Spinning Headlines – Week 19: RIP Powers Boothe & Michael Parks, Weekend Box Office, Twin Peaks, The Predator, Game of Thrones, Halloween, Judge Dredd, Pirates…
Okay, as much as I hate to start these things on a sad note, I must address the sad news that was on every timeline on every news/social media site yesterday morning as I woke up: character actor extraordinaire Powers Boothe‘s representative confirmed that the Texas-born Boothe had passed away Sunday morning in his sleep, from natural causes at the age of 68.
When I think of Boothe, there are three things that stand out: booming voice, powerful presence and piercing eyes. Because of those qualities, more often than not he played a villain or a figure of power. Be it Cash Bailey in “Extreme Prejudice“, Curly Bill Brocious in “Tombstone“, Cy Tolliver in “Deadwood“, Senator Roark in “Sin City” or Col. Faith in “MacGruber“. But besides those, I think my favorite performances of his are as the main villain in “Sudden Death“. I mean – that movie can really be summed up as “‘Die Hard’ in a hockey arena”, but every time Boothe is on screen as the villain mastermind Joshua Foss, the picture really elevates; he is simply magnetic. And another one is of course his turn as the FBI agent Wesley Doyle in the late Bill Paxton‘s (another Texas native we lost this year) “Frailty“.
Checking out any of those movies this week would be a good way to pay respects for him.
Another legendary character who we lost last week was Michael Parks, who passed away last Tuesday at the age of 77. Parks was another true character actor with a very unique way of expressing himself. Parks first came to fame in the television show “Then Came Bronson“, which aired for the 1969-70 season. After that, he gained numerous credits as a solid supporting performer in movies and in television – appearing in “Dynasty”-spinoff “The Colbys” and later in “Twin Peaks“. He had a later career-resurgence as a solid stock-player for directors like Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith in movies like “From Dusk Till Dawn“, “Kill Bill 1-2“, “Planet Terror“, “Death Proof“, “Red State” and “Tusk“.
Rest in peace, Ranger McGraw
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||1||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||BV||$65,263,492||-55.5%||4,347||–||$15,013||$248,420,911||$200||2|
|3||N||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword||WB||$15,371,270||–||3,702||–||$4,152||$15,371,270||$175||1|
|4||2||The Fate of the Furious||Uni.||$5,400,845||-37.0%||3,067||-528||$1,761||$215,134,775||$250||5|
|5||5||Beauty and the Beast (2017)||BV||$4,809,170||-5.5%||2,172||-508||$2,214||$494,140,334||$160||9|
|6||3||The Boss Baby||Fox||$4,496,614||-24.8%||2,911||-373||$1,545||$162,275,884||–||7|
|7||4||How to be a Latin Lover||PNT||$3,858,898||-25.0%||1,123||-80||$3,436||$26,251,899||–||3|
|9||6||The Circle (2017)||STX||$1,780,689||-55.0%||2,132||-1,031||$835||$18,943,251||$18||3|
|10||7||Baahubali 2: The Conclusion||GrtIndia||$1,593,000||-53.2%||375||-44||$4,248||$18,977,072||–||3|
No big surprises there. “GOTG Vol.2” is still at the top. It seems that Guy Ritchie‘s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is going to be one of it’s “victims” (as to say, opening just 2 weeks after it might not have been a good idea) and a genuine bomb as it’s worldwide tally was only about $44,9 million. And there is already the news that it’s projected to lose the studio $150 million – or more. The reviews have also not been very kind on that one. It also got beat by the second newcomer of the weekend, the Amy Schumer/Goldie Hawn-starring comedy “Snatched“. The third newcomer, a rare drama coming from Blumhouse, “Lowrider” just managed to make it into the top ten – but considering that it was a very limited release compared to the other ones (only 295 theaters compared to GOTG’s 4347), it made rather well. Next weekend it’s “Alien: Covenant” that opens, so we’ll see if it can come even close to #1 (notice, I said “close” – I think there’s no way in hell it gets the top-spot).
SHOWTIME PROMOTES “TWIN PEAKS” WITH A 3-PART SHORT DOC
Well, these speak for themselves basically. Nothing to add. I’m in the process of rewatching the old episodes now myself, to get my mind in the properly attuned for the new ones.
“THE PREDATOR” SET PHOTO
Okay, I’m not quite sure what the hell is going on here but it sure looks like two Predators riding an armored vehicle with a bunch of the lead actors. I think it’s just a jokey moment taken in-between filming.
HERE’S SOME GIANT ANTS FOR YOU
The first trailer for the Finnish/American/Canadian production “It Came From The Desert” is out. The movie is based on a 90’s computer game of the same name, created by the company Cinemaware.
OKAY – MAKE THAT FIVE “GAME OF THRONES”-SPINOFFS IN THE WORKS
This came right from George R.R. Martin himself. At his official site he revealed the following: “We had four scripts in development when I arrived in LA last week, but by the time I left we had five. We have added a fifth writer to the original four. No, I will not reveal the name here. HBO announced the names of the first four, and will no doubt announce the fifth as well, once his deal has closed. He’s a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.” So expect that Mystery Scribe revealed shortly.
Also, Martin addressed the whole spinoff/prequel/sequel-question that has been going around: “For what it’s worth, I don’t especially like the term “spinoff,” and I don’t think it really applies to these new projects. What we’re talking about are new stories set in the “secondary universe” (to borrow Tolkien’s term) of Westeros and the world beyond, the world I created for A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. It is a world, and a pretty big one, and if there were eight million stories in the naked city back in the 50s, just think how many more there are in an entire world, and one with thousands of years of recorded history.
None of these new shows will be ‘spinning off’ from GOT in the traditional sense. We are not talking Joey or AfterMASH or even Frazier or Lou Grant, where characters from one show continue on to another. So all of you who were hoping for the further adventures of Hot Pie are doomed to disappointment. Every one of the concepts under discussion is a prequel, rather than a sequel. Some may not even be set on Westeros. Rather than ‘spinoff’ or ‘prequel,’ however, I prefer the term ‘successor show.’ That’s what I’ve been calling them.”
So there you have it. Martin also added that, contrary to last week’s news, he is in fact working with ALL the writers that have been assigned – not just two teams. And of those five different pilot scripts, he definitely does NOT expect all to go into production. And, to quote him “I AM STILL WORKING ON WINDS OF WINTER“. His entire blog post HERE – he also tells what pre-GOT event’s are definitely NOT being explored.
FULL “WAR MACHINE” TRAILER
Here’s the first full look at the Netflix Original film from director David Michod (“Animal Kingdom”, “The Rover”) and starring Brad Pitt. It still feels to me a bit like Pitt is playing a re-incarnation of his Aldo Raine from “Inglourious Basterds“, but is that necessarily a bad thing?
MICHAEL MYERS TO GO BACK TO BASICS
Looks like Danny McBride and David Gordon Green are doing a bit of an overhaul of the character of Michael Myers on their “Halloween” movie (which is now said to NOT be a reboot, but a direct sequel to the first two films); in a recent podcast for Empire magazine McBride shed some light on this. Mainly, they are cutting back on the more supernatural elements that the character took in the later sequels -like the whole incredibly stupid “Druid Curse”-thing in the sixth film. McBride says:
“Look at where the Halloween franchise has gone. There’s a lot of room for improvement. David and I are coming from it as, we are horror fans, and we are humongous fans of John Carpenter and of what he did with the original Halloween, so I think from watching this and being disappointed by other versions of this series, I think we’re just trying to strip it down and just take it back to what was so good about the original. It was just very simple and just achieved that level of horror that wasn’t corny and it wasn’t turning Michael Myers into some supernatural being that couldn’t be killed. That stuff to me isn’t scary. I want to be scared by something that I really think could happen.”
FIRST TRAILER FOR SETH MCFARLANE’S “THE ORVILLE”
I know, I know – didn’t “Galaxy Quest” already do this? But I do like this trailer and as McFarlane’s sense of humor tends to be much raunchier than what could be done inside the PG-13 rating of “Quest”, I think this one might quite fun. Here’s the official synopsis of the Fox show, which will start airing later in the year, opening with a pilot directed by Jon Favreau:
The Orville is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship.
Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (Seth MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki).
Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.
ALSO COMING FROM FOX TELEVISION…
“Ghosted“, which is described as “action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. LEROY WRIGHT (Craig Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we’re speaking frankly, thinks that “aliens” are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts…People like MAX JENNIFER (Adam Scott). Max is a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who’s convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited by CAPTAIN AVA LAFREY (Ally Walker, “Colony,” “Sons of Anarchy”), a take-no-prisoners, former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Lafrey, along with her staff – BARRY SHAW (Adeel Akhtar, “Unforgotten,” “The Night Manager”), an overly friendly forensic pathologist, and DELILAH WARD, a highly opinionated tech specialist – will support Leroy and Max in their quest for answers. Now, this heroic group of underdogs will look into “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles that often leads them to scary, thrilling and hilarious places, as they attempt to uncover the truth and keep the earth rotating on its axis for at least one more day.” I dunno – I like the leads, but this could go either way really…
Then there’s “Gifted” – which takes place in whatever time continuum it is in the “X-Men“-verse this week.
–Sylvester Stallone and Jackie Chan are reported to be teaming up. The title of the film is “Ex-Baghdad” and it’s said to “center on two ex-special forces soldiers who must escort a group of civilians along Baghdad’s ‘Highway of Death’ to the safety of the Green Zone.” This is not the first time there’s been an attempted team-up of the two action stars; Stallone was very keen on trying to get Chan into one of the “Expendables“-films, but that never came to pass.
-“Judge Dredd” is about to take a step into television. IM Global and UK game/publishing company Rebellion hame made a deal to develop the show – going by the title “Judge Dredd: Mega City One”. IM Global Television president Mark Stern stated: “This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age. Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true..”
-The “Hellboy” reboot, that was just announced the other week with David Harbour starring and Neil Marshall directing, is looking to start filming as early as this September.
–Michael Rooker is going to reteam with “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer” director John McNaughton for a film adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, a short story of a family on a road trip who come across a cold-blooded killer named The Misfit.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
So – the “Pirates of the Caribbean“-franchise has officially stepped out from the Stones-camp and moved into Beatlemaniacs?
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) May 13, 2017
Okay, I have to also say that I find it ironic that a group of pirates have apparently gotten ahold of a copy of the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean“-film and are threatening to release it to the public if Disney does not pay ransom. In Bitcoin. We extort and pilfer, we filch and sack. Drink up me ‘earties, yo ho.
That is all.