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‘Dunkirk’ Claims Box Office Victory With $50.5 Million Opening
Riding strong word of mouth and rave reviews, Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $50.5 million, blowing by the $30-40 million pre-weekend projections set by independent trackers. By comparison, director Christopher Nolan’s previous film, “Interstellar,” made $49.5 million over a five-day opening in November 2014, and went on to nearly post a 4x multiple with a $188 million domestic total. IMAX, which supplied the cameras for the project, played a major factor in pushing the film past projection windows. On 402 IMAX screens, “Dunkirk” made $11.7 million for a per screen average »
- Jeremy Fuster
Michelle Pfeiffer Will Play Janet Van Dyne In Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’
Amidst the hype for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel Studios announced at its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con that Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet Van Dyne, the long-lost wife of Hank Pym and the original Wasp in next summer’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” In the first “Ant-Man,” Van Dyne was a Shield agent who fought alongside Pym using the Ant-Man and Wasp suits they developed together. The two worked extremely well together, but in 1987, their partnership…and marriage…came to a tragic end when they were tasked with stopping a Soviet missile from killing millions of innocent. »
- Jeremy Fuster and Umberto Gonzalez
‘Atomic Blonde’: Charlize Theron Addresses James Bond Rumors, ‘Mad Max’ Sequel, and Women Who Kick Ass
Charlize Theron is a woman who kicks ass, onscreen and off. Not only does the South-African-American actress portray awesome action stars like Furiosa in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Lorraine in the upcoming “Atomic Blonde,” but she’s out there producing movies with female leads and advocating for more women in all aspects of the film industry.
“I always say to studios, ‘Make more female-driven movies — not just actors, but producers, directors, writers.’ And they always say, ‘We would if they go see them.’ So go see them. We need you guys to support us,” Theron said. “We need you guys to make it clear we’re just as good as the guys.”
“Plus, we have boobs. They don’t have boobs.”
Speaking during Entertainment Weekly’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon, Theron discussed her new film, including a sex scene that subverts genre expectations, rumors »
- Ben Travers
Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’
During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”
Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.
“When I read Ernie’s book »
- Brent Lang
‘Black Panther’: Ryan Coogler Would Spar with Chadwick Boseman to Get Him Pumped Up for Big Scenes
There are lots of ways to get prepared for a scene. In the case of “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman, one method involves sparring with your director. That’s according to a new interview with the actor, who spoke to Vulture about “throwin’ punches and kicks” with helmer Ryan Coogler.
“He’ll come to your trailer and grab you,” said Boseman of Coogler’s unique approach to directing the upcoming Marvel drama. “He’s very hands-on. He likes to be physical and be part of it. In some fight scenes, if he feels like he needs your energy to get up, he’ll get in there to spar with you before you start. We throwin’ punches and kicks at each other.” Coogler, who also directed the “Rocky” spinoff “Creed,” must have picked up some »
- Michael Nordine
‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Teaser Trailer: Two Doctors Tackle a Twist in Time
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the Season 10 finale of “Doctor Who” below.]
The Comic-Con panel for “Doctor Who” on Sunday served as a farewell to Capaldi, who came on as the 12th Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series. Also bidding adieu to Twelve were his co-stars Pearl Mackie who plays companion Bill, Matt Lucas who plays assistant Nardole, Michelle Gomez who plays Missy, writer Mark Gatiss and showrunner Steven Moffat.
Capaldi isn’t the only one who’s leaving. Moffat will be passing the mantle to “Broadchurch” showrunner Chris Chibnall, and judging by what happened in the finale, Gomez is hanging up her Time Lord duds as well. Update: Sadly, Mackie also »
- Hanh Nguyen
Film Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Detroit’
At their best, liberal film dramas that tackle the monumental issue of race in America have offered humanity and insight. It’s safe to say, though, that when Hollywood gives us a portrait of racial tragedy and injustice, it’s probably a tale of hope and uplift as well, a parable of moral darkness leading nobly into the light. But when you watch “Detroit,” Kathryn Bigelow’s sweeping, scalding drama about the Detroit riots that took place 50 years ago, in July 1967, you’re entering a zone where the usual feel-good pieties don’t apply. For this is no comforting drama of social protest. It’s closer to a hair-trigger historical nightmare, one you can’t tear yourself away from. Bigelow, working from a script by her regular collaborator Mark Boal (it’s their first film since “Zero Dark Thirty”), has created a turbulent, live-wire panorama of race in America that feels like it’s all unfolding in »
- Owen Gleiberman
‘Detroit’ Review: Kathryn Bigelow’s Harrowing Docudrama Is a Bumpy but Bracingly Physical Portrait of Race in America
Exploding across the stressed out summer of 2017 like a powder keg thrown into a room that’s already on fire, Kathryn Bigelow’s hectic but harrowing docudrama account of the 1967 Detroit riots is inevitably as concerned with the persistence of systemic racism as it is with its past. The years between now and then have made it impossible to isolate the two — names like Tamir Rice and Philando Castile have disallowed us from deluding ourselves into thinking what’s done is done. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Nevertheless, there’s something broadly instructive about a major director choosing this moment to make a movie about this episode in the fraught history of American race relations. With Ferguson still so close in the rearview mirror, with Eric Garner still so fresh in so many minds, not even the whitest of viewers (or filmmakers) can look at »
- David Ehrlich
Why ‘Wonder Woman’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Should Lead to More Female-Centered Films
How has the box office loved “Wonder Woman?” Let us count the ways.
First, its opening weekend, which earned over $100 million in North America thanks in part to nearly universal support from the critical community. But that was just the beginning. Patty Jenkins’ movie went on to become the top earning live-action film directed by a woman, and passed earnings of its fellow DC Comics movies “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It has experienced cultural victories too — look to the swarms of Comic-Con fans in full Diana Prince getups.
This weekend, with $389 million from the domestic market, “Wonder Woman” can add a new accomplishment to its arsenal — the highest-grossing movie of the summer.
It’s also the second largest earner of 2017 behind another film centered on a female protagonist, “Beauty and the Beast” ($504 million domestic). As conversation surrounding gender equality and equity »
- Seth Kelley
‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’ Season 2 Sneak Peek Is What Dreams Are Made Of
Everything is connected, even at Comic-Con.
On Sunday, BBC America held a panel for “Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency” to reflect on its first season and look ahead at Season 2. On the panel were series creator Max Landis, showrunner Robert Cooper, and the cast consisting of Elijah Wood, Samuel Barnett, Hannah Marks, Jade Eschete, Fiona Dourif, Mpho Koaho, and new Season 2 actors Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine.
Only loosely based on the Douglas Adams of the same name, the first season of “Dirk Gently” took the title character on an original murder mystery adventure in which time travel, a kitten, and shark bites were involved. The story also included a cute corgi, creepy bald guys, a group called the Rowdy 3 that comprises four guys, and a maniacal assassin who believes she’s destined to kill certain people. »
- Hanh Nguyen
‘My Friend Dahmer’ Trailer: The Milwaukee Monster Before He Started Killing and Eating People — Watch
One of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century, Jeffrey Dahmer didn’t just murder people — he also dabbled in cannibalism, necrophilia, and amateur skeletal preservation. The “Milwaukee Monster,” who was previously played by a pre–”Hurt Locker” Jeremy Renner, will have the story of his early years told in Marc Meyers’ upcoming “My Friend Dahmer.” Watch the trailer below.
Read MoreLAFF 2017: 10 Festival Picks, from ‘My Friend Dahmer’ to ‘Everything Beautiful Is Far Away’
Here’s the synopsis: “Jeff Dahmer (Disney Channel’s Ross Lynch) is an awkward teenager struggling to make it through high school with a family life in ruins. He collects roadkill, fixates on a neighborhood jogger (Vincent Kartheiser, “Mad Men”), and copes with his unstable mother (Anne Heche) and well-intentioned father (Dallas Roberts). He begins to act out at school, and his goofball antics win over a group of band-nerds who form The Dahmer Fan Club, »
- Michael Nordine
Ross Lynch Is Utterly Chilling In The First My Friend Dahmer Trailer
- Hilary Hughes
Dunkirk Veteran on Christopher Nolan’s World War II Drama: ‘It Was Just Like I Was There Again’
With a 94 on Metacritic and a $50 million debut at the box office, Dunkirk is already one of Christopher Nolan’s most well-received films. It isn’t just critics and fanboys who appreciate his tense new World War II drama, however, as at least one veteran of the battle itself is now signing its praises as well: “I never thought I would see that again,” said 97-year-old Ken Sturdy. “It was just like I was there again.”
“It didn’t have a lot of dialogue. It didn’t need any of the dialogue because it told the story visually and it was so real,” he continued. “Dunkirk” is light on conventional plotting and dialogue, as Nolan opted for an experiential, you-are-there approach that favors action over words. Study, who was 20 at the time, served as »
- Michael Nordine
How Warner Bros Beat The Period-Film Curse At The B.O. & Positioned ‘Dunkirk’ As A Summer Tentpole
Period has become increasingly challenging at the box office, not to mention in recent times marquees have been inundated with World War II fare, particularly films starring Brad Pitt. But when director Christopher Nolan embraces the historical subject, it’s a different story, and Warner Bros is celebrating a win for its older-male-skewing Dunkirk this weekend with $50.5 million — a figure that not only beat tracking, but the total $40M stateside ticket sales of Pitt’s… »
Thor: Ragnarok Director Taika Waititi Says ‘About 80 Percent’ Of The Film Was Improvised
- Crystal Bell
Horror Haul: Joe Hill Calls ‘It’ One of the Scariest Movies Ever Made; Next ‘Cloverfield’ Movie Delayed
Howdy, folks! It’s Sunday, which means it’s time for the horror haul, our weekly round-up and one-stop-shop for all things horror. This week in horror news, Joe Hill is throwing around some seriously intense praise for Andy Muschietti's It, calling the film one of the best horror movies ever made on par with The Thing and Jaws. I know, it's a lot. Elsewhere, Wish Upon director John R. Leonetti settles the debate over whether Steven Spielberg or Tobe Hooper directed Poltergeist, Paramount and Bad Robot push the third Cloverfield movie to 2018, The … »
- Haleigh Foutch
‘Captain Marvel’ Concept Art Shows Brie Larson Fighting the Skrulls — in the 1990s
When it hits theaters in 2019, “Captain Marvel” will become the first Marvel movie centered around a female superhero. Brie Larson has the distinction of leading the upcoming film, which was teased at Comic-Con with new concept art yesterday — as well as the revelation that it will take place in the ‘90s, well before any other chapter in the ongoing Marvel mythos.
It will also pit Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers) against the Skrulls, a race of extraterrestrial shapeshifters most familiar to comic-book fans for their appearances opposite the Fantastic Four. Helping the superheroine in that task will be Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who at this point will still have the use of both eyes — and thus no need for his signature eyepatch.
- Michael Nordine
Where Are Next ‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Ready Player One’? Future Franchise Candidates
Exclusive: The hype machine of San Diego Comic-Con winds down today after a dizzying array of panels from studios and networks, wowing crowds with stars, teaser footage and even Vr-based events for the likes of Blade Runner 2049 and Westworld. The efforts showed that imagination is in full swing, trying to keep pace with the unlimited visual possibilities reachable though visual effects. But all of these franchises will wear thin at some point. What’s next? Deadline… »
‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top Earning Summer Movie at the Domestic Box Office
Step aside, Star-Lord.
As of this weekend, “Wonder Woman” is officially the highest grossing summer film at the domestic box office. With $389 million, the DC Comics movie from Warner Bros. has passed the previous leader, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” ($387 million). “Guardians,” though, has “Wonder Woman” beat on a global level with $860 million versus $779 million so far.
Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Conquers Weekend With $50.5 Million, ‘Valerian’ Flops
Warner Bros. is reaping the benefits. With this weekend’s successful launch of “Dunkirk,” the studio has tallied over $1 billion at the domestic box office — the seventeenth consecutive year that Warner Bros. has done so.
- Seth Kelley
‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Girls Trip’ Prove the Box-Office Value of Original Ideas; ‘Valerian’ Does Not
This is an unusual summer weekend, with three original non-franchise titles opening wide. Even odder: Two of them did extremely well.
Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” opened above advance estimates with $50 million. Not only does that place him on par with “Interstellar” in 2014 (adjusted opening gross: $50.9 million), but he did so with a film that didn’t specifically appeal to younger audiences, or even Americans.
If “Dunkirk” goes on to the four-times multiple as “Interstellar” (which was boosted by Thanksgiving and Christmas play time, rather than the summer dog-days ahead), it could score close to $200 million. With initial international grosses strong ($55 million, with no China, Japan, Germany, or Latin America yet), it could reach the break-even minimum of $500 million worldwide.
- Tom Brueggemann
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