Ok folks, I am back from the delights of Sin City’s hosting of the Creation Entertainment Star Trek Con! I will surely regale you with the fun, but first, on to another week of information of the celluloid kind!
In this week’s “Bad Boys, Bad Boys!” news, Sony’s next installment of the Bad Boys franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, will now be called Bad Boys For Life, and is being pushed from it’s June 2, 2017 release date to the often unfortunate month of January 12, 2018.
Bruckheimer will produce, but Michael Bay will NOT direct, which is made all the better by noting that director Joe Carnahan will helm. Maybe it will be more gritty as opposed to glossy and slick. HOPE.
In this week’s “Will he or won’t he” story, Daniel Craig is to star in the Showtime limited series Purity, which starts shooting in 2017 and will last most of the year. Well, it IS 20 episodes after all, which will air over the course of two years in two installments.
If Craig were to decide to do another James Bond film, this shouldn’t interfere with that schedule. IF he were to choose to do another Bond film….IF. So…he still might? this is really getting exasperating.
In this week’s “Greatest Under-Achiever Award” story, Warcraft made $ 430 million worldwide, though most of that was in China. It only made about $45 million stateside. But despite making all that money, it still came out about $ 15 million under the profit line.
In short, Warcraft made more money than any other video-game adaptation film, yet still lost money. Bravo.
In this week’s “Whether you like it or not” story, Suicide Squad has taken in 370 million plus worldwide so far. Good or bad, these DC movies are still making money.
In this week’s “I don’t care if it’s about TV, it’s awesome!” story, Nickelodeon has announced the return of Rocko’s Modern Life! A TV movie is to be produced starring our favorite wallaby, talking cow and neurotic turtle!
Rocko, Heffer and Filburt will all return to O-Town, though voice casting has yet to be confirmed for the revival.
“What I have found by bringing these characters back is that it’s not so much about nostalgia, but a sense that they still feel relevant and fresh to me, and after 20 years, they can’t wait to comment on modern life in the 21st century,” creator Joe Murray said in a statement. “They still have a lot to say.”
I’ll bet they do, Joe, I’ll bet they do. Yay!
In this week’s “How many tries will it take? story, an ex-Warner Bros. employee is saying that Wonder Woman is “a mess”. Obviously director Patty Jenkins disagrees.
We keep hoping that the next DC film will turn their universe around and get us on board, but each film has failed to gain complete favor. There’ s LOT of division among fans. Once again, it was looking to fall on Wonder Woman, which releases next June, to try to bring us all back on board DC’s plan. But alas, with comments like this, hope is not in the air.
Here’s a part of what this ex-Warner employee said in a letter to Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara: “What are you even doing? I wish to God you were forced to live out of a car until you made a #1 movie of the year. Maybe Wonder Woman wouldn’t be such a mess. Don’t try to hide behind the great trailer. People inside are already confirming it’s another mess. It is almost impressive how you keep rewarding the same producers and executives for making the same mistakes, over and over.”
Ok, then. Sounds like a problem. Now, sure, this might be a disgruntled ex-Warner employee for all we know, and they would, of course have some ax to grind, AND it’s a whole 10 months until the film comes out, so lots could get changed and fixed or whatever, by then. You can’t see me right now, but I’m thoughtfully stroking my beard.
Director Patty Jenkins had this to say in a tweet: “Zero about the movie we are making has been called a mess by anyone in the know. Fact.” Well, what ELSE is she gonna say? Fact remains, the track record for DC is divided at best, so it’s anybody’s guess. Guess we’ll see next June.
In this week’s “I’m sorry, do I know you?” story, Hugh Grant, despite starring in a couple movies with Rene Zellweger, failed to recognize her while on Watch What Happens Live on Thursday.
The British actor was asked a series of questions about six of his former female co-stars but became baffled when he couldn’t figure out who one of them was.
“Who is the one second from the right, because I’ve never seen her before in my life?” Grant asked, only to be left feeling shocked when someone told him who it was. “Oh Renée!”
Assuming he wasn’t kidding, is it safe to say that it’s not just the rest of us? She DOES look somehow different, right? I don’t know that it’s some kind of surgery – maybe it’s just all the extreme lighting celebrities appear in (like camera flashes), but, you know…well, whatever. We really should just move on anyway.
In this week’s “Celebrity Divorce Circus” story, things are still wacky over at the Johnny Depp/Amber Heard divorce proceedings. Apparently Depp’s attorney is waging a “malicious war” on Amber Heard. Oh, one side says she was making a scene in one deposition day, then the other side says Depp will never show for is deposition, and back and forth and so on and so on…
Sounds like a typical crazy celebrity divorce to me. Let’s just agree to all stay away from either one romantically, shall we? Yeah.
In this week’s “What the Hell is going on with the Fast And Furious 8 guys?” story, Tyrese Gibson still has more to say about some things Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said earlier about the men of the film Fast and Furious 8.
Uh, so apparently Johnson called out his “chicken shit” and “candy ass” male co-stars (without actually saying any names). The speculation was that he was referring to Vin Diesel and the rumor is heightened by Tyrese’s Instagram post. Gibson shared a photo of him and Diesel on a red carpet and praised the star in his caption for everything he’s done, both in their personal friendship and on the film.
Meanwhile, The Rock commented on his seemingly out-of-nowhere rant on social media again yesterday, writing, “You guys reading this know how much I believe in the idea of team effort. That means respecting every person, their time and their value when they step onto my set or partner with our production company.
“And like with any team, that’s a family, there’s gonna be conflict. Family is gonna have differences of opinion and fundamental core beliefs. To me, conflict can be a good thing, when it’s followed by great resolution. I was raised on healthy conflict and welcome it. And like any family, we get better from it.”
Fucking actor drama. 😉
In this week’s “Wait – I didn’t know they were dating” story, Christie Brinkley explains why she and John Mellencamp broke up. She says it was the “mileage between their homes and the demands of their heavy career demands”. Some report alleged that it was Mellencamp’s “hell-bent political opinions and redneck ways”.
Guess what? I don’t care either way.
Ok, this has been a weird week. I’m out. Tune in next week with some more salacious tid-bits of celluloid data.
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, pondering what to see this weekend.