Spinning Headlines Week 27: Weekend Box Office, Tarantino, The Dark Tower, Rainbow Six, Stranger Things, Ant-Man, Solo, Mission 6, John Carpenter… Spinning Headlines Week 27: Weekend Box Office, Tarantino, The Dark Tower, Rainbow Six, Stranger Things, Ant-Man, Solo, Mission 6, John Carpenter…
There was a week. Now that week is gone. Here's the things that clinged on for dear life. Spinning Headlines Week 27: Weekend Box Office, Tarantino, The Dark Tower, Rainbow Six, Stranger Things, Ant-Man, Solo, Mission 6, John Carpenter…

Hi, I’m going with a somewhat different format this time. Just view this weeks’ Headlines as a sort of an experiment.


1 N Spider-Man: Homecoming Sony $117,027,503 4,348 $26,915 $117,027,503 $175 1
2 1 Despicable Me 3 Uni. $33,580,425 -53.6% 4,535 +6 $7,405 $148,771,085 $80 2
3 2 Baby Driver TriS $13,002,721 -36.7% 3,226 $4,031 $57,135,793 $34 2
4 4 Wonder Woman WB $9,822,105 -37.5% 3,091 -313 $3,178 $368,473,296 $149 6
5 3 Transformers: The Last Knight Par. $6,376,578 -62.2% 3,241 -891 $1,967 $118,993,338 $217 3
6 5 Cars 3 BV $5,382,248 -44.5% 2,702 -874 $1,992 $133,479,660 4
7 6 The House WB (NL) $4,778,272 -45.2% 3,134 $1,525 $18,593,950 $40 2
8 12 The Big Sick LGF $3,576,646 +116.5% 326 +255 $10,971 $6,846,969 3
9 7 47 Meters Down ENTMP $2,714,172 -39.9% 1,740 -510 $1,560 $38,407,911 4
10 8 The Beguiled (2017) Focus $2,062,675 -34.8% 941 +267 $2,192 $7,412,009 3

There was the weekend box office. No surprises there – Spider-Man: Homecoming took it all, and a $139,5 million more from the locations around the world.


There was the news, that Quentin Tarantino seems to have locked in his next movie. About the Manson Family Murders it will be. And this one is not just hot air, as actors are already been sought; Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence approached – and also Margot Robbie for Sharon Tate. But who could pull off the part of Charles Manson? People online seem to have one suggestion: Oscar Isaac. That…could work.


There was the new international trailer for The Dark Tower. Undoubtedly the best-looking trailer yet, but still not so sure about this one. Just seems to be transformed into an all-action spectacle – and as good as the gunslinger-action does look, was that really the POINT in the novels? I don’t think so.


And hey – if The Dark Tower is not enough Akiva Goldsman for you, you’ll be happy to know that the next property he’s been hired to put his fingerprints on is Tom Clancy‘s Rainbow Six. Producing/screenwriting credit for The Dark Tower, story credit on Transformers: The Last Knight, writer for Rings, producer on King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, and an executive producer on the pilot for Star Trek: Discovery and the upcoming Bumblebee movie. Oh boy, does this guy get around or what?


There was a new promo poster for the second season of Stranger Things, and yes – that’s one damn big creature there, as was glimpsed in the teaser trailer earlier this year. Another thing that was released was this animated promo:


There was the first glimpse of the Wasp-suit in Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was spotted in the D23 expo.


There was an Overseas teaser for season 7 of Game of Thrones, which shows a bit of new footage.


There was Woody Harrelson, contractually obliged to say that there’s absolutely nothing going wrong with the production of the Han Solo movie. “Oh, you can relax, man – because obviously the Force is with us [laughing]. Ron is great. He’s awesome. He’s such a gentleman and so prepared. And I loved Chris and Phil. But I think we did land in very capable hands.” Anyone wanna bet that there’s absolutely nothing in the D23 expo about THIS one…? Also, as he’s been making the rounds for War for the Planet of the Apes, he has let it slip that the “temporary” title for the movie is Solo.


Gag gift from @peter_deming We start shooting tomorrow! Wish us luck! #newmutants #xmen

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There was the announcement that Fox’s X-Men spinoff New Mutants has started filming – with a contender for the most ironic slate ever. The film has been decribed as a “full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe” though with the aim for a PG-13 rating. Could that be considered “Strike One” right there…?


There was the cast & crew of Mission: Impossible 6 finishing the block of filming in New Zealand and leaving a couple of departing messages while going to London for the remaining shoot. Everyone seems to really LOVE New Zealand. If I ever won in a lottery, I bet that would be a place to visit…


There was another Oats Studios short – this time with Blomkamp regular Sharlto Copley playing God. No – not in a “science gone wrong” kind of a scenario, but actually playing the guy.


There were the high-tech dino props producer Frank Marshall revealed as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom wrapped filming.


There was the news that John Carpenter has signed a development deal with Universal Cable Productions to oversee development – with his wife and producing partner Sandy King – of at least two series. The first one is Tales for a Halloween Night, based on Carpenter’s award-winning graphic novel anthology of stories that “brings together storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels, and comics for a collection of horror stories featuring graveyards, sunken ships, and all the things that go bump in the night“. That one is currently looking for a writer. The other is Nightside, based on a literary series by Simon R. Green. Based on the description, Nightside is “the secret heart of London where creatures of the night congregate”. Nightside will be written by Scream TV series co-creator Jill Blotevogel. Carpenter is showing signs of finally getting into the business again, after years of music performing. This is good news I think.


There was the news that Bill Skarsgard – who is playing Pennywise the Evil Clown in the upcoming Stephen King-adaptation IT – has also joined the cast of Hulu’s Castle Rock. But before all the King-aficionados get all excited about it, let it be known that he is NOT playing that character, but instead play a “young man with an unusual legal problem” (boy, can they get any more ambiguous than that?). Skarsgard joins the previously annouced cast of Sissy Spacek, André Holland, Jane Levy and Melanie Lynskey.


Aaand then there was the Spit-Take Of The Week:

I can’t decide which is more suitable. Either it’s the news that Marvel/Disney pulled a little marketing stunt and it became clear to people pretty quickly after the film opened, that the “money shot” of the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer with Iron Man and Spidey flying side by side was actually not in the film at all, and was just quickly manufactured for promotional use. Kinda reminds me of those good old days where some companies put pictures of explosions on the VHS cover-art of their movies in hopes for more rentals….

And then there’s this shit:


That is all.


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