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Box Office Predictions: Riddick Is A Clear Winner

9/6/2013 9:40pm EDT
1) Riddick- 18M Weekend, 18M Total

Riddick should clearly win the weekend. Vin Diesel is hot off of his Fast sequel this summer, and the Riddick sequel seems to return the franchise to the Pitch Black roots, instead of the nonsense that happened in Chronicles. The Resident Evil franchise has done well in September, and Riddick should mirror that to an extent. Of course, you have the people who hated Chronicles Of Riddick, and may be waiting for their friends to say that this film is worth watching before heading out.

2) The Butler- 10M Weekend, 93M Total

Heading for the 100M mark, The Bu...

'Butler', One Direction Top Box Office, But Spanish-Language 'Instructions Not Included' Is The Real Winner

9/3/2013 9:49am EDT
Instructions Not Included
Lee Daniels' The Butler held off competition from boy band One Direction's concert movie, One Direction: This Is Us, to top the four day Labor Day weekend box office.

"The Butler" grossed $20 million, edging out director Morgan Spurlock's music documentary, which came in second at $18 million.

"This Is Us" did win the weekend box office, though, pulling in $1 million more than "The Butler" for a $15.8 million take.

Comedy We're the Millers finished third on both charts, taking in nearly $16 million for the holiday weekend, and $12.6 million over the three-day weekend.

But the big surpri...

Box Office Predictions: What A Slow Weekend Ahead…

8/23/2013 11:05am EDT
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
1) The Butler- 16M Weekend, 45M Weekend

City Of Bones is tracking soft, and The Butler was a crowd pleaser last weekend. It is likely that a small drop will keep The Butler in 1st place again this weekend.

2) The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones- 15M weekend, 20M Total

Soft tracking. I think The Butler and Mortal Instruments will be close, but if this was really a big franchise starter like it has been billed, it should be winning by a landslide.

3) You’re Next- 14M Weekend, 14M Total

A well reviewed horror film yes, but a no-name cast. It could break through this weekend, considering...

Matt Damon's 'Elysium' Tops Weekend Box Office

8/12/2013 11:47am EDT
Sci-fi thriller "Elysium" debuted at number one at the weekend box office, beating out three other new wide releases. The film made $30.5 million.

In "Elysium," the people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on the man-made space station Elysium.  The only person with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to Elysium.

The action film, made for $115 million, was directed by Neill Blomkamp. The director's "District 9" opened w...

Sci-Fi Vet Adrian Holmes Hits The Big Screen In 'Elysium'

8/10/2013 12:25pm EDT
Adrian Holmes
In the new big-budget sci-fi adventure Elysium, Matt Damon plays an ex-con determined to reach the titular space station where Earth's wealthy citizens live in peace while the planet below falls into ruin. Yet he wouldn't be able to fight the good fight without some help, and that's where veteran character actor Adrian Holmes comes in. Adrian plays Manuel, who assists Damon's Max in his quest to take on Elysium. BFTV recently connected with Adrian to find out about the making of the movie, his lengthy genre credibility, and how you follow a blockbuster movie.

"Manuel is a gangster," he sai...

Blomkamp's 'Elysium' Is Sci-Fi With Something To Say

8/10/2013 1:00am EDT
Matt Damon in Elysium
In 2009, Neill Blomkamp’s directorial debut “District 9” punched audiences in the stomach with its gut-wrenching realism and gripping social commentary. The emotional bruising left in its wake didn’t just seize viewer attention though, it captured Hollywood’s too. Struck by Blomkamp’s creativity with a smaller budget, the industry decided to offer him a larger one for his sophomore effort “Elysium.” Working inside the Hollywood machine can be tricky however, since directors often compensate for greater resources with major creative compromises. What’s miraculous about Blomkamp’s flick is th...

5 Fun Facts: 'Elysium' Star Matt Damon

8/9/2013 1:10pm EDT
Released in both conventional and IMAX theaters this weekend is Matt Damon’s new sci-fi action film, “Elysium.” The story is centered on Matt Damon’s character, Max, who must find a cure to his cancer virus. He plans to go to Elysium, a wealthy space station that houses medical machines with instant cures. Unfortunately, Max is not one of the elite and must form a plan to kidnap a wealthy man in order to steal his identity and sneak into Elysium. With only six days to live, Max must think fast and use all his strength to defeat Elysium’s Secretary of Defense, played by Jodie Foster, and her...

Box Office: 'We're The Millers' And 'Percy Jackson' Off To Solid Starts

8/9/2013 8:34am EDT
We’re The Millers, which hasn’t been embraced by critics (only 39% on Rotten Tomatoes) had a really strong first day, pulling in 6.8M to easily take first place. This figure does include some box office from the Tuesday night opening, but is still a strong opening. We’re The Millers has also received an A- cinemascore from audiences, which will help give it legs over the weekend.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters also opened on Wednesday, and grabbed an impressive 5.4M. With only 33% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, the audiences have spoken again and declared that Percy is a B+. With the two str...

'Elysium' Review: An Exciting Sci-Fi Film That Actually Makes You Think

8/9/2013 7:00am EDT
Neill Blomkamp, writer and director of the critically acclaimed, 'District 9,' once again brings us a thought-provoking Sci-fi, fantasy, action film.

'Elysium' starring Matt Damon, takes place in the year 2154.  Earth is polluted, overpopulated and crime ridden. The rich have long ago abandoned the planet for Elysium, an orbital space station that is a 19 minute shuttle ride away.

But those 19 minutes might as well be several light years away. The space station is protected by a killer security force run by Jodie Foster, who will do anything and everything to keep Elysium safe for the wea...

Stana Katic Stuns At 'Elysium' Premiere In Purple Bustier Dress

8/8/2013 11:00am EDT
Stana Katic
"Castle" star Stana Katic attended the "Elysium" Los Angeles premiere on Wednesday wearing a sexy purple bustier dress. Katic, the daughter of Croation parents, grew up in Canada. She has starred in films such as "Stiletto," "Quantum of Solace," and "The Spirit."

In "Elysium," the people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet's crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on the man-made space station Elysium.  The only person with the chance to bring equality to these worlds is Max (Matt Damon), an ordinary guy in desperate need to get to El...

Box Office Projections: Elysium vs Planes. Who Will Win?

8/8/2013 5:30am EDT
This weekend at the box office: We have a couple heavy hitters coming through this weekend. Sci-fi flick 'Elysium' starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster promises to be an action-packed thrill ride, while Planes is sure to be a worthwhile sequel to the much beloved Pixar classic 'Cars.' 'We're the Millers' is sure to grab some attention as Jennifer Aniston takes it all off. Percy Jackson and 2Guns may stay in the running because of the natural attraction to both fantasy and cop movies.

So here are the predictions for this weekend, at the Box Office:

1) Elysium- 35M Weekend, 35M Total

I thi...

Matt Damon Suits Up To Save The Earth In 'Elysium' - Watch The Trailer

4/10/2013 11:15am EDT
From the director of 'District 9' comes 'Elysium,' another futuristic tale of the feud between two separate societies. The story follows Max Coburn (played by Matt Damon), who for reasons unknown needs to go to 'Elysium,' a futuristic paradise in space.

The movie shares some things in common with "District 9" - high society completely distanced from the masses, with the plebeians living in squalor on Earth (which has completely fallen into disrepair) and the aristocracy living on Elysium - an enormous utopian society created on a ring in space.

Apparently, director Neill Blomkamp is very ...

Ten Films To Watch in 2013

1/7/2013 6:30pm EST
Iron Man 3
Now that 2012 is over and fully behind us, we say why not check out what the new year has in store – movie style!  That’s right film fans, Starpulse is highlighting some of the flicks of 2013 and it looks to be a very interesting year for celluloid.  From odd flicks to sinful sequels, comedies to allegories we’re pointing out what we find most savory for those with a finer cinematic palate.  (Plus a couple of random goodies at the end for those who need a little more insight!)  So without further delay, here are..."Ten Films to Watch in 2013!"



This one is the flick we’...

Bald Matt Damon Is Jealous Of 'Beautiful Round Head' Jake Gyllenhaal

9/9/2011 12:00pm EDT
Bald Matt Damon & Jake Gyllehaal
Matt Damon is jealous of pal Jake Gyllenhaal's shaved head because he's adamant baldness suits his fellow actor.

Damon sheared his locks for upcoming sci-fi thriller "Elysium," while his friend Gyllenhaal is also sporting less hair for his film "End of Watch."

But Damon has revealed he hates his new image being compared to Gyllenhaal's appearance.

He tells, "Wow, I try not to envy, but I have to say Jake's got a damn good-looking head. He sure does have a beautiful round head.

"Normally you say, 'That's a beautiful head of hair, but that's a beautiful head he's got.' Gyllenha...

Jodie Foster's Underwear Ritual

5/16/2011 9:20am EDT
Jodie Foster
Actress/director Jodie Foster recently admitted her flying superstitions.

She explained, "I put on underwear with strange colors when I get on a plane."

Meanwhile, Jodie had a miserable time on the set of her new film in France. She said, "I went to work (and) I had some kind of throat infection...and then I couldn't unstick my eyes. They wouldn't open. They were a bad color."

Foster recently directed "The Beaver," starring Mel Gibson. She stars in the upcoming science fiction film "Elysium."