31
Aug
2015

Straight Outta Compton trailer 2

It was the quietest weekend at the box office so far this year, and it showed.

Straight Outta compton took the crown for a third weekend with $13.24M and a new total of $134.12M off of its $28M budget. This makes it the highest grossing musical biopic ever. How long until they try to figure out some oddball sequel?

Second place went to the faith-based War Room which no one saw coming. It took in $11M on just 1,135 screens which gave it the best per screen average of the week at $9.692. The film was made for just $3M and was marketed primarily through churches.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation is still holding on and took in $8.3M for third place and a new domestic total of $170.38M. Globally it sits at $479.38M off of a $150M budget.

No Escape starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan – reportedly made for just $5M – took in $8.28M and sits at $10.34M. Considering this movie just kind of appeared one day, not too bad.

Rounding out the top five was Sinister 2 with $4.65M for a new total of $18.51M off of a $10M budget.

New bomb alert, We Are Your Friends opened on 2,333 screens and took in just $1.8M. With just a $6M budget, it looks like this one may not even make that back. Estimates had it at around $10M.

The only big release for next weekend is The Transporter Refueled, so expect the list to not change by much.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 3rd Quarter report.

30
Aug
2015

Oh Heavenly Dog

Fox 2000 is moving forward with a remake of Oh! Heavenly Dog from 1980.

Remake mania has officially moved into the realm of insanity, folks.

I couldn’t tell you the last time I thought about Oh! Heavenly Dog as it was a completely forgettable piece of cinematic fluff. It was a 1980 vehicle to cash in on the popularity of Chevy Chase and Benji and was a comedy centered around a private eye coming back to life as a British woman’s dog to solve his own murder. According to The Hollywood Reporter this somehow warrants a remake from Fox 2000 with Tim Hill (Chipmunks) set to co-write the script with Dave Johnson and direct.

There’s a host of issues with this concept. One being that comedies like this worked in the late 70s and early 80s, the market has changed a lot. Additionally, Benji was a brand name, there is no dog “star” at this time, which is yet another sign that things have changed.

A remake of Oh! Heavenly Dog is not needed in any way. Heck, I would argue we didn’t need the original, but the 1980s was a very different time in films.

Just because this has been discussed doesn’t mean it will reach theater screens, and I for one hope it doesn’t.

[ Source The Hollywood Reporter ]

29
Aug
2015

Minions - 1

Universal has been killing it this year, and thanks to Minions even more records have fallen.

With $321.9M from the domestic box office, and $682M in foreign sales, Minions has become the third highest grossing animated film of all time with $1B in ticket sales. This also marks the third film this year for Universal to surpass the $1B mark with Furious 7 and Jurassic World having already done so.

Minions isn’t done quite yet either with the film opening this weekend in Italy and still coming to Turkey (Sept. 4), China (Sept. 13) and Greece (Sept. 24).

So far this year Universal has taken in $2.113B at the domestic box office and $3.73B at foreign theaters and it still has coming out this year The Visit, Everest, Steve Jobs, Crimson Peak, By the Sea, Krampus and Sisters. None of them are expected to be $1B movies, but it will still add up all the same.

28
Aug
2015

Star Wars The Force Awakens Instagram Spot - 16

In a sign of the changing times, the official Star Wars Instagram account was the home to the debut of new footage from the next film on Thursday.

Instagram is a place where people share pics with friends, show you what they had for dinner and all of the other usual social media activities. Debuting footage for one of the most anticipated films of the year is certainly a new take on it. Star Wars: The Force Awakens had a new teaser trailer shown off on Thursday. While only 15 seconds long it does end with a heck of a shot.

A video posted by Star Wars (@starwars) on

Finn (John Boyega) with Anakin’s/Luke’s lightsaber? Color me intrigued. The only other new shot is Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the woods with BB-8, which doesn’t tell us much of anything other than at some point she does leave the desert planet of Jakku.

Just how much more teasing can I take before the Dec. 18 release of the film? I’m not entirely sure.

27
Aug
2015

Luke Cage

The third Marvel series on Netflix, Luke Cage, is due to start filming next week, and we may finally have an idea to the plot.

According to Heroic Hollywood, the following is the synopsis for the first season of the series.

Luke Cage is a former gang member who is framed for a crime. In prison, he volunteers for a medical experiment that goes awry, giving him super strength and bulletproof skin. Using his newfound powers, Cage escapes and becomes a hero for hire. His archenemy is Willy Stryker, a former childhood friend from Harlem. The two committed petty crimes together, and both fell for the same woman, Reva Connors, which led to their eventual falling out. It was Stryker who framed Cage for a drug deal that sent him to prison.

This sticks fairly close to the comics as I remember it, and should make for an interesting storyline.

Of course, we will first see Mike Colter as the titular Cage in Jessica Jones which will be debuting sometime in the next few months. (My guess is October) As for Luke Cage, expect it some time in 2016.

[ Source Heroic Hollywood ]

26
Aug
2015

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J.J. Abrams is finally opening up a bit about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and getting way more interested.

Abrams is notorious for not wanting to say too much before a movie comes out, but then Star Wars isn’t exactly his and he has to play by Lucasfilm rules. Speaking with Empire for the new issue, Abrams explained the origins of the First Order, the new version of the Empire that has had many people perplexed.

That all came out of conversations about what would have happened if the Nazis all went to Argentina but then started working together again? What could be born of that? Could The First Order exist as a group that actually admired The Empire? Could the work of The Empire be seen as unfulfilled? And could Vader be a martyr? Could there be a need to see through what didn’t get done?

This is endlessly fascinating to me. So these are essentially Empire sympathizers. While the Empire was pure evil, it was clear from the prequels that the rise of Palpatine had made some people very wealthy and given them a lot of status. They would be unhappy about those upstart Rebels thinking they know better.

But then it comes to Kylo Ren, the masked figure with the new red lightsaber, and I am endlessly intrigued.

Kylo Ren is not a Sith. He works under Supreme Leader Snoke, who is a powerful figure on the Dark Side of the Force.

Snoke is being played by Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings trilogy). Honestly, I’ve never been big on all the Sith being awesome. Darth Maul was completely boring and had no depth to him. Darth Tyranus/Count Dooku wasn’t terribly interesting. Sidious and Vader at least had some depth to them. So when I first saw Kylo Ren I was hoping for some depth to the character, and the concept he isn’t a Sith (yet) is really intriguing to me.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will hit theaters on Dec. 18.

[ Source Empire ]

25
Aug
2015

Marisa-Tomei

Aunt May just keeps getting younger and younger it seems, and we may meet the new one sooner than we expected.

It was announced some time ago that Academy Award winning actress Marisa Tomei will be the new Aunt May to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. The general belief was that we wouldn’t see her until the 2017 Spider-Man solo film, but it seems plans may have changed.

After it was revealed there was a scene for Captain America: Civil War takes place in Peter Parker’s bedroom, rumors began to circulate that Tomei was involved in that shoot. Heroic Hollywood says that indeed the actress did shoot the scene in secret and we will get our first look at her take on the character of Aunt May next year.

While Aunt May not seem like something to get excited about, she plays an ongoing pivotal role in Peter’s character development, something I don’t feel any movie has gotten quite right yet. After the death of Uncle Ben, Peter’s Aunt becomes the only family he has left, and the only constant he has. Hopefully these new films will realize her importance in the overall mythos.

Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

[ Source Heroic Hollywood ]

24
Aug
2015

Straight Outta Compton trailer 2

Hollywood is going out with a distinct whimper it seems as the summer of 2015 comes to a close.

Straight Outta Compton didn’t even break a sweat this weekend to take the number one spot again. It took in $26.76M, a fall of 55.5 percent over its opening weekend, but well within expectations following its great opening. After a great week at the box office the film now stands at $111.48M at the domestic box office.

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation just won’t go away it seems as it held on to the second place spot in its fourth weekend with $11.7M and a new domestic total of $157.76M. This brings it to $438.56M off of a $150M budget.

Sinister 2 opened quietly in third place with just $10.63M off of a $10M budget.

Fox can’t catch a break it seems. With Fantastic Four bombing massively, Hitman: Agent 47 opened in fourth place with just $8.2M off of a $35M budget.

Rounding out the top five was The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which fell only 44.7 percent in its second weekend to take in $7.42M. It now stands at $26.63M in the U.S., and $52.63M globally off of an estimated budget of $84M. It looks like it won’t hit profit at this point.

Not every “flop” ends up that way it seems. Terminator: Genisys opened in China this weekend to $27.4M. While the film was a disaster for the most part in the U.S. ($89M), it has taken in $264M overseas and stands at $353M off of a $155M budget. In other words… it has hit profit by standard Hollywood accounting. Don’t worry, we’re all amazed at that one.

Next week’s big releases include No Escape and We Are Your Friends.

Curious how I think these films will do? Check out my The Movies of 2015 – 3rd Quarter report.

23
Aug
2015

star wars plain logo

Is it possible that we’re not meeting all of the key players of the new Star Wars trilogy in Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

According to a new report from GeekNation, we may not know all the new key players in the new Star Wars trilogy until 2017. A source has told the news outlet that the hunt is on for “a new, strong female character (that) will be introduced into the new trilogy in Episode VIII.” Rian Johnson, the director of the next trilogy entry, is reportedly personally involved in this search.

Here is where things get confusing. According to the source, this new character will end up being the daughter of Han Solo. There has been a lot of speculation that Daisy Ridley who is portraying Rey in The Force Awakens is actually that character as they have hidden her last name from everyone. No matter what, it seems people are obsessed with their being a daughter in the Solo clan, and I imagine that is due to the popularity of Jaina Solo in the old Expanded Universe which is no longer considered canon.

Will we meet the offspring of Han Solo? Only time will tell.

Star Wars Episode VIII is scheduled to hit theaters on May 26, 2017.

[ Source GeekNation ]

22
Aug
2015

Masters of the Universe characters

The Masters of the Universe continues its residency in development hell.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything on the Masters of the Universe film. Last we heard Jon M. Chu has vacated the director’s chair, and Jeff Wadlow had stepped up to work on the script that had been turned in by Terry Rossio. It now appears that he actually did turn in his draft earlier this year, and… now it’s time for someone else to retool the script.

According to Variety, Christopher Yost (Thor: The Dark World) has been hired by Sony Pictures to work on the next draft of the script which still lacks a director. At some point you have to wonder when they’re just going to throw out everything they have and either start over or realize that just maybe this property is not going to work as a live-action film. If you’re on your third writer, that is never a good sign for anyone involved with the production.

No word on when Yost’s script is due, and certainly no word on a proposed release date for this new version of the Masters of the Universe.

[ Source Variety ]

21
Aug
2015

Bobbi Morse Agents of Shield

The third Marvel series at ABC doesn’t appear as dead as it once dead according to some sources.

There had been rumors circulating in the spring that ABC was eyeing a third Marvel series that would focus on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. characters Bobbi Morse/Mockingbird (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood). The plug was pulled before a pilot was shot and everyone thought it was dead. ABC president Paul Lee alluded during the network upfronts that it may still be kicking around, but nothing had been heard on it in some time.

According to Variety things are firing up again with the pilot even now having the name of Marvel’s Most Wanted. Apparently the series will not be a spinoff per se, but will just focus on these two characters we’ve already met. (That, in my book, is a spinoff.)

Nothing is known about what the focus of the story would be, but judging by the title it almost sounds to me like Morse and Hunter would be going after criminals of various types.

As with all projects at this stage in development, the plug can be pulled at any moment. It’s anyone’s guess if we’ll ever see Most Wanted.

Variety also reports there is a top-secret fourth Marvel project in the works at ABC from American Crime creator John Ridley, but no word on that that might be yet.

[ Source Variety ]

20
Aug
2015

Dwayne Jonson

Dwayne Johnson is entering the world of Disney franchises on a jungle cruise.

Rumors of a movie based on the Jungle Cruise ride at Disney parks has been circulating since at least 2006, but now it seems it may really be happening. It was announced on Wednesday that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is signed on to star in the film.

I’m not quite sure where Johnson plans on fitting this into his already packed schedule, but he apparently is going to make it happen somehow.

My big question with this project is if Disney will go for straight out adventure or try to incorporate the corny humor of the ride. I actually rode it this past July for the first time in years, and the humor is pretty cringe-worthy.

Johnson has a ton of projects on his plate right now with Baywatch, Fast & Furious 8, the Big Trouble in Little China remake and more. You have to hand it to Johnson, he knows his success can’t last forever, so he’s getting what he can out of it right now.