Spinning Headlines – Week 4: John Hurt RIP, Weekend Box Office, SAG Awards, Oscar Nominations, Black Panther, Godzilla 2, Apocalypse Now… Spinning Headlines – Week 4: John Hurt RIP, Weekend Box Office, SAG Awards, Oscar Nominations, Black Panther, Godzilla 2, Apocalypse Now…
This week we say farewell to John Hurt, look a the weekend box office as well as the SAG Award winners and Academy Awards... Spinning Headlines – Week 4: John Hurt RIP, Weekend Box Office, SAG Awards, Oscar Nominations, Black Panther, Godzilla 2, Apocalypse Now…

Okay, another week has passed and as much as I hate to start these thing in a bad note, another great talent was lost as Sir John Hurt passed away last wednesday at 77 years of age. Hurt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in early 2015 but kept working after the illness was said to be in remission. Hurt left behind so many iconic characters that it’s impossible to list everything, but I will always remember Kane from “Alien“, John Merrick from “The Elephant Man“, Winston Smith from “1984“, Hadden from “Contact“, Professor Broom from “Hellboy” and Control from “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” – there’s just a few that came from the tip of my head.

I think Terry Gilliam‘s Facebook post from last week says everything that needs to be said:

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1 1 Split Uni. $26,268,685 -34.3% 3,199 +161 $8,212 $77,998,775 $9 2
2 N A Dog’s Purpose Uni. $18,386,020 3,059 $6,010 $18,386,020 $22 1
3 3 Hidden Figures Fox $14,000,000 -11.0% 3,351 -65 $4,178 $104,021,694 $25 6
4 N Resident Evil: The Final Chapter SGem $13,850,000 3,104 $4,462 $13,850,000 $40 1
5 5 La La Land LG/S $12,050,000 +43.0% 3,136 +1,271 $3,842 $106,509,372 $30 8
6 2 xXx: The Return of Xander Cage Par. $8,250,000 -59.0% 3,651 $2,260 $33,487,750 $85 2
7 4 Sing Uni. $6,213,710 -31.0% 2,702 -491 $2,300 $257,405,085 $75 6
8 6 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story BV $5,124,000 -28.9% 2,049 -554 $2,501 $520,049,573 $200 7
9 7 Monster Trucks Par. $4,100,000 -42.0% 2,496 -623 $1,643 $28,135,147 3
10 N Gold Wein. $3,470,000 2,166 $1,602 $3,470,000 1

M. Night Shyamalan‘s “Split” kept the top position for the second week in a row. The surprise second spot was taken by Lasse Hallström‘s “A Dog’s Purpose“, which tells a story of a dog reincarnating through 5 lifetimes through different breeds. I had no idea about this film and haven’t even seen one single trailer pop out anywhere, but apparently it was low-budget and has pretty much made profit since this first weekend. The second newcomer is the (hopefully) last “Resident Evil“-movie from Paul W.S. Anderson and while it’s U.S. opening looks disappointing, it has already made a worldwide profit of $64.5 million, so it’s in the green as well. The other new release that (just barely)made it to top ten is “Gold” – a crime movie from Stephen Gaghan (the writer/director of “Syriana“), which is loosely based on the true story of the 1993 Bre-X mining scandal.

 

SAG AWARDS WINNERS

Motion Pictures:

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role
Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role
Emma Stone, La La Land

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role
Denzel Washington, Fences

Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture
Hidden Figures

Television:

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series
William H. Macy, Shameless

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series
Orange Is the New Black

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or limited series
Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or limited series
Bryan Cranston, All the Way

Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series
John Lithgow, The Crown

Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series
Claire Foy, The Crown

Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series
Stranger Things

Stunt ensemble
Game of Thrones

The Screen Actors Guild awards were handed out, and this time there was much more division between all the movies that are considered the strongest competitors: “La La Land“, “Fences“, “Moonlight” and “Hidden Figures“. On the television side, I gotta say that the only ones I’ve really seen of these are “Stranger Things” and “Game of Thrones“, so I can’t really comment on that much – only to say that the ensemble-award for the “Stranger Things” cast was well-deserved.

 

AND WHILE WE’RE IN THE AWARDS-SEASON…

…the Oscar-nominees were also announced, and here they are:

BEST PICTURE

Arrival

Fences

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

Hidden Figures

La La Land

Lion

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge

Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington, Fences

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ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Ruth Negga, Loving

Natalie Portman, Jackie

Emma Stone, La La Land

Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

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ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water

Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea

Dev Patel, Lion

Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

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ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Viola Davis, Fences

Naomie Harris, Moonlight

Nicole Kidman, Lion

Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

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ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Kubo and the Two Strings

Moana

My Life as a Zucchini

The Red Turtle

Zootopia

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

Arrival

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Silence

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COSTUME DESIGN

Allied

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jackie

La La Land

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DIRECTING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Manchester by the Sea

Moonlight

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DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)

Fire at Sea

I Am Not Your Negro

Life, Animated

O.J.: Made in America

13th

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DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Extremis

4.1 Miles

Joe’s Violin

Watani: My Homeland

The White Helmets

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FILM EDITING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

Hell or High Water

La La Land

Moonlight

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FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Land of Mine

A Man Called Ove

The Salesman

Tanna

Toni Erdmann

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MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

A Man Called Ove

Star Trek Beyond

Suicide Squad

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE)

Jackie

La La Land

Lion

Moonlight

Passengers

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MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“Can’t Stop The Feeling” from Trolls

Music and Lyric by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster

“City Of Stars” from La La Land

Music by Justin Hurwitz; Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

“The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story

Music and Lyric by J. Ralph and Sting

“How Far I’ll Go” from Moana

Music and Lyric by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

Arrival

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Hail, Caesar!

La La Land

Passengers

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SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

Blind Vaysha

Borrowed Time

Pear Cider and Cigarettes

Pearl

Piper

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SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Ennemis Intérieurs

La Femme et le TGV

Silent Nights

Sing

Timecode

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SOUND EDITING

Arrival

Deepwater Horizon

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Sully

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SOUND MIXING

Arrival

Hacksaw Ridge

La La Land

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

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VISUAL EFFECTS

Deepwater Horizon

Doctor Strange

The Jungle Book

Kubo and the Two Strings

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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WRITING (ADAPTED SCREENPLAY)

Arrival

Fences

Hidden Figures

Lion

Moonlight

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WRITING (ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)

Hell or High Water

La La Land

The Lobster

Manchester by the Sea

20th Century Women

Now – how this will turn out is a total mystery. Once again, I’ve seen VERY few of the movies nominated in the major categories – only “Arrival“, in fact (which I loved and was immediately a little surprised that Amy Adams did not even get a nomination or that) – so it’s anybody’s guess really.I’m really torn about the Best Animated Feature-category, as I want both “Zootopia” AND “Kubo and the Two Strings” to win…

If everything goes according to script – “La La Land” with it’s tie-in record of 14 nominations could either get a clean sweep, or it could get only technical and music awards and all the rest will get split between other nominees – with some shockers. We’ll be wiser when the 16-hour broadcast will be over. Although the Jimmy Kimmel-factor of it has me a little bit sceptic of do I wanna Mute the television while he’s on.

 

THE WEIRDEST TRAILER OF THE WEEK

What the hell is this? Looks kinda like a dark comedy in the way of Robert Zemeckis‘ 1992 film “Death Becomes Her” – only without the whole “Immortality & CGI” aspect.

 

“BLACK PANTHER” FULL CAST AND SYNOPSIS

Marvel Studios had two films begin production during the last week; both “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther“. Now, while most of the details on “Infinity War” are being kept under the wraps, a plot description of “Black Panther” did come out. Here it is:

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk.

And a full cast list of the film is now also locked. Besides Chadwick Boseman returning as T’Challa, the fim will feature Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past; Lupita Nyong’o as the Wakandan warrior, Nakia; Angela Bassett as as T’Challa’s mother, Romonda; and Winston Duke as a key villain, M’Baku, a.k.a. “Man-Ape”. Other cast members include Forest Whitaker as Zuri, an elder statesman of Wakanda; Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi, a loyal friend to T’Challa; and the return of Andy Serkis as Ulysses Claw and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, with Danai Gurira and Florence Kasumba as members of T’Challa’s personal guard, the Dora Milaje. Additional cast members include Letitia Wright and John Kani.

 

A FEW “JOHN WICK” CLIPS

The premiere of “John Wick: Chapter 2” is approaching quicly, so there you have a couple of new clips that were released. One a clip from the film and a behind-the-scenes clip focusing on the stunt-training on the film.

 

“APOCALYPSE NOW” – THE VIDEO GAME?

I think this was one of the most surprising piece of news that hs hit in a long time. Last week a surprise announcement arrived, that writer/director/producer/winemaker Francis Ford Coppola has been quietly giving his blessing on a video game-adaptation of his classic Vietnam-epic “Apocalypse Now“, and the makers of the game are now looking for crowdfunding to get the production rolling. Here’s the official description of the project from it’s Kickstarter page:

Francis Ford Coppola is excited to announce the game adaptation of Apocalypse Now directed by Montgomery Markland, executive produced by Lawrence Liberty and written by Rob Auten.

The game will be an immersive, psychedelic horror RPG from the creators, designers, directors, writers and producers of Fallout: New Vegas, Pillars of Eternity, The Witcher, Neverwinter Nights 2, Wasteland 2, Torment: Tides of Numenera, Everquest, DC Universe Online, PlanetSide, PlanetSide 2, Star Wars Galaxies and many more classic games.

This team of game development veterans have come together and obtained the approval of Francis Ford Coppola to bring Apocalypse Now to a new generation as a game.

We want your help because the traditional game publisher system won’t let this happen.

I gotta say, some of the ideas described by the team on the page do sound pretty interesting; their description of the game is that it’s “a first-person perspective survival and horror game with strong roleplaying elements“, so that’s something. Another thing they say is, that “it’s like Fallout: New Vegas on acid in the middle of the Vietnam War.” So I’m definitely curious to hear what you people are thinking on this; is it the best idea ever – of is it a recipe for a total disaster?

 

“LEGO BATMAN” FEATURETTE

Just another little tease, told in that unimitable LEGO Batman-style.

 

“GODZILLA” SEQUEL GETS DIRECTOR AND FIRST CASTING

Like it was pretty much a clear and cut case a while ago, writer/director Michael Dougherty (“Trick ‘r Treat”, “Krampus”) was finally announced as the director of the sequel to Legendary Pictures’ 2014 “Godzilla“, “Godzilla: King of the Monsters“. Doughert was already on the project as writer, with his “Krampus” writing-partner Zach Shields.

The first actor cast in the film is “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown. This is the first movie role for the 12-year old Brown, who has already had years of television-work on her resume.

 

THE BEST MARKETING-PLOY OF THE WEEK

Gotta hand it to the marketing-team for “Rings” – even though the movie has been rescheduled for years, this was one damn smart gag.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS

– James Bond-writers Neil Purvis and Robert Wade gave an interview where they said that because of current affairs, it’s becoming more and more difficlt to come up with outlandish enough concepts for a Bond-film. In other words, the real life has effectively “out-Bonded them”. Purvis says.

James Cameron said that he just finished the script of “Avatar 5” and the motion capture-filming on the “Avatar“-sequels begins in August.

– The production on the Young Han Solo adventure has begun:

– The first official still of the “Ocean’s 11” spinoff “Ocean’s 8” is out:

 

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

Sony Pictures is set to take an ‘impairment loss’ of approximately $962 million for the fourth quarter of the 2016 calendar year. So after a few troublesome years, it looks like they are not doing any better…

 

That is all.

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