Weekend @ The Box Office

With just under 27 million dollars, David Fincher’s domestic thriller Gone Girl barely edged out Dracula Untold at the box office this weekend, further cementing Amy Dunne’s cinematic legacy as a woman who just refuses to lose.  Gone Girl is holding pace to overtake The Curious Case of Benjamin Button as Fincher’s most successful box office release.   Dracula Untold seemed, at times to be positioned to take the top spot, but ultimately, the hinted future of a shared Monster Universe proved only enough to capture second place with just under 24 million.  Turns out, Alexander had an okay couple of days as the Disney family comedy grabbed third place with 19 million. The dreadful-for-the-wrong-reasons horror Annabelle and the lackluster The Judge with 16 and 13 million respectively.

Movie News

Film fans everywhere, young and old, are completely divided by Entertainment Weekly’s report confirming the rumor that Paul Feig will be rebooting Ghostbusters with an all female cast.  On the heels of the death of Harold Ramis and Ivan Reitman’s subsequent decision not to reboot the original cast/series, Feig has been chosen to do a full reboot with a cast “hilarious women.”  Considering the classic status of the first film, the whole concept may be doomed to nostalgic stubbornness, but for the more adventurous film fan, the opportunity to guess the cast (please, Alison Brie, please) and to watch “traditionalist” stumble as they dance around sexist sentiments make the whole announcement worth it.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, let’s keep this trend going.

Meanwhile, multiple sources (Hitflix, Badass Digest) are reporting on the potential of Spider-Man joining the Avengers in a future film.  Unreported early script ideas have Gwen Stacy returning from the dead and, at a press conference, giving an out-of-nowhere speech about the importance of putting egos aside and working as a team, which, coincidentally, becomes a major theme in the film.

And finally, we have a potential new Bond baddie along with a definitive Bond girl. Latino Review’s El Mayimbe dropped a scoop late last night detailing the henchman who will be going mano y mano with Mr. Bond:

“We are looking to follow in the tradition of JAWS and ODDJOB in finding an iconic baddy.”

“Hinx (Male, 30 – 45)”

“Ideally over 6′ 2″. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background.”

“Height: 180cm – 195cm””

Dave Bautista is reportedly cast in the role of the Hinx, who they’re hoping will become a classic Bond villain in the tradition of Jaws and Oddjob. Meanwhile, The Daily mail is reporting that stunning French actress Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Color) will be the newest beautiful – and potentially deadly – female companion for the world’s most famous secret agent. No prediction here.  Just going to sit back and watch.

Trailer of the Week

Tomorrowland

Acclaimed director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) has done a great job at keeping details about his project Tomorrowland secret and this week those secrets were lit afire with a gorgeously intriguing teaser trailer for the film.  The trailer hints at modern fantasy, perhaps a contemporary Wizard of Oz, and if you’re tired of hearing that reaching phrase, keep in mind that the trailer’s Matrix-like voiceover was provided by George Clooney.  Don’t ever bet against the Cloon-dog, bruh.

 Tweets of the Week