‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Tops Weekend with $21M+ Opening as ‘Logan Lucky’ Falls Short

Lionsgate and Summit’s action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard finished ahead of pre-weekend expectations and took the #1 spot at the weekend box office while WB and New Line’s Annabelle: Creation scored a second place finish over its sophomore frame. The weekend wasn’t too kind, however, to Bleecker’s Logan Lucky, which did manage to finish third, but was unable to crack double digits from over 3,000 locations. As for the weekend overall, the top twelve narrowly escaped becoming the worst wee…
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The Trailer and Poster for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky!

The Trailer and Poster for Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky!

The trailer and poster for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky!

Fingerprint Releasing and Bleecker Street have revealed the trailer and poster for Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, opening in theaters on August 18. To coincide with the debut, Channing Tatum served as Grand Marshal of the Coca-Cola 600 today at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the movie was also filmed.

The synopsis: Trying to reverse a family curse, brothers Jimmy (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) set out to execute an elaborate robbery during the legendary Coca-Cola 600 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Logan Lucky stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough, Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterson, Dwight Yoakam, Sebastian Stan, Brian Gleeson, Jack Quaid, with Hilary Swank and introducing Daniel Craig as Joe Bang. Written by Rebecca Blunt, the film is produced by Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Channing Tatum, and Reid Carolin.

What do you think about the trailer and poster? Let us know in the comments below!

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Steven Soderbergh Calls ‘Logan Lucky’ The Anti-Glam ‘Ocean’s 11’

Logan Lucky plot details

When Steven Soderbergh first read Rebecca Blunt’s script, Logan Lucky, it was to make a suggestion for who should direct. This was in the fall of 2014 after the Traffic and Magic Mike director announced his retirement from moviemaking. After reading Blunt’s script, though, Soderbergh was inspired enough to return to features.

His first theatrical release since 2013’s Side Effects comes out this August. Logan Lucky is another heist movie from Soderbergh, but he describes it as an “inversion of an Ocean’s movie,” without the gloss and cool factor. Below, the director shares some Logan Lucky plot details and discusses his return to directing movies.

The Logan siblings have big plans for an upcoming Nascar race, the Coca-Cola 600. Before the day of the event, Jimmy (Channing Tatum), Clyde (Adam Driver) and Mellie Logan (Riley Keough) are going to try to rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway. They’re maybe not the best of the best (they’re not the kind of team Danny Ocean would assemble), but at least they’re not alone. The siblings will get a helping hand from Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a man with a knack for blowing open vaults and great (and appropiate) name.

Before they can all pull off the heist, they’ll face another hurdle: getting Joe Bang out of prison.

According to Entertainment Weekly, that’s the basic gist of Logan Lucky. Soderbergh found the Logan family’s heist compared to his past work “familiar” but “different enough”:

On the most obvious level, it’s the complete inversion of an Ocean’s movie. It’s an anti-glam version of an Ocean’s movie. Nobody dresses nice. Nobody has nice stuff. They have no money. They have no technology. It’s all rubber band technology, and that’s what I thought was fun about it. It seemed familiar to me, but different enough. The landscape, the characters, and the canvass were the complete opposite of an Ocean’s film. What was weird is that I was working as a producer on Ocean’s Eight while we were shooting Logan, and it was kind of head-spinning. That’s like a proper Ocean’s film. This is a version of an Ocean’s movie that’s up on cement blocks in your front yard.

After reading the script, Soderbergh couldn’t “bear the thought of somebody else” directing Logan Lucky. Following the director’s brief retirement from movies, he turned his attention towards television by directing two seasons of The Knick and the Red Oaks pilot, and executive producing The Girlfriend Experiment and Godless. The fast-paced experience of The Knick reminded Soderbergh of what he liked about his job:

First, I was not going to be directing at all and just really take a sabbatical. Right as we were going to Cannes with Behind the Candelabra, which was in my mind going to be the official start of my enforced vacation, I got the script for The Knick. So I went from not doing anything and exploring my future as a painter to starting to shoot a ten-hour television show in four months. The Knick scared me. We had to shoot 600 pages in 73 days. I’ve worked on some films with pretty aggressive schedules. This was on another order of magnitude, and I was terrified. This was something that was keeping me up at nights, wondering if this was really too big a reach. About a week in, I realized that there was a rhythm that was actually really exhilarating to be had and we were going to make it. I was sitting there on set, realizing that this is the job that I should be doing. This is my job. I should be directing stuff. Nobody’s waiting around for my paintings. So I kind of flipped a switch. I got reconnected with what I like about the job. For a while, I was just very, very happy to be working in that form. I loved working with a ten-hour canvass. It was really fun, and I wasn’t really thinking about movies… until this script came in over the transom. If it hadn’t, I think everything would be TV oriented.

One part of the job Soderbergh is still not a fan of is the cost of distributing a movie these days. With Logan Lucky, Bleecker Street and Soderbergh’s Fingerprint Releasing are distributing the movie on 2,500 to 3,000 screens. They’re taking a different approach to distribution, which you can read more about at EW, but the director wants to answer the question: “Can you do what the studios normally do from a distribution standpoint with a lot less resources and with a much better economic structure for the people who made the film?”

Like an Ocean’s film, Logan Lucky is stacked with talent. The movie co-stars Katherine Waterston, Dwight Yoakam, Seth MacFarlane, Macon Blair, Hilary Swank, Sebastian Stan, and Katie Holmes. Here’s a pic of the Logan siblings courtesy of EW:


Logan Lucky opens in theaters August 18.

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Superhero Bits: Fanmade Logan Credits Scene, Brad Pitt Turned Down Deadpool 2 & More

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Are the old versions and new versions of Thor, Iron Man and other Marvel heroes teaming up in the comics? How many times has Wolverine slashed his claws through the whole X-Men franchise? Why did Inglourious Basterds star Brad Pitt turn down playing Cable in Deadpool 2? Want to see a fanmade post-credits scene for Logan featuring Deadpool? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Get a closer look at the new Thanos maquette that’s coming from Sideshow Collectibles in the not too distant future.

Comic Book Resources runs through 15 comic books that made them cry, including the death of Damian Wayne.

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Marvel’s Generations comic arc will have new versions of Thor, Iron Man and more fighting alongside the old ones.

Find out some things you maybe didn’t know about Guardians of the Galaxy character Yondu in this Marvel 101 video.

Batman, Superman, Deadpool, Rey, Neo, Optimus Prime and more all fight in this epic animated battle.

Iron Fist co-star Jessica Henwick offered a correction to co-creator Roy Thomas after his comments about backlash.

In case you missed all the hype over the past two days, there’s a new Justice League trailer coming tomorrow.

Rob Liefeld continued his praise for casting Zazie Beetz as Domino, mostly due to her chemistry with Ryan Reynolds.

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold in Talks to Direct Don Winslow’s ‘The Force’

James Mangold cop movie

Get excited, Cop Land fans, because director James Mangold is making another cop movie. After knocking Logan far out of the ballpark, Mangold has lined up his next project: an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s (The Cartel) upcoming novel, The Force. Stephen King called Winslow’s latest – a story about corrupt cops in New York City – “The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”

Here’s what we know.

Deadline is reporting a screenwriter will soon board the 20th Century Fox project to develop the script with Mangold. The studio picked up the book last fall in a seven-figure deal. This is not the first time one of Winslow’s novels has drawn serious heat from studios and talent. The author’s co-writer on the adaptation of his novel Savages, Shane Salerno (Avatar 3), is producing The Force along with Ridley Scott and Kevin J. Walsh (Manchester by the Sea).

Winslow’s novel follows Denny Malone, who’s been a part of the NYPD for 18 years of his life. Malone and his crew are some of the city’s toughest, dirtiest cops. They stole millions of dollars in a historic heroin bust, which doesn’t go unnoticed by the FBI. A part of Winslow’s story is whether Malone, living in a city on the verge of erupting, gives up his crew.

Here’s the official synopsis for the novel from Harper Collins:

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Based on years of research inside the NYPD, this is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban living full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting and dividing us today.

The Force sounds like another crime epic from Winslow, whose The Power of the Dog and The Cartel are massive and present entirely tangible, well-researched worlds. He always paints authentic pictures. Over the years, various works of his have interested Martin ScorseseWilliam FriedkinPeter Berg, and Michael Mann. Now we can add Mangold to that impressive list of filmmakers and keep an eye out for future developments on The Force, which sounds plenty different from Cop Land, a movie that never gets old.

Don Winslow’s The Force hits bookshelves June 20.

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Superhero Bits: Hugh Jackman’s Original Logan Ending, Red Skull Returning, Inhumans Set Photos & More

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Should the DC Expanded Universe have to change course to appease those who criticize the franchise? Why did Chris Hemsworth think he was fired from the Marvel Cinematic Universe at one point? What did Hugh Jackman originally want in the Logan ending? Did Samuel L. Jackson slip up by mentioning a certain MCU villain? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Check out a preview for the 15th episode in the 2nd season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, featuring a character’s return.

ScreenRant has an article writing about why the DC Expanded Universe shouldn’t change to appease critics.

These set photos from Inhumans production in Hawaii reveal actress Isabelle Cornish in costume as Crystal.

Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez has told her manager to seek out the chance to play Marvel’s America Chavez.

Thor Ragnarok Set Photo

Chris Hemsworth momentarily thought when he didn’t get called for Captain America: Civil War, he was being fired.

The Flash guest star Tom Cavanagh is directing an upcoming episode of The CW series, as revealed in this photo.

Logan Concept Art

Christian Cordella revealed some alternate character designs for Wolverine, Laura, Caliban and Professor X in Logan.

Edinburgh News has revealed the production schedule for Avengers: Infinity War while shooting in Scotland.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ Roars to $61M Opening While ‘Logan’ and ‘Get Out’ Stay Strong

Warner Bros and Legendary’s Kong: Skull Island delivered a strong opening weekend performance, topping the weekend box office and becoming the third film in as many weeks to outperform expectations. The other two films, Logan and Get Out, continued their successful runs as they finished in second and third position respectfully, with Logan just $ 6.3 million shy of topping The LEGO Batman Movie as the highest grossing domestic release of 2017 in just ten days. Overall, the top twelve grossed…
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Superhero Bits: Logan Concept Art, Return of Jubilee, Ant-Man Sequel Working Title & More

Logan Concept Art

What’s the working title for Ant-Man and the Wasp? Want to see some alternate designs for Wolverine‘s lair in Logan? Which superhero does each of the United States search for the most on Google? Which former Batman will guest star on Powerless? Does Logan fit into the X-Men timeline or not? Will Lana Condor return as Jubilee in the next X-Men sequel? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.

Teri Hatcher makes her return to superhero TV with this new promo for next week’s episode of Supergirl on The CW.

Comic Book Resources has some suggestions for how to make the developing Gambit movie at Fox really good.

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In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Logan star Dafne Keen talks about her audition and a possible spin-off.

Joe Manganiello says The Batman is slated to start shooting sometime this summer and isn’t worried about it at all.

Hugh Jackman paid a quick little tribute to Patrick Stewart and shared this photo of them on the set of Logan.

Ant-Man and the Wasp starts shooting this summer under the working title Cherry Blue, whatever that means.

Logan Concept Art

Concept artist Shae Shatz revealed some Logan concept art that gave Wolverine a dog and a different kind of hideout.

Some set photos from down in Hawaii give us our first look at Black Bolt in ABC’s forthcoming Inhumans TV series.

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