“Out of any show, I think ‘Once’ is the type of show that you can really embrace doing a musical episode and make it as musical-esque as you can.”Morrison added that it was especially appropriate for “Once” to stage a musical episode, since “most of the cast comes from some kind of musical background.” And the opportunity to take the innovative series in a new direction is also an exciting one, the actress added.” … Posted February 6, 2017 by Katie RobertsWhile rumors circulated earlier this year that “Once Upon a Time” was working on a musical episode, at the time, showrunners and ABC declined to comment. A panel discussion featuring stars Jennifer Morrison (Emma) and Colin O’Donoghue (Hook) and show creators and executive producers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis offered more details about the installment, which is set to start production soon and will feature most of the cast showing off their singing voices (and singing entirely original songs).”We are really, really excited to do it,” O’Donoghue told the crowd. Stay tuned.[via: TV Insider] Now, though, cast and crew members have finally confirmed that the event is indeed happening, and is slated to air sometime later this season.The news was officially announced during an appearance by the “Once” team at the Atlanta TV Festival, which took place this past weekend at the Savannah College of Art and Design. [W]e’ve been doing this for six years now, so it’s fun to have something completely new to look forward to,” Morrison said.Fans are no doubt excited, too. There’s no word yet on when the episode will air.
And she certainly looks the part of Lara, too, sporting a tight tank top, combat boots, and her dark hair pulled back.Audiences will get to see the finished product when “Tomb Raider” hits theaters on March 16, 2018.[via: Daily Mail, h/t The Playlist] The actress can be seen running, climbing, and crawling across the structure, as well as swinging underneath it, all while secured by a safety harness (which we assume will be edited out in post). And with the leak of some new set photos from the currently-in-production shoot, it’s clear that Vikander was the right choice for the physically demanding role.The images, obtained by paparazzi camped out near the film’s South Africa set, show Vikander shooting what looks like an intense action sequence atop a metal beam. Posted February 6, 2017 by Katie RobertsWhile actress Alicia Vikander already has an Oscar under her belt (for 2015 historical drama “The Danish Girl”), she isn’t exactly a household name just yet. #AliciaVikanderpic.twitter.com/VZVAZ5lo7P
— Alicia Vikander (@vikanderonline) February 6, 2017It looks like a grueling shoot, but it appears as if Vikander is more than holding her own. It appears her hands are bound, too, suggesting this is some sort of escape sequence.#NEW: Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft on the set of the Tomb Raider Reboot in Cape Town 🔥 #aliciavikanderpic.twitter.com/QP8U9oslx9
— AliciaVikanderItalia (@VikanderITALY) February 6, 2017📷 First look at Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in the upcoming Tomb Raider!!! That’s about to change, though, with her upcoming starring role in the “Tomb Raider” reboot, in which she plays the titular archaeologist.
We can only imagine.Fans will finally get to see the film for themselves when “Beauty and the Beast” opens on March 17. It means a lot to me.”Despite the high stakes, Watson said she’s had an “amazing” experience making the movie. The actress gushed about Belle’s unique personality (“She’s very smart, she loves books, she wants to see the world, and she’s really feisty.”), and said that it’s a bit daunting to take on such a persona, especially when she cares so much about the character.”It feels like a lot of pressure: Don’t screw this up. “Because I love it so much. And while fan anticipation is sky-high, star Emma Watson admits that there’s enormous pressure on the flick — and not all of it is coming from outside sources.In an interview with the Disney Channel’s Movie Surfers, Watson chatted about taking on the iconic Disney Princess Belle, and her own personal connection to the character. Posted February 6, 2017 by Katie RobertsThere’s a lot riding on Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of beloved animated classic “Beauty and the Beast,” with the lavish production pulling out all the stops to make sure the movie connects with audiences: securing a majorly starry cast, recruiting some big behind the scenes talent, and showing off some dazzling special effects. Don’t screw this one up!,” Watson told Movie Surfers.
The Season 2 teaser earned the most tweets of any ad during last night’s game. and 11:00 p.m. According to social-media measurement firm Amobee (via the New York Post), the much-anticipated first look at “Stranger Things” Season 2 had 307,000 mentions during the game, which was way more than the runner-up, T-Mobile’s ads with Justin Bieber, Martha Stewart, and Snoop Dogg.Here are the top 10 advertisers that generated the most tweets between 6:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Stranger Things” fans could not L’Eggo of their excitement about Netflix’s Super Bowl ad. Like us on Facebook. 5, 2017:Stranger Things – 307,000 TweetsT-Mobile – 91.7K TweetsMr. Clean – 80.8K TweetsAirBnB – 77.8K TweetsCoke – 74.5K TweetsAudi – 73.1K TweetsBudweiser – 72.2K Tweets84 Lumber – 68K TweetsGuardians of the Galaxy 2 – 54.4K TweetsIntel – 27.3K TweetsAs you can see, the only other TV/movie teaser to make the list was the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” teaser. You can watch the “Stranger Things” teaser — and Netflix’s Twitter build-up — over here, and see all of the movie trailers released during the Super Bowl here.[via: New York Post]Want more stuff like this?
But, I’m hoping they’ll say yes.What was it like for Peter to meet his dad for the first time?Well, I think all of the evidence that Quill has to who his father is, he learns at the same time as the audience does in the first movie. He learns with the audience through the course of this second movie who he is, so I’m not sure necessarily that he had expectations that aren’t comically Quill. There are actors that I loved growing up, and he is absolutely right at the top of that list and has not done anything to disappoint the inner-child in me that was so excited when he got cast. It’s a collection of really great songs. There’s a thread there that gets pulled into this second movie. I’m still hoping to hear on that, because he’s got other children, so I think he’s got to check with them to see if they want a brother. You get to know a little bit more. Before, the pressure was, “No one knows you, and what’s it going to be like to be the first Marvel movie that fails?” I can’t tell you how many times I answered that question and I was like “This is not looking good.” So that pressure is off, because we built an audience and people really liked it. 2″ — but, if he’s learned anything from filming his first sequel, it’s that having Kurt Russell in it is awesome.While on the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. James [Gunn] is a fantastic curator for that kind of music and it’s probably better because we had more money. That wasn’t an unimportant aspect of who he is.What do you think about the “Vol. 2″ last year, Pratt told Moviefone and a small group of reporters all about his plans to be adopted by Russell, how much he’s digging the new mix tape, and where Star-Lord’s relationship with Gamora stands.How cool is it that Kurt Russell is playing your dad?Chris Pratt: It’s so cool. 2” blasts into theaters May 5th. I think anytime you take a man and a woman in a movie that are both in a lead position and you put them in the same room, there’s naturally going to be this question of “will they or won’t they?” That’s pretty inevitable, unless you really clearly illustrate that either they’re brother and sister or that one of them isn’t into that type of thing. So, he definitely feels a responsibility, and feels like he’s a leader, but it’s still a group of misfits. It just tickles me.Which Marvel character would you want Star-Lord to be paired up with?I think it would be awesome for Star-Lord to meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin somehow.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. I’m in love with Kurt Russell. So it took this movie for it to become a household name kind of superhero character and for that I feel really proud and really happy. If you have two characters of the opposite sex, it always seems like you’re just waiting for them to collide. the first one?We’re picking up a couple of months after the first “Guardians” movie, so there was a certain evolution that happened with him in that movie, and it was important to all of us that we don’t move backwards and all of a sudden start where he was at the beginning of the first movie and just tell that story over again. The pressure we’re feeling now is: “How do we do the same thing, in terms of wowing an audience and having people come in and have their expectations defied.” A lot of times when people make a sequel, they just play the hits. He certainly doesn’t have mastery on how to be the leader of this group, but I think he feels like the leader at the beginning of this.Has messing with the Power Stone done anything to Peter?Well, it plays a certain role. He loves to hunt and be outdoors and I just love him. Her particular voice, the look of the character, and all the story elements are so unique that it’s really nice that Pom inhabits a character no one’s ever seen before, because she’s doing something no one has ever seen before. Posted February 6, 2017 by Rachel HornerIt’s still hard to believe that Chris Pratt went from playing lovable goofball Andy Dwyer on “Parks and Recreation” to the still lovable (but way more more buff) Peter Quill in “Guardians of the Galaxy.”Now that he’s a bonafide Marvel superhero, Pratt feels the pressure for Marvel’s summer flick, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. He realizes there’s something special about him that he can’t quite identify, but that’s as much as he knows. As a narrative tool, there’s never a moment that the music isn’t justified and isn’t part of the storytelling process. You get to find out who he hopes his father is, and you get to find out whether or not that is the reality.How is Star-Lord different in this film vs. Even though he’s the “everyman” kind of character, he’s really an artist, and he just really cares deeply about all the details of his character. It’s perfect. They’re like “Let’s just tell the exact same story, strip it down, replace the jokes with new jokes and replace the bad guy with a new bad guy, tell the same exact story in a different way.” That totally works fine, but that’s not what we’re doing at all with this movie.Will Peter and Gamora have a will they / won’t they relationship?That was there in the first movie as well. 2″ mixtape?It’s totally different, but also the same. So it steps up a little bit.What is the relationship like between Star-Lord and Mantis?I can tell you that Pom [Klementieff] is somebody who will be on your radar for the rest of your life after this. We’re really kindred spirits, I think. I’ve asked him to be my dad in a real way. I just feel really lucky to be part of the process of bringing that to kids. It’s not just an accompaniment or a score. His interaction with the Infinity Stone in the first movie. So that is dealt with a little more in this movie, but then again we didn’t want to go back and do the same thing we did in the first movie. She is crushing it, and she’s so unique and, like Dave [Bautista] was born to play Drax, she was born to play Mantis. The songs, more so in this movie, really help tell the story.The audience response to first movie was completely unexpected. As far as how our relationship goes, I don’t want to get too far into that, but she’s a major part of this movie and, I think it’s safe to say, a major member of the Guardians of the Galaxy.What’s it like to have kids come up to you and see you as Star-Lord?People didn’t know who Star-Lord was, unless they were a comic book fan and read “Guardians of the Galaxy,” but, kids didn’t know who Star-Lord was. Did you guys feel a certain pressure going into the sequel?It’s a different type of pressure that we’re under now.
Nebula is still having a rough life.”We realize that the payment for the mission the Guardians have done on Sovereign is to get Nebula,” Feige said. Since the last movie, the Guardians have been attempting to be heroes.”They are available for do-gooding, so to speak. “And when we first meet them at the beginning of the movie, they’re in a place called Sovereign, where they’ve been asked to deal with this giant beast that eats their power source and wreaks havoc on the planet.”2. “Especially after popping twins like 17 months ago. Yondu’s soft spot for Quill gets him in trouble.”There is an incident in the first act of this movie where [the Ravagers] have been hired to get Quill, but, yet again, Yondu is like: ‘We’re not gonna take down the Guardians of the Galaxy, we’d be crazy to do that.” But Taserface and some others are like ‘Bullsh*t, you’re just doing that because you’re soft on Quill,’ and it leads to a mutiny,” Feige said.5. “I think Peter may have gotten a little more annoying, and Gamora is a little too rigid sometimes. So we’re gonna chip away at those layers, which is really fun.””Through their relationship, you get a closer idea of what Thanos is really about,” Saldana added.11. Drax still doesn’t like Groot.”I don’t think Drax and the tree are ever going to get along,” Bautista joked.16. She has empathic powers, so it’s connected with her feelings and emotions. She was pretty lonely and then she meets the Guardians. The cast got to do a little more improvising.”There’s a lot more freedom that James [Gunn] is giving us, and letting us improvise and kind of test how well we know we our characters,” Saldana revealed.17. Mantis brings a whole new dynamic to the group.”She’s an alien, and she’s spent her life with Kurt Russell’s character, Ego. “And we’re going to find out a lot about their backstory and learn a lot about Thanos’s parenting skills, and maybe how dysfunctional the entire thing is. She doesn’t understand him.”12. We learn why Quill could hold the Infinity Stone.”There’s a question as to why Star-Lord was able to hold the Infinity Stone and not be completely and immediately destroyed, and we learn a little bit more about why that’s the case in this movie,” Gunn revealed.7. What they did give us, however, has us so excited for the movie that we can barely contain ourselves. Nebula hangs out with all the Guardians.”Her main focus is Gamora, but she finds herself with all of them and I think she’s unimpressed by Rocket,” Gillan said. 2″ in an attempt to get as much information as we possibly could about the upcoming Marvel sequel.If you know anything about Marvel, then you know they were pretty tight-lipped about a lot of things. The Ravagers aren’t going anywhere.”The Ravagers have a bigger part in this movie,” Feige revealed.4. It doesn’t always go well, but they try,” Marvel president Kevin Feige told us. It doesn’t exactly tie in with everything else going on in the MCU.”The way this film ends will inform future things, but there’s nothing that nods directly towards it,” Feige revealed.9. Nebula and Gamora get closer, but not that close.”[Nebula’s] on a mission to find Gamora and rectify a few things there,” Karen Gillan, who plays Nebula, said. There’s an innocence about Drax, and I think Mantis has that as well, and I think that’s probably where their connection would be the most — just a very child-like innocence with both characters,” Dave Bautista, who plays Drax, revealed.15. The fact that I can get on wires and be lifted 30 feet up in the air at full speed, or just be dropped and land on heels, I love that they’re trusting me with this.”3. Drax and Mantis form an unlikely friendship.”I think they’re both really awkward, but at the very core of Drax, he’s really just heartbroken. “In fact, we have so many obscure Easter eggs in this movie that it’s ridiculous.”8. “The Sovereign has captured her and are exchanging her for their services.”10. Quill and Gamora explore their relationship.”They’re becoming a really good team in the way that oil and vinegar are, where it’s good together, but they tend to stick to their own things,” Saldana told us. “She doesn’t know what he is as an animal. There’s more action, which means more stunts.”The stunts here are much more defined and they’ve been a lot more challenging, so I’ve been having fun,” Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora, said. Be on the lookout for even more Easter eggs.Gunn love his Easter eggs. And I think that we’re creating something different,” Klementieff asserted.”Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Yondu gets a bigger fin!”Yondu’s fin has a big thing to do with the Ravager’s more present role in this movie,” writer and director James Gunn told us.6. You won’t find any sexualizing of Mantis.”I didn’t want the character to be sexual, and, usually, they’re always like that. 2″ hits theaters May 5th. “Our Easter egg obsession is insane,” he said. Posted February 6, 2017 by Rachel HornerLast year, Moviefone and a group of other reporters headed to Atlanta to visit the set of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Is it May 5th yet?Here are 17 things we learned on the set of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. So, through the dynamics that are happening around her, she learns to relax.”13. 2.”1. She can change other people’s emotions,” Pom Klementieff, who portrays Mantis, explained.14.
That’s the case again, so AMC decided to remind fans of that fact by taking out a simple, but effective 15-second ad during the 2017 game.In the Super Bowl spot, Negan’s best girl Lucille crushes the pigskin to declare “Football season is over,” with Season 7 returning this coming Sunday, Feb. Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneTakin’ it like a champ there, little super-deflated football!”The Walking Dead” usually starts the second half of a 16-episode season on the Sunday after the Super Bowl. Sunday, Feb. 12 on AMC.Want more stuff like this? So you have to figure around half that for a 15-second spot.”The Walking Dead” Season 7 returns with (supersized) Episode 9, “Rock in the Road,” at 9 p.m. According to Forbes, a 30-second Super Bowl spot sold for as much as $5,000,000 on Fox. Then again, the Super Bowl attracts more than 100 million viewers, so you and everyone else probably did see the TV spot, unless you were in the john at the time.How much did that wordless 15-second commercial set AMC back? 12:On Super Bowl Sunday, AMC held its usual counter-programming marathon of “The Walking Dead” episodes, so it’s possible true fans missed TWD’s Super Bowl ad because they were staying loyal to the dead. Like us on Facebook.
The idea of a “Split” follow-up film makes sense, and not just because this movie is making so much cash. TheWrap reports that “Split” is Shyamalan’s second film to top the box office for three consecutive weeks since 1999’s “The Sixth Sense.” It’s never a bad thing to be compared to your first big hit, so no wonder M. Night feels “humbled and grateful.” Now he just has to live up to his own potential.Want more stuff like this? So fans were happy to see these tweets from Shyamalan about his “next film”:Thank you to everyone who has gone to see #Split in the U.S. & around the world. Night Shyamalan is “humbled and grateful” about the response. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 4, 2017
What’s next? Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 4, 2017I have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. The James McAvoy horror film, written and directed by Shyamalan, just topped the box office for its third weekend in a row. Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Split” is destroying expectations at the box office, and M. The response is overly generous. I am humbled & grateful. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split… No spoilers here, but plenty of spoilers here if you want to discuss “Split” and what exactly this next film might entail.”Split” only cost about $9-$10 million to make, and worldwide it has earned more than $142 million so far. Like us on Facebook. — M. — M.
Because I’m not here to be your buddy. Kristen Stewart hosted the February 4th “SNL” but — in an inspired choice — McCarthy was cast in a guest role as White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Is it too soon to rate this impression to Palin levels?The real Sean Spicer reacted to the sketch, once someone sent him a link to it, and he didn’t rip on it (like his boss would), although he didn’t want to spend a lot of time talking about it. Her angry, press-hating, truth-avoiding Spicer became an instant classic, arguably up there with Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump, Larry David’s Bernie Sanders, Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton, Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush, and … Hopefully this is just the first of many Spicer impressions to come.When asked for reaction, Sean Spicer called the sketch “cute” and “funny” … Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneBeware of radical “moose” “lambs,” guys.Melissa McCarthy stopped by “Saturday Night Live” this weekend to add a glorious new impression to her repertoire. When I say ‘rocky start,’ I mean it in the sense of ‘Rocky’ the movie because I came out here to punch you in the face. (See video below.)The press briefing sketch went on for eight minutes of pure hilarity, with McCarthy not even seeming to rely on cue cards for the jokes.”Before we begin, I need you to know that myself and the press have gotten off to a rocky start. Like us on Facebook. Now I’d like to begin today by apologizing on behalf of you to me for how you have treated me these last two weeks, and that apology is not accepted. It’s funny.” pic.twitter.com/6QsxgMs7YT
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 6, 2017Spicer did give McCarthy some notes for next time, via Extra: Dial it down a bit, and stop chewing so much gum. And also I don’t talk so good. Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin? even if it’s hard to believe he really meant it:Sean Spicer reacts to SNL’s Melissa McCarthy sketch: “It was cute. I’m here to swallow gum and I’m here to take names.”Watch the video:McCarthy got herself trending on Twitter Sunday morning for her brilliant performance. And, for the record, he’s standing by his man on Alec Baldwin’s “mean” Trump impression.Want more stuff like this?
There was very little awkwardness or “Twilight” lip biting, instead fans got a taste of the promise Stewart first showed back in David Fincher’s “Panic Room.”Stewart’s excellence started in her monologue, which went text-by-text through now President Donald Trump’s past tweets about her breakup with Robert Pattinson.”So, to be fair, I don’t think Donald Trump hated me. Like us on Facebook. It’s great. I think he was in love with my boyfriend,” she said, adding, “But Donald if you didn’t like me then you’re probably really not going to like me now because I’m hosting ‘SNL’ and I’m, like, so gay, dude.”At the end of her 5-minute monologue, she appeared to accidentally (or not accidentally?) drop an f-bomb:”We’ve got a great show, and I totally care that I’m here because it’s the coolest f*cking thing ever.” She covered her mouth, and added “Oops! Oh my god, and I’m sorry…. And Alessia Cara is also here, and I’ll never come back.”And here’s Kristen Stewart dropping an f-bomb during the SNL monologue. pic.twitter.com/C7snwPV8Lu
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) February 5, 2017Here’s the bleeped version, with the full monologue:Here are more Stewart sketches, including a sexy Totinos Super Bowl ad, and her Celebrity Family Feud: Super Bowl edition segment as Gisele Bundchen:Want more stuff like this? Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneKristen Stewart did a dang good job hosting “Saturday Night Live,” surprising a lot of her critics — including possibly Donald Trump.
“Grey’s Anatomy” fans are still trying to sort through what’s happening with Jo and Alex, but after the midseason premiere, many fans suspect Jo is carring Alex’s baby. ????????A video posted by Camilla Luddington (@camillaluddington) on Feb 3, 2017 at 2:04pm PSTSomeday, that baby is going to be able to look back on this and laugh … I want her to grow up knowing how strong women are ??. Like us on Facebook. @beyonce @ellenpompeo @hairtheshaway @greysabc #greysanatomy #beyonceA video posted by Debbie Allen (@therealdebbieallen) on Feb 3, 2017 at 2:50pm PSTRG. So Pompeo (Meredith Grey) pressured the reluctant Luddington to recreate Bey’s now iconic pose in a video directed by Allen (Catherine Avery).The stars all captioned versions of the shoot on Instagram:Arguing over whether this is really necessary….. or be so embarrassed about her crazy mom.We know that’s a “her” in there, since the 33-year-old “Grey’s” actress also just revealed that she and her boyfriend Matthew Alan are expecting a girl. We’ll see if that’s the case as Season 13 continues Thursdays at 8 p.m. Here’s what she wrote on Instagram just before the Bey photo and video:”I am so excited to announce today that I am having a… Special shoutout to #crystaldynamics for sending me her first #tombraider onesie.”Congrats! on ABC.Want more stuff like this? @ellenpompeoA photo posted by Camilla Luddington (@camillaluddington) on Feb 3, 2017 at 3:42pm PSTWe can’t help but act a fool #welovebeyonce filmed and directed by @therealdebbieallen @camillaluddington @hairtheshaway #greysanatomyA video posted by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Feb 3, 2017 at 1:30pm PSTOur tribute to Beyoncé ?? To navigate through life with courage and kindness, and to be one of the girls who says “you CAN sit with us..”. girl!?? When @ellenpompeo goes rogue directing… Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina CarboneCamilla Luddington and fellow “Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo and Debbie Allen got in formation on Friday for an adorable tribute to Beyoncé.Luddington is pregnant (and her “Grey’s” character Jo Wilson may or may not be pregnant as well), and we all know that Queen Bey is pregnant right now, too. To be a little warrior who is not afraid to use her voice and stand up for what she believes is right.
Posted February 6, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Stranger Things” Season 2 will turn the #WorldUpsideDown this Halloween.The Netflix’s show’s first teaser debuted during the 2017 Super Bowl, starting with a replay of the old ’80s ad for Eggo waffles. #WorldUpsideDown
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017me trying to figure out what #WorldUpsideDown could mean pic.twitter.com/5cSEyF099n
— ɐᴉɥdos (@jontybyers) February 6, 2017And then the teaser arrived:This is a #WorldUpsideDownhttps://t.co/TzpqmCD49v
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 6, 2017Halloween can’t get here fast enough! 31 is a Tuesday this year, though, so they’d be veering from the usual big-show-release-on-Friday formula.)Netflix did some great pre-Bowl teasing on Twitter before the ad debuted in the second half of the game:˙uʍop ǝpᴉsdn ƃuᴉuɹnʇ sᴉ plɹoʍ ǝɥ┴
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017Evil forces have been unleashed. #WorldUpsideDown
— Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017We have to be brave. — Netflix US (@netflix) February 5, 2017Monsters are threatening us. Like us on Facebook. That poor kid is still messed-up, even a year after the events of Season 1, and that does not mean good things for Hawkins, Indiana.Based on this teaser/ad/promo/TV spot/trailer, Season 2 is going to double down on the supernatural terror — we even have mini Ghostbusters in the Hawkins kids, and the series itself is meant to start streaming on Halloween. But it’s Will Byers that concerns us now. We gotta stay together. (Oct. Stranger Things 2 yasssssss!#StrangerThingsSeason2#worldupsidedownpic.twitter.com/GFcdlvbT0n
— Ivett Martz (@Ivee23) February 6, 2017Want more stuff like this? Since Season 1 arrived in July, an Oct. 31 premiere means we have to wait longer than usual for the follow-up. We were hoping they would stick with a mid-July timeframe, but there is definite undead power in releasing the next phase of terror on the scariest holiday of all. The second fans saw those Eggos, they knew Eleven would be close behind.
That seems especially true of “Rings,” with its Spanish director, Italian leading lady, and overseas gross of $15.2 million, about 53 percent of its earnings so far. The Foreign MarketAs 2017’s box office keeps reminding us, a lot of these movies simply weren’t made with the American market in mind. Night Shyamalan’s three-week reign at the box office with his biggest horror/suspense hit in 13 years, it must be 2004. Really Sh***y Reviews
Critics certainly notice when a movie’s release gets delayed three times, and since those delays lead critics to expect a disappointment, they may color the reviews. So does not screening a movie at all for critics and forcing them to wait until after it opens to see it and write about it.True, that’s standard procedure for horror movies, but it still doesn’t inspire confidence when a studio withholds screenings, perhaps because it knows the reviews won’t help. But women watch football, too, so maybe not.3. “Rings” cost just $25 million to make (about half the cost of the original “The Ring” back in 2002), so it should make a profit whether Americans go see it or not.”Space” will have a much harder time abroad, as a dialogue-heavy movie without big-name stars or a title familiar from another medium. (This column noted the same problem last week for “Resident Evil,” and that series went only five years between sequels.)The current generation of horror fans may not remember the first two “Ring” movies, and the fact that none of the principals from those films returned for “Rings” makes it hard for moviegoers to grab onto a thread of continuity.5. But you can generate good word-of-mouth only if you can get audiences in the door, and the delays, the reviews, and the Super Bowl all would have discouraged viewers from buying tickets in the first place.7. Here are seven reasons why “Rings” and “Space” fell short.1. Release Date Musical Chairs Both “Rings” and “Space” had their initial release date changed or postponed at least three times. (At least its budget was also modest, just $30 million, pretty frugal for a movie involving space travel.)It might have done better on a weekend with fewer distractions and less competition, but that would have meant changing the release date a fourth time. That means the movie will finish with the lowest domestic total of any of the series’ six installments.Besides, “Rings” earned a dismal C- at CinemaScore, indicating horrible word-of-mouth. A Glut of Horror MoviesWith several horror movies in the marketplace already, we really noticed that the market was saturated last week when “Resident Evil: The Final Chapter” had to settle for a fourth-place premiere. The Super Bowl
The biggest TV event of the year tends to keep people away from the multiplex. This despite direct competition from “Rings,” the third entry in the horror franchise whose first two installments earned more than $400 million worldwide.Even with “Split” losing 43 percent of last weekend’s business, it still did better than “Rings,” which debuted in second place with an estimated $13.0 million. That’s the 11th worst opening ever for a movie released on more than 2,500 screens.As this column noted when “Split” opened with an astonishing $40 million two weeks ago, the thriller did a lot of things right, but it’s also been lucky with its timing, in that it’s competed against some especially feeble rivals. 1.)Shyamalan’s “Split” proved unbeatable for the third straight weekend, earning an estimated $14.6 million from Friday to Sunday, for a 17-day total just shy of $100 million. Judging by M. That’s about what it was expected to earn, so at least it did better than the other wide release, “The Space Between Us.” No one had high expectations for that film, with predictions running around $6 million, but it didn’t even clear that low bar, debuting instead with an estimated $3.8 million and settling for ninth place. Posted February 5, 2017 by Gary SusmanWhat year is it again? “Space” didn’t do much better (18 percent).Actually, paying audiences really liked “Space,” giving it a strong A- at CinemaScore. This weekend, it’s down to sixth place, with an estimated $4.5 million from Friday to Sunday and $21.9 million for its 10 days of release — woof. (“Split” earned a B+.) Given a choice between two wide-release horror movies, the one with much better word-of-mouth had the edge.4.Too Long a Wait for “Rings”
It’s been 12 years since “The Ring Two,” an eon in the lifespan of a horror franchise aimed at young-adult viewers. It also makes it hard to market the movie, especially if the trailers end up coming out so far in advance of the eventual release date that potential viewers forget about the film.6. Better, perhaps, to put it on the field with “Rings,” “Split,” and the Patriots and Falcons, and just take your lumps. In the case of “Rings,” the result was a fresh rating of just 5 percent at Rotten Tomatoes. In fact, this was one of the slowest weekends in recent memory, the first in which total sales failed to crack $100 million since the doldrums of early December.2. Female Audiences Stayed Home
You’d think a horror movie and a tearjerking teen romance would be smart counter-programming to the Super Bowl, as both genres target young women. That doesn’t bode well for a film’s quality; it suggests a lack of confidence on the distributor’s part. (Or 1999, when “The Sixth Sense” was the last time that the filmmaker had a movie threepeat at No.