This week on The Flickcast Chris and Matt are joined by Joseph Dilworth of Pop Culture Zoo and, of course, hilarity and informative discussion ensues. During the show all manner of new and recurring topics are discussed, dissected and otherwise examined.
Some of those topics include Emerald City Comic Con, Tron Legacy and potential sequels, Star Trek old and new, the Wolverine sequel without Darren Aronofsky, the renewal of Community and Fringe‘s rating slump, casting for various films including Kevin Costner as Pa Kent in Superman, X-Men First Class, Martin Scorsese’s The Dark Night and a whole lot more. And again this week, no Charlie Sheen. You’re welcome.
Of course, your hosts and guest also made some picks this week including Joseph’s dual picks of the movie Sourcecode and the new comic Vampirella, Matt’s pick of the movie Rubber and Chris’ pick of the new movie Limitless, featuring Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro.
As always, if you have comments, questions, critiques, offers of sponsorship or whatever, feel free to hit us up in the comments, on Twitter, at Facebook and MySpace or via email.
With the hype machine in full swing over the last few months promoting all of the new TV shows hitting the small screen this month, it’s nice to actually see a show that lives up to the hype. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire is such a show.
Debuting to record ratings and already renewed for a second season after one episode, Boardwalk Empire is that rare combination of elements that ends up being well worth the time it takes to watch. We’ve talked about the show before here at the site and today we’ve got some videos to get you ready for Sunday’s all-new episode.
In these videos you get a good preview of Sunday’s episode showing more of the action and intrigue as well as an extended scene of Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) telling a story about how he has no trouble causing the death of people just for fun. Not a nice guy to be sure.
Check out the preview after the jump. Boardwalk Empire, which features Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald and Dabney Coleman, airs Sunday at 9/8C on HBO.
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With the ratings for Sunday’s premiere of the Martin Scorsese Terrance Winter show Boardwalk Empire showing it to be a big hit, HBO has already reacted to the news and is giving the show another season after airing only that first episode. HBO made the decision “following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers.”
The series starring Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt had 4.8 million viewers to become the cable network’s biggest debut since Deadwood in 2004. According to reports,the renewal decision was a combination of factors including the terrific premiere ratings, positive reviews and also the substantial upfront cost of making the series, which the network would like to see spread across as many episodes as possible.
As an immediete fan of the show after watching the first episode and knowing it only gets better from here, I’m pretty happy about the news. Besides, who wouldn’t want more Scorsese? I know I do.
Want more details on HBO’s decision? Check out the full press release after the jump. Boardwalk Empire airs Sunday nights at 9/8C on HBO.
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I don’t know about you, but we’re pretty excited for the premiere of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire around here. If you’re looking for intense drama, outstanding acting, writing and direction you should definitely check this show out.
After all it comes from the creative team of Martin Scorsese and Terrance Winter (The Sopranos) who, individually, have been involved in some of the best movies and TV shows of all time. So naturally, with these two talented men working together, anticipation for Boardwalk Empire is very high.
To help get you interested in the series we’ve got three promo videos to share with you today. In them you get a look at some of the characters and situations of the series including its star Steve Buscemi as Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, Kelly MacDonald as Margaret Schroeder, Michael Pitt as Jimmy Darmody and Stephen Graham as a young Al Capone. Plus, you get a real look at the production itself and the care that’s gone into realizing the world of 1920′s Atlantic City.
Check out all three videos after the jump. Boardwalk Empire premieres Sunday at 9/8C on HBO.
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Looking at the new upcoming HBO series Boarwalk Empire it seems to have hit written all over it. Created by Terence Winter, one of the writers of The Sopranos, with a teriffic cast led by Steve Buscemi and Exec. Produced by none other than Martin Scorsese, this tale of gangsters and corruption in 1920′s Atlantic City has everything you could want in a show.
As an example, take a good look at this new trailer for it that aired just prior to last night’s season premiere of True Blood. It features all the main characters and sets up the story pretty well. It also looks terrific and very well directed and it should becuse Scorsese did it himself.
The show premieres in September and I, for one, can’t wait to see it. Until then, be sure to check out the trailer for Boardwalk Empire after the jump.
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With The Flickcast’s own Shannon Hood covering all the excitement at SXSW this week yours truly is stepping in to take over box office duty. Don’t worry all you Hood fans, I have no doubt that she’ll be back next week, which means I’m only here for one week. That’s something that can’t be said about Alice in Wonderland, however.
Even with mixed reviews, Alice took the top spot again over the weekend. While it dropped 46% drop from last week, the 3D fantasy took in another $62 Million, bringing its total to $208 Million in only two weeks. As Shannon noted last week, this is Tim Burton’s biggest opening and the film is certainly finding an audience.
One concern from reviewers was whether or not audiences would be somewhat disappointed by the 3D aspect of Alice in comparison to Avatar. While Avatar was quite an immersive experience Alice in Wonderland presented more of your traditional 3D environment. It seems movie goers don’t mind the difference and are eager to see Johnny Depp and cast as they romp through Wonderland.
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Director Martin Scorsese and frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio proved to be a lethal combination at the box office this weekend, as Shutter Island sold the most tickets. The psychological thriller scared up a healthy $40 Million during its first weekend in release, buoyed by mostly favorable reviews. The film piqued the interest of horror fans, DiCaprio fans, and Scorsese loyalists.
Despite tumbling a massive 69% from its opening weekend, Valentine’s Day still managed to snag an additional $17 Million. Avatar is still comfortably hanging out in the top five, and added $16m to its staggering totals. Ten weeks, people. Unbelievable.
Number four Percy Jackson dropped about 50% for $15 Million. Universal’s worst fears about The Wolfman have come true. The film dropped 68% from last weekend, and made a measly $9.8 Million. That $150 Million budget looks impossible to make back at this time.
You can’t blame it strictly on bad word of mouth-I have yet to hear of one single person who actually enjoyed Valentine’s Day, yet people still flocked to see the film. Quite frankly, I am scratching my head over this turn of events. There’s a reason I don’t write box office predictions.
Outside of the top five, Dear John is shaping up to be a nice hit for Sony. After 3 weeks in release, the film has more than doubled its budget of $25 Million, and has made a solid $65.9 Million.
Martin Scorsese’s latest potboiler bears the unmistakable markings of a classic film noir. Cigarette smoke hangs heavy in the air and tendrils about the characters, almost taking on a life of its own. Dream sequences become engulfed in flames and smoke. The camera lingers on one character taking a drag off of a cigarette and inhaling the smoke directly into his nostrils.
The smoke is so pervasive that I kept thinking there has to be a reason for it, beyond atmosphere. My conclusion is that the smoke is an allegorical symbol for “smoke and mirrors”, quite apropo because on Shutter Island, nothing is as it appears.
Leonardo DiCaprio (with a thick Boston accent) plays Teddy Daniels, a U.S. Marshal who has been summoned to the mysterious Shutter Island, a foreboding chunk of land surrounded by rocky precipices. This makes the island ideal for housing dangerous and severely disturbed psychiatric patients. The movie takes place in 1954, when psychiatric patients were routinely given lobotomies, and other “treatments” were inflicted that are considered unethical and inhumane today.
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With President’s Day weekend behind us it’s now time to think about some late Valentine’s Day presents. In case you want to pick up something extra for your valentine or you completely forgot to get something at all, a great movie on Blu-ray or DVD makes a perfect gift. Fortunately, there’s some new ones coming out this week just in time.
Among this week’s selection we’re interested in are new to Blu-ray movies such as Law Abiding Citizen, Halo Legends, the Dirty Harry Collection, Contempt, Akira Kurosawa’s Ran and debut of TV series Barnaby Jones and the latest installment of Cannon. Also, Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas (pictured above with Joe Pesci, Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro) gets the 20th Anniversary treatment with a new Blu-ray release.
Black Dynamite ~ Michael Jai White (Blu-ray and DVD)
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever ~ Michael Bowen, Rider Strong (Blu-ray and DVD)
Contempt ~ Brigitte Bardot, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang (Blu-ray)
Dirty Harry Collection (Dirty Harry / Magnum Force / The Enforcer / Sudden Impact / The Dead Pool) ~ Clint Eastwood (Blu-ray and DVD)
Goodfellas (20th Anniversary Edition) ~ Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci (Blu-ray)
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I’ll admit it, when I worked at Barnes & Noble a few years ago, I used to read on the clock when there were no customers around and no books to put away. My favorite book that I read that year was a kid’s book called The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. The story is about a boy who lives in a train station and stumbles upon a mysterious robot, which he labors tirelessly to repair.
The book is so magical, because it blends illustrations with an incredibly detailed story, and I could see it all in front of me as I read. I couldn’t help thinking just how great this book would translate to the screen. Better news couldn’t be coming out of that front, as Martin Scorsese has officially signed on to direct the adaptation for film.
The film is set to take place in 1930′s Paris, which is good considering how well Scorsese worked with period pieces such as The Aviator and Gangs of New York. The film is being fast-tracked for a June 1 production date, with such mega producers as Graham King (The Departed), Tim Headington (Edge of Darkness) and even Johnny Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil.
We can expect to see plenty more from the project, with productions starting up in 6 months. In the meantime, you can catch Martin Scorsese’s next film, Shutter Island in theaters on February 19th.