Spinning Headlines – Week 1: Weekend Box Office, Golden Globes, Beauty and the Beast, Justice League, LEGO Batman, Duncan Jones, Thor: Ragnarok… Spinning Headlines – Week 1: Weekend Box Office, Golden Globes, Beauty and the Beast, Justice League, LEGO Batman, Duncan Jones, Thor: Ragnarok…
Weekend Box Office, the Golden Globes, stills from Duncan Jones' next, "Justice League"-lineup, LEGO Batman teaser, trailers for "Frontier" and "Rings"(again), early "Doctor Strange"... Spinning Headlines – Week 1: Weekend Box Office, Golden Globes, Beauty and the Beast, Justice League, LEGO Batman, Duncan Jones, Thor: Ragnarok…

Hola. New year, same old same old. Let’s just go ahead and get this news-a-rama going.

First things first…



1 1 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BV $21,972,000 -55.7% 4,157 $5,286 $477,273,354 $200 4
2 17 Hidden Figures Fox $21,800,000 +2,440.1% 2,471 +2,446 $8,822 $24,754,178 $25 3
3 2 Sing Uni. $19,573,670 -54.4% 3,955 -74 $4,949 $213,373,315 $75 3
4 N Underworld: Blood Wars SGem $13,100,000 3,070 $4,267 $13,100,000 $35 1
5 7 La La Land LG/S $10,000,000 +4.7% 1,515 +765 $6,601 $51,656,587 $30 5
6 3 Passengers (2016) Sony $8,800,000 -45.5% 3,400 -78 $2,588 $80,893,043 $110 3
7 5 Why Him? Fox $6,500,000 -35.3% 2,904 -104 $2,238 $48,559,553 $38 3
8 4 Moana BV $6,413,000 -41.6% 2,549 -226 $2,516 $225,394,182 7
9 6 Fences Par. $4,700,000 -53.2% 2,368 +67 $1,985 $40,663,264 $24 4
10 8 Assassin’s Creed Fox $3,800,000 -56.2% 2,642 -354 $1,438 $49,505,783 $125 3

The first weekend after the big New Year-celebration offered no real big surprises. Except the fact that it was actually one of the tightest races for #1 in a long while. The figure that ended up separating “Rogue One” and “Hidden Figures” – the biographical drama about three female african-american mathematicians and the work they did on the Mercury- and Apollo-space programs – ended up being around $172,000. Now that’s some close competition. The only noteworthy new release of this years’ first weekend was the fifth “Underworld” movie, “Blood Wars“, which made approx. $13 million, but has made another $42 million in foreign territories, so considering it was a rather low-budget movie (reported budget $35 million), it’s already in the green. The one that isn’t really in the green is Fox’s “Assassins Creed“, which has been out for a little over 2 weeks and hasn’t even broken $100 million worldwide.



Well – let’s just list all the winners first:


Best picture, drama: “Moonlight”

Best picture, comedy or musical: “La La Land”

Actress, drama: Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”

Actor, drama: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Actress, comedy or musical: Emma Stone, “La La Land”

Actor, comedy or musical: Ryan Gosling, “La La Land”

Supporting actress: Viola Davis, “Fences”

Supporting actor: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

Director: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Screenplay: Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”

Animated film: “Zootopia”

Foreign language film: “Elle” (France)

Original score: Justin Hurwitz, “La La Land”

Original song: “City of Stars,” “La La Land”


Best series, drama: “The Crown,” Netflix

Best series, comedy or musical: “Atlanta,” FX

Best television movie or mini-series: “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” FX

Actress, mini-series or television movie: Sarah Paulson, “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Actor, mini-series or television movie: Tom Hiddleston, “The Night Manager”

Actress, drama: Claire Foy, “The Crown”

Actor, drama: Billy Bob Thornton, “Goliath”

Actress, comedy or musical: Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”

Actor, comedy or musical: Donald Glover, “Atlanta”

Supporting actress: Olivia Colman, “The Night Manager”

Supporting actor: Hugh Laurie, “The Night Manager”


From the looks of this, it is beginning to look like the upcoming Oscars-race will be between the favorites; “Moonlight” and “La La Land“. Of course, the fact that the Oscars don’t have the drama/comedy & musical-divisions will certainly mix up the acting-categories somewhat. On the Television side, the big winners were “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”  and “The Night Manager“. I guess I should check those out, one of these days. The snubbing of “Westworld” was pretty obvious from the nominations alone (no Anthony Hopkins, no Jeffrey Wright? Get outta here!), so no need to dwell in that further.




Well – this is just a little segue from the Globes, where Ryan Gosling and “La La Land” got plenty of accolades. Gosling was one of the actors in the shortlist for Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” – and I guess he was on that list for a pretty long time before Benedict Cumberbatch got cast, as this week a little piece of pre-production artwork by conceptual artist Court Chu got released. This artwork relates back into very early stages of the film’s development and shows what Gosling might’ve looked as the Sorcerer . An interesting curiosity, if nothing else.




Disney released a new poster for it’s next live action-remake, and it’s certainly one star-studded affair. Kinda makes me wish that they got someone like Drew Struzan to paint this though – it certainly is trying to emulate his style, but it’s quite not there.




Warner Bros. released a lineup-picture of the heroes of “Justice League” – sans Superman, because reasons.

Uhh… Look – I feel that questioning Zack Snyder‘s aesthetic choices is sort of becoming the equivalent of words like “beating” and “dead horse”, so I will only say one thing (okay, maybe two things); who the hell came up with that new Batman hood? It looks like he’s got sunglasses lifted up on his forehead and is just waiting to hit the beach. And Cyborg is looking like he’s wearing Megatron from the Michael BayTransformers“-epics.



Now THIS “Batman” movie continues to give out little snippets of some well-needed parody of the Brooding Superhero(tm). I feel this might be one of the first big surprises of this year.



Duncan Jones‘ “Warcraft”-movie might’ve been a bit of a disappointment both financially and most definitely critically. I guess it was just not a smart career-move; jumping into a huge-budget video game-adaptation after doing two very inexpensive and intimate films (“Moon”, “Source Code”) where he had all the control. But – lesson learned, I guess, as Jones has quickly left all that behind as he’s deep into making another low-budget science fiction movie, “Mute“, for Netflix.  So, what exactly is “Mute“? Well – first off, Jones has stated that “Mute” takes place in the same universe as “Moon”, so there’s an immediate link back to his early works. Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the near-future, Leo (Alexander Skarsgård) is a bartender living in the pulsing city of Berlin.  Because of a childhood accident, Leo lost the ability to speak and the only good thing in his life is his beautiful girlfriend Naadirah (Seyneb Saleh). When she vanishes without a trace, Leo’s search for her takes him deep into the city’s seedy underbelly.  A pair of wise-cracking American surgeons (Paul Rudd and Justin Theroux) are the only recurring clue and Leo is forced to take on this teeming underworld in order to find his love.

The Netflix original film is directed by Duncan Jones and written by Jones and Michael Robert Johnson.  Stuart Fenegan serves as producer and Charles J.D. Schissel and Trevor Beattie serve as executive producers. The film will launch in all territories where Netflix is available in 2017.

Here’s some stills that got released:

Definitely going for a “Blade Runner” vibe there, Then there’s THIS:

The Hoff! Claudia Schiffer! Gee, I wonder whose face would be on a Dollar bill…?



The Aquaman Jason Momoa looks to be kicking some serious ass in this upcoming Netflix Western (or should it be “Colonial Western”?). Here’s the synopsis for the show:

The series is an action-packed adventure drama following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. Told from multiple perspectives, the series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.



I guess all the speculations of whether or not “Thor: Ragnarok” will use elements of the “Planet Hulk” comic storyline can now be put to rest, as the official synopsis relased by Marvel Studios sure seems to verify it:

In Marvel Studios’ ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk!



I just find it hysterical, that Paramount Pictures has been relasing trailers for this movie probably for twice as long than it took the filmmakers  to actually make it. I mean, it’s well known that this has been finished since the late 2015… The original planned opening date: November 13, 2015. ’nuff said.



Writer/director Don Mancini announced the start of production for “Cult of Chucky” with the above sort of “best of” collection of Chucky-movies. The sequel will begin principal photography on January 9th in Winnipeg. Returning to the franchise are also Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent and Fiona Dourif. Here’s the official synopsis:

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic “tool” to facilitate his patients’ group sessions — an all-too-familiar “Good Guy” doll with an innocently smiling face — a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn’t crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky’s now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child’s Play, races to Nica’s aid. But to save her he’ll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky’s long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.

I say, bring it. Based on 2013’s “Curse of Chucky“, there’s juice in this franchise yet.



– Apparently PIxar’s “Cars 3” will be about midlife crisis. At least according to Director Brian Fee, who said(regarding the franchises protagonist Lightning McQueen): “McQueen is not the young hotshot anymore, the kid he was back then in Cars 1. He’s in the middle of his life, and as an athlete, that’s getting up there. You have your whole life ahead of you, yet your career is starting to show its age. He’s looking in the mirror and realizing, ‘I’m 40 years old,’ and dealing with the fact that the thing that you love more than anything else, you might not be able to do forever.

Terrence Malick‘s upcoming, music industry-centered film “Weightless” has undergone a title-change. It is now called Song to Song. The movie is set to be released by Broad Green Pictures on March 17th.

– Woody Harrelson is rumored to be considered for a “mentor”-role in the upcoming “Han Solo Star Wars-story”.




Oh – gimme a break with this shite:


That is all.

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