Spinning Headlines – Week 39: Weekend Box Office, Pirates 5, Justice League, War for the Planet of the Apes, Indiana Jones, MacGruber 2, Terry Gilliam… Spinning Headlines – Week 39: Weekend Box Office, Pirates 5, Justice League, War for the Planet of the Apes, Indiana Jones, MacGruber 2, Terry Gilliam…
Weekend Box Office-numbers, teaser poster for "Pirates 5", Terry Gilliam can't catch a break, "What We Do in the Shadows" TV-spinoff, "Twin Peaks"-teasery, "War... 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:



1 N Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fox $28,500,000 3,522 $8,092 $28,500,000 $110 1
2 N Deepwater Horizon LG/S $20,600,000 3,259 $6,321 $20,600,000 $110 1
3 1 The Magnificent Seven (2016) Sony $15,700,000 -54.8% 3,674 $4,273 $61,605,901 $90 2
4 2 Storks WB $13,800,000 -35.2% 3,922 $3,519 $38,811,274 $70 2
5 3 Sully WB $8,400,000 -37.9% 3,717 -238 $2,260 $105,387,463 $60 4
6 N Masterminds (2016) Rela. $6,600,000 3,042 $2,170 $6,600,000 1
7 22 Queen of Katwe BV $2,608,000 +755.3% 1,242 +1,190 $2,100 $3,011,009 $15 2
8 7 Don’t Breathe SGem $2,375,000 -37.1% 1,653 -785 $1,437 $84,734,937 $9.9 6
9 4 Bridget Jones’s Baby Uni. $2,330,000 -50.0% 2,055 -875 $1,134 $20,981,735 $35 3
10 5 Snowden ORF $2,029,390 -50.0% 1,821 -622 $1,114 $18,729,637 $40 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.




…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,



…as told by the guy who talks to fishes.




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.



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.



’nuff said.




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…



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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.




…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.




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.




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.



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?



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.




…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?



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.


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  • Netflix spends money on Kevin fucking James, and Terry Gilliam can’t get a movie made? This world fucking blows.

  • I_am_better


  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s karma.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    How many Apes sequels will it take to reach the point where the original movie began? I think the original was set hundreds of thousands of years in the future (in natural evolutionary terms, it’d have to be), so probably – a lot.

  • craig will quit bond when he gets a big ass paycheck from WB to play john constantine

  • That portuguese dude that Gilliam mentioned, i bet he’s Paulo Branco!!

  • Indeed!

  • I_am_better

    Any inside scoop if he’s had dealings like this before?

  • I_am_better

    They wisely kept the timeline very far away from the originals, so technically they can make these for a long time. As long as the quality keeps up, I’m fine with that

  • I_am_better

    Well – by no demand whatsoever, here’s that “Pirates”-teaser:


  • Never cared for Pirates of the Caribean so it’s whaeves.
    Craig has never been convincing as Bond and comes off too superficial but mechanical.
    I’m content with the original POTA saga not the reboot and certainly not Tim Burton’s abomination with “Marky Mark”! Speaking of whom, how can a boring looking disaster film such as Deepwater Horizon, top Magnifcent Seven? Is Fuqua that effin’ bad??

  • CoolHandJuke

    Is Bardeem playing his Bond villain without his dentures? Also does Eva Green get topless in her new flick or will I have to rely on every other movie she’s ever made?

  • Toruk_Makto

    I absolutely LOVED “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”. I just found the evolution of Caesar to be nothing short of amazing. One of the few films I actually purchased for my digital library.

    “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”…not so much. I don’t think I’ve ever liked anything directed by Matt Reeves.

  • Toruk_Makto

    I don’t actually need to see Eva nude ever again. Nor Carla Gugino, or Milla Jovovich for that matter.

    Plenty of archival material exists from the those gals to generate my virtual spank bank on demand.

  • “Rise” was actually very good and Lithgow gave an exceptional performance for a bit part.The cryptic ending is as good as the “Brooklyn Bridge” finale of Zombi 2! Dawn was boring and highly overrated IMO.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Yeah, as far as I’m concerned they could have left it at Rise.

  • Storm The Wire

    Probably saving that era for another Apes reboot. That’s probably what I’d do with it. Or they’re waiting to use the far future era when they make Alien Vs Predator Vs Ape Vs CGI Bill Paxton.

  • Storm The Wire

    I think Daniel Craig should do one more Bond flick. Five movies in the series is pretty good nowadays.

    Although I’m really worried about how they’ll handle it once they need to recast. We all know there will be pressure to do a Jane Bond or something like that. Not that a female spin-off would be bad. I could see see a “daughter of Bond” sort of sidequel or TV series being fun (at least before Kingsmen sort of did this kind of thing so well). I just don’t think they should mess too much with the formula in terms of the Bond movies.

  • Dee-abolik

    @Masterminds: Looks like McKinnon, Jones and Wiig made TWO horrible comedies together this year.

  • Dee-abolik

    Kevin James is an unfunny one-not cunt.

  • Dee-abolik

    You mean Gilliam brought it unto himself? lol, not unthinkable

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    He’s badmouthed so many of his fellow directors and their works that I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I thought it was you.

  • Dee-abolik

    yeah I remember. I’d be curious about his Don Qijote movie, but I am not excited about it.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    They won’t make Jane Bond. Even Brosnan admitted that would be a pandering betrayal of the concept.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Last movie of Gilliam’s I liked was Fear and Loathing. He hasn’t made anything worthwhile in some time. I haven’t seen Zero Theorem yet, but it’s probably no good.

  • KilliK


  • KilliK

    (Lo Pan’s voice)

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    You mean the one where dozens of cars can be seen calmly driving into and out of Manhattan while the chaos of the zombie outbreak reigns? XD

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Never thought about that fit before. Damn, I think you’re right! Craig will be cast in Justice League Dark.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I’m greedy, so fresh material is always welcome.

  • KilliK

    haha! oh man, when I saw that ending the first time, I couldnt stop laughing. but I cant blame Lucio, the movie is great.

  • LMMFAO Bastid! OK, you got me on that one but overall, that ending scared the shit outta me as a kid! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlnuNjrSDRE

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    The perils of low-budget filmmaking!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Hehehe. I, too, love that movie; I just couldn’t resist pointing it out.

  • True but one can say that the motorists where driving out of town in order to escape the Zombie epidemic. (;’

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    They were very leisurely and orderly about it. Where were the road blocks, pile-ups, traffic jams, screaming people abandoning their vehicles and proceeding on foot, and speeding cars swerving in and out of lanes?

    And who were the mad bastards driving in to the city on the right-bound side? Did they have a death wish or were their in-car radios broken? 😉

  • Toruk_Makto

    I only need one per actress….but I believe that every actress should do at least one nude scene in their career.

    Small price to pay for fame and fortune.

  • KilliK

    Terry should make a meta-commentary movie about his quixotic quest to make his Quixote movie.

  • I love the new header.

  • Since when i have a career in filmmaking?

  • He is involved in a lot of productions that are co-productions with France. He was the paramount producer of all of Manoel de Oliveira movies, whose financing was mostly from France.

  • Reports of my death have been greatly exagerated.