Sunday, October 23, 2016

'Madea' beats 'Jack Reacher' with $27M opening at weekend Box-office

Graph courtesy of BoxOfficeMojo

No, you did not read wrong. "BOO! A Madea Halloween," which I did not know even existed until ... now, has taken the top spot at the weekend Box-Office ending October 23rd with a $27M intake. That's 4 Million more than "Jack Reacher: Never Go Back" which still fared fairly well all things considering. The 2012 original "Reacher" opened up with a scant $15M opening, but built up a solid core of fans through home video, plus it will likely get high-grossing domestic receipts.

Take a look at "Keeping Up with the Joneses". Brutal. That's the second Galafianakis dud in less than a month, after "Masterminds" choked just a few weeks ago.

On the indie side "The Birth of a Nation" is all but done. Nate Parker's controversy has dimmed any hopes of not only box-office success, but any kind of Oscar hopes. The film has made only $14M in three weeks and gotten mixed reviews. Going in a completely different direction is Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" which is the best reviewed movie of the year and got a per-screen average of 100K this weekend, playing in only four theatres total in LA and NY, but going wider in the next few weeks.

What happened between 'Deadpool' director Tim Miller and its star Ryan Reynolds?

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As we reported yesterday, director Tim Miller left the Deadpool sequel over “creative differences” with star Ryan Reynolds.
We had the studio try the damage control route by saying the departure was "amicable," but sources tell us that Miller and Reynolds haven't been in the friendliest of terms since the first "Deadpool" came out earlier this year.

So what happened exactly to this fruitful partnership which resulted in the biggest sleeper hit of the year? 

Miller was on-board for the sequel, but problem was Reynolds signed a deal that granted him casting approval and creative controls according to The Wrap. That is basically where conflicts started to arise between Miller and Reynolds. Never give an actor more creative control than the actual director ....
"The casting issue also eventually came to a head over the possible booking of Kyle  Chandler in the sequel. Mashable movie reporter Jeff Sneider first reported Chandler’s potential involvement with the “Deadpool” sequel during a "Meet the Movie Press" podcast, saying that the actor’s name has been “floating around for Cable for months.” The insider close to the situation tells TheWrap that Miller wanted the “Bloodline” star to play Cable, though Reynolds did not and that the studio, ultimately, backed its marketable star."
At least we have the same writers back on board for the sequel which has been written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, but will that be enough? "Deadpool" was such a success because of how well Reynolds and Miller fed off of each other's talents. Miller is a CGI wiz that created some of the slapstick visual imagery that made the film stand out. Reynolds was the ACTOR that fed off of Miller's palette. If I were Reynolds I'd man up and reach out to Miller and ask him to come back on-board.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

'Rogue One' will have a 133 Minute running time

According to

"Event Cinemas has revealed the run time for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film will be 133 minutes (two hours and 13 minutes). This time could be inaccurate but if memory serves, last year when Star Wars: The Force Awakens run times hit in this form they were accurate."

Past "Star Wars" films:

"Attack of the Clones" 144 Minutes
"Revenge of the Sith" 140 Minutes
"Return of the Jedi" 137 Minutes
"The Force Awakens" 135 Minutes
"The Phantom Menace" 136 Minutes
"The Empire Strikes Back" 127 Minutes
"A New Hope" 125 Minutes

It's been a pretty crazy last few weeks here at "World of Reel" in terms of "Rogue One"

An insider exclusively reported to us about the shooting problems director Garth Edwards had to face on and off the set (HERE) We received a great new trailer hiding any of the reported 'problems' the film might be having (HERE) AND star Felicity Jones tried to defend the reshoots to Variety (HERE). All this in a span of less than 14 days. 

The film gets released on December 16th

'Deadpool 2' director, Tim Miller, exits sequel over creative differences

According to Variety, Director  Tim Miller has dropped out of  'Deadpool 2' due to creative to creative differences with his star Ryan Reynolds.

Miller and Reynolds hit pay dirt with 'Deadpool' earlier in the year having grossed $786M worldwide and becoming the surprise success of year.

This is a major blow on the sequel. 'Deadpool' felt like fresh counter-programming to the usual superhero movie and had many fans highly anticipating its sequel. I do stand by my notion that shooting a sequel to a film that seems to be against the money-making super-hero machine is a bad idea and will not resonate as much the second time around. This is nevertheless very disappointing considering Miller's direction in the original felt fresh and inventive.

You can read my review of the film HERE

Little did he know ....

Friday, October 21, 2016

Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian in 'Star Wars' spinoff

If you haven't yet caught up with FX's new series "Atlanta" then you are missing out on some of the best, most original TV ever produced in the medium. It is up to episode 8 at the moment, but it doesn't take much time to catch up to it since each episode is around 20 minutes in length. The show was created by and stars Donald Glover, he's a Jack of all trades talent of the highest order. If you know him by face, but can't pinpoint where you might have seen him then try maybe his comedic, but brilliant turn in Ridley Scott's "The Martian" just last year.

Via press release it was announced late this afternoon that Glover will have his shot at the big time nabbing the role of Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Hans Solo spinoff film. That film is set for a 2018 release. 

Press release read as follows:

Hello, what have we here?
Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han SoloStar Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.
“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”
Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the showCommunity, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

JJ Abrams confirms he cut a Vader vs Skywalker duel in 'The Force Awakens'

Frank & Lola' is a mix of 'Eyes Wide Shut,' 'Blue Velvet' and Hitchcock

Check out today's just released "Frank & Lola" trailer HERE.

"Frank & Lola" slyly snuck into its Sundance premiere this past January. In fact, I don't think I wrote anything about it, almost too consumed with the bigger films that premiered over there. That's not fair. "Frank & Lola" is an engrossing, narratively patchy, but visionary work from writer-director Matthew Ross. It didn't deserve the shrug it got in Park City, but I do hope people will get a chance to see this film. Its take on male jealousy, but more specifically the male psyche, is hauntingly rendered. Notice I said narratively patchy, that's because you've never seen a film quite like this one. It's a very hard film to absorb in just one sitting. Ross manages to balance various different tones and moods that it's very easy to be taken off guard by the film. Ross is a talent to watch.

Frank (Michael Shannon) and Lola (Imogen Poot) are lovers that, after an old flame of Lola's reappears, have their lives shaken up and delivered into a surreal nightmare: think "Eyes Wide Shut" meets "Blue Velvet." The film has all the familiar elements of a noir turned inside out to reveal a story that is so frightening all based on the sheer fact that you really have no idea what's coming next - a rarity these days. It starts off as a "boy meets girl" romance, but shocks you in its change of style and pace with twist after twist slowly being peeled off.

Shannon is phenomenal in the film, his Frank is the only person you can trust and he lets you ride along with all the emotional shifts that happen in his head and there are PLENTY. Shannon is one of the best working actors at the movies right now. He's had three exquisite performances this year in "Frank & Lola" "Loving," and "Nocturnal Animals" where he completely steals the show from the leads. That role should nab him the second Oscar nomination of his career this coming January.

As previously mentioned Ross does a great job balancing the various moods and does manage to maintain coherence with his story. His influences are all over the map, but Polanski comes to mind for the way the Ross continuously has you second-guessing the motivations of his characters, I'd also add in De Palma, and since we have both of these directors mentioned, I might as well add the man that influenced them: Alfred Hitchcock. Now that I think about it, what Ross has done here is not completely different from the way Hitchcock toyed with his audiences many decades ago. What bigger compliment can you ask for as a filmmaker? [B+]

The film opens on December 9th, seek it out.

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