When two guys movies open on the same weekend, as happened this past Friday, the conclusion is inescapable – one hit and one bomb. The hit stars Christian Bale and Russell Crowe, as 3:10 to Yuma rode off with a box office victory and an estimated $14.1 million, according to early studio estimates published by Box Office Mojo. The bomb stars Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti, as New Line watched Shoot ‘Em Up get demolished at the box office, landing only $5.5 million, good enough for a sixth place finish. Shoot ‘Em Up has always been a film more likely to find an audience on DVD, as most action movies do, but the first weekend total was definitely disappointing, finishing lower than the second weekend of even Balls of Fury and the SIXTH weekend of The Bourne Ultimatum. • Read full story »
Christian Bale and Russell Crowe go head to head in 3:10 To Yuma, a gritty western that felt more like a modern day cop drama, similar in plot and action to 16 Blocks. The film provides a great venue, showcasing broad acting talent in this strong-willed action thriller.
Video Game Rentals DeliveredSet in the growing west when trains were starting to blanket the country, the film tells the tale of Dan Evans (Bale), a down-on-his-luck rancher, being evicted from his land by a land baron who holds his mortgage. In a strange turn of events, Dan finds himself with an opportunity to save his home, but at a high price. • Read full story »
Christian Bale doesn’t like films.
The ‘American Psycho’ star – who first appeared in Steven Spielberg’s ‘Empire of the Sun’ aged just 12 – enjoys acting, but isn’t interested in watching movies.
Bale, 33, revealed: “I’m not a movie buff. It’s been an awfully long time since I’ve gone to a movie. • Read full story »
Lionsgate and Relativity Media’s critically-acclaimed film 3:10 TO YUMA, starring Academy Award (R) winner Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Gretchen Mol and Ben Foster, directed by Academy Award (R) winner James Mangold (WALK THE LINE), opened with guns blazing at the weekend box office, shooting its way to number one with an estimated $14.1 million at 2,652 theatres for a robust per location average of $5,317. Lionsgate is the leading independent filmed entertainment studio. • Read full story »
The Western “3:10 to Yuma” was the big shot at the weekend box office in North America with Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, according to studio estimates issued Sunday.
The critically acclaimed Western from Lionsgate outgunned the fright fest “Halloween” and took in 14.1 million U.S. dollars from Friday through Sunday, according to studio estimates. • Read full story »
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Is hunky actor Christian Bale a total prima donna on the set? So says a source at Page Six who says the British actor who arrived on set of ‘3:10 to Yuma’ via helicopter and would never speak to costars Russell Crowe, Peter Fonda and Gretchen Mol unless the script called for it.
Umm…maybe he’s a method actor?
The only thing more shocking than accusations of divadom on Bale’s part? The film’s castmembers say recreational phone-thrower Russell Crowe is a “sweetheart.”
Source: Faded Youth Blog
IT’S HIGH NOON AGAIN FOR LONG-NEGLECTED GENRE
September 7, 2007 — WESTERNS, which have been headed for Boot Hill for 30 years, get a reprieve with “3:10 to Yuma,” an extremely well-acted and well-directed remake of a 1957 oater based on a short story by the then-obscure Elmore Leonard. Russell Crowe and Christian Bale capably step into Glenn Ford and Van Heflin’s old roles in what used to be called a psychological Western back in the day, when “3:10″ was often compared to “High Noon” because of its focus on fulfilling a civic responsibility on a ticking-clock schedule.In this handsomely produced remake, poor, one-legged farmer Dan (Bale) has accepted a $200 bounty to help deliver stagecoach robber Ben (Crowe), whom he has helped to capture.
All he has to do is take Ben to Contention City to catch that train to Yuma for a date with the hangman.
The journey to the train will take two days, and riding shotgun with Dan are wounded, leathery bounty hunter (Peter Fonda, excellent), a veterinarian (Alan Tudyk) and the somewhat shady railroad official (Dallas Roberts) who has hired Dan.
Though the 1957 adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s short story “Three-Ten to Yuma,” retitled numerically, was something close to a classic Western, there are a number of reasons for it being remade.
One could be that young moviegoers have not seen, or would ever be inclined to see, the original with Glenn Ford as a sly but captured outlaw and Van Heflin as a man charged with delivering him to justice.
Despite its quality, its lack of blood splatter and “Deadwood”-dirty dialogue makes it as much an artifact as a chaste Doris Day sex comedy. That would make it ripe for updating — as it essentially was with the Bruce Willis-Mos Def shoot-em-up “30 Blocks,” though Leonard was not troubled by credit or royalties.
Another would be that Russell Crowe was willing to cowboy up as the outlaw Ben Wade, which would give the film a leg-up despite its old-timey setting. There is nothing quaint or sober about the new “3:10 to Yuma,” which takes Leonard’s original 4,500-word story and director Delmer Daves’ 1957 movie to places neither man would have imagined — adding scenes and layers of modernized motivation. The surprise: It remains, underneath all the decoration and heavy artillery, a good yarn.
3:10 to Yuma
Everyone is talking about 3:10 because a lot of the people involved—including star Russell Crowe and notoriously fickle director James Mangold—are rumored to be acting like babies. Girlie stories abound. My friend who hit the premiere described it as “funeral.” Ouch. In any case, I would bet the players are grumbling because they’ve seen The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and are realizing that Assassination will pretty much own the western come Oscar season. They should get over it. • Read full story »
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