Weekend @ the Box Office

Happy New Year! It’s January 2015, and there’s like a 90% chance that every movie that is released this month will range from bad to mediocre. Only the good movies that came out in December make money now. Like The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armieswhich earned $21,910,000 at a 46.5% drop from the previous week, again owning the weekend. Into the Woods ran up to second place with $19,066,000. Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken is getting mixed buzz but brought in $18,358,000.  In grand tradition of movies that surprise me with their existence, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death came along and went on to earn $15,145,000. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb continues to earn some money by pulling in $14,450,000.

Weekly Roundup

Do you know how difficult it is to find decent movie news in a time like this? Not very but it’s more difficult than usual. It helps when directors go to Instagram to post about one of their projects that probably won’t happen anymore. Neill Blomkamp took to the photo app to divulge concept art that is spawning Alien franchise fans to say, “It can’t be worse than Resurrection!” Honestly, this stuff looks pretty cool. I’m a big supporter of Alien 3: Assembly Cut so I wouldn’t want this movie to retcon any of the material there. Any sequel that has Ripley’s involvement with the Xenomorph still warrants attention. I just wish they’d leave that particular stone unturned. Where would he have taken the franchise? I don’t know. But Ripley is in the Space Jockey suit and that’s worth mentioning. *Source: Instagram*

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Aaron Paul is rumored to be in talks for the Star Wars spin-off Han Solo movie. This doesn’t mean he’s going to be Han Solo. It just means there have been discussions behind the scenes about his involvement. I love Aaron Paul, but for all good things on God’s green Earth, do not let him be Han Solo. Paul has charisma, but not that type of charisma. *Source: Making Star Wars*

Trailer of the Week

Do you ever wonder how something can be made? Some movies are so daft in their presentation that they can’t even salvage decent material for a trailer. I’m not talking about Ant-Man, a movie that seems to be having fun with marketing with an ant-sized trailer. I’m talking about Dragon Blade. It stars Jackie Chan, John Cusack, and Adrien Brody (or is it just Brody now?). Brody looks like he just walked off the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel and didn’t even bother to shower or anything. He just stayed in wardrobe until his next movie. I’m not really sure what’s happening in this trailer. I think Brody wants John Cusack to kill Jackie Chan. I think someone got honey-dicked.

Tweets of the Week