"A Look Back” is a series of posts we here at Caughtonset.com feature weekly. It’s as simple as the title makes it sound. Each Friday we will take “A Look Back” to the set of a newly released film. Look at pictures from the set today, then watch the movie tonight.
One of this weekend's new releases stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Looper looks to help the movie industry break out of the funk at the box office. Although it may not be the top movie out this weekend. According to Ray Subers at BoxOfficeMojo.com:
PICTURES: Check out more on the Look Back page
"After a few agonizingly slow weeks, the box office should experience a bit of a bump in the final weekend in September thanks to the debuts of Hotel Transylvania and Looper. Both movies are being released by Sony, with Hotel Transylvania coming from the main Columbia division while Looper is being handled by the TriStar department. Public school drama Won't Back Down is also opening in nationwide release, while Universal is experimenting with an early limited release for Pitch Perfect this weekend. Over the past few months, the buzz has been slowly building for sci-fi thriller Looper, which is opening at 2,992 locations this weekend. Trailers and commercials have generated interest thanks to the slick visuals and unique premise, which finds an assassin (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) on the run after failing to kill his future self (Bruce Willis). Recently, a steady stream of enormously positive reviews have been coming in, some of which claim the movie is a new sci-fi classic (as of Thursday afternoon, Looper had a strong 92 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes)
*10 Looper pictures total in the gallery:
Alongside the likes of poker and roulette, blackjack is undoubtedly one of the most popular table games available at casinos, but for some reason, it doesn’t tend to feature in movie portrayals of these establishments to anything like the same degree. Possibly the people making these films just think that poker and roulette are games that more non-casino fans know about, but otherwise it seems baffling. Nonetheless there have been some great casino movie scenes where online blackjack was the name of the game – and these are the three top ones.
In this 2008 film, based on the real life story of the MIT Blackjack Team, the game is right at the centre of everything that happens. It is all about a college mathematics professor (Kevin Spacey) who puts together a team from his most gifted students to hit the Vegas casinos and win a fortune by counting the cards at blackjack. It becomes a story of how one young man almost destroys a promising future in his chosen career, as he becomes blindsided by greed following the success of the team.
The scene at the blackjack tables in this 1996 comedy probably rivals the infamous answering machine scene as the most famous in the movie. In fact there is more than one scene in the movie where the characters play blackjack, but it is the ‘double down’ scene that has stuck in the memories of those who have seen the movie since its initial release.
It is simply impossible not to include this movie on the list, as it may contain the single most famous blackjack scene to feature in any movie. Centring on two brothers, Charlie (Tom Cruise) and his autistic older sibling Raymond (Dustin Hoffman) the blackjack scene is another card counting one. However here it is all about Charlie exploiting his brother’s savant maths skills, despite the problems the latter has coping with the flashing lights and noises of the casino. Thus it shows us something about both characters at an early stage of the movie, while also providing one of the quirkiest casino scenes in cinema history.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson on the set of Kick Ass 2 filming on location in Toronto, Canada. Aaron was joined on set by Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey while filming scenes in full costume for the upcoming sequel. After the scene, he Aaron went back to his hotel and learned how to get started playing online bingo.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Chloe Moretz page
I can't wait to see this movie. Every time I see pictures from the set it makes me more and more excited (but not as excited as playing bingo games online). The original was so much better than I anticipated so hopefully this edition is equally as entertaining. Being a sequel is always difficult, but especially when the original was so damn good.
*26 Kick-Ass 2 pictures total in the gallery:
The Weekend Winner is a weekly update here on Caught on Set. Every Monday we will post pictures from the set of the movie that wins the box office battle over the weekend.
This weekend at the box office had a little bit of a surprise at the top. I don't think anyone was surprised by which movie earned the top spit, but rather how much it earned. Hotel Transylvania was the big winner bringing in over $40 million. A new record for the last weekend of September. From BoxOfficeMojo.com:
1 Hotel Transylvania $43,000,000
2 Looper $21,200,000
3 End of Watch $8,000,000
4 Trouble With the Curve $7,530,000
5 House At the End of the Street $7,154,000
PICTURES: Check out more on the Weekend Winner page
That is quite a bit of money. Especially when you look at how poor ticket sales have been lately. It just goes to show that you can't go wrong with an animated movie that appeals to children as well as adults. I'm about to go watch Hotel in theaters and I don't even have any kids.
*3 Hotel Transylvania
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Jim Carrey, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Linda Booth and Robert Emms
On September 21st Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Jim Carrey, Linda Booth, Robert Emms and the rest of the crew were spotted on the set of Kick Ass 2 filming on location in Toronto, Canada. I don't like to be redundant, but they all look pretty kick ass.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Jim Carrey page
I guess I could have said they were looking bad ass. That way it wouldn't have been weird for everyone to have to read that sentence. Damn you me! You've let me down for the last time. I have to go now and I'll be back tomorrow. At least I hope so since after all of this crap I might be too beat up to even look at a computer.
*27 Kick Ass 2 pictures total in the gallery:
Last week the beautiful Audrey Tautou was photographed on the set of the film, Chinese Puzzle, in New York City. The French actress, was spotted letting her hair down while getting ready to shoot.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Audrey Tautou page
I love Audrey. She is so beautiful and talented. Amelie was great and she really made that movie. The Da Vinci Code was entertaining. But the movie she appears in that is my favorite is L'Auberge Espagnole. I know she doesn't play a huge part in the movie, but it was set and shot in and around Barcelona. I love anything that has to do with Barcelona. It's my favorite city in the whole world.
*9 Chinese Puzzle pictures total in the gallery:
On September 21st Jim Carrey was spotted on the set of Kick Ass 2 filming on location in Toronto, Canada. The longtime funny man was seen rocking his uniform. Carrey will be playing the part of Colonel Stars, in the sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass.
PICTURES: Check out more on the Movies page
I have to admit that I have never been much of comic book fan and I have never read any of these books either. I did watch the first movie though and I liked it. Chloe Grace Moretz was freaking awesome in her role and I even liked Nic Cage's performance. I liked the first one so much that I would have read all the books if I had the time.
*30 Kick Ass 2 pictures total in the gallery: