Spinning Headlines – Week 37: Weekend box office, Weird Mad Max-reporting, Commissioner Gordon, Bruce Lee, Fargo S3, Mission; Impossible 6, Rogue One, Moana… Spinning Headlines – Week 37: Weekend box office, Weird Mad Max-reporting, Commissioner Gordon, Bruce Lee, Fargo S3, Mission; Impossible 6, Rogue One, Moana…
The weekend box office-look, strange "Mad Max"-news, teasers/trailers for "Birth of the Dragon", "Annabelle 2", "Westworld", "Moana". "Fargo" season 3 casting, "Mission 6" back... Spinning Headlines – Week 37: Weekend box office, Weird Mad Max-reporting, Commissioner Gordon, Bruce Lee, Fargo S3, Mission; Impossible 6, Rogue One, Moana…


Yes – NOW it’s the real Spinning Headlines, unlike me mistakenly naming my thursday-comic as that in the first pass. I guess all that time of me not realizing I had made TWO separate columns have the same initials S and H until about a week ago took it’s toll and I got massively confused.


Weekend Box-office time.

1. Sully $22.0 $70,541,351
2. Blair Witch $9.65 $9,650,000
3. Bridget Jones’s Baby $8.24 $8,240,715
4. Snowden $8.0 $8,023,329
5. Don’t Breathe $5.6 $75,328,781
6. When the Bough Breaks $5.2 $22,697,732
7. Suicide Squad $4.7 $313,782,332
8. The Wild Life $2.6 $6,664,269
9. Kubo and the Two Strings $2.5 $44,240,974
10. Pete’s Dragon $2.0 $72,805,525

Clint Eastwood‘s “Sully” took the second weekend in a row, with surprisingly little competition from this weekend’s newcomers “Blair Witch“, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” and “Snowden“. Lionsgate in particular must be really disappointed, as the Adam Wingard-directed “secret” Blair Witch-sequel from the studio didn’t even break $10 million. Would it have been better to wait for the Halloween-season…? Woulda, coulda, shoulda…. Also, “Snowden“‘s $8 million haul was the lowest-grossing debut in director Oliver Stone’s career, despite actually getting way better reviews than his last few movies.




I’m not reporting the widely rumored(in the last 24 hour or so) possibility of a “Mad Max: Fury Road“-prequel being in production in Australia – because honestly I don’t believe that B.S. for a second. And if there IS, George Miller certainly is not involved in that; and that little fact in itself removes any sort of interest on this speculative project. Instead I’m just reporting that there are a lot of news articles being posted out there about a “Mad Max: Fury Road“-prequel being prepped to start filming as soon as this year, and if you wanna believe a word of that and take the Kool-Aid, the news can be seen here, here, here and here.

In other news, National Enquirer just had another Elvis-sighting a week or two ago, I believe. And the Clintons are apparently clones.

There’s a bunch of other mad shit too – just Google “mad shit” and be amazed.



It’s the first official still of J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon in “Justice League”. And he’s turned on the Bat-signal. isn’t that just…probably shot in slow motion so that plastic tarp will make for a dramatic effect? And I think that roof has a serious humidity problem.



I’m a Bruce Lee-fan. Always have been, so here’s a little something upcoming to wait for. Director George Nolfi(“The Adjustment Bureau”) made a film focusing on the true life 1964 fight between Lee and Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man, which has several different versions of what actually transpired – depending on whose side of the story you read. One version you saw in Rob Cohen‘s 1993 perfectly watchable film “Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story“. Well, here’s another version for the cinematic canon. Here’s the official synopsis for the film:

An affectionate nod to the classic Kung Fu films of the 1970s, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a dramatization of the true life but much disputed fight between Kung Fu greats Bruce Lee and Shaolin Master Wong Jack Man in San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1964. Based on Michael Dorgan’s magazine article, “Bruce Lee’s Toughest Fight,” the film is written by Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “Ali” and “Nixon”. They wove together many conflicting accounts of the actual fight and added in fictional characters Steve McKee (based on Steve McQueen who studied with Bruce Lee in the later 60s) and female lead Xiulan, whose fates become entwined in the outcome of the fight. A tribute to the films of Bruce Lee, that inspired generations of martial arts fans, the film is directed by George Nolfi (“The Adjustment Bureau”) and stars Phillip Ng, Xia Yu and Billy Magnussen. The Chinese/American co-production is produced by Kylin and Groundswell.




Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred in one of the best movies of this year, “10 Cloverfield Lane“, is the latest addition to the cast of the third season of FX’s series “Fargo” (aka. that series that’s based on the Coen Brother’s movie “Fargo” but is really it’s own thing and has nothing to do with the Coens). Winstead joins the previously announced Ewan McGregor(in dual roles as brothers Emmit and Ray Stussy; Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, is a handsome, self-made, real estate mogul and family man who sees himself as an American success story and Ray, a balding and pot-bellied parole officer) and Carrie Coon (as Gloria Burgle, the chief of the Eden Valley Police, and a newly divorced mother, who is struggling to understand this new world around her where people connect more intimately with their phones than the people right in front of them) as Nikki, a “crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge playing. Nikki is a woman with a plan, focused on always being at least one move ahead of her opponents.

I should check this series out one of these…years, when I have time. If some non-subscribed channel hereabouts in the world would actully SHOW THE GODDAMN THING.



Hey – I was sold already with the previous one. This is just icing on the cake.




Well, there was a little bit of a snafu on the pre-production of the sixth “Mission; Impossible“-film there for a while. It all started so quicly after “Rogue Nation” hit the theaters; Christopher McQuarrie was very quickly hired as writer/director for the following segment and Rebecca Ferguson was also quickly back on board, reprising her character as Ilsa Faust, but then…in mid-August the pre-production got halted because of “salary disputes”. Notice that I put that in quotations because I really don’t buy it – the “Mission“-series has been Cruise’s baby since the first film and he’s always been both the Producer AND the lead and I think he’s gotten exactly the amount of money he’s always wanted. I think it’s just some measly power struggle between Cruise & the Paramount brass over Cruise making large tentpole-movies under OTHER studios’ as weel – like the upcoming Universal Monsters-film “The Mummy” – which is heavily relying on Cruise starring as Van Helsing – and sorts.

Anyways, that dispute seems to be now solved and the production is back on track.




Well, that’s the problem with reshoots; they tend to mess with people’s schedules – especially if you’re one of those highly in-demand guys. The news this week is that after the post-production of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” got a bit muddled, composer Alexandre Desplat is no longer composing the music of the film and Michael Giacchino is in. I mean, sure: that COULD make some people think that this is some ploy by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens“-director J.J, Abrams to get work for his friends, but one has to remember that Giacchino has a long history of working for Disney;

“The Incredibles”(and it’s upcoming sequel), “Ratatouille”, “Up”, “Cars 2″, “Inside Out”, “John Carter”, “Tomorrowland”, “Zootopia” and the upcoming “Doctor Strange“, for example. Just to name a few…



Annabelle 2″, from “Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg got it’s first teaser out this week. Now – I was not a big fan of the first “Annabelle” (which you can read HERE), so I’m very wary of this one. Although Sandberg is a definite notch up in the director-department, as the first movie was shot by the Director of Photography of “The Conjuring“. We’ll see – expect a full trailer before this one opens on May 19th, 2017.



Hmm. Another project in the works I knew nothing about and this first peek is absolutely fascinating. I mean, it Woody Fucking Harrelson! To me, that’s something that always automatically lifts the interest-level. Here’s the full synopsis on this upcoming Rob Reiner-directed film:

After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But one they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency. As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with long-time adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.



Via the Broken Lizard Twitter-account, we got the news that Rob Lowe has joined the cast of the film!



Here’s the full synopsis of the upcoming Disney animation “Moana“, in case you missed it:

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana (voice of Auli‘i Cravalho) meets the mighty demigod Maui (voice of Dwayne Johnson), who guides her in her quest to become a master wayfinder. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (“The Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “The Princess & the Frog”), produced by Osnat Shurer (“Lifted,” “One Man Band”), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘i, “Moana” sails into U.S. theaters on Nov. 23, 2016.




You’re gonna have to wait a little bit longer for the next “Star Trek” television series – the latest news is that it has been pushed from January 2017 to May. Here’s why – according to showrunner Bryan Fuller and producer Alex Kurtzman: “Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”



Well, we already had that dramatic reveal of Commissioner Gordon, so here’s the moment where director Zack Snyder revealed a still of Nite Owl from “Watchmen” the new “tactical Batsuit” from “Justice League“:


That is all.

Oh – wait… There was also THIS:

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  • It happens to the best of us. I think the reason Snowden didn’t do better is people are just tired of the topic, and looking for something a little bit lighter and less cynical.

  • Dee-abolik

    The trailer did not strike me as exciting. Too preachy and movie of the week-ish.

  • Dee-abolik

    Alex Kurtzman will write an SW -spinoff in the near future. Mark my words.

  • I_am_better

    Yeah, your point of people being in need of feel-good movies you guys made in the Imaginarium fits with this one as well

  • I_am_better

    He’s the God of Universal Monsters-universe now

  • Dee-abolik

    Lindelof then

  • I_am_better

    I think he’s still eating some Leftovers

  • I_am_better

    What about Bob?

  • Dee-abolik

    Bruce Lee movie looks cheesy. They should try to make a more grounded biopic for once.

  • Dee-abolik

    He is shunned.

  • I_am_better

    Whatever happened to that CGI Bruce Lee-project? I thought it was gonna be in Ip Man 3, but they used a real actor in that

  • Dee-abolik

    I don’t know and I don’t want to know.

  • I_am_better

    Amen to that

  • Dee-abolik

    When the card in the trailer of 50 Shades 2 says “Slip into something …” I was expecting it would be followed by “…less comfortable”. Would have fit the topic and been more original. Well.

  • I_am_better

    A missed opportunity

  • Dee-abolik

    Even that horrible Chinese TV-biopic could not be as horrible as a movie with CGI-Bruce.

  • Bop

    Bring on Super Troopers 2.

  • I_am_better

    The actor they got in Ip Man 3 was very good. But It was a bit part anyway – they stuck with the title characters story.

  • I_am_better


  • Dee-abolik

    He might work better that way.

  • Bop

    Wishful thinking, mang.

  • Bop

    You mean Legend Of Bruce Lee?

  • Dee-abolik

    I think that was the name? Cheap ass TV-production.

  • I_am_better
  • Dee-abolik
  • Bop


  • Bop

    Ha, ha. I always wanted see it because of appearances from various martial arts actors but I never did. But the clip looks really lame.

  • G.S

    It’s going to be tough to find a guy who has the aura of Lee.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Wait – what? Are you telling me Bruce didn’t battle against possessed suits of armor wanting to take possession of his soul? 🙁

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The Furiosa origins story – which they’re claiming is the subject of the Mad Max sequel that’s “about to start shooting” – was actually intended as an animated prequel that never got off the ground. “The Wasteland” is, by all accounts, a completely separate script (one of two further sequels that Miller’s written, apparently) all together.

    Those reports sounds like typical, unsubstantiated tabloid trash, and the fact that they’ve mixed those two projects together is a big red flag.

  • Yeah, that’s kind if my rant recently lol.

  • The computer stuff made me laugh hysterically it looked so bad.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I’m surprised that no one uttered the line, “What is the house password?”, in that Fifty Shades trailer.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That’s not true. That’s impossible. Noooooooooooooo…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The Dark Side clouds everything…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Balance has been brought to the Force.

  • That cunt Guacchino is polluting Rogue One with his shit that passes for music? Crap, and i had so much good hopes for Rogue One! Now i know for sure the music will be shit! What a piuty.

  • Word!

  • Bruce Lee’s Toughest Fight…. his addiction to cocaine and painkillers.

  • That new Batsuit looks like Shit! Fucking Snyder has to be removed from the DC franchise. He’s slipping, and very badly!

  • That’s not true. He smoked some hashish at his Girlfriend’s crib and had a serious allergic reaction that caused his death.

  • Snowden is not this “Big Hero’ as many had claimed him to be. The Patriot Act was in place long before the Obama Administration and in Eddie’s case, he leaked the info at the right time as many “Amurikans” who oppossed Barrack’s presidency, were delighted with glee when he had egg on his face, sorta speak.

    Snowden fled from the US like some fugitive and is nothing more than a pussy.
    I respect the the group Anomynous moreso than Snowden. At least you have them going after all kinds of douchebags and not to mention how boastful they are about it.

  • I_am_better
  • Its sooo Fucking ugly. He couldv’e at leat adopted this costume from INJUSTICE: Gods among us!

  • I_am_better

    I dunno what the hell is up with that nose-piece in the suit. Looks like:

  • Sorry, i knoiw it’s hard for legends to be seen as human, but really, drugs, man, that’s what defeated him. A true lesson if ever there was one, nomatter how much a badass you are, drugs always win in the end.

  • LOL@”Bat-Ham”!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    There’s no proof of that whatsoever. You’ve been reading too many conspiracy theories and speculations. No traces of cocaine were found in Lee’s body by toxicologists, and a small amount of cannabis found in his stomach couldn’t possibly have had any effect on his demise.

    Lee died from a cerebral edema caused by an allergic reaction to the ingredients of a painkiller, simple as that. Don’t try to glamorize his death and make sense of hereditary genetic defects by turning it into an unconfirmed drug addiction tragedy.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “he leaked the info at the right time as many “Amurikans” who opposed Barrack’s presidency, were delighted with glee when he had egg on his face, sorta speak.”

    That’s hardly Snowden’s fault. Political opportunists are always going to blame the man on whose “watch” an incident occurred, rightly or wrongly, but the Government nonetheless overstepped their bounds and Snowden’s expose brought that to the public’s attention. Obama certainly doesn’t need to be coddled, either.

    Snowden had to flee like a fugitive. He wouldn’t have been accorded a fair trial in the US, as the powers-that-be would’ve wished to make a severe example of him.

  • I seriously doubt that he would’ve exposed the govt’s evesdropping had it been another President. Bama is an easy target and very disliked for his healthcare plan and the other obvious reason. And I’m not one to coddle Obama as i have my share of critiques toward him such as giving Isreal 35 Billion dollars when there are still so many Americans that are living below the poverty line or those who cannot afford healthcare and not to mention the unemployed. I found this to be a questionable deal. 35 billion aint a drop in the bucket especially when you consider the fact that its from our tax dollars!

  • He and Assange should share an embassy together.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “I seriously doubt that he would’ve exposed the govt’s evesdropping had it been another President.”

    You may be right but, as I said, political parties and ideologues with their own agendas always attach themselves to these incidents and cloud the issue. I’m not a particular fan of either Snowden, Obama, or Libertarian policies but, regardless of the personalities involved or Snowden’s personal motives, his actions did bring to light some questionable programs. It’s better to know these things than not.

    Anyway, as a Captain America fan, I thought you’d be all for fugitives and exposing unconstitutional government plans. 😉

  • LOL I’m not sure if Cap would be buddies with Snowden unless he exposed the US gov being affiliated with Hydra. I’m against Government spying but its a sad thing when you have to exchange privacy for security. Then again, I dont have shit to hide so there’s that.

  • CoolHandJuke

    Still jacking it to MEW’s fappening pics…

  • Dee-abolik

    Off topic, but what the hell is going on with Creepy?

  • I_am_better

    What, what’s going on?

  • Captain Genius


  • Dee-abolik

    Nothing too outrageous. But he posted some maudlin’, romantic short post about his wife on his blog a few days ago and deleted the whole blog the following day.

  • I_am_better

    Ah. I guess Love killed the Demon, as Mickey Knox would say

  • That term would describe Amy Schulmer and her BFF Lena Dunham.
    Jus sayin.

  • CoolHandJuke

    There was actually a time I enjoyed Schumer…alas…

  • Zed
  • Zed

    The movie would have been underwhelming anyway. You know it to be true.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Hey! That’s my fucking idol you’re badmouthing.

  • Toruk_Makto

    It really, really does. Why they can’t leave well enough alone I will never fucking know.

  • Tarmac492.1

    10 Cloverfield Lane is like Spinning Headlines, Awesome and Underrated. Loved the flick until the very end. Goodman is a National Treasure and Winstead is in my special sock category.

  • Tarmac492.1

    It was difficult for me to get through B vs S. I was sober. Maybe that was the problem. I am not a Snyder hater.

  • Tarmac492.1

    as an American, my issues with Obama, and Clinton are that they are globalists. I am no isolationist, and I know we need a world economy but we dont need a New World Order, as said by Mr George Hw Bush(who I voted for and his kid twice) I was wrong. IMRO(in my retarded opinion) I think Open Borders is going to hurt the blue collar and factory type worker more than anyone else. It will creep to the white collar jobs, as well. We don’t need a political Pangea.

  • Tarmac492.1

    I like hookers. They gonna arrest me for that? 🙂

  • Tarmac492.1

    Sup mang?

  • Tarmac492.1

    Being cynical is all that keeps me alive, And Tullamore Dew.

  • Dee-abolik

    I am fine thx!!! How are you? Long time no see!

  • ?..

  • Tarmac492.1

    Writing alot. My second jobs is good. Good writing time and movie watching time. Sadly hurts for the hookers 🙁 How you doing??

  • Dee-abolik

    We have to elaborate in a few emails… I am okay, hopefully on vacation in Nov.

  • I’m not badmouthing him. Its the facts. That would be the same to say that Martin Scorsese, one of the directors that’s my cinematic hero, once had a cocaine habit that almost killed him to be badmouthing him. No, he did almost got himself killed by his cocaine habit. That’s just facts. If we had to give up on our cinematic heroes who had a drug problem, we wouldn’t had any!

  • There’s nothing glamorous about dying from overdose.

  • Sounds more like that allergy story to be a white-washing of his death to perpectuate his legend. As if the man himself was not good enough to be admired without the legend. He was a man, with flaws and a spark of greatness that is influencial to this day. That’s the best way to respect him. and he had a drug problem. He was human.
    Conspiracy theories is all that nonsense that he’s still alive or that he was part of a magic shaolin temple ninjas stuff or whatever. Its yet to be made a biopoc of Lee that only included the truth and not flights of fancy.