News broke today that Star Wars: Episode 1 — The Phantom Menace, thanks to its recent 3-D re-release, is on track to surpass 2008′s The Dark Knight in box office grosses. This infusion of money will make Phantom Menace the 10th highest-grossing film of all time. Many would argue that Christopher Nolan’s twisty Batman Begins sequel is far superior to George Lucas’ uncontrollable exercise in CGI, and it got us thinking: Are the newest crop of movies to join the top 10 (six since Avatar kick-started a box office frenzy in 2009) demonstrably worse than their chart-mates? Well… yes and no. See the new top 10 list below. READ FULL STORY
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In response to Netflix’s recently released list of the “Top 10 Movie Rentals of All Time,” BitTorrent has release its own — albeit utterly illegal — list of the “Top 10 Most Pirated Movies” of all time. The usual suspects were there, with Avatar (21 million downloads) taking top (dis?)honors, and The Dark Knight tying for second place with Transformers at 19 million downloads apiece. And, yes, of course there’s a Pirates of the Caribbean installment on there. It’s only right.
Still, there is surprisingly little overlap between the lists (only Inception and The Departed). Apparently Netflix users favor Oscar bait while Internet thieves go for tentpole popcorn movies, with the Venn Diagram overlap between those two strangely being Leonardo DiCaprio. So what other movies made the list, and which were the most head scratch-inducing? See the full list after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is one of the most inconsequential movies ever made. It is also very, very close to making a billion dollars at the global box office. It has already moved onto the list of the top ten highest-grossing movies ever, according to Box Office Mojo, thus joining the other two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels. Add in Alice in Wonderland — the swamp-candy mediocrity which grossed a billion dollars thanks to 3-D price-gouging and the misplaced interest of an audience desperate for another Avatar — and you notice something remarkable: Johnny Depp — a performer who seemed practically unmarketable ten years ago, even as he cut a swath across the ’90s with indelible performances in Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Donnie Brasco, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas — has now starred in four of the ten highest grossing films ever. And then you can’t help but notice something disheartening: Those four films are arguably the worst four films Johnny Depp has ever made. READ FULL STORY
Week 3 of EW’s 2011 Summer Movie Body Count continues with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, and Geoffrey Rush. Click here for a reminder of our extremely precise definition for what counts as a death, and how we’re counting them. And since we’re going to be talking about deaths here, the requisite spoiler alert should almost go without saying, but we’ll say it anyhow: SPOILER ALERT!
Syrena the mermaid might look sweet, but don’t be fooled: She comes from a race of bloodthirsty killing machines. In the latest Pirates of the Caribbean flick, Syrena’s fishtailed cohorts murder a whopping 18 buccaneers. (But since Syrena herself is eventually redeemed by the love of a two-legged man, we can safely assume that she isn’t responsible for any of those killings.) That makes Pirates 4 an anomaly among this year’s crop of body-count-heavy summer movies — until now, most of the deaths recorded have been those of CGI beings like frost giants and gross vampires — and also means that the summer film with the highest-yet ratio of human to non-human deaths also happens to be a Disney movie. On Stranger Tides, indeed!
The fourquel kicks off with a body count-baiting fakeout. READ FULL STORY
When Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides opens this weekend, it will continue one of the most fascinating cinematic trends of the last few years: the Rise of the Big-Budget Fourquel. Third sequels didn’t use to exist outside of low-budget horror cash-cows and Z-grade monster franchises. Trilogies simply felt more dignified, whether you were designing an action-adventure saga (Back to the Future, Star Wars) or a soul-searing work of cinematic artistry (The Godfather, the Apu series.) But we live in undignified times. As Roger Ebert recently pointed out in Newsweek, 2011 features the highest number of fourquels ever: Besides Pirates, there are
new volumes of Mission: Impossible, Spy Kids, and Twilight, not to mention the already-released, already-disappointing Scream 4. As part of PopWatch’s ongoing effort to look on the bright side of life, here’s a rundown of the best fourquels in film history. Hooray for the process of elimination!
10. Live Free or Die Hard (2007)
In the unfortunately-expanding subgenre of Barely-Awaited Sequels to Once-Beloved ’80s Action Franchises, we’ll give a slight edge to Bruce Willis over Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull), Sylvester Stallone (Rambo), and Sigourney Weaver (Alien Resurrection). READ FULL STORY
I’m a sucker for the parlor game of pairing today’s biggest movie actors with a comparable star from another age: Tom Hanks is Jimmy Stewart, George Clooney is Cary Grant, you get the idea. But I’ve always stumbled over Johnny Depp. Errol Flynn? Clark Gable? Depp’s career is so unusual, so unpredictable, that’s it’s difficult to find another who’s walked a similar path. But in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides‘ director Rob Marshall said he sees someone else in his Capt. Jack Sparrow: Fred Astaire. READ FULL STORY
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