Spinning Headlines – Week 2: Weekend Box Office, Santa Clarita Diet, De Niro, Twin Peaks, Logan, Mad Max, The Defenders, The Mist, Infinity War…
Time for another weekly look-back. You may notice that this became a little late – the prime reason for that is that I binged season three of “Sherlock” yesterday. Without spoiling anything, I will just give my 2 cents: if this really IS the end of it – as there have been some hints of – I feel that they went out in a bit of a low note. The first two episodes of this season were brilliant, intense and heartbreaking. But the third one… Let me put it this way – the way they painted the new mastermind villain to be almost superhuman in their intellect, the end of that storyline just felt like a major cop-out.
That’s my 2 cents. On with the news…somewhat trailer-heavy again, but with all the stuff that’s coming out pretty soon, that was expected.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|2.||La La Land
|4.||Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
|5.||The Bye Bye Man
|9.||Underworld: Blood Wars
Well – “Rogue One” is beginning to slide down in the U.S. numbers now, taking the fourth position this week. That doesn’t mean it’s stopped making money though; as I’m writing this, it has a worldwide revenue of $983,319,734 and should be expected to be over one billion this time next week. It’s actually an interesting mix of movies in the top three at this point – you have “Hidden Figures“, the biographical drama about female african-american mathematicians of the space program at #1, Damien Chazelle‘s sophomore movie, the musical “La La Land” at #2 (those Golden Globe wins really pushed up the audience interest), and “Sing“, an animated musical comedy film from Illumination Studios/Universal at #3. So two out of the top three are musicals! Could it be that is the year has turned, people are looking for more upbeat entertainment?
“SANTA CLARITA DIET” TRAILER
Well, a cannibal “zombie”-comedy set in the L.A. suburbs? Why not? Here’s the official details:
In Santa Clarita Diet, Joel (Timothy Olyphant, Justified) and Sheila (Drew Barrymore, Blended) are husband and wife realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita with their teenaged daughter Abby (Liv Hewson), until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending their lives down a road of death and destruction…but in a good way.
Santa Clarita Diet stars Drew Barrymore as Sheila Hammond, Timothy Olyphant as Joel Hammond, Liv Hewson as Abby Hammond and Skylar Gisondo as Eric Bemis.
Showrunner Victor Fresco, Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Aaron Kaplan, Tracy Katsky, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell are executive producers on the series. Nancy Juvonen is a producer. Santa Clarita Diet is a Netflix production and is available globally only on Netflix on February 3, 2017.
ROBERT DE NIRO AS BERNIE MADOFF IN THE TRAILER OF “THE WIZARD OF LIES”
Hmm. More of a teaser, really. I mean – I’m always hoping that De Niro would come up with at least one or two great performances in his lifetime – like in his Golden Years – but it’s too early to tell from this, if it could be the case. I did feel that he was pretty good in his last collaboration with Barry Levinson, “What Just Happened” (2008), but not many people probably even KNOW of that one.
Anyways, “The Wizard of Lies” is coming from HBO Films this May, and here’s the full synopsis:
“In 2008, stockbroker, investment advisor and financier Bernie Madoff made headlines around the world when he was arrested for perpetrating perhaps the largest financial fraud in U.S. history.
Debuting in May, HBO Films’ THE WIZARD OF LIES examines Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme – his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier’s wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight.
Robert De Niro (Oscar® winner for “Raging Bull” and “The Godfather II”) comes to HBO for the first time in the role of family patriarch Bernie Madoff. Also on HBO for the first time, Michelle Pfeiffer (Golden Globe winner for “The Fabulous Baker Boys”) stars as Ruth Madoff, Bernie’s longtime spouse and unwitting partner during the events that would lead to financial ruin for countless people and institutions, as well as his and his family’s destruction.”
THR DIRECTOR ROUNDTABLE
As the Oscar nominations are coming soon, Hollywood Reporter has put out one of their famous director roundtables again, so there it is for anyone who is interested.
LUCASFILM HAS NO PLANS TO GO ON WITH A CGI LEIA
Ever since Carrie Fisher‘s untimely passing in December, the Star Wars-rumor mill has just gone into an absolute overdrive, with all the speculating over what will happen with Colin Trevorrow‘s “Episode IX“; will they kill Leia off? Will they continue on with a CGI character projected over a stand-in ala Tarkin? Will she be a hologram? Just all kinds of pretty heated (and frankly, pointless) discussion going on over the web. Lucasfilm finally decided that enough is enough and released this statement over at the official Star Wars-website:
“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address. We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.”
“TWIN PEAKS” RETURNS IN MAY, NEW TEASER
Well, they are keeping these “Twin Peaks“-revival teasers suitably mysterious, which is good. But besides getting a glimpse of Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper once again, the BIG news in the past week was of course that there is now an official date for the series’ return: Sunday, May 21st. The show begins with a 2-hour premiere and will have 18 episodes in total. Of course, four months will still feel like four YEARS – but…one can always use that time to catch up with the old episodes.
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) January 13, 2017
No – not really. Just Hugh Jackman tweeting the plot synopsis for “Logan” – which we already pretty much knew…
TOM HARDY IS POSITIVE THAT “MAD MAX” WILL CONTINUE
During his press junkets for his BBC miniseries “Taboo“, Tom Hardy answered some questions regarding “Fury Road“-sequel(s), and this is what he had to say: “I’m anxiously waiting to find out. There’s mythology to do with Mad Max that spans copious amounts of tales. What’s wonderful about George [Miller] is that he’s created sagas for Max and sagas for Furiosa, so it’s what he chooses to focus in on. I’m really just waiting for the call like, “All right, let’s get the leathers on and get back out there and do some more.” It’s there. I’m just waiting for it and looking forward to it.”
So, as has been previously hinted, there ARE stories for both of the “Fury Road” main characters that exist in at least some form. When asked further, he also revealed that he “has signed to do three of them. It’s a question of when. I’m not sure it’s called The Wasteland or not ‘cause you never know. These titles change all the time. But, there’s definitely another Mad Max project pending. I love working with George [Miller] and the fact that his mythology is so deep. It’s a joy to work with an artist and somebody who has the ability to be a movie maker, as well. It’s the full package, isn’t it?”
So Hardy is definitely game. I’m just hoping it doesn’t again take George Miller another two decades to get the project rolling.
FIRST IMAGES OF “THE DEFENDERS”
First official stills from the Marvel/Netflix teamup-series “The Defenders” arrived via Entertainment Weekly, and the gang is finally together. More individual character images HERE.
Also released was the first still of Sigourney Weaver‘s villain, who is only listed as “Alexandra” – so there is still no idea who she will actually be in the MCU.
PETER DINKLAGE IN TALKS FOR A “KEY ROLE” IN INFINITY WAR
And “key role” is really the only information so far. As the upcoming season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has wrapped filming and it’s future filming schedules have moved from a summer shoot to a fall shoot due to winter having come and all that, Variety reports that Dinklage is therefore free to take part in the filming of Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and it’s sequel, which are reported to star filming this summer. “Sources” are saying that he would appear in both films. No comment from Marvel so far.
As always, a shit-ton of rumors started. The one that has been taken the futhest is that he will be playing MODOK (Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing). And there has already been some fanart commissioned of him as that character HERE.
I bet he won’t be Bolivar Trask. That’s the only sure thing. Let’s call that an “Exclusive!!!” rumor you heard right here.
TV-REVIVAL TRAILER #2
Well, the return of “Prison Break” is getting closer, so another trailer was released. Looks like same old, same old. But– it is good to see one of televisions’ sleaziest villains ever, Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell (Robert Knepper) back, with a new high-tech mechanical hand.
TV-REVIVAL TRAILER #3
Aaaand “24: Legacy” is also coming soon, and surprise surprise, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) is back. Again. Now – Tony’s character history in itslef is kind of like a perfect summation of the often-ridiculous writing on this franchise; he started as a good guy rival to Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), then an ally good guy, a promoted good guy turned to a disillusioned, arrested for treason but pardoned – and then fired good guy, a dead good guy, a returned-from-the dead bad guy who’s really an undercover good guy but ultimately still a bad guy as he’s still on a personal vendetta and finally imprisoned, again. Confused? I actually left like half of the plot-twist out of there. Well, it will be interesting to watch WHICH Tony we will see this time.
FURTHER DETAILS ON “THE MIST” SERIES
The Executive producer of Spike TV’s upcoming series based on Stephen King‘s “The Mist“, Christian Torpe, spoke to TV Guide about the approach the series will be taking. First off, it will NOT be a remake of the Frank Darabont-film from 2007. Torpe says it will be “a reimagination”. “Internally, we talk about it as doing the Fargo approach, where the movie and the TV show is the same, but it’s different. It’s like a weird, twisted cousin to the original source material. Fans of the movie and of the book and of Mr. King’s work will certainly see elements from it. … We also, in order to develop it for TV and turn it into an ongoing series, took our own little detours here and there.”
The controversial ending of the movie IS something they prefer, though. “I personally love Mr. [Frank Darabont’s] ending, I thought it was a stroke of genius. We are playing around in that territory and we also know, of course, Mr. King’s ending. And I know Mr. King actually preferred Darabont’s ending And so I think we came up with our own spin on a very original and surprising ending.”
Well – anyway… The description of the series is as follows: “There will be multiple scattered groups struggling to survive the Mist. Alyssa Sutherland plays a mother who gets trapped in a mall with her daughter and her daughter’s rapist; Morgan Spector plays the father of Sutherland’s daughter, who is stuck in a different location from the rest of his family; Okezie Morro plays a man with amnesia struggling to find allies; and Frances Conroy plays a woman whose ideas regarding the origin of the monstrous Mist will lead to great conflict within her small community of survivors.”
“Multiple scattered groups”? This is all beginning to sound like AMC’S “The Walking Dead“. I guess that’s the “original” spin they are putting to it.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
The “hell – let’s just throw everything in there; kitchen sink and Ice Cube too” TV-spot of the week:
That is All.