Spinning Headlines – Week 17: RIP Jonathan Demme, Weekend Box Office, The Godfather, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Rampage, Cars 3, Robert Zemeckis, Twin Peaks,
Hi there. Time to dig up what the hell happened last week in the entertainment industry, who said what and who did what and why. But first the sad news…
Out of the blue we were hit with the news that the Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme had passed away at the age of 73 from “esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease“. Apparently Demme was treated for cancer for the first time as early as in 2010, but I sure had no idea of this. Sad. But we’ll always have the movies: “Something Wild”, “Married to the Mob”, “Silence of the Lambs”, “Philadelphia” AND the in-my-mind-very-underrated “The Manhurian Candidate“-remake to remind us of his talent.
Here’s to you, Mr. Demme.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||1||The Fate of the Furious||Uni.||$19,389,780||-49.5%||4,077||-252||$4,756||$192,721,355||$250||3|
|2||N||How to be a Latin Lover||PNT||$12,018,500||–||1,118||–||$10,750||$12,018,500||–||1|
|3||N||Baahubali 2: The Conclusion||GrtIndia||$10,138,189||–||425||–||$23,855||$10,138,189||–||1|
|4||N||The Circle (2017)||STX||$9,320,000||–||3,163||–||$2,947||$9,320,000||$18||1|
|5||2||The Boss Baby||Fox||$9,050,000||-28.8%||3,739||+42||$2,420||$148,465,584||–||5|
|6||3||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$6,400,000||-33.8%||3,155||-160||$2,029||$480,100,233||$160||7|
|7||4||Going in Style (2017)||WB (NL)||$3,580,000||-27.1%||2,761||-277||$1,297||$37,319,770||$25||4|
|8||5||Smurfs: The Lost Village||Sony||$3,315,000||-32.1%||2,554||-183||$1,298||$37,734,501||$60||4|
I guess I made a fumble last week, as I was under the impression that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2” opened in the US last weekend. But no – it’s THIS week. The movie opened in select foreign territories though, and had a $106,012,648 million weekend total from the regions where it played. In the US, on the other hand, “The Fate of the Furious” continued at #1. The film also passed the nowadays coveted $1 billion global box office. Three new releases managed to slide in between “Fate…” and the previous #2, “The Boss Baby” – I seriously have no knowledge of these at all and will just give the Cliff notes-version; “How to be a Latin Lover” is a comedy directed by Ken Marino, “Baahubali 2” is (obviously) a Bollywood historical epic and “The Circle” is a Tom Hanks/Emma Watson-starring techno-thriller.
“THE GODFATHER” REUNION Q&A RELEASED ONLINE
Most of the surviving main cast(Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, and James Caan) and writer/director Francis Ford Coppola gathered for a special “Godfather” reunion at the Tribeca Film Festival – with director Taylor Hackford (Ray) as the MC – and the entire 90-minute panel is here for you to watch.
“IT COMES AT NIGHT” TRAILER
Well, without knowing anything about this I’d say it looks like a post-some viral outbreak paranoia-in-a-remote-cabin film. Don’t know if it will have anything fresh to add to all the paranoia-in-a-remote-location-films that have come before it… I managed to dig up an official synopsis though:
“Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous order a man (Joel Edgerton) has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within the man as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.”
So that old thing.
“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” RESHOOTS INSTAGRAMMED
— MCU News & Tweets (@MCU_Tweets) April 27, 2017
Well, Robert Downey jr. and Jon Favreau have returned for some brief reshoots at the end of last week in Atlanta as Tony Stark and Happy Hogan, respectively. As well as DJ Khaled and Stan Lee for what is probably the obligatory Stan Lee-cameo scene.
THE ROCK INSTAGRAMS SOME “RAMPAGE” DETAILS
Goin' primal. 🦍 Good to finally have boots on the ground here in Georgia for production of #RAMPAGE. I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don't like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them. We have the best VFX monster making team (WETA) on the planet. Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let's have some fun. Let's shoot. 🤙🏾 #PrimalDNA #George #Lizzy #Ralph #RAMPAGE
Shooting for “Rampage” – the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-starring film adaptation of the classic arcade game is underway in Georgia, and Johnson has been spilling some details on his Instagram-account. The text reads as follows:
“I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don’t like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them.
We have the best VFX monster making team (WETA) on the planet. Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let’s have some fun. Let’s shoot.”
“CARS 3” TRAILER
I admit – it would be cool if Pixar actually made a “Cars” film that was actually decent. Like I’ve said before; the fact that this one does not have any effing stupid spy-movie stuff is an improvement right there – and the animation is looking pretty spectacular. And all this “legacy” and “one last race” stuff makes me think this will probably be the last one.
Or will it?
NO – ROBERT ZEMECKIS WILL NOT DIRECT “THE FLASH”
From some corner of the interweb a rumor emerged last week, that Warner/DC were maybe trying to get Robert Zemeckis to direct “The Flash“-movie, which has had some really difficult times in getting started (two directors stepping away, massive script rewrites, that sort of thing). And of course this gave rise to a whole lotta ALL CAPS-headlines, with exclamation points even. But Universal cut the wings off that rumor as they announced Zemeckis’ next project: they have set a November 21, 2018 release date for the untitled film directed by Zemeckis and written by Caroline Thompson (“Edward Scissorhands”, “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), which will star Steve Carell in “in the moving true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.” The story is based on Jeff Malmberg‘s 2010 documentary “Marwencol”, which told the true story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who woke from a coma after a brutal assault with no memory of his life or family and coped with the trauma by building a 1/6 scale model of a WWII-era Belgian village in his backyard.
So yeah – not “The Flash“.
ANOTHER “TWIN PEAKS” PROMO
Showtime continues the (VERY welcome) style with their “Twin Peaks“-revival promos; the newest one only focuses on showing all the familiar locations of the show.
“WONDER WOMAN” – NEW TV SPOTS, NEW TRAILER COMING SOON
Another “ALL CAPS, EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!”-thing that surface during the week was that someone noticed Warner/DC hadn’t put out new trailers for “Wonder Woman” in a while, so this must automatically mean it’s gotta be a turkey, right? Well, WB reacted prominetly and put out the above TV spots and also said that the next trailer would be out pretty soon…
I mean – it still COULD be a turkey for all we know, but holy shite do things become clickbait bullshit quickly these days.
SO – DAVID FINCHER IS “VERY CLOSE” TO DIRECTING “WORLD WAR Z 2” NOW
This whole thing almost could’ve passed as an April Fools-joke when it first came out, but apparently it is DEFINITELY not anything of sorts; “knowledgeable” sources are saying to Variety, that Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions are VERY much looking to fire the zombie-sequel back up with Fincher as director and Brad Pitt starring. And apparently the new Paramount CEO Jim Gianopoulos has been the main architect in trying to make this happen. Gianopoulos has had a history of working with Fincher at 20th Century Fox.
You know what? Fuckin’ bring it. Let’s get some of that trademark-Fincher Gothic Nihilism there. At least Fincher would probably demand as good a work put into the script as can be had, so there wouldn’t be a repeat of the first “World War Z” where they had to scrap and reshoot the ENTIRE third act of the film…
ANOTHER TRAILER FOR “COLOSSAL”
I still like what I see from this.
YET ANOTHER “ALIEN: COVENANT” PROLOGUE
With the previously released (Luke Scott-directed) prologue with the “Covenant” crew having one last party before the hypersleep and this, one starts to wonder what the hell is there to tell the story in the actual film? Especially as this one fills in some gaps about what happened to the last two surviving main characters of “Prometheus”…
-“Captain America: The First Avenger“-director Joe Johnston will direct the next “Chronicles of Narnia“-film, “The Silver Chair“. I gotta say, it’s a weird franchise – as this movie will mark the THIRD different studio (Disney, Fox and now Sony’s TriStar) under which an episode of the series is going to be produced.
–Neill Blomkamp‘s “Aliens” sequel/reboot/something is now said to be officially dead. By none other that Ridley Scott (who probably was the main culprit in killing it after he decided to make the next fourteen “Alien”-prequels).
-Sony Pictures “Masters of the Universe“-movie got an official release date: December 18, 2018. It’s currently lacking a director though, as the previously-attached ateur McG has left the project. I guess he didn’t have the Power.
-Even the most spoiler-avoiding people probably know by now that M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Split” had a connection to his 2000 film “Unbreakable“. And now Shyamalan announced that his next film will be a sequel to both of those films, titled “Glass“. And it will finish the story that started all those years ago:
— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) April 26, 2017
–Jeff Goldblum will reprise his role as Ian Malcolm in the “Jurassic World” sequel.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Okay, as all these Stephen King-adaptations are again a hot property, I understand why Blumhouse is going to do a remake of “Firestarter” is happening. But for the sake of everything holy, WHY is it going to be directed by the schlockmeister Akiva Goldsman? If I recall correctly, his directing debut/vanity project “Winter’s Tale” did not exactly get a standing ovation. Nor any audience.
That is all.