On this episode of Collider Movie Talk (August 8th, 2016) Mark Ellis, Jon Schnepp, Kristian Harloff and Ashley Mova discuss the following:
- Box Office report (Brought to you by AMC Theatres)
- Suicide Squad deleted scenes reveal a darker cut of the movie
- New Rogue One trailer to air during Olympics on Thursday
- Simon Kinberg explains delays to Gambit movie
- Jimmy Smits confirms cameo in Rogue One
- First TV Spot released for Doctor Strange
- Judd Apatow calls out MPAA over Suicide Squad rating
- Mail Bag
It’s Monday which means it’s time for the weekend box office report brought to you by our friends at AMC theatres. DC’s Cinematic Universe might be taking it on the chin as far as critical reviews are concerned but that’s not stopping the fans from flocking to see the movie in theatres. Suicide Squad, the David Ayer directed epic featuring the Worst, Heroes, Ever opened to a record breaking $135.1 million at the box office for an easy No 1. Suicide Squad now holds the largest August opening weekend ever, topping Guardians of the Galaxy’s $94.3 million from 2014. In the No 2 spot comes Universal’s Jason Bourne, taking in an estimated $22.7 million, dropping 61.6% after taking the top spot at last weekend’s box office. Bad Moms took the No 3 spot with $14.2 million, dropping only 40.4%, bringing the $20 million budgeted comedy to $51 million domestic. The Secret Life of Pets took in another $11.5 million for a No 4 finish and rounding out the top five was Star Trek Beyond, which took the No 5 spot with $10.2 million for a total of $127.9 million dollars domestic.
Suicide Squad just secured the record of having the biggest August opening weekend in the history of the box office. And now, as we’re starting to hear more and more about trouble behind the scenes, a user on Reddit has revealed many scenes that were cut from the film, adding more fuel to the fire that WB wanted a lighter tone over the dark cut originally planned. According to Dark Horizons via the Reddit user, the scenes include a detailed opening of June Moone’s possession by Enchantress, Deadshot in the prison cell, watching the rain fall and thinking about his daughter; El Diablo being escorted to a training center and being placed in a tube that fills with water; an early interview of Captain Boomerang’s racism and sexism that were reportedly directed at Katana; a backstory for Killer Croc; an ace Chemicals scene where Harley jumps into the chemicals, along with several scenes with the Joker and Harley that showed their relationship as more abusive rather than loving. Ayer has said that the theatrical cut is also his director’s cut, but that doesn’t mean another version of the film is out of the question. For a more detailed look at the scenes, visit the accompanied link above
Jyn Erso is coming to the Rio Olympics. As revealed in a new commercial from Disney and Lucasfilm, the next trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will air this Thursday during the Summer Games coverage on NBC. The announcement spot, featuring footage from the previous trailer, was caught by a Twitter user and posted online, after which Lucasfilm confirmed the trailer debut in a tweet. It’s unclear exactly what we’ll see, but at the film’s panel during Star Wars Celebration Europe, they screened footage that, among other things, revealed Darth Vader’s big-screen return. Rogue One, directed by Godzilla’s Gareth Edwards, is set in the years between Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars IV: A New Hope. The latest film in the saga is the first official standalone movie from Lucasfilm and will premiere later this year on Dec. 16.
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20th Century Fox, the studio behind X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, previously announced they were working on another spin-off, Gambit, with Channing Tatum as the lead. However, earlier this year, it was announced that Gambit had been delayed for relatively unknown reasons. Now Simon Kinberg – writer and producer of various X-Men films – has shed some light into the reasons why the film has been delayed, citing ‘tone’ as the main reason. While Deapool took ten years in development to get right, Kinberg acknowledges that Gambit won’t take as long to get right. Speaking to Slash Film about the movie in development, Kinberg said that it’s just about getting a screenplay that is worthy of the Gambit character, and that he thinks they’re really close now. Gambit has yet to be officially dated for release but up next we’ll see Wolverine 3 on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018.
When the initial announcement that Star Wars spin-off Rogue One would be set between Episodes III and IV, fans of the sci-fi saga began wondering which classic characters would appear in the film. While LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy ruled out appearances by a young Han Solo and Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, a few other familiar faces have been confirmed to appear from the prequels, most notably that of actor Genevieve O’Reilly who reprises her role as Mon Mothma from the prequels. Now, another actor has confirmed they will be back once more. Speaking on The Talk, Jimmy Smits confirmed he will be back as Bail Organa, Princess Leia’s adopted father. While playing coy about his answer, Smits was happy to mention he has a “small part” that will just be a minor “cameo.” Eagle eyed fans already figured Smits was in the movie when his role was briefly identified during the behind the scenes snippet released during Star Wars Celebrations. Whether his role is a minor cameo or something more remains to be seen when Rogue One A Star Wars Story hits theatres this December 16th.
Marvel and Disney have released the first TV spot for Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch. In the spot are a few new scenes that can be picked out, including a bit more of Mads Mikkelsen‘s villain attacking the city, with the main focus still on Strange’s introduction to the world of magical powers and his spiritual enlightenment. Doctor Strange stars Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange, along with Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, and Mads Mikkelsen. The film opens in theatres this November 4th.
It’s been said many times by industry insiders that the MPAA doesn’t really care about violence in movies as long as it’s bloodless. You can usually pack as much carnage as you want into your movie and get away with a PG-13. Comedian and filmmaker Mike Birbiglia has recently given his two cents on the matter, putting the PG-13 rating of Suicide Squad in his sights. Birbiglia’s new film Don’t Think Twice was recently given an R rating by the MPAA because his actors in the movie occasionally swear and smoke pot. The official reason given for the rating include “language and some drug use.” Some are saying that’s a low blow for a movie that is perfectly acceptable for the 14 and over set, all of whom will be able to buy tickets to see Suicide Squad, which earned its PG-13 despite containing a large amount of violence and gunplay. Birbiglia made his thoughts known on Twitter, saying “Suicide Squad has machine gun killings and bombings and got a PG-13 rating. Don’t Think Twice gets an R because adults smoke pot. Confusing?” Director Judd Apatow then jumped into the discussion, responding to the tweet, saying that studios own the ratings board. The conversation shines a light on a bigger discussion many have regarding the MPAA ratings, which most considering it to be outdated and only benefiting the studio marketing divisions rather than moviegoers.
Orlando Orrego writes:
Hey guys, I love all of the new shows. My question may need to be explained to fans that may not know what I am about to ask. So I was wondering about the Flash movie and the bad reception DC Movies are getting.
Do you think Flashpoint can fix the DC movie universe? With the critics not liking BVS and Suicide Squad, it would be smart for WB to just reset the universe. I understand that Wonder Woman and Justice League coming out but Flash could fix the problems with what’s happening with the universe. And in 2018 we will have sole movies for Aquaman, Batman, and finally a Man of Steel 2. What do you guys think? Thanks for taking my question.
P.S. I would love for John Schnepp to answer this on collider heroes or movietalk.
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