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Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Equalizer = Success!

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This week, the new releases were The Equalizer and The Boxtrolls. Let's take a look at this past week's box office:
#1 The Equalizer- $34,137,828

On its opening weekend, the Denzel Washington-led film The Equalizer took first place. While it has been getting mixed reviews, there was little doubt in my mind that the movie would take top spot this week, simply for the appeal of Denzel Washington brutally kicking some ass.
#2 The Maze Runner- $17,437,020

On its second week, The Maze Runner came in second place. Last week, the young adult book adaptation was in first place. I said this last week, but I think it'll have a few weeks in the top 5 before it drifts off.
#3 The Boxtrolls- $17,275,239

On its opening weekend, the stop-motion kids film The Boxtrolls came in third place. Being the only fresh kids film out now (until November's Big Hero 6), I think it will survive the top 5 for a little bit longer than people are expecting. We'll see, though.
#4 This is Where I Leav…

Avengers: Age of UItron Trailer to Premiere in Front of Interstellar?

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Every since Marvel showed a teaser trailer for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron at San Diego Comic Con this past summer, the big question has been when they will release the trailer to the public. Now, we may know.

During a Russian event, Marvel announced that the trailer would premiere in front of the release of Interstellar on November 7th. Trailers often make their way online before they come to theaters, so we could see the trailer premiere online perhaps even late October. The real question is whether it will play in front in the United States, since this announcement was from Russia. My guess is it probably will.

Showing the trailer in front of a highly anticipated film like Interstellar makes sense, but what confuses me is that the animated film Big Hero 6 comes out the exact same day, and is based on a Marvel comic. So why go with Interstellar over Big Hero 6? Probably the reason I said before: it's a highly anticipated film that will have a large audience.

What do yo…

Bryan Singer Confirmed as X-Men: Apocalypse Director

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Bryan Singer has been the director of (arguably) the best films of the X-Men franchise. He was the mind behind X-Men, X2 and lately X-Men: Days of Future Past, arguably the best in the franchise (you can read our review here). It has been assumed that Singer would return to helm the next installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, set to hit theaters in 2016. Now, it has officially been confirmed that Singer would be returning as the director.
I think this is brilliant. Singer did a fantastic job directing Days of Future Past. He started the franchise and in many ways rejuvenated it (after X-Men: First Class, of course). The past film also set up for Apocalypse in many ways, so it would only make sense that Singer directed it. Fox is finding what works with X-Men and is acting on it, and in this case, it's securing Bryan Singer as the director.
What do you think? Did you like X-Men: Days of Future Past? Are you excited that Bryan Singer is directing X-Men: Apocalypse? Leave your thoughts in t…

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: Maze Runner Races to the Top!

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This week, the new films to open were The Maze Runner, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You. I predicted that The Maze Runner would be number one. Let's take a look at this past week's box office.
#1 The Maze Runner- $32,512,804

On its opening week, the Young Adult film The Maze Runner took top spot. These last few weeks have been slow box office-wise, so Maze Runner was pretty much guaranteed a top spot. Plus, Young Adult films have a history of being very profitable (The Hunger Games, Harry Potter). It probably won't dominate much longer and will most likely be out of the top 5 in the next few weeks.
#2 A Walk Among the Tombstones- $12,758,780

On its opening week, the Liam Neeson led film A Walk Among the Tombstone came in second place. It seems to be a trend this year that an unexpected film ranks higher than a famous actor-led film. It happened when Lucy took top spot over the Dwayne Johnson led film Hercules, and now it's happened with The Maze…

Deadpool Movie Confirmed with a 2016 Release Date

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It's fair to say that the most long-awaited comic book movie has been Deadpool. The character was featured in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine but was met with major fan criticism when the "merc with the mouth" was stitched up. With the character so badly butchered in the film, fans have been praying for the beloved character to have his own, R-rated film. Previous Deadpool actor has been firmly backing this film for years. The reason it hasn't been greenlit is because doing a Deadpool movie justice would mean making it rated R, which would alienate a whole target audience (teenagers). Even though teenagers would just see the movie regardless, it would most likely make more money (even if it's just a small amount) rated PG-13 rather than R. So because of this problem, a Deadpool movie has been in development hell and has had trouble getting greenlit-- until now.

Via Twitter, Fox Studios confirmed that Deadpool is being made and will hit theaters February 12, …

Tom Hiddleston will lead Skull Island

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At this past year's San Diego Comic Con, Legendary Pictures announced that we would be getting a Skull Island movie in 2016, the fictional island that King Kong lives on. Now, we have our leading man for the film. Most famous for his role as Loki in the Marvel movies, Tom Hiddleston will the film's lead. I find this very interesting. Hiddleston is definitely a great talent and I love his performance in everything I see him in. It will be exciting to see him venture through the dangerous and dino-filled world of Skull Island. I think this also goes to show a bit of the movie. Hiddleston makes smart choices as an actor and him choosing to be part of this franchise shows that it definitely looks good from his perspective. I can't wait for this movie.  
What do you think? Are you excited to see Tom Hiddleston in Skull Island? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
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Official Synopsis for Avengers: Age of Ultron

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One of the most anticipated superhero movies of the next few years is Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, sequel to 2012's game-changing film The Avengers. We've known for some time that James Spader would be playing the fan-favorite villain, Ultron. We also knew that Paul Bettany (previously the voice of Tony Stark's AI system J.A.R.V.I.S.) would be bringing the superhero The Vision to life, as well that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen would be playing the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions (separate from Fox's X-Men franchise) of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch
All of this, and some of the heavily rumored plot descriptions, have been stated in this new, official synopsis Marvel has put of for the film.  
"Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man…

New Poster for Interstellar

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One of my most anticipated movies of the year right now is the Christopher Nolan epic Interstellar. The movie revolves around a near future where humans have exhausted all our food resources. In order to save the human race, a group of astronauts (Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway) must voyage on an interstellar travel through the stars.
A new poster for the film has been released:

A lot of things are unknown about this movie, especially what they find as a result of their space travel. I am going to make a prediction that there will be extraterrestrial beings in this movie. The reason I said extraterrestrial beings as opposed to aliens, is because I think it will have a Nolan twist. Instead of being, say, an alien civilization, it will be some sort of organism. I think what they will find will be very different from what we traditionally see of aliens in movies. The reason I say this, is because I think in that poster McConaughey is starring at an alien. 
What do you think? Do you …

New Poster for Dracula Untold

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I have been anticipating the new Dracula movie Dracula Untold starring Luke Evans since I saw the trailer. A lot of people had criticism for it, but the trailer really interested me. I like Evans, and the idea of doing, what will probably be, a character study on the man who becomes Dracula interested me. 
Today, a new poster for the film was released:

I love this poster. Dracula looks as if he is in an attack position, turning into an army of bats. I have yet to see something come out of this movie that I haven't liked.
What do you think? Do you like this poster? Are you looking forward to Dracula Untold? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.
Written by: Nate Email us your questions at: themovieparadise999@gmail.com Like us on Facebook!

Weekly Box Office Round-Up: No Good Deed Does Good

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Okay, I have to apologize. The title for this article is terrible but what the hell! This week, No Good Deed, The Drop and Dolphin Tale 2 opened. Let's take a look at this past week's box office.
#1 No Good Deed- $24,500,000

First place this week is No Good Deed, the home invasion movie led by Idris Elba. It finally dethroned Guardians of the Galaxy 4-week domination of the box office. However, it probably won't stay at the top of the box office much longer. With mediocre reviews and some bigger movies yet to come, it doesn't have much of a future. 
#2 Dolphin Tale 2- $16,550,000

I honestly thought that Dolphin Tale 2 would take top spot, but it was beaten by No Good Deed this week. The sequel of the beloved first film was expected to do decently at the box office, especially with the little children appeal. It will most likely have legs the next few weeks.
#3 Guardians of the Galaxy- $8,041,000

For the past four weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy (read our review here), has…

Oscar Season: What Movies I'm Looking Forward To

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As the summer blockbusters end, Oscar Season begins, where a lot of the year's artistic and Oscar-bait films come out. I started off the season with seeing The Drop (read our review here), so here's a list of the ones to keep your eye out for and what I'm most interested in.
Tusk- September 19th

A creepy old Canadian man tries to turn Justin Long into a walrus. That's the plot. I'm not even joking. The movie was made as a result of a convention director Kevin Smith was at where he was making up the plot for this movie on the spot and then asked his fans if he should legimitately make it into a movie. He said to tweet their answer using the hashtages #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo. He got a hell of a lot of #WalrusYes so now we have Tusk coming out. The trailer makes it out to be a sort of dark comedy. It's going to be crazy. It's going to be over-the-top. But I have a feeling it's going to be great. Will it do anything for the Oscars. Most likely not.
The Equal…

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice- New Batmobile Pics

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A lot of set pictures has been coming out for the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. While we did get a first look at the new Batmobile when we got our first look at Ben Affleck's Batman, we have scarcely seen it since. A few pictures came out, taking on a cell phone from the set, a few days ago and were leaked online.



After the pictures were leaked, director Zack Snyder responded by posting a picture of his own:

I love the look of this new Batmobile. It looks tough and gritty, like the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, but it also has a lot of elements from the Tim Burton Batman films, mainly it being longer and not as wide. The most noticeable thing though are the guns on the front. This lends itself to the Frank MillerThe Dark Knight Returns graphic novel, which has already been stated as a major influence for the film. In the graphic novel, Batman has had enough of Gotham's criminals and has resorted to using guns and weapons to take them dow…

The Drop SPOILER-FREE Review

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September marks the end of the big summer blockbusters, and the beginning of "Oscar Season", where a lot of the year's artistic and Oscar-bait films come out. I had the privilege to start this year's Oscar Season with The Drop. Up until a week before the film's release, I hadn't even heard of it before. Then I saw the trailer. A movie about the mob. Tom Hardy. James Gandolfini's last film. Noomi Rapace. What more incentive do you need?
The movie focuses on "Cousin Marv's Bar", a Brooklyn bar run by cousins Bob (Hardy) and Marv (Gandolfini). But the bar, as with many Brooklyn bars, is really owned by the mob. Every so often, the bar will become "the drop-off", where people drop off their "dues" to the mob. The mob comes by the next day to pick it up. One day, the bar is robbed by a couple of masked thugs and sets of a chain of events leading to an electric ending.

While Tom Hardy is the film's lead, James Gandolfini w…

Top 5 Favorite Moments From: The Dark Knight Rises

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This is the first entry to my new editorial series: Top 5 Favorite Moments From (or T5FM). I think the title is pretty self explanatory but I basically take a movie and pick my personal five favorite scenes from that movie. Then, you can go into the comments and say why you either agree or disagree with me. For the first one ever, the movie I am doing is The Dark Knight Rises. Warning- there are spoilers!
The Dark Knight Rises:

Let me start with a quick little review of the movie, so you can see where I'm coming from. I love this movie. It's not as good as its predecessor, The Dark Knight, but it is still an incredible film. Bane is one of my favorite villains I have seen on screen and overall it is a great experience. So let's get into my Top 5 Favorite Moments from The Dark Knight Rises:
#5 Stock Exchange

I said before that Bane is one of my favorite screen villains of all time and this scene really shows why I love him as a villain. He has strong views of what's wron…