Spinning Headlines – Week 35: Gene Wilder RIP, Weekend BO, Stranger Things S2, Mascots, Jackie Chan, Harry Potter… Spinning Headlines – Week 35: Gene Wilder RIP, Weekend BO, Stranger Things S2, Mascots, Jackie Chan, Harry Potter…
RIP Gene Wilder, another "Don't Breathe"-weekend, Teasers/trailers for "Star Wars: Rebels" S3, "Gotham" S3, "Mascots". "Stranger Things" season 2 details, WB planning for a... Spinning Headlines – Week 35: Gene Wilder RIP, Weekend BO, Stranger Things S2, Mascots, Jackie Chan, Harry Potter…

Hi there. A somewhat slower week on the newsfront this week. Might be a little calm before the storm, as the final big releases of the year are slowly creeping up. But we work with what we have.

First off…



The legendary writer/actor/comedian Gene Wilder passed away last Monday, August 29th due to complications from Alzheimer’s. That goddamned year 2016 just keeps picking off souls, doesn’t it? Wilder was, of course, most known from “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory“, as well as his multiple teamups with both Mel Brooks(“The Producers”, “Blazing Saddles” and “Young Frankenstein”) and Richard Pryor(“Silver Streak”, “Stir Crazy”, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” and “Another You”).

For me, the #1 Wilder memory will always be when I was about 11 and I taped “Blazing Saddles” from the TV. In the following months/years I must have watched that movie about 50 times. Wilder will always be the Waco Kid for me.

This scene is etched into my brain. It never fails to make me laugh.



Fede Alvarez‘s home invasion-thriller looks to be taking the weekend no.1 spot again, for the second week in a row, not getting any competition from this week’s new arrivals “The Light Between Oceans” and “Morgan”(which didn’t even make it to the top 10). This may change next week, as Clint Eastwood‘s IMAX true story “Sully” will open.

1. Don’t Breathe $15,700,000 $51,123,952
2. Suicide Squad $10,005,000 $297,422,209
3. Pete’s Dragon
$6,471,000 $64,222,939
4. Kubo and the Two Strings
$6,467,000 $34,328,436
5. Sausage Party
$5,300,000 $88,446,124
6. The Light Between Oceans
$4,984,000 $4,984,000
7. Bad Moms
$4,740,000 $102,527,194
8. War Dogs
$4,705,000 $35,217,809
9. Hell or High Water $4,500,000 $14,651,633
10. Mechanic: Resurrection
$4,276,000 $14,418,786

For MORE on home invasion-movies, I refer to my colleague Detective Dee‘s article on the subject.



This clip focuses solely on the Extended Universe-character of Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose arrival to the show caused quite a stir back in the summer. I’m not knowledgeable on the EU nor the “Star Wars” animated series, so I have nothing to comment here.

…nor do I have anything to comment on this NEXT TV show either, as it’s another one I have not seen.



Actually – I DO have one thing to say. Whose bright idea was it to use a Metallica-cover here? Sheesh.



Peter Parker himself – Tom Holland – shared this very gothic-looking BTS pic on Instagram. Very moody.

And also it was revealed last week that Jon Favreau will most likely be reprising his role as Tony Stark’s driver/bodyguard/friend Happy Hogan in the film. This would mark Hogan’s first appearance in the MCU outside of the “Iron Man” movies.



As the teaser above revealed, my favorite binge-watch of the summer, “Stranger Things“, was quickly renewed for a second season. Some details were revealed by Netflix and The Duffer Brothers; the second season will take place a year after the first – setting it into the fall of 1984. There will be nine episodes. The main characters will return, along with a few additions. Here’s the details on the new characters Max, Billy and Roman:

“Max is a tough and confident 13-year-old female whose appearance, behavior and pursuits are more typical of boys than of girls in the era. She has a complicated history and has a difficult relationship with her step-brother Billy that’s made her protective of her past and generally suspicious of those around her. She’s also good on a skateboard, which she uses to get around pretty much everywhere.

Max’s step-brother Billy is a super muscular, overconfident 17-year-old. He’s so captivating and edgy that there are rumors flying around that he killed someone at a past school he attended. Billy steals peoples’ girlfriends, is a drinking game pro and drives a black Camaro. But his violent and unpredictable nature shows itself to those closest to him, especially to ones who are younger than he is.

Roman, meanwhile, is described as a male or a female of any ethnicity between the ages of 30 and 38. After growing up homeless with a drug-addicted mother, he or she suffered a great loss at an early age and has been seeking revenge ever since. Roman is ultimately an outsider who doesn’t understand how to connect with people.”

Also, to give some idea on the influences of the second season, the brothers had this to say: “I know movie sequels get a lot of s—, but the ones we look up to aspire to pivot and do something different. There’s Temple of Doom, Aliens, Terminator 2. I guess a lot of this is James Cameron. But he’s brilliant. And I think one of the reasons his sequels are as successful as they are is he makes them feel very different without losing what we loved about the original. So I think we kinda looked to him and what he does and tried to capture a little bit of the magic of his work.




Hong Kong-legend Jackie Chan will be one of the recipiants of this year’s honorary Oscars, handed out during the Academy’s Governor Awards in November 12th. Other recipiants will be film editor Anne V. Coates, casting director Lynn Stalmaster and documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs had this to say: “The Honorary Award was created for artists like Jackie Chan, Anne Coates, Lynn Stalmaster and Frederick Wiseman — true pioneers and legends in their crafts. The board is proud to honor their extraordinary achievements, and we look forward to celebrating with them at the Governors Awards in November.

Hats off.



Well – the earlier teaser for this new film from Christopher Guest was exactly that – a teaser. Here’s the real deal. I know there’s a big question over “where the hell is Eugene Levy?” though. Those eyebrows will be missed…




As we all know, the plotlines on “Game of Thrones” are kept in secret, so really the only news on this is that Jim Broadbent HAS been cast, and his role is described as “significant”. Although the show has not been very nice on it’s guest stars before – season six’s Max Von Sydow and Ian McShane can certainly vouch for that. Speculations are running though – the primary theory being that Broadbent would be some sort of a Grand Maester in the Citadel. But the speculating would just go on and on and on and on and on… We’ll see eventually.



Meet the Imperial counterpart to the R2 unit. And yes – it does come in black.




Well, Warner Bros. certainly want to keep making them “Harry Potter“-movies. As they are about to release the first spinoff-movie “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” and a sequel to that one is already in production, this week some news broke out that they are in serious talks over returning to the original as well, bringing the West End play “Harry Potter and the Cursed Childto theaters as soon as 2020. So far this is only rumors, but COME ON – do you really think they are NOT going to pass that up?

Nice segue – we have a review of the said stageplay right here on this site, courtesy of our good friend Col. Tigh-Fighter. Check it out.




The New Zealand filmmaker Andrew Dominik sure takes his time. Since his feature film debut – the 2000 film “Chopper” – Dominik has only directed TWO feature films; the 2007 film “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” and the 2012 film “Killing Them Softly“. Well – it now looks like his next project might be moving forward. Dominik has been developing an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictional Marilyn Monroe-biography “Blonde” for almost a decade, and Netflix is now backing the film along with New Regency and Brad Pitt’s Plan B. Both Jessica Chastain and Naomi Watts have been attached on the project in various times, but according to Dominik, currently the lead role is up for takers and casting will be announced next January.

Synopsis for the source novel goes as follows: “One of America’s most acclaimed novelists boldly re-imagines one of America’s most enduring icons in Blonde—the National Book Award-nominated bestseller by Joyce Carol Oates. The legend of Marilyn Monroe—aka Norma Jeane Baker—comes provocatively alive in this powerful tale of Hollywood myth and heartbreaking reality. Marilyn Monroe lives—reborn to tell her untold history; her story of a star created to shine brightest in the Hollywood firmament before her fall to earth. Blonde is a dazzling fictional portrait of the intricate inner life of the idolized and desired movie star as only the inimitable Joyce Carol Oates could paint it.




Hmmm – maybe this: apparently Michael Bay‘s fifth “Transformers“-movie “Transformers: The Last Knight” will dig into the Arthurian legends, as they have now cast King Arthur in the film. And to make things a little easier, they cast actor Liam Carrigan in the part. Carrigan, you see, has already played Arthur in ABC’s fantasy series “Once Upon a Time”. In “Transformers 6“, we’ll certainly have the Winchester Brothers from “Supernatural” show up?


That is all.


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  • Beh! I always hated “Nothing else Matters” as a Metallica song. The minute those twats decided to do ballads is when they began to fall off. GOTHAM needs to die a quick death.At this point, i’d rather watch Supergirl.

  • Dee-abolik

    I guess that means more home invasion movies in the future, yawn

  • CoolHandJuke

    Jim Broadbent was great in The Momentum of Things…

  • I_am_better


  • I_am_better


    (When I typed that into Google, the first suggestion was “the momentum of thongs”. Suffice to say, I didn’t click that one…)

  • CoolHandJuke

    your loss

  • Xiphos

    Man they ruined a great song like Nothing Else Matters for Gotham? Seems like a waste to me.

  • Dee-abolik

    Veeeery mixed feelings about Jackie getting an Oscar. Maybe I will write something about this.

  • I_am_better

    These honorary things are a bit of a mixed bag anyway. I mean – there are no “best casting” Oscars, but Stalmaster has been around for ages. Anne Coates has been nominated for editing five times and only won for “Lawrence of Arabia” – and she’s actually still working: last credited job was “50 Shades of Grey”

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “The minute those twats decided to do ballads is when they began to fall off.”

    Don’t agree, Stalks. I spoke about this at length on AICN quite recently, in fact. My thoughts on this sort of thing don’t apply to Metallica and their fanbase only, but to all bands.

  • OK, exceptional ballads work great when properly utilized i.e Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” , Alice n Chains’ “Down in a Hole” , TSOL’s “Flowers by the door” but in the case of “Nothing else matters”, it was pretentious if not a lackluster effort. The chorus fell flat on its ass and I often remember skipping that song to get to the juicy bits like “On through the never”,etc.
    However, my favorite song from the infamous Black Album would be..

    It’s a perfect blend of rock fused with ballads, and this to me was more akin to the ban’s style and persona, opposed to “NEM”. I’ll head over to AICN to see your input on this and needless to say, drop a comment whether it be agree or disagree.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I don’t see how NEM was more pretentious than anything else on the record or wasn’t a great composition; it was a slow burn that certainly rose to a stirring climax. It fit in well with the band’s dark, occasionally melancholic sound (ie. songs like Fade to Black or Sanitarium), sounding ornate, gloomy and metal even if it wasn’t metal. It fact, it had an almost medieval vibe to it. I take it as a good example of a band broadening its appeal without “selling out” or being true to themselves. But arguing about this stuff is entirely subjective and pointless.

    Anyway, the gist of what I said on AICN was that thrash fans are very cliquish and possessive; when Metallica moved away from the sound of their first four albums their hardcore fanbase automatically turned against them on principle, because they hate any deviation from the thrash template whatsoever or any idea that a cult band might be “selling out” (a term that is way, way overused and constantly misapplied, IMO). They hated TBA in its entirety, and NEM most of all as it was the most pop crossover-style song on the album and, I think, the biggest hit from it. if you liked The Unforgiven, I can see you’re not one of those people.

  • Good points, T!
    From one’s perpspective, it’s somewhat natural reaction for those to reluctant to embrace Metallica going into that direction especially if it’s way out of their signature style and NEM served as that example. But if you enjoy it, cool! I liked Danzig’s “Sistanas” and to me, that was a ballad which exemplified good artistry. St. Anger was full of thrash songs but received its share of negative feedback and that’s partly to jason newstead leaving. All this talk of Metallica has me tempted to re-watch the Docu “Some kind of Monter”. (;’

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “All this talk of Metallica has me tempted to re-watch the Docu “Some kind of Monter”. (;'”

    It’s one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen. XD

  • Just seeing Dave Mustaine cry like a pussy is comedic gold alone!!

  • Dee-abolik

    and so sad at the same time

  • Toruk_Makto

    If I were the Duffer brothers I’d have to piss everyone off and not do a season 2.

    Stranger Things is an absolute juggernaut in terms of popularity and critical acclaim. I’d do something different the next time allright…probably a goddamn sitcom. Keep the fuckers guessing. But no way would I try to do something that could be compared to that beast.

    Sometimes it’s best to just exit on a high note


    I just can’t see them coming up with anything that isn’t going to be looked upon collectively as a let down. People can be shits. They love watching stars rise…just as much as they love watching them fall.

  • S_D_M_F

    The first time I ever disagreed with you, Stalks. Two of the greatest Metallica songs are “ballads” on their second and third albums: Fade to Black and Welcome Home (Sanitarium).