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Wanted

(2008)

Director(s)
Timur Bekmambetov
Stars
Terence Stamp
Thomas Kretschmann
Common
Marc Warren
David O'Hara
Konstantin Khabenskiy
Dato Bakhtadze
Lorna Scott
Sophiya Haque
Brian Caspe
Mark ONeal
Bridget McManus
Bob Ari
Daniel Boughton
Brad Calcaterra
Julia Copeland
Claudia Di Biccari
Sharlene Grover
Michael Jeremiah
John Joseph MacDonald
Joseph Mazurk
Tyson Minnick
Larry Nazimek
Eliyas Qureshi
Amit Shah
Scarlett Sperduto
Mike Whyte
Bernadett Belinda York
George Zerante
Joshua Zumhagen
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Actor Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will play James Bond in the new movie which will be his fifth time.

After production of Spectre, the last Bond movie, he was unsure if he would return.

The sequel no one wanted in the shape of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Out of The Shadows karate chops its way to the top of the UK video chart on its debut week.

The second in the rebooted Turtles films made its UK cinema debut on the 3rd June 2016 in the runner up position, beaten to the top by Warcraft.

The film made £3.5 million on its cinematic debut, it then dropped down the chart over the following 5 weeks.

Over its cinema run in the UK it grossed a shade under £6 million, comparing it to the 2014 original its about half of the takings.

Last weeks top film, The Angry Birds Movie, falls down to number 4 this week, its second week of release.

Also new on the home video charts is Gods of Egypt, minor hit that spent 2 weeks on the box offie in June, at number 2.

After a fairly lacklustre summer season of 2016 where the highlight was a bunch of anti-heroes in the shape of the Suicide Squad, will the Autumn schedule deliver?

We had high hopes but had few thrills, out side of the DC movie Suicide Squad Ghostbusters gave us a good laugh but didn't deliver as expected Finding Dory pulled in the audiences but left us flat.

The rest of the year has some highlights but there is caution as the 2 biggest films are both sequels outside of their parent film series.

Before we even get to them in the latter part of the year we have a number of promises, Captain Fantastic starring Viggo Mortensen looks promising and American hit Kubo and The Two String gives a refreshing animation outside Disney.

Of course we have British favourite Bridget Jones's Baby which is getting good reviews at the moment and a bit after that the recently announced Blair Witch remake/reboot/sequel.

Getting a lot of marketing hype is the remake/retelling of The Magnificent Seven and the looking promising, and a return to form for Tim Burton is Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children.

Tom Hanks returns to detective mode for a third time in Inferno, although I didn't like the previous 2 films and then another sequel emerges mid October with Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher Never Go Back.

Marvel return to their cinematic universe with a new hero in the shape of Doctor Strange and another sequel/reboot come in early November with Rings, the next in (surprise) The Ring series.

After the hotly anticipated Arrival starring Amy Adams arrives the season kicks up a gear with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first move into the Wizarding World outside Harry Potter.

The film, penned by J. K. Rowling, is being hyped to death and not surprisingly, the 8 Potter films did fantastic business at the box office and this is directed by series expert David Yates whic just seems to get the ideas Rowling writes about.

Warner Bros. will be hoping this shows there is still life in the seemingly dormant series and please fans of the original and set up a new generation, 2 more film are already planned.

After that injection things go quiet with unwanted sequel Bad Santa 2 and Tom Hanks (again) in Scully the story of the pilot who landed a plane on the Hudson River.

Then to finish the year off another much lover series goes off piste with Rogue One A Star Wars Story, taking place just before the events of the original Star Wars.

The trailer have looked good and after the excellence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens expectation are massive.

This is a massive risk for Lucasfilms and Disney, and it will either boost the series to height never imagined or will do to the series what Episodes I - III did and nearly kill it, fortunately it has recovered!

To round the rear off we have Michael Fassbender trying to do what many other have failed to do and bring a video game series to the screen in Assassins Creed.

This weekend the Sasha Baron Cohen movie Grimsby makes its home video debut a the top of the chart knocking off Deadpool after 2 weeks.

Grimsby was released at the UK box office on 26th February 2016 after a massive marketing campaign it made its debut at number 2.<> The film was not received that well with critics or the public alike and it only managed a 4 week run on the UK box office, but did manage another 8 weeks in cinemas before it ended its run.

Its UK box office gross was £5.2 million which isn't too bad and is fairly typical of a british box office comedy thats not a gigantic hit.

Falling to number 2 this week is the fan favourite Marvel superhero that Disney turned down Deadpool.

The film has had a great run at the top of the video chart and will most likely hang around for quite a while and get another boost when shops discount the film.

Also new this week is Zoolander No 2, the sequel everyone wanted, then no one wanted at number 5, direct to video Underworld Legend of The Jinn at 17 and Secret In Their Eyes at 18.

2015 is over and while Star Wars will try its hardest to dominate 2016, the film that grossed more than any other in 2015 was Jurassic World.

A total gross of $1.6 billion across the globe ensured that the continuation of the Jurassic Park series was as big a hit as the original was back in the 90s.

Second on the list is Fast and Furious 7, as well as fans of the series it seems everyone else also wanted to give Paul Walker a big $1.5 billion send off, RIP.

Avengers Age of Ultron was the 3rd top film of the year and late release The Force Awakens was 4th with the Minions finishing off the top 5.

For the first time in chart history the full top 5 made over a billion dollars each, still no film has made over $2 billion like 2009 when Avatar did this, although I wouldn't bet on The Force Awakens making over that in time.

Here is 2015's world top 10 grossing films

  1. Jurassic World = $1,668,912,312
  2. Fast and Furious 7 = $1,520,032,910
  3. Avengers Age of Ultron = $1,402,750,552
  4. Star Wars: The Force Awakens = $1,228,349,526
  5. Minions = $1,157,275,017
  6. Inside Out = $851,602,426
  7. Spectre = $850,604,955
  8. Mission:Impossible Rogue Nation = $682,142,377
  9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 = $619,444,461
  10. The Martian = $594,161,725
Like there is no stopping the man Liam Neeson, not only is he top of the box office chart with Taken 3 but he is also top of the video charts with A Walk Among The Tombstones.

The film was released into UK cinemas on 19th September 2014 and was a small hit, it managed to debut at number 2 on the box office with £1.3 million but fell sharply only managing 3 weeks.

It spent another 3 weeks outside the box office top 15 ending up with a £3.7 million total gross.

Falling from the top this week, Lucy manages to still sell strongly and is at number 2 this week.

Also new this week is: Big Oscar film Boyhood at number 3, A Most Wanted Man at number 4 and The Riot Club at number 13.

This week the teen film drama Divergent entered the UK video charts at the top knocking Rio 2 down to 3rd place.

Divergent was released in the UK on April 4th this year and made it's debut at number 4 with a weekend gross of £1.7 million.

It stayed at the box office for 5 weeks, it did stay at number 4 on it's second week of release, it took a total gross of £6.4 million.

In the US Divergent made $150 million dollars and did make number 1 while world wide it took $244 million.

Also hitting the Uk video chart this week
The Raid 2 Berandal at 2
Muppets Most Wanted at 6
Calvary at 9
Chinese Zodiac at 17

In America this week Scarlett Johansson stars in the Luc Besson directed Lucy which takes over at the top without too much competition.

Having been a very prolific director in the late 90's Luc Besson returns to the adult action arena and hits the top with Lucy, helped in no small way by the ever popular star Scarlett Johansson.

Lucy hits the top spot with a $44 million opening weekend.

Falling into second place after a couple of weeks at the top is Dawn of the planet of the apes, a $16 million weekend takes its total gross after 3 weeks to $172 million.

Highest grossing film on the American box office this week is Transformers Age of Extinction which has grossed $236 million so far.

Also new on the US box office this week is
Hercules at 2
And So It Goes at 8 A Most Wanted Man at 10

After the success of his latest movie Godzilla Gareth Edwards has been offered, and taken up the challenge of directing one of the many Star Wars universe spin off films.

Gary Whitta will write the screenplay, Who is Garry Whitta? He used to be a PC magazine journalist who turned screen writer with The book of Eli.

Here is the press release

"GARETH EDWARDS AND GARY WHITTA ONBOARD FOR STAR WARS STAND-ALONE FILM
May 22, 2014
In addition to the episodes of a new Star Wars trilogy, Lucasfilm and Disney have begun development on multiple stand-alone movies that will offer new stories beyond the core Saga. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone film, with a screenplay by Gary Whitta. The film is due out December 16, 2016. Gareth Edwards blazed into the filmmaking forefront with his acclaimed work on Monsters, a film he wrote, directed and served on as cinematographer and visual effects artist. The skill and vision readily apparent in Monsters earned him the high-profile spot directing this year's smash hit Godzilla. "Ever since I saw Star Wars I knew exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life -- join the Rebel Alliance! I could not be more excited and honored to go on this mission with Lucasfilm," said Edwards. Gary Whitta's screenwriting credits include 2010's The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington. He is also well known as a journalist and editor in the video game industry, as well as part of the BAFTA award-winning team on Telltale Games adaptation of The Walking Dead. Whitta states, "From the moment I first saw the original movie as a wide-eyed kid, Star Wars has been the single most profound inspiration to my imagination and to my career as a writer. It is deeply special to me,so to be given the opportunity to contribute to its ongoing legacy, especially in collaboration with a film-maker as talented as Gareth, is literally a dream come true. I'm still pinching myself."
StarWars.com. All Star Wars, all the time."

This week Disney had a double dip on the UK box office with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Muppets Most Wanted hitting at one and two.

Captain America, the latest from the Marvel Avengers (Avengers Assemble as it's called in the UK) universe of films, was by far and away the better grossing film taking £6 million. The film is a sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger which took £3 million on it's July debut.

Muppets Most Wanted is the follow up to 2012 The Muppets. That film took £2.6 million on it's debut, this one took a very similar £2.2 million.

New releases this week are:
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Muppets Most Wanted
The Legend of Hercules
The Past
20 Feet From Stardom

Also worth a mention is that after 2 weeks off the top 15, Frozen has returned at number 15.

This time last year The Croods held onto the top spot holding off G.I. Joe: Retaliation which entered at two.

Five years ago Nicolas Cage starred in the number one films Knowing which also debuted there nocking Marley and Me to number two.

Ten years ago The Passion of Christ stayed at the top keeping Dawn of the Dead at bay debuting at number two.

Fifteen years ago The Rugrats Movie took the number one spot on it's debut knocking Waking Ned Devine down to three with Payback entering at two.

A change at the top of the US box office this week as a new teen actin film, Divergent, enters at number 1.

Following in the footsteps of Twilight and The Hunger Games comes Divergent which takes the weekend crown to the tune of $56 million.

Honourable mention goes to Muppets Most Wanted which enters at 2 this week.

Last weeks top film, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, falls to 3.

Despicable Me 2 tops the UK box office on it's opening weekend and has the best weekend of the year so far, and grossing more than the rest of the top 10 combined.

Displacing Man of Steel from the top after 2 weeks, Despicable Me 2 came close to grossing £15 million on it's opening weekend beating the year best of Iron Man 3 by more than a million pound.

Also new this week in the top 10 are This is the End at 4 and Hummingbird at 5.

Inline with my predictions for the weekend Despicable Me 2 did indeed top the charts and This is the End had a top 5 entry. Hummingbird entered in the top 5 and although I predicted that I thought a top 10 was more likely.

Last year new at the top of the box office, and knocking Prometheus from the top was Ice Age 2, on limited release it still managed to top the chart with £800,000.

Five years ago it was all change, The Hulk sunk to third place as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian topped the chart and Wanted landed at two.

Ten years ago there was also a change as Jim Carey starred in Bruce Almighty knocking 2 Fast 2 Furious into the runner up spot.

Fifteen years ago there was no change at the top as City of Angels hung on, the highest new film at 3 was Mimic.

Despite the surprise yesterday that Disney is buying LucasFilms from George Lucas for £2 1/2 billion, which will include the license to all the franchises that the production company owns, it wasn't really that much of a surprise, and it could have been predicted.

Not long ago it was reported that Lucas wanted to retire, to leave the Hollywood blockbuster behind and maybe concentrate on smaller budget films like his recently produced film Red Tails, this is a large chunk of change to do that.

Lucas has always had a good relationship with Disney, just go to a theme park and see the level of Star Wars merchandise for sale, and the infamous Star Tours ride which was opened in 1987 and got a major revamp in 2010.

So in the end it was Disney who have purchased LucasFilms rather than maybe the more obvious studio, 20th Century Fox but the real question has to be the continuing production of it's most loved franchises, well both of them anyway.

First off is the Indiana Jones franchise, directed by Steven Spielberg and funded and released by Paramount, will future episodes 1) still have the involvement of Paramount, not really a big issue, or 2) be directed by Spielberg? Or star Harrison Ford? Disney are know for cashing in on big film names, see Aladdin, Cars, Beauty and the Beast to name a few, and maybe fans have something to worry about.

Now lets address the one on all our minds. At the press conference it was almost instantly announced that there will be a Star Wars Episode VII (7) released in 2015, oooh, that's big, and scary, and with Lucas taking an back seat, although he has an advisory role, what will happen.

Lucas may have tarnished the Star Wars franchise with the prequel trilogy, but above anything else he was very true to the franchise, and the universe he has created, he clearly has a lot of affection for all things Star Wars and despite not doing the best job possible a lot of love and attention went into the films, that in difficult narrative circumstances tied the films into the original series, and the characters were also true to it.

Star Wars Episode VII possibly isn't the concern, Disney also announced there will be an Episode VIII in 2017 and Episode IX in 2019 this is more worrying and anything beyond that are clearly frightening.

Star Wars has been with us since 1977, there has been 6 films of varying degrees of quality, but it has millions and millions of fans worldwide who still love the series, Lucas shattered some of our dreams in 1999 with Episode I, but those dreams have been repaired over time, we either forget them or learn to love them, is Disney about to totally destroy our dreams? When all has been said and done what I really want to know is, did Disney get the 1977 Star Wars Holiday Special in the deal and will they now release it onto Blu-ray?

"We need this like a hole in the head" comes to mind when I think of the Star Wars Saga in 3D but George Lucas has felt the necessity to release the once loved film in yet another format at the cinema to try and get more money from the franchise.

Thinking about it maybe the prequels will be better with a 3D make over (seriously they weren't that bad were they?).

Hands up those who wanted this next incarnation, well next February you get your wish when Episode 1 of the saga gets re-released in theaters in 3D, you can both put your hands down now.

For those interested here is the trailer.

A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away a prequel to a successful franchise of films came out and on the whole massively disappointed fans, and that film was a conventional film in what has been the traditional 2D, the the film maker was unhappy with that like many of his previous films and wanted it in 3D, and in 2012 he will get his wish.

Put another was Lucasfilms has announced that the first Episode of Star Wars, as in The Phantom Menace will get its 3D theatrical debut on February 10th 2012. The press release doesn't specify location but I suspect the UK release on or around the same time.

Back in 1997, 20 years after the original Star Wars came out, Lucas pushed the cash cow back into cinemas with updated special effect that he claimed gave the vision closer to what he wanted to do in 1977. Now 12 years after the release of The Phantom Menace he has converted in to 3D, and the other 5 films are bound to follow.

As Star Wars fans now understand, we haven't seen Star Wars, any 6 of the films, in reality yet, the narrative of the film wont change again, but we will have to, about every 10 – 15 years or so, re-experience the series using greater technology.

Remember that also this year we have the Blu-ray versions of the films coming that will give us the most visually stunning version of the films to date which can go on the selves along with the original VHS release, the re-mastered video release, the ultimate box set, the special edition VHS release, the original DVD releases, the re-releases with the original theatrical versions (did I miss any) and so on and so on, actually I have already made space on my shelf for the 3D Blu-ray box set.

So for now, until we get holographic cinema, the 3D version of the 6 film saga are set to be released in cinemas starting February 10th 2012, see you there.

There have been many directors cuts of movies over the years, far too many to mention. One such movie is Star Trek: The Motion picture when it debuted on DVD, director Robert Wise was given the access and budget to improve the special effects and insert some extra scenes.

At the time of the DVD release of Star Trek V: The Undiscovered Country, director William Shatner, he who plays Kirk, wanted to give his Star Trek the same treatment, and maybe even give it a re-edit, he was refused permission.

Maybe it's because the 5th movie in the Star Trek series is considered a bit of a dud, maybe it's Shatner himself who knows, but Star Trek website TrekWeb.com is starting a petition to get this to happen.

If your interested, and I think all us Star Trek fans have a passing interest in knowing if director Shatner can make this a better movie, then head over to the site for more information.

Although retail sales on the street are looking pretty glum at the moment with retailers closing their doors by the week it's nice to see a report that sales of Blu-ray movies are up, by an incredible 400%.

The British Video Association have reveled (in a chat with pocket-lint.co.uk) that 1.5 million disk were sold in December. This is great news for Sony, the format and entertainment sales, but lets look try to examine why such a huge jump.

Blu-ray is a new(ish) home movie format, one which had a vicious and fairly long battle with Toshiba's now defunct HD DVD to be the successor to DVD in the home, so 2008 was the first Christmas that consumers had only one high-definition format to choose from, a relief for many I'm sure. Couple this with the fact that the price of the players are coming down to that which consumers beyond the film fanatic are willing to pay and the number of Blu-ray players in the home starts to increase.

HD TVs are also dropping in price and you can currently pick up a decent 1080p TV for well under £1000 if that's too much a decent "HD Ready" can be bought for as little as £300, this together with good sales of the PlayStation 3 which can play Blu-ray movies means that the high definition world is hitting more and more homes, probably by the week.

Now what was the best selling disk on Blu-ray in December, well no surprise to hear it was The Dark Knight (selling nearly 300,000) which was not only one of the more anticipated moves of the year but also one which many people would have wanted on the high-def format, summer action/sci-fi films are what will sell the format.

With all this in mind it's no wonder that sales of the Blu-ray disks are increasing at such a fantastic rate. Don't get me wrong I love Blu-ray and have the full high-def set-up and have enjoyed many films (WALL-E and The Dark Knight are particularly good) on the format, and I hope this surge in sales continues and eventually overtakes DVD, roll on Quantum of Solace it'll be great I'm sure, but it's not really a surprise is it?

Can you believe that it's ten years today (November 18th) since the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode 1 was shown in the cinema for the first time? The internet was still in its infancy, as was DVD and staggered cinema releases were still a big thing for blockbuster film releases.

The event was huge and well hyped and although the trailer was released onto the internet few people had a fast enough internet connection at home to really download the trailer or steam it in a watchable fashion so American audiences really did to get to see it ahead of the rest of the world.

I was working at the time for a well known internet company and had access to a fast T1 connection and I remember waiting patiently that afternoon to download the trailer and watch it on the tiny 14 inch monitor I used to work with, I wanted to wait and see it on the big screen, but I couldn't wait until the new year to see this new Star Wars footage.

In the US the trailer was attached to a number of films at the time, two being The Waterboy and The Siege and the teaser can probably account for much of those films total gross. These days people choose to watch trailers on the internet and you rarely, if ever get people walking out of a screening once the trailers are over.

Was the trailer any good, my god was the trailer good, in fact the trailer as it turned out was better than the film itself. After seeing the trailer I got straight on the phone to a friend of mine who lives in California and arranged to fly to the US the following May so we could go and see the movie the night of release, which I did.

Did you get goose bumps down your spine the first time you saw the trailer? Was it one of the most exciting things you had seen since the trailer for The Return of the Jedi? Let us know you thought on the trailer and what you think 10 years later.

Just to refresh your memory here is the original Star Wars Episode 1 teaser trailer.

Chart info

UK release date:

Highest chart position: 2

Weeks on box office: 6

Chart history
Date
Place
Gross
2 / N
£3,814,055
4 / 
£1,240,801
7 / 
£669,426
8 / 
£425,184
11 / 
£105,696
15 / 
£53,695
Non-chart history
Finer details

Total UK gross £9,586,363 and the 570th top grossing film in the UK

Total World gross $338,794,280 and the 324th top grossing film globally

UK BBFC Certificate: 18

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