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Is Gone Already Almost Gone from the Box Office?Do you realize that the current box office gross of tonight’s likely Best Picture Oscar winner The Artist is still less than how much money The Devil Inside took in just on its opening weekend?

Or that The Help is the only best picture nominee to make more money than Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked? At least they can all boast they’ve made far more money than Gone ever will.

If you’ve read my review of Gone, you already know how I felt about this latest Amanda Seyfried starring vehicle. Unfortunately for Miss Seyfried, this vehicle stalled out at 9th place. I speculated in my review that the film is destined for heavy rotation on the Lifetime Network sooner rather than later; looks like it’s going to be even sooner that I thought. The serial killer thriller flopped in a big way with only $5 million for its opening weekend. That makes Gone the lowest opening for a wide release movie thus far in 2012 and the biggest dud of Seyfried’s career, according to Box Office Mojo.

Miss Seyfried can drown her sorrows with Jennifer Aniston, whose new comedy Wanderlust also tanked, opening 8th with less than $2 million more than Gone.

Another film that’ll probably be gone from the box office soon in another week is Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. Dropping 60%, down to 7th place in its second week, the $8.8 million it took this weekend brings its total coffers up to around $36 million. That’s still far, far behind what its much maligned predecessor made back in 2007. The producers might have been better off just cutting their losses and letting the Ghost Rider rights slip back into Marvel/Disney’s possession because there sure doesn’t appear to be much mileage left in this particular Marvel movie property.

The Rock continues to cook with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Locked in at 3rd place with another $13 million for the weekend, whether or not Dwayne Johnson will return for another sequel remains to be seen, but I think it’s safe to assume that another installment of putting a 3D spin on one of Jules Verne’s classic tales is going to happen. Why do I have a gut feeling Journey from Earth to the Moon will soon become a reality?

Next week has absolutely nothing new to offer horror fans. The box office report will return in two weeks for the big screen showdown between Elizabeth Olsen being terrorized in a Silent House and the House of Mouse waiting to find out how much money they’re going to lose on the mega budget John Carter (no longer of Mars).

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Jesper Kyd Returning to Score Vermintide 2

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From the cover of Kyd's first Vermintide OST

Get your headphones ready, Warhammer fans because State of Decay and Darksiders 2 composer Jesper Kyd is back to score the upcoming Warhammer title Vermintide 2! The game will be coming to PC and consoles early this year.

Kyd was inspired by Norse mythology, utilizing ancient tribal music as well as dark fantastical elements to build upon the acoustic soundscapes he composed for the first Vermintide game. Channeling his own Scandinavian roots, Kyd will blend Viking and Norse-inspired vocals with ritualistic percussion styles to create a unique soundtrack experience.

Three tracks from the score can be heard below.

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Like Me – Will You Like This Dystopian Thriller?

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Starring Addison Timlin, Ian Nelson, Larry Fessenden

Directed by Robert Mockler


While Like Me is not dystopian in the classic science-fiction sense, it does aptly put the downer vibe across. If the present is abysmal, then the future is downright hopeless. We learn this as we follow an unhinged teenage loner called Kiya (Addison Timlin) on a hollow crime spree that she broadcasts on social media. At first the world “likes” her—with the exception of YouTube rival Burt (Ian Nelson), who disdainfully denounces her viral videos—but pride goes before the fall, and Kiya’s descent is spectacular.

If you’ve peeped the trailer for Like Me, then you’re probably expecting a horror movie. I mean, they’ve got the requisite menacing masked baddie and they’ve got genre icon Larry Fessenden in a major role—those are a couple of the key ingredients, right? Yes they are, but this simmering, shimmering stew of Natural Born Killers, Excision and King Kelly, it boils down to a whole lotta nothing. Like Me is sort of a drama, kind of a road trip flick, and almost a thriller. It succeeds at none yet does stand on its own as a compelling collection of cool visuals and pertinent performances. But is that enough?

While Kiya is a compelling character on the surface, there’s barebones beneath. Sure, she’s a Millennial mind-fed on random online clips and snappy soundbites—but what turned her into a psychopath? Was she born that way? Is social media to blame? We’ll never know, because not a hint is given. I don’t mind ambiguity, but even a morsel would have been welcome in this case. As Kiya ramps up her reckless exhibitionistic extremes, the stakes are never raised. In the end, who cares? Maybe that’s the point.

A word of warning: If you plan on watching this movie while chomping snacks…don’t. There is stomach-turning scene after vomit-inducing scene of orgiastic easting, binging, and the inevitable purging. I’m sure it’s all metaphorical mastication, a cutting comment on disposable consumption. I get it. But I don’t wanna look at it, again and again and again. Having said that, Like Me is an experimental film and in its presentation of such grotesquery, it’s quite accomplished. Montages, split-screens and jittered motions are scattered throughout, showing us all sorts of unpleasant things…Kudos to the editor.

I didn’t hate Like Me. But I do think one has to be in the mood for a movie such as this. It’s not an easy or entertaining watch, but it is a peculiar and thought-provoking one. There’s some style and mastery behind the camera, and I am curious to see what first-time writer-director Rob Mockler comes up with next.

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Funko Giving Jurassic Park the Pop! Treatment as Only They Can

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It is no secret we’re BIG fans of Funko’s Pop! Vinyl line here at DC HQ, and now they’ve announced a new series that has made our hearts just about burst… read on for a look at Pop! Movies: Jurassic Park, heading our way in February. The regular figures are awesome on their own, but wait until you see the exclusives!

From the Funko Blog:
Jurassic Park fans, get excited! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic film’s appearance on the silver screen, Jurassic Park is coming to Pop!

This series of Pop! features paleontologist Dr. Grant, Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond, mathematician Dr. Malcolm, and embryo-smuggler Dennis Nedry. (Keep an eye out for Dr. Ellie Sattler in Pop! Rides coming soon.)

We couldn’t forget the Jurassic Park dinosaurs! Featured in this line are the great T. rex, Velociraptor, and Dilophsaurus. Look for the Dilophosaurus chase, a rarity of 1-in-6.

Be on the lookout for exclusives. At Target you can find a wounded Dr. Malcolm, and the Dennis Nedry and Dilophosaurus 2-pack is available only at Entertainment Earth.

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