Monday, June 27, 2016

Box Office

From cinemablend, Twenty years ago Roland Emmerich rolled out the wildest, most special-effects laden interpretation of War of The Worlds ever, and it opened succesfully to the tune of $50 million, the second highest ever opening at that time. This weekend he offered up a sequel, and it couldn't even manage to debut at number one.

Independence Day: Resurgence launched this weekend in danger of being a massive box office bomb. With just $41 million it fell painfully short of expectations. The sequel not only failed to top Finding Dory in its second weekend, it couldn't manage to best its predecessor despite enjoying ticket prices that are in some cases twice what they were in 1996. There are plenty of explanations why Resurgencetanked, from critical panning to the absence of Will Smith, but with this level of failure it's hard to rule any reasons out.

Following up on its record breaking opening weekend, Finding Dory held the number one spot with $72 million, pushing its domestic total to $286 million. That puts it on track to crack the top ten domestic animated movie earners list, but it has a long way to go to catch Toy Story 3, the highest grossing Pixar film ($415 million, 2010) orShrek 2, the highest ever grossing animated movie ($441 million, 2004).

Blake Lively's new shark-infested horror flick The Shallows opened in fourth place with $16 million, a solid start against its $17 million production budget. That's more than can be said for Matthew McConaughey's Free State of Jones which tanked at fifth place, banking just $7 million against a reported $50 million production cost. That's a rough hit for director Gary Ross whose last film, the first Hunger Gamesmovie, is one of the top twenty domestic grossing films of all time.

Warcraft continued to do well in international markets while slipping completely out of the domestic top ten on only its third weekend in release. While it has earned the label of being the most successful video game movie adaptation ever, it also has the distinction of being one of the most expensive and not wildly profitable (in comparison with other major franchises in theaters at the moment). At least one more sequel is possible, but with the tendency of many film franchises to decrease in profitability over time, Universal is probably looking hard at whether or not the Blizzard game is worth the long haul investment.

Daily Spider-Man! Um, don't say "spell I hardened around him."

Daily Spider-Man! Ha! MJ is pushed into a pile of nightmare spiders. Or lint balls, or whatever those things are.

Daily Spider-Man! Mary Jane goes straight into allegory mode, almost uses the word "hubris"

Daily Spider-Man! Xandu out-acted by a sound effect!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’: James Earl Jones Returns to Voice Darth Vader

From slashfilm, Yesterday we finally got ironclad confirmation that Darth Vader would appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. So today’s big news shouldn’t surprise you, but it will probably make you happy: Yes, James Earl Jones will return once again to voice the Sith Lord. (“A variety of large-framed performers” will fill the actual suit.) Jones originated the role in the original Star Wars, all the way back in 1977, and recently reprised the character for Disney XD’s Star Wars: Rebels.

Entertainment Weekly has an in-depth report on Darth Vader’s role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.


Daily Spider-Man! Oh Xandu, if only you read Horrorthon...

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Eli Roth To Direct Bruce Willis in 'Death Wish' Remake

From iwatchstuff, Torture pornographer Eli Roth is taking a side-step from torture porn to vigilante porn with, if we're being honest, probably quite a bit of torture still in there. He's reportedly signed on to direct Death Wish, MGM and Paramount's long-in-development remake of the 1974 film of the same name. Bruce Willis is already attached to play the role Charles Bronson made famous in the original--a man who, after the respective brutal murder of his wife and sexual assault of his daughter, takes justice into his own hands. While the book the film was based on was an indictment of such action, the film was notoriously gung-ho about going out and executing criminals at will. Hey, I wonder what take the guy who made Hostel is going to go with!

We Know The Justice League Villain, And What He’s Trying To Do

From cinemablend [excerpt], Movies like Zack Snyder's Justice League need a reason to bring the most powerful members of a comic book universe together, a mission or a goal that prompts these individual heroes to join forces for the common good. The Avengers, for example, have joined forces to take down Loki and Ultron, while Thanos is lingering on the galactic horizon. And now, we're able to confirm that the reason Batman (Ben Affleck) recruits Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) is to defeat Steppenwolf and his flying Parademons.

Steppenwolf dates back to the 1970s, introduced to DC Comics by the great Jack Kirby. He's a member of the New Gods, and as it pertains to the DC Cinematic Universe, he's the uncle of Darkseid, and the leader of the Apokolips military. From what we were able to learn on set, Steppenwolf and his Parademons will be in pursuit of three Motherboxes. These seeds will be sewn by Snyder in the DCEU, as was hinted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when Bruce Wayne had his Knightmare vision (seen below).

We actually saw a hint at the existence of Steppenwolf in a deleted Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice scene that Warner Bros. officially released days after the movie reached theaters. If you recall, it showed Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor in the Kryptonian ship that he blackmailed his way onto. He was bathing in a mysteriously dark liquid, and we saw a miniaturized version of a demonic figure that some, at the time, mistook for Darkseid but who actually is meant to represent Steppenwolf.

Daily Spider-Man! Oh right, MJ has some scheme going here. I forgot because it has yet to pay off in any way.

Also my Nightmare theory isn't supported today.  Ah well.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Daily Spider-Man! Spidey! If you can jump on the purple rock stuff, you can web it! It's not always gonna be buildings, man -- think outside the Bronx!

Prediction time!  It's now two strips in a row featuring the character Nightmare in the background even though nobody's talking about him.  So Spidey's going to trick Xandu in to zapping the Sad Clown of Bad Dreams and there's your game changer.  But I've been wrong before...

Also, this "NEXT" box could easily be describing what just happened in Sunday's strip, not what's coming.  I guess "Next: More of the SAME!" doesn't sell.

Thirty Minutes of Jerry Lewis's The Day The Clown Cried Released Online

From veriety, Jerry Lewis’s controversial film, The Day the Clown Cried, has always remained hidden from the public. Although Lewis wrote, directed, and starred in the 1972 film, he chose to bury it. According to the May 1992 issue of Spy, the film's synopsis goes as follows: "An unhappy German circus clown is sent to a concentration camp and forced to become a sort of genocidal Pied Piper, entertaining Jewish children as he leads them to the gas chambers." It's meant to be a drama—one of Lewis's first attempts at serious filmmaking. "It was all bad," Lewis said of the film during a press conference at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. "You will never see it, no one will ever see it, because I am embarrassed at the poor work." The film is a “perfect object” of awfulness, according to Harry Shearer, who remains among the handful of people who have ever seen the movie.

The film has only gained notoriety because of the lengths Lewis has gone to keep it under wraps. Many people actively search for clips, despite the fact that the Library of Congress acquired Lewis's complete film archive—including the one remaining print of The Day the Clown Cried—on the condition the film not be released to the public until June 2024. This only made the search more rabid.

The wait to see the film just got a little shorter, though. Screen Crush reports that 30 minutes of The Day the Clown Cried is now available online. The footage has been cobbled together from different sources, including a German documentary about the making of the film, with missing material filled in with title cards. It’s not the complete version, but it’s 30 minutes more than viewers have ever had.

Box office report: Finding Dory sets animated film record with $136.2 million

From ew, Making waves at No. 1 with a whopping $136.2 million, Disney’sFinding Dory has set a new record for an opening weekend by an animated motion picture.

Exceeding expectations as it pulled in over $54 million on Friday, including $9.2 million from Thursday night previews (also a record for an animated feature), Finding Dory handily bested the previous animated weekend record holder, 2007’s Shrek the Third, by around $15 million (unadjusted for inflation).

The 13-year gap between 2003’s Finding Nemo and its 2016 sequel didn’t seem to be a problem for the Pixar juggernaut, which sees returning cast members Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks once again lending their voices for more under-the-sea action. Speaking to just how large the Nemo brand has ballooned over the years, the film has spawned video games, merchandise, and theme park attractions around the world, making it a time-tested, modern icon among Disney’s filmography. The studio holding out on Finding Dory this long only amplified audience anticipation, resulting in the massive haul the film raked in this weekend, which happens to be the second-biggest for a June release in history.

Dory also grossed an estimated $50 million from 29 international territories, bringing its worldwide weekend total up to around $186.2 million. Overall domestic box office receipts were down just 5 percent from last year, though that’s hardly cause for concern, as Jurassic World’s then-record-setting $208.8 million debut over the June 12-14 weekend in 2015 was always going to be a tough number to match, even for a film the size of Finding Dory.

The week’s only other new wide release, New Line Cinema’s Central Intelligence, held its own against Finding Dory’s mammoth numbers, however, overperforming with an estimated $34.5 million from 3,508 locations and a per-screen average of $9,835. The action comedy benefitted largely from the chemistry between its stars (as noted in the better-than-average reviews the film received) Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, which likely drove most of its box office over its first three days of release.

According to CinemaScore, Finding Dory and Central Intelligenceearned A and A- grades from audiences, which bodes well for both films’ legs heading into a crowded summer arena that seesIndependence Day: Resurgence, The Shallows, The BFG, The Legend of Tarzan, and The Secret Life of Pets lurking right around the corner.

The Conjuring 2 and Now You See Me 2, last week’s No. 1 and No. 3 finishers, dropped to No. 3 and 4, respectively, with weekend totals coming in well below early projections. The Conjuring 2’s 62 percent drop from $40.4 million to $15.6 million is characteristic of how horror films typically perform at the box office, though its predecessor broke the mold, falling a relatively soft 46.9 percent over its second weekend in 2013. Now You See Me 2 tumbled 57 percent to an estimated $9.7 million, indicating its overall run will pack less of a punch than the original Now You See Me, which had, after its second weekend, grossed $60.9 million domestically (compared to the sequel’s $41.4 million) on its way to $117.7 million in 2013.

Rounding out the top five is Warcraft, which, despite impressive overseas grosses ($280 million and counting), has taken quite a hit at the domestic box office as it falls 73 percent to $6.5 million. The film is closing in on $37.7 million from North America after 10 days of release after premiering to $24.2 million last weekend. The video game adaptation has amassed approximately $318 million in worldwide receipts so far.

June 17-19 weekend box office estimates:

1. Finding Dory - $136.2 million
2. Central Intelligence - $34.5 million
3. The Conjuring 2 - $15.6 million
4. Now You See Me 2 - $9.7 million
5. Warcraft - $6.5 million
6. X-Men: Apocalypse - $5.2 million
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - $5.2 million
8. Me Before You - $4.2 million
9. Alice Through the Looking Glass - $3.6 million
10. Captain America: Civil War - $2.3 million

'Star Trek' actor Anton Yelchin dies in freak car accident

(CNN)Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, who played Chekov in recent "Star Trek" movies, was killed in a freak accident early Sunday morning, police told CNN.

Yelchin, who also acted in "Like Crazy" and "Alpha Dog," died outside his home in Los Angeles, according to law enforcement.

Yelchin stepped out of his car in the driveway of his Studio City home at around 1:10 a.m. PT when the car slid backwards and pinned him against a brick pillar and a security fence, causing trauma that led to his death, said Jennifer Houser with the Los Angeles Police Department.

"The victim was on his way to meet his friends for a rehearsal and when he didn't show up, his friends went to his house where they found him deceased by his car," Houser told CNN. "It appears that he momentarily left his car, leaving it in the driveway. He was behind the vehicle when it rolled backward and pinned him to the brick pillar causing the trauma that led to his death."

Houser says Yelchin's family was notified by the friends that found him. She did not know whether the car was running when he was found.

J.J. Abrams, whose Bad Robot Productions produced recent "Star Trek" features, took to twitter to voice dismay about Yelchin's death, saying: "Anton, you were brilliant. You were kind. You were funny as hell, and supremely talented. And you weren't here nearly long enough. Missing you..."

Other friends, actors and celebrities also took to social media with their condolences.
"Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family," posted actor Chris Evans.

Devastated to hear about the brilliant Anton Yelchin. He was thoughtful, kind, and gifted. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) June 19, 2016

I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go.— Tyler Shields (@tylershields) June 19, 2016
"I had dinner with Anton Yelchin 2 nights ago we talked about shooting together and making movies he is a great guy very sad to see him go," Tyler Shields said.

RIP Anton Yelchin (3.11.89 - 6.19.2016)— Ms. Marya E. Gates (@oldfilmsflicker) June 19, 2016