Spinning Headlines – Week 12: Weekend Box Office, Spider-Man, IT, Sony’s Venom, Tomb Raider, True Detective, Justice League, Twin Peaks…
Hi. Back to the drawing board again. No. Actually that comes later – it’s time to see what’s in the newsroom.
[ADDED IN POST] BREAKING: THE NEW SPIDER-MAN TRAILER
Thought I might as well add this here, instead of letting it rest in the comments.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||1||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$90,426,717||-48.3%||4,210||–||$21,479||$319,032,604||$160||2|
|2||N||Power Rangers (2017)||LGF||$40,300,288||–||3,693||–||$10,913||$40,300,288||$100||1|
|3||2||Kong: Skull Island||WB||$14,670,653||-47.3%||3,666||-180||$4,002||$133,767,891||$185||3|
|9||6||The LEGO Batman Movie||WB||$2,100,951||-54.3%||1,638||-1,097||$1,283||$170,972,203||$80||7|
|10||7||The Belko Experiment||BH Tilt||$1,878,370||-54.6%||1,341||–||$1,401||$7,648,935||$5||2|
Not even the Mighty Power Rangers could compete with the Power of Disney: last weekend’s highest newcomer, Lionsgate’s “Power Rangers” took in less than half of the $90,4 million haul the live-action Disney-tale “Beauty and the Beast” managed to get this time. But that was quite a drop from it’s $174 million opening weekend though. BUT– it has made a worldwide total of $693,5 million in just a little over one week, so I guess that one billion-prediction I made last wee is not that far off… Other newcomers this week that made it to the top ten were Sony’s star-studded scifi-horror “Life” and Warner Bros. TV-remake “CHIPs“, which I’d say could both be considered to be mildly flopping.
SOME PICS FROM “IT”
In anticipation of the first trailer for the Stephen King-adaptation “IT”, a few still images got released. I’m very intrigued to see the first moving images from this one.
I AM JACK’S COMPLETE LACK OF SURPRISE
In the most obvious “because ‘Deadpool’ and ‘Logan’ did it, so can we“-way, Sony revealed that the recently revealed “Venom“-movie is aiming to be an “R-rated scifi horror movie”. And it will also be a start – with the follow-up Black Cat/Silver Sable-movie – for a possible alternate Sony Marvel Universe which is not tied to the shared-with-Marvel Studios-universe which will start with “Spider-Man: Homecoming“. You know; every time Sony seems to take a massive step forward, it will be followed by two steps back. I guess that’s just the raw truth.
A “DEADPOOL” FAN RETORTS “SPIDER-MAN” POSTERS WITH HILARIOUS RESULTS
Now – I don’t know if the marketing team for “Deadpool 2” hasn’t already hired this “BossLogic” guy, but they damn well should.
FIRST OFFICIAL PHOTOS OF “TOMB RAIDER”
And along with these, an official plot description was also released. It goes like this:
“Seven years after the disappearance of her father, 21-year-old Lara has refused to take the reins of his global business empire, instead working as a bike courier in London while taking college classes. Eventually she becomes inspired to investigate her father’s disappearance and travels to his last-known location: a tomb on an island somewhere off the coast of Japan.
Suddenly, the stakes couldn’t be higher for Lara, who – against the odds and armed with only her sharp mind, blind faith and inherently stubborn spirit – must learn to push herself beyond her limits as she journeys into the unknown. If she survives this perilous adventure, it could be the making of her, earning her the name tomb raider.”
Some people online who are much more versed in the video games pointed out that the plot seems to be following in the lines of the 2013 “Tomb Raider” game , which sort of rebooted the whole game series for the new generation. Makes sense, as it also was a huge success.
ANOTHER “GHOST IN THE SHELL” TRAILER
This final UK-trailer shows quite a bit more of the Michael Pitt-character, as well as some other new sequences. But – I stand by my original assessment: the movie damn better have some sort of a story in-between those stylized action scenes too….
SOME MOVEMENT ON THE “TRUE DETECTIVE” FRONT
There has been some development on a third season of HBO’s “True Detective“. And I’d actually call this one “semi-good news”! Apparently HBO has done a smart thing and paired the series creator/writer Nic Pizzolatto up with another HBO Veteran: David Milch – the creator of “Deadwood”. The collaboration is still in very early stages, but this is looking downright promising. The thing that the series could use next, is a strong director with a vision. Because as we saw what happened after season one which was all directed by Cary Fukunaga, the show just doesn’t work on Pizzolatto’s vision alone.
Welcome to “Cooking with Zack Snyder“. Tonight’s recipe will be th following:
- 1 3/4 cups of hazy desaturated photography
- 1/4 teaspoon of shots of glaziers in the beginning, to evoke memories of “Batman Begins”
- 1/2 teaspoon of more wanton destruction
- 1 tablespoon of awkwardly chosen over-poignant soundtrack songs
- 1/4 cup of a poorly rendered CGI characters (mostly due to time-issues, I guess)
- 1/4 cup of groan-worthy oneliners – mostly for Batman, because we wanna show we listened to the critics – everything else is still same old same old
- 1 large bowl of messy, too fast-moving CGI action-sequences (we’ve done this since “Man of Steel”, so we know what we’re doing)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons of speed-ramps, so fans can occasionally glimpse what the hell is going on in those CGI action-scenes
- a couple seconds of Commissioner Gordon, so we remember he exists in this iteration as well
Oh, fuck it – HERE‘s a Humble Pie-recipe instead.
NEW “ALIEN:COVENANT” POSTER
You know what? That’s a damn cool poster. On the movie, the Jury is still out until it’s been released, but that’s a damn cool poster.
“ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK”-REMAKE HAS A NEW DIRECTOR
Well, I guess it was only a matter of time 20th Century Fox would get the ball rolling on this again, after they got the rights to the property in 2015; a remake of “Escape From New York” is moving forward. It’s director? Robert Rodriguez, who is just finishing “Alita: Battle Angel” for Fox as well. Apparently Fox’s hope is “to reinvent the property with an eye toward launching a Planet Of The Apes-like franchise.” John Carpenter is tagged as “executive producer” on this one, but that doesn’t really mean he’s involved beyond that.
Neil Cross (creator of the series “Luther”) is writing the script for this new version which changes things up quite a lot (and THIS is where I get a lot more than just a bit sceptical, because this concept is sounding just LAME as hell); “the mission is now eleven hours, the person to retrieve is the villainous heir to an agrochemical and biotech corporation, and there’s the added complication of a major hurricane approaching.” Now – does that sound like EFNY at all? Nope. In fact – I almost made this one the “spit-take of the week”, but unfortunately that position was already taken. My sole hope is that Rodriguez at least stays the fuck away from CGI on this one.
“THREE BILLBOARDS…” RED BAND TRAILER
Why did I include this trailer for the upcoming movie from Martin McDonagh, the writer/director of “In Bruges“? Because it’s a film from Martin McDonagh, the writer/director of “In Bruges“! No other goddamn explanation required. Sold. Done. To the next…
“TWIN PEAKS” CAST REUNION PICTURE
Entertainment Weekly started the first huge stream of “Twin Peaks”-revelations with this “Last Supper”-inspired pic that features the main returnees of the old cast, as well as a whole load of other stills. That damn end of May can’t come soon enough…
–Edward James Olmos is the latest addition to the cast of Shane Black‘s “The Predator“. The character is decribed as an “unspecified military role” for now.
-A reboot of William Lustig‘s “Maniac Cop” has been greenlit. Now – the reason THIS one sounds more intriguing than about 90% of all the reboot-news is that it’s being produced and co-written by Nicolas Winding Refn. And directed by John Hyams (Son of Peter), who actually showed some mad skills with his two “Universal Soldier” films, “Regeneration” and “Day of Reckoning“.
-“Dirt“, the seems-like-decades-in-development movie adaptation of the book “The Dirt” – which recounts the history of Mötley Crue – has found a new home; Netflix.
-After the reaction to the recent trailer as well as the SXSW screening, Sony Pictures has moved Edgar Wright‘s “Baby Driver“‘s release date up from early August to June 28th.
–Sylvester Stallone is filming an “Escape Plan” sequel right now, and shared an on-set video:
On location filming EXCAPE PLAN 2 HADES WITH Dave Bautista and Jesse Metcalfe … The scene was interesting challenge and turned out great … the film it really has a lot of energy and action Very glad to be part of it. I got a feeling they may be wanting to do a third one pretty soon… Count me in.@davebautista #Lions gate #EscapePlan2
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Netflix just gave Adam Sandler more money to slum his way through FOUR MORE MOVIES.
That is all.