End-of-the-Year Headlines – Weeks 51-52: Deadpool/Wolverine?, Christmas Weekend Box Office, Kevin Costner, Alien: Covenant, Taboo, IT, Blade Runner 2049, Wes Anderson, American Gods… End-of-the-Year Headlines – Weeks 51-52: Deadpool/Wolverine?, Christmas Weekend Box Office, Kevin Costner, Alien: Covenant, Taboo, IT, Blade Runner 2049, Wes Anderson, American Gods…
In the last Headlines of the year; more death, a fake news-story of Deadpool in "Logan", Christmas Weekend Box Office, Walton Goggins speaks of... End-of-the-Year Headlines – Weeks 51-52: Deadpool/Wolverine?, Christmas Weekend Box Office, Kevin Costner, Alien: Covenant, Taboo, IT, Blade Runner 2049, Wes Anderson, American Gods…

Okay, it’s time for the end-of-the-year Headlines, covering pretty much the holiday weeks before we say goodbye to 2016 – which is still claiming lives on a daily basis; only in the last week we’ve lost George Michael, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds and countless others. It’s becoming too much of a chore to do proper obituaries to each, because Death keeps picking people up in an accelerated speed, so I will just say: Rest In Peace, to all those who have perished throughout this year.

And just in case, Rest In Peace EVERYBODY that’s still standing. As I started to write this, there’s still about three days to go – so who knows what else will happen.

First off, there was that rumor of Deadpool making an appearance in “Logan, which very quickly turned out to be a complete hoax. BUT – Ryan Reynolds gave this piece of info, stating that a future combination of the two is not off the table – just won’t likely be with Hugh Jackman:

 

TRAILER OF THE WEEK

Not a real movie though, but could be. Pretty damn clever if you ask me.

 

CHRISTMAS WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1 1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BV $64,033,768 -58.7% 4,157 $15,404 $286,033,442 $200 2
2 N Sing Uni. $35,258,145 4,022 $8,766 $55,870,785 $75 1
3 N Passengers (2016) Sony $15,055,000 3,478 $4,329 $22,380,201 $110 1
4 N Why Him? Fox $11,002,986 2,917 $3,772 $11,002,986 $38 1
5 N Assassin’s Creed Fox $10,278,225 2,970 $3,461 $17,770,623 $125 1
6 2 Moana BV $7,713,267 -39.4% 2,687 -900 $2,871 $180,745,458 5
7 25 Fences Par. $6,688,105 +5,066.1% 2,233 +2,229 $2,995 $6,879,620 $24 2
8 7 La La Land LG/S $5,751,708 +40.2% 734 +534 $7,836 $13,634,419 $30 3
9 3 Office Christmas Party Par. $5,138,070 -40.2% 2,441 -769 $2,105 $42,177,672 $45 3
10 4 Collateral Beauty WB (NL) $4,275,000 -39.8% 3,028 $1,412 $15,276,500 $36 2

No surprises there. “Rogue One” took the cake, the Illumination Entertainment animation “Sing” took second place, “Passengers” got some absolutely scathing reviews and managed to squeeze to the third. Fox’s videogame adaptation “Assassin’s Creed” probably got nowhere near where the studio wanted it to.

 

KEVIN COSTNER HAS A “10 HOUR LONG WESTERN” IN DEVELOPMENT

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Never a stranger for long movies – and westerns — or long westerns, Kevin Costner was talking about his career in Playback podcast, and when the talk turned into his Oscar-winning epic “Dances With Wolves” and the western genre in general, he revealed the following when asked if he would be considering returning to the genre: “I have one. I’ve been working on it. It’s about 10 hours long, how about that? Maybe I’ll make three features out of it. There’s a fourth one, too, so it’s truly a saga. I could do TV, or I could also make it like every six months, have a big western that’s tied together like ‘Jean de Florette’ and ‘Manon of the Spring.’ I think those are fun to watch.

Bring it on. It’s been a long time since his 2003 film “Open Range“(a damn underrated one if you ask me), and thanks to “Westworld“, the genre is still relevant as ever.

 

OH, SPEAKING OF WESTERNS…

…here’s a trailer for AMC’s upcoming series “The Son” (Based on a book by the same name by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. The series is described as “a multigenerational epic that will follow two concurrent time periods: One, the story of young Eli McCullough after he is kidnapped and indoctrinated into a tribe of Comanches in 1849. The other, 60 years later, when we see a grown Eli struggle to maintain his family’s cattle empire during the turbulent Bandit Wars of South Texas.

 

WALTON GOGGINS ON WHY HE CHOSE “TOMB RAIDER”

Well, the nature and identity of the part that Goggins has signed on to play in the “Tomb Raider“-reboot is still a mystery, but he was only too happy to tell about the reasons he accepted the offer, while talking about the History Channel series “Six”.  “I’m just so excited about it! I’m such a big fan of Alicia and this director, Roar [Uthaug]. Quite honestly, the script feels like it’s already been in the world, in some ways. The structure and the foundation of this story is so solid and so interesting. It’s so unbelievably entertaining, and yet it’s real in the journey that it takes you on. And this person that I get to play is confused and angry and desperate. I’m just looking forward to getting in his head. I’m really, really, really excited about it.

Goggins seems to be really into this character, as he continues: “Is he a villain? Sure, that is an easy description. An antagonist, for sure. But [like other characters] I have been so lucky to have the opportunity to play over the course of my career, there are real reasons behind his antagonism, and it’s not what you’d expect. He is very complicated, and his motivations are pure.

Well, if an actor is this excited, they might have an actual script this time. And hey – for a “Tomb Raider“-movie the only way to go is up:

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LOOK AT “IT”

A new, clearer image of the creepy clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) from Andy Muschietti‘s Stephen King-adaptation was released. He certainly has a more earthly color scheme than Tim Curry‘s version from the old TV movie. Kinda blends in with the rusty aestethics of the sewer…

 

“TABOO” GETS A NEW TRAILER

The more I see about this miniseries written by Tom & Chip Hardy and co-created by Tom Hardy and Steven Knight (“Locke“), the more I wanna see it. This looks to be some trippy stuff. Official BBC synopsis, once again:

Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.

 

AN AMAZON STUDIOS FILM ABOUT THE AMAZON

Sort of weird irony there, but this film directed by James Gray (“Little Odessa”, “The Yards”, “We Own the Night”) does look kinda interesting. And maybe it’s time for more jungle adventure-movies? Certainly a completely new ground for Gray.

Here’s the studio synopsis: “James Gray’s emotionally and visually resplendent epic tells the story of Lieutenant Colonel Percy Fawcett (a remarkable Charlie Hunnam), the British military-man-turned-explorer whose search for a lost city deep in the Amazon grows into an increasingly feverish, decades-long magnificent obsession that takes a toll on his reputation, his home life with his wife (Sienna Miller) and children, and his very existence. Gray and cinematographer Darius Khondji cast quite a spell, exquisitely pitched between rapture and dizzying terror. Also starring Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland, The Lost City of Z represents a form of epic storytelling that has all but vanished from the landscape of modern cinema, and a rare level of artistry.

 

“ALIEN: COVENANT” FIRST TRAILER

Took them a while, didn’t it? Pretty much every other big film from the first half on next year already had their first trailers out, but 20th Century Fox kept their “Prometheus“-sequel under wraps until Christmas. I gotta say – from this first, (very) limited look I do get the impression that the action-factor is definitely been kicked up. I just hope they have a bit more fleshed-out script this time. Or at least a script that was mostly locked in until the start of the shooting. As we all recall, “Prometheus” was so retooled all up until post-production, that that movie was just all over the place.

Here’s a new still from the movie, too:

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“AMERICAN GODS” ADDS CORBIN BERNSEN ON THE ROSTER

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Well – this is good news, actually. I think Corbin Bernsen (“L.A. Law”, “Psych”) was an absolute scene-stealer in “Psych“. Entertainment Weekly gave the first look at Bernsen with the announcement that he will be playing Vulcan – based on the Roman God of metalworking and volcanoes – in the upcoming Starz show. The character is a new addition to the show, but was thought up by author of the book, Neil Gaiman. Co-showrunner Michael Green explains: “He’s a brand-new addition who came from an experience Neil had. He was going through a small town in Alabama where he saw a statue of Vulcan. It was a steel town and, as he told the story, there was a factory that had a series of accidents where people were killed on the job and they kept happening because an actuarial had done the numbers and realized that it was cheaper to pay out the damages to the families of people who lost people, rather than to shut down the factory long enough to repair, and that occurred to him as modern a definition of sacrifice as there might be.

Showrunner Bryan Fuller gave some insight into the character, saying “Vulcan’s the god of the volcano and the forge, and what is the modern-day extrapolation of what that god could do? We started talking about America’s obsession with guns and gun control and, really, if you’re holding a gun in your hand, it’s a mini volcano, and perhaps, through this character, there’s a conversation to be had.

 

DENIS VILLENEUVE ON “BLADE RUNNER 2049” RATING + MIGHT DO “DUNE” NEXT

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A combination of two separate news pieces actually, but the first thing is that Villeneuve was talking to Screen Daily while in the middle of the editing, and he pretty much confirmed that his “Blade Runner“-sequel will be rated R. In his own words: “My producers are finding it fun to remind me that it will be one of the most expensive R-rated independent feature films ever made”. He also said that whatever possible on the film, was done practically. “I can count on my fingers the amount of times we put a green screen on set. Most of the movie was done on camera, me and [cinematographer] Roger Deakins worked very hard to do it that way. My actors were not walking on green screens all day long. CGI is a strong tool for backgrounds and extensions but what is around the actors needs to be as real as possible. When I watch a movie that’s mostly CGI, I’m disengaged.” On the question of doing more science fiction after making two very big films back to back, he added having “two more [sci-fi] ideas now that [he] would love to do.” He also teases that “Blade Runner could go on… we’ll see how this one goes.

Well – coincidence or not, but after announcing a few weeks back that they have secured the film & TV rights to Frank Herbert‘s “Dune“, Legendary Pictures are now being reported to be in talks with Villeneuve regarding that property. Whaddya think?

 

WES ANDERSON PRESENTS HIS NEXT FILM

We already knew that Anderson was making another stop-motion feature, following his 2009 animated film “Fantastic Mr. Fox” , but in this video he gives some more details on it – including the title, which is “Isle of Dogs“. And holy hell does this film have a massive voice cast: Edward Norton, Bryan Cranston, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Scarlett Johansson, F. Murray Abraham, Tilda Swinton, Kunichi Nomura, Harvey Keitel, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, Koyu Rankin, Yoko Ono, Courtney B. Vance, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Bob Balaban, and Liev Schrieber.

No real plot details yet as the production only just started and there is not even a locked release date yet. But expect something very Wes Anderson-y.

 

“WAR ON EVERYONE” TRAILER

This is actually looking pretty interesting. And the fact that it’s a movie written and directed by John Michael McDonagh (“The Guard”, “Calvary”) should be raising interest. He, as well his brother Martin (“In Bruges”, “Seven Psychopaths”) are some of the most interesting writer/directors working today.

Full synopsis of “War on Everyone“: “TERRY (Alexander Skarsgård) and BOB (Michael Peña)are two crooked cops who frame and blackmail criminals all over town. Looking for the ultimate pay-off, they try to extort a strip-club manager (Caleb Landry Jones) and his eccentric, junkie boss, (Theo James), but get more than they bargained for when their hair-brained scheme uncovers a bigger, darker secret.

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

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I think the trailer says it best, as it even heavily features “meh”. They really are under the collective thought, that EVERY damn thing should be made into a movie, aren’t they?

That is all.

Happy New Year!!!

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