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Two new releases took the two top spots on the national home video sales charts for the week that ended Aug. 12, led by Warner’s “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” the latest retelling of the saga of the mythical British king.
“Arthur” debuted at No. 1 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. The film made less than $40 million in U.S. theaters and was panned by critics, with the reviewer for the Chicago Tribune calling it a “grim and stupid thing.” Nearly 40 films have been made about about King Arthur, the earliest one in 1904.
Debuting at No. 2 on the overall disc sales chart only was “Snatched,” which opened theatrically the same weekend (May 12-14) as “Arthur” and finished second, with $19.5 million, to $15.4 million for third-ranked “Arthur.” The comedy, from 20th Century Fox, stars »
- Thomas K. Arnold
As pre-production on the Hellboy reboot ramps up ahead of filming later this year, the film has made yet another cast addition. The latest actress to join, per The Hollywood Reporter, is American Honey’s Sasha Lane, taking the role of Alice Monaghan in the film.
In the Hellboy comics, Alice Monaghan was a baby when she was kidnapped by fairies and then rescued by Hellboy. Due to her time with the fairies, Alice retained some magical abilities and met Hellboy again as she grew up. Though she was also in her early 50s, she showed little sign of ageing thanks to the fairies’ magic.
- Ricky Church
Last week we heard that Milla Jovovich was in in final talks to join a new version of Hellboy, based on the comic book character created by Mike Mignola. The movie's title has since been shortened from Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen to Hellboy and now we're hearing rumors about other characters who may be appearing. In the comics, Hellboy is associated with the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, which fights various occult threats. According to Splash Report, B.P.R.D. members Abe Sabien, Alice Monaghan and Major Ben Daimio will all appear in the new Hellboy, along with Baba Yaga the witch, King Arthur and Merlin, as well as "Gruagach, a fairy creature that looks like a pig and is a vengeful adversary of Hellboy." Of those characters, only Abe Sabien...
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- Peter Martin
Hollywood studios may be scared to show their summer report cards to their corporate bosses. After all, ticket sales were down 12% year-over-year as flops like “The Mummy” and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” failed to attract crowds.
That’s not to say the Universals, Warners, and Disneys of the world didn’t have successes they could crow about. Despite the rough box office headwinds, there were still some big hits. Sequels to “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Despicable Me” scored, “Wonder Woman” and its feminist heroine tapped into the zeitgeist, while “Dunkirk,” a brainy historical drama, sailed into the heart of summer and emerged triumphant.
To help the six major studios learn from their mistakes (and to give them gold stars when they excelled), Variety is taking a hard look at the summer that was. Here are the hits and misses, winners and losers of popcorn season.
- Brent Lang and Seth Kelley
There just may have been a real King Arthur in the sixth century of what is today England. Or, he may have been a legend the fractured country needed to help give it a cultural identity. Either way, that legendary figure of story and song would be horrified to see what Guy Ritchie has done in his name.
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword was a troubled production, heavily promoted, and lengthily delayed until it opened to withering reviews and poor box office. Now available on home video from Warner Home Entertainment, it is a troubling view of Arthur.
Real or not, he was reinterpreted for the needs of the country (and later portions of Europe) across the centuries with characters coming and going, victories of varying degrees, and epic romances until there was just Arthur and Guinevere. As we have come to know the legend, he was a moral character, »
- Robert Greenberger
Last week it was announced that the Hellboy reboot will simply be called Hellboy, and not Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen as previously reported. Today, we have even more details about the script, including some new and returning characters that will be featured in this thrilling adventure. Comic book creator Mike Mignola recently teased that this reboot will include the Bureau of Paranorman Research and Defense (B.P.R.D.), and today we have more details about where the B.P.R.D. will be setting up shop, along with news of never-before-seen characters from the comics, along with a few that were featured in the first two Hellboy movies. There will be potential Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
One of Splash Report's sources reveals that the B.P.R.D. headquarters will be located, "on a snow-capped mountainside," although no specific location details were given. »
Since then, we’ve had Transformers: The Last Knight, which was mauled by critics, and failed to match the box office performance of its predecessors, while production on the first spinoff movie Transformers Universe: Bumblebee is now underway, an animated movie is in development, and – according to Michael Bay – there are up to 14 other scripts on the table.
Well, it seems that Goldsman’s work is now done, as he has revealed to SlashFilm that he’s no longer involved with the franchise moving forward. Meanwhile, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura confirmed that the writer’s room has now achieved its goals:
“The writers room, which was set up by all of us, was set up to explore the mythology more,” said di Bonaventura. »
- Gary Collinson
Hollywood is pinning its hopes on a demon-possessed doll as it looks to shake off the late-summer doldrums. “Annabelle: Creation,” the latest installment in the “Conjuring” cinematic universe, opened to $4 million in Thursday pre-shows. Box office sages predict that the horror film will pull in roughly $25 million this weekend.
That makes the film a shrewd bet for Warner Bros. and New Line, which spent an economical $15 million to put a frightening spin on children’s toys. It is, however, a significant drop-off from the openings of other films in the series. The first “Annabelle” kicked off to $37.1 million, while “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2” premiered to $41.9 million and $40.4 million, respectively.
David F. Sandberg directed the prequel about a dollmaker whose creation terrorizes a group of orphan girls. The cast includes Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony Lapaglia, and Miranda Otto. Reviews have generally been favorable, which should help the latest “Annabelle” push last weekend’s winner, Stephen King »
- Brent Lang
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The director, who premiered his debut hit Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels at Raindance in 1999 and went on to helm Snatch, RocknRolla, the Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and this year's box-office disappointment King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, is currently prepping Disney's live-action Aladdin, to be shot at Pinewood later this year.
"Guy has always been a great »
- Alex Ritman
After July 2015 and 2016 saw increases from one year to the next, July 2017 took a step back, down 12.2% compared to 2016 with calendar grosses reaching $1.2 billion from 221 films compared to $1.37 billion last July. Leading the way was Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which topped all releases bringing in $280 million in July, earning Sony the #1 spot for the month with six films grossing nearly $390 million. Overall, this marks the third month in a row to show a decline compared to 2016 with the summer movie season struggling and showing no sign of improvement in the month of August with the season currently pacing 11% behind 2016. Overall, August is likely to become the sixth month out of the first eight in 2017 to show a decline from one year to the next with 2017 currently -2% behind 2016. Digging deeper into July, we'll start at the top with Spider-Man: Homecoming, which delivered $280 million since its July 7 release. The film is now approaching $300 million domestically, »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
The long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus was met with middling reviews and so-so box office, but the franchise isn’t dead yet. The movie represents years of efforts to bring King’s eight-book series to the screen, but not every viewer has been so invested in that goal. IndieWire editors Eric Kohn (a fan of the books) and Kate Erbland (who hasn’t ready any of them) traded emails to discuss their very different reactions to the film, what it got wrong, and how it might be redeemed in future plans for the franchise.
Kate: This summer season hasn’t been too kind to force-fed franchises, from the so-called Dark Universe (meant to be kicked off with the Tom Cruise-starring “The Mummy” reboot) to Guy Ritchie’s long-gestating and likely totally stalled-out “King Arthur” series to “The Dark Tower,” which has ambitious plans to include not »
- Kate Erbland and Eric Kohn
By David Kozlowski | 4 August 2017
Welcome to Issue #7 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column offering strong opinions about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your feedback or ideas for future columns: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!
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Hey Lrm Weekenders, you might notice a few changes to the column this week. As summer draws to a close we're moving some stuff around and tweaking our content to be a little more opinionated and provocative.
Each of our Lrm writers have super-strong opinions about film, TV, comics, and all of the big franchises and universes. So, going forward Lrm Weekend is going to amp-up our voices a bit more -- and we invite our readers to punch back whenever and wherever you disagree!
Audiences Are Tired Of Spectacle And Hollywood Doesn't Care. »
- David Kozlowski
A couple years back, it was revealed that Paramount was seeming to take the Transformers franchise seriously. Rather than make each film one after another, with no real thought as to the direction of the whole franchise, they opted to create a writers room. This writers room had some real heavy hitters in the industry. The aim of this writers room was to help expand the world of Transformers and outline potential films, the first of which became Transformers: The Last Knight.
Leading this writers room was Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has crafted countless classics like A Beautiful Mind and Cinderella Man. But what other involvement does Goldsman have? Will he continue to help out with the films in the future? Speaking to /Film while at the Television Critics Association press tour, Goldsman stated that he is no longer involved writing any of the Transformers films.
Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura »
- Joseph Medina
Is summer the new highbrow? Last month, three of the top five films were critical darlings: “War for the Planet of the Apes” (#1), “Baby Driver” (#4), and “The Big Sick” (#5). Then came “Dunkirk,” which was declared an Oscar frontrunner and spent the last two weeks at #1.
That’s rare among top-grossing studio releases, maybe even unprecedented. Studios tend to save high-end, critics-oriented titles for late fall — the better to court Oscars, and because adult audiences are more likely to show up. And since the 1970s triumphs of “Jaws” and “Star Wars,” summer has been the domain of mass-audience and increasingly sequel/franchise titles, critics be damned.
To make sense of this, we start with the critical metrics. This summer, 12 titles will likely earn $100 million or more. (Last summer, 14 hit the mark.) The average Metacritic score for these 12 films is 66, defined as “generally favorable.” Last year’s crop came in at 54, which is “mixed or average. »
- Tom Brueggemann
The opening paragraphs of IndieWire’s review of “The Emoji Movie” may have read like a desperate cry for help, but the fact remains that movies are literally a light in the darkness, and that’s never been more true than it was (and continues to be) during the summer of 2017.
While the season tends not to be associated with high art, this hasn’t really been one of those years where the past has all that much bearing on the present. Things don’t make a lot of sense anymore, and that’s proven to be as true for pop culture as it has for every other aspect of our country. Generally speaking, that hasn’t been great news (the world is falling apart, we’re all gonna die, etc.). But when it comes to the multiplexes, people may have been happy to find that down is the new up. »
- David Ehrlich
Time Warner’s second quarter earnings got a boost from “Wonder Woman’s” box office success and subscriber growth at its cable operations.
Profits at the entertainment conglomerate beat Wall Street expectations with earnings per-share of $1.33, up from $1.29 per-share in the prior-year period. Revenues grew 5% to $7.3 billion, even as operating income decreased 8% to $1.7 billion. Analysts had projected that Time Warner would post per-share earnings of $1.19 on revenue of $7.3 billion.
The earnings report comes as Time Warner is awaiting government approval for its $85 billion sale to At&T. The company said it expects the deal will close by the end of 2017. Even without the bureaucratic rubber stamp, At&T is moving forward with plans to integrate Time Warner into the fold. The telecom giant announced last week that John Stankey will serve as CEO of its media group, giving him control of Time Warner’s properties. Time Warner’s portfolio includes its film studio Warner Bros., its »
- Brent Lang
While movie stars continue to fade at the box office, directors are having their day in the sun. “Dunkirk’s” $50 million opening weekend is just the latest indication that the spotlight may be shifting from actors to filmmakers, even for blockbusters and summer popcorn fare.
Star-driven films like Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler’s “The House,” Scarlett Johansson’s “Rough Night,” Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy,” Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” and Charlie Hunnam’s “King Arthur” all failed to deliver audiences to movie theaters. The directors were the focus of the buzz on Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” earlier this year, and more recently for Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver” and Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” Even comic book tentpoles and sequels like “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” directed by Jon Watts, and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” succeeded with lesser-known leads taking on properties with troubled pasts, thanks »
- Justin Kroll
Is Brooklyn Beckham off the market?
Rumors began swirling earlier this month that the 18-year-old son of Victoria and David Beckham was dating singer Madison Beer (Justin Bieber's protégé-turned-pal!) when he attended her performance at 99.7 Now's Summer Splash concert in Santa Clarita, California.
The two ignited the fire even more when they were spotted at Catch La on Thursday, a celebrity hot spot in West Hollywood, California.
According to an eyewitness, the rumored pair arrived hand in hand, stopping along the way to take Boomerang videos. Inside, they met up with Beckham's famous mother and one of her good friends.
The eyewitness tells Et that in between bites, Beckham and Beer, also 18, were cuddly and flirty, continuing their Pda-filled night on the town.
While the two have yet to confirm whether they're an official couple or just close pals, we »
Madison Beer is in with the Beckhams.
Beer and Brooklyn arrived to West Hollywood hotspot Catch L.A. hand in hand, stopping to take a few videos before joining the former Spice Girl inside for dinner.
The onlooker says that Brooklyn, 18, and Beer were cuddly and flirty during the meal, which was also attended by on of Victoria’s friends.
Brooklyn is the oldest child of Victoria and David Beckham. The teen has three siblings: Romeo, »
- Lindsay Kimble and Melody Chiu
With season 10 now behind us, we only have one episode left of Steven Moffat’s era as showrunner of Doctor Who. The Sherlock co-creator has helmed the series since 2010 and has overseen the entire tenures of both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. Over that time, he’s shepherded the show through arguably its most globally popular period and ensured that the modern series will continue on in rude health after he steps down. However, there is one niggling regret that annoys him to this day.
In a new interview with BBC America, Moffat was asked various questions about his experience as showrunner. For one, he said his greatest achievement was “not entirely screwing up” the 50th anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor.” For his biggest regret, however, he had this to say:
“There are loads of things I’d change. I’d change all my mistakes, »
- Christian Bone
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