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.
|3.||Bridget Jonesâ€™s Baby||$8.24||$8,240,715|
|6.||When the Bough Breaks||$5.2||$22,697,732|
|8.||The Wild Life||$2.6||$6,664,269|
|9.||Kubo and the Two Strings||$2.5||$44,240,974|
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 Stoneâ€™s career, despite actually getting way better reviews than his last few movies.
A LOT OF NEWS-REPORTING OF A “FURY ROAD”-PREQUEL
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.
“BIRTH OF THE DRAGON”-TRAILER
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 Franciscoâ€™s Chinatown in 1964. Based on Michael Dorganâ€™s magazine article, â€œBruce Leeâ€™s Toughest Fight,â€ the film is written by Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of â€œAliâ€ and â€œNixonâ€. 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 (â€œThe Adjustment Bureauâ€) and stars Phillip Ng, Xia Yu and Billy Magnussen. The Chinese/American co-production is produced by Kylin and Groundswell.
“FARGO” SEASON 3 ADDS WINSTEAD
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;Â 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 CoonÂ (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.
ANOTHER KICK-ASS “WESTWORLD” TRAILER
Hey – I was sold already with the previous one. This is just icing on the cake.
“MISSION 6” BACK ON TRACK, AFTER SOME MONEY TALKS
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.
DESPLAT OUT, GIACCHINO IN AS “ROGUE ONE” COMPOSER
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…
HORROR SPINOFF SEQUEL TRAILER OF THE WEEK
“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.
FIRST CLIP OF WOODY HARRELSON AS “LBJ”
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 rivalâ€™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 JFKâ€™s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“SUPER TROOPERS 2” CAST ADDITION
— Broken Lizard (@brokenlizard) September 14, 2016
Via the Broken Lizard Twitter-account, we got the news that Rob Lowe has joined the cast of the film!
“MOANA” FULL TRAILER
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 â€“ and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes â€œMoana,â€ 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 Auliâ€˜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 sheâ€™s always sought: her own identity.
Directed by the renowned filmmaking team of Ron Clements and John Musker (â€œThe Little Mermaid,â€Â â€œAladdin,â€ â€œThe Princess & the Frogâ€), produced by Osnat Shurer (â€œLifted,â€ â€œOne Man Bandâ€), and featuring music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foaâ€˜i, â€œMoanaâ€ sails into U.S. theatersÂ on Nov. 23, 2016.
“STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” DELAY
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: â€œBringing â€˜Star Trekâ€™ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood.Â 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, donâ€™t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: â€˜Star Trekâ€™ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.â€
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
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“:
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) September 14, 2016
That is all.
Oh – wait… There was also THIS: