Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ID:Resurgence vs Finding Dory Showdown



 New test run now playing on Blog Talk Radio. Today's blog will be extended thru the weekend.

Friday Update:
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/independence-day-resurgence-box-office-opening-thursday-1201802880/
While it looks like Dory is going to win the weekend., ID is not that far behind. The big 4th Of July will tell a better story for the final showdown. This weekend is just the start.

Thursday Update:
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/features/697839-independence-day-aliens
A recap of the aliens from the first film and how it relates to the sequel. Some cool tidbits in here including 42 images in the slide show.

Previously:
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/independence-day-resurgence-box-office-finding-dory-1201801124/
While Dory might beat ID2 this weekend, it's July 4th weekend is what counts. Will Dory have repeats while word of mouth will carry ID2 thru the holiday weekend. Even then Emmerich is not wasting time on it's sequel......

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/roland-emmerich-says-independence-day-3-will-be-an-intergalactic-journey-302
Big spoiler in the article! Which leads to  the third sequel story. Sounds interesting and different from the usual aliens invading earth. But where else can you this?

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43714/vader-confirmed-for-rogue-one-appearance
You know there's trouble with the movie when Disney starts advertising this 6 months before it's release, right on 4th of July weekend. Is the House of Mouse nervous?

http://www.thewrap.com/justice-league-ben-batman-superman-ben-affleck-zack-snyder-main-villain-5-things-you-need-to-know-dc-comics/
More details about JL movie. The best part is that it's going to be lighter tone than the dark, heavy tone of the previous movies.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43689/-archer-renewed-for-three-more-seasons
Didn't see that coming. Them being a private investigators last season was kind of lame. Where else can they go from there. But if the new seaon is only 8 episodes which will come out to a 2 and half hours on video, why not come out with a movie then? Not that long of course ubt stick with a R rating and it would be hilarious.

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/vinyl-cancel-hbo-bobby-cannavale-season-2-scrapped-1201801263/
While Archer gets renewed, Vinyl bites it. $100 million to produce  and $30m spent on the pilot alone. It didn't look it and the show got a lot of the trivia from the 70's wrong. Not even Olivia Wilde going naked and Scorsese producing could save the show. Now that's embarrassing.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Finding Dory Breaks New Record


New radio show coming this week. Live on MNN now playing on our YouTube channel and on the last blog.

http://variety.com/2016/film/box-office/finding-dory-box-office-1201798765/
5 reasons why Dory was a big hit. For me it was a generation who weren't around for Nemo. Which is why Independence Day 2 will be a big hit and why Jurassic World was a big hit. Besides everything else has pretty much sucked since Civil War. Even X-Men has done meh business.

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/anton-yelchin-death-star-trek-trollhunters-actor-guillermo-del-toro-1201798871/
So young and it's a shame. At least he left a good body of work yet to be released. As far as the Trek franchise goes, if the next film tanks they won't have to worry about replacing him with another actor or have a new character at the helm, like the cartoon series when they had an alien when Walter Keoning didn't return to do the the voice of Chekov. Then CBS will just concentrate on the new series and the whole crew can kiss that 5 year mission goodbye.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43639/pine-star-trek-can-t-be-cerebral-in-2016
Here is a strange one. This article came out just before the announcement of Anton's accident.
It mentions the pressure of this one being a hit. The way all these other sequels are doing (minus the fish) the prospects are not looking good. And that trailer did not help matters!

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/game-of-thrones-recap-season-6-episode-9-battle-of-the-bastards-ramsay-bolton-dead-1201799000/
Great 5 minute video included on the making of the episode. Highlights the battles and the dragons.
movies.

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/696959-eli-roth-to-direct-bruce-willis-in-mgms-death-wish-remake
The original was supposed to be directed by Sidney Lumet but he wanted to go by the novel and was fired. So now they finally going by the book. This was Charles Bronson big break in the 1970's and the picture was huge box office. A big favorite of mine. Let's see how this works out.

My top 5 favorite Pixar movies:
Wall-E
Finding Nemo
Ratatouille
Monster University
Toy Story Trilogy
Honorable mention: A Bugs Life.and The Invincibles
Worst: Cars 1 and Brave !

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Finding Dory, Summer's Biggest Hit


Live on MNN  is now posted on our Youtube channel Sunday night. Or you can see it below as a bonus clip. New Radio show coming Monday.

Sunday:
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/finding-dory-box-office-record-breaking-opening-weekend-1201798368/
Dory clears $140M. Not bad for a little blue fish.
Mini-review: 4 out of 5.  While not as tight as the first one, it has great characters and great humor is all there with Ellen D who does a terrific job voicing the fish. Her comic timing is perfect for this. Note: There is a short film that comes before this about a baby bird finding her way among the beach. Real cute. And spoiler alert: there is a post credit scene at the very end aka Marvel. Hint: Sequel.

Previously:
http://www.thewrap.com/finding-dory-breaks-single-day-animated-record-with-55-million-on-friday/
Well that kind of settles that doesn't it? And wait till China gets a hold of this. Remember they had their own fish called "The Mermaid" making over $500M in that country alone. So now it's just a matter of time where in the Top 10 all time this is going to land.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-preview-finding-dory-903005
Both Dory and Kevin Hart are both going to do great. People want to laugh especially after all the things that have happen these past 2 weeks, human nature. While Dory will have the big sweep, Hart's will also do great since this past month the box office has been dull for movie fans. Whatever the numbers are it will be a funny weekend.

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/695943-finding-dory-cast#/slide/1
5 minute plus video with interviews with the cast. There is a spoiler or two relating to the story. What's great is seeing Ed O''Neil and Ellen D doing the interview together even tho they never saw each other doing the making of the movie as most cases in doing animation.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/everybody-wants-somes-tyler-hoechlin-will-be-supergirls-superman-822
Who? Don't matter. AT least they got the character on the show. Not a good sign for the movies tho. And if legend happens, who ever plays Superman on TV it doesn't help their careers down the line. It's more like a curse than anything else. Think about it. All those in the past, where are they now?

http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1524359/new-independence-day-resurgence-tv-spot-reveals-the-biggest-alien-yet
Big spoiler. Going the same route as Civil War, X-Men, BvsS and fighting something huge. But still looks cool and let's not forget Minions did the same thing last year..

Updated this afternoon:
http://deadline.com/2016/06/lady-gaga-bradley-cooper-a-star-is-born-remake-1201774136/
A little detail. Clint Eastweed was going to direct with Beyonce to star but Jay Z made too many demands with the music. Bad idea since Clint is a musician himself and goes more for a Jazz angle and did not want to go with Jay Z hip hop rap angle.So what did Clint did. Give Cooper the Rights to direct and let Cooper pick his leading lady. And Gaga has proven herself with her acting. Man I love this story.

Bonus: Saturday's Show:
PS I saw Finding Dory after the show in 3D hence my review above and not on the show.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Warcraft Is Still Doing Strong.


New Radio coming plus Live on MNN this Saturday at 5 pm.

http://variety.com/2016/digital/asia/warcraft-online-rights-record-fee-in-china-1201795617/
Still breaking records but no word yet on green lighting the sequel. So Hollywood is getting worried about this sequelitis thing. Especially when a film is huge overseas?

http://variety.com/2016/film/asia/ten-reasons-why-warcraft-opened-six-times-bigger-in-china-than-in-the-u-s-1201794300/
Lots of behind the scenes on marketing information here but when it comes down to it, you can promote the heck out of the film and if the fans down come out and see it, it will be a failure either way. Look at Civil War, great turnout and it still failed to crack the top 10 all time.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43572/peters-hopes-for-deadpool-quicksilver-film
Now this would make a great duo, no pun intended to DC, lol. But having these two smart asses against each other would be fun as heck. Gotta keep the R rating or there's goes the fun.

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/695763-steven-spielberg-promises-one-big-thing-for-indiana-jones-5#/slide/1
What is the title to this one? Indy Jones and The Fountain of Youth? how many stuntmen are they  going to use to replace Ford? It's time to call it quits while your

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/695665-more-shrek-movies#/slide/1
Milking yet another franchise. I never got unto these except the time travel one (it figures). But again they bring up the merchandising. How about telling some good stories. Guest that doesn't count.

http://movieweb.com/oceans-eleven-female-spinoff-title-oceans-eight/
While I have no problem with the female angle to this, will the studio change their minds if Ghostbusters is a bust? And how about all those other rumours of reboots of other franchises with an all star female cast? Since studios don't have aclue what their doing anyways?


Monday, June 13, 2016

Warcraft No. 1 in China


Coming this week: New radio show  and Live on MNN this Saturday.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/summer-box-office-slump-revenue-901816
Might be a slump over here but China is having a field day. This summer is a bust. Simple as that. Las year we had 5 top 10 all time box office movies. The leading one so far is Civil War and that has stalled at No. 12. The best of the crop are Finding Dory and Independence Day 2 and those are lucky to hit the top 20. And forget about Suicide Squad. China has a built in hatred for DC so that film is screwed.

http://deadline.com/2016/06/warcraft-conjuring-2-x-men-apocalypse-ninja-turtles-jungle-book-international-box-office-weekend-results-1201771160/
While Conjuring did good over here in the U.S., internationally horror movies don't do good at all. So while Warcraft did poorly, Europe and other countries are going to give us a sequel.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/20th-century-fox-scoops-up-domain-names-for-possible-wolverine-3-titles-171
Here's a couple of titles they can choose: Thisoneisgonnasucktoo.com, toooldforthisshit.com, Imjackmanandimouttahere.com,  etc. Does it matter, they ruined this trilogy as it is.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/top-5-movie-mistakes-finding-nemo-video-105
This video does make a point. How can there be mistakes in animation? My favorite is the moving poster in the background. Either way I'm looking forward to the sequel which will be huge considering every other movie has flopped big time. No competition with this one.




Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Warcraft Doing Huge Overseas


6/8/16 blog will be extended through out the weekend. No Live on MNN this weekend. New radio show this coming week. Full Warcraft review.

Saturday:
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/box-office-warcraft-china-1201793569/
Gamers rejoice! $145M in four days in China and crossing the $300M this weekend. Wow that's a lot of money in a short time. Finally gamers get their due with a sequel (not official but you know Hollywood) and a start of a brand new franchise. This is so cool.
Mini-review. 3 out of 5. While I knew this was a start up of introducing this world and it's characters and lot of exposition for the set up, it took a while for me to get into this as I wasn't familiar with the game itself. While it had great direction and SFX the first hour was a drag but the last half hour was fantastic. Game of Thrones meets Lord of the Rings. Now that ain't a bad thing is it?

Update:
http://variety.com/2016/film/news/warcraft-box-office-china-record-1201792239/
$90 Million in 4 days alone in China. Topping F7 record! At this rate the film will break even here with the other countries making the money and after that we will get our sequel. With no blessing from the U.S.

Previously:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-can-warcraft-win-900385
Predictions for this in China is that it will land second or match Furious 7 for all time box office.
This will be the deal breaker for a sequel as the U.S. looks like a total bust. It won't matter and good for Duncan Jones (David Bowie's son).  If this film was a bust he be back doing straight to DVD or cheap Hallmark movies. Watch Disney call him for a Marvel or Star Wars movie, after doing the sequel to Warcraft that is. And "Moon" 2009 was one of my favorite movies for that year.

http://variety.com/2016/film/news/conjuring-2-box-office-warcraft-1201790728/
A follow up to the last blog about Sequelitis. Now the studio are worrying about audiences are getting tired of sequels. DUH! But as far as the Conjuring 2 being the box office winner, screw this film. Hated the first one (top 10 worst film list) but I loved Now You See Me 1 and looking forward to that along with Warcraft being the original. And hopefully it will break that video game to movie bomb curse that all these films get stuck with. Again great for Duncan Jones. He'll write his own ticket now.

ww.joblo.com/movie-news/check-out-the-new-ecto-1-in-this-ghostbusters-featurette-780
While a cool video you can't help to think how desperate they are to make you want to see this film.
No matter what kind of marketing they have lined up for this, it comes down to word of mouth. And already the hardcore fans have written this off. Well those damn trailers didn't help. Not funny.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43444/a-darker-fantastic-four-cut-existed
They should release it like they did with Richard Donner's Director's cut of Superman 2 with Christopher Reeve and Marlon Brando. Of course Richard Lester took over and had Susanna York Supermans mom talk to him instead of Brando. Talking about F4 we filmed at Yankee's Stadium for "Leavy" True story about a military dog and her handler starring Kate Mara. I was 5 ft away from her at a given time, her dressed in full military uniform. Couldn't believe she was Sue Storm. She was so short, lol.

Monday, June 06, 2016

Ninja Turtles Sequelitis Blues?


New radio show now playing. Another one this week. Live on MNN will be posted below bonus 2.
Our website has been updated with new dates for our live show.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hollywoods-new-problem-sequels-moviegoers-899765
New word for the box office blues. In this article it states that Civil War has not been affected and did better than the last Captain America, at the rate it was going it should have broken the top 10 all time by now and still hasn't.

http://variety.com/2016/film/box-office/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-2-box-office-sequels-1201788984/
In this one it claims movies that wait for 20 years for a new generation to flock to a franchise aka Jurassic World. Tell that to China who rejected Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the box office. How do you explain that. Check out the two lists included: Sequels that outperformed the previous film and ones that didn't. Wouldn't want to be the studio on that second list.

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/superman-supergirl-season-2-the-cw-1201789354/
Step in the right direction. While it is a show about Supergirlol, those teases in the first season didn't help matters mentioning she's a cousin and never showing Superman in in full. Well about time. And remember, Batman is getting his own movie again with Affleck, no mention of Anpther Superman solo movie, he's lucky he got Justice League.

http://deadline.com/2016/06/john-boyega-pacific-rim-sequel-star-wars-the-force-awakens-1201767756/
This can really uplift the second film. Remember many did not know Elba before PR1 and now their pushing him for Bond. So getting a international recognized face will help boost this franchise. And no offense to Hellboy himself but mostly he's a character actor with a cult fanbase.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43413/hamm-wanted-for-live-action-archer-film
A Hamm playing a ham. Couldn't resist. Now this would be so funny seeing Hamm doing comedy with a straight face. And seeing a live action film based on this is even funnier. Bring it on.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/43388/new-fast-8-set-video-shows-cars-falling
No CG used here. Real cars through out the window. Kind of a waste of cool cars if you ask me. Check out the helicopter on the left hand of the video. Part of the action or filming it?

Bonus:
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/692901-splash-remake
Never mind the remake which will probably that instead of a female mermaid it will be a man. Yeah big twist. . But...This has to do with Craig joining SHO and doing the 2 years/seasons instead of the $100M payoff for James Bond. As I mention the payoff was better !? I tried to explain as best as I could but here in the video at appx. 7:00 Producer Grazer breaks it down in better terms. But I was right, lol.
PS: Love the Hanks version. I actually met Hanks and Ron Howard  when they were filming this at Wall St, NY during the Taxi chase scene near the end. While taking a break from directing a scene I approached Ron Howard for a autograph and was very appreciated that I asked him. While Hanks was in the car at the time for the chase scene he was blocked the work crew but did say hello. Very cool from both of them. More on the radio show this week.

Bonus 2: