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We have eight short days until Netflix releases its film adaptation of the international hit that is Death Note. Just like movies like Okja, Bright, and What Happened to Monday, Death Note is proof of the streaming service’s commitment to creating original films. Yet, of course, with any existing property, Death Note is bound to have tons of rabid fans who are ready to tear it apart at a moment’s notice.
In addition to many fans wanting this movie to be a scene-by-scene reenactment of the 12-volume manga series, we have the additional race issue. Hollywood has a bad habit of whitewashing, and given the white and black (distinctly non-Japanese, in other words) leads of this movie, many fans are already cursing this flick. But what about the original creators? We reported back around San Diego Comic-Con that producer of the film Masi Oka had revealed that they loved the film, »
- Joseph Medina
Saved the best for last...meet Mia Sutton from the Netflix original film Death Note.
Mia is the high school girlfriend of Light Turner, who embarks on a crusade alongside him to rid the world of evil with the Death Note.
Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
The Netflix original film is directed by Adam Wingard (Blair Witch, You're Next) and stars Nat Wolff (Paper Towns), Margaret Qualley (The Leftovers), Lakeith Stanfield (Get Out), Paul Nakauchi (Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End), Shea Whigham (American Hustle »
- Michael Connally
Disney is celebrating another box office win this weekend with its swashbuckling adventure Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It is coming away with an easy win, earning $77 million over the four-day holiday weekend. That debut also continues a downward box office trend for the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, with the last installment, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, debuting with $90.1 million in this same weekend frame back in 2011. A new report reveals that this weekend as a whole marks the lowest Memorial Day weekend gross since 1999, when the first Star Wars prequel, The Phantom Menace reigned supreme.
Variety reports that the total box office earnings for this weekend add up to $172.3 million, which is the lowest Memorial Day box office since the $142.5 million total from the Memorial Day four-day frame in 1999, when The Phantom Menace, in its second weekend in theaters, easily won »
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales led the way this Memorial Day weekend while Paramount's Baywatch struggled to match expectations. Meanwhile, Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues to deliver while the studio's Beauty and the Beast became only the eighth film to cross $500 million domestically. Overall, the weekend was down ~15% compared to Memorial Day weekend last year when both X-Men: Apocalypse and Alice Through the Looking Glass delivered underwhelming openings. With an estimated $62 million for the three-day and $76.6 million for the four-day weekend, Disney's fifth installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise finished atop the holiday weekend box office. Additionally, the film brought in an estimated $208.4 million internationally, the 12th largest overseas opening of all-time, as it opened in virtually the entire overseas marketplace. This includes a $67.8 million debut in China and an industry record opening in Russia of an estimated $18.6 million. Additional »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Memorial Day weekend brings two new wide releases to theaters in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Paramount's R-rated comedy Baywatch, the latter of which got a head start on the weekend holding preview screenings last night and arriving nationwide today. Neither are necessarily expected to blow the doors off with Pirates looking to finish well behind the last three films, especially Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which currently holds the Memorial Day opening weekend record of $139.8 million. Meanwhile there are a few questions as to just how high Baywatch will finish as Paramount really could use a win with this one as not one of their four releases this year has managed to hit $45 million domestically. At the top, while it isn't expected to top $100 million for the four day or even the $90.1 million Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides delivered »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Seeing a Pirates of the Caribbean movie these days is a lot like riding the amusement park attraction that inspired the franchise: it's a generally enjoyable time and maybe, just maybe there will be a surprise along the way. Mostly, though, it's the same as the last time you rode it.
Dead Men Tell No Tales -- not to be confused with the similarly titled Dead Man's Chest (aka Pirates 2) -- picks up a thread teased at the end of At World's End (Pirates 3): Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) is attempting to free his father, Will (Orlando Bloom), from an eternity cursed to the Flying Dutchman. Legend has it that the Trident of Poseidon has the power to do just that, so off Henry goes. There's nothing Disney loves more than daddy issues.
Exclusive: Orlando Bloom Says Son Flynn 'Loves Pirates': 'This Is a Franchise I'm So Proud to Be a Part Of'
Critics be damned, it looks like Disney has another hit on their hands with Pirates of the Caribbean 5. Johnny Depp is back as Captain Jack Sparrow and audiences around the world are as eager to see him as ever, as the latest Pirates adventure looks like it is going to clean up this weekend at the box office. While there is a wide gap in projections, it looks like Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales could be taking in as much as $285 million globally this Memorial Day weekend.
According to Deadline, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 could bring in anywhere between $230-$285 million globally for the four day weekend. That is a pretty wide margin from the low end to the high end, but if the movie can do anything in the $250 million range worldwide, that would be a huge win for Disney. The last movie in the franchise, »
Marvel's two-week summer reign came to an end this past weekend, when Alien: Covenant ($36.1 million) unseated Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($34.6 million) in a close race at the box office. The R-rated sci-fi thriller's time at the top of the box office charts will be quite short-lived, though, with this Memorial Day weekend featuring two highly-anticipated movies squaring off against each other, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Paramount's Baywatch, although Baywatch will get a bit of a head start, opening on Thursday, May 25 instead of Friday, May 26. Still, this won't change the fact that Pirates 5 should have no trouble walking away with the box office crown, with a three-day tally of $81.2 million and a four-day total of $96.4 million.
Box Office Mojo reports that Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales will be released in more than 4,000 theaters, which is no surprise »
The Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise is no stranger to showcasing the talents of famous musicians. Johnny Depp famously based his performance as Jack Sparrow around the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards, who then starred as the character’s father in Pirates 3 and 4. Now that Dead Men Tell No Tales is rolling out soon, it’s time to take a look at yet another music icon ready to... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Back in December, a rumor surfaced that claimed Keira Knightley would return to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise in the next installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales. That report was never confirmed, but it did make sense, since it had been confirmed that Dead Men Tell No Tales will in fact bring back Elizabeth's husband Will Turner (Orlando Bloom). Today we finally have confirmation of Elizabeth Swann's return with a new Japanese trailer that gives fans their first look at the character in a decade, since 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
This international trailer, which surfaced on YouTube earlier today, features a tiny scene at the 1:05 mark, where we can see Elizabeth Swann, directly after a shot of Orlando Bloom's Will Turner. The original report from December claimed that Keira Knightley shot all of her scenes in secret, which feature both Will Turning and »
On Tuesday night, Disney presented an early screening of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and the early reactions to the screening were largely quite positive. While the rest of us will have to wait until May 26, Disney is helping fans pass the time by releasing an exciting new TV trailer, which teases a number of pirate zombies, along with a new glimpse at the returning Will Turner, played by Orlando Bloom, who hasn't been seen since 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. We also get a look at the new villain, Captain Salazar, played by Javier Bardem, who has some special powers of his own.
This TV trailer debuted on Disney YouTube earlier today, which also showcases Geoffrey Rush's Barbosa, who encounters these pirate zombies that are taking over the sea. The brief trailer ends with Brenton Thwaites »
The many faces of Vault Boy from Fallout are coming soon as a part of Funko's Dorbz line. See how many you can collect this spring! Also in today's Highlights: a 16-Bit trailer for Mass Effect Andromeda by YouTuber Balazs Kalocsai, details on Danny Lacy and Mike Levine's new book, At Least You're Not These Monsters, and info on the world premiere of Syndicate Smasher.
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Watch the Mass Effect Andromeda 16-Bit Trailer: "Like the rest of the video game industry, Machinima is celebrating the launch of Mass »
- Tamika Jones
While some novices may not realize what is about to hit Netflix this summer, fans do, and they have been waiting for the American Death Note adaptation for quite some time. Originally envisioned as a big screen reboot of the popular Japanese franchise, the movie eventually wound up at Netflix. And now, it is set to be one of their biggest original summer movie releases ever. Today, we have a first look at this thriller.
'We suggest you obey the rules'. That's the warning issued at the forefront of this spooky tale. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the »
Last night, Disney aired a Super Bowl trailer for their highly-anticipated Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is set to hit theaters on May 26, 2017. Many eagle-eyed fans noticed that this new footage offered our first look at Orlando Bloom's Will Turner, who has changed quite a bit since we last saw him in 2007's Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. The actor and his beloved character didn't appear in the last swashbuckling adventure, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and while he is returning in this movie, it remains to be seen how large or small a role he may have.
A number of Twitter users captured screen grabs from the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer last night to show us our first look at Will Turner. Way back in September 2014, Orlando Bloom hinted that he may return, »
14 items from 2017
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