Director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, received mostly positive reviews when it released in 2013, but ultimately underperformed at the box office. The second entry in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU), Snyder’s sequel Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, encountered an overwhelmingly negative response from critics and lukewarm audience sentiment, despite making $ 873 million. Similarly, the third film in the franchise, David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, wound up with terrible reviews but still surpassed expectations. Everything changed this year, when Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman received widespread critical acclaim and overwhelming audience support, becoming one of the best-reviewed superhero movies of all time and the highest-grossing superhero origin movie in history. Now, Justice League hopes to ride Wonder Woman’s coattails and deliver a fun, hopeful film that lives up to the legacy of the iconic superhero ›››
As of the end of the day Wednesday, the month-to-date gross is less than $ 6 million shy of becoming the largest September ever. Much of the month’s $ 620+ million is thanks to the record performance from It, which has grossed over $ 272 million domestically and $ 500 million globally. The month should become the largest September ever by the end of day today and this weekend offers one last chance to add to the total with new releases including Tom Cruise’s American Made and Sony’s Flatliners … Box Office Mojo – Top Stories
“What’s your favorite thing about working with Chris?” Warner Bros has launched their final round of marketing for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, arriving in theaters this month. One of their latest featurettes is a roundtable discussion between the four young actors who star in the film as soldiers: Jack Lowden, Fionn Whitehead, Tom Glynn-Carney, and Harry Styles. The film is an intense, rescue story set in 1940 at the beginning of WWII. When Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France were surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in France, they had to evacuate by civilian boats across the English channel to get home safely. We’ve seen plenty ofother trailers for Dunkirk so far, but it’s cool that they’re promoting this with a discussion among the actors talking about making this film. I’m very excited to see it. ›››
We’re just 17 days away from the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the onslaught of marketing for the Marvel Studios sequel is in full swing. New TV spots are hitting the web all the time, and two more have just arrived. One of them features another roll call of all the Guardians of the Galaxy, including the new additions of Karen Gillan as Nebula and Michael Rooker as Yondu, though there’s no spot for Pom Klementieff as Mantis.
In addition, Jimmy Kimmel Live (which will have the entire Guardians of the Galaxy cast on the show this evening) recently aired a segment revealing that Jimmy Kimmel’s lovable sidekick Guillermo was given a small role in the Marvel sequel. Guillermo gets some invaluable advice from cast members like Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell before he shoots his big scene and you can watch all of this below.
Guillermo Meets Star-Lord and Ego, the Living Planet
Jimmy Kimmel’s parking lot security guard turned TV personality went to the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to shoot a small cameo. But before he makes his big screen debut, Guillermo gets some acting tips to help him, but it looks like we won’t get to see how his performance turned out since he appears to barely appear in the final cut of the movie. What is interesting though is where this scene featuring Guillermo takes place.
Guillermo is playing a police office clearing people away from some kind of amorphous, electrified blob in the middle of a town. That means there is some kind of action sequence that takes place on Earth. Is this a threat that will finally bring Star-Lord back to Earth since he was taken away from his home planet as a kid? We don’t know what these scenes on Earth deal with, but we do know that the background will feature the Simon Williams Film Festival, which features a movie that has Nathan Fillion playing Simon Williams, playing Tony Stark. We don’t think it will play a prominent role in the movie, but it’s a great easter egg nonetheless.
Otherwise, here’s one of the new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 TV spots:
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 lands in theaters May 5.
Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.
“You hear that?” It’s almost time. 20th Century Fox has released two promo spots for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, his follow-up to Prometheus and return to the Alien universe. These new spots are labeled as “Crew Messages”, and are essentially video recordings from the crew itself. One of them features Katherine Waterston as Daniels, the other one features Billy Crudup as Christopher Oram. The full cast includes Michael Fassbender, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. The footage starts out with each of them talking to the camera, but then cuts in with POV footage of them on the mission until things go awry and the transmission ends. These are pretty cool, a good way to continue to keep us hyped for this movie. See below. ›››
“All of this, to start our new life.” Yes! Only one month to go. 20th Century Fox has released three new TV spots for Ridley Scott’s return to the Alien universe (following Prometheus), with Alien: Covenant. These spots are titled “Run”, “Pray”, and “Hide”, which is the perfect way to tease this movie – the same taglines they’ve used on the teaserposters as well. The huge ensemble cast of this sci-fi thriller includes: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, James Franco, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Callie Hernandez, Demián Bichir, Jussie Smollett, Uli Latukefu, Benjamin Rigby, and Amy Seimetz. These are short, but sweet TV spots, with just the right amount of footage and scares and thrills. The marketing for this movie has been pitch perfect so far, I just hope the movie lives up to the hype. ›››
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
Alien: Covenant stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, Benjamin Rigby, and James Franco.
“She’ll fight on the beaches. She’ll fight in the fields, in the streets. But she’ll never surrender.” Warner Bros has started revealing new TV spots for Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated new WWII action thriller Dunkirk, about the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 at the beginning of WWII. We’re still waiting for the new trailer to debut, but these TV spots have arrived online first, and they’re all worth watching. Starring Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Kenneth Branagh, James D’Arcy, Harry Styles, Aneurin Barnard, Jack Lowden, and Adam Long. When Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France were surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in France at the start of WWII, they had to evacuate by boat across the English channel. This is looking better the more they show. More intensity, more urgency. ›››
“Ray, why can’t you be more like your brother, the parking lot king of Minnesota?” is probably a question Ray has heard time and time again. Ray, a balding man without much luck or success, blames his wealthy older brother for his failures. The rivalry between the two brothers will probably lead to some big laughs and tragic deaths when season three of Fargo premieres next month on FX.
Below, watch two new Fargo season 3 TV spots, featuring a first-look at Ewan McGregor as the almighty Parking Lot King.
Set in 2010 and four years after the events of Fargo season one, creator Noah Hawley‘s next Coen Brothers-inspired morality tale has two brothers who went completely different directions in life. Ray believes he got the short end of the stick, while Emmit prides himself as a good family man and all-around American success story. The wealthy and respected man gets a real kick out of the stamp he licks in this new Fargo promo:
McGregor’s proud expression at the end of this promo is wonderful. We haven’t seen the actor in too many comedies, but it’s easy to recall plenty of scenes, especially when he played Edward Bloom in Big Fish, in which he’s hilarious. We have high hopes for the T2 Trainspotting star in dual roles.
Another actor we’re excited to hear speak Hawley’s dialogue? Carrie Coon, who’s playing the Chief of the local police department, Gloria Burgle, who can’t wrap her head around why some people are more interested in staring at their phones than the world around them. Here she is again:
Appearances are often deceiving on Fargo. Burgle may walk away confused and defeated by an automatic door, but a little trouble with an automatic door doesn’t automatically mean the Chief of Police isn’t someone to be reckoned with. We’ll see what sort of Fargo cop she is soon enough. We’ll also soon see not one but two Carrie Coon performances on cable at the same time. Three days before the FX series returns, the final season of The Leftovers premieres. Sometimes life isn’t so bad after all.
Here’s the official synopsis for Fargo‘s new season, which co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Stuhlbarg, and more:
Set in 2010, the third installment of Fargo centers on Emmit and his slightly younger brother Ray Stussy (Ewan McGregor). Emmit, the Parking Lot King of Minnesota, sees himself as an American success story, whereas Ray is more of a cautionary tale. Forever living in his more successful brother’s shadow, Ray is a balding and pot-bellied parole officer with a huge chip on his shoulder about the hand he’s been dealt – and he blames his brother. Their sibling rivalry follows a twisted path that begins with petty theft but soon leads to murder, mobsters and cut-throat competitive bridge.
Carrie Coon stars as Gloria Burgle, the steady chief of the local police department. A newly divorced mother, Gloria is trying to understand the new world around her, where people connect more intimately with their phones than with the people around them. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as Ray’s girlfriend, Nikki Swango, a crafty and alluring recent parolee with a passion for competitive bridge. David Thewlis stars as V.M. Vargas, a mysterious loner and true capitalist whose bosses plan to partner with Emmit, whether The Parking Lot King likes it or not.
There are some really big movies hitting theaters this month. Logan is in theaters now, Kong: Skull Island arrives next week (and it’s fantastic), Beauty and the Beast arrives on March 17 (and it’s also pretty good), Power Rangers follows on March 24, and then we come to Paramount’s contribution to a surprisingly packed blockbuster month: Ghost in the Shell.
Based on the acclaimed manga of the same name, Ghost in the Shell takes Scarlett Johansson into the future as a new cyber-enhanced soldier who is part of a team tasked with taking down dangerous criminals. However, slowly the secret behind her creation starts to be revealed, and it has far more sinister origins.
Watch a batch of new Ghost in the Shell TV spots to see more from the film.
Paramount has really been selling that slow-motion shot of Major (Johansson) crashing through that giant window before unloading on some kind of shady business meeting. Hopefully they’re holding back some of the better action sequences for audiences to see in theaters at the end of the month.
As someone who has never really enjoyed the aesthetic of manga or anime, but is always interested in the stories, I’m interested to see this one brought to life in live-action form on the big screen. Though I will say that I would have much rather had the adaptation be more true to the source material by giving an Asian woman the chance to take the lead.
In addition to Scarlett Johansson, the rest of the cast includes Pilou Asbaek, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche and Michael Pitt.
If you want to see more from Ghost in the Shell, watch the most recent trailer right here.
In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind: A human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her and stop them before they do it to others.