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‘Dunkirk’ Claims Box Office Victory With $50.5 Million Opening
Riding strong word of mouth and rave reviews, Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $50.5 million, blowing by the $30-40 million pre-weekend projections set by independent trackers. By comparison, director Christopher Nolan’s previous film, “Interstellar,” made $49.5 million over a five-day opening in November 2014, and went on to nearly post a 4x multiple with a $188 million domestic total. IMAX, which supplied the cameras for the project, played a major factor in pushing the film past projection windows. On 402 IMAX screens, “Dunkirk” made $11.7 million for a per screen average »
- Jeremy Fuster
Michelle Pfeiffer Will Play Janet Van Dyne In Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’
Amidst the hype for “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel Studios announced at its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con that Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet Van Dyne, the long-lost wife of Hank Pym and the original Wasp in next summer’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” In the first “Ant-Man,” Van Dyne was a Shield agent who fought alongside Pym using the Ant-Man and Wasp suits they developed together. The two worked extremely well together, but in 1987, their partnership…and marriage…came to a tragic end when they were tasked with stopping a Soviet missile from killing millions of innocent. »
- Jeremy Fuster and Umberto Gonzalez
‘Atomic Blonde’: Charlize Theron Addresses James Bond Rumors, ‘Mad Max’ Sequel, and Women Who Kick Ass
Charlize Theron is a woman who kicks ass, onscreen and off. Not only does the South-African-American actress portray awesome action stars like Furiosa in “Mad Max: Fury Road” and Lorraine in the upcoming “Atomic Blonde,” but she’s out there producing movies with female leads and advocating for more women in all aspects of the film industry.
“I always say to studios, ‘Make more female-driven movies — not just actors, but producers, directors, writers.’ And they always say, ‘We would if they go see them.’ So go see them. We need you guys to support us,” Theron said. “We need you guys to make it clear we’re just as good as the guys.”
“Plus, we have boobs. They don’t have boobs.”
Speaking during Entertainment Weekly’s “Women Who Kick Ass” panel at Comic-Con Saturday afternoon, Theron discussed her new film, including a sex scene that subverts genre expectations, rumors »
- Ben Travers
Steven Spielberg: Iron Giant Is Major Part of ‘Ready Player One’
During a panel discussion at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, Spielberg said that after reading Ernest Cline’s best-selling novel about a virtual reality-addicted future, his first thought was “They’re going to need a younger director.”
Spielberg was joined onstage by Cline and the film’s stars, Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller. Fans in Hall H were treated to a trailer for a film that overflowed with shout-outs to several geek staples. The gaming world that “Ready Player One” depicts enables players to interact with characters from pop culture staples from the ’80s and ’90s, such as “The Iron Giant,” “Tron,” “Akira,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Back to the Future,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” to name a few.
“When I read Ernie’s book »
- Brent Lang
'Wonder Woman' Sequel Officially Confirmed at Comic-Con!
Wonder Woman 2 is a go!
Review: 'Wonder Woman': The Best Movie to Come Out of the DC Extended Universe Thus Far
Raking in approximately $767.7 million worldwide since its premiere in early June, Wonder Woman is the DC Extended Universe's most profitable adaptation yet, and broke records for director Patty Jenkins as the highest-grossing live-action film directed by a woman.
A source revealed to Et back in June that Jenkins was at work on a sequel script, though she has not yet been confirmed to direct.
“The story will take place in the U.S., which »
‘The Flash’ Movie Getting Retooled as a ‘Flashpoint’ Adaptation; Could This Affect the DCEU?
Today at the Comic-Con panel for DC, Warner Bros. revealed that their The Flash movie would be based on the 2011 comic book series Flashpoint. For those unfamiliar with the comics, which were written by Geoff Johns (who now oversees the Dceu), Flashpoint is essentially a big reset button. Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) runs so fast that he travels back in time and prevents his mother from being killed. However, thanks to The Butterfly Effect, this has major repercussions across the DC universe. The Season 3 premiere of The Flash TV series also attempted their own version of Flashpoint … »
- Matt Goldberg
Pamela Adlon Joins Cast Of ‘Transformers’ Spinoff ‘Bumblebee’
Exclusive: Pamela Adlon, fresh off a Best Comedy Series Actress Emmy nomination for her FX series Better Things, is in negotiations to join the cast of Bumblebee, Paramount’s first spinoff of its Transformers franchise. Kubo and the Two Strings helmer Travis Knight is directing the pic, which is being toplined by Hailee Steinfeld. Adlon will play Steinfeld’s mother in the movie scripted by Christina Hodson. The story is mostly under wraps, but it originated from Michael… »
Ben Affleck Denies He's Exiting as Batman
Ben Affleck tried to set the record straight about his future as Batman, saying he plans to remain part of the DC Extended Universe.
The move came a day after The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the studio was exploring options to potentially set the stage for a Batman recasting.
"Let me be very clear," Affleck said Saturday during Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel, "I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in the universe. I'm so thrilled to do it. It's fucking amazing."
He said that after two film appearances »
- Borys Kit
Sylvester Stallone Once Again Hints That Ivan Drago — or His Son — Will Appear in ‘Creed 2’
Sylvester Stallone’s Instagram has become to go-to spot for updates on “Creed II.” After teasing that Ivan Drago will return in the sequel to Ryan Coogler’s “Rocky” spinoff and that the “sins of the father” will be a factor as well, Sly more or less confirmed that a Drago will appear — though it may not be the original.
“Just Done …. if you are curious , around 439 handwritten pages translates into about a 120 page typed screenplay…#writers cramp #rockybalboa #drago #adoniscreed #MGM,” he wrote alongside a picture of the notebook that apparently contains the handwritten screenplay for “Creed II.” That second hashtag is of the most interest to viewers ready to see Dolph Lundgren reprise his role as the fierce Russian boxer who kills Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in the ring.
Read MoreSylvester Stallone Pays Tribute to ‘Rocky »
- Michael Nordine
George R.R. Martin Says a New Book Is Coming Next Year — Maybe Even Two
“A Song of Ice and Fire” readers have been waiting so long for George R.R. Martin to finish writing “The Winds of Winter” that some believe he’ll never do so. The most recent season of “Game of Thrones” covered much of what’s coming in the sixth installment of Martin’s hugely popular fantasy novels, and the most recent book, “A Dance with Dragons,” was published way back in 2011; Martin still has to finish the series with “A Dream of Spring.”
Read More‘Game of Thrones’: How Fruitcake Was Used in the Season 7 Premiere’s Most Stomach-Churning Sequence
In a new blog post, Martin says that readers “will have a Westeros book from me in 2018.” There’s a catch, though: It might be the first volume of “Fire and Blood,” about the history of the Targaryen dynasties, rather than “Winds of Winter.”
Read More‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs: »
- Michael Nordine
Ben Affleck Still Really Wants to Be Batman: ‘If the Batphone Rings, I Will Answer’
Rumors swirled this week that Ben Affleck’s tenure as the Caped Crusader isn’t long for this cinematic universe. As part of the “Justice League” panel at Comic-Con yesterday, however, Batfleck shot those rumors down: “Let me be clear. I’m the luckiest guy. Batman is the coolest fucking part in any universe, DC, Marvel,” he said while promoting the upcoming superhero movie.
Read More‘Justice League’ Trailer: Wonder Woman, Batman, and the Rest of the Squad Team Up in New Comic-Con Preview — Watch
“I’m so excited to do it. I think there’s this misconception that because I’m not directing it I’m not doing it, but I’m so excited to be Batman,” he added. Affleck was originally slated to not only star in a standalone “Batman” movie following “Justice League,” but direct it as well; that’s no longer the case.
Ahead of the “Justice League” trailer, »
- Michael Nordine
‘Dunkirk’ Leads Global Box Office With $105.9 Million Debut
“Dunkirk” is soaring to first place at the global box office.
Christopher Nolan’s latest looks to beat out expectations on the domestic end with $50.5 million. On top of that, the World War II epic is bringing in $55.4 million on 10,775 screens in 46 overseas markets, which will give it a $105.9 global debut.
The U.K. is the top international territory for “Dunkirk,” with an estimated $12.4 million on 1,313 screens. Korea is next, accounting for $10.3 million from 1,252 screens. Other leading territories include France ($4.9 million from 668 screens) and Australia ($4.7 million from 535 screens).
Imax is a major player in Warner Bros. and Nolan’s plan for the film. $19 million of the international grosses came from 634 Imax screens in 44 markets. In the U.S., the movie got a massive Imax rollout on 402 screens, and is bringing in $11.7 million there. About three-quarters of the film was shot with Imax’s extremely high-resolution 2D film cameras.
- Seth Kelley
Sundance Hit Patti Cake$ Shares Exclusive Images Ahead Of Its Release
In anticipation of the Patti Cake$ release on August 18, Fox Searchlight has provided CinemaBlend with a series of exclusives images from Geremy Jasper's film, which follows an aspiring young rapper (MacDonald) who is desperately trying to break free from the mean streets of Lodi, New »
Steven Soderbergh Has Already Shot Another Movie – Using an iPhone
Next month, after a four-year absence from filmmaking, it’s time to praise the heavens because Steven Soderbergh has another movie coming to theaters, Logan Lucky. It looks like we might not have to wait long for his follow-up to the new heist movie, either. Soderbergh has already shot another movie, titled Unsane, on an iPhone. Below, learn more about the Steven Soderbergh iPhone […]
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- Jack Giroux
‘Landline’ Dials In With Top Number; ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10M – Specialty Box Office
Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures opened mid-’90s-set comedy Landline with Jenny Slate, Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, Jay Duplass and John Turturro in four theaters Friday, easily capturing the best per-theater average among the specialties opening this frame and the second-best overall at just over $13,000. The 2017 Sundance title was a stand-out in an otherwise fairly slow weekend for limited-release films trying to carve a niche as counter-programming to summer blockbusters… »
‘Blade Runner 2049’ Timeline Tells Us All We Need to Know About What Happens Between the Original and the Sequel
A lot happens between now and 2049. That’s one of the takeaways from yesterday’s “Blade Runner 2049” panel at Comic-Con, where Warner Bros. revealed much of what goes down between the original film (set in 2019 and released in 1982) and the upcoming sequel. Here are some of the key events:
2018: Replicants are declared illegal under penalty of death following a bloody mutiny.
2022: Replicants are blamed for the Blackout, which shuts down cities for weeks, crashes financial markets, and leads to food shortages.
2025: Niander Wallace (Jared Leto) brings an end to the global food crisis.
2030s: Wallace, who now owns the Tyrell Corporation, uses genetic engineering to make Replicants more obedient and easier to control. »
- Michael Nordine
Rupert Penry-Jones on ‘The Strain’ Season 4 and Quinlan’s Role in the Final Episodes
In its fourth and final season, the FX series The Strain has seen nine months pass since a global nuclear apocalypse was set off, allowing the strigoi to gain control and the Master to establish a totalitarian regime. The majority of humans are now working for the strigoi as part of The Partnership, where they must collaborate or die, and the heroes that we’ve been rooting for have disbanded and will have to overcome personal hardship and stay alive long enough to possibly make it back to each other and save humankind. During this 1-on-1 phone interview … »
- Christina Radish
Weekend Box Office: ‘Dunkirk’ Takes the Lead with $50.5 Million
Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk will prove to be the winner of the weekend at the box office by quite a large gait, bringing in $50.5 million at the domestic market, according to estimates. And as I said yesterday, it's a win tied almost exclusively to the name recognition of Mr. Nolan, who has a bit of a history of bringing audiences in for movies they might otherwise skip like the faux-cerebral head-trip known as Inception. With the exception of marquee names Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, and Terrence Malick, very few directors have been capable of getting … »
- Chris Cabin
‘Unlocked’ Trailer: Noomi Rapace and Orlando Bloom Are On The Run
It’s been a long time since the original Bourne trilogy, and terrorism thrillers – even last year’s continuation of that franchise, Jason Bourne – don’t have quite the same appeal that they used to. I don’t know if it’s because we’re too far from the events of September 11, 2001, or if these movies can sometimes […]
- Ben Pearson
‘Dunkirk’ Takes Box Office By Storm With $55.4M No. 1 Spot For $105M+ Global Opening; ‘Valerian’ $23.5M Start – Int’l Box Office
Christopher Nolan’s epic WWII film Dunkirk has dominated both international and domestic marketplaces this weekend, with an overseas take of $55.4M for distributor Warner Bros. The film, which chronicles the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force and Allied troops from the French seaport of Dunkerque as they battled the Nazis, opened in 46 international markets this weekend and was on Imax in 42 of those markets with a handful of 70mm engagements on its overall… »
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