Weekend @ the Box Office

This year’s summer box office seems to be cooling down as the robot franchise overshadows any newcomers. Transformers: Age of Extinction claimed the top spot (again) at the box office for this 4th of July weekend. New Line’s road trip into the Midwest, Tammy, was lackluster in comparison to Transformers, securing second place despite applying the fan-friendly rowdy, comedic talent of Melissa McCarthy. Deliver Us From Evil, a horror film that follows officers in the Bronx investigating forces of evil leading up to exorcisms, comes in third place. Earth to Echo, openly aiming to procure its position as this generation’s E.T. had its first weekend at the box office as well. Although the country appears to give extraterrestrial robots their  billions of dollars in attention, an alien who appears to be a byproduct of an owl and Wall-E does not make the cut, as Earth to Echo comes in at sixth place.

Movie Announcements

This week gives us numerous updates (maybe more we than can handle) on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice from Clark Kent’s new look to a script full of spoilers. Last month, we got a glimpse of Ben Affleck in his Batman costume next to his redesigned Batmobile, tweeted by director

The leaked script starts with a voiceover of Superman's Livejournal.  Mood:  Sad.

The leaked script starts with a voiceover of Superman’s Livejournal. Mood: Sad about stuff.

Zack Snyder.  Following in a similar fashion, the Royal Marine Charitable Trust Fund tweeted out a photo of Superman’s alter-ego Clark Kent in his professional business attire. Perhaps it is not the reveal we were anticipating (it’s not), but with talk of three additional villains being cast alongside Lex Luthor, we are temporarily distracted. According to IGN, possibly bulking up the villainous ranks we have:

  • Victor Zsasz – a knife-wielding serial killer who marks his own flesh for each of his victims
  • David Cain – a master assassin
  • Amanda Waller – a Senator who does not trust Kent and puts her own countermeasures in place

Currently, these cast updates are still rumors and the BvS rumor mill can’t catch a break. With the villain cast reveal, Badass Digest has reason to believe that the leaked script is potentially a fake. An insider of Warner Bros supposedly emailed Movieweb.com stating, “It was written by Kevin Smith” and the script includes “several red herrings and changes which do not appear in the final film.” Will we be seeing Zsasz, Cain, and Waller on the big screen? Is this the real script posing as the “leaked” script? I do not know. What I do know is that Henry Cavill (Kent) looks damn good.

Potterheads, fasten your seatbelts for a ride on a Hippogriff! I am sure my heart was not the only one to shatter during the final scenes of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Thankfully, J.K. Rowling took pity on our distressed souls with screenplays and now a movie spinoff: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them based off the book by Newt Scamander. If you’re like me, you will pop over to Flourish & Blotts to pick up your copy. For you Muggles, Barnes & Noble will suffice.

As mentioned in last week’s Weekly Roundup, Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim will get a second installment and he will likely be adding At the Mountains of Madness, an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s 1931 novella, to his project list. According to Screen Rant, the film’s production halted without the support of the Universal Pictures back in 2004. Despite this derailment, Madness remains to be one of del Toro’s passions.

Trailers

Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin depicts rock god Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic, Jimi: All Is By My Side, directed by John Ridley. In the new trailer, we are offered a glimpse into the psychedelic world as Andre 3000 rocks the signature afro hair and shreds the guitar like Hendrix, left handed with the guitar strung upside down.

New on Netflix

I will say that Netflix knows how to bring the nostalgia. Netflix binge-watchers and martial arts aficionados, you can now stream all three The Karate Kid movies and reminisce to the days we wished Mr. Miyagi would teach us the wax on and wax off technique. For you Disney animation fans, if you haven’t already purchased it for your personal collection, Sleeping Beauty will be released on the 12th.

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