Just when we thought 2015 couldn't be more tightly packed with big-time blockbusters, Universal Studios goes and sets the next 'Bourne' movie for release that August.
The Bourne Legacy
Although 'The Bourne Legacy' didn't live up to the critical and financial precedent set by the first three films in Universal's 'Bourne' series, the studio appears to be moving forward with a fifth film in the series. Although it's still early in the process, early buzz suggests that film will once again center around Jeremy Renner's Aaron Cross, with Matt Damon's titular amnesiac spy off doing whatever movie spies do when audiences aren't watching them.
New on DVD, Blu-ray and streaming this week: 'Bourne' is back, 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' tries to keep a franchise warm, plus the raucous comedy of Seth MacFarlane's 'Ted' and Christopher Nolan's first film 'Following' gets the Criterion treatment.
How do you know that the summer movie season is officially done? Check the box office and if it looks like this weekend, it's over. The months of massive openings and long legs are over. Welcome to the doldrums that are late August and September.
Sorry, 'Premium Rush.' You never had a chance.
Although they differ in style and tone in every way imaginable, 'The Expendables 2' and 'The Bourne Legacy' are both action movies and they share the same audience (people who like watching people beat up other people). The slick, modern 'The Bourne Legacy' was last week's box office champion, so everyone was wondering if its success would cut into the opening of the brawny, '80s throwback that is 'The Expendables 2.' Or vice versa. Well, the numbers are in...
We're impressed with the level of ridiculous this week has to offer. James Franco is making a movie about Lindsay Lohan's life, Universal is or isn't or is lying about dumping Kristen Stewart from the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel, a dude shot himself in the butt at the movies, and 'The Price is Right' wants to add male models to their showroom. Could this week be any more ridiculous? Wait, don't answer that.
Gun control, and specifically guns at the movies, have been a hot issue since the tragic theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado yet people still find it necessary to bring their gun to a movie. That plan backfired - literally - on a Nevada man who shot himself in the butt during a screening of 'The Bourne Legacy.'