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Everything Actioncast Ep 192 “Ant Men”

This week on the podcast, Zach, Chris and Joe talk Golden Globe winners (and the disaster of the show), superhero TV show news, the Tarantino universe, Grown Ups 2, Archer, body modification and much more.

  • News: Golden Globe winners, Short list for actors testing for Kyle Reese in Terminator: Genesis, Catching Fire the biggest movie of 2013, Game of Thrones season 4, From Dusk till Dawn: The Series trailers, return dates for 24, Mad Men, end dates for Justified, Boardwalk Empire, start date for Better Call Saul, Bill Paxton guest starring on SHIELD, young Bruce Wayne a main character in Gotham, villains will be featured, Constantine gets a pilot order from NBC, WWE Network announced, Baron Strucker cast in Avengers 2, Michael Douglas is Hank Pym in Ant Man, Johnny Depp rumored to be in talks for Dr. Strange, Adam West Batman finally coming to DVD and the New Release Round Up.
  • Show and Tell: Joe watched Grown Ups 2 and Despicable Me 2 while Zach watched Archer, True Detective, Helix, The Spoils of Babylon, See No Evil, American Mary and Lone Survivor.

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Battle at the Box Office 7/29

While The Wolverine was received much better than the previous solo Wolverine movie, it did not make quite as much money, probably because everyone still had the sour taste of that movie in their mouths.  The Wolverine made $55 million, right around the same as X-Men: First Class’s first weekend and better than the original X-Men.  The Conjuring remained strong in second place with another $22.1 million and bringing it’s total up to $83 million, quadruple it’s budget.  Despicable Me 2 made another $16 million and has made over $300 million domestically.  Turbo and Grown Ups 2 rounded out the top 5.  A few indie movies made the jump to wide release this week with the critically acclaimed Fruitvale Station took tenth with $4.66 million and The Way, Way Back with $3.3 million to take eleventh.  Not great even for an indie movie was The To-Do List, which only made $1.5 million, which makes back it’s budget but is still kind of low for the cast and promotion.

 

Battle at the Box Office 7/22

With no competition and the best reviews of the weekend, The Conjuring easily took the number one spot at the box office, more than doubling it’s budget with $41.5 million.  It’s the best opening ever for an original, R rated horror movie.  It’s word of mouth is also great so it could actually hang around for a while in the next week or two instead of immediately collapsing like pretty much every recent horror movie (The Purge was first in it’s first week and then dropped down to around sixth in it’s next weekend).  Despicable Me 2 dropped down to second with $25 million and is over $276 million, putting it in eighth place for the all time animated movie grosses.   Turbo was third place with $21.5 million for the weekend and $31.2 million overall, since it came out on Wednesday.  It’s a terrible opening for Dreamworks, down with forgotten bombs like Flushed Away.  Grown Ups 2 dropped to fourth place with another $20 million.  Red 2 rounded out the top 5 with $18.5 million, about $3 million off from the original’s opening, which was in the fall of 2010.   Pacific Rim unfortunately dropped almost 60% from last weekend and went to sixth place with $15.9 million.  Another disaster for the summer was RIPD, which had horrible reviews, seemingly no interest from audiences and only brought in $12.7 million and seventh place.  It cost $130 million to make RIPD.

Battle at the Box Office 7/15

Despicable Me 2 remained on top this weekend with another $44.8 million, putting it over $229 million for it’s two weeks out.  In second place was Grown Ups 2 with $42.5 million, the second best opening ever for Adam Sandler and up from Grown Ups 1.  Pacific Rim took third with $38.3 million, unfortunately not the blockbuster many of us hoped it would be.  It was the best opening for Guillermo Del Toro though but as much as we nerds love him, mainstream audiences maybe don’t quite get his unique brand of awesomeness yet.  The Heat and The Lone Ranger rounded out the top 5.  Nothing else really moved up or down to drastically but with four movies on the way this week, expect some shuffling over the weekend.

Admit One 7/12

Pacific Rim

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Diego Klattenoff, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman

Directed by: Guillermo Del Toro

Plot: An inter-dimensional rift opens in the Pacific Ocean, unleashing giant monsters dubbed Kaiju who wreak havoc across the globe.  Humanity responds by building giant robots called Jaegers to combat them.

Rotten Tomatoes Freshness: 73%

Critic Consensus: “It may sport more style than substance, but Pacific Rim is a solid modern creature feature bolstered by fantastical imagery and an irresistible sense of fun”

Grown Ups 2

Starring: Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade, Kevin James, Salma Hayek, Maya Rudolph, Maria Bello

Directed by: Dennis Dugan

Plot: The group of friends from the first Grown Ups are back for a day full of wacky hijinks on their kids’ last day of school.

RT Freshness: 8%

Critic Consensus: “While it’s certainly the movie event of the year for filmgoers passionate about deer piss humor, Grown Ups 2 will bore, annoy, and disgust audiences of nearly every other persuasion”

July Movie Preview

July 3rd

  • The Lone Ranger: Disney is hoping this is more Pirates than John Carter as they have re-teamed Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski for a blockbuster re-imagining of the classic pulp hero.  Depp plays Tonto while Armie Hammer plays John Reid aka The Lone Ranger.
  • Despicable Me 2: Reformed super villain Gru is recruited by the top secret Anti-Villain League to stop a dangerous up and coming villain.  He brings along a bunch of new gadgets and his lovable army of Minions to save the day.
  • Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain: Culminating his “Let Me Explain” tour last year, Kevin Hart delivers his material in front of a sold out show in Madison Square Garden.

July 12th

  • Pacific Rim: After a swarm of giant monsters enters our world through a rift in the Pacific Ocean, the major nations of the Earth develop an army of giant robots called Jaegers to stop them from destroying the world.  It’s the latest from Guillermo Del Toro.
  • Grown Ups 2: Adam Sandler and the gang from the original Grown Ups (sans Rob Schneider) are back for more wacky hijinks.

July 17th

  • Turbo: After he accidentally ends up in the nitrous oxide tank of a street race car, snail Turbo undergoes a drastic transformation that gives him super speed and may let him follow his dream of being in the Indy 500.

July 19th

  • The Conjuring: Based on a true story, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren head to a farmhouse where a family is experiencing horrifying events.
  • RIPD: Based on a comic, RIPD or the Rest in Peace Division finds cop Ryan Reynolds killed in action but forced into the paranormal law enforcement agency to keep evil spirits from destroying the world of the living.  He’s teamed with a decorated wild west law man, played by Jeff Bridges
  • Red 2: Former CIA agent Frank Moses is trying to live a quiet life with his new girlfriend Sarah when he’s drawn back into the world of espionage when a portable nuclear device goes missing and he ends up as the prime suspect.

July 26th

  • The To Do List: Aubrey Plaza stars as a high school senior who makes a list of things she has to accomplish before she heads off to college, most of the things being of a sexual nature.
  • The Wolverine: Logan is invited to Japan by an old acquaintance who offers him a chance to lose his immortality but Logan may need to keep it for a while longer as ninjas, Yakuza and the villainous Silver Samurai all seem to want a piece of him.