Table Of Content
- Transformers: Age of Extinction – US Box Office: USD$245,439,076
- True Grit – US Box Office: USD$171,243,005
- Spy Kids – US Box Office: USD$112,719,001
- Spy Kids 3: Game Over – US Box Office: USD$111,761,982
- Miss Congeniality – US Box Office: USD$106,807,667
- Michael – US Box Office: USD$95,318,203
- Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – US Box Office: USD$85,886,987
Transformers: Age of Extinction – US Box Office: USD$245,439,076
Director: Michael Bay
Main Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz Beckham, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Titus Welliver, and Sophia Myles
Release Date: June 27, 2014
Filming Locations: Detroit, Michigan, USA; Moab, Utah, USA; Hong Kong, China; Pontiac, Michigan, USA; Austin, Texas, USA
Main Plot: Humanity perceives all extraterrestrial robots as threats due to the conflict between the Autobots and Decepticons that destroyed Chicago. So CIA agent Harold Attinger creates a unit whose primary mission is to find every single one of them. However, it turns out that they have assistance from a different extraterrestrial robot that is looking for Optimus Prime. An old truck is purchased by “robotics expert” Cade Yeager, who, upon closer inspection, believes it to be a Transformer. He discovers it is Optimus Prime when he turns it on. Later, men from the unit appear in the area searching for Optimus. While helping Yeager and his daughter Tessa escape, the hunter is after them. Yeager learns via the equipment he stole from the men that Joshua Joyce, a technological tycoon and defense contractor, is involved in the situation, so they go to find out what’s happening.
Lockdown: “Welcome back to the Knights Terminus, Prime.”
Optimus Prime: “You have disgraced it…”
Lockdown: “Join your fellow rebels, fugitive scum! It’s for the rarest of specimens, the worst of the worst. It’s taken centuries, but I’ve collected all the Knights, but you. The Creators want to sweep their chessboard clean.”
Optimus Prime: “I am slave to no one.”
Lockdown: “All this species mixing with species, it upsets the cosmic balance. The Creators, they don’t like it. They built you to do what you were told.”
Sequel: Transformers: The Last Knight; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; Transformers: Dark of the Moon; Transformers
Fun Fact about Transformers: Age of Extinction:
- Dwayne Johnson was offered Cade Yeager, but he declined due to time limitations with Hercules (2014).
- Ella Rae Wahlberg, Michael Robert, Brendan Joseph, and Grace Margaret, Mark Wahlberg’s minor children, played Transformers fans in this film.
- Bumblebee’s alternate method is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS automobile for some of the film, accompanied by a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro concept. Bumblebee does have a new muscular appearance with horns instead of an antenna.
True Grit – US Box Office: USD$171,243,005
Director: Ethan Coen and Joel Coen
Main Cast: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin, Josh Brolin, and Barry Pepper
Release Date: June 21, 1969
Filming Locations: Buckskin Joe Frontier Town & Railway – 1193 Fremont County Road 3A, Canon City, Colorado, USA; Owl Creek Pass, Ridgway, Colorado, USA; Montrose, Colorado, USA; Paramount Studios – 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA; Austin, Texas, USA
Main Plot: An unyielding teen seeks the assistance of a tough U.S. Yeager to find through technology. He stole from the men that a technology billionaire and defense contractor named Joshua Joyce is involved in the situation, so they investigate Marshal to track them down. Farm girl Mattie Ross, 14, is hunting for the hired man Tom Chaney who killed her father. She recruits Reuben J., a man with “real grit,” the toughest U.S. marshal she can find, to help her. Cogburn, aka “Rooster.” Cogburn’s drinking, sloth, and overall rotten personality do not increase Mattie’s faith in him, yet he insists on going with him. She decides to go on his search for Chaney with him against his better judgment. Texas Ranger LaBoeuf joins them because he needs Chaney for personal reasons. The unusual trio’s “grit” is tested as they encounter danger and surprises along the way.
Rooster Cogburn: “When’s the last time you saw Ned Pepper?”
Emmett Quincy: “I don’t remember any Ned Pepper.”
Rooster Cogburn: “Short feisty fella, nervous and quick, got a messed-up lower lip.”
Emmett Quincy: “That doesn’t bring nobody to mind. A funny lip?”
Rooster Cogburn: “Wasn’t always like that, I shot him in it.”
Sequel: True Grit 2011
Fun Facts about True Grit:
- During filming, John Wayne clashed with Robert Duvall. He threatened to hit the early-age “Method” performer if he tried to argue with the filmmaker again.
- Elvis Presley was thought of for the role of Texas Ranger LaBoeuf. Even so, his manager, “Colonel ” Tom Parker, insisted that Presley be given top billing. Glen Campbell was offered the part instead.
- The entire sequence in which Rooster Cogburn billed Ned Pepper’s gang on white horses was performed by stunt double Jim Burke. In a close-up, John Wayne made a brief appearance and tried to ride on a trailer rather than a horse.
Spy Kids – US Box Office: USD$112,719,001
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Main Cast: Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alan Cumming, Tony Shalhoub, and Teri Hatcher
Release Date: March 30, 2001
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA; Travis Park – 301 E Travis Street, San Antonio, Texas, USA; 219 W 4th Street, Austin, Texas, USA; Santiago, Chile; Atacama Desert, Chile
Main Plot: The two finest secret operatives the world has ever known are Gregorio and Ingrid. They are masters of disguise, inventors par excellence, and can avert wars before breaking out. They are instructed to remove their most dangerous enemy—each other—while working for different nations. But when they finally meet, they fall in love instead. When they do, they start the riskiest endeavor they have ever undertaken: starting a family. Gregorio and Ingrid Cortez are called back into service nine years after they retire, having traded the thrill of espionage for parenthood. The Cortez family is compelled to face off against techno-wizard Fegan Floop. And his wicked, egg-headed sidekick, Minion, when their old colleagues, the world’s most potent spies, begin to vanish. However, if the unthinkable occurs and they, too, disappear, only two individuals in the world can save them—their children.
Carmen Cortez: “You skipped a chapter, meathead!”
Juni Cortez: “Better stop calling me names!”
Carmen Cortez: “Pull up, booger breath!”
Juni Cortez: “Stop it, or I’ll call you names!”
Carmen Cortez: “Go ahead! You’ve got nothing on me, warthog!”
Sequel: Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams; Spy Kids 3: Game Over; Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Fun Fact about Spy Kids:
- Robert Rodriguez directed the final film. Post-production took place at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch, where he tried to introduce Rodriguez to the world of high-resolution digital filmmaking.
- It remained at the top of the US blockbuster charts for three weeks.
- The actors in the screenplay, Gregorio, Carmen, and Juni, are named after Robert Rodriguez’s family members.
- In the early 1900s, Gregorio Cortez was the identifier of a well-known Texan thief.
- Miss Gradenko, played by Teri Hatcher, is named after a song from The Police’s 1983 album “Synchronicity.”
Spy Kids 3: Game Over – US Box Office: USD$111,761,982
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Main Cast: Daryl Sabara, Alexa PenaVega, Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Ricardo Montalban, Holland Taylor, and Sylvester Stallone
Release Date: July 25, 2003
Filming Locations: Master Blaster, Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort – 400 N Liberty Avenue, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas, USA; Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, USA; University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA; 307 E Pine Street, Austin, Texas, USA; Stage 3, Austin Studios – 1901 E. 51st Street, Austin, Texas, USA
Main Plot: Carmen is trapped in a virtual reality game created by the Toymaker, the Kids’ new archenemy. Juni must save his sister and, ultimately, the entire universe. Agents Juni and Carmen Cortez, both underage, embark on their most incredible mission yet. Entering the virtual reality setting of a 3-D video game created to outwit them, where the breathtaking creatures and images of the game are brought to life. The Spy Kids must battle through increasingly difficult game levels, confronting obstacles like racing against road warriors and surfing on molten lava to save the world from a power-hungry villain. They rely on humor, gadgetry, bravery, family ties, and lightning-quick reflexes.
Toymaker: “Thank you for freeing me, Valentin, but it’s too late. Nothing can stop me now… not even you.”
Grandfather: “That’s true. Only you can do that. You double-crossed us. The agency, your fellow agents and me. Your mistake cost me my legs!”
Toymaker: “But I gave you back your legs when you were in the game – *I* did that for *you*!”
Grandfather: “Let me tell you all of the things I’ve missed in my life because of the accident you caused: I can’t walk on the beach with my wife. I missed my daughter’s birth… and wedding. “
Toymaker: “I’ve only dreamed I would hear you say something like that…”
Sequel: Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World
Fun Fact about Spy Kids 3: Game Over:
- One afternoon, George Clooney’s scenes were captured in his living room while dressed in a suit jacket, shirt, tie, and pajama pants.
- The final motion picture appearance of Ricardo Montalban.
- Due to trying to film timelines, many actors portraying characters in the closing episode were never on the set during the same time and were assembled digitally.
Miss Congeniality – US Box Office: USD$106,807,667
Director: Donald Petrie
Main Cast: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, and John DiResta
Release Date: December 22, 2000
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA; Bass Concert Hall, Performing Arts Center – 23rd St. & Dedmon Drive, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Omni Austin Hotel Southpark – 4140 Governors Row, Austin, Texas, USA; New York City, New York, USA
Main Plot: Gracie Hart, an undercover F.B.I. agent, exudes no femininity in her demeanor or appearance. She is a bright and capable agent in general. Still, get into trouble at work when making a mistake in assessment inside a case that leads to a near-disaster. As a result, she is facing disciplinary action. One of her by-the-book colleagues, Eric Matthews, has never shown any inclination to think outside the box. She was assigned to lead the high-profile case of a terrorist dubbed The Citizen instead of her. Gracie assembles the evidence to conclude that The Citizen’s next target will be the Miss U.S.A. beauty pageant.
Eric Matthews: “Hart, listen to me. I’ve waited five years to run my own op. You think I’d blow it on the wrong girl?”
Gracie Hart: “No no no, I know the only reason you picked me was because I was the only one who looked half decent in a bikini and wasn’t on maternity leave.”
Eric Matthews: “No, that’s why they *let* I picked you. You wanna know why I picked you?”
Gracie Hart: “Lost a bet?”
Eric Matthews: “Because you’re smart. Because you don’t take any crap from people. You’re funny. You’re easy to talk to when you’re not armed. Look, give yourself a break. Cut Vic and the other pageant ladies some slack cause if they ever get a chance to see what I see then… they’re gonna love you.”
Sequel: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous
Fun Fact about Miss Congeniality:
- Native American Pawnee Myfanwy (“Miffy”) Shunatona was the inaugural Miss Congeniality.
- An episode from the trailer is missing from the finished version of this film. The father inquires as to whether she is a lesbian. She laughs and responds, “I wish.”
- The introductory scenes occur in Laika, a Russian restaurant. Laika, which means “barker,” was the first dog in space.
- Gracie and the Coach walk past a photo of Grace’s mother on the wall after the morning briefing.
Michael – US Box Office: USD$95,318,203
Director: Nora Ephron
Main Cast: John Travolta, Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Robert Pastorelli, Jean Stapleton, and Teri Garr
Release Date: December 25, 1996
Filming Locations: Gruene Hall – 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels, Comal County, Texas, USA; Georgetown, Texas, USA; Muldoon, Texas, USA; Iowa, USA; Austin, Texas, USA
Main Plot: Two reporters from a Chicago tabloid, Dorothy Winters, an ‘angel expert,’ are dispatched to rural Iowa to investigate an elderly woman. Claims that she lives in her home with an accurate, currently residing archangel named Michael. When they arrive, they discover that her claims are correct – but Michael is not what they anticipated: he smokes, drinks beer, has a very active libido, and has a rather colorful vocabulary. They’d never believe it if it weren’t for the two fluffy wings jutting from his back. Michael agrees to accompany the three of them to Chicago. Still, they have no idea that yet they have no idea that the path they are about to embark on will alter their lives forever.
Huey Driscoll: “Can I just pull on your wings to see how they’re attached?”
Michael: “Why don’t you pull on your pecker to see how it’s attached?”
Pansy Milbank: “Hey. Language.”
Frank Quinlan: “An angel that says “pecker.”
Pansy Milbank: “Language.”
Fun Fact about Michael:
- To prepare for this film, John Travolta studied Spanish for 500 hours. He replied, Just in case, when asked.
- Reshoots were almost scheduled because William Hurt refused to stop smoking tobacco while filming. The producers eventually decided to have them removed in post-production.
- For nearly two decades, a sequel has been planned. Travolta has called it “his finest work,” and it is set to be released in 2020.
- The bar brawl in which Michael fights Satan with a pool cue and a garbage can lid is reminiscent of many famous paintings of Michael fighting Satan.
- Randy Newman composed the music which would go on to be used in Pixar films ranging from Monsters Inc. to Toy Story.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip – US Box Office: USD$85,886,987
Director: Walt Becker
Main Cast: Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Josh Green
Release Date: December 18, 2015
Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; French Quarter, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Miami Beach, Florida, USA; Olde Town Conyers, Georgia, USA
Main Plot: Alvin, Simon, and Theodore, together with the Chipettes—Brittany, Jeanette, and Eleanor—organize a surprise birthday party for Dave. Which acts as a lucky party for the Chipettes, who are scheduled to appear as guest judges on American Idol. To Simon’s chagrin, Alvin invites and hires a large number of people and celebrities before Dave returns home. He appears to take them to mini-golf the next day to meet his fiancee Samantha. Her son Miles is a bully who physically abuses the Chipmunks, but the Chipmunks like her. Later, the Chipmunks discover a diamond ring in a bag Dave took home and suspect that he will suggest it to Samantha. Hence, they attempt to steal the round.
Alvin: “Girls, thank you. We owe you one.”
Brittany: “You owe us way more than one, but, you’re welcome.”
Jeanette: “Guys, we have to get back to auditions. Ryan’s been texting me like crazy.”
Brittany: “Come on, girls. Let’s roll.”
Eleanor: [to Theodore] “Bye, Theodore-able.”
Sequel: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel; Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Fun Fact about Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip:
- Even the “New Orleans” scenes were shot in Georgia for this film.
- This film marks the reunion of My Name Is Earl’s Jason Lee and Eddie Steeples (2005).
- Samantha was considered by Odette Annable, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Sofia Vergara.
- A percentage of the film was shot in Miami Beach.
- Only one Alvin and the Chipmunks movie was not released in the same year as a Transformers movie.