Box Office Report: Triple Threat Duking for #1, Flatliners is D.O.A.

Who can say for certain which film will come out on top this weekend. The contenders are:

-Doug Liman’s newest film American Made, starring Tom Cruise,

-Matthew Vaughn’s sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and

-Andy Muschietti’s It, based on the Stephen King novel.

While American Made is a newcomer to this weekend, it hasn’t been making the splash many thought it could. This could be due to the poor reception to The Mummy, which also starred Cruise. The shift in the film world around blockbuster stars no longer having the kind of pull they once could. Director Liman has been working over two decades but doesn’t have the household name approval despite acclaim for his more recent work like Edge of Tomorrow.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle opened to lukewarm reception last weekend with many saying it was a major step down for the franchise from the universally loved first installment.

It is currently in its fourth weekend but continues to be a strong contender. Domestically, It is the fifth highest-grossing film of 2017 (the highest-grossing R-rated film) and the nation is currently on a King Renaissance, so there is no stopping this juggernaut.

All three films have been heading for roughly $16.5 million, and I’ve seen both American Made and It and enjoyed both, so I’m curious to see which one will walk away the victor here, but it is quite clear that the sequel to Flatliners, aptly-named Flatliners, will have a very weak opening weekend. The film, starring Ellen Page and Diego Luna, is dying in cinemas. Currently sitting at a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes, it isn’t surprising that the film is struggling considering the nonexistent marketing campaign for the film and the lack of press screenings. I mean, c’mon, even The Emoji Movie has defenders. Flatliners is currently trending to make $6 million this weekend.

What do you think? What film(s) are you seeing this weekend? Let me know/drop that comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Wins Audience Award in Toronto

The newest film from writer/director Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, has won the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival. The award, an indicator of Oscar chances, sounds good news for McDonagh and his film.

Now, let’s be honest here. The Grolsch award is awarded based on people that bought a ticket and then put that ticket stub in a box after the film. There isn’t a lot of hardcoded deliberation. All that aside, I’ve been looking forward to seeing McDonagh’s latest as the trailers have all been unique and engaging. McDonagh, known for black comedies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, has assembled a unique cast with Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson and hits theaters in November.

I’m very excited to see this news, and while I don’t put much stock in the Grolsch as a Best Picture predictor, it is certainly nice to see this director getting some critical acclaim come the start of awards season.

What do you think? Have you seen the trailers for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri? Will you be seeing it in November? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

James Cameron Slams Wonder Woman Praise

Okay, maybe not slams…

James Cameron is a terrific filmmaker but he suffers from regular foot-in-mouth disorder. Cameron recently called the praise for Wonder Woman “misguided” and “a step backward.”

Cameron added that he did like the movie, but he felt that Wonder Woman is still objectified. Cameron then decided to stroke his own ego by explaining that Sarah Connor, his character from The Terminator, is a strong independent female character.

The biggest issue here is that James Cameron doesn’t understand the superhero genre and Wonder Woman’s performance being a win, not just for the character, but for female directors everywhere. I think he sees her attire and calls it out, but he fails to see that Diana Prince regularly saves human lives without the need of a man, and that Chris Pine’s character becomes the male damsel-in-distress quite often. James Cameron fails to see a lot for a man who is so visionary.

Wonder Woman has become the highest-grossing film of all time directed by a woman, and it is still winning at the box office, essentially saving the DCEU from a critical standpoint. Directed by Patty Jenkins, the film has even garnered Oscar buzz, though I think that there’s no way of knowing yet if that’s likely.

I love James Cameron as a filmmaker, but sometimes he just needs to shut up.

What do you think? Was Wonder Woman a step backward? Is James Cameron right? Or are you on Team Jenkins?

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

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Ed Skrein Joins Hellboy Reboot

Hey everyone,

Just a little news to report today as Ed Skrein from Deadpool (and also the first iteration of Dario from Game of Thrones) has joined the cast of the Hellboy reboot. The film, directed by Neil Marshall, has already assembled a pretty stellar cast in Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich, and David K. Harbour. Skrein will play Major Ben Daimio, a fan favorite character introduced thirteen years ago when the first Hellboy film was coming together. Daimio has never been put to film.

I didn’t read a lot of the B.P.R.D. and Hellboy comics but it appears that Daimio is a soldier who was killed but brought back to life as a were-jaguar. In any other character breakdown, that might be strange, but it seems par for the course here. It sounds like Daimio is an Asian-American, though, so I worry about cries of whitewashing hurting this casting.

I personally believe an actor should play a role because he can perform it, but I also think this possible controversy is going to hurt the film. I love Skrein in Deadpool even though I felt he was miscast in Game of Thrones and was happy he left the project.

All in all, I’m starting to get excited for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, even though I’m very sad to see Guillermo del Toro’s vision for a Hellboy III completely disappear because of it. I get it, it was probably never going to happen, but it still breaks my heart. However, the reboot is chugging along rather nicely, and as more of the pieces fall into place, I’m finding myself more and more interesting in how this whole thing will come together, and Skrein is a definite win for the film.

What do you think? Are you excited for Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen? Do you like the addition of Ed Skrein to the cast? If not, who would you put in the role of Ben Daimio? Let me know/drop a comment below!

Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen is aiming for a 2018 release date.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Super Troopers 2 Lands 2018 Release Date

Super Troopers 2, the upcoming crowdfunded sequel to the cult classic, now has a release date. April 20, 2018. Yes, 4/20. Should’ve guessed it.

The film is directed by Jay Chandrasekhar, who also helmed the first film as well as several other Broken Lizard titles and some television work.

So what does 420 really mean? Well, it’s a rather funny time to release a film, but it also shows some confidence in the film. April is quickly becoming a good time frame to start the blockbuster season, and April 20th is right around that busy timeframe with New Mutants the week the before, Rampage the same date, and Avengers: Infinity War dropping two weeks later. Now, these audiences aren’t all the same, but you have to imagine they expect to have some box office difficulty with the release date, so I believe that the studio must have some serious confidence in Super Troopers 2. I’m excited with this idea, and I have faith in Broken Lizard. I’ve only seen one film of theirs I didn’t like (Club Dread), so I can’t wait for that first trailer.

But what do you think? Is now the right time for Super Troopers 2? Are you excited for the upcoming sequel? Do you wish it had been called Super Troopers 2pers? Let me know/drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

 

 

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[Comic-Con] Ready Player One Trailer is Nostalgic Insanity!

Okay, so the biggies of Comic-Con definitely didn’t disappoint, but I want to take a minute to discuss Steven Spielberg’s new film Ready Player One, based on the novel from Ernest Cline.

I had zero expectation for the film outside of Spielberg’s name. I’ve never read the novel. I have no knowledge to go on for excitement level.

Then, the trailer happened.

What?

The?

Fuck?

This thing is crazy. I don’t even really know what to think except that I saw a DeLorean, Freddy Krueger, and The Iron Giant, who apparently plays a big part in the film. It’s one big nostalgic love letter to creatives, and I don’t understand it. Yet.

In the capable hands of Spielberg, I feel comfortable and ecstatic. The film, due out in March, follows Wade Watts, a kid searching for a big prize hidden in a MMO video game, and it sounds to be full of action, twists and turns, and hopefully some heart given what we’ve seen from the initial trailer. I’m really stoked.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think? Are you excited for Ready Player One? What sort of nostalgia do you think will pop up? Let me know/drop a comment below!

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[Comic-Con] We Now Have a Title for American Horror Story: Season 7

I’ve been off the AHS bandwagon for a few years. It isn’t like I want to be, but living in this day and age with all the television exposure, there just isn’t enough time to see it all. I adored the first season of the horror series but just didn’t get to the rest.

But the series is still a hit with fans, and at San Diego Comic-Con, we have now learned that Season 7 is American Horror Story: Cult. I love that the series makes a big deal about its newest story, although I think they dropped the ball last year by introducing all sorts of possibilities and then revealing. I feel like many viewers got their hopes up for one idea only to learn that it wasn’t the theme.

But still, you can’t blame the show for its spectacle, and Cult seems to be an interesting direction. We had also previously heard that the season had something to do with the 2016 Presidential Election. I’m also happy to learn that, though the series is an anthology, we still get connective tissue creating a universe of possibilities with fan-favorite characters.

Overall, I’m ecstatic to learn of this news, and I cannot wait to experience this season. You know, when I finish all the other ones.

 

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Simon Kinberg to Direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix; Jessica Chastain in Talks to Play Villain

Simon Kinberg will finally get his opportunity to sit in the director’s chair on a new installment of the X-Men Universe. X-Men: Dark Phoenix will reunite Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Tye Sheridan, all from X-Men: Apocalypse.

The film will of course adapt the beloved Dark Phoenix saga focused around Jean Grey. For fans, this is both exciting and also a touchy subject, as many still hold the wounds of X-Men: The Last Stand, co-written by Kinberg himself, the botched first attempt to adapt the material. Thanks to the events of altering the timeline in X-Men: Days of Future Past, we now have an opportunity to right the wrongs.

And not only that! The amazing and truly talented Jessica Chastain is in talks to play a villain! I absolutely adore Chastain (and yes, I have a boy crush, deal with it) and the work she puts out is consistenly incredible, but she isn’t known for her franchise or genre work, so I’m very excited to see Chastain join the iconic ranks of incredible actors playing X-Men villains (Ian McKellan, Brian Cox, Kevin Bacon, Peter Dinklage, and Oscar Isaac).

But is Kinberg the right move here? I’m not really sure. As I said before, the franchise has already ruined this story arc before, from a script partially written by Kinberg. Granted, we all know there was studio interference and also Brett Ratner behind the lens, but has Kinberg shown capabilities to prove he’s worth the risk? At this point, I don’t think so.

That being said, I’m all for the addition of Chastain to the franchise.

So what do you think? Is Simon Kinberg the right choice to direct X-Men: Dark Phoenix? And what do you think about the possible addition of Jessica Chastain? Let me know/Drop a comment below.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix rises in cinemas in 2018.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Dark Universe Scores Big Hit in China with The Mummy Winning the Weekend

I was really busy this last weekend. I didn’t get the chance to see The Mummy, one of my most-anticipated films of 2017. Reviews are mixed but skewing more toward the rotten side of things, and the domestic box office displayed a win for Wonder Woman over the first film in the Dark Universe.

But over in China, The Mummy is making some bank, scoring almost $52 million in the opening weekend, accounting for more than 50% of all the film revenue at the Chinese box office.

In its opening weekend, The Mummy managed to outperform other American hits like Logan, Beauty and the Beast, and Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2.

The Mummy, from first-time feature director Alex Kurtzman, underperformed at the domestic box office but was expected to rake in heavily internationally and it stands as one of Tom Cruise’s biggest hits due to this.

It’s disappointing to me that The Mummy didn’t get more of a take domestically as I love anything that could possibly harken back to the classic Universal Monsters franchise and while I think it was a mistake to play so heavily to the Dark Universe aspect in all the promotional material, I’m still very excited to see the film.

So what do you think? Did you see The Mummy this weekend? Did you enjoy it? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

 

-Kyle A. Goethe

Connie Nielsen Set to Appear in Justice League

Not a particularly surprising piece of news today as the ever-expanding cast of Justice League gets one more tapped in. Connie Nielsen, who played Queen Hippolyta in this year’s Wonder Woman, will is set to reprise the role in Justice League, alongside Robin Wright who played her sister, General Antiope.

I feel like I either already read this somewhere months ago or that I just kind of figured it would happen. Nielsen’s portrayal of the queen was a big win in the excellent Wonder Woman, and given the rave reviews as the first DCEU film to be Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, it stands to reason that Wonder Woman‘s supporting players are more likely to pop up. If there was ever a chance of Hippolyta being cut from the film, it certainly is doubtful now.

I like that the DCEU appears to be embracing all their wins for the upcoming Justice League film. One can only hope that the franchise and the company behind it, Warner Bros., is capable of learning from past mistakes in order to move forward with this cinematic universe. I also hope that Justice League is a contained culmination less focused on leaving threads for future films than, say, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

So what do you think? Are you excited for Justice League? Which secondary character are you most excited to see? Let me know/Drop a comment below!

Justice League unites in theaters November 17th.

 

-Kyle A. Goethe