Spinning Headlines – Week 38: RIP Bill Nunn/Curtis Hanson, Weekend Box Office, Thor: Ragnarok, IT, Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Passengers, Paramount, Tran5formers… Spinning Headlines – Week 38: RIP Bill Nunn/Curtis Hanson, Weekend Box Office, Thor: Ragnarok, IT, Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Passengers, Paramount, Tran5formers…
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Toodles. Time to gather up that newsflood of the week.

First of all, the year 2016 is giving it’s worst again First, as news broke out of the passing of actor Bill Nunn – who made a memorable entrance in the lexicon of movie fandom as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee‘s 1989 breakthrough film “Do the Right Thing“(a film that seems to be even more timely now than ever). In fact, it was Lee himself who was the first to break the news to the public. Hats off.

The second horrible piece of news was that just as it was announced that Terry Jones of the Monty Python group was going to receive a special BAFTA award, it was announced that he wouldn’t be able to accept the award in person as he is suffering from primary progressive aphasia, a rare from of dementia which gradually impairs his ability to communicate and he is no longer able to make interviews or public appearances. This came as a shock as it’s been only two years since the group’s final reunion stage shows.

And of course the week opened with the news of director Curtis Hanson‘s (“LA Confidential”, “8 Mile”, “Wonder Boys“) passing at the age of 71, after battling Alzheimer’s disease for the reacent years.



1. The Magnificent Seven $35,000,000 $35,000,000
2. Storks $21,805,000 $21,805,000
3. Sully $13,830,000 $92,393,447
4. Bridget Jones’s Baby $4,520,000 $16,457,675
5. Snowden $4,144,989 $15,139,215
6. Blair Witch $3,950,000 $16,128,695
7. Don’t Breathe $3,800,000 $81,110,808
8. Suicide Squad $3,110,000 $318,133,343
9. When the Bough Breaks $2,500,000 $26,613,349
10. Kubo and the Two Strings $1,103,000 $45,954,573

It was the Antoine Fuqua-directed remake of “The Magnificent Seven” that took the top spot this week, with Nicholas Stoller‘s(“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, “Neighbors 1-2“) animation debut “Storks” taking the second place. Clint Eastwood‘s “Sully” looks to be breaking the $100 million-barrier in a week or so, if nothing dramatic happens. Last weekend’s additions “Bridget Jones’s Baby”, “Snowden” and “Blair Witch” are still hanging on in the top 10, but no matter how you look at it, they are definitely tanking at the US theaters.



Well – at least for a bit; in the interview where he broke the news that he’s in the film he was quick to add that he only filmed “for a couple days“. And as to who he would play, he said “I’m not really allowed to say this and I can’t tell you what it is…If I say anything else, Marvel’s secret agents — and they are lethal — will come and get me and probably my children, as well.” Neill just recently starred in director Taika Waititi’s previous film, “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”, so clearly that working relationship was a big factor in THIS casting. After the revelation, Neill engaged in some hilarious Twitter updates:

Thor: Ragnarok” is of course also starring Neill’s castmate from “Jurassic Park“, Jeff Goldblum – so could there be hopes for a little reunion?



…with a properly creepy celebratory photo, as you can see.




“Jumanji” aka. “the one where The Rock punches a bunch of boardgames”.




That question came to mind this week in a couple separate instances.

First off, apparently the studio has already prepared to make a write-down on “Monster Trucks” – a $115 million-budgeted 3D live-action/computer-animated action comedy from director Chris Wedge(“Ice Age”, “Robots“), A write-down, for a movie that doesn’t even open until January, reasons being cited as “not likely perform to expectations“. I guess you won’t see much advertising on this one before it’s opening day, as the studio seems to have already thrown in the towel.

Second thing; the studio once again has shuffled the release date of the upcoming “The Ring” sequel “Rings” – pushing it from it’s October 28th release date back to February 3, 2017. Previous release dates of the film have been November 13th 2015 and April 1st 2016 so it’s been quite a long and arduous road for this sequel. I know that this sort of release date-shuffling usually means that the studio does not think the movie it has is very good, but dropping a horror film from the end of October to a week and a half before Valentine’s Day?!!? Because who the hell would wanna see a horror movie in Halloween, right…? And considering some of the crap we’ve seen perform well on Halloween in recent years, there would’ve been a pretty big chance to make some good profit with a turd anyway….

So I guess they tried to accommodate that by then pushing up the “Friday the 13th“-reboot from its tentative January 13, 2017 release date to October 13, 2017 – so somewhat close to NEXT YEAR’S Halloween.

So anyway, I did a little digging to find out why the studio is making such sorta panicky-sounding moves and it’s actually quite simple; the studio seems to be bleeding money at the moment. The last film to come out of the studio that wasn’t a box office-disappointment seems to be “10 Cloverfield Lane” – which opened in March. All the other high profile movies from the studio this year – including Michael Bay‘s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi”, Ben Stiller‘s “Zoolander 2“, the Tina Fey-lead war comedy “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot“, the “Star Trek“-sequel “Star Trek Beyond” and the “Ben-Hur” remake – have all been huge financial flops or underperformers. 

I guess there’s always next year and:




Well, as was reported a couple weeks ago, “Transformers: The Last Knight” – the firth film in the Michael Bay-franchise had cast King Arhur in it. Now it took one step further into the bizarre and had Blenheim Palace – Sir Winston Churchill‘s birthplace – decorated by full Nazi regalia; making a lot of WWII-veterans – and others – mightily pissed off.

Of coure Bay was quick to respond to those news by stating: “There’s a thing I saw in the paper today about Blenheim and I just want to say people were not fortunate enough to read the script and they don’t know that Churchill in this movie is a big hero,” he told them. “And Churchill would be smiling about last night.” Yes Mike, whatever you say. Based on the previous films, Churchill would likely be played by some famous high profile actor deduced to reacting to fart jokes or something…

So, King Arthur AND Nazis – with Mark Wahlberg and a collection of cast from most of the previous films; this one seems to get weirder and weirder. I’m guessing some mystical object is at play again; there was the Allspark and the Matrix of Leadership so the next one will shirley be The Dodecahedron of Time. Or something…



Here’s the first look at “Taboo” – the FX miniseries written by Tom Hardy and his father Chip Hardy. From the little we see, it looks properly gritty and mysterious at least. Here’s the series synopsis: “Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself. But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.




That is the new teaser poster for “John Wick: Chapter 2“. And along with it, director Chad Stahelski gave some info on the sequel of the 2014 Keanu Reeves-starring sleeper hit. “What’s it like to be in a world like this? That’s what we really wanted to expand on,” the director says. “Me and the other creators on the show, my partner and the other producers, the biggest attraction to us about filmmaking really is creating a universe, and creating a world, and creating a little bit of escape. That’s really what we focused on and we’re hoping that’s what comes across in the second movie.”

Seems like “less is more” will definitely not be in the rulebook for the sequel. “I would say we had twice as much action as the first movie,” he says about the shoot. “We took it all a full notch up as far as the driving car stuff went. A great portion of the car chase in the opening of the film is Keanu, which is very impressive.”

The cast and crew are expected to make an appearance in the New York Comic Con next month, so I’d expect some sort of a trailer at that time.




You all remember the time when they were gonna adapt “The Dark Tower” into three epic movies and have a season of a TV-series fill in the gaps between the features? Well – turns out some part of that plan is still active, as Akiva Goldsman, the co-writer and producer of “The Dark Tower” film revealed this week that they are gearing up to do a television series as a full run of “between 10 and 13 episodes”, aiming to begin shooting in 2017 with plans to premiere it in 2018.

The focus of the show? The fourth book in the “Dark Tower” saga, “Wizard & Glass“. As plans go, this actually sounds like a pretty smart way to go, as the fourth book is for the most part a flashback into the youth of Roland, the sagas lead character. In essence, the book is a campfire story told by Roland to his fellow travellers in between from getting from book three to book five.

This is still long ways away. First we’ll see how that first movie turns out as it opens on February 17th.



Here’s the first trailer of “Passengers“, written by Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”) and directed by Morten Tyldum (“The Imitation Game”) and starring the hottest box office idols of the recent years. So why does it look a tad…undewhelming? And a bit too sterile. Who knows.

By the way, does anyone else thin that they missed a good joke by not casting Joe Turkel as the bartender? Anyone?

Full synopsis: “On a routine journey through space to a new home, two passengers, sleeping in suspended animation, are awakened 90 years too early when their ship malfunctions. As Jim (Chris Pratt) and Aurora (Jennifer Lawrence) face living the rest of their lives on board, with every luxury they could ever ask for, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction… until they discover the ship is in grave danger. With the lives of 5000 sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all.”




Well, it had to happen eventually; ABC is reportedly looking to reboot the classic Tom Selleck-lead series “Magnum P.I.”. The series is to focus on Tom Magnum’s daughter, Lily “Tommy” Magnum, who returns to Hawaii to take up the mantle of her father’s PI firm.

Well, since the revival of “Hawaii Five-O” has been a pretty steady hit for CBS and the original two shows were established as existing in the same universe, then I guess why the hell not. Anyone up for a “Jake and the Fatman”-reboot, as that show went to Hawaii for a lot of seasons as well?


That is all.



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  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yes, Churchill would be thrilled to be portrayed in a Transformers movie. Bay is such an ignorant ass.

    Not that I care about this shitty franchise, but why does it repeatedly insist on intertwining the stories with historical events? The first film had something to do with Mars probes; the second with cavemen or ancient Egypt or something; and the third with the Apollo missions. You’d think the Transformers would be enough of a draw in and of themselves; there’s no need to bloat the concept by stuffing unrelated elements into the mix and presenting a bastardized Bay version of history into the bargain.

  • CoolHandJuke

    I can find no joy in this world…

  • I_am_better

    They haven’t said who Anthony Hopkins will play. I’m willing to bet 100-1 that he’s Churchill, and they’re gonna have him blast some minibots with a musket while taking a shit. Or something.

  • I_am_better

    It’s rare these days

  • KilliK

    or smoking a huge cigar. still, it wont be as ridiculous as that Dr Who episode with Churchill and the Daleks.

  • KilliK

    didnt Bay say that part 4 was gonna be his last one? but I guess all that coke on tits, is too sweet for him to give up.

  • KilliK

    then kill yourself.

  • KilliK

    Karen..hot damn..

  • KilliK

    So, they are remaking PI but instead of an alpha male lead like in the original, they replace him with his daughter. it is truly the end of times.
    at least I am hearing that the new MacGyver is a womanizer who is making his advances on the chicks (in the original, he was also a ladies man but it was the chicks who were making the first move on him)

  • I_am_better

    He’s said “this will be my last one” since prepping for part 3, I believe. Who doesn’t love money?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yep. In fact, I believe he’s said that about EVERY Transformers movie since the first. I’m not exaggerating, either.

    I don’t care about the series, but I’ll be somewhat curious to see the first Transformers movie that Bay doesn’t direct. Will it still retain his style, or will it at least be watchable? I wonder.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    He actually said it about the first sequel, too.

  • KilliK

    Two things are giving me more joy than anything else in the world right now:
    ST:B flopping and SS reaching $750m

  • I_am_better

    I think he agreed to do part 4 so the studio would finance Pain & Gain. And I guess he’s doing part 5 because they financed 13 Hours.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    No doubt there’ll be some phallic humor revolving around Churchill’s big cigars.

  • KilliK

    If only James Cameron had the rights of the movie franchise. Can you imagine what he would have created with that world as his playground?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    And he’ll be doing parts 6 or 7 because the studio’s going to finance his ivory trade film. Any excuse.

  • I_am_better

    I guess it depends. If part 5 won’t make that usual $850 million worldwide next year, Paramount might really be in a world of shit…

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Hell, yeah! It’s not the Transformers property I object to – I was a fan of it when I was younger – just Bay’s horrible camera eye and frat boy humor. Cameron’s version would be incredible. The Marvel comics run in the eighties proved that you can build a rich science fiction mythology around the concept.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It will, no matter how bad it is. This series, like Pirates of the Caribbean or Fast and Furious, is money in the bank in terms of global appeal. The last one is the fourth highest grossing movie ever in China, and the second highest grossing foreign movie there.

  • I_am_better

    At least MacGyver has the classic mullet now after they fixed that in the reshoots

  • I_am_better

    I guess Paramount can always partner up with the Chinese

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Why are you happy about SS reaching $750 million? I thought you disliked it?

  • KilliK

    and his disservice to the characters. Couldnt believe watching Optimus Prime killing a fallen, wounded Decepticon pleading for his life, and enjoying it. Prime was a hero to the children, not a cold blooded murderer, you fucking dimwit. No wonder, we are living terrible situations like Trump or Brexit. people are losing their heroes, man, fictional and real.

  • KilliK

    yeah. but he also has a team now. Mac is solo, that was one of his appeals.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yep, Prime was a reluctant warrior, not a sadist. It’s the same bastardization that has happened to Batman and, especially, Superman under Snyder.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That Pennywise jack-in-the-box is from the adult portion of the story….which they haven’t filmed yet. I wonder why they’re using it already?

  • KilliK

    oh, it’s garbage for sure, but, just like with Warcraft, there was a lot of prepossessed hate against the movie. Marvel fanboys proclaimed that it wouldnt even reach 600m and it will kill the DCEU for good, film critics tore it apart while applying their usual double standard bullshit, RT destroyed it in its ranking, and media/geek sites were celebrating its “world-breaking record for its second weekend drop” and calling it the biggest bomb in WB/DC recent history.

    well, the audience proved all of those people above, completely wrong. and that’s something.

  • KilliK

    do you honestly think it will be a faithful adaptation of the novel?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s grossed just short of Guardians of the Galaxy and more than The Winter Soldier (on a similar budget to both), so no one can claim it a flop without being hypocritical. And, apart from Joker and (maybe) Harley Quinn, it mostly featured B and C-list characters, so that can’t be said to have been in its favor, either.

  • KilliK

    and it hasnt opened in China yet.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Not really. I would love it if that was the case, but I doubt it.

    At best, I’m expecting a mediocre horror film that cherry-picks some of the novel’s famous scenes (spy footage has already been taken which shows a kid being chased, outside a haunted house in the town, by Pennywise in the guise of a decomposing leper. This scene from the novel didn’t appear in the nineties miniseries). But it (or IT, heh!) doesn’t look as if it’s going to murder its source material like the Dark Tower adaptation, either, so I’d at least expect it to adhere to some semblance of the order and flow of the original story.

  • The deaths news are quite depressing. 2016 strikes again!
    And while still alive, it’s sad to know the condition of Terry Jones.

    As for Paramount, that studio has been badly run since the begining of the 80s when those nobs implemented in full force the dreadful concept of “High Concept” and shatted that to the screens, thus heralding the era of retardness and film lameness that is the fucking 80s in Holywood.

    I suspect much of this shuffling about the movies still to be released must be a case of a changing of the guard, and the new bunch of top executives undermining the work of the previous regime to make the later look bad. Change of the guard regimes Holywood studios are rife with that type of power plays.

  • True fact: Bay was the original director for King Arthur, the movie that eventually was directed by Antoine “Fuck You” Fuqua.

  • Dee-abolik

    Bay doesn’t understand what a “concept” is, it’s hilarious.

  • Dee-abolik

    He will be portrayed as super-friend of the US.

  • I_am_better
  • Bill Nunn was also great in Spider-Man, New Jack City and Regarding henry.
    Solid actor who left us way too early. I was contemplating give a retrospective of LA Confidential after hearing about Curtis’ passing, but I can’t do it justice. Great film!!!

  • Gawd, I hate this guy!

  • As for Paramount, that studio has been badly run since the begining of the 80s when those nobs implemented in full force the dreadful concept of “High Concept” and shatted that to the screens, thus heralding the era of retardness and film lameness that is the fucking 80s in Holywood.”

  • Actually, I was hoping that SS would be at least better than BvS, but it was godawful and worse than the aforementioned film.
    Even if it smashed Box office records, it was a complete shoddy mess of a film.

  • Bay lacks World building skillz, yo. (;’

  • If i had my way, Cameron would be in charge of Hasbro’s new shared universe.
    Imagine what he could do with a Movie based on the Micronauts as i have previously mentioned.

  • AMEN, Brother!

  • I_am_better

    He just has “blowing up the world” skills

  • He think he’s “Da Bomb”, yo! X)

  • Discredit this if you dare. It’s history.
    And Ronnie Ray-Gun can go scrub his monkey.

  • Dee-abolik

    Agree about “Passengers”. Great concept, execution looks lame.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s a damn shame that Micronauts (along with ROM) can’t be part of the MCU due to licensing issues. I remember people speculating that Ant-Man’s “quantum realm” climax was a set-up for it.

  • Yeah, I thought the same thing and hoped to see a true glimpse of the Microverse. If Hasbro Studios were smart, they would arrange a deal with Marvel to base the stories from the comics and just as important-give Bill Mantlo compensation!! He’s still lying in a hospital due to brain injuries with medical costs over a million dollars. Needless to say, Marvel didn’t bat an eye to help him out.

  • LA Confidential is fantastic!! Almost 20 years later and i’m still at awe of that film.
    Its sad to see Curtis Hanson gone. another good director dies, and yet Michael Bay lives. There is no god!

  • And yet the geekdom used to eat up all the shit from him. It took almost 20 years for the geekdom to know better. Sad, really. I gues it will took another 20 years for the geekdom to also figure out how awful JJ Abrams is. So i’ll have to wait until 2029! Great!!

  • ErnestRister

    High-Concept films are as old as “Gertie the Dinosaur” and “Voyage to the Moon”. They just weren’t termed High Concept films. The 30’s, the 50’s, and the 70’s were particularly packed with so-called “High Concept” films.

  • The concept itself was invented in the late 70s and made official policy by the studios in the 80s. There is some proto-elements to that concept in previous times, but had never been systematized. It was in the fucking 80s by the cunts that runned the studios and stuck to it like flies on shit. This is undisputed, this is history.

  • coffee shop avatar

    “Yes Mike, whatever you say.” – haha

  • You’re right about that, Boyo!
    Bay mustv’e made a pact with Satan that’s why he still lives to pump out 30 Milion dollar trash!

  • Most geeks are aware that bay is a hack, yet there are many would would excuse his films as “check your brain at the door cinema”. I just think JJ Abrams is highly overrated and TFA more than proved it. I felt absolutely NOTHING when Han Solo got killed by Kylo but then again, I equally loathe The Phantom menace save for the Darth Maul scene with John Williams’ iconic “Duel of the Fates”.

  • The 80’s had great stuff be we’re not going to go down that same ol’ beaten path.

  • Must have seen fun seeing that Class From Hell, when both Bay and Abrams attended. They are Satan’s padwans.

  • And WWII had the invention of penicilin. That doesn’t make WII great.

  • TFA gave me a new appreciation of The Phantom Menace ( i always liked The Attack of the cloine aand Revenge of the Sith, and i can’t even compreend how those can be mistaken for bad movies).
    Even though i still have problems with TPM, by now some of it is more due to my own personal prefernces, like my dislike of the infantility antics of Jar Jar Binks, clearly aimed at kids. I never liked Binks and never will. but other moments in the movie are very well realise,d like your aformentioned duel with Maul and the pod race and the whole world building done to the movie. And i like a lot the general direction of the story and what it builds up for the future movie while being a solid story that exists on its own without the need of clutches from the future.

    Han’s death at the hands of his son did caused me a reaction: laughter. I swear, that scene made me laugh. I suspect that was not Abrams and Kasdan’s intention, however.