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Louis Leterrier Talks ‘Hulk,’ ‘Clash of the Titans’ Failures

Louis LeterrierMaking the press rounds for the release of his latest picture, magician heist thriller Now You See Me, director Louis Leterrier has opened up about his past Hollywood blockbusters The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans - including what he feels went wrong with them.

Though Leterrier was quick to dispel rumors that he didn't get along with The Incredible Hulk star Edward Norton (who is said to have offered substantial revisions to the screenplay), but he did reveal that the largest problem he faced was beginning to direct a film without a script! "[Marvel/producers] were like, 'Oh, welcome, welcome. Great news, Louis. We just got a release date. It's a year from now.' I'm like, 'Fantastic, we have to go. Where's the script?' They said, 'Actually, that's the problem, we don't have a script.' ...I've started movies without screenplays both on Clash and on Hulk and that is tremendously stressful, because you have a tendency to overcompensate with effects," Leterrier explained.

Leterrier also admitted that Joss Whedon was not alone in picturing Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk: "I actually wanted to cast Mark Ruffalo as Hulk and Marvel was like "No, you should get Edward Norton because he's more famous."

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Sam Worthington Disappointed By Titans

Sam Worthington in Clash of the TitansSam Worthington found Clash of the Titans "disappointing."

The actor played the lead role of Perseus in the 2010 remake of the 1981 movie and while he was unhappy with a lot of the criticism the film received, he knows it wasn't as good as it could have been: "It was disappointing to me. You've got to get it right. I don't really care what critics say. They're going to have their beef. They get a free ticket and they still come and criticize. I was disappointed. It wasn't the movie that I would've liked it to be. In truth, there are a lot of people that I met who enjoyed it. But you hate those criticisms."

Sam - who reprises the role in forthcoming sequel Wrath of the Titans - admitted he was even unhappy with his own performance in the film and is hoping to do better in the new movie. "I think in the first one, there were mistakes I wanted to rectify. I wasn't happy with what I delivered, personally. And in adding things, like a kid, it gives more emotional stakes to the character, to the story. And basically we just wanted to make something a bit bigger and bolder, and hopefully better."


James McAvoy Slams 3D Movies

James McavoyX-Men: First Class star James McAvoy thinks that 3D movies are a "waste of money."

The actor - who plays Professor X in the movie prequel - believes the technology is simply an excuse to get more money out of the cinema going public for a product that is not significantly better than normal films

"I think it's good thing X-Men is not 3D. In fact, thank God this movie is not in 3D. 3D is just an excuse to charge you an extra 10 bucks at the theater. And then in the end it's not 3D at all, it's just a waste of money. The idea of things coming out of the screen and making you jump out your seat are done very well but I think it's a waste of time and money and I wouldn't pay for a ticket to go to one of those films."

James cites the widely panned Clash of the Titans as an example of how not to do 3D movies, slamming the decision to add in the special effects in just a few weeks after production. "I maintain you can't do a good conversion of a two-hour movie with high quality in a few weeks like they tried to do with Clash of the Titans. I don't mean to throw that movie under the bus because my buddy Sam [Worthington] is in it, but I think everybody realized that this was a point at which people had gone too far."


Sam Worthington Admits Clash of the Titans was a Letdown

Sam Worthington in Clash of the TitansIf you were one of those who felt disappointed by the recent Clash of the Titans remake, the star of that movie has a message for you.

Although Sam Worthington really had no control over the rushed 3-D conversion – there is one thing he can apologize for.

"I think the first one, we kind of let down some people,” he admitted to Moviefone. “I think I can act f***ing better, to be honest."

Despite, or because of, the first movie’s faults, Warner Bros. decided to go forward with a sequel. Why should wary fans give the series another chance?

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: July 27, 2010

Clash of the Titans Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Art of the Steal: DVD
  • Clash of the Titans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Blu-ray
  • Dark City (1950): DVD
  • G.I. Joe: The Movie (1987): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fanboys: Blu-ray
  • Hannie Caulder: DVD
  • Ip Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lock Up: Blu-ray
  • Operation: Endgame: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Rambo (Complete Collector’s Set): Blu-ray
  • Rambo (Extended Cut): Blu-ray
  • Repo Men: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Sequel News: The Hobbit, Wimpy Kid and More


The Hobbit: Guillermo Del Toro’s exit from The Hobbit doesn’t necessarily mean an end for the prequels. Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson is now in talks to serve as both producer and director. It’s still hoped the two films can be released in 2012 and 2013.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 25, 2010

Dear JohnHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • City of the Living Dead: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Clash of the Titans (1981): Blu-ray
  • Class of Nuke ‘Em High: Blu-ray
  • Dear John: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Django: Blu-ray
  • Rain Fall: DVD
  • The Road: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Seven Swords: Blu-ray
  • Spartacus (50th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Stagecoach: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tell Tale: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Sequel News: Romy and Michele, Planet of the Apes and More


Planet of the Apes: The apes will rise again in 2011 when Fox delivers a Planet of the Apes prequel. The movie - currently titled Rise of the Apes - will have photo-realistic apes incorporated into the cautionary tale. The story, written by The Relic‘s Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, will explain how genetic engineering experimentation lead to the apes’ development. The Rupert Wyatt-directed film will be set in present-day San Francisco.

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Box Office Breakdown: Iron Man Fights Off Robin Hood

Robin Hood

‘s excellent aim couldn’t keep Robert Downey Jr. off target.

Despite increased competition in its second week of release, remained firm at the box office. Paramount’s sequel generated another $52 million between Friday-Sunday and vaulted over the $200 million mark domestically.

Meanwhile, ‘s arrow was sharp enough for a $36 million bounty, but a bit too dull for a first place finish. The film did, though, earn approximately $74 million in foreign dollars. That topped the $43.1 million overseas debut for 2000’s Gladiator - another Crowe/Ridley Scott production.

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Box Office Breakdown: Iron Man 2 Soars High Above the Competition

Iron Man 2

Only one movie earned over $10 million over this weekend…and only movie scored over $125 million as well.

Iron Man 2 - with help from Mickey Rourke’s powerful weapons - whipped up $128.1 million over the past three days, giving Paramount its biggest open in history. The sequel, which was produced for approximately $170 million, easily improved upon Iron Man‘s $98.6 million premiere in 2008 and nabbed the fifth-largest debut of all time. (The Dark Knight still tops that leader board with its $158.4 million outing.)

Focus Features’ also made news of its own despite coming nowhere near Iron Man 2‘s numbers. The documentary, which was only released in 534 theaters, delivered $2.2 million and a ninth-place finish over the Mother’s Day weekend.

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