Spinning Headlines – Week 7: Weekend Box Office, The Batman, The Predator, The King Arthur, The WGA Awards, The Castle Rock, The Colossal, The Bad Batch… Spinning Headlines – Week 7: Weekend Box Office, The Batman, The Predator, The King Arthur, The WGA Awards, The Castle Rock, The Colossal, The Bad Batch…
Weekend box office, ´"The Batman" still without director, "The Predator" cast lineup, WGA Award-winners, Trailers for "King Arthur", "Castle Rock", "Colossal", "Song to Song",... Spinning Headlines – Week 7: Weekend Box Office, The Batman, The Predator, The King Arthur, The WGA Awards, The Castle Rock, The Colossal, The Bad Batch…

Hiya. It’s that time again. Time to take a look at the collected works from entertainment news of the past week. Let’s go ahead and get this thing fired up…

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE

1 1 The LEGO Batman Movie WB $33,040,000 -37.7% 4,088 $8,082 $97,606,314 $80 2
2 2 Fifty Shades Darker Uni. $20,352,800 -56.3% 3,714 +4 $5,480 $89,049,255 $55 2
3 N The Great Wall Uni. $18,475,685 3,326 $5,555 $18,475,685 $150 1
4 3 John Wick: Chapter Two LG/S $16,180,000 -46.8% 3,113 $5,198 $58,372,083 2
5 N Fist Fight WB (NL) $12,200,000 3,185 $3,830 $12,200,000 1
6 5 Hidden Figures Fox $7,250,000 -9.4% 2,217 -450 $3,270 $142,741,830 $25 9
7 4 Split Uni. $7,171,325 -24.7% 2,445 -516 $2,933 $123,736,855 $9 5
8 6 A Dog’s Purpose Uni. $5,698,580 -21.6% 2,400 -625 $2,374 $50,814,090 $22 4direct
9 8 La La Land LG/S $4,580,000 -7.4% 1,587 -478 $2,886 $133,584,066 $30 11
10 N A Cure for Wellness Fox $4,350,000 2,704 $1,609 $4,350,000 $40 1

No big changes here. “The LEGO Batman Movie” kept it’s prime slot, “Fifty Shades Darker” kept the second slot. I think it’s safe to say at this point that “Hidden Figures” has become THE sleeper hit of the winter. The measly $18,4 million opening of Universal/Legendary’s “The Great Wall” MIGHT seem like underperforming…but it has already made $244,600,000 in foreign territories – $170,4 million of that from China. So it’s doing pretty well for itself. Gore Verbinski‘s “A Cure for Wellness” seems to have sadly tanked in ALL territories…

 

NO REEVES FOR “THE BATMAN”

That was fast – in under a week from being said to be “in talks” to direct Warner/DC’s “The Batman“, news broke out that the negotiations with Matt Reeves‘s representatives have ended. So the film is still without a director, after Ben Affleck stepped off from the position a couple weeks ago. You have to admit that things are not looking very good for DCEU at the moment. Then again, as the batshit crazy news about Mel Gibson being courted by the studio to direct the “Suicide Squad“-sequel also surfaced last week, who would be an equally “outside the box” choice for the Batman-movie (unless it gets in the backburner, as there are STILL also very persistent rumors that Affleck might be looking for a way out altogether)? Werner Herzog…?

 

CAST LINEUP FOR “THE PREDATOR”

There it is, from writer/director Shane Black himself. The entire main cast(Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key, Sterling K. Brown, and Jacob Tremblay), costumed and lined up. The filming started today. And Black also had another message to tell the internet-folks:

That’s what I like to hear.

 

ANOTHER “KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD” TRAILER

You know what? I’ve not been very sold on this movie after having seen the first few teasers, but goddammit; THIS trailer actually got me interested for the first time. Sure – it still looks absolutely batshit crazy – but that’s actually not unexpected from Guy Ritchie.

 

THE WGA AWARDS WINNERS

Another week, another award ceremony while we’re slowly counting down the days for Oscars (well, some of us are). Here’s the complete list of winners:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Moonlight, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins, Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney; A24

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

Arrival, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer; Based on the Story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang; Paramount Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Command and Control, Telescript by Robert Kenner & Eric Schlosser, Story by Brian Pearle and Kim Roberts; Based on the book Command and Control by Eric Schlosser; American Experience Films

 

TELEVISION AND NEW MEDIA WINNERS:

DRAMA SERIES

The Americans, Written by Peter Ackerman, Tanya Barfield, Joshua Brand, Joel Fields, Stephen Schiff, Joe Weisberg, Tracey Scott Wilson; FX

COMEDY SERIES

Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX

NEW SERIES 

Atlanta, Written by Donald Glover, Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori, Stefani Robinson, Paul Simms; FX 

ORIGINAL LONG FORM 

Confirmation, Written by Susannah Grant; HBO

ADAPTED LONG FORM

The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Written by Scott Alexander, Joe Robert Cole, D.V. DeVincentis, Maya Forbes, Larry Karaszewski, Wally Wolodarsky, Based on the book The Run of His Life by Jeffrey Toobin; FX

ORIGINAL SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA

“The Party” (The Commute), Written by Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark; youtube.com

ADAPTED SHORT FORM NEW MEDIA

“Part 4” (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage), Written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic; amc.com

ANIMATION 

“Stop the Presses” (BoJack Horseman), Written by Joe Lawson; Netflix

EPISODIC DRAMA

“The Trip” (This Is Us), Written by Vera Herbert; NBC 

EPISODIC COMEDY

“Kimmy Goes on a Playdate!” (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Written by Robert Carlock; Netflix

COMEDY / VARIETY TALK SERIES

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Writers: Kevin Avery, Tim Carvell, Josh Gondelman, Dan Gurewitch, Geoff Haggerty, Jeff Maurer, John Oliver, Scott Sherman, Will Tracy, Jill Twiss, Juli Weiner; HBO

COMEDY / VARIETY SKETCH SERIES

Saturday Night Live, Head Writers: Rob Klein, Bryan Tucker Writers: James Anderson, Fred Armisen, Jeremy Beiler, Chris Belair, Megan Callahan, Michael Che, Mikey Day, Jim Downey, Tina Fey, Fran Gillespie, Sudi Green, Tim Herlihy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Zach Kanin, Chris Kelly, Erik Kenward, Paul Masella, Dave McCary, Dennis McNicholas, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Josh Patten, Paula Pell, Katie Rich, Tim Robinson, Sarah Schneider, Pete Schultz, Streeter Seidell, Dave Sirus, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Will Stephen, Kent Sublette; NBC

COMEDY / VARIETY SPECIALS

Triumph The Primary Election Special 2016, Written by Andy Breckman, Josh Comers, Raj Desai, David Feldman, R J Fried, Jarrett Grode, Ben Joseph, Matthew Kirsch, Michael Koman, Mike Lawrence, Brian Reich, Craig Rowin, Robert Smigel, Zach Smilovitz, David Taylor, Andrew Weinberg; Additional Materials by Ray James, Jesse Joyce, Jason Reich, Alex Scordelis; Hulu

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Hollywood Game Night, Head Writer: Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael AgbabianAlex ChauvinAnn Slichter, Dwight D. Smith; NBC 

DAYTIME DRAMA

General Hospital, Writers: Shelly Altman, Anna Theresa Cascio, Andrea Archer Compton, Suzanne Flynn, Janet Iacobuzio, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Jean Passanante, Dave Rupel, Katherine Schock, Scott Sickles, Chris Van Etten, Christopher Whitesell; ABC

CHILDREN’S EPISODIC

“Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street” (Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), Written by Laurie Parres; Amazon Studios

CHILDREN’S LONG FORM 

Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas, Written by Geri Cole & Ken Scarborough; HBO 

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – CURRENT EVENTS

“The Choice 2016” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk Mike Wiser; PBS (TIE)

“Inside Assad’s Syria” (Frontline), Written by Martin Smith; PBS (TIE)

DOCUMENTARY SCRIPT – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS

“Jackie Robinson, Part One,” Written by David McMahon & Sarah Burns; PBS

TV NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“Muhammad Ali: Remembering A Legend” (48 Hours), Written by Jerry Cipriano, John Craig Wilson; CBS News

TV NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“CBS Sunday Morning Almanac” June 12, 2016 (CBS Sunday Morning), Written by Thomas A. Harris; CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN VIDEOGAME WRITING

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, Written by Neil Druckmann, Josh Scherr; Additional Writing Tom Bissell, Ryan James; Naughty Dog

RADIO WINNERS

RADIO DOCUMENTARY

“Chernobyl: 30 Years Later,” Written by Andrew Evans; ABC News Radio

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT

“World News This Week” August 26, 2016, Written by Tara Gimbel Tanis; ABC News Radio

RADIO NEWS SCRIPT – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY

“Morley Safer: A Journalist’s Life,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS News Radio

PROMOTIONAL WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (TELEVISION, NEW MEDIA OR RADIO)

“CBS On-Air Reel,” Written by Brian Retchless; CBS On-Air Promotion

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ART AND ANIMATION

“The Real History of Cinco de Mayo” (Gawker Media Group), Graphic Animation by Elisa Solinas; Lifehacker.com 

 

WHAT THE HELL IS “CASTLE ROCK” ABOUT?

That is the first question that popped into mind after seeing this total surprise of a teaser. It seems that after “11.22.63“, Stephen King, J.J. Abrams and Hulu have been quietly developing something new. It’s totally a teaser – pretty much just establishing the Stephen King-universe, and how a lot of it links back to the fictional New England town of Castle Rock. I’m just interested to hear more of this. Does it feature storylines from known Castle Rock-stories? Does it focus on events happening in-between the known castle Rock-stories? Or what? I guess time will tell…

 

SAM RAIMI TO GO INTO THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE?

Sam Raimi has been keeping a pretty low profile since the 2013 film “Oz the Great and Powerful” – his only directing gig since that has been the pilot-episode for the Starz series “Ash vs. the Evil Dead” and two episodes for a quickly-cancelled Australian series “Rake” (of which I had no idea it even exists, until I did a Wiki-search on Raimi).

Now the news broke out that Raimi is in talks to direct a film about the Bermuda Triangle for Skydance Productions. And that’s pretty much all that’s known of this. No title – no further information, nothing. Apparently this project is so top-secret that the company doesn’t even send the script out; the directors interviewed for the job had to go into the Skydance offices just to read it.

Naturally, as two other movie-studios (Universal, Warner Bros.) have Bermuda-related projects in development, so that would explain the secrecy. It’s actually been a while since we had a proper high concept-off between studios – you remember: the volcano-movies, the asteroid/comet-movies etc.

 

OKAY, BEFORE WE GET TO THE TRAILER-HEAVY PORTION…

….let’s lighten up the mood for a moment with this new “Team Thor“-video from the video-release of Marvel’s “Doctor Srange“.

 

“COLOSSAL” TRAILER

This one is just cooking up to become one of the most intriguingly peculiar films this year. How come no one ever thought about this before?

 

FIRST TRAILER FOR MALICK’S “SONG TO SONG”

Well, Terrence Malick is just making up for that 20+ years of lost time like a madman. It does LOOK like a Malick film – I just hope it’s got more of a script than the last two films. At least there seems to be more actual dialogue now instead of just narration… I like the use of the song “Runaway” in this.

 

“THE BAD BATCH” TRAILER

Aaaand this looks like it’s going to be just a totally insane one. Too early to tell which kind of insane, but as it currently stands, it is on my “make a note of it”-list. Here’s a short synopsis of this film (and make a note of it, Jim Carrey is also suposed to be in this – I myself couldn’t spot him from this trailer though):

The highly anticipated follow-up to Amirpour’s acclaimed directorial debut, A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, THE BAD BATCH follows Arlen (Waterhouse) as she is unceremoniously dumped in a Texas wasteland fenced off from civilized society. While trying to orient her unforgiving environment, she is captured by a savage band of cannibals and quickly realizes she’ll have to fight her way through her new reality. As Arlen adjusts to life in ‘the bad batch’ she discovers that being good or bad mostly depends on who you’re standing next to.

 

MISCELLANEOUS NEWS

-The official runtime of “The Fate of the Furious” has been listed at 160 minutes. So it’s the longest one yet.

Keanu Reeves is “open” for a fourth “Matrix”-movie, but only if the Wachowskis do it, and only if the script is good.

-While supposedly prepping the third “Bad Boys” movie, Joe Carnahan is apparently also going to direct & produce a “The Raid“-remake, with Frank Grillo attached in the lead role. Now – as much as I like Carnahan, I just-don’t-buy a remake of “The Raid” at all – nevermind that Gareth Evans, the writer/director of both “The Raid”-movies has given the project his blessing and is on board as producer.

-HBO’s “The Leftovers” third and final season has a new, moody trailer:

 

SPIT-TAKE OF THE WEEK

The Director of Photography on “Justice League“, Fabian Wagner, sates that the film will maintain the visual styling of the previous movies.

So expect more of the same over-saturated must-turn-the-display-brightness-settings-higher-to-see-any-fucking-thing-thats-going-on kinda stuff.

 

That is all.

 

 

 

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