Comin’ at ya this week: The Apes are rising… to the top of the box office, our favorite comedy tag team joins a new Coen Brothers project, the new Mockingjay teaser is white hot, and our favorite tweets of the week!
Weekend Box Office
Positive buzz from critics and word of mouth helped Dawn of the Planet of the Apes easily cinch the top spot at the weekend box office, beating out last week’s #1 film, Transformers: Age of Extinction raking in $16.5 million this week. Dawn roared to the top spot with an incredible $73 million over the weekend alone.
Dumbo Takes Flight This week, The Hollywood Reporter announced that childhood favorite Dumbo is set to become the latest Disney classic to be made into a live-action film. This revamp is in the similar vein of the recent successes of other adaptations, Maleficent, Alice in Wonderland, and the dueling Snow White films: Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror.
I’m not sure, it sounds like it could have potential. After all, nostalgia alone is sure to drive loads of movie-goers into the theater, but with the exception of possibly Maleficent, these live-action films are commonly driven by anticipation right over the cliff of a let down.
One thing’s for certain, if it can pull off making me weep into my pink Power Ranger pajamas like the original did, it’s sure to become a modern day classic.
Spider-Limbo The Playlist at Indiewire is reporting that Roberto Orci is officially out of the loop for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. After becoming the lowest grossing entry in the franchise and met with mixed reactions (It’s the only rotten Spider-Man movie on the tomato meter), there have also been rumors of Sony holding off on the franchise plans for the web-swinger. Add another rumor about ASM 3 being delayed for another year and this franchise is beginning to look like a chicken with its head cut off.
All Hail the Coen Brothers
The Hollywood Reporter also announced that the Coen Brothers have played matchmaker to comedy dream-team Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum for their latest project, Hail, Caeser! These comedy darlings will be joined by Hollywood heavyweights, George Clooney and Josh Brolin.
I may be biased, but I’ll see anything starring Tatum and Hill. I suspect they’ll be plotting their world domination soon.
Though we don’t know much about the film yet, its IMDb page simply states it’s about “A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s [who] works to keep the studio’s stars in line.” Pretty vague stuff; we’ll be waiting anxiously for more details to be released.
Snow in All White
This week we got another Mockingjay preview to feast our District-12-lovin’ eyes on. After the first seriously amazing but equally haunting President Snow’s Panem Address #1 trailer, we were treated to the second teaser this week.
We see the camera pan on a passionless President Snow and captives Peeta Mellark and stone cold Johanna Mason during the Capitol’s propaganda message. Suddenly the feed is hacked by Beetee in District 13 with the message:
“This is a pirate transmission from District 13 with a message,” he says calmly. “The Mockingjay lives.”
For me, this trailer KILLS IT. It’s subtle, but says so much. It gave me chills down my spine and also, let’s talk about Peeta. Poor Peeta, you can see so much sadness in his eyes. We’re still with you, boy with the bread!
And alas after two teasers, there’s still no sign of Jennifer Lawrence, we’re crossing our fingers for a Mockingjay appearance soon!
Fast and Furious 7 Wraps Up
Filming concluded this week on the set of Fast and Furious 7, a moment Michelle Rodriguez paid tribute to on Instagram:
Movie Tweets of the Week
I asked Kanye West if he’d seen Inception & he opened the locket around his neck revealing a photo of me asking him if he’d seen Inception.
— Rob Fee (@robfee) July 14, 2014
Pretty astonishing that Richard Linklater spent all those years with those super-intelligent apes to make that movie.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) July 12, 2014
don’t look now, but your cat has been Andy Serkis this whole time.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) July 9, 2014
Just saw “Maleficent.” It was almost like a new take on “Sleeping Beauty.” — Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) July 13, 2014
Whenever a film opens to universal acclaim, I’m always reminded of this FAR SIDE cartoon. pic.twitter.com/BJOG7y7Uc8
— Tim Grierson (@TimGrierson) July 12, 2014
THE RAID 2 boring boring boring OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST FILM EVER oh fuck off this is boring OH MY GOD MORE FIGHTING zzzzzz AIIEEEEE
— Jaime N. Christley (@j_christley) July 12, 2014
I love every one of Sylvester Stallones new movies where he plays a senior citizen jacked on Steriods.
— D-Rails (@gm_cage) July 14, 2014