On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, John Campea, Jon Schnepp, and Mark Ellis discuss the following:
- Weekend box office results
- Writers’ take on Spider-Man
- New trailer from We Are Your Friends
- Joe Taslim to appear in Star Trek Beyond
- Next comedy from Adam Sandler
- George R.R. Martin’s take on Marvel villains
- Oscar Nominations
- When will we see Freddy Vs Jason 2?
It’s Monday which means it’s time for our weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theatres. Coming in at #1 in an upset this weekend was Marvel’s Ant-Man which made $24.7 million dollars at the box office bringing its 2 week worldwide total up to $226 million. In the #2 spot is the new Adam Sandler film Pixels taking in a reported $24 million dollars. In 3rd spot is Minions. The animated film brought in another $22 million to bring its worldwide total up to over $759 million dollars. In 4th spot is the R rated comedy Trainwreck making an additional $17 million. And rounding out our top 5 is the new boxing film Southpaw making $16.5 million.
As we reported a short time ago, the writing team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein have been hired by Sony Pictures to write the script for the upcoming rebooted Spider-Man film. In a recent interview with NPR they were asked about the personality of the new Peter Parker to which they said the following: “He’s a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he’s an outcast and a geek through humor. It is sort of the safety net for geeks like us, so I think we can totally relate to where he’s coming from.”
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A new trailer for the upcoming Zac Efron film We Are Your Friends has hit the web. We Are Your Friends is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend. We Are Your Friends hits theatres on August 28th.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the upcoming Star Trek film, Star Trek Beyond, is looking to ramp up its action talent and have just cast The Raid star Joe Taslim to appear in the film. Nothing yet is known of Taslim’s role. Star Trek Beyond is scheduled for a July 8, 2016 release, which is just two months to the day before the franchise’s 50th Anniversary.
With this weekend’s failure of Pixels both financially and critically, many discussions have begun to surface online if Adam Sandler’s days as a major comedic star in Hollywood are done. Some even suggesting that we will never see a great Adam Sandler comedy again.
Dan Tito writes: Hey John, have you heard of George R.R. Martin’s comment on Marvel Movies? He said, “While Yellowjacket [Ant-Man’s antagonist] makes a decent villain here, I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want more films where the hero and the villain have wildly different powers. That makes the action much more interesting.” I think he’s kind of right, what do you think?
Nicholas Meyer writes: Hey Collider Crew, I was thinking about this year’s academy awards and how stacked the best lead actor category was. While I thought all 5 nominees deserved their nominations; I would’ve still liked to see David Oyelowo, Ben Affleck, Ellar Coultraine, and Jake Gyllenhaal nominated for their performances. Do you think that the academy will or should expand the number of slots for the acting categories from 5 to 10? Or should they do like they did with the best picture nominees where it’s anywhere between 5 and 10? Or should they not expand the slots at all?
Alberto Diaz writes: What are the chances of us seeing Freddy vs Jason 2? Would they cast Robert Englund, Jackie Earl Haley, or recast the role altogether?