Spinning Headlines – Week 49: Weekend Box Office, Dunkirk, Fate of the Furious, War for the Planet of the Apes, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sherlock S4…
Okay, back to our regular programming – now that there aren’t all those Sunday/Monday TV-shows to break all the concentration. A few words on those first, though:
“Westworld“: Kicked. My. Ass. That has to be one of the best premiere seasons of television in a long, LONG time. Brilliant. Gonna be one helluva agonizing wait for next season though.
“Ash vs. Evil Dead” Season two: This show just keeps being the most crazy and fast-paced lunacy on TV right now. And the crazy twist of how they ended up the series in the last two episodes just keeps me wanting more.
“The Walking Dead” Season 7, segment one: Look – I never was a regular watched of this show until Jeffrey Dean Morgan showed up, and while I am happy to watch him just chew the fuck outta the scenery, I can sure understand why so many people are constantly disappointed; the show’s pacing is just arduous. They are just stretching out their already-kinda-simple plot so thin that it becomes almost non-existent. In these 8 episodes there was perhaps 4-5 episodes worth of story. And making most of these episodes “super-sized” 90-minute ones was probably the dumbest decision ever. I’ll keep watching for my boy JDM, but just him really.
On with the (very trailer-heavy)show…
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
|2||Office Christmas Party||$17,500,000||$17,500,000|
|3||Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them||$10,785,000||$199,310,903|
|8||Manchester By the Sea||$3,155,330||$8,325,531|
Disney’s “Moana” took the no.1 in this surprisingly leveled weekend. There was not really any movie that clearly dominated, and the overall numbers were stragely low. It’s all calm before the storm though, as we know what’s gonna come out this week…. That’s right – a certain large franchise space-movie.
And speaking of that space movie, the first reactions have been coming up on Twitter and the word is definitely good.
“DUNKIRK” – NEW(?) POSTER
Okay – so how hard is it for the studios to come up with an ORIGINAL poster design? I mean; haven’t we seen this exact composition for about 568, 543 times in the past 10-15 years? Come on, people! I’m still excited about the movie, but would it KILL the marketing departments to step outside the box for a little while?
“FATE OF THE FURIOUS” TRAILER
Well…welcome to the school of “let’s just spoil most of the plot in one single trailer, shall we?“. An is anyone really fooled by this “Dom gone rogue”-plotline? It’s pretty obvious to me that this is just some undercover op, courtesy of Kurt Russell‘s Mr. Nobody, right? I kinda like the new title though – is this the beginning of the final trilogy, to be concluded in “Fall of the Furious” and “End of the Furious“? And come on: there’s a fucking GIANT SUBMARINE CHASING CARS ON ICE. The series does keep finding new ways to amp up the ridiculousness.
“SHERLOCK” SEASON 4 TRAILER
— Sherlock (@Sherlock221B) December 10, 2016
Well, this should keep my TV appetite filled for a brief moment. Seems to me like the Toby Jones-character, Culverton Smith is gonna be a perhaps even more dominant villain than the ones we’ve seen in this series so far…
Oh, and the season finale, titled “The Final Problem“, will be screened in select U.S. theaters nationwide.
“WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES” TRAILER
Holy shit. I am super stoked for this. It has probably leaped up to the highest places in my “most anticipated movie of 2017“-list now. And Woody Harrelson seems to be almost channeling the Matthew McConaughey-character from the criminally underrated “Reign of Fire“.
“JUSTICE LEAGUE 2” PUSHED BACK UNTIL AFTER SOLO “BATMAN” MOVIE
I guess that was not a surprise, actually – considering how Ben Affleck‘s Batman was really the thing that worked the best in “Batman V. Superman” – but the news is that after he finishes “Justice League” for it’s November 17, 2017 release, Zack Snyder will NOT be hopping into the next one rightaway, but instead film his long-in-planning Afghanistan-set war movie “The Last Photograph“. That movie is said to “center on a war correspondent in Afghanistan who is the only one to survive an attack on a group of Americans. When a special ops soldier in search of a family member shows up, the two team up, with the correspondent hoping to score the story of his life.”
While all this is happening, Affleck will direct his “The Batman“, which will probably fill the release spot reserved for the “Justice League“-sequel. But then again, who knows about how these relase dates go? We live in an age where those can now be shuffled whatever which way.
“SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING” TRAILER(S) AND SEQUEL RELEASE DATE
So, the Marvel Studios/Sony-reboot of Spider-Man got not just one, but two trailers on the same day, with few suble differences. I gotta say, that after your friendy neighborhood spider-guys first appearance in “Captain America: Civil War” and now these first glimpses, it looks like Sony finally made the right move by humbling down and getting Marvel creatively involved.
On another note: Sony already gave the next “Spider-Man“-movie a preliminary opening date. Friday, July 5th, 2019. That slot was previously planned for “Bad Boys 4“, but that got now pushed up to Memorial Day weekend on May 24th, 2019, which I consider highly optimistic, considering that they are not even FILMING “Bad Boys 3” yet!
AFI’S TOP 10 FILMS OF THE YEAR
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea
Those were the ten best films according to the American Film Intitute. Now – as always, I’ve not seen nearly all of this year’s output. In fact, of the films on this list I’ve only seen TWO; “Sully” and “Zootopia“. I’m still very early in the process of generating my list, but I will 100% agree with “Zootopia” being there. Read my review of that film HERE.
THERE’S SOMETHING ODD GOING ON WITH “CLOVERFIELD”
So, I wonder if this another example of Paramount still being in complete disarray or what, but “God Particle” – which was announced to be the next film set in the “Cloverfield“-universe, has been removed from it’s February 24th release date and from the Paramount schedule altogether. Instead, the studio has now added a “Cloverfield IMAX Movie” to open on October 27th. At this point it’s anybody’s guess what the hell is going on. Is this just a simple title change or is there something else afoot? Time will tell.
THIRD “ASSASSIN’S CREED” TRAILER
Well – it sure looks purdy. But like I’ve said: the combination of 20th Century Fox and a videogame property just doesn’t give me high anticipation(coughcoughMaxPaynecoughHitmancough)…
OH HEY – DOUG LIMAN MADE ANOTHER NEW MOVIE
I mean, yes: we all knew that Doug Liman filmed a biographical thriller drama starring Tom Cruise, “American Made“, which opens in the fall of next year, but during this whole will he/won’t he-debacle with the problematic “Gambit“-movie that he had going on this year, he also made this, for Amazon Studios. Here’s the official synopsis for “The Wall“:
“”The Wall” follows two soldiers pinned down by an Iraqi sniper, with nothing but a crumbling wall between them. Their fight becomes as much a battle of will and wits as it is of lethally accurate marksmanship. Directed by Doug Liman (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), “The Wall” stars Aaron Taylor Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals,” Kick-Ass,” “Savages” “Godzilla,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”) and WWE star John Cena (“Trainwreck,” “Daddy’s Home”), Written by first-time screenwriter Dwain Worrell, “The Wall,” was produced by Amazon Studios, Big Indie Pictures and Picrow. The film is produced by David Bartis. Executive Producer is Ray Angelic. Associate Producer is Alison Winter. FilmNation is handling international sales.”
– So, according to Ryan Gosling, they filmed “Blade Runner 2049” for “many months” before Harrison Ford joined the production. So don’t expect him to have a very large part in that film.
– Walton Goggins has been cast as the villain in the Alicia Vikander-starring “Tomb Raider” reboot.
– I guess Fox has finished “rethinking” the “X-Men“-movies, as director Josh Boone Tweeted this:
— Josh Boone (@JoshBooneMovies) December 7, 2016
– Season 3 of “The Leftovers” has now taken the vacant slot in the HBO programming due to “Game of Thrones” longer production delay, so it will begin airing on April 2017.
SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK
Apparently, Warner Bros. has hired Greg Berlanti(CW’s “Arrow-verse”) to direct a remake of “Little Shop of Horrors” from a script written by Matthew Robinson. Why? There have been two excellent films made on this subject already. And as the 1986 film, this will ALSO be based on the musical, so it’s not even trying anything new.
That is all.