Spinning Headlines – Week 38: RIP Bill Nunn/Curtis Hanson, Weekend Box Office, Thor: Ragnarok, IT, Dark Tower: Wizard and Glass, Passengers, Paramount, Tran5formers…
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.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1.||The Magnificent Seven||$35,000,000||$35,000,000|
|4.||Bridget Jones’s Baby||$4,520,000||$16,457,675|
|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.
SAM NEILL JOINS “THOR: RAGNAROK”
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:
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) September 25, 2016
— Sam Neill (@TwoPaddocks) September 25, 2016
“Thor: Ragnarok” is of course also starring Neill’s castmate from “Jurassic Park“, Jeff Goldblum – so could there be hopes for a little reunion?
“IT” WRAPS FILMING
…with a properly creepy celebratory photo, as you can see.
“JUMANJI” FILMING STARTS WITH A CAST PHOTO
EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: #JUMANJI Our dope 90's vintage costumes will all make sense when our plot's revealed. Truuuuuust me😂👊🏾. The journey continues.. "Moose Finbar" (Kevin Hart). "Ruby Roundhouse" (Karen Gillan). "Professor Shelly Oberon" (Jack Black). "Dr. Smolder Bravestone" 'cause well.. he smolders. Hard workin' and FUN first day of shooting in the jungle with this talented and crazy motley crew. Jack is brilliant, Karen is bad assery, Kevin is sharply hilarious and I smell good. Extremely hard trying to keep a straight face in these scenes. Too funny. We're makin' a good one. More to come.. #JUMANJI #WishFulfillment #TheGameThatPlaysYou
“Jumanji” aka. “the one where The Rock punches a bunch of boardgames”.
WHAT THE HELL IS UP AT PARAMOUNT PICTURES?
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:
“TRAN5FORMERS” INSULTS THE BRITISH
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…
“TABOO” TV SPOT
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.”
NEW “JOHN WICK” POSTER & FURTHER DETAILS
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.
“THE DARK TOWER” TV PLANS AGAIN A GO
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.”
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
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.