Spinning Headlines – Week 6: Weekend Box Office, BAFTA’s, The Batman, X-Men, Ghost in the Shell, The Beguiled, Stranger Things S2, Halloween… Spinning Headlines – Week 6: Weekend Box Office, BAFTA’s, The Batman, X-Men, Ghost in the Shell, The Beguiled, Stranger Things S2, Halloween…
Weekend box office, the BAFTA winners, "The Batman"-director, "Infinity War" behind-the-scenes, "Stranger Things" Season 2 details, X-Men rumors/misunderstandigns, "Halloween"-writers, trailers for "Ghost in the... Spinning Headlines – Week 6: Weekend Box Office, BAFTA’s, The Batman, X-Men, Ghost in the Shell, The Beguiled, Stranger Things S2, Halloween…

Hi there.

Another week passed, another news reported. Now, as this weekend was a non-Superbowl one, people actually went to the movie theaters – and so we’re gonna start with:



1 N The LEGO Batman Movie WB $55,635,000 4,088 $13,609 $55,635,000 $80 1
2 N Fifty Shades Darker Uni. $46,797,825 3,710 $12,614 $46,797,825 $55 1
3 N John Wick: Chapter Two LG/S $30,015,000 3,113 $9,642 $30,015,000 1
4 1 Split Uni. $9,321,110 -35.4% 2,961 -412 $3,148 $112,293,380 $9 4
5 4 Hidden Figures Fox $8,000,000 -21.5% 2,667 -734 $3,000 $131,452,250 $25 8
6 3 A Dog’s Purpose Uni. $7,365,335 -29.9% 3,025 -153 $2,435 $42,595,010 $22 3
7 2 Rings Par. $5,820,000 -55.2% 2,931 $1,986 $21,492,286 $25 2
8 5 La La Land LG/S $5,000,000 -32.2% 2,065 -1,171 $2,421 $126,010,345 $30 10
9 10 Lion Wein. $4,083,000 +8.6% 1,337 -68 $3,054 $30,368,722 12

Well I’ll be… “The LEGO Batman Movie” spent a helluva lot of cash on the marketing – and the ads really showed it’s anarchic humor. And other people seemed to like that too. The movie took the U.S. weekend with a healthy $55.6 million. The two other new releases of the week also made it in the top three; “Fifty Shades Darker” (WHY?!!?) took second place with $46.7 million and “John Wick: Chapter 2” with $30 million (may seem small, but it’s actually double the opening of the first film). I just have to add that “Fifty Shades…” also took $97.7 million from the foreign territories, so with a $144.5 million overall income, it did end up being the biggest hit. I guess they will conclude that trilogy now… Maybe Mr. Grey’s playroom will have a Lego-covered floor in the next one.



The British academy awards aka. BAFTA’s were handed out this weekend. Here’s the complete list of winners, so you can once again see how many trophies “La La Land” took and were there any surprise-winners:

Best Film
La La Land
I, Daniel Blake
Manchester By the Sea

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
Ken Loach, I, Daniel Blake
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By The Sea
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Best Actor
Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nocturnal Animals
Ryan Gosling, La La Land
Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic

Best Actress
Amy Adams, Arrival
Emily Blunt, The Girl on the Train
Emma Stone, La La Land
Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins
Natalie Portman, Jackie

Best Supporting Actor
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals
Dev Patel, Lion
Hugh Grant, Florence Foster Jenkins
Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress
Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake
Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea
Naomie Harris, Moonlight
Nicole Kidman, Lion
Viola Davis, Fences

Outstanding British Film
American Honey
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
I, Daniel Blake
Notes on Blindness
Under the Shadow

Film Not in the English Language

Son of Saul
Toni Erdmann

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years

The Eagle Huntress
Notes on Blindness

Animated Film
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings

Original Screenplay
Taylor Sheridan, Hell or High Water
Paul Laverty, I, Daniel Blake
Damien Chazelle, La La Land
Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Adapted Screenplay
Eric Heisserer, Arrival
Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight, Hacksaw Ridge
Theodore Melfi, Allison Schroeder, Hidden Figures
Luke Davies, Lion
Tom Ford, Nocturnal Animals

Bradford Young, Arrival
Giles Nuttgens, Hell or High Water
Linus Sandgren, La La Land
Greig Fraser, Lion
Seamus McGarvey, Nocturnal Animals

Joe Walker, Arrival
John Gilbert, Hacksaw Ridge
Tom Cross, La La Land
Jennifer Lame, Manchester By the Sea
Joan Sobel, Nocturnal Animals

Production Design
John Bush, Charles Wood, Doctor Strange
Stuart Craig, Anna Pinnock, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Jess Gonchor, Nancy Haigh, Hail, Caesar!
Sandy Reynolds-Wasco, David Wasco, La La Land
Shane Valentino, Meg Everist, Nocturnal Animals

Costume Design
Joanna Johnston, Allied
Colleen Atwood, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Consolata Boyle, Florence Foster Jenkins
Madeline Fontaine, Jackie
Mary Zophres, La La Land

Makeup and Hair
Jeremy Woodhead, Doctor Strange
J. Roy Helland, Daniel Phillips, Florence Foster Jenkins
Shane Thomas, Hacksaw Ridge
Donald Mowat, Yolanda Toussieng, Nocturnal Animals
Nominees TBC, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Claude La Haye, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Sylvain Bellemare, Arrival
Mike Prestwood Smith, Dror Mohar, Wylie Stateman, David Wyman, Deepwater Horizon
Niv Adiri, Glenn Freemantle, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Ian Tapp, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Peter Grace, Robert Mackenzie, Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Hacksaw Ridge
Mildred Iatrou Morgan, Ai-Ling Lee, Steve A. Morrow, Andy Nelson, La La Land

Special Visual Effects
Louis Morin, Arrival
Richard Bluff, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Doctor Strange
Tim Burke, Pablo Grillo, Christian Manz, David Watkins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez, The Jungle Book
Neil Corbould, Hal Hickel, Mohen Leo, John Knoll, Nigel Sumner, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Original Music
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arrival
Mica Levi, Jackie
Justin Hurwitz, La La Land
Dustin O’halloran, Hauschka, Lion
Abel Korzeniowski, Nocturnal Animals

Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director, or Producer in 2017
The Girl With All the Gifts
The Hard Stop
Notes on Blindness

The Pass
Under the Shadow

British Short Animation
The Alan Dimension
A Love Story

British Short Film
Mouth of Hell
The Party

EE Rising Star Award (Voted For by the Public)
Anya Taylor-Joy
Laia Costa
Lucas Hedges
Ruth Negga
Tom Holland



So, the continuously confusing story of the Ben Affleck solo Batman-movie continues. Last time I covered this, Affleck had politely stepped off as a director on it. Now there’s a new director: Matt Reeves (“Cloverfield”, “Let Me In”, “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, “War for the Planet of the Apes”). Now, Reeves is very much a “safe” choice. Although the reporting on the matter was wildly confusing on the day it happened. Based on which site you clicked, Reeves was considered/asked/”in talks”/hired. I think it’s still not a 100% done deal. But Reeves has definitely shown that he can handle massive undertakings, as he took the helm on the rebooted “Apes” franchise, replacing Rupert Wyatt. Interestingly Reeves was not the only choice; apparently guys like Ridley Scott (come on! Isn’t he doing like three more “Alien” movies?) and Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”, “Don’t Breathe”) were also in the shortlist.

There was also some back & forth regarding the films script; the news ranged from “total page one-rewrite” to “no, no, no – there’s a script and we’re really really honestly very happy with it“.

I really don’t know what to believe anymore. But since this is Warner/DC, anything can happen. And usually does. Can’t blame Laurence Fishburne for skipping playing Perry White in “Justice League” and saying that “Marvel has been kicking their ass“…



Well, 20th Century Fox maybe seriously fast-tracking the next “X-Men” film; last week there were some rumors that while a “New Mutants“-film is being prepped, they might squeeze out a sequel to “X-Men: Apocalypse which would tell the “Dark Phoenix” saga. You know – the one they totally fucked up already in “X-Men: The Last Stand“. The movie is rumored to be titled “X-Men: Supernova”. And this rumor got some fire under it’s wings (see what I did there?) this week, when Sophie Turner was interviewed by HeyUGuys at the BAFTA Red Carpet. As she was asked about what she’s doing next, she gave this answer: “We’re about to start shooting the next X-Men, we’ve just finished shooting Season 7 of [Game of] Thrones, and I’ve got a couple of movies to do before X-Men starts. And then we go on to Season 8.

So instantly speculation began about what film she actually meant, as there’s no confirmed casting on “New Mutants” yet. Then again, the whole “Supernova” thing might be just a complete Internet-rumor and Turner might refer to “New Mutants” after all. I dunno. It’s all very confusing.



What can I say? It’s still looking very stunning, visually. I just hope it’s not dumbed down into a generic shoot’em up.



Well, sure seems like a massive undertaking. Not just at helming the massive cast, which will pretty much feature EVERYONE from the MCU so far. I hope the Russo brothers are staying in shape…

In other things MCU, Michael Douglas annouced that the “Ant-Man” sequel, “Ant-Man and The Wasp“, will begin filming in July. And he’s very much on board as Hank Pym again:



After the first teaser got launched at the Superbowl, the veil of secrecy on the second season of “Stranger Things” is getting pulled off a bit. Some new still images got released. One featuring more trick-or-treating as the Ghostbusters:

And co-creator Matt Duffer & other castmembers offered some little pieces of information on where exactly do we find the characters in this new season, set a year after the events of the first season. Here are some details:

  • Will (Noah Schnapp) “seems to be seeing images from the Upside Down—the question is whether they’re real or not. So it seems like he’s having some sort of post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Winona Ryder’s character Joyce is now in a new relationship, “I think she’s made this choice [to be in a relationship] with Bob (Sean Astin) because she wants a good father figure in her sons’ lives.
  • Nancy (Natalia Dyer) and Mike (Finn Wolfhard) are mourning the losses of Barb (Shannon Purser) and Eleven (Millie Bobbie Brown) in secret, and it’s having an effect on them.
  • David Harbour’s Hopper is “trying to hold everything together and control the fallout as part of a cover-up story he believes is for the greater good.
  • You can expect a Stephen King-inspired human villain to make an appearance alongside the supernatural.
  • Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) will get a pet – an alien pet.

And the third piece of info was that director Andrew Stanton (“Finding Nemo”, “Wall-E”, “John Carter”, “Finding Dory”) is directing two episodes this season. Stanton was apparently a huge fan of season 1 and he himself contacted the showrunners about directing.

Aaand finally – the Duffer Brothers have something of a roadmap for the show – and it won’t outstay it’s welcome: they say that they see the show lasting “four or five seasons”. Although they do say that “things do have a tendency to change“.



Well, there you have it. I’m not sure how to feel about this, honestly. I know that David Gordon Green was trying to get a “Suspiria” remake off the ground a couple of years ago but he usually comes across as more of an indie drama-type of a guy. And I’m more than a bit baffled by this new enthusiasm of McBride getting into the horror genre – as he’s also starring in “Alien: Covenant“.

And Carpenter just seems to be happy about not really having to do much.



Well, it looks more or less the same story as in the Clint Eastwood/Don Siegel-film from 1971 (one of the most underrated films of Eastwood’s career!). Although it’s definitely more colorful. Hope they don’t cop out on the Southern Gothic vibes.



-Andy Muschietti‘s adaptation of Stephen King‘s “IT” will definitely be rated R, says producer Dan Lin; ” If you’re going to make a “Rated-R movie”, you have to fully embrace what it is, and you have to embrace the source material. It is a scary clown that’s trying to kill kids. So of course that’s going to be a rated-R movie.

-Amazon has made a deal with writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn to create an LA-based crime series titled “Too Old to Die Young.  Refn will direct, produce, and co-write the series with acclaimed comic book writer Ed Brubaker. The series – described as thematically similar to Refn’s “Pusher”-films – will “explore various characters’ existential journeys from being killers to becoming samurai’s in the city of angels.” I’m sold.

-After seven years in retirement, Jack Nicholson is planning to return to acting. The project? A remake of the German comedy “Toni Erdmann”.

-Apparently David Fincher is interested in the sequel of “World War Z, which just recently got erased from Paramount’s release schedule. Don’t. Do. It.



Remember when Kevin Smith annouced he was gonna quit making movies after that whole “Red State“-debacle with the whole “self-distributing” and “roadshow touring”? Well, after that he’s made a couple of REALLY bizarre horror-comedies, as well as written sequels for just about every one of his big hits. Apparently all of those are now pretty much dead in the water – even his final film for that bizarre “True North” trilogy, “Moose Jaws“. And he doesn’t even have the rights to “Clerks” or “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy”, or “Dogma”. So, the resolution? Make a sequel to “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back” – called “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot“.

I dunno, Kevin – if your recent original films are pretty much unwatchable messes (at least “Yoga Hosers” definitely is) and your “going back to the well”-strategy is beginning to backfire as well, maybe it’s time to accept your losses.

Or at least stay off that fucking weed.


That is all.

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