Weekend at the Box Office
Although this was the opening weekend for three movies, they could not keep up with the galaxy and turtle heros. Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot, and Drax, our Guardians of the Galaxy, reclaim the top spot this weekend in its fourth week in theaters earning $17.6 million. We are Groot. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fall into second with $16.8 million. Close behind is the newly released drama If I Stay earning $16.3 million. Let’s Be Cops comes in at fourth earning $11 million and to round out our top 5, is another new release, When the Game Stands Tall with $9 million.
According to Variety, there are negotiations in the works to bring back Harry Potter director, David Yates, for the spin-off Fantastic Beasts. Production studio, Warner Bros. made no comment to solidify Yates’s role. Practice your spells and don’t forget to bring your wands, wizards and witches, we will be having a lesson on Fantastic Beasts in November 2016.
Oh, the Bare Necessities of a movie, have to be the actors themselves. Otherwise, the movie can be completely shot without a solid group. This past week, we have seen a bunch of role announcements for an arc on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book; the movie is to be entitled – Jungle Book: Origins. Previously cast Benedict Cumberbatch (Shere Kahn), will be joined by Christian Bale (Bagheera), Cate Blanchett (Kaa), Naomi Harris (Nisha), Tom Hollander (Tabaqui), Eddie Marsan (Vihaan), and Peter Mullan (Akela) as reported by Hollywood Reporter.
Probably the best thing about hero movies isn’t the movie itself, but the anticipation before the release. We got a first glimpse of Paul Rudd in his Marvel role Ant-Man as filming officially begins from USA Today. Unlike photo releases of Superman and Batman, Rudd appears very unheroic in his photo.
Trailers of the Week
Last week a trailer for Annabelle, a Conjuring spin-off, was released. For you horror junkies, following the link will take you to the trailer. In all honesty, I have not watched it. I have no desire to be terrified beyond my wits, turning myself into a cocoon in my blankets as if that will protect me.
Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, is slightly deceiving. Props to the marketing team who used a name coined by the Marvel world because you reeled me in. The short trailer is able to provide an uneasiness as Gyllenhaal appears to have some shortfalls in social cues and also an uncanny fascination and drive to deliver, filming breaking new stories. If anything, this trailer has reinforced the skewness of mass media and the lack of morale for the people reporting.
— Indiewire (@indiewire) August 19, 2014
— Michael Haneke (@Michael_Haneke) August 22, 2014
Every time a guy on my basketball team gets hurt I look at the door hoping Bill Murray will run out. Never happens. Thanks a lot, Space Jam. — Rob Fee (@robfee) August 19, 2014
“We’re going to steal the Declaration of Independence Day.” – “Mr. Cage, are you talking about the script to the 1996 movie?” – “…Yes.”
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 18, 2014
My dad was eaten by an Orca so Free Willy is like my requiem for a dream — Maury Compson (@MauryCompson) August 21, 2014
Sin City 2 is the perfect movie for guys who wear fedoras.
— Vince Mancini (@Filmdrunk) August 21, 2014