7 items from 2016
This week, The Bfg joined this year’s list of ‘illustrious’ flops, at least in the Us where it tanked hard as it released off the back of Indepedence Day: Resurgence and the much more successful Finding Dory. That puts it in the same house as The Huntsman’s Winter War, Gods of Egypt & Zoolander 2. A Steven Spielberg movie. Based on a legendary children’s book by Roald Dahl. This can’t be right, surely? Well for whatever reason, nobody wanted to smell what The Bfg was cooking, and almost immediately commentators and sites decried this box office failure as the metaphorical ‘death of Spielberg’, suggesting the master of modern cinema has lost his magic touch with the takings and, moreover, has lost that special ingredient which made him arguably the »
- Tony Black
With Independence Day falling on a Monday, the holiday weekend’s three-day totals so far took a sweet jump over 2015, when the 4th fell on Saturday. After a slow summer, the result is the best increase over the equivalent weekend in some time; three films topped $30 million for the three days, all better than any last year.
The top spot was nabbed both last weekend and in 2015 by a Pixar film in its third week. Incredibly though “Finding Dory” is now 50% ahead of “Inside Out” through the same period, with a clear path to the best total of the year, at least until December’s “Star Wars” entry takes its shot.
- Tom Brueggemann
Another weekend in release and another weekend on top of the box office for Pixar's Finding Dory. However, while the forgetful little fish enjoys its third weekend in the number one spot, it had stiffer competition than expected from one of the weekend's newcomers. Finishing strong in second position was WB's The Legend of Tarzan while Universal's The Purge: Election Year also over-performed, tripling its budget in its first three days of release. Meanwhile, Disney's The Bfg couldn't find much of an audience as it finished in fourth position. Nevertheless, the top twelve films for this 27th weekend of the year saw a 41% uptick compared to last year as films are taking advantage of the Fourth of July, holiday weekend. Finding Dory brought in an estimated $41.9 million for the three-day weekend and is tracking toward a four day around $51 million. As of now the film's domestic cume stands at just »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Usually when the Middle East shows up in modern films it’s the setting for dramas and thrillers. The troubled global “hot spot” has been the backdrop for “based on a true story” tales of the military with American Sniper and one of the first flicks to be released this year, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi. So it’s surprising that this region has been the setting for two comedies this year (Salmon Fishing In The Yeman tested the waters five years ago). And one big source of the humor is the culture clash when Americans arrive there. It’s the old “fish out of water” recipe for laughs. A couple of months ago, it was Tina Fey butting heads in Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And now arriving in Saudi Arabia is the affable everyman (really every-American-man) Tom Hanks, an actor familiar with that comedy trope, going back thirty years »
- Jim Batts
With remakes and reboots all the rage in Hollywood these days, it.s never a surprise to hear that another old favorite is being prepped to head back into theaters. Now it looks like the Flatliners remake is finally gaining some more traction, as actor Diego Luna is in talks to take on a role in the film. A report from The Wrap says that Diego Luna, who recently finished work on Star Wars: Rogue One, is looking to add his name to the main roster of actors who will be working on the movie. Luna started in entertainment when he was just a child in 1982, but his breakout role came with the 2001 film Y Tu Mamá También. Since then he.s hade a number of appearances in Spanish language and American films, such as, Frida, Open Range, The Terminal, Mister Lonely, Milk, Rudo y Cursi and Elysium, and »
The prolific writer, director, producer and studio executive is, of course, the grandfather of the blockbuster, his shark flick Jaws earning the term after it smashed box office records and made the Cincinnati native a household name. It would catapult Steven Spielberg into a long-term deal with Universal Studios and forever change the landscape of cinema – and all this from a guy who couldn't get into USC's School of Theater, Film and Television.
Available at the Cineplex Store today, Bridge of Spies, marks the fourth collaboration between Spielberg and Tom Hanks. It's been over a decade since the pair last worked together on 2004's The Terminal, and now, for their latest offering, we're getting something completely different.
Hanks stars as American lawyer James Donovan who is recruited by the CIA to help rescue a pilot who has been detained in the Soviet Union. Things are going to get intense as »
- Andrea Miller, Emma Badame and Rachel West
London — Clive Owen has boarded sci-fi thriller “Anon,” which is written and directed by Andrew Niccol, whose writing credits include Peter Weir’s “The Truman Show” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”
Owen plays a detective in the psychological thriller set in a world with no privacy, ignorance and anonymity. It’s the end of crime. However, when Owen’s character stumbles on a young woman who doesn’t exist, he discovers it may not be the end of crime but the beginning.
The production is in the process of casting the anonymous young woman and is looking to announce within the coming weeks.
Owen is also starring in Luc Besson’s sci-fi fantasy film “Valerian,” which is shooting. »
- Leo Barraclough
7 items from 2016
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