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.
RIP GENE WILDER
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.
“DON’T BREATHE” TAKES THE WEEKEND AGAIN
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.
|4.||Kubo and the Two Strings
|6.||The Light Between Oceans
|9.||Hell or High Water||$4,500,000||$14,651,633|
For MORE on home invasion-movies, I refer to my colleague Detective Dee‘s article on the subject.
A NEW “STAR WARS: REBELS” SEASON 3 PROMO
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.
“GOTHAM” SEASON 3 TRAILER
Actually – I DO have one thing to say. Whose bright idea was it to use a Metallica-cover here? Sheesh.
“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” SET PIC & A CASTING NEWS
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.
“STRANGER THINGS” SEASON 2 DETAILS
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 31, 2016
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.”
IN THE “WELL IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME”-NEWS…
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.”
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…
“GAME OF THRONES” ADDS JIM BROADBENT TO THE CAST
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.
A NEW “ROGUE ONE” ASTRODROID INTRODUCED
Meet the Imperial counterpart to the R2 unit. And yes – it does come in black.
THE LEAST SURPRISING NEWS OF THE WEEK
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 Child” to 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.
ANDREW DOMINIK TO MAKE A MARILYN BIOPIC(SORTA)
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.”
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
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.