Top Movie News for August 20, 2017

Weekend Box Office Wrap-up: August 20, 2017 With summer continuing to wind down to a close, two A-listers managed to rule the box office this weekend. Coming in first is the new action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard (read our review), which stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. It earned $21.6 million in its first three days, which is actually better than what some projections had pegged for it. Though the film did not generate the strongest word-of-mouth, the presence of the lead actors proved to be enough to help it get through a slow period at the multiplex, where it took advantage of limited competition.

Hollywood legend Jerry Lewis has passed away at 91 Jerry Lewis, one of the zaniest, sharpest, and inspired comedic minds ever in the history of show business has passed away today. The mind behind such classics as THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and THE LADIES MAN was 91 years old, had passed away at his home in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Born Joseph Levitch in 1946 in Newark, New Jersey, Lewis’ career in show business goes back over 70... Read More...

Game Of Thrones First Take: Beyond The Wall photo courtesy of HBO With only one episode left before the climatic season finale the showrunners did not leave us with a dull.  This was one of the best episodes of Game of Thrones history. We have Kari and Nick to give their very own instant reaction to "Beyond The Wall".  Kari and Nick host their own podcast Nerd Flix & Chill where they talk about everything nerdy.

Marvel’s The Defenders And The Use Of A MacGuffin Alfred Hitchcock coined the term “MacGuffin” years ago. It’s a plot device that is often a goal or a desire object that motivates the protagonist(s) and gets little to no narrative explanation. Many thrillers use a MacGuffin to get the action started or create conflict. Pulp Fiction used one, the briefcase, and we never find out what was in it. The new Marvel’s The Defenders used a MacGuffin. Someone told me they thought the Iron Fist was the MacGuffin… but it wasn’t.

Star Wars 8 Toy Leak Hints At Kylo Ren & Snoke Dialogue More toy leaks for Star Wars: The Last Jedi highlight the special Force Link figures that supposedly “speak” phrases from the actual movie. At this point, Lucasfilm would probably be best served moving Force Friday up a couple of weeks, seeing that everything from Hasbro’s first wave of action figures to plush porgs have already made their way into stores ahead of time, showcasing the new product lines for the studio’s various licensing partners.

Godzilla Vs. Kong Will Be A “Massive Monster Brawl” No one is really sure what to expect from 2020’s Godzilla vs. Kong but now that director Adam Wingard is done with the adaptation of Death Note he can get started on the production. In an interview with Screen Crush Wingard talked about re-watching all of the movies he grew up with so he could reconnect with the monsters. Some of those Godzilla movies I haven’t seen since I was a kid so revisiting them was a lot of fun.

Hitman’s Bodyguard Takes First Place, Logan Lucky Disappoints This weekend continues the downward trend of recent box office performances, and saw the wide release of two films: the Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds-starring action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard, and the heist comedy film Logan Lucky from Ocean’s Eleven director Steven Soderbergh.At number one is Hitman’s Bodyguard, which took in a pleasant $21.6 million.  Given the film’s $29 million budget, this is a definite hit, and when all said and done, it’ll likely bring forth a nice profit for Lionsgate.

The White House has issued a statement that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the annual Kennedy Center Honors this December. This is only the fourth incident of a President not attending the ceremony (Jimmy Carter in 1979, George H.W.

Playing With Fire: Join Us As We LIVEBLOG ‘Twin Peaks’ Part 15! Welcome to Playing With Fire: Twin Peaks S03E15 – There’s some fear in letting go., Bleeding Cool’s liveblog play-by-play of Sunday night’s episode on Showtime.

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Kingsman 2 TV Spot Brings Harry and Eggsy Together Eggsy and Harry Hart use unique weapons to fend off their enemies in a new TV spot for Kingsman: The Golden Circle, in theaters next month.

Did Deadpool 2 Just Share An Image Of Young Cable? Another new look at Josh Brolin’s Cable from Deadpool 2 recently hit social media. The casting of Nathaniel Summers, also known as Cable, was the hot Hollywood talent search of the last few months. And now a brand new photo has been revealed that may deepen the mystery of the character’s storyline. Is this shot of Cable a look at Brolin pre-visual effects, or is it hinting at a major change in Cable’s backstory? The photo features Cable looking worse for wear and armed to the teeth, but the image might also reveal more than meets the eye.

Justice League to Kill Off a Major Character, Is It Batman? A new rumor claims director Joss Whedon has decided to kill off a key player in his revamped Justice League movie?

The People Behind The Uncharted Movie Want It To Be The Next Indiana Jones The movie based on the Uncharted video games has been sitting in development hell for years. As video game adaptation after video game adaptation continued to fail there was little hope for Nathan Drake to make it to the big screen. That is until Tom Holland was cast in the lead role and director Shawn Levy was brought onto the Sony lead project. Holland is a hot actor for Sony as he’s just come off their reboot of Spider-Man. Levy recently sat down with Nerdist to talk about what he wants from the project. “I met with Tom Holland and he put it really succinctly,” Levy explained.

‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ Season 9 Teaser: The Comedy Hero Returns This October The wait for more Curb Your Enthusiasm is almost over. Come this fall, Larry David will be back in action and handling hilarious confrontations over the course of 10 new episodes. In the six years since season 8, it looks like Larry David hasn’t changed much. Below, watch the Curb Your Enthusiasm season 9 teaser. Larry David didn’t have to make more of the show if he wasn’t interested. HBO always made clear the door was always open for him to produce more episodes. Considering the comedian decided to continue with the series, it’s probably not for nothing.

Death Note Director On Ghost in the Shell & Whitewashing Controversy With the Netflix release not so far away, the director of the new Death Note adaptation blames the recent live-action Ghost in the Shell film for bringing the whitewashing controversy to the forefront of the media’s attention and fan discussion. Death Note was originally a Japanese Manga that was adapted into anime and a series of live-action films produced by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan.

Dick Gregory, Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84 Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist for social change in America, has died at 84, his family announced Saturday night. The cause of his death was heart failure, his rep confirmed. In a post on Instagram, his son wrote: “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, D.C. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.

Wonder Woman Officially Highest-Grossing Superhero Origin Story Ever Wonder Woman has officially become the highest-grossing superhero origin movie at the domestic box office. The Patty Jenkins-directed film has surpassed virtually every expectation, both critically and commercially.

This year doesn’t mark a special anniversary for Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but since James Cameron’s action sequel is coming back to theaters in 3D, there’s a little bit of chatter about the 1991 film making the rounds as publicity for the re-release builds. That includes Robert Patrick, who played the liquid metal villain T-1000 in the sequel, discussing his history with the role, which resulted in the actor revealing that he wasn’t the person who was originally cast to play the part. Instead, that role was supposed to go to none other than rock star Billy Idol.

Broken Lizard’s Super Troopers 2 Gets A Release Date Broken Lizard is coming back, with a sequel to their 2001 comedy Super Troopers. Fox Searchlight has scheduled Super Troopers 2 to hit theaters on April 20th, 2018. Broken Lizard’s Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske are returning to writer and star.

Predator Actor Sonny Landham Passes Away at 76 Sonny Landham, a veteran actor whose work included notable roles in such films as Predator and 48 Hrs., has passed away at age 76. The actor’s career began in the early 1970s, and had more than 50 credits throughout the years. He started with roles earlier in his career in such films as The Warriors and the original Poltergeist, before his breakthrough part as Billy Bear, a criminal on the run opposite Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte in 48 Hrs. in 1982. The actor was born William Landham on February 11, 1941, in Canton, Georgia.

David Dunn will chase down The Beast in M. Night Shyamalan's thrilling follow-up to Unbreakable and Split in Glass.

Leah Remini has slammed Tom Cruise as Diabolical and not a good person as she continues to speak against the Church of Scientology.

Hollywood producer Joel Silver is being sued for wrongful death by the family of Carmel Musgrove, the producer’s former assistant, who drowned in Bora Bora in 2015 during a celebrity-packed celebration of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s honeymoon. The lawsuit, filed on Friday, also names Silver’s company, Silver Pictures, and the company’s employee, Martin Herold, as defendants. Musgrave, who was 28 at the time of her death, had traveled with Silver and his entourage to Bora Bora and was there for several weeks performing work-related duties. Also Read: JK Rowling

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

Given that David F. Sandberg launched his career on the basis of a viral YouTube short film, it only makes sense that Warner Bros. would look to leverage that narrative for the release of Annabelle: Creation, the fourth film in The Conjuring cinematic universe. Back in July, Warner Bros. announced the contest on its site, encouraging fans to create their own new additions to The Conjuring universe. The contest would feature winners in multiple countries, meaning multiple chances to win. Continue reading…

Fantastic Four Reboot Left Jamie Bell Bitter and Disappointed Jamie Bell reflects on the massive flop that was his Fantastic Four reboot.

Ryan Reynolds has expressed his eagerness for Deadpool and the Avengers to crossover. Despite both being Marvel characters, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Merc with a Mouth (together with the X-Men and the Fantastic Four) continue to be separated on the big screen.

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I’ve been asked some questions by the press recently about my divorce from Joss Whedon, to whom I was married for 16 years. There is misinformation out there and I feel the best way to clear up the situation is to tell my truth. Let me begin by saying I am a very private person and the act of writing this is antithetical to who I am and everything I stand for. Yet, at the same time, I feel compelled to go on the record and clear up some misperceptions. I don’t think it is fair to me or other women to remain silent any longer. I met Joss in 1991.

The elusive Guardians of the Galaxy final Easter egg may have been found and it may be tied to Loki (Tom Hiddleston). When Marvel decided to launch a space opera franchise built around unknown characters, many were skeptical. But the James Gunn project blew all expectations away and has soon become another popular installment in the MCU — not to mention a great performer at the box office. Given that the Guardians franchise is mainly set in the cosmic corner of the MCU, it is no surprise that it has a lot of tie-ins with Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) own movie series.

Despite the many horror franchises that exist in cinema, crossovers between them in recent years have been few and far between. While Universal once had all of their monster movies like Frankenstein, Wolf Man and Dracula exist in the same universe (something the studio is failing horribly at recreating today), the only major franchise crossovers have been Freddy vs Jason and Alien vs Predator. Here’s a shoutout to Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys, just for existing.

The long legal saga of Roman Polanski took another — and discouraging, for the director — turn on Friday, as a judge shot down Polanski’s bid to have the case against him stemming from a 1977 sexual assault dismissed. In the order, handed down Friday, Judge Scott M. Gordon called out Polanski’s “continued refusal to obey court orders” and “ad hominem attacks” on judicial officers involved with the case. “The Defendant in this matter stands as a fugitive and refuses to comply with court orders . As eloquently described by [victim] Ms.

"When There Is Nowhere to Go, Nowhere is Home." Amazon Studios and Participant Media have released an official trailer for Human Flow, a new film directed by iconic Chinese artist/filmmaker Ai Weiwei. This will be premiering at the Venice Film Festival first before hitting theaters in October. This eye-opening, breathtaking, heart-wrenching documentary looks at the humanitarian crisis of our time.

Superbad Was the First Movie to Use This Raunchy Curse Word Seth Rogen has revealed a few loosely guarded secrets about his iconic comedy Superbad on its 10th Anniversary.

Willem Dafoe on the complicated nature of Aquaman's "underwater" shoot As talented as the cast of AQUAMAN are, it'd be a little difficult to ask them to spend the majority of the shoot underwater, what with all the breathing we humans do. In order to properly sell the illusion of an underwater kingdom and the Atlanteans who inhabit it, a variety of techniques were used for AQUAMAN, including shooting dry-for-wet with the actors suspended by harnesses. Willem Dafoe,... Read More...

Marvel's Inhumans was supposed to run in IMAX theaters for two weeks but it appears as if the negative buzz surrounding the upcoming television series has changed the company's mind about that...

What Happened To Monday Netflix Review   In a not so distant future, where overpopulation and famine have forced governments to undertake a drastic "One Child Policy," seven identical sisters live a hide-and-seek existence pursued by the Child Allocation Bureau. The Bureau, directed by the fierce Nicolette Cayman (Glenn Close), enforces a strict family-planning agenda that the sisters outwit by taking turns assuming the identity of one person: Karen Settman (Noomi Rapace).

'Girls Trip' laughing all the way past $100 million at the box office and is the highest-earning R-rated comedy to hit theaters in 2017.

In a time of the year usually reserved for gigantic explosions and killer robots, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon‘s The Big Sick was one of the surprise hits of the past few months. Not only did the film clean up on its limited release, it also broke through with mainstream audiences; my own in-laws declared it “hilarious” after I frantically convinced them to abandon their original plans to see The Beguiled. If every year needs a razor-sharp comedy you can put on at holiday gatherings without causing much of a fuss, then The Big Sick is the perfect choice for 2017. Continue reading…

USA Network dropped a new teaser for the upcoming third season of Mr. Robot onto Twitter last night. The second teaser so far with the first introducing us to Bobby Cannavale’s character of Irving. Along with the clip was the message: “Prepare yourself, friend. This clip is just the beginning.” The one-minute clip shows Elliot (Rami Malek) having just won the Def Con CTF Quals in two minutes. This is a tournament for cyber security experts.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is projected to nab $780 million at the global box office with the upcoming release of the movie in some remaining Asian markets in the next few weeks. The film, which came out in North America and a majority of other countries in July, currently sits at $707 million in ticket sales.

Two seasons of Riverdale in a single year is a kind gift from The CW. The series, based on the famous Archie comics, quickly found its groove in season one and kept getting better and better. The finale ended season one on a high note with a few surprises and shocks tying up loose ends and setting up storylines for season two – which looks like it’s going to get a little darker. As one critic says in the new teaser for Riverdale, it’s an “invitingly dark” series. It can get bleak, but rarely dark enough to lessen the fun.

Don Hertzfeldt‘s short film World of Tomorrow packs more ideas and genuine emotions into its 16-minute run time than many contemporary full-length feature films even attempt, so it’s no wonder the movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film at the 2016 Academy Awards. If you haven’t seen it, you can remedy that by checking it out on Netflix, because it’s streaming there right now for subscribers to watch.

Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema revealed that Christopher Nolan sank an expensive IMAX camera during production of Dunkirk

The Lion King producer Don Hahn says that Mufasa and Scar weren’t really brothers. That would certainly come as news to the Disney animated classic’s legion of fans, as Scar’s role as the jealous brother of king Mufasa is one of the major dramatic throughlines of the film.

The first look at the stars in costume for the Broadway version of Frozen has been revealed. Walt Disney’s hit movie Frozen took the world by storm back in 2013, becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, winning two Academy Awards and ushering in a highly anticipated sequel which has been years in the making. While the cast, directors and songwriters from the original movie get ready to reunite for the next chapter due out in 2019, a stage adaptation will soon make its debut on Broadway in February 2018.

The latest set photos from Marvel’s The Avengers 4 confirm previous reports of the film taking a trip to Japan. While The Avengers: Infinity War finished filming just a few weeks ago, the Russo Brothers have already begun principal photography on The Avengers 4, which is set to hit theaters one year after Infinity War.

Box Office

  • 1. Alien: Covenant
    Gross: $36,000,000
    Total: $36,000,000
  • 2. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
    Gross: $35,062,000
    Total: $301,799,474
  • 3. Everything, Everything
    Gross: $12,000,000
    Total: $12,000,000
  • 4. Snatched
    Gross: $7,600,000
    Total: $32,782,600
  • 5. Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
    Gross: $7,200,000
    Total: $7,200,000

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