Has it really been nine years since “Finding Nemo” arrived in theaters? (Apparently, it has.) The unbearably cute film from Pixar told the story of Marlin and his son Nemo, a pair of clownfish that get separated from each other in the vast ocean. In th…Has it really been nine years since "Finding Nemo" arrived in theaters? (Apparently, it has.) The unbearably cute film from Pixar told the story of Marlin and his son Nemo, a pair of clownfish that get separated from each other in the vast ocean. In their quest to be reunited, they encounter some surfing turtles, vegetarian sharks and Dory, a Regal tang fish with a bad case of short-term memory loss. The animated adventure's heartwarming story was a massive crowd-pleaser (and that's putting it modestly). If you missed out on seeing it in theaters the first time around -- or now have your own little Nemos that you want to share the movie with -- you're in luck, because Disney will be re-releasing the film in eye-popping 3D this September. To whet (sorry) your appetite for the upcoming undersea experience, Moviefone has your first look at the brand-new poster for "Finding Nemo 3D." "Finding Nemo 3D" arrives in theaters on September 14, then debuts on Blu-ray on December 4. PHOTO: (click to enlarge)
On Friday, June 1, “Piranha 3DD” hits theaters and Video OnDemand, ready to unload another helping of nauseating gore and shameless nudity. In this second round of aquatic terror — the first “Piranha” came out in 2010 — the carnivorous fish descend…On Friday, June 1, "Piranha 3DD" hits theaters and Video OnDemand, ready to unload another helping of nauseating gore and shameless nudity. In this second round of aquatic terror -- the first "Piranha" came out in 2010 -- the carnivorous fish descend upon Big Wet, the "adults only" water park of Lake Victoria. The only hope for salvation lies in the hands of stripper lifeguards, a sheriff with machine guns for legs and David Hasselhoff. As ludicrous as this all sounds, "Piranha 3DD" still can't hold a candle to the most ridiculous horror movies ever made. These campy cult faves, running the gamut from B-grade to Z-grade, have featured everything from killer rabbits to killer snowmen, and include an infinite amount of grisly pitfalls surrounding sex and drugs. So drop your high-brow pretensions for a few minutes and take a tour through the fifteen horror movies that are more ridiculous than "Piranha 3DD." PHOTOS:
In “Piranha 3DD,” which hits theaters this Friday, the community of Lake Victoria is besieged by another swarm of prehistoric, man-eating fish. In the first film, it was drunken spring breakers who fell victim to the gory attacks. This time around, it’…In "Piranha 3DD," which hits theaters this Friday, the community of Lake Victoria is besieged by another swarm of prehistoric, man-eating fish. In the first film, it was drunken spring breakers who fell victim to the gory attacks. This time around, it's the partygoers at the Lake's "Adults Only" water park Big Wet (which happens to be watched over by stripper lifeguards and celebrity spokesman David Hasselhoff). The piranha invade thanks to an illegal river pump OK'd by the park's dirtbag owner, Chet, played by none other than "that guy!" comedic scene-stealer David Koechner. (You might remember him as the sleazy Todd Packer on "The Office" or the sleazy boss from "Waiting..." or the sleazy boss from "Final Destination 5.") Koechner spoke with Moviefone and explained how to convincingly portray a slimeball that unwittingly unleashes a stomach-churning monster massacre -- and how to do it while not being distracted by the constant on-set nudity. He also sheds a few more details on his other big project: re-assembling with the Action 4 News Team for "Anchorman 2." What exactly convinced you to sign onto "Piranha 3DD"? A couple things. I like to work. I have a wife and five kids, so it's always good to work. Number two, it's something I haven't done before. I like being able to hop from different types of projects and Dimension Films is such a great company. And it really appealed to me because I like being able to say I was in "Hannah Montana" and "Piranha 3DD." The "Piranha" series is pretty infamous for its nudity. Did you avert your eyes on set or were you all-in for the experience? I look at it like this: the female form is god's art. I love it, I admire it, I honor it. I'm a big horror junkie, but when I saw the first "Piranha 3D," even I wasn't prepared for how R-rated it was. You're playing a sleazy proprietor of a water park that uses strippers and is called Big Wet, how exactly did you sell this project to your wife? I said, “Honey, daddy needs to go make money,” and she said "OK”. [Laughs] I'm always telling her exactly what's in the script. Was she in for any surprises when she saw it? Not in this one. There's a movie called "A Good Old Fashioned Orgy," and in the first scene I'm in... you see, there's a woman who is um... riding me doggie-style wearing nothing. After she saw that movie, she was like “Oh did you tell me about that?” How is David Hasslhoff when the cameras aren't rolling? Does he ever turn off that public persona of "The Hoff"? I'd met David years ago, when he and I had done work on a sitcom. I've actually seen him out socially a couple of times and he's a real sweetheart of a guy, really pleasant, bright, funny and he's a stone-cold pro. I think he's trading on a brand. He knows exactly what he is. This is show business. He get's it. Who do you channel to properly convey the character of Chet? It's not necessarily that you need to channel someone, but I think a guy like Chet, he's very greedy, he's selfish, he's a bit lascivious and I would say every human being has those demons inside of them. So the challenge is to provide those kind of situations in your own life, into your character. Are you buying it? Cause we all know somebody who's a horrible person. You've always played a great "obnoxious" guy in comedies. What do you think it is that filmmakers keep seeing in you for those roles? Once you do it, and they think you've done it well, they go “Oh that's what he does.” So for good or ill, that's what you got. Then what's the character that filmmakers haven't seen yet, and you know you would totally blow them away with? Whatever's next. No, I think at one of these points I'll do a really intense drama that people will go, “Oh I didn't know he could do that.” Since we're talking about drama and "Piranha 3DD" is a Dimension film -- which is part of the Weinstein Company -- how would you say "Piranha 3DD" is similar to Weinstein's other big prestige project this year, "The Artist"? My character's clothes are black and white. [Laughs] Obviously, this film has a very high body count. How do you deliver a fantastic on-screen death? I'd say every actor's dream is to have a death scene. Just enjoy it and make it believable. Did you practice at home? Since I was a kid. Your big competition this weekend is "Snow White and The Huntsman." What would you say to Kristen Stewart's legion of fans to convince them to forget about that movie and go and see "Piranha"? I wouldn't try and convince them. I'd say make sure you see two films this weekend. I'd be remiss to not talk about "Anchorman 2." How many times do you anticipate being asked about it? It has not stopped since the first movie went into theaters, and I hope it never does. I was speaking to Will and Steve and Paul when we were shooting, and it's been the same for them. So I love it. It's still really early in the project, and it's going to be a while before people see it. If you could say one thing to the rabid fan base to tide them over until it premieres, what would you say to them? I would say, go see the teaser trailer playing before "The Dictator." Adam McKay has said it's going to be centered around the next big change in news, after having females at the anchor desk. The next big event in the news was the cable news networks, the advent of 24-hour news. You've shared the screen with so many fantastic comedians. Who has made you crack up the hardest? That's a tough one. I've worked with a lot of great people, it's too hard. I will say onstage it's hardest for me to keep it together with Matt Walsh, who is seen currently in "Veep" and was the doctor in "The Hangover." For whatever reason, he's got my number without even trying; he just kills me. There were a couple scenes that were in "Wake Up Ron Burgundy" where Steve [Carell's] character changes and becomes the old lieutenant that used to guide us when we were all in Vietnam together. That's a backstory we all came up with together and that was just too immense for me to hold it together. I was laughing every take. Have we seen the last of your other notorious comedy project: "The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show"? Dave Gruber Allen ["The Naked Trucker"] moved to Utah to help his parents who are older, and so right now there are no plans to do anything. I love working with him and would love to do the concerts again. I got a movie idea that I would love to convince Dave to do one day, but we'll see.
LOS ANGELES — Film fans are still forking over for “The Hunger Games,” which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a third-straight weekend.
According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” raised its domestic tota…LOS ANGELES — Film fans are still forking over for "The Hunger Games," which took in $33.5 million to lead the box office for a third-straight weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" raised its domestic total to $302.8 million. It easily out-earned two returning favorites, Universal's "American Pie" sequel "American Reunion" and a 3-D version of the blockbuster "Titanic," released domestically by Paramount and overseas by 20th Century Fox. Both newcomers opened solidly, though. "American Reunion" pulled in $21.5 million, the lowest haul since the 1999 original but still a decent return for a comedy franchise whose last big-screen chapter came nine years ago. "Titanic" in 3-D reeled in $17.4 million over the weekend, raising its domestic take to $25.7 million since opening Wednesday. That lifts the lifetime domestic gross of James Cameron's mega-hit to $626.5 million. Starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teen forced to fight other youths in a televised death match, "The Hunger Games" now has topped the domestic gross of each of the "Twilight" movies and all but the first and last of the "Harry Potter" films. With $25.5 million overseas, "The Hunger Games" raised its international total to $157.1 million. That put its worldwide take at about $460 million. "The Hunger Games" has helped studios race to a record box-office pace, with domestic revenues for the year now at $2.8 billion, up 20 percent from 2011's, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. "We're heading into summer with a tremendous amount of momentum, led obviously by `Hunger Games,'" said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "Just about everything seems to be working." The first big-screen "American Pie" sequel since 2003's "American Wedding," `'American Reunion" brings back all key cast members from the 1999 gross-out hit, including Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari and Tara Reid. The new sequel had the smallest start since 1999's "American Pie" debuted with $18.7 million. Factoring in inflation, the original movie also sold more tickets than "American Reunion." Yet adding its $19.3 million earnings in 28 overseas markets, "American Reunion" started well with a worldwide total of $40.8 million. "We're very content. It's a great launch worldwide," said Nikki Rocco, Universal's head of distribution. "It's a successful reboot of a franchise that we believe in." "Titanic" follows such past hits as "The Lion King" and "Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace" to be converted to 3-D. "This is something that has already been seen by tens of millions of people in the domestic market. To have taken the time and care that Jim Cameron did to re-create it in 3-D and to do $25-plus-million over five days is just a home run," said Don Harris, head of distribution at Paramount. Cameron's 1997 smash added $35.5 million in 84 overseas markets, putting its 3-D worldwide total at $60.2 million. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in a tragic romance aboard the doomed ship, "Titanic" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture. At $1.84 billion worldwide, the film remained the No. 1 modern blockbuster for 12 years until Cameron's "Avatar" bumped it off with $2.8 billion. The 3-D version has closed the gap a bit, with the lifetime total of "Titanic" now at just over $1.9 billion. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Hollywood.com. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. "The Hunger Games," $33.5 million ($25.5 million international). 2. "American Reunion," $21.5 million ($19.3 million international). 3. "Titanic" in 3-D, $17.4 million ($35.5 million international). 4. "Wrath of the Titans," $15 million ($43 million international). 5. "Mirror Mirror," $11 million ($11.5 million international). 6. "21 Jump Street," $10.2 million ($2.9 million international). 7. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $5 million ($11.8 million international). 8. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," $975,000. 9. "John Carter," $820,000 ($2.6 million international). 10. "Safe House," $581,000. ___ Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak: 1. "Wrath of the Titans," $43 million. 2. "Titanic" in 3-D, $35.5 million. 3. "The Hunger Games," $25.5 million. 4. "American Reunion," $19.3 million. 5. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $11.8 million. 6. "Mirror Mirror," $11.5 million. 7. "The Pirates! A Band of Misfits," $10 million. 8. "Houba," $6.8 million. 9. "Intouchables," $6 million. 10. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $5.3 million. ___ Online: http://www.hollywood.com http://www.rentrak.com ___ Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
If you’re heading to the movie theater this weekend, don’t worry, you have not slipped into an alternate universe. At first glance, it may feel like the late ’90s with this week’s crop of releases, but rest assured that it is in fact 2012.
First up is…If you're heading to the movie theater this weekend, don't worry, you have not slipped into an alternate universe. At first glance, it may feel like the late '90s with this week's crop of releases, but rest assured that it is in fact 2012. First up is "American Reunion," the fourth -- seventh if you count those straight-to-DVD B-flicks -- chapter in the "American Pie" franchise. (The first film was released all the way back in 1999.) Then there's the re-release of James Cameron's "Titanic 3D." (To think, it was only 15 years ago when pre-teen girls were running to the theater just to swoon and cry over poor Leo DiCaprio.) Will these two films have the strength to take out "The Hunger Games" at the box office? Let's find out in Moviefone's Weekend Movie Preview. NATIONWIDE RELEASES "American Reunion" What's the story: The whole gang is back! For real this time! (The last big "Pie" flick, "American Wedding," was missing Chris Klein, Mena Suvari and Tara Reid.) In "Reunion," Jim (Jason Biggs) and company head back home for their -- you guessed it -- high-school reunion, where we now find our favorite characters coming to grips with being adults. Stifler's there, Jim's dad there, and, obviously, Stifler's mother is there, too. Box office prediction: The "American Pie" series has a strong fan base. (Universal wouldn't have been able to make so many without them.) The last film made a respectful $33 million on opening weekend, so expect something similar this time around. $24 million
After months of faux auctions, sneak peeks, tears (my god, the tears!) and defenses, it’s finally here: we’re going back to “Titanic.”
Tomorrow will see the 3D release of James Cameron’s 1997 epic. The film, which initially sailed into theaters 15 yea…After months of faux auctions, sneak peeks, tears (my god, the tears!) and defenses, it's finally here: we're going back to "Titanic." Tomorrow will see the 3D release of James Cameron's 1997 epic. The film, which initially sailed into theaters 15 years ago, is pegged to the centennial of the infamous sinking, which took place on April 15, 1912. So just to get you in the mood of one of the greatest love stories ever, Moviefone has procured a clip that is sure to bring you back. Take a look at the scene above, get out your hankie and never ever let go! PHOTOS: