On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (July 11, 2016) Mark Ellis, Kristian Harloff, Dennis Tzeng and Ashley Mova discuss the following:
- Box Office Report (Brought to you by AMC theatres)
- The Flash movie finds Dope actress for lead role
- Steven Spielberg and Amblin making alien invasion movie The Fall
- The Mummy set pics reveal Sofia Boutella as the mummy
- New clips released for Jason Bourne
- Why do some people want Ghostbusters to fail?
- Best movies of the year so far?
It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. The Secret Life of Pets dominated the weekend box office, racking up a massive $103.2 million for the No 1 spot, and launching the first new franchise of the summer. The family film, which explores what dogs, cats and other animals do while their owners are away cost $75 million to produce, roughly half of what most studios spend making on animated movies. The No 2 and 3 spots were in a dead heat with The Legend of Tarzan barely taking the No 2 spot with an estimated $20.6 million dollars bringing its stateside total to $81.4 million. Finding Dory landed at No 3 with $20.4 million dollars and $422.6 million total, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year on a domestic basis. It also ranks as the highest-grossing animated film in North America, beating Toy Story 3. The weekend’s other new release, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, opened to $16.6 million for the No 4 spot, costing $33 million to produce. The Purge Election Year rounded out the top five, adding $11.7 million to its $58.1 million domestic total.
According to a report from Variety, Dope and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising actress Kiersey Clemons is the top choice to play the female lead in The Flash movie, with Variety’s sources stating the character is likely to be that of Iris West. In the comics, West is a journalist and friend of Barry Allen, the alter ego of the Flash, played by Ezra Miller who made his debut as Allen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and reprises the role in Justice League. Over at THR, film reporter Borys Kit says Clemons’ casting is not a done deal adding that British singer-songwriter and Southpaw actress Rita Ora is also in the mix as well as Sing Street breakout Lucy Boynton. Dope director Rick Famuyiwa will helm The Flash, working from a script by Seth Grahame-Smith, which is based on a treatment by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The story is said to be a team-up/buddy-type movie between the Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg. The Flash is expected to start filming sometime this year for a 2018 release date.
In a report from Empire Magazine – Amblin, the production company founded by Steven Spielberg famously known for producing science-fiction classics like E.T., Back To The Future and Gremlins – is heading back to the alien/sci-fi genre for a new project entitled The Fall - an alien invasion thriller, from a script by Australian writer Pete Bridges. The story involves a divorced couple who attempts to rescue their children who are home alone in an Atlanta suburb during an alien invasion. There’s no word on who will star or direct with Empire stating it is unlikely Spielberg will helm the picture. Spielberg will next be filming the sci-fi adaptation Ready Player One, which has already begun production in London. After that, he has an adaptation of The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara followed by a fifth Indiana Jones film, which locks his schedule up until through 2019.
The folks over at That Hashtag Show caught up with X-Men and Deadpool producer Simon Kinberg at the Saturn Awards recently where the writer/producer confirmed the targeted filming date of Deadpool 2, while also teasing a new X-Men movie. Speaking about the status of Wolverine, Kinberg also teased Deadpool 2, saying they’ll be shooting Deadpool 2 at the beginning of next year. As for the long in development Gambit, Kinberg said they have a great script and hope to shoot that movie at the beginning of spring of next year.
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Some new set pics from the rebooted The Mummy have arrived online, giving us a first look at the featured monster Sofia Boutella as the Mummy. Boutella first broke out as Samuel L. Jackson’s murderous henchwoman in Kingsman: The Secret Service and now co-stars in this month’s Star Trek Beyond. Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the first two Star Trek films directs The Mummy, which is intended to be the beginning of a connected series of Universal Monster movies. Tom Cruise heads the first installment, playing a military-type protagonist who is spurred into action when Boutella’s ancient queen is resurrected. The story takes place in present day London and also stars Russell Crowe as Dr. Henry Jekyll alongside Courtney B. Vance and Jake Johnson. The Mummy opens in theaters on June 9, 2017.
A few new clips from Jason Bourne have been released online giving us a better look at the highly anticipated sequel many thought would never come. Director Paul Greengrass and star Matt Damon return with Damon also officially working as a screenwriter alongside Greengrass and Christopher Rouse though Damon doesn’t have a final screenwriting credit. Jason Bourne finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows in a post Snowden world. Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, with Julia Stiles also reprising her role in the series. Frank Marshall also returns to produce. Jason Bourne opens in theaters on July 29th.
Colby Bean writes
Hey guys, since the embargo has lifted for Ghostbusters has lifted and the reviews have started to come out and most of them have been pretty positive, which is great news, I’ve noticed people are now upset that its getting positive reviews. I’m seeing any positive review on youtube get flooded with dislikes and nasty comments about how everyone is lying and how they hope it bombs and attacking anyone that liked it. It seems like they just can’t accept that the film is actually good, why is that? Why would someone hope a movie is bad and people careers get ruined? To see all those negative things, like a Reddit thread where people want to tell people it’s bad so it bombs really upsets me especially knowing that so many people worked hard on this film and from what I’m hearing turned out good. Thanks for taking my question and tell Sinéad to keep up the incredible work.
Hi Collider movie crew, you guys are the best. Now that June has ended we are halfway through the year and I was wondering, what are the best movies of the year in your opinion? Thanks and keep up the good work!
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