gunn's 'Super' With Rainn Wilson & Ellen Page Is Twisted, But Uneven

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 13, 2011 6:41 AM
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“Shut up, Crime!” bellows Rainn Wilson in “Super.” Such a random demand is highlighted by the outsized appearance of the speaker, clad in thick red fabrics, stocky and pear-shaped within a makeshift superhero costume. It serves as a power fantasy for him, a power fantasy for us. As seen through the eyes of writer-director James Gunn, a man of notably questionable taste, this is no ordinary fantasy.

"Shut Up Crime!" Trailer Arrives For James Gunn's 'Super'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 4, 2011 7:51 AM
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James Gunn‘s darkly comic superhero parody “Super” will be kicking ass in theaters very soon and a new trailer has landed and it seems to perfectly capture the film's mixture of comedy and darker moments.

New Poster For James Gunn's 'Super'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 6:43 AM
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James Gunn‘s superhero parody, the appropriately titled “Super,” premiered last year at TIFF where it received some strong reviews and landed a distribution deal with IFC. We missed it at the fest but we've liked what we've seen so far and it looks like the first film in a while that will nail a very tricky genre. With its SXSW bow just around the corner, Gunn has debuted a new poster on his site in the style of the folded-up flyers its hero puts up around town.

New Look At James Gunn's 'Super,' Film Hits Theaters On April 1, 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2010 10:39 AM
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April Fools Day just got a kick in the teeth.

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