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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

transformersrevengeofthefallen Alien robots have transformed into box-office superstars with $200 million in domestic ticket sales in just five days.”Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” took in $112 million in the sequel’s first weekend and $201.2 million since opening Wednesday, according to Sunday estimates from Paramount, which is distributing the DreamWorks movie.It was well on the way to becoming the year’s top-grossing movie. That was a few million dollars higher than other studios were expecting for the movie, and the figures could change a bit when final numbers are released Monday.Still, it was a colossal start for the “Transformers” sequel, whose opening five days amounted to nearly two-thirds of the $319 million domestic total the franchise’s first movie did over its entire run in 2007.  Now playing in almost every other country except India, the movie added $185.8 million overseas, for a worldwide total of $387 million. That’s well over half the $708 million global total for the first “Transformers.”  That first movie began with a $70.5 million weekend. Based on how well the sequel has done, “Revenge of the Fallen” could join the handful of movies that have topped the $400 million mark domestically. “I’d say given the momentum it has, it’s got a real shot,” said Rob Moore, vice chairman at Paramount.  For the first five days, the “Transformers” sequel was second only to last summer’s “The Dark Knight” with $203.8 million.  This was the biggest opening weekend of this year, surpassing the $85.1 million debut of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” in early May.  The sequel began with $60.6 million on its opening day Wednesday. That also was second only to “The Dark Knight,” which had the biggest box-office day ever with $67.2 million on opening day.  With $14.4 million at 169 IMAX theaters, “Transformers” set a record for a five-day opening in the giant-screen format, nearly doubling the previous best of $7.3 million set by “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”  “Transformers” overcame harsh reviews from critics, who called it a visual-effects extravaganza without much story or human heart. Director Michael Bay has a history of bad reviews and big box office with “Armageddon” and “Pearl Harbor.”  “Michael Bay knows how to build the perfect summer box-office beast,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “He squarely aimed right at the demographic, right at what summer movie-goers want, and he put it on the screen. And audiences can’t seem to get enough of it.”  The sequel broadened the franchise’s fan base. Females accounted for just 40 percent of the audience for the first “Transformers” but 46 percent for the sequel, Moore said.  Much of that was due to the on-screen romance for the characters played by Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox, who were relative unknowns when the first movie came out. With a $13 million weekend, Disney and Pixar Animation’s “Up” became the year’s top-grossing film domestically at $250.2 million. It surpassed Paramount’s “Star Trek,” which did $3.6 million over the weekend to hit a $246.2 million total.The reign of “Up” at the top of the year’s box-office chart will be short-lived, though. The “Transformers” sequel should shoot past it in a matter of days. The Warner Bros. melodrama “My Sister’s Keeper,” with Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin, had a so-so debut, coming in at No. 5 with $12 million. Breslin plays a daughter conceived as a donor for her older sister, who has leukemia.  Summit Entertainment’s Iraq War drama “The Hurt Locker” had a strong start in limited release, taking in $144,000 in four theaters for an average of $36,000 a cinema. That compares to an average of $26,453 in 4,234 theaters for “Transformers.” Starring Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie as members of a U.S. bomb squad in Baghdad, “The Hurt Locker” has a chance to become the first real commercial success among recent war-on-terror movies, which audiences generally have avoided.  “The Hurt Locker” has earned stellar reviews since debuting at film festivals last year. It rolls out to more theaters on July 10.  Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released Monday.

1. “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,” $112 million.

2. “The Proposal,” $18.5 million.

3. “The Hangover,” $17.2 million.

4. “Up,” $13 million.

5. “My Sister’s Keeper,” $12 million.

6. “Year One,” $5.8 million.

7. “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,” $5.4 million.

8. “Star Trek,” $3.6 million.

9. “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” $3.5 million.

10. “Away We Go,” $1.7 million.

http://www.hollywood.com/boxoffice 

Revenge of the Fallen
Michael Bay returns to helm the sequel to the highly successful big-screen adaptation of the Transformers toy line for DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures. Much of the original cast returns for the second installment, including Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, and John Turturro, with Rainn Wilson joining in the fun as a college professor.

 Cast
Actors                          Character -  Born
Shia LaBeouf             Sam Witwicky  – Jun 11, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA
Megan Fox                 Mikaela Banes  – May 16, 1986 in Tennessee
Josh Duhamel          Sergeant Lennox – Nov 14, 1972 in Minot, ND
Tyrese Gibson          USAF Tech Sergeant Epps – Dec 30, 1978 in Watts, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Dunn               Ron Witwicky 
Julie White                Judy Witwicky 
Ramon Rodríguez  Leo 
Isabel Lucas             Alice 
John Turturro         Agent Simmons – Feb 28, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York City, NY
John Benjamin       Hickey NSA Advisor Theodore Galloway 
Rainn Wilson            Jan 26, 1966 in Seattle, WA
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Paramore preps ‘brand new’ release

paramoreParamore is preparing to release its third album, “brand new eyes” on Sept. 29 via Fueled By Ramen. The Nashville group – who sounds nothing like Nasheville — tapped superstar producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock, My Chemical Romance) to man the decks.  The set’s first single “Ignorance” will be released to radio at the beginning of next month and will go up for sale on iTunes, Amazon and all other digital stores on July 7. Pre-sales for the record also goes up on July 7 via the band’s website.  “brand new eyes” will be released as a normal CD as well as a doozy of a deluxe version, limited to 15,000, which “includes the album on CD, a 40-page hardcover journal with Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams’ handwritten lyrics and notes on the album, a color vinyl 7″ single with four acoustic songs, a DVD featuring an exclusive making-of documentary (with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, the ‘Ignorance’ music video and making-the-video footage, plus rare band vignettes from www.paramore.net), a 16-page full-color booklet, an exclusive Paramore poster, five limited edition collectible Paramore photos printed on hardstock paper, and a numbered certificate of authenticity” according to a release from Atlantic. Whoosh.  “brand new eyes” is the follow-up to Paramore’s breakthrough set “RIOT!,” released in 2007. The group gained even more exposure as its track “Decode” was included on the soundtrack to “Twilight.” However, as the band told Billboard, fans shouldn’t expect any Paramore songs on the “New Moon” soundtrack.  “We don’t want to be, like, the vampire house band,” drummer Zac Farro explains. “It was really fun to be a part of that, and great exposure, but I think ‘Twilight’ was it for us. We don’t want to seem like we’re trying to get in every single movie they put out.”  The band has been previewing new material as it has been opening for No Doubt on the road, now through the beginning of August. They are also scheduled to air an “MTV Unplugged” special in September.

Here is the tracklist to “brand new eyes”:
 
1.      Careful
2.      Ignorance
3.      Playing God
4.      Brick By Boring Brick
5.      Turn It Off
6.      The Only Exception
7.      Feeling Sorry
8.      Looking Up
9.      Where The Lines Overlap
10.  Misguided Ghosts
11.  All I Wanted

Here are Paramore’s/No Doubt’s tour dates:

JUNE
27        Wantagh, NY                        Nikon At Jones Beach Theater
29        Cleveland, OH                       Blossom Music Center
30        London, ON                          John Labatt Centre
JULY
2          Milwaukee, WI                      Summerfest – Marcus Amphitheater
3          Detroit, MI                             Palace Of Auburn Hills
5          St. Paul, MN                          Xcel Energy Center
6          Kansas City, MO                   Starlight Theatre
8          St. Louis, MO                        Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
10        Indianapolis, IN                     Verizon Wireless Music Center
11        Chicago, IL                            First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
13        Winnipeg, MB                       MTS Centre
15        Calgary, AB                           Pengrowth Saddledome
16        Edmonton, AB                       Rexall Place
18        Vancouver, BC                       General Motors Place
19        Seattle, WA                            White River Amphitheatre
21        Concord, CA                          Sleep Train Pavilion
22        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
24        Sacramento, CA                    Sleep Train Amphitheatre
25        Mountain View, CA              Shoreline Amphitheatre
27        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
28        Universal City, CA                Gibson Amphitheatre
31        Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
AUGUST
1          Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
2          Irvine, CA                               Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7          Tokyo, JPN                            Summer Sonic 2009
8          Osaka, JPN                            Summer Sonic 2009

Dave Matthews Band adds shows to ‘King’ tour

dave-matthews-bandLOS ANGELES – The Dave Matthews Band [ tickets ] has added a pair of new shows to its current tour slate behind the band’s hot-selling new album, “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King.”  The Sept. 9 and 10 shows at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre come immediately after the band’s three-night stand at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, WA. The group, which continues the trek tomorrow night (6/19) near Pittsburgh, will head overseas for a European tour leg later this month.  Tickets for the two LA shows go on sale to the general public starting Friday (6/ 19). Details for the group’s US tour dates are included below, and international dates are posted at DMB’s website.  Last weekend, the band drew more than 50,000 fans to Saratoga Springs, NY, for a pair of outdoor concerts. State-park police made 34 arrests and issued 58 appearance tickets to concertgoers over the weekend, according to local authorities.  “Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King,” which hit stores earlier this month, marks the band’s first studio set since the death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore last summer. Guitarist Tim Reynolds returned to the studio with the band for the record–his first recording with DMB since 1998′s “Before These Crowded Streets.”  The set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in early June, moving about 424,000 copies during its first week on store shelves to make the album the third-highest selling debut of the year, behind Eminem’s “Relapse” (608,000 copies) and U2′s “No Line on the Horizon” (484,000 copies), according to Nielsen SoundScan retail figures as reported by Billboard.  Produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance), “Big Whiskey” is the follow-up to 2005′s “Stand Up,” the fourth consecutive Dave Matthews Band effort to enter the US album chart at No. 1.  In addition to DMB members Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar), Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass) and Boyd Tinsley (violin), the group will be joined on the road by Reynolds, trumpeter Rashawn Ross and saxophonist Jeff Coffin.

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