Lionsgate's Saw 3D, billed as the final installment in the series about Jigsaw's legacy of bloody terror, debuted as the Halloween weekend's No. 1 movie with $24.2 million, according to studio estimates.
That was $10 million more than the debut of last year's Saw VI, the first dud in the annual horror franchise.
"Last year, a lot of people said, 'OK, that's it. Put a fork in it, it's done,'" said David Spitz, head of distribution for Lionsgate. "The following week, we were all disappointed and thought, what can we do to reinvigorate the franchise? So we shot the movie in 3-D and said this is the final chapter."
It paid off, though Saw 3D still brought a modest return compared to earlier chapters in the Saw series, whose second, third, fourth and fifth movies all topped $30 million over opening weekend.
When he’s not starring in, or producing, movies — he’s got 27 reported projects on his docket — he’s spending time with partner Angelina Jolie, helping care for their six young kids, or he’s sitting behind a desk designing eco-friendly homes, or he’s touring the globe on humanitarian missions.
And this is no longer the golden-haired young man whose beauty blinded viewers in films such as A River Runs Through It, Legends of The Fall or Troy; Pitt turns 47 next month, rapidly edging toward the half-century mark.
It seems Brad Pitt believes sleep is overrated.
Looking closely at his career, and life, we see he’s always been a restless soul, searching for ways to escape anything that resembles a set plan.
In this month’s Megamind he voices his second animated character, Metro Man (he was Sinbad in 2003’s Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas), playing third string to Will Ferrell and Tina Fey.
It’s not something you’d expect from one of Earth’s most sought-after stars, but that’s Pitt. Perhaps he did this one so his kids could finally watch one his films — copies of Se7en, Fight Club and Inglourious Basterds probably aren’t mixed in with the stacks of Dora the Explorer DVDs at home.
Hot off the presses are FIRST LOOK images from Paramount's upcoming Summer 2011 big screen superhero caper Captain America: The First Avenger that follows the early days of Steve Rogers as he goes from sickly dude to supreme crime-fighter thanks to some experiments intended to give him, the US and its citizen a morale boost in the form of a super soldier.
Hugo Weaving (The Matrix series) steps in as his nemesis The Red Skull, Hayley Atwell (The Duchess) does her things as Peggy Carter, a freedom fighter with the French Resistance who doubles as the Captain's ladyfriend, Samuel L. Jackson pops in as U.S Army sergeant Nick Fury, Dominic Cooper (Tamara Drewe, An Education) plays Howard Stark, yup that would be Robert Downey Jr.'s dad (duh, as Iron Man) and Stanley Tucci plays Dr. Abraham Erskine, the scientist who created the Super Soldier Serum.
That is one stacked cast.
So now that you're properly updated on what Joe Johnston's (Hidalgo, The Wolfman) Captain America flick has in store, check out the photos after the jump!
The last time we caught a glimpse of Russell Crowe on the big screen he was bringing his special brand of gritty realism to the legend of Robin Hood and his fight against oppression. Now he's back and battling the powers that be once more but this time his fight hits closer to home. Gone are the trappings of 13th century England and in it's place, modern day America.
In The Next Three Days, Crowe stars as John Brennan, a man living the quintessential American Dream until his wife, Lara (the hilarious Elizabeth Banks in a rare dramatic turn), is arrested for a gruesome murder she insists she didn't commit. Three years into her sentence, Crowe's Brennan finds himself struggling to hold his family together as he pursues every means available to prove her innocence. When things hit rock bottom, he decides the only bearable solution is to break his wife out of prison. Co-starring Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde and written and directed by Canada's own Paul Haggis, this is an edge-of-your-seat thriller not to be missed.
The film doesn't hit theatres until November 19 but we've got an exclusive sneak peek at four new images! Check them out now!
In Due Date, opening November 5, Downey and Galifianakis take a mishap-filled road trip reminiscent of Martin and Candy's travel debacle in John Hughes' 1987 comedy Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
The characters and details are different, but the two movies share a few key traits: Two strangers, an uptight establishment guy (Downey) and a ball of chaos (Galifianakis), are forced to hit the highway in each other's company.
"The nice thing about being arbitrarily partnered with a stranger that's a nightmare is that you get a great story,' Downey said. "The trip only has to last so long, and the story lasts a lifetime. The difference in Due Date is that stranger is putting you in mortal danger."
Downey stars as Peter Highman, a man heading home from Atlanta to Los Angeles to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.
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All this, and he’s Canadian. Born in Toronto in 1929, and raised in Quebec, Plummer’s great-grandfather was Sir John Abbott, our third Prime Minister. In 2008, Plummer published his autobiography In Spite of Myself, but he’s far from done. His performance in The Tempest at this year’s Stratford Shakespeare Festival earned raves; The New York Times’ Charles Isherwood wrote, “The real magic — and the most beautiful music — resides in the voice of the great actor Christopher Plummer.”
The Academy Award-winning actor was named an honourary Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE, for services to drama.
Spacey said he was "hugely delighted" to receive the medal in a ceremony Wednesday at Charles' London residence, Clarence House.
Spacey has led the Old Vic since 2003, and has been praised for restoring the fortunes of the 200-year-old venue.
He also has won acting Oscars for The Usual Suspects and American Beauty and is next set to appear in Casino Jack as Jack Abramoff. He also recently acted as executive producer for David Fincher's The Social Network, one of the year's best reviewed films.
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