Monday, August 21, 2017

Wonder Woman: The Big Summer Winner


New Live on MNN this Saturday. This will be the last show of the summer. Promise. lol
Note: Thos blog is in progress as it will be updated later this week.

http://movieweb.com/wonder-woman-box-office-worldwide-800-million/
The one picture nobody predicted for her own solo movie. And as far as the numbers go, mega titles have fallen short aka BvsS which should have crossed the $1B mark and fell short. But if anything it puts pressure on future releases for DC. Both Bats and Justice are sitting ducks now. And only DC has itself to blame.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/jerry-lewis-dead-nutty-professor-bellboy-star-was-91-721408
A legend that I grew up with on TV. My favorite was The FamilyJewels in which he played mutiple chracters all related to one another. Why this was never remade is beyond me. But Eddie Murphy was smart in picking the Nutty Professor. A great remake of a classic. Something very rare nowadays.

http://www.cinemablend.com/news/1694429/one-animated-franchise-is-now-the-highest-grossing-in-the-world-and-its-surprising
My co-host Mark didn't see what the big deal was with this franchise and hated thelast one. Me on the other hand I was like BOSS! But never mind that. According to the article the only other franchise to compete is Shrek which is by Dreamworks. Long story short. Disney is Pissed cause they are out of the loop. And how did that happened? lol.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/godzilla-vs-kong-is-a-monster-brawl/
AS far as the original goes it was a draw. You see Kong swimming away leaving viewers thinking that Godzilla lost. But Godzilla is a sea creature to begin with, so he just swam away from the fight.
"Geez, I'm king of the monsters and I'm fighting an over size Gorilla? Really? I'm outta here."

http://www.darkhorizons.com/jabba-the-hutt-spin-off-being-considered/
Another one? Wasn't his background and family covered in the CloneWars already? And was anyone asking for this to begin with? Sign of desperation from Disney or are they just happy to milk the merchandising as much as they could?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

007 Bond is Back

One more Live show on Aug. 25 before we take a break in September. Latest show on YT.
New Godzilla talk in the bonus section below links. Movie reviews coming soon.

Update:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/obi-wan-kenobi-star-wars-film-planned-director-talks-1030505
So finally the rumour is true. Here is my thing. No Mcgregor no deal. He is already playing a young Obi-wan, not the old hermit in the original Star Wars. And CG can fix his appearance anyways. Make thing is having another young actoris too distracting aka Han Solo movie. If Ron Howard was not at the helm fixing this, it would have tanked.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/daniel-craig-confirms-return-james-bond-role-1030056
Finally he's made if official. Also it helped his 2 year contract for that series was put on hold until he does Bond so looks like he had no other choice. Look lets face it, its huge bucks. Who wouldn't do it? Lazenby (OHMSS) doesn't count. Funny he made this announcement on Colberts show and not any of the others as Colberts ratings are going thru the roof thanks to the politics going on in this country.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ben-affleck-not-returning-as-batman-says-brother-casey-1030107
Guess who's not coming back, lol. Talk about pushing your own brother under a bus. Damn. The thing was if Afflecks gangster film was not a bust things would be different. Then comes Director Reeves who throws Afflecks script out the window after he boots Affleck out of the director's chair. Affleck was the best choice for a new solo Batman. He should leave and tell them good friggin luck. Lets not forget, Reeves Last Ape film tanked at the box office which earn less then the other films. Did the studio forget that? And that filmed sucked big time.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-box-office-wolf-warrior-2-wins-third-weekend-marches-700m-1029113
And talk about the studios need to wake up. This film is clearing over $700M in China ALONE!
AS mentioned in the article only 2 other films can claim clearing over $800 & $900 in the U.S. alone and that is Star Wars and Avatar. China is not fking around that's for sure.


http://lrmonline.com/news/mission-impossible-6-delays-production-director-explains-tom-cruises-injury
Cruise, Deadpool, Walking Dead. For crying out loud, where's the safety concerns lately? Um doesn't seem right with all this going on. Just saying. Shame.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/moviepass-has-cut-the-cost-of-its-servie-to-9-95-a-month-amc-is-not-happy-401
Stop the bitching. If Hollywood made better movies instead of depending on rehashing franchises this wouldn't happen. But we know this, how come the studios don't.

Bonus Section: Godzilla Talk
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/879299-mike-dougherty%e2%80%8f-teases-connection-to-the-original-godzilla-for-2019-sequel#/slide/1
This can go so many different ways. My take is that the Oxygen Destroyer can actually meant for King G. He is to big for the trio of GZ, Rodan and Mothra to take on. Hint: leading to more sequels. And to think it's meant to kill GZ is kind of killing the franchise to begin with. Remember: Garth wanted Mechagodzilla to be next and took that walk. And we still have Kong and that Easter egg of Gamera.  There is too many in the canon not to be ignored for this new franchise.

http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/trailers/879971-the-full-godzilla-anime-trailer-reveals-a-monster-planet#/slide/1
Godzilla in the future . Ok studio copycats, how about Star Trek going into the future instead of backwards. Let Godzilla lead the way for that franchise is the way to go. It came up with the Monach angle and Universal Monsters is trying to do the same thing and that rumour about Bond characters getting their own solo pics. Thanks to Godzilla. So there.

Bonus 2:
http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/jordan-vogt-roberts-takes-on-cinemasins-criticisms-of-kong-skull-island-109
Talk about missing the joke Mr. Sensitive. That's their angle. And like any movie there are mistakes that can't be helped but you still enjoy the movie.  I've been trashing crap for over 29 years and still working in this business. Wow lighten up dude. One of the highlights in the video "GAme over man" Funny!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Games of Thrones Big Dragon Hit


Live on MNN this Saturday at 5pm for the summer. I included a new link for mnn.org.
just go to that page on the day of the show to see it on livestream.

Mini-reviews:1 to 5
Sharknado: 3; Yes silly and dumb but a lot more fun then most summer movies this year.
Emoji Movie: 2; where were the jokes? and not enough of Capt. Poop, the only reason to see it.
Atomic Blonde: 1; besides one or two fight scenes, it was just a total bore. no sequel please.
Kidnap: 3: Halle pulls it off to keep your attention even tho there was quite a few WTF?

Bonus:
http://movieweb.com/godzilla-actor-haruo-nakajima-dead-dies/
The first actor to play Godzilla. My other favorite character he played was one of the Gargantuas in War of the Gargantuas along with King Kong Escapes and Frankenstein vs. Baragon. I met him once at a G-fan con. Very gracious and friendly. A meeting I will never forget.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-dark-tower-tops-sluggish-weekend-detroit-collapses-1027121
Surprsingly Tower beats Dunkirk for the weekend but it won't even come close to getting the big International Box Office that Dunkirk is getting. Lets face it, most fans were watching  GOT and Sharknado instead of going to the cinama.

http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/game-of-thrones-loot-train-battle-1202518106/
2 articles with different points on the making of the episode from the director. Just seeing the Dragon burn everything in site was a highlite of the show. Took long enough to get to the end tho.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-director-dealing-death-sky-stunning-dragon-scene-1027255
They cover a lot so I decided to include both of them. Heck the episode earned it. Dragons!!!'

http://movieweb.com/despicable-me-franchise-highest-grossing-animated-series-box-office/
Banana ! or just thisis nuts! who figured but those little guys did me proud. And at least shut out Shrek as the biggest animantion money maker. Man I hated that franchise. So overrated.

http://movieweb.com/sharknado-5-ian-ziering-paycheck-wonder-woman-gal-gadot/
It's easy to compare the saleries due to the properties, but one is cable and the other is cinema and at the end it's who gets the better back (extra goodies) end is the one who really is the winner.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/craig-rumored-for-two-new-bond-films/
While this is getting to be tired news, the idea of remaking On Her Secret Majestrys Secret Service sounds great. As that is the only Bond film to feature a One Shot Actor in the role. So at least it can be part of the Craig franchise. Wasn't Spectre a low key remake of You OnlyLive Twice and a bad one at that.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/transformers-all-star-writer-s-room-led-by-akiva-goldsman-disbanded-121
All those writers and the best they could come up with was that train wreck. Actually after the failure it was decided that plan didn't work out. They should of hired that monkey and his typewriter.

http://movieweb.com/ash-vs-freddy-vs-jason-death-story-details/
A blown opportunity. At least Campbell had final laugh with is own Ash series. Both the Freddy and Friday reboots failed big time. And again theyare going ahead with those Chainsaw and Halloween franchises this October. They just don't learn.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Wonder Woman For The Oscar?


New Live On MNN now playing on You Tube. One more show for the summer and that's it until September which will be one show per month for the rest of the year.

Update:
http://www.comingsoon.net/movies/news/875995-star-trek-ii-the-wrath-of-khan-35th-anniversary-screenings-announced
Another one to see in the theatres. While this trend is picking up speed with these re-releases aka TErminator, Close Encounters, etc at least theyare putting classics that are meant to be seen on the big screen. And another way for the studios to fill those empty seats after this years disasters of sequel, reboots etc. I saw Blazing Saddles last year and brought back memories of having a gret crowd laughing along to an old classic like when I saw it in my younger years. Watch Disney re-release Star Wars in 4K for more Kaching!

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/rumor-nicholas-meyer-s-secret-star-trek-project-may-be-a-khan-mini-series-690
BAd idea. Does anyone remember a book written about 15 years ago that told this stroy already about Khan. But it was told from Kirks point of view. Barely remember it along with the title but it was about that.
There's a lot of books about Treks past they need to go into the future. Helloooooooo....

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/wonder-woman-oscars-patty-jenkins-gal-gadot-comic-book-1202509132/
Already the Oscar push, this and Dunkirk. But remember this makes sense. Dark Knight got like 7 nominations the first time for a superhero movie so why not WW? Dunkirk is this generations Saving Private Ryan, amovie that deserved to win for Best Picture but lost to Shakespeare in Love. Remember that one? Yep the one with Ben Affleck. Wow that hurts.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weekend-box-office-dunkirk-marches-past-emoji-movie-281m-1025260
Well that was close. Emoji was beating Dunkirk on last Friday. But that burned out quick. Even surprised it even had a chance after all those bad reviews. Nope didn't get to see that one yet.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/meyer-planning-wrath-of-khan-prequel/
There was actually a book about Khan stranded on the planet, and Kirk wanted to know what happen on that time period leading up to the Wrath. But then again here is another copy cat about exploring different points of the history of Trek aka Transformers, Universal Monsters, Bond etc..

http://www.slashfilm.com/imax-3d-phasing-out/
Dunkirk proved to be a big success in Nolan's choice of filming in 70MM Imax hence in making close to $12M at Imax thetres. What they fail to mention that Transformers 4 was in filmed in 3D Imax and was a total trainwreck.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/weta-digitals-work-on-avatar-sequels-begins/
But it doesn't answer the question. Will it be in 3D now that Imax says its cutting back. See related article.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/is-4dx-worth-the-upcharge-we-checked-out-the-potential-successor-to-3d-302-02
Yep another gimmick. Maybe for a Star Wars movie but I would rather go to an amusement park for my thrill rides.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dunkirk No. 1, JL Costly Reshoots


New Live on MNN this coming Saturday. Previous show now playing on You tube.

Mini-Reviews:
Dunkirk: 4 out of 5: Nearly perfect except for some editing choices bur that's just me. Nolan and company will get Oscar nods all around. And that boy band kid to my surprise, can act!
Apes: 2 out of 5: Boring, too long, animal abuse, but Serkis still should get recognized for his work

Update:
http://variety.com/2017/film/news/justice-league-reshoots-1202502433/
More details on the reshoot process. Having Superman walking around with a moustache is funny as shit fro some reason. But how bad is it that they have to spend $25M to fix this? Then again they did the same with Rouge ONe and that turn out okay. If it's for the better no matter the cost then do it.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/wonder-woman-director-patty-jenkins-not-signed-sequel-1010845
Would someone make up thier mind? Besides Jenkins people holding out for more money the real trick is will she ba able to make other DC films like the deal Snyder had. That's the main question.

Previously:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-dunkirk-conquers-competition-505m-debut-valerian-bombs-1023700
While Dunkirk is the first Oscar contender so far this year, Valerian is this years biggest turkey for sure. This is going to need that foreign cash for sure to rescue this. Oh well.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/lists/hollywood-rethinks-key-movie-franchises-a-mixed-summer-at-box-office-1022322
If anyone saw our last show and my meltdown with these movies in the past 3 months, imagine what the studios are goin through trying to save their jobs. Bad lazy decisions is what happens.

http://www.joblo.com/movie-news/apparently-the-justice-league-reshoots-have-been-long-and-expensive-182-02
Wow that's a lot of money for reshoots. Is is that bad that it needs reshoots? And that mustache is hysterical.

http://www.thewrap.com/wonder-woman-warner-bros/
Finally we get the official sequel news. Director comes back and Gal hopefully gets a big paycheck.

http://www.slashfilm.com/kevin-feige-at-comic-con-mcu-captain-marvel/
More woman power. But the film itself will have a lot of new things from the MCU that we haven't seen yet that will keep it fresh. As far as fatigue goes Marvel is doing a great job with all that is happening

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/black-panther-thor-casts-unite-first-marvel-family-photo-1023873
This is such a great photo that I had to post it. That's all, lol.

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/ben-affleck-batman-rumors-denied-justice-league-comic-con-1202503649/
Guess he needs the paycheck. They turned down his Directing chops, got rid of the script he wrote and he came close to getting the boot. But when a studio gets rid of a top director just to be replaced by a even better director (you know the stories), an actor never knows when he can be easily replaced.

http://www.indiewire.com/2017/07/doctor-who-pearl-mackie-bill-exit-christmas-episode-1201859058/
Well that was quick gig. Guess the the show really wants a clean slate with a new cast. But that trailer looks wicked. The first original Doctor with Capaldi. That's going to be a fun Xmas show.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Apes Win Over Spiderman

Blog posted late due to workload. New Live on MNN now playing on Youtube.

Update:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weekend-box-office-dunkirk-heads-45m-50m-us-debut-valerian-bombing-1023378
Both Dunkirk and Girls are doing better than expected. And Valerian tanking worse than they thought. Ouch. Co-host Mark saw Valerian and gave it a 1 out of 5. Enough said, lol.

Previously:
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-war-planet-apes-scares-spider-man-homecoming-565m-1021569
While Apes should have taken a bigger cut of about $75 is not the news here. That Spidey lost over 60 percent is the news. Again sequel fatigue and it doens't help people got burn with the last Spidey.
What helps here is both will have a great box office overseas.

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/dunkirk-box-office-girls-trip-valerian-1202500556/
The first serious film of the summer and one that doesn't clock over 2 hours! Why all these movies so bloated to begin with? And Apes looks like another film not to stay at No. 1 for 2 weeks in a row. And of course there's that Nolan and the Oscar talk and that doesn't hurt at all. This will have legs as it won't have a huge opening but with no competition, A bubble Rhinna doesn't help matters, this will play out thru August.

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/spider-man-homecoming-sequel-director-jon-watts-1202500068/
So while they started introducing new villians and Vulture finally made it to the big screen where are the iconic ones like Mysterio (who almost made it even they did Raimis; number 4, and Kraven the Hunter? At least there's no mention of Goblin. That's enough of that.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/luc-besson-risks-valerian-time-james-cameron-took-me-a-moron-1019897
Interesting interview on Besson. While I love his films and this one looks interesting, it's greating trashed big time on RT. Well that goes that franchise. lol.

http://www.darkhorizons.com/bbc-responds-to-doctor-who-complaints/
Get over it. This show needs a good kick in the ass. While Capaldi was great in the role as the doctor the show itself was weak, tired and completely out of ideas. And that budget did not help. Did people forget that most Doctors were older then when it came back with a younger Doc thanks to Eccleston that people were up in arms with that, then we got nothing but younger ones. Does that make sense?

Monday, July 10, 2017

Spiderman Brings It Home



Live on MNN this Saturday: Spidey and WW coverage and sequel wrap up. Radio show soon.

Spidey mini-review: 4 out o 5. Nearly perfect. Just needed to cut out about 10 minutes or the pacing and that ending with Tony Stark was kind of dragged out. Did we really need to see Pepper? But that extra end credit sequence about being patient was hysterical. Audience loved it and stay for that too!
And we finally got Vulture after both Ben Kingsley and John Malkovitch costumed fitted for the role but it never happened. Well at least Kingsley got a chance to be in a Spidey film for a forgettable role as Manderin an actor? WTF?!!! 

Update:
Spoilers if you haven't seen the movie yet. Wait a second, what are you waiting for? lol.

Previous:
Article filler. Only No. 5 is what really counts.  And I said this for years and got ridiculed big time that Sony would never deal with Marvel. Even Producer Ava said on the commentary on AS2 that he owned it and that's that. Money talks and with the success of this film good ole Spidey proved me right.

http://variety.com/gallery/spider-man-movies-ranked-worst-best/
Actually it should be #2 with Doc Oct, #1 with Goblin then Homecoming with AS with The Lizard to wrap it up. Both with Venom and Electro in their reboots sucked big time.

http://variety.com/2017/film/asia/china-box-office-despicable-me-3-opening-franchise-best-1202490631/
Those little guys did it again. Even tho it's going strong it's doubtful that it's going to break the $1B mark with all the fatigue going one with sequels. Hope doesn't effect a Minions 2, but that's just me.
I didn't know Jackie Chan did a sci-fi movie. Well how about that. Still going strong. But Sci-fi?

Mendez was great on Skyfall but Spectre sucked and he was a fan. Nolan might be a fan but his action sequences are dull. Maybe Dunkirk might change all that. As far as Craig coming back he is getting too old. They avoid that oldest Bond thing like Moore who is my second fav next to Connery. But this series also needs fresh blood. No reboot necessary, just pick up like Spiderman. Bond just reports to M first thing in the morning and get his assignment. Jeez why do they over think this shit?
Trvia: OHMSS Opening sequence: "Why this never happened to the other guy" Get it?

They're actually taking this joke serioulys. I can hear it now. Fast 9 From Out of Space. Let the jokes begin. But really where else can they take this. Aha! Another Bond idea: Undersea! 
See: The Spy Who Loved Me and the Atlantis underwater station. They had submarines right? lol.