5 items from 2016
“Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros./DC Comics) will push the summer box office way ahead. The last two weeks have seen a strong rebound after a summer down over 20% from last year’s record-setter. And “Suicide Squad,” despite weak reviews, won’t disappoint.
With projections approaching $150 million at the high end ($120 million at the low), “Squad” will even in adjusted numbers outperform any previous August release. (The record in raw numbers is “Guardians of the Galaxy” at $94 million, adjusted $101 million; “Rush Hour 2” adjusted is $103 million).
That returns the 2016 box office to the record levels of February and March set by Marvel’s “Deadpool” and DC’s “Batman v Superman.” Year to date remains slightly up (2.6%). “Squad” will increase that number.
The weekend one year ago saw the debut of “Straight Outta Compton” and a Top Ten of $113 million, less than the gross “Squad” will likely accomplish on its own.
- Tom Brueggemann
There’s at least one truism when it comes to film franchises: at some point, some part of your sequel will have to take place in Las Vegas. Don’t believe me? Well there’s Godfather II, Rush Hour 2, Vegas Vacation, Think Like a Man Too, Leprechaun 3 and the list goes on. The latest to follow this rule is Sharknado 4. And now we’re getting a look as to what happens when flying sharks attack Sin City. SyFy has released its first trailer for the made-for-tv movie. It’s exactly what you’d expect, assuming you’d expect Ian Ziering doing a pelvic thrust to the nose of a shark. If you didn’t expect that, perhaps I’ve spoiled that surprise. Sorry about that. Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens features Ziering, Tara Reid and a bevy of D-listers and people you’d completely forgotten about. But this »
- David Eckstein
Winer is a veteran TV director and executive producer, most recently on “Life in Pieces” for CBS and 20th Century Fox TV, where he has an overall deal. He has also directed many episodes of “Modern Family” and “The Crazy Ones.”
Winer directed the remake of “Arthur” in 2011 for his first feature film credit. »
- Dave McNary
If you enjoyed Ride Along, you’ll like Ride Along 2 – it’s as simple as that. Fast-talking stand-up Kevin Hart and gruff straight man Ice Cube bicker like an old couple all the way to the bank as they play off each other’s delivery styles to lively effect, but this weak follow-up to the 2014 hit is basically a series of disposable action sequences loosely connected by the presence of its two stars. What you saw in the predecessor and see in Ride Along 2’s trailers is what you get: plenty of routine action, lots of Kevin Hart sass, and not much else.
Ride Along 2 is pretty much on par with the original in terms of plot. Atlanta cops James Payton (Ice Cube) and his future brother-in-law Ben barber (Hart) travel to Miami, where they team up with a computer hacker (Ken Jeong) and a sexy-but-tough detective »
- Tom Stockman
With several TV shows starting to come back, several other midseason shows are about to debut in the coming weeks and months ahead. One of CBS' new shows will be quite familiar to many viewers. Rush Hour is based on the hit movie franchise which starred Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan. Today, CBS has released the first trailer for the show, which will debut Thursday, March 31 at 10 Pm Et. The action-packed comedy series will anchor the network's Thursday night sitcom lineup, which includes The Big Bang Theory, Life in Pieces, Mom and Angel from Hell.
Rush Hour, a reimagining of the hit feature film franchise, is a buddy-cop drama about a maverick Lapd detective and a by-the-book detective from Hong Kong who knock heads when they are forced to partner together. Detective Lee (Jon Foo) is a reserved, honorable master martial artist with lightning-fast moves who comes to L.A. »
5 items from 2016
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