7 items from 2016
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
While the new movies reigned at the box office this past weekend, both Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven (Sony) and the animated Storks (Warner Bros.) didn’t fare nearly as well as our projections, both falling short by about $10 million. The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, fared decently with $34.7million, which is about the average for Washington’s films, but the fourth highest opening for a Western after last year’s The Revenant, the animated Rango, and Cowboys and Aliens. Storks’ $21.3 million opening wasn’t great compared to other animated September releases with Sony still holding the September opening record with Hotel Transylvania 2, but it should continue to do well with no other animated movies opening for another month. »
- Edward Douglas
It’s been a good couple of years since we heard anything about DreamWorks Animation’s Captain Underpants movie, but thanks to Coming Soon we’ve now got a look at the first teaser poster for the film, which is on display at Licensing Expo 2016…
Based on Dav Pilkey’s children’s book, Captain Underpants is being directed by Rob Letterman (Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens) and features a voice cast that includes Kevin Hart (Grudge Match), Thomas Middleditch (The Campaign), Ed Helms (The Hangover), Nick Kroll (Kroll Show) and Jordan Peele (Keanu). It is set for release on June 2nd 2017. »
- Gary Collinson
When Adam McKay hoisted his adapted screenplay Oscar back in February for “The Big Short,” his excoriating dissection of Wall Street’s deft and destructive thuggery, that sound you heard was the collective “Wtf” of dozens of top film critics and pundits who’d spent the entire awards season writing a variation of the “I never saw this coming” mea culpa/apologia.
To justify their myopia, the press generally cited “Step Brothers” (2008) as the ultimate Other Side of Paradise credit on McKay’s resume, neatly evading their own misreadings of McKay’s — and his co-conspirator in Gary Sanchez Prods., Will Ferrell’s — many other overtly and hilariously political ruminations on America’s cultural fissures, fixations and florid foibles.
They should be red-faced, especially since no less an authority than America’s preeminent docu-politico Michael Moore knew what they were up to a decade ago. “The day after ‘Talladega Nights’ opened, »
- Steven Gaydos
After spending years imitating President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and on Broadway, Will Ferrell will be taking on another President. The actor has signed on to star in and produce Reagan, where he'll play U.S. President Ronald Reagan. The script by Mike Rosolio landed on The Black List last year as one of the best unproduced screenplays.
The story is described as a "hilarious political satire" by Variety, following Ronald Reagan as he falls into dementia at the start of his second term, when an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie. The script got so much buzz on The Black List that the company put on a live reading in Hollywood last month, with James Brolin reading the title role. The rest of the cast for that one-night-only live read included John Cho, »
Will Ferrell will play President Ronald Reagan in “Reagan,” a political satire written by Mike Rosolio, whose script was voted to the 2015 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. Ferrell will produce under his Gary Sanchez Productions banner. The funnyman is no stranger to political comedies, having starred in “The Campaign” and “Dick.” He also played President George W. Bush on “Saturday Night Live” and the Broadway show “You’re Welcome America.” There’s no director attached to “Reagan” yet, but the project has become a priority for Gary Sanchez. Also Read: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg to Star in 'Daddy's Home 2' Set at. »
- Jeff Sneider
Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
The script was so popular following its announcement on the Black List, an annual catalog of the top unproduced scripts in Hollywood, that a live read was done recently done in March starring Lena Dunham and John Cho.
Ferrell will produce along with production banner Gary Sanchez Productions. The package currently is without a director but will soon be shopped to studios. »
- Justin Kroll
Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variation of men seeking redemption while dealing with their parental issues, along comes Forsaken – starring Kiefer Sutherland, and his legendary father, Donald. Directed by Jon Cassar (24), and written by Brad Mirman (Highlander: The Final Dimension), the western is clearly aimed at those that would like the thrill of watching father and son engage in impassioned yelling over past misdeeds.
Check out the official plot summary below for more info:
“In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, »
- Sarah Myles
7 items from 2016
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