Spinning Headlines – Week 39: Weekend Box Office, Pirates 5, Justice League, War for the Planet of the Apes, Indiana Jones, MacGruber 2, Terry Gilliam…
Well, happy Month of Halloween, everybody! Time to look at the past week’s news.
First things first:
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|1||N||Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children||Fox||$28,500,000||–||3,522||–||$8,092||$28,500,000||$110||1|
|3||1||The Magnificent Seven (2016)||Sony||$15,700,000||-54.8%||3,674||–||$4,273||$61,605,901||$90||2|
|7||22||Queen of Katwe||BV||$2,608,000||+755.3%||1,242||+1,190||$2,100||$3,011,009||$15||2|
|9||4||Bridget Jones’s Baby||Uni.||$2,330,000||-50.0%||2,055||-875||$1,134||$20,981,735||$35||3|
Tim Burton won the weekend with “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children“, beating Peter Berg‘s BP Oil Rig disaster-drama “Deepwater Horizon” – the second newcomer. The third newcomer, Jared Hess‘s “Masterminds” did not fare that well. “The Magnificent Seven“-remake had a 54.8% drop from last week. Clint Eastwood‘s “Sully” broke that $100 million-barrier as I thought it would – and this weekend sees the first time “Suicide Squad” has been dropped outside of the top 10 since it’s release.
FOR ANYONE WHO CARES…
…there’s the teaser poster for the fifth “Pirates of the Caribbean“-movie – subtitled “Dead Men Tell no Tales“. It’s without a doubt a poster for a pirate movie. Apparently AMC will also show a teaser during tonight’s “Fear the Walking Dead” as well,
“JUSTICE LEAGUE” WRAPS FILMING
There's to many people to thank for all their hard work JL. Tonight is our wrap party. I am so thankful for my cast and crew. I love you. I have never in my life missed a wrap party But as you all know I'm a huge fan of the food and merriment!!!! 🍻🍻🍻🍻🍻👿👿👿👿👿😜😜😜😜😜Unfortunately I prepare for the north. For those that will be there. I WON'T let you down Shaka aaalllooohhhaaa see u Monday xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx aquaman
…as told by the guy who talks to fishes.
“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” SYNOPSIS
First footage for the upcoming, Matt Reeves-helmed third part in the new “Planet of the Apes“-series will apparently be revealed at the New York Comic Con (Thursday, October 6th at the Regal E-Walk Theater at 8:30pm). Meanwhile, a full plot synopsis of the film has been given out:
“In War for the Planet of the Apes, the third chapter of the critically acclaimed blockbuster franchise, Caesar(Andy Serkis) and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel(Woody Harrelson). After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins this own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet.”
Can’t wait. This is without a doubt one of the best things 20th Century Fox has going on right now. I guess some form of teaser trailer will see it’s way online during the Comic Con as well. Watch this space.
THE LITTLEST “TWIN PEAKS”-TEASE
Well – it’s just “only” the composer Angelo Badalamenti playing some familiar tunes. But goddammit – if you’re a “Twin Peaks” fan and that doesn’t do anything for you, you’re full of shit.
In case somebody doesn’t know what any of this means, here’s what Showtime says:
TWIN PEAKS features prolific composer Angelo Badalamenti and his Grammy® Award-winning theme music from the original series – one of the most distinctive ever created for television by David Lynch. Badalamenti will return as composer for the new series, which will premiere on SHOWTIME in 2017.
Badalamenti has written some of the most unique film scores of our time. He is widely known for his long-standing collaboration with TWIN PEAKS director David Lynch, which has produced a creative and inspired body of work. In addition to receiving the Grammy Award for the theme music of the original series, the “Soundtrack Album from Twin Peaks” achieved gold status in 25 countries. Badalamenti has also received three Emmy® Award nominations for the original series, as well as Golden Globe® nominations for films The Straight Story and Mulholland Drive.
One of the most groundbreaking and influential television series of all time, the new SHOWTIME series picks up twenty-five years after the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town were stunned when their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The new TWIN PEAKS is written and produced by series creators and executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost and is directed entirely by Lynch.
BEST NEWS OF THE WHOLE WEEK
— Jorma Taccone (@jormataccone) September 26, 2016
TERRY GILLIAM CAN’T CATCH A BREAK, PART 57381…
Well, it’s really not a surprise to anyone when Terry Gilliam stated that his decades-in-the-making film “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” has ran into another snafu and has once again been delayed for at least a short time. The reason this time? Well – here’s how Gilliam himself explained it in Jonathan Ross’ radio show:
“I was supposed to start to be shooting it starting next Monday. It’s been slightly delayed. I had this producer, a Portuguese chap, who claimed he’d get all the money together in time. And a few weeks ago, he proved that he didn’t have the money,” Gilliam said.“So we are still marching forward. It is not dead. I will be dead before the film is.” (for the record, I wouldn’t jinx things like this last sentence does. Not when it’s the year 2016…)
Wait. Didn’t Gilliam make a development deal with Amazon just a year or so ago? I’m sure there’s some money available there if need be. We’ll probably learn more as the Neverending Saga of Gilliam’s “Don Quixote” continues…
“WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS” GETS TV-SPINOFF
Radio New Zealand reports, that the Jemaine Clement and director Taika Waititi-created vampire mockumentary “What We Do In The Shadows” – one of the best films I’ve seen this year – will continue at least in the small screen. The six-episode series, titled “Paranormal Event Response Unit” will feature police officers Karen and Mike, who “keep us safe from supernatural phenomena in their own police reality series“. Not much else is known at this point, but I’d put this on the “things that I must see”-list.
IN OTHER TV NEWS…
…seems like “The Purge“-franchise will also make a jump to TV-land. No – not as a reality series; the franchise’s writer/director/creator James DeMonaco says that he’s working on adapting “Purge” as an “interwoven anthology-series”. He continues by saying: “The idea of why I like the idea of a maybe 10 hour TV thing on this, the one thing you really can’t do on the films is, just because of mere real estate and time, is you can’t get into the nuance and complexity that would drive someone to commit a terrible act on this night. Whether it’s revenge or out of passion, but what might be interesting in a TV show is with a flashback narrative, if you start on Purge Night but you go back to show how people have gotten to where they are. Where you see a couple that’s gone haywire on this night, but let’s show everything that’s led up to this moment of a husband trying to kill a wife — the cheating or the accusations of cheating or money problems. It will be interesting to show those arcs, those dramatic and complex arcs that get people to where they pick up a gun or a knife and kill someone else. I think there’s something cool that we can do with the real estate of TV — 10 hours, potentially.”
“RULES DON’T APPLY” OFFICIAL TRAILER
Well, it’s that secret Howard Hughes-movie that Warren Beatty has been making in secret for the past 5-6 years, and also Beatty’s first directorial job in the last 19 years. So that alone gets my interest a bit.
CRAIG “STILL FIRST CHOICE” FOR BOND
As Callum McDougall – executive producer on the last four Bond films – told to BBC Friday, Daniel Craig is still [the producers]Barbara Broccoli‘s and Michael G. Wilson‘s first choice as James Bond. Asked if Craig IS willing to return, “I wish I knew,” he said. “We love Daniel. We would love Daniel to return as Bond. Without any question he is absolutely Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli’s first choice. I know they’re hoping for him to come back.” But if Craig is willing to join the next Bond movie, McDougall said the role would “absolutely” be his.
So, that’s what we know. We know that McDougall knows. But does McDougall know what Craig knows? Who knows.
THE BEST THING OF THE WEEK
Artist and animator Patrick Schoenmaker made this animated Indiana Jones-short for 5 years, and it’s crazy good. If any proof of concept for animated adventures of Indy was ever needed, this is IT. Now the question is, are the people at Disney/Lucasfilm paying attention?
“JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK” IMAX TRAILER
I’m sure Paramount is desperate for “Jack Reacher” to become a bankable franchise. The first film, while being very good, didn’t exactly light the box office on fire and this sequel just seems – at least by this trailer – to just rely on the old sequel “escalation”-rules: more stunts, more action, some mysterious backstory for the hero, et cetera…. And this one doesn’t have Werner Herzog.
JON FAVREAU TO MAKE A LIVE-ACTION “LION KING”
…because why wouldn’t he? This years “The Jungle Book” was actually a very good movie, and it made $965 million at the worldwide box office this year. Disney calls the new project a “reboot” of “The Lion King” and apparently it “will include songs from the animated film“.
Look – if Disney really wants to remake EVERY SINGLE ANIMATED MOVIE THEY HAVE IN THEIR CATALOGUE into live action/mocap-adaptations, there ain’t no one to stop them. But – to quote Ian Malcolm from “Jurassic Park” – are the brass at Disney become so preoccupied with what they could that they havent’ stopped to think if they should.
I can understand the films that have human characters can benefit from the “live action”-element, but – “The Lion King“? Isn’t that just basically animation all over again as it only has animal characters in it? And the original is already considered a classic, so I’ll repeat my question again: why?
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Well, here’s another candidate to that eventual Kevin James‘s “Lifetime Achievent Oscar”-reel:
This actually brings me back to one of the previous bits of news; why in the fuck does Netflix throw money to make these Kevin James “action comedies” and in the meantime Terry Gilliam has to practically beg/borrow/hustle for pennies?
You try and make sense over that, because I sure as hell cant.
That is all.