“Girls Trip” currently has an 88 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes’ “Tomatometer” and a 90 percent audience score.We’ll see what kind of momentum the film has, but for now, the movie’s opening has already made a strong showing, surpassing its production budget of $19 million. Posted July 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongMoviegoers wanted to get rowdy this weekend — just look the success of “Girls Trip.”The funny flick exceeded box office expectations this weekend and ultimately had the best opening for an R-rated comedy since 2015. The movie, which centers on long-time friends who head to New Orleans for a crazy weekend, has been getting solid reviews from critics and audiences alike. With Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish as stars, “Girls Trip” bowed to more than $30.4 million, according to THR. It topped Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck ($30.1 million) and came close to Mark Wahlberg’s “Ted 2” ($33.5 million), both of which opened in 2015.Notably, “Girls Trip” is another example for studios that yes, people will go see female-driven films as well as movies with diverse casts, especially if they are done well. Universal Pictures certainly can’t complain about that.If you’re ready for raunchy, R-rated fun, “Girls Trip” is in theaters now.[via: THR]
The hit Netflix series is switching things up for its sophomore season, and David Harbour, who plays Police Chief Jim Hopper, told THR that the first five minutes will feel very unfamiliar.”The first five minutes, you’re not going to know you’re watching ‘Stranger Things,'” he said. Unfortunately, his intel is equally cryptic, making us all the more curious. According to the actor, whatever happens will show viewers that they have “opened up the world in a fresh new way.” As part of that, they’ll reveal “new concepts.”Harbour’s hints seem to go along with clues that have been previously dropped, such as a terrible thing happening early on and the threat of dark forces even worse than the Demogorgon. Posted July 24, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe premiere of “Stranger Things” Season 2 isn’t going to feel like coming home.Returning to Hawkins, Indiana, this October may actually bring some confusion. “You’re going to be checking the thing: ‘Did I put on something else?'”Harbour didn’t offer any details on why that will be, but he did tease an interesting development that will occur toward the end of the five-minute period. We’ll see what he means, and what other thrills are in store for us, when “Stranger Things” Season 2 premieres Oct. 27 on Netflix.[via: THR]
But when we go wide, to a wide audience, we have to make sure that footage works for a wide audience.”The trailer, when it was screened for the Comic-Con crowd, was very well-received. Also, there’s no guarantee Marvel won’t make the user take it down:Avengers Infinity Wars Trailer 1 *leaked*by pufferboy-tv Ah, don’t hold your breath.Co-director Joe Russo told ComicBook.com that there are no plans to release that footage to the mass audience.”When the footage comes out we want it to be exactly right,” he said. Posted July 24, 2017 by Kelly WooIf, like millions of other Marvel movie fans, you weren’t at Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend, you didn’t get to see the apparently-awesome footage shown from “Avengers: Infinity War.”Of course, a few Comic-Con attendees were astute enough to film the trailer and leak it online (watch below). But will Marvel officially release a high-quality version? It starts with the Guardians of the Galaxy cruising along in space, until Thor smashes into their front window.Here’s a bootleg version of the trailer, which is low quality and people’s heads get in the way. “So we are taking our time and working on that footage because, as you can imagine, the levels of visual effects in these movies are unprecedented and there are certain things in this footage at Comic-Con that works specifically for a Comic-Con audience.
A mustache. And not the kind twirled by villains. kryptonite.A new report from Variety details the various headaches arising from the extensive “Justice League” reshoots, from a ballooning budget to how to credit Joss Whedon, who stepped in for Zack Snyder when the latter exited the project in March after his daughter’s suicide.And one of those headaches? Posted July 24, 2017 by Kelly WooFacial hair, apparently, is Warner Bros. has to shell out even more money to digitally remove it in post-production.Though, how cool would a Super ‘Stache be?”Justice League” hits theaters November 17. And Paramount refuses to allow Cavill to shave, which means Warner Bros. Variety notes he had been expected to be done with that project, but now has to juggle filming on both movies. Henry Cavill, who plays Superman, is also currently filming “Mission: Impossible 6,” for which he grew facial hair.
Andrew DeLuca) sharing photos from set.Gianniotti and George’s table read pics revealed the premiere’s title as “Break Down the House,” as directed by Debbie Allen (Catherine Avery), who also directed the Season 13 finale, among many other episodes.Yeah
This happened yesterday
— Jason Winston George (@JasonWGeorge) July 22, 2017″Cried laughing” is a good sign! Jo Wilson, or whatever), Jason George (Dr. Say hi to @marlanahope !! So fun to be back to work!! April Kepner), Camilla Luddington (Dr. Posted July 24, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 has officially scrubbed in, and now we know how the premiere will “break down.”The cast gathered Friday for the first table read of the new season, with Sarah Drew (Dr. @greysabcA post shared by Sarah Drew (@thesarahdrew) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:02pm PDTLove this one so much!! And of course I’m so happy to be back in action with my sister @caterinascorsone !! She amazing and kick ass and an amazing writer and an even more amazing human! Here we are at our first work party TOGETHER!! Love these gals to the moon!! Like us on Facebook. We are so excited about a location shoot in Seattle! @jasonwinstongeorge @greysabcA post shared by Sarah Drew (@thesarahdrew) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:05pm PDT❤️❤️❤️ @officialjustinchambers @greysabcA post shared by Sarah Drew (@thesarahdrew) on Jul 22, 2017 at 10:06pm PDTIt also looks like the cast is filming on location in Seattle, which is pretty cool:From @camilluddington’s Snapchat! 🎉@GreysABC#GreysAnatomypic.twitter.com/dHamYhP62k
— Caterina Online (@caterina_online) July 24, 2017″Grey’s Anatomy” Season 14 will premiere in September on ABC, although the official date has not been revealed yet.Want more stuff like this? Here’s more:👨🏻⚕️🤧😷🤒🤕😊#season14 #greysanatomy #drdelucaA post shared by Giacomo Gianniotti (@giacomo_gianniotti) on Jul 21, 2017 at 5:26pm PDT#s14A post shared by Camilla Luddington (@camillaluddington) on Jul 21, 2017 at 3:23pm PDTBack to school with these lovelies! Let me introduce you to one of my besties who also happens to be a new writer on greys! Ben Warren), and Giacomo Gianniotti (Dr.
Dany was sold as a slave bride and raped on her wedding night. Euron got himself a big win in “Stormborn,” and Theon seemed to regress to his Reek days — self-preservation and survival above bravery and sacrifice. Theon jumping into the water to get away also contrast to Grey Worm’s speech to Missandei about courage and “weakness”; both guys have, um, a lack of something in common, but when it comes to war and sacrifice, you can only count on Theon to jump ship.Some fans defended Theon — saying charging at Euron would’ve only killed Yara and himself — or gave him the benefit of the doubt because of his past trauma. Like us on Facebook. on HBO.Want more stuff like this? It’s not like Theon is the only one who has suffered. Sansa was raped by Ramsay, tortured by Joffrey, and beat up by her own jealous aunt. Why does Theon get a special pass when the bar isn’t lowered for others?Anyway, this may be why Alfie Allen brought a cute puppy to Comic-Con over the weekend; he knew that scene was coming and wanted a win. Grey Worm and Varys also had their, um, manhoods taken away. — Vanessa Cole (@vkcoleartist) July 24, 2017Yara: He’s my protecter
— Labile (@lshattock7) July 24, 2017Theon under pressure #GameOfThones7pic.twitter.com/zhlGYhGR63
— DahlFace (@EmilyDahl12) July 24, 2017Theon when Euron took Yara captive was like….. #GameOfThones#DemThronespic.twitter.com/s0QdpokvNg
— Drewzingis (@DrewWorldOrder) July 24, 2017euron: “come and get her”
— GoT Things (@GoTthings_) July 24, 2017Honestly, though, what characters don’t have PTSD on this show? — Phil Bicking (@p_Red) July 24, 2017Theon suffered torture and abuse & was utterly broken. Tyrion’s family sentenced him to death for a crime he didn’t commit, and was sold into slavery. We haven’t given up on Theon, but now we have to hope that Yara finds some other way to save herself.”Game of Thrones” Season 7 continues with Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice,” on Sunday at 9 p.m. #GameofThronespic.twitter.com/jTpxHAIy5w
— Tyrion Lannister (@GoT_Tyrion) July 24, 2017Opening scene for next week’s #GameOfThones:
*Theon floats out at sea*
*A rowboat comes up beside him*
GENDRY: Need a lift? Jon Snow got stabbed to death by his own people and has almost died several other times in battles. He’s doing his best to survive despite horrible PTSD but yet people expect heroism? But most of Twitter went hard on him, taking some pretty hilarious shots, and expressing their disgust and disappointment in creative ways:Yara: He’s my protector
— Cathy Holland (@cathymholland) July 24, 2017Theon sees his uncle boarding the ship #GameOfThrones#ThronesYallpic.twitter.com/uhosxC0Ugx
— ShredderGirl (@ShredderBabe) July 24, 2017Theon Greyjoy be like #GameofThronespic.twitter.com/KojQ6zmImR
— Jack Doyle (@JackkDoylee) July 24, 2017The world to Theon Greyjoy tonight: #ThronesYall#GameOfThonespic.twitter.com/pAdRkdPjnG
— Sarah Harper (@sharperspeaks) July 24, 2017When Yara says Theon will be his protector and when the moment to protect comes Theon is like #GameofThronespic.twitter.com/pp1ipGueNN
— Olivia Caridi (@OliviaCaridi) July 24, 2017MY BOY THEON HAS PTSD LET HIM LIVE #GAMEOFTHRONES7pic.twitter.com/PBbi4LDG5r
— suzy! (@suzarooni) July 24, 2017Theon’s new book… Posted July 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneTheon Greyjoy proved he is the anti-Jon Snow in “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2 — not great in a crisis, but exceptional for Twitter memes.While Jon grabbed Littlefinger by the throat and told him to stay away from his sister Sansa, Theon was hardly the “protector” his own sister Yara needed from their uncle Euron.
Like us on Facebook. Welling will play Marcus Pierce, the site described, “an accomplished police lieutenant who is strategic, reserved and well-respected — that is, everything Lucifer (Tom Ellis) is not. But TVLine revealed he’s returning to TV with a series regular role on “Lucifer” Season 3. After “Smallville” he starred in the films “The Choice,” “Draft Day,” and “Parkland.”
In other “Lucifer” news, an exciting Season 3 sizzle reel debuted at Comic-Con, and you can enjoy that now: The hype is real! But perhaps even more annoying are all the things the gents have in common, both being charming, charismatic and ‘handsome as hell.'” Pierce will develop a “connection” with fellow detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German), adding to the tension with Lucifer.Welling directed several episodes of “Smallville” and was an executive producer on the series, which ran for 10 seasons from 2001-2011. Posted July 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneIt’s not a bird or a plane, it’s Tom Welling finally returning to TV.Welling played Clark Kent for 10 years on “Smallville,” then segued into a few feature films. “Lucifer” Season 3 premieres Monday, October 2 on FOX.Want more stuff like this?
FYI, that’s two months before “Avengers 4” opens.[h/t Collider]Want more stuff like this? The @McKelvie design is truly GOAT level 🐐 pic.twitter.com/TY7zq4L5Ag
— Tom Turner (@tomrobertturner) July 23, 2017BRING. Wow!!! Also, it was revealed that the villains will be the Skrulls, an intergalactic race known for shapeshifting, which has made them formidable adversaries for Marvel’s heroes.Brie Larson reacted by tweeting out updates from Comic-Con, showing she’s has into all of this as her fans:Who’s excited?! https://t.co/zcritiHl5b
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 23, 2017The upcoming #CaptainMarvel movie will be set in the ’90s and feature a classic Marvel villain. ON. Like us on Facebook. It remains to be seen how they’ll explain where Captain Marvel has been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, but that’s something to look forward to. “Captain Marvel” opens March 8, 2019. (Besides me😉) https://t.co/USXLl2YQq3
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 23, 2017!!!!! #SDCChttps://t.co/iMraem7oNA
— Moments Canada (@CanadaMoments) July 23, 2017First concept art of Brie Larson as #CaptainMarvel who will face the Skrulls in a 90s set film. 💪 https://t.co/CCfzoaJA18
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 23, 2017My feed is blowing up so much Twitter just tried to step in! Jackson was already revealed to be in “Captain Marvel” but now we know his Nick Fury won’t have an eye patch, ’cause both eyes will be working at this point in time. Don’t worry, I said “No, Thanks” 💕💕💕💕 pic.twitter.com/gUmMbzSGKA
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) July 23, 2017
Yes, bring it on! IT. pic.twitter.com/yB8izslz0A
— Adam @ SDCC 2017 (@adamhlavac) July 23, 2017I’ve been staring at this blurry concept art for Captain Marvel for so long it’s ridiculous. Posted July 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneNo one is more excited for “Captain Marvel” than Carol Danvers herself.Oscar winner Brie Larson has the title role of Marvel’s movie, opening in 2019, and during San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel boss Kevin Feige shared news on the movie’s time period and villains.”Captain Marvel” will take place in the early 1990s, an era before the modern Avengers, including the first “Iron Man.” Samuel L.
Weiss told IGN:”‘That’s not you’ is a direct reference to what Arya herself said to her father when her father painted this picture for her of the life she could have as a lady of a castle and marrying some lord and wearing a nice frilly dress. Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” finally brought Arya Stark face-to-face with her direwolf Nymeria for the first time since Season 1. In the end, they’re both lone wolves. Arya smiled slightly, seeming to agree with the decision.”That’s not you.”Those three words confused some fans who took them literally. That was Nymeria. Will Arya be back with her own “pack” by that time?GoT Season 7 continues Sundays at 9 p.m. It does make us even more nervous for Arya’s future, though, especially after the second big trailer included Sansa’s voice-over saying the lone wolf dies but the pack survives. In saying “that’s not you,” Arya was referencing a talk she had with her father Ned Stark back in Season 1:”That’s not you” parallels to “That’s not me” makes it even more bittersweet #GameOfThronespic.twitter.com/ml7IgOAnMx
— ashley tayag ☔️ (@ashileytayag) July 24, 2017As co-showrunner D.B. The wolves were led by Nymeria, whom Arya had sent away to save her from Joffrey’s revenge. But no. So they almost just regard each other and go their separate ways.”It was heartbreaking, but very honest. Posted July 24, 2017 by Gina Carbone*Spoilers ahead from “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2*It wasn’t exactly the reunion “Game of Thrones” fans were hoping for, but it was exactly right for the characters. Their meeting included a Season 1 callback, and also some potential “foreshadowing” for Arya as a “lone wolf” herself.Arya was on her way to Winterfell when she was surrounded by wolves in the woods. Arya invited Nymeria to come home with her, but Nymeria turned around, staying with her wolf pack. To be someone’s pet would reverse everything she’s learned. Since we last had Arya in the Riverlands she’s had all these crazy adventures. Nymeria isn’t Arya’s anymore. Like us on Facebook. It’s just not who Nymeria is to go back to domesticity — living in a castle as a human’s sidekick — after being wild and free. on HBO. Arya’s not domesticated, and it makes total sense that her wolf wouldn’t be either. She’s gathered this pack of wolves and is now doing the Old Gods’ work herself. In a television show that’s all about Nymeria the Wolf, she’s had adventures too. Arya and Nymeria do and don’t have the connection they’ve always had. And that might be foreshadowing for Arya too.”Maisie Williams told EW she appreciated the bittersweet reunion, because it felt right for both of them:”Ever since the show got rid of Nymeria, it’s one of the questions I’ve been tweeted the most. Nymeria has created her own world and created her own pack and isn’t ready to be Arya’s pet. Here’s what’s next in Episode 3.Want more stuff like this? It’s even nicer that they don’t live happily ever after. “That’s not you.”#GameOfThrones#Stormbornpic.twitter.com/II6m0V3MCX
— Nymeria 🐺 (@GoT_Nymeria) July 24, 2017Episode writer Bryan Cogman told Entertainment Weekly there might be “foreshadowing” in the reunion scene:”So much of this season is swinging back to Season 1. Once the wolf walks away, at first she’s heartbroken to have come this close, and then she realizes the wolf is doing exactly what she would do if she were that wolf.”💔 Though I knew Arya & Nymeria wouldn’t reunite permanently. They can’t go back to the way things were.
Close wore a wig from her personal collection for filming, as her hair at the time was too short. Asked that question by EW, he recalled Sean Connery asking him a similar question in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” telling the magazine, “As Indiana Jones said to his father when he was asked if he could fly: ‘Fly? Yes. The actor decided to go this route having had success before with his second Jack Ryan movie, “Clear and Present Danger,” scoring a PG-13. But the ratings group refused. Some elements, however, were strictly fantasy. So Felix was grounded, and the passengers were added in post-production as well.10. 14. Marlowe never did get White House approval for his scenario suggesting that it wouldn’t be all that hard for hijackers to take control of the president’s plane. It also doesn’t have a presidential escape pod; Marlowe got the idea for that from a similar feature on the presidential plane in the movie “Escape From New York.”7. To make the zipline sequence look real, the filmmakers had an MC-130 transport plane fly 4,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean, trailing a cable. Much of it came from the educated guesses of screenwriter Andrew Marlowe and director Petersen. So, yup, that’s Oldman really beating up Indiana Jones.12. Glenn Close as the Vice President was a last-minute casting decision, one personally championed by Ford. Fortunately, the Air Force found itself depicted in a flattering light.5. Ford lobbied the MPAA hard to appeal the film’s R-rating in an attempt to get a PG-13. But Ford did get permission from Clinton to tour the real Air Force One, along with Petersen and the film’s cinematographer and production designer. Like his character, Ford knows a thing or two about piloting planes. Land? Fortunately, they were able to confirm that it was just a massive movie prop, and they returned to base.9. Posted July 24, 2017 by Gary SusmanToday, you might be skittish at the prospect of Harrison Ford in the cockpit of a 747, but 20 years ago this week, on July 25, 1997, we all felt reassured to have Ford not only in command of “Air Force One,” but also serving as the President of the United States.Wolfgang Petersen’s action thriller was another box office smash for Ford, another great villain role for Gary Oldman, and — despite unfortunate echoes in later real-world events — a fun popcorn ride that audiences have enjoyed revisiting for two decades.Moviefone found out a lot of surprising facts about the movie on its 15th anniversary. To obtain the Air Force’s approval and the use of its jets, the filmmakers had to submit the screenplay to the military for approval, which is standard procedure for studios seeking the equipment and cooperation of the armed services. All four branches of the U.S. Nonetheless, when it came to portraying the fictional President James Marshall, “I didn’t base my performance on President Clinton or on any other President, living or dead,” the actor insisted to EW.3. A key sequence takes place on the cargo bay, for instance, even though the real plane doesn’t have one. She also requested a change to the script: She didn’t want her character to breakdown and cry during a key sequence. military surprisingly cooperated with the production’s needs, which is unheard of. The 747 at the other end would be added by computers in post-production. 13. A great choice on her part. During their climatic confrontation in the communications center of the plane, Ford told Oldman to really slap and hit him. No.'”8. So did two F/A-18 fighter pilots, who detected the unexpected plane in the sky and scrambled to intercept it. How realistic is the movie’s version of the president’s plane? The paint job on the faux Air Force One was so good, even with the simulated bullet holes, that visitors who saw it parked at Los Angeles International Airport mistook it for the real thing. In addition to the rented 747 that played the title aircraft, Columbia Pictures paid for the use of several Air Force planes, along with their pilots.4. So at least they got the decor right.6. But could he actually fly the 747 used in the film? Five years later, we found a few more surprises long packed away. Ford and Bill Clinton were pals, close enough for the then-president to be an occasional visitor to Ford’s Wyoming ranch. “There weren’t any blueprints or floor plans available,” Petersen told Entertainment Weekly, “so we had to watch CNN to see what the inside looked like.”2. The Russian prison in the film is actually the Ohio State Reformatory, the same decommissioned prison where Frank Darabont filmed “The Shawshank Redemption.”11. The filmmakers did try to use a dummy, nicknamed Felix, to pass as a passenger on the zipline, but his necktie and jacket blew off, and the pilots were worried that his clothes would keep flying off and get sucked into an engine. Here’s what else you didn’t know about “Air Force One.”1.
Posted July 24, 2017 by Gina CarboneA supersized movie like “Avengers: Infinity War” deserves a supersized poster, and Marvel gave fans triple the fun at Comic-Con.Marvel has yet to release the amazing “Infinity War” footage showing rugged Captain America and Hitchcockian blonde Black Widow, but you can see their new looks in the official poster. There were actually three separate posters released, then they were combined for one massive poster featuring Big Bad Thanos at the center and most of our heroes on either side. Like us on Facebook. #PaulRudd@EvangelineLillypic.twitter.com/HUmhqWTt4Q
— Andy Park-SDCC (@andyparkart) July 23, 2017Earlier at Comic-Con, the three “Infinity War” posters were being shown off separately, giving you a closer look at Cap’s dirty new look:NEW #InfinityWar poster! And where’s Ant-Man?)The official #InfinityWar promotional poster from #MarvelSDCC in HD 🔥! Want more stuff like this? Or should I say Giant-Man & Wasp!! pic.twitter.com/nc2rDj8Vaq
— Best of Marvel (@thebestofmarvel) July 23, 2017Comic fans compared it to the classic:
Brilliant classic poster of #InfinityWar#Marvel – the ORIGINAL 🙂 Infinity War pic.twitter.com/yW6S30nI6B
— Mohammed Abbasi (@MohammedAbbasi) July 23, 2017Others criticized, like they did about the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” poster:someone stop doing marvel’s posters like bad photoshop please goddamit y’all have too much money for this
— Malcolm X Men (@LiterallyMya) July 24, 2017Some were upset that Ant-Man only seems to be on Iron Man’s shoulder in a fan poster, not the official one:ALL MY CHILDREN ARE IN THE INFINITY WAR GIANT POSTER EXCEPT SCOTT WHERE IS MY ANT SON pic.twitter.com/IJG9bABv0O
— ben (@comicparker) July 23, 2017However, there is at least this:Official Ant-Man & the Wasp @Comic_Con poster I had the pleasure of painting! (Cap and Tony are still on opposite sides, we see. pic.twitter.com/xckWKKF3fv
— Best of Marvel (@thebestofmarvel) July 23, 2017 “Avengers: Infinity War” just wrapped filming before Disney’s D23 Expo, but now it’s on to film “Avengers 4.” “Infinity War” will be released in theaters May 4, 2018.
on HBO, with the title appearing to reference both queens, Dany and Cersei Lannister:”Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) holds court. “Game of Thrones” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) learns from his mistakes.” Written by showrunners David Benioff & D. B. Weiss; directed by Mark Mylod.Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk) just got a win for Team Cersei in Episode 2, “Stormborn,” and the Episode 3 promo shows Varys (Conleth Hill) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) saying Cersei will be ready, she knows they’re coming — presumably referencing their planned attack on Casterly Rock.Watch the promo:For more “Game of Thrones” promos — and to see highlight clips from the sexy, bloody, gross, impressive, heartbreaking, infuriating (Theon!), and overall traumatizing Episode 2, which just aired — head to the show’s YouTube account.There are seven episodes to Season 7, followed by just six in Season 8. on HBO.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. Posted July 23, 2017 by Gina CarboneIn “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 3, “The Queen’s Justice,” the fire of Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) will meet the ice of Jon Snow/Stark-Targaryen (Kit Harington) for the first time.Yep, the big meeting we’ve been waiting seven seasons for is about to go down!Here’s the synopsis for “The Queen’s Justice,” which airs Sunday, July 30 at 9 p.m. Cersei (Lena Headey) returns a gift.
The other two movies are original stories, one drawn from history but still unfamiliar to Americans. Visuals
The one element of “Valerian” that critics raved about was the way it looked. Not like, say, “Girls Trip” star Queen Latifah, who can claim tens of millions of online followers. Social MediaFor a teen icon, Harry Styles is surprisingly inactive on social media. deserves to boast that “Dunkirk”‘s estimated opening weekend of $50.5 million came in above expectations.That’s an especially good number considering that “Dunkirk” faced competition for the male audience from sci-fi spectacle “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which debuted on a similar number of screens, as well as an unexpectedly strong turnout for ensemble comedy “Girls Trip,” which opened with an estimated $30.4 million, about $10 million above expectations.How did “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” succeed, while “Valerian” pretty much bombed with an estimated $17 million? As a result, “Dunkirk” earned an impressive $11.7 million, or about 22 percent of its premiere gross, from IMAX venues.7. So Warner Bros. This week’s new wide releases, however, weren’t typical franchise fare. Posted July 23, 2017 by Gary SusmanThe way industry insiders were talking about “Dunkirk” before it opened well this weekend, you’d have thought it was a little independent art film, not a major studio’s $150 million action epic with decent Oscar prospects.Predictions for the combat tale’s premiere were all over the map, from as low as $24 to as high as $38 to $40 million, though most guesses were in the 40s. Timing Is Key for Nolan’s Summer MoviesBesson staked out “Valerian’s” release date two years ago, perhaps unaware that he’d be up against Nolan. It could ultimately earn a profit and justify its international financing despite proving a dud here.”Girls Trip” may not do as well abroad, since comedies tend to translate poorly. So “Valerian” can’t blame sequelitis. would wait for a fall date for an Oscar-hopeful movie, but he likes July, since his Batman movies did well during the summer month. Still, when creating massive futuristic fantasy universes, the line between the next “Avatar” and the next “Jupiter Ascending” can be awfully thin.5. ExecutionCritics loved “Dunkirk,” giving it some of the year’s best reviews to date and a high 92 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. So Nolan’s name alone may have been enough to overcome the movie’s arcane topic and modest star power.Will Packer isn’t as familiar a name, but the “Girls Trip” producer also has a signature style, one that has resulted in a long string of successful, modestly-budgeted comedies with predominantly black casts. Besson minimized the risk by spreading out the film’s reported $180 million cost among multiple financiers in several countries. That’s what he delivers in “Valerian,” but Besson and the movie may have been simply too exotic to have had much impact on domestic viewers.2. Lee, known for the “Best Man” movies, and African-American viewers had a solid idea of what to expect from “Girls Trip.”French director Luc Besson may be an even less familiar name here, despite such stateside hits over the past quarter-century as “The Professional,” “The Fifth Element,” and “Lucy.” Besson fans know his reputation for butt-kicking heroines, fanciful plotting, and sensory-overload visuals. But like Packer’s other comedies, as well as such recent films as “Get Out” and “All Eyez on Me,” it should prove that there’s profit to be made from movies that smartly target African-American viewers, and that such films can become crossover hits as well.As for “Dunkirk,” there may not have been much in the subject matter or the casting to interest American audiences. Then again, “Dunkirk” may have stolen its visual thunder.Nolan got a lot of attention for his panoramic cinematography, much of it shot in IMAX and other wide-screen stock. Add on director Malcolm D. 1. After all, “Dunkirk” belongs to a genre that doesn’t do well among young audiences (World War II films), addresses an event few Americans know about (since it took place before we entered the war), and features a cast of British actors known more for their prestige than their ability to sell tickets. Still, the film’s opening weekend shows that we’ll go see a movie about an obscure (to us) wartime event as long as it’s well-made, shot by a director we like, in a manner that justifies seeing it on a (very) big screen. What mattered more was…3. (In fact, the filmmaker insisted on the July slot, opening in a corridor similar to the one “Saving Private Ryan” used in July 1998.) Since no other Oscar-chasing movies are out now, Nolan had the field to himself.”Girls Trip” also had no real marketplace rivals, though its makers couldn’t have guessed it would benefit from being the one well-liked R-rated comedy after a string of disappointments in the genre.8. Like those films, from “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” to “Transformers: The Last Knight,” “Valerian” should make the bulk of its money overseas — though don’t count on it. But as they say about Broadway musicals, no one ever goes home humming the scenery. Brand ValueMore than any of the stars of “Dunkirk,” the biggest box office draw attached to the film was surely director Christopher Nolan.After the massively successful and acclaimed “Dark Knight” trilogy and “Inception,” he’s one of the few directors who’s a household name, one whose distinctive style promises strong visuals, epic scope, and brainy storytelling — but with mass appeal. So execution and brand value were especially important for these two hits.Sci-fi, however, is often a crap shoot. Domestic Audiences Have Weight
“Valerian,” like most of this summer’s mega-budgeted movies, was not really made with domestic viewers in mind. To the extent that movies are depending on stars’ social media presence to drive interest, especially among younger viewers, that made a difference.6. The reasons why reinforce some lessons the box office has been teaching us all summer. Even his mind bending sci-fi saga “Interstellar,” which many viewers found disappointing, still made a profit while offering substantial food for thought. (Critics liked the comedy nearly as much, giving it an RT score of 89 percent.) “Valerian,” however, scored a weak 54 percent among RT reviewers and a similarly meh B- at CinemaScore. The director also strived to create massive battle scenes the old-fashioned way, without CGI and with a literal cast of thousands. Genre Is a Major Draw
“Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” were both surprisingly successful for their genre. World War II movies haven’t done well as historical memory of the conflict recedes; the biggest recent hit in the genre is Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Similarly, R-rated comedies have done poorly all summer. So it seems fair to say that “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” did what they set out to do. Well, “Valerian” is based on a French comic book series, but it’s one that almost no one in America has heard of. After the “Think Like a Man” and “Ride Along” movies, Packer has a loyal core audience but also attracts crossover viewers as well. Originality
There’s been a lot of talk about viewers’ franchise fatigue this summer, though much of that can be chalked up to just bad movie fatigue. By the way, you’d think Warner Bros. “Valerian,” maybe not so much.4. Audiences agreed, with the film earning an A- CinemaScore.But ticket buyers liked “Girls Trip” even better, giving it a rare A+.
Posted July 23, 2017 by Phil PirrelloBy Seth KelleyLOS ANGELES, July 23 (Variety.com) — “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” are opening above expectations at the domestic box office, while “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” looks like a huge flop.But let’s start with the good. STX took on marketing and distribution for the film after EuropaCorp’s partner, Relativity, went under. by STX Films, looks like a real clunker. That puts Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s acclaimed film ahead of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Lee is also known for his first feature, “The Best Man,” and its follow-up, “The Best Man Holiday.”Meanwhile “Valerian,” Luc Besson’s big-budget adaptation of the French comic series from his own EuropaCorp, and distributed in the U.S. Clive Owen, Rihanna, and Ethan Hawke round out the cast.In its second week, “War for the Planet of the Apes” should earn $20.4 million this weekend, landing it in third after a 64% drop. distribution chief Jeff Goldstein of the studio’s decision to date the film for the end of July. “The one-two punch of Chris’ vision and the Imax experience has once again proven to be irresistible to moviegoers in theaters.”Even during a crowded weekend, Universal’s “Girls Trip” is breaking the curse of underperforming R-rated comedies this summer as it looks to post $30.4 million from 2,591 locations. is flying past earlier projections to a $50.5 million opening weekend from 3,720 locations. Director Malcolm D. But, perhaps, his prizing of that is part of what ended up encouraging audiences to buy tickets as opposed to waiting for the movie to hit a streaming service. That $50.5 million number is a good one considering it is expected to have a large multiple, and continue to play well through August. “We know from past history when you open up at this point in the summertime, you can run for weeks and weeks,” he added, referencing last year’s “Suicide Squad.”Nolan ruffled some feathers for his bullish comments about the vitality of the theatrical experience. past the $1 billion mark at the domestic box office for 2017 — the seventeenth consecutive year that the studio has done so. The movie is getting the widest 70MM release in more than two decades, and much of it was shot with Imax’s extremely high-resolution 2D film cameras.”We’re thrilled with the numbers, and we’re thrilled with the partnership,” said Imax Entertainment CEO Greg Foster. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne form the central pairing in the sci-fi epic about a team of space-and-time-traveling agents. The sci-fi epic should land in fifth this weekend with about $17 million from 3,553 locations.There is some risk mitigation at play here for what is believed to be the most expensive independent movie of all time — the bulk of the production budget was covered with foreign pre-sales, equity financing, and tax subsidies. Christopher Nolan’s World War II film from Warner Bros. The movie’s production budget was reportedly just under $100 million, although earlier reports speculated that it was much higher.Critics have fallen in love with Nolan’s depiction of the real-life Battle of Dunkirk. But, regardless, someone will pay for the movie’s poor returns so far, and sights are set overseas to see if the international box office has a more positive response.It’s a tough break for Besson, who has treated the movie like a passion project. We wanted to give it the patina of a tentpole release,” said Warner Bros. Europa financed the P&A. It holds an impressive A- CinemaScore.”We looked at this as a big summer event film. But audiences have responded as well, perhaps surprisingly, to what many have described as an atypical war movie. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” looks to land in fourth with $22 million domestically, a 50% decline from its second to third weekends in theaters.To end on a positive note, “Wonder Woman” is officially the highest-grossed movie of the summer, as of this weekend, with over $389 million. $11.7 million of that total came from Imax screens alone — that’s 23% of the total market share from 402 locations. 2.” The stat is exciting news for those who have hope for more female-led projects in the future.”Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman” this week pushed Warner Bros. Their reviews have earned the movie a 92%, and chatter has already started about its award season potential. That’s the largest opening of any live-action comedy so far this year.”Girls Trip” follows a foursome — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish, and Jada Pinkett Smith — who go out for a long overdue women’s weekend to New Orleans for the Essence Music Festival.
Posted July 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongEven though “Westworld” Season 2 isn’t due to premiere till 2018, HBO is already teasing us with new footage.The premium network debuted a first-look trailer during San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, and there is already more carnage, including a tiger corpse. However, we did get interesting glimpses, including of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) gunning down people from the back of a horse as well as the Man in Black’s blood-spattered face.”Westworld” Season 1 drew 22 Emmy nominations this year, so Season 2 will look to create similar success. That is not the only creepy part; blood pops up multiple times in the preview — on paper, on the floor, and on people. Settle in, though, because it’s going to be a long wait till the show returns in 2018. Not that that’s a surprise, of course.Since the trailer comes so far in advance, the footage is fairly limited.
The cast has been warning us that there were dark developments to come, and the trailer shows they weren’t joking.”Stranger Things” Season 2 premieres Oct. SOOOOOOOO EXCITED!!! THIS IS THE SICKEST TRAILER I’VE SEEN IN LIKE… So far, the consensus seems to be that “Stranger Things” + “Thriller” = true Twitter love forever.I CAN’T BREATHE. EVER!!!! We’ll pick up a year after the events of Season 1 and see the gang — especially Will (Noah Schnapp) — dealing with the aftermath of what happened and scary problems. #StrangerThings 2 will be amazing! That was epic and loved Thriller as the soundtrack! 27 on Netflix.[via: Twitter] — D Villalona (@AxE720) July 22, 2017The upcoming season will continue with more eerie developments in Hawkins, Indiana. pic.twitter.com/V0GHdn6sQx
— DKFilms (@LegoDKStudio) July 22, 2017Wow! Posted July 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongCue the tweets, because a new “Stranger Things” Season 2 trailer is here, meaning everyone has something to say.Shortly after Netflix debuted the first full trailer at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, the streamer released it online to the general public. pic.twitter.com/lBueQGLcPA
— Mel Herring (@mellyherring) July 22, 2017This is my fav for set, cast, sound track… #StrangerThings#SorryAllCapshttps://t.co/hzZG1W1FMX
— Antiope Drea (@drellacastie) July 22, 2017IM SO SHOOK HOW TF AM I GOING TO SLEEP NOW FUCK #STRANGERTHINGS
— 🥀 Alexa 🥀 (@namjoonbbgrl) July 22, 2017Yallll. Those kids, the upside down, the king of pop in the music! On top of the general excitement about the upcoming season, people were ecstatic to hear Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” used. Can’t wait…#strangerthings#strangersthings2#thrillerhttps://t.co/Ho3iOJlpws
— JoJo (@jo_poustie) July 22, 2017#StrangerThings S2 trailer beats all other trailers in a landslide, cause when it comes to ma boi MJ, you just simply cannot compete. Almost immediately, Twitter started buzzing. pic.twitter.com/kFHT5cqpQ6
— Gilluis Pérez (@Gilluis_Perez) July 22, 2017Me watching the trailer #StrangerThingspic.twitter.com/17126zkIvB
— Music Predictions (@PredictMusic5) July 22, 2017″on a scale of 1-10 how excited did that trailer make you for the new season?” #StrangerThingspic.twitter.com/BEIzZ2mmSd
— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) July 22, 2017HOLY CRAP!!! That new #StrangerThings trailer is hype. Can’t wait for #StrangerThings season 2! pic.twitter.com/AuLziSSx7w
— Rana @sdcc (@ranadoescons) July 22, 2017Saw the #strangerthings season 2 trailer on Facebook before it got taken down and wow! so spot on!
“The world doesn’t always adhere to logic. 24 at 8:30 p.m. Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) will get you thinking.”All life is born from chaos,” she says. Sometimes down is up, and sometimes when you’re lost, you’re found.”Those ideas come into play, especially toward the end when we get Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is talking to her. Right from the start, the words of Lt. He says that though she chose to do “the right thing,” she “helped start a war.” We can’t wait to see how that comes about.Are you intrigued yet?”Star Trek: Discovery” premieres Sept. ET/PT on CBS as well as the network’s streaming service, CBS All Access. Posted July 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongThe more “Star Trek: Discovery” footage we see, the more we like it.With San Diego Comic Con in full swing on Saturday, CBS debuted a new trailer, and it teases what appears to be a compelling and complex story.
Not at all.The footage returns us to Hawkins, Indiana, where arcade games aren’t enough to distract Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) from a lingering darkness. Creepy, bizarre things are happening, and the poor kid is struggling even with the support of his friends Mike (Finn Wolfhard), Lucas (Caleb McLaughlin), and Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo). We don’t know what the culprit is yet, of course — that’s what Season 2 is for.Meanwhile, we don’t see anything of everyone’s favorite waffle lover Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) initially. Don’t worry, though; she pops up at the end, bloody nose and all.”Stranger Things” Season 2 hits Netflix on Oct. Posted July 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongTwo pop culture sensations have come together — “Stranger Things” and “Thriller.”Netflix’s San Diego Comic Con presentation on Saturday came with a brand new trailer for Season 2 of its hit sci-fi horror series in which the Michael Jackson song is prominently featured. However, with all the intrigue the preview offers, “Thriller” wasn’t necessary to capture our interest. 27.
Globally, “Wonder Woman” ticket sales have topped $770.96 million.Needless to say, Warner Bros. Pictures waited until San Diego Comic Con to officially announce the news.Showcasing a sizzle reel during its presentation on Saturday, the studio unveiled its upcoming slate, Deadline reports. Posted July 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongA “Wonder Woman” sequel was all but a given after the film’s box office domination, but Warner Bros. liked those numbers, along with other important figures: The film has an impressive 92 percent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer and a 90 percent “liked it” audience score, at the time of this writing.”Wonder Woman II” has some Amazonian shoes to fill.[via: Deadline] The movie even took down “Deadpool,” a fellow darling of the superhero genre. In addition to offering confirmation of “Wonder Woman II,” the video shared the potential titles of more DC Extended Universe films, including “Suicide Squad 2,” “The Batman,” “Batgirl,” “Justice League Dark,” “Green Lantern Corps,” “Shazam,” and “Flashpoint.” Talk about a good day for DCEU fans.”Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot, opened stateside on June 2 and has grossed more than $385.66 million in North America so far, according to Box Office Mojo data.
Pictures gave fans a whopping four-minute one instead.Fans at the San Diego event on Saturday got the first look at the sneak peek, but then the preview was quickly released online. 17. Superman (Henry Cavill) is ostensibly dead, after all.Watch the trailer below.”Justice League” is slated for release on Nov. And the trailer didn’t disappoint; it features tons of footage of the star-studded superhero team in action, with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Mamoa), Batman (Ben Affleck), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and Flash (Barry Miller) out in full force.Not surprisingly, the group is up against a grave threat, and the fate of the world is on their shoulders.”This is crazy,” Aquaman says in the trailer. Posted July 22, 2017 by Stephanie Topacio LongNo regular-sized “Justice League” trailer would do for Comic Con — Warner Bros. “Honestly, I think we’re all going to die.”That seems unlikely, but hey, who knows?