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The WWII drama has been performing above expectations during its run so far, having accumulated $366 million worldwide, including $156.3 million in the Us, and a mighty $58 million in the UK.
However, Nolan’s latest has yet to be released in China, the second biggest market in the world. The director has a big following in the country and he will be hoping that can translate into big numbers for his critically acclaimed feature.
The director is set to visit Beijing, and rumours of his visit to the city have been met with “considerable fan excitement” on Chinese social media according to Warner Bros. (via THR).
Nolan will be attending a press conference in the Chinese capital city on August 21, which will then be followed by the premiere of Dunkirk on August 22.
This will be Nolan’s first trip to the capital, »
- Samuel Brace
Dunkirk has sailed into second position at the UK box office for 2017, overcoming some serious competition on the way.
We reported earlier in the month that Dunkirk had out earned Spider-Man: Homecoming, Wonder Woman, and Logan at the UK box office. But now it can add another impressive achievement to its name, having also beaten out Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Dunkirk is now the second highest grossing film of the year in the UK, having earned a better than expected $58.1 million, which puts it comfortably ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a film that sits in fourth place with $53 million.
Dunkirk dropped 43% this past weekend, but it was enough to top the box office charts for an impressive fourth weekend in a row. This is a feat that even films like »
- Samuel Brace
Sony and Mrc’s long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower may not have set the box office alight, although the film has recouped around half of its $60 million production budget, and with many international markets still to come, the Nikolaj Arcel-directed film could well go on to turn a profit. Whether that will be enough to see a sequel greenlighted remains to be seen, but if that is the case, then author King believes it has shake off the restrictions of a PG-13 rating and go down the R-rated route.
“I understand the rationale behind the movie that is PG-13,” said King in an interview with Bmd. “I was totally signed off on that. I want as many people in the tent as possible, for all kinds of reasons. Part of it has to do with the dynamic between the Gunslinger and the boy. »
- Gary Collinson
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 "Fetish" singer and Maleficent star will appear in the 81-year-old director's yet-to-be-titled upcoming film, which is set to be distributed theatrically through Amazon Studios. Timothée Chalamet, a 21-year-old actor who has appeared in Interstellar, as well as Showtime's Homeland, has also signed on for the movie.
This marks Allen's third project with Amazon, after producing the comedy mini-series, Crisis in Six Scenes, for Amazon Video last year, as well as the upcoming Wonder Wheel, which will feature stars such as Justin Timberlake and Kate Winslet, and is scheduled to hit theaters this December.
Watch the video below for more. »
News of Todd Haynes making his first documentary should’ve come as something of a curveball, but it was reported that the “Carol” director is planning a non-fiction project about the Velvet Underground, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. Haynes’ “Velvet Goldmine” is such a knowing, textured, and vividly remembered reflection on the glam rock era that it can be easy to forget that its story merely alludes to the likes of Lou Reed.
But the fascination the Velvet Underground holds for Haynes isn’t the only thing that makes this newly announced documentary feel like such a perfect pairing between subject and storyteller. With the landmark “The Velvet Underground & Nico” LP, Reed and his cohorts effectively forged a new language for countercultural expression, synthesizing the subversive pop stylings of Andy Warhol into a rock movement that had already been neutered of its rebellious beginnings. With films like “Poison” and “Safe, »
- David Ehrlich
In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.
Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.
- Gabrielle Kiss
What in the world has happened to Matthew McConaughey? It was just three and half years ago that his career comeback – gleefully dubbed the McConaissance – culminated in a best actor Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club, just as his memorable stint on HBO’s True Detective was coming to a victorious close. That apex turned out to be more like the crest of a wave. The backlash may have even started during his bizarre, off-putting Oscar speech. As he boldly asserted that “it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates”, you could feel the second thoughts pulsing through the auditorium. As if enacting some kind of institutional justice, McConaughey’s career started tanking just about as soon as the ceremony ended. »
- Noah Gittell
Despite a wave of negative reviews, Columbia Pictures and Mrc’s The Dark Tower has opened in first place at the North American box office this weekend, with the film grossing $19.5 million across the Friday to Sunday period.
Internationally, the $60 million-budgeted fantasy grossed a further $8 million from 19 countries, meaning it has recouped almost half of its budget with the majority of international markets still to come, including the UK on August 18th.
See Also: Read our review of The Dark Tower here
There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen. The last Knight Warrior, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, »
- Gary Collinson
The Dark Tower feature film may have found itself struggling with critics and audiences [read our review here], but it seems the planned TV show spinoff Wizard and Glass is still moving forward, with THR reporting that The Walking Dead executive producer Glen Mazzara has signed on to serve as showrunner.
“I’ve been a Stephen King fan for decades and the opportunity to adapt The Dark Tower as a TV series is a great honor,” states Mazzara. “The events of The Gunslinger, Wizard & Glass, The Wind Through the Keyhole, and other tales need a long format to capture the complexity of Roland’s coming of age — how he became the Gunslinger, how Walter became the Man in Black, and how their rivalry cost Roland everything and everyone he ever loved. I could not be more excited to tell this story. It feels like being given the key to a treasure chest. And oh yeah, »
- Gary Collinson
Christopher Nolan is no stranger to dialogue-heavy movies, mostly because his films like Inception and Interstellar require plenty of exposition in order for the audience to fully understand the complex sci-fi concepts at work. But when it comes to his World War II drama Dunkirk, the filmmaker relied on significantly less dialogue, instead letting tension […]
- Ethan Anderton
The Dark Tower is expected to beat the box office takings of Detroit when the film debuts this weekend.
Stephen King fans and Dark Tower readers are eagerly anticipating the release of book’s loose adaptation. The fantasy epic has been a long time in the making — bringing the world of Roland Deschain to the big screen has been no easy task.
And while it doesn’t look like the film will be the hit many fans of the novel would have hoped for, the film starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey is set to beat its opening weekend rival Detroit at the box office.
Variety is reporting that The Dark Tower is looking at a $20 – $25 million haul this weekend, beating that of Detroit’s projected takings of $10 – $15 million. As is usually the case, the studio behind The Dark Tower is predicting a more conservative $19 million.
The Dark Tower has »
- Samuel Brace
Idris Elba’s casting as The Gunslinger in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower came at a time when Hollywood was (and still is) under fire more than ever about a lack of diversity in their films. Fans have petitioned for Idris Elba to play James Bond for a while now, but while he may not be donning a tuxedo anytime soon, he did break barriers by taking on an iconic role many visualize as a white male.
Of course, some fans caused a commotion stating that the character should have remained white as intended. Amusingly, one of the people who was delighted with the casting was the author himself: Stephen King. Speaking To CinemaBlend, the writer talks about the controversy, and also finds time to take a dig at Game of Thrones…
“What I said in a tweet, after all of that discussion started, was that I didn’t care what color he was, »
- Jordan Jones
During the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, 17-year-old Italian-America Elio Perlman spends the season playing classical music, reading, and flirting with his friend Marzia in his family’s 17th century villa. When Oliver, a charming American scholar working toward his doctorate, arrives to fill the role of summer intern for Elio’s father, the young boy and the unfamiliar man discover the awakening of desire that changes both of their lives. “Call Me by Your Name,” a film by Luca Guadagnino (“I am Love,” “A Bigger Splash”), is a coming of age tale that explores the idea of a first love and understanding oneself. Based on the novel by André Aciman, the movie stars Timothée Chalamet (“Homeland,” “Interstellar”) and Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.”), and is set to be released on Nov. 24, with Sony Pictures Classics dsitributing. Check out the trailer below: Want to see yourself in the next big trailer? »
The long-awaited film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower is nearly here, and early reviews are not being kind to it. As of this writing, the movie is sitting at a lowly 18% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Reading various reactions across the web, the main criticism seems to be that it’s a middling adaptation of some amazing source material. For example, take this excerpt from our recent review of The Dark Tower written by Flickering Myth’s Rob Kojder…
” … that’s part of a larger problem with The Dark Tower; it’s so uninvolved that it feels like nothing actually matters. The world building is to be appreciated, but the actual story and characters are a slap in the face to their depth in the novels”.
Now let’s compare that with a snippet from IGN’s review, written by Marty Silva…
“The Dark Tower film is a superficial adaption that, »
- Jordan Jones
The Dark Tower stars Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey recently say down with Cinemablend to discuss what convinced them to sign on to play The Gunslinger and Man in Black respectively in the upcoming Stephen King adaptation. Their answers are surprisingly simple: Originality. Check out what the pair had to say below:
Elba: “What brought me was this opportunity to make something original, something that was definitely going to be an exercise for the imagination of any audience, whether you read the books or not. Getting to play a gunslingin’ hero, that was my main one. Outside of wanting to work with Matthew [McConaughey] and Nic [Arcel] and the Sony team, it was really about this page one fantastic new idea, new film, new concept, new franchise, new hero.”
McConaughey: “There are franchises out there, and I’ve seen them, had some offers, and they were ones that I even liked. But »
- Jordan Jones
Actress Jessica Chastain ("Interstellar") has confirmed she will play Marvel Comics' 'Lilandra Neramani', 'Majestrix' of the 'Shi'ar Empire' and soul mate lover of 'Charles Xavier' in "X-Men: Dark Phoenix", opening November 2, 2018:
Lilandra and 'Xavier' were once married.
But eventually the marriage was annulled.
She was born on the 'Aerie', but after much palace intrigue, was branded a traitor...
...fleeing to Earth, hoping to find allies among its large population of superheroes...
...and found them in Charles Xavier and his 'X-Men', sending visions of herself to Xavier as she traveled to Earth.
Marvel Comics' "The Dark Phoenix Saga" storyline...
...focuses on mutant 'Jean Grey' and the 'Phoenix Force'...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Dark Phoenix' »
- Michael Stevens
Author: Scott Davis
With the summer season coming to a close in the next few weeks all eyes in the film world will soon refocus and set its gaze on award season, with the season of film festivals almost upon us.
With Toronto and Venice Film Festivals next month with the London equivalent the month after, it’s full steam ahead for those films who are hoping to be in contention for the big prizes come February. One of the first out of the block this year is Call Me By Your Name, the new film from acclaimed filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, the director of A Bigger Splash and I Am Love. The film, which debuted at this year’s Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals earlier this year, has already been hailed by critics as one of the film’s of the year.
See Also: Read Stefan Pape’s review of »
- Scott Davis
Back in January, those who faced the bitter cold at the Sundance Film Festival found the perfect new film to help them thaw out. Call Me by Your Name gave a glimpse of a far-off but surely warm and dreamy Summer. The film is a new gay romance about two young men who meet during the hottest months of the year in Italy. The sad thing about Sundance is that it boasts a ton of promising and exciting new films that don't get released until months after the festival. And while a group of the picks are set to stream on Netflix and Amazon, Call Me by Your Name isn't hitting theaters until November. So, what do we know so far about the dreamy new romance? We've got plenty of details to hold you over. 1. The Story The film is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by André Aciman. »
- Ryan Roschke
Dunkirk was always going to do relatively well in the UK, the tale of the evacuation of mostly British soldiers during WWII was bound to strike a nerve, and add that to Nolan’s enormous popularity as a filmmaker, and great reviews, we shouldn’t be too surprised to see it doing well.
Dunkirk should be on track for a pretty hefty figure in the territory, with most movies opening to similar numbers going on to make between $40 million and $60 million.
The film is performing better than expected over in the Us as well, having already brought in $101 million. Dunkirk’s international total sits at £232.8 million, still some way off Interstellar’s $675 million. »
- Samuel Brace
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