Collider Movie Talk: Oscar Recap; ‘Gambit’ Removed from Schedule

     February 29, 2016


On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (February 29th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Dennis Tzeng and Kristian Harloff discuss the following:

  • Oscar recap
  • Weekend box office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
  • Gambit movie dropped from Fox’s schedule
  • Alien: Covenant and The Predator release dates announced
  • Ben Affleck re-wrote script for Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice
  • Sam Raimi to make World War 3 movie
  • Movies that age badly
  • Who should win an honorary Oscar?
  • And much more

revenant-poster-leonardo-dicaprioLast night was the 2016 Academy Awards and the winners were a mix of locks with a ton of surprises. Spotlight won best picture over favored The Revenant. Though it missed out on best picture, The Revenant didn’t go home empty handed. It won best director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, best cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki and finally, best actor for its star Leonardo DiCaprio. The other big winners of the night: Best Actress went to Brie Larson for Room, best supporting actress went to Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl and Mark Rylance won for Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies. For best Adapted Screenplay The Big Short won top honors with Spotlight winning best original screenplay. Inside Out took home best animated movie.

It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC Theaters. Continuing its domination at the box office, Deadpool, was No. 1 in its third weekend in a row bringing in $31.5 million dollars. Taking the No. 2 spot was Gods of Egypt with $14 million. Kung Fu Panda 3 took the No. 3 spot with 9 million. Risen at No 4 with 7 million and at No 5, Eddie the Eagle bringing in 6.3 million. The other wide release, Triple 9, couldn’t crack the top 5, bringing in only 6.1 million.

There seems to be a number of problems surrounding 20th Century Fox’s solo X-Men Film Gambit that Fox has now decided to pull it completely from its 2016 release schedule, dating two unnamed Marvel films instead. The movie starring Channing Tatum, went through a number of directors before finally settling on Edge of Tomorrow’s Doug Liman. No word on when the movie will be released now. The two mystery Marvel films will now drop on October 6, 2017 and January 12, 2018.

Speaking of release dates, while Gambit struggles to the starting gate, Fox is moving forward on their Alien and Predator films. Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant will now debut on August 4, 2017 going up against Pitch Perfect 3 in theatres. The Predator, the highly-anticipated movie with a script by Shane Black and Monster Squad director Fred Dekker, will arrive in theaters on March 2, 2018.

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As the hype for Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice hits a fever pitch, US Weekly is now reporting that Batman himself, Ben Affleck, would tweak the script while on set and dressed as the Batman. The report also claims that Affleck wasn’t thrilled with the script in question so he would find the time on multiple occasions to rework it.

Now that his work on Ash vs. Evil Dead is over, Sam Raimi is on to his next directing gig. Variety is reporting that the Spider-Man and Evil Dead director will helm the feature World War 3 based on predictions from George Friedman’s nonfiction best-selling book “The Next 100 Years.” In the 2009 book, the author and renowned strategist predicts the future of our world based on existing intelligence and data that includes a new Cold War with new technologies that will change the way we live and fight our wars. There is no release date as of yet.


Kevin Rockhead writes,

Long time watcher from London in the UK. I love all the shows you do and look forward to the Schmoes being official part of the family.

My question is regarding movies ageing. I was following the Oscars ceremony on The Guardian newspaper website as they were tweeting regular updates as to what was happening. When Inarritu won, one of the journalists commented that Birdman has aged badly in the past year (an opinion I totally disagree with). In your opinion which movies have aged badly (or not at all) and what is it that makes some movies age badly while others are almost timeless?

Alex Caviness writes,

Hey guys, love the show. Been watching since Schnepp was just a disembodied head on a webcam. I was wondering who you would choose to give an honorary Oscar to for their career in film?



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