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Battle at the Box Office 2/17


The Lego Movie took the top spot at the box office again this weekend.  It made another $48.8 million, putting it over $129.1 million for it’s two weeks out.

About Last Night took second with another great opening for Kevin Hart with $27 million, the best romantic comedy opening since Think Like A Man, also starring Kevin Hart.

Robocop took third with a mediocre $21.5 million, which is down from the last few action movies to come out over President’s Day weekend like A Good Day to Die Hard and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and it also was down from the Total Recall remake.

Monuments Men and Endless Love rounded out the top 5, with the latter making most of it’s money on Valentine’s Day.

Winter’s Tale was way down in seventh place, with only $7.8 million.

Know Your “That Guy”: Bob Balaban

Bob Balaban

Born: August 16th, 1945

Number of Roles: 97

Best Known for Playing: Russell Dalrymple on Seinfeld (1992-1993)

First Appearance: Harvey on Hank (1965)

Most Recent Appearance: Preston Savitz in The Monuments Men (2014)

Can Be Seen/Heard in:

  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Ghost World
  • The Good Wife
  • Web Therapy
  • Lady in the Water
  • Capote
  • A Mighty Wind
  • The Majestic
  • Gosford Park
  • Best in Show
  • Natural Selection
  • The Mexican
  • City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
  • Miami Vice
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind


News Shotgun 10/25

  • Michael Arndt leaves Star Wars Episode VIIThe Toy Story 3 screenwriter was signed on to write the screenplay for Star Wars Episode VII but has left the project and now JJ Abrams and Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan will be writing the script.  The movie is due out in 2015
  • New Hellraiser coming from Clive Barker:   Hellraiser is the latest horror franchise getting the reboot treatment but unlike most, original creator Clive Barker will be writing the script and Doug Bradley will reprise his role as Pinhead.
  • Track list released for Arrested Development sountrackGet the whole list by hitting the link but basically, if there was an original piece of music on the show, we’ll be getting a full blown version of it on the 42 track album coming on November 19th.
  • Will Smith starring in sci fi movie “Selling Time”The movie will be a Groundhog Dayesque sci fi movie where Smith’s character is given an option to relive the worst day of his life in exchange for another seven years of life.
  • RIP Hal Needham: Legendary stuntman Hal Needham passed away this week at age 82.  He did stunts on numerous classic westerns and then in the 70’s, went behind the camera and directed Smokey and the Bandit.  He directed Reynolds again with Hooper, Smokey and the Bandit II and The Cannonball Run but my sentimental favorite Needham movie is the ridiculous, awesomely cheesy Megaforce:
  • Monuments Men coming in February 2014: Last week we learned Monuments Men was getting bumped to 2014, due to post production not being where it needs to be according to star George Clooney.  Now we learned that the movie will be out on February 7 next year, bumping Robocop to the 12th and going against The Lego Movie.
  • New details about Ant Man and Black Panther:   Marvel producer Kevin Feige was doing the rounds for Thor: The Dark World and revealed new details about Ant Man and Black Panther.  Feige described Ant Man as a “heist movie” and that we’ll get casting news by the end of the year.  He also confirmed a Black Panther movie is definitely in development but it’s not clear when it will definitely move forward into production.
  • Netflix getting into original movies:   Netflix has had some pretty great success with their original series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black and they announced they will be developing original movies as well.  They will start out with documentaries but could eventually get into scripted films.
  • Sherlock is back in January: The third season of the fantastic BBC show will be airing on PBC in the US in January of next year.  It will be the typical three hour and half long episodes like the previous two series.
  • Stephen Lang back for all three Avatar sequels: Despite being pretty definitively dead, the evil marine Miles Quartitch will apparently be back in the THREE upcoming sequels to Avatar, played again by Stephen Lang.
  • Jackie Chan and Sean William Scott starring in Skiptrace:   The movie will find Chan as a Hong Kong detective whose daughter is kidnapped and the only one who can help him find her is a wiseass American gambler.  The movie will be directed by Paranorman’s Sam Fell, making his live action film directing debut.
  • Tim Burton apparently close to directing Beetlejuice sequel:   Originally only supposed to be a producer, apparently Tim Burton is close to signing on to direct the sequel to one of his most beloved movies, Beetlejuice.  Michael Keaton is also supposed to reprise his role as the “ghost with the most”.

Everything Actioncast Ep 181 “Captain Van Helsing”

This week on the podcast, Zach and Chris talk about the history of Tarzan adaptations, the dumbness of Van Helsing, classic movies getting sequels, a ton of recent theatrical and direct to video releases that are all really solid and much more.

  • News: Tarzan 3D and Anchorman 2: The  Legend Continues trailers, Monuments Men bumped to 2014, Netflix getting into original movies, Sherlock is back in January, Tim Burton possibly close to signing on to direct Beetlejuice sequel, Bruce Campbell confirms Army of Darkness 2, Universal may put their classic monster reboots in the same universe and the New Release Round Up.
  • Show and Tell: Chris watched Rush and Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Zach watched Toy Story of Terror, Escape Plan, Captain Phillips, The Frozen Ground, This is the End, After Earth and The Colony.

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