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Lionsgate and Summit's action-comedy The Hitman's Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line's Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn't too kind, however, to Bleecker's Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst weekend of 2017 by less than $1 million by combining for $81.5 million. As of right now, this means the month of August is currently pacing 34% behind August last year while the summer season is pacing 12.8% behind last year. With an estimated $21.6 million, Lionsgate's release of The Hitman's Bodyguard finished #1 at the box office. This outperforms Mojo's pre-release forecast and is just a shade below historical averages for a film of this size and genre from Lionsgate. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Pim Razenberg on the debate on creative differences between producers and directors…
Creative differences. The clichéd answer to most break-ups between a studio and its directors. Recent examples of cases where “creative differences” were the cause of conflict are the departure of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from the as-of-yet untitled Han Solo anthology film and the much discussed departure of Edgar Wright from Ant-Man. For a director to step up to direct a blockbuster movie means to take on the responsibility of turning a ton of money into tons of money. When such a blockbuster is meant to help shape a financially successful, Marvel-esque cinematic universe, the stakes are even higher. The look and feel of these movies have to fit within certain expectations and must not break the overlapping narrative of the cinematic universe. The level of financial risk involved to create a product audiences feel is worth paying for, »
For years Star Wars fans could only dream about the events of the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker's fall from grace, as first introduced in the original Star Wars trilogy. The power of the dark side that seduced Darth Vader, the legendary piloting skills of Luke's father, it was all only spoken about, until George Lucas announced plans to finally bring Episodes I, II, and III to life, promising to show us the first meeting between Obi-Wan and Anakin and the fateful duel that turned the newly minted Darth Vader into "more machine than man." And George Lucas needed to find perfect actor to play the role. Which wasn't an easy task by any means.
There were hundreds of screen tests before Lucas enlisted young Jake Lloyd to play the future Darth Vader in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. To say the performance wasn't well received is putting »
Covert Media to finance and handle worldwide sales on bestseller adaptation.
Covert Media will finance the project and handle worldwide sales. Robert Cort will produce with Covert Media CEO Hanson. Covert’s Elissa Friedman will serve as an executive producer alongside McC’s Sasha Shapiro and Anton Lessine.
The book centres on a hard-working widow and mother of three who hires a handyman to fix her house during a storm. As the handyman grows closer to the family, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of the universe to deliver what we want, but the widow soon realises he carries a secret connection to her past.
Katie Holmes has appeared »
Katie Holmes apparently believes in the power of positive thinking. The former “Dawson’s Creek” star will appear in a feature film adaptation of “The Secret,” the self-help book that postulated that human beings can control the universe with their minds and manifest their desires through the “law of attraction.” Somehow quantum physics also comes into play.
It may sound scientifically dubious, and the book did attract its fair share of criticism, but the controversy only fueled sales. “The Secret” was a publishing phenomenon, selling 30 million copies around the world.
The picture will be directed by Andy Tennant, who is best known for overseeing hit romantic comedies such as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Hitch.” Bekah Brunstetter, a writer on NBC’s hit drama “This Is Us,” will adapt Rhonda Byrne’s best-seller, with participation from Tennant and his longtime writing partner Rick Parks (“Ever After: A Cinderella Story”).
- Brent Lang
Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…
Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.
However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or »
- Gary Collinson
Let's be honest, whether it is the fact Iron Man came out nearly a decade ago, he was just another sub-par Marvel villain, or that he had a bald head, you forgot that Jeff Bridges was the first villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I know I do, often, and I love Bridges and have seen every McU film countless times. So, lest we ever forget again, Bridges played the very first McU villain in 2008, Obadiah Stane, father figure and business associate of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), who betrayed Tony, stealing his Arc Reactor to power his own suit, the War Monger, rather than go along with Stark's plan to stop producing and selling weapons (except more Iron Man suits and genocidal robots than are healthy).
If you remember all this, and the finale of Iron Man, then you remember that Stane was killed at the end of the film. »
- Nick Doll
(Aotn) Ever wonder what happened to several high profile projects that various well-known directors were said to be helming, but somehow have never seen the light of day? Many of these films were either “pet projects” for the directors or they ended up getting tied up in so many legal battles that eventually they were just scrapped or the director ended up simply walking away.
The wonderful folks over at IndieWire have complied a fantastic list compiling several of these films that have yet to see the light of day from directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan and more!
First up is director Christopher Nolan’s rumored Howard Hughes biopic. In several interviews Nolan called the script for the film “the best he had ever written”, in fact, the film was even picked by Castle Rock in 2002 and actor Jim Carrey was attached to star. So, just where did things go wrong? »
- Kristyn Clarke
Rounding up all the big superhero news from the past week…
Unfortunately, due to some major technical issues (resulting in a switch to a brand new server), it’s another abridged edition of The Week in Spandex this weekend. Apologies. Barring any more gremlins in the system, we’ll be back to normal next weekend…
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Marvel’s Murder Problem
Captain Marvel will not appear in Avengers: Infinity War
Avengers: Infinity War co-director on the film’s length and Thanos’ Black Order
Avengers 4 to start shooting in two weeks, »
- Gary Collinson
Samuel Brace with his top five protagonists of Christopher Nolan’s movies…
Christopher Nolan had established himself as one of the defining directors of the 2000’s by the time The Dark Knight was released, and in the current decade he has gone onto further enhance his filmography, cementing his place in the list of greatest living directors.
Nolan films get a lot of attention for their high concept plots and balance of blockbuster action with intricate and adult themes, but Nolan is also incredibly adept at providing movie audiences with complicated and fascinating protagonists, heroes, and the not so heroic, that are some of the most watchable characters anywhere in cinema. Ranking them is difficult, but based on factors such as complexity, charisma, intrigue, and the ability to defy adversity, the feat has been attempted.
So without further ado, here are the top five protagonists of Christopher Nolan movies.
5) Borden »
- Samuel Brace
While fans of the Dark Knight have certainly had a lot to endure this past week by being pulled in opposite directions when it comes to who to believe regarding Ben Affleck’s involvement in The Batman, all we can really do as moviegoers is sit back and hope for the best film possible – and ponder what may lie beyond.
Now, I’m not one to rule out Affleck hanging around for at least one solo flick in order to truly leave his stamp on the enduring icon, but the fact of the matter is that he’s not getting any younger. Plus, we have to take into account that Reeves is said to be mapping out a trilogy, so, if you figure the two subsequent installments will arrive two or three years apart from each other, that’s quite the commitment for an aging actor to make. Still, it’s not impossible or unwelcome, »
- Eric Joseph
Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.
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Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.
With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies, »
- Zack Sharf
Paul Martinovic Jul 28, 2017
One of the great pleasures of following genre cinema is the long, enduring onscreen conversation that’s taken place between movie directors from the East and the West, a creative push and pull which has resulted in some of the most boundary-pushing, inventive and important films ever made. When Akira Kurosawa wrote The Hidden Fortress, an airy homage to the John Ford Westerns he loved so much, he can’t have predicted its rollicking adventuring would be re-interpreted and sent into space by George Lucas to form the basis of the most successful film franchise in history in Star Wars: A New Hope. Similarly, when Ringo Lam took the tropes of 70’s Eurocrime and American gangster movies of the 30s and 40s, and upped the machismo and »
Across six films — “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Prestige,” “Inception” and “Interstellar” — Michael Caine has been a mainstay and some would say lucky charm for Christopher Nolan. Indeed, the director didn’t miss a chance to give his friend and regular collaborator a role in his seventh film “Dunkirk,” though you’ve might’ve missed it.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Simon Brew Jul 25, 2017
Since he first appeared in Batman Begins back in 2005, Michael Caine has appeared in six consecutive Christopher Nolan films, right through to 2014’s Interstellar. Yet when it came time to make the newly-released Dunkirk, Caine’s name was missing from the cast list. Seemingly, the run was broken.
However, it’s come to light that in fact, there are a few words of Michael Caine’s work in the film, as he has an unexpected cameo in the movie.
It’s been confirmed that it’s Caine’s voice Tom Hardy’s Raf pilot hears over his radio. It’s not much, but Caine is the officer who talks to Hardy over said radio early on in the movie.
That takes Caine’s run to seven Christopher Nolan movies and counting. »
Christopher Nolan loves a good easter egg. Whether it’s a sly bit of casting, the use of subliminal imagery, or a line of dialogue with deeper implications then you may realize, Nolan often hides clues and secret messages in his films that are just waiting to be discovered. Of course the internet has devoted a ton of time searching for Nolan’s best easter eggs over the years, and we’ve rounded up 7 of the best hidden gems to look for in his filmography.
Nolan is currently riding high off the success of “Dunkirk,” his WWII drama that exceeded expectations at the box office by opening to $50.5 million this weekend. The film should enjoy a healthy run thanks to strong word of mouth and critical acclaim. IndieWire named “Dunkirk” the best »
- Zack Sharf
Christopher Nolan is on his way to earning another box office hit with his critically acclaimed WWII film, “Dunkirk.” The film was expected to make $30-40 million in its opening this weekend, but thanks to incredibly strong word-of-mouth, it is now looking at around $51 million from 3,720 screens after making $19.8 million on day one. Since breaking into the public consciousness in 2005 with “Batman Begins,” Nolan has put out a series of hit films both original and adapted. With this opening, “Dunkirk” has a higher start than the $49.5 million five-day opening earned by Nolan’s last film, “Interstellar,” »
- Jeremy Fuster
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk arrives this weekend and it's arriving to predictably good reviews. His poorest reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes is Interstellar at 71%. He has four films (including Dunkirk, so far) reviewed in the 90s. As a director, his movies have grossed more than $4 billion, making Nolan one of the most successful filmmakers of all time. His films are master classes in storytelling, and this is all the more impressive when one considers that, for the most part, he's making all of his films about the same thing.
Christopher Nolan is perhaps the purest of storytellers. All of his movies, over and over again, are stories about storytelling itself. Perhaps this arose when he was yet a boy, at an age somewhere between nine and twelve, when he decided that he wanted to make movies professionally. Perhaps this decision at such a young age is the reason that he »
- Brian Jasper
Now that “Dunkirk” is out, so is its soundtrack. Hans Zimmer’s sixth collaboration with Christopher Nolan doesn’t come with a giant red button, but it does have the intensity of a ticking time bomb to match the film’s World War II drama. Listen to the soundtrack on Spotify here.
“The Mole” (5:35) “We Need Our Army Back” (6:28) “Shivering Soldier” (2:52) “Supermarine” (8:03) “The Tide” (3:48) “Regimental Brothers” (5:04) “Impulse” (2:36) “Home” (6:02) “The Oil” (6:10) “Variation 15 (Dunkirk)” (5:51) “End Titles (Dunkirk)” (7:12)
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- Michael Nordine
Sometimes when you have been through hell and back, there isn’t anything you can say to properly convey the emotions and the experience. Without saying much, Christopher Nolan tries to express the raw emotions of war by dropping the viewer into the scenario as opposed to explaining the how and the why of the situation. Because at the end of the day, the brave soldiers at the frontlines aren’t given a suitable reason or explanation to justify possible death. Their instincts kick in and they have to fight to survive.
Dunkirk is an emotional experiment forcing the viewer to connect with characters with little backstory or dialogue. In fact, the majority of the film is soldiers silently fighting towards a way out. The importance of time is crucial – so much so that the film opens with information placing how long each of the storylines takes place. Nolan and »
- Michael Haffner
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