Box Office: The Mummy tanks for Universal

Universal Pictures was hoping a reboot of The Mummy starring Tom Cruise would launch their Dark Universe franchise.  Unfortunately for the studio, critics and audiences alike panned the film. Starring Tom Cruise, the Alex Kurtzman-directed film finished this weekend in second place with an estimated $32.2 million at the box office.  In addition to Cruise, the film stars Annabelle Wallis, Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe.  Taking into account the four…

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Black Panther: Marvel releases Teaser Trailer during NBA Finals

Marvel Studios released the teaser trailer for 2018’s Black Panther during Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals. A new synopsis for the Marvel film was also released: Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle…

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Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins not signed for sequel

It was reported today that Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has not yet signed on for the film’s sequel. I would expect that this will change soon and also come with a hefty pay raise following the film’s opening weekend.  Wonder Woman is expected to smash Tom Cruise’s The Mummy at the box office this weekend. With actress Gal Gadot playing one of the DC trinity, she has options in her contract for appearing in…

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Ghostbusters: No Reboot Sequel per Dan Aykroyd, Paul Feig blasted

Dan Aykroyd broke the news on Sunday morning that there will not be a sequel to the Ghostbusters reboot. Aykroyd made the announcement during an appearance on Sunday Brunch on Britain’s Channel 4.  Aykroyd was careful not to mention director Paul Feig’s name. “The director, he spent too much on it and he didn’t shoot scenes we suggested to him, Aykroyd said.  “Several scenes that were going to be needed, he said, ‘No, we don’t…

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Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot is NOT a Person of Color

An article on ComicBook.com drew a lot of outrage this week when the author suggested that Israeli actress Gal Gadot, who stars as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, is a person of color. It led to journalist S.I. Rosenbaum writing an epic thread on Twitter about Jewish identity, Ashkenazi/Sephardim, and whiteness.  I’d encourage you to read this thread rather than the ComicBook.com article. The line that has been drawing all the outrage is as follows: It might…

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wants Theatrical Windows to be A Thing of The Past

With Netflix starting to pursue original movies and documentaries, could theatrical windows soon be a thing of the past?  This was the big discussion that took place during the Cannes Film Festival in May given a few Netflix films being exhibited. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings made some interesting comments during Cannes about how there will come a time when the theatrical window won’t even be a thing any more.  Both Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories…

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Summer Box Office: Is Tentpole Fatigue in Play?

Memorial Day used to mark the kick-off of the summer movie box office season but that changed the minute that Sony dated Spider-Man for release at the start of May 2002. Many films released this past month have opened below studio expectations.  Are audiences tired of these tentpoles or are movies thought to be critic-proof no longer critic-proof?  Before I started writing reviews regularly, I would turn to the likes of Roger Ebert for my…

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I Have Low Expectations for Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the next movie to be released in the DC Cinematic Universe. Between Marvel and DC, it’s the first comic book movie to be released with a female lead. Unfortunately, that doesn’t say much because I don’t have high hopes for it’s success. Critically speaking, DC hasn’t done well of late with the exception of the Dark Knight trilogy starring Christian Bale. We could nick and pick all we want about what’s happened…

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Transgender drama 3 Generations gets new PG-13 rating after outrage

After an initial R rating for 3 Generations, a successful lobby campaign by The Weinstein Company and GLAAD as led to a change from an R rating into a PG-13 rating. This is so important because transgender youth need to be able to see the movie without having to go with their parents. I mean, their parents are more than welcome to go but I’d hate to be prevented from seeing a movie because of…

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Jeff Goldblum signs up for Jurassic World 2

Jeff Goldblum is returning to the Jurassic Park franchise and will reprise his role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in the follow-up to Jurassic World. Goldblum starred in both Jurassic Park and The Lost World, having taken on a larger role in the sequel. He was nowhere to be seen in the third film, Jurassic Park III, which saw the return of Sam Neill and Laura Dern in their roles as paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant and…

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