Spinning Headlines – Week 34: the ‘better-late-than-never’-edition + the new “Westworld” trailer Spinning Headlines – Week 34: the ‘better-late-than-never’-edition + the new “Westworld” trailer
New trailer for HBO's "Westworld" as well as a trio of horror movie-trailers, a full trailer for "Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders" and... Spinning Headlines – Week 34: the ‘better-late-than-never’-edition + the new “Westworld” trailer

Before I get to the stuff that happened last week, I want to direct your attention to THIS:

Well, holy shit. That actually looks DAMN good. October 2nd can’t come fast enough, as I think I’ve found my next binge-able series.




We’ve heard about this clip, telling what Thor was up to during the “Civil War“, ever since it was showed at Comic Con. Now it has been officially released online and it is BRILLIANT.



Well that was about damn time, too. After hanging needlessly there at #1 for THREE WEEKS, “Suicide Squad” was finally dropped to #2(apt) by Fede Alvarez‘s second feature film “Don’t Breathe” – which has also been getting some excellent reviews.

Here’s the weekends Top 10 numbahs:

1. Don’t Breathe $26,115,000 $26,115,000
2. Suicide Squad $12,110,000 $282,882,627
3. Kubo and the Two Strings $7,909,000 $24,920,378
4. Sausage Party $7,665,000 $80,008,510
5. Mechanic: Resurrection $7,500,000 $7,500,000
6. Pete’s Dragon $7,282,000 $54,715,378
7. War Dogs $7,255,000 $27,757,687
8. Bad Moms $5,760,000 $95,453,235
9. Jason Bourne $5,230,000 $149,257,235
10. Ben-Hur $4,530,000 $19,552,877



Well, here’s a little clip that Netflix put out as another tease for the upcoming series. “Luke Cage” Season 1 is out September 30th.




This once again goes into the “circling”/”in talks”-folder, but that’s the news: Denzel Washington might star in writer/director Dan Gilroy‘s next movie, “Inner City“. Gilroy’s follow-up to his 2014 film “Nightcrawler“(which was one of the absolute best films of that year) is described as a legal drama and would be a “character study in the vein of Paul Newman’s 1982 classic ‘The Verdict’“.



Jack Goes Home” – from writer/director Thomas Dekker(who is probably most known for playing John Connor in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”) looks VERY promising.




Well, of course he is. Disney is definitely sparing no expense in their efforts to turn every last movie in their catalogue into live action. The latest in their plate? James and the Giant Peach, another Roald Dahl story which was last made into a stop-motion film by Henry Selick in 1996. Mendes is in early talks to get in the director’s seat. Writer Nick Hornby(“High Fidelity”) will write the screenplay. Like I said – they spare no expense.




Not much has been heard from the Robert Rodriguez/James Cameron manga-adaptation “Alita: Battle Angel” since it was announced that the titular character would be played by actress Rosa Salazar. Until last week, when Hollywood reporter announced that Christoph Waltz is in negotiations to play Doctor Dyson Ido, the “cybersurgeon who finds the cyborg and becomes her mentor.” To those who know the Manga that might mean more. I just hope Waltz gets a character with some serious meat this time – his sleepwalking through “SPECTRE” was one of last years biggest disappointments.



The Disappointments Room” – from director D.J. Caruso (“The Salton Sea”, “Taking Lives”, “Disturbia”, “Eagle Eye”) looks a bit more usual fare. ALTHOUGH it’s scripted by Wentworth Miller – whose previous filmed screenplay was Chan-Wook Park‘s “Stoker” and that was a damned good one, so I’m probably gonna check this out.




Yeah – all is not well in the camp “Gambit“; after several delays and problems in the Channing Tatum-starring “X-Men“-spinoff project, director Doug Liman left the film and made a hop from the Marvel Universe into the DC Universe. He is now going to direct “Justice League Dark” – which is now being called “Dark Universe. Anyways, it’s dark. Kinda figures, as the DC Cinematic Universe certainly has not been a ray of sunshine so far.

Justice League Dark consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon, so I guess this one could be called the Supernatural Suicide Squad. The project was being developed into a film before by Guillermo Del Toro, who will still apparently be on it as a producer. More news to follow, I’m sure.



Kinda a non-surprise really, but composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has now joined the “Blade Runner“-team. Non-surprise, because he already composed music to Denis Villeneuve‘s “Prisoners” and “Sicario“.  I’m just curious if Jóhannsson will in any way follow the more synth-laden approach that Vangelis had in the original, or will he go with his trademark atonal, almost guttural approach.

Anyways, here’s a little concept art-piece from the sequel – courtesy of Entertainment Weekly:




Yeah – it’s “The Ring” again…or “RingS“, as it’s called. Didn’t this franchise already jump the shark with the first sequel…?





And to cap all this off before the spit-take of the week, I’ll just report that if there wasn’t already enough movie-based TV series in development, a few MORE have been added to the roster:

Martin Scosese‘s “The Departed” coming to you via Amazon…

And Guy Ritchie‘s “Snatch, from Sony’s streaming network Crackle.





Well, that would be the story that popped up during the weekend where producer Gale Anne Hurd said that before “The Walking Dead” found a home at AMC, it was passed around to other networks and the most hilarious response they got was from NBC. They were considering doing it as “procedural zombie crime drama” – and to top that, Hurd said that the first question NBC asked them was “Do there have to be zombies?”


Head in Hands


That is all.


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  • Cannonball

    Had not heard about this Batman thing. Looks neat.

  • I_am_better

    Really does.

  • I_am_better

    Something I made…. (pic)

  • Dee-abolik

    Yawn, why do people love home invasion movies so much? One of the most one-note horror subgenres, with some of the worst entries.

  • I_am_better

    I think it’s because most people have homes. I dunno…

  • I_am_better

    Don’t Breathe MIGHT open here November 4th. Might.

  • dont breathe was very good. and set in detroit which was a welcome surprise. theres a fairly large plot hole in it but it didnt really bother me because it was well acted and the filmmaking was so deft. alvarez is one to watch i think.

  • Props to you bringing teh news inspite of you not feeling to swift, Meng!
    And it’s loaded with fun topics (And some to “poop on” like NBC’s The Walking Dead!)
    Not surprised about SS being knocked off it’s “winning” streak, the film was so-so and does not compare to other offerings based on DC’s franchise.

    I’m excited but very cautious about a Justice League Dark adaptation but should it tank, there’ always this..

  • X)

  • I_am_better

    I think they should bring back Keanu Reeves as Constantine. He didn’t necessarily look the part but I think he totally nailed that character.

  • Dee-abolik

    yeah fuck this overrated shit fest

  • Dee-abolik

    I admittedly don’t care much about the fears of middle class families.

  • Dee-abolik

    “Jack goes home” does look good, but I am wary towards movies that build on one big secret, they often drag out the plot and the secret is a disappointment. I hope it’s not one of those. And I also hope it’s not an unofficial sequel to “The God Son”.

  • I_am_better

    The Ghost of Elijah Wood is behind it all?

  • Dee-abolik

    I take that back, that sounds great.

  • I_am_better


  • “The God Son” had one of the best horror/suspense endings EVER!
    It was unexpected and not to mention, I cheered after seeing that annoying lil shit Cauley fall on his ass..! Or was it, head and torso? X)

  • That’s trueas with it wasnt his fault that the last Matrix sequel sucked the ding-dong!

  • Micheal Pitt would have been a great pick as Leon Kennedy had there actually been a legit Resident Evil Movie!

  • Well, my heart does go out to the victims of that tragic Cheshire Ct.murders.That shit was beyone evil/unspeakable!!

  • Dee-abolik

    Pitt is a bit too psychotic…he might have been a good fit for the male twin from RE: Code Veronica.

  • LMMFAO Oh shit, that’s messed up, Bro!

  • Dee-abolik

    admit it, he’d nail it!

  • Hmmm, you may be onto somethin’.

  • CoolHandJuke

    The drawings in the James and giant peach book were gross. Put me off fruit until I developed scurvy…

  • Coupon: The Movie

    What if you could make one of those films from the point of view of the Invader and it turns out the middle class family are all evil, backstabbing assholes and the Invader is the good guy?

  • Dee-abolik

    That’s a great idea, but it has been done already.

    Would not mind another stab at the idea though.

  • Dee-abolik

    I know someone they could cast as the giant peach…

  • CoolHandJuke

    My fat, hairy wife?

  • Coupon: The Movie

    Didn’t know about that one. Is it any good?

  • “Giant” as in his ego? Hyuk,hyuk,hyuk!

  • Dee-abolik

    It has its moments….but it can be improved upon.

  • I_am_better

    Just to clarify: I have never watched The Walking Dead but I assume it’s GOT zombies in it. Right..?

  • Not familiar with this “Rosa Salazar” but she looks pretty much like Alita (Gunnm in Japan) however, I have my doubts about Rodriguez as i always saw him as a two trick pony. (As with Antoine Fuqua) I’ll have to reserve both judgement and enthusiasm until I finally see this movie come to fruition.

  • Not zombies but “Walkers”. (;’

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    When it comes to the topic of Battle Angel, Rodriguez is the big IF. I’d expect a masterpiece on the level of T2 if my man JC was directing, but I remain uneasy with RR at the helm. By all rights, BA could and should be the 21st century’s equivalent of the Terminator series.

    I pray Rodriguez doesn’t scupper the first movie’s Avatar-size box office prospects as dozens of excellent manga volumes exist to serve as source material. BA has the potential to be the next huge global franchise and, if the studios insist on such things, it’s better to have fresh ones instead of the usual reboots of decades-old series.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Especially Haneke’s “Funny Games”. So “good” he made it twice.

  • As you well know since back in the days of AICN, I was really hoping JC would get to this much sooner. However, with him at least giving creative input will prevent RR from fucking it up.*Fingers crossed*
    So it’s all a matter of wait n see.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    All the key scripting and concept design was done by others a long time ago. Let’s hope RR’s a hired hand here only. I just hope he’s got the chops for the highly kinetic martial arts and motorball sequences; his latest action direction hasn’t been good. Machete *shudder*…

  • Bop

    I personally think he didn’t nail the character, but the movie as damn good. I am surprised sequels were never made.

  • Bop

    I want a Lobo vs Etrigan movie, damnit.

  • KilliK

    hm, looks like they adapted the Constantine arc from Moore’s Swamp Thing.

  • KilliK

    it has zombies, yes, but the twist in the title is that it is actually referring to the living ones as the walking dead, not the zombies.

  • KilliK

    it’s for this kind of reason, that I want to believe to the existence of a physical Hell, and all those animals are send there to be tormented for eternity. Sentencing them to just death is a too lenient punishment.

  • KilliK

    Jim wont let RR to fuck this up. And I dont think RR wants to fuck this up either. We wont get the Cameron masterpiece we were hoping for, but we will probably get a very good, entertaining movie.

    What worries me is the savage beating this movie will probably get from both the jealous critics and the hateful fanboys.

  • Storm The Wire

    Jesus, that NBC Walking Dead bit.

    And people still wonder why the major prime time networks are foundering while Netflix, HBO, etc are moving forward and staking out the future landscape of television.

  • Storm The Wire

    The haters are going to be losing their shit over the next decade as Cameron brings us some great big screen entertainment.

    Especially if he not only hits another home run with the Avatar sequels, but also exec produces a good Battle Angel adaptation along with new Terminator stuff and the Fantastic Voyage and/or Forbidden Planet remakes.

  • Yeah, like OZ!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Another potential Cameron franchise I forgot about was “The Informationist”. Wasn’t that supposed to be a series, too? A spy action-thriller about a mercenary that was kind of a blend between Bourne, Sherlock Holmes and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo?

    I can’t see Cameron buying up the rights to so many projects he couldn’t possibly have time to direct unless he was considering doing what we’ve talked about.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yeah, maybe the mainstream, agenda-baiting critics will attack it for being based on manga/anime, in a similar fashion to the prejudice they displayed toward Warcraft for being based on a video game. These assholes seem to take it as a cue that only antisocial male nerds care about the properties and, thus, anything based on them become a prime target for mockery.

  • KilliK

    true, there were a few reviews in those so called “professional” movie sites, which started by mocking the videogame community and then went on to trash the movie.

    and unfortunately, Duncan finally succumbed to those assholes, in his latest interview which he did a few days ago, he was very apologetic for his direction and choices he made. Whereas until then, he always defended his vision for the movie, even when the RT critics dumped on it.

    anyway, we have two movies based on manga/anime coming out in the next 2 years. it will be interesting to see how the critics and audience will react to those. Personally, I want to see GITS burned and Alita becoming a big hit.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    He defended it well in this video. Sad if he’s finally given in to the critics.

  • Steven Dean

    Why are you so focused on movies based on video games?