Hello again, kids! I’m back with some more interesting – or infuriating – tidbits in entertainment news. For instance; it turns out Chris Carter, creator of the X-Files, says he actually wrote a third X-Files movie before the show cam back last week for it’s six episode run. Carter and Fox have talked about it, but no definite plans to make it. As it turns out, the current six episode run on TV now won’t necessarily be any kind of finite ending. So, we may get more of Mulder and Scully after this anyway.
Kung Fu Panda III is expected to make a boat-load of money this weekend – upwards of 40 million dollars plus are the predictions. That seems high to me, but who knows, maybe it will be great.
A24 has acquired the North American distribution rights to Swiss Army Man, starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe. Premierinig at Sundance last Friday, the film is the story of a man (Dano) who comes across a corpse (Radcliffe) that comes to life. Lots of favorable responses, as well as not so favorable. Apparently this has divided audiences like crazy. After the corpse comes to life, Dano’s character uses it as a survival resource, which includes using it as a jet ski, and it’s penis as a compass. This film will be in theaters this summer, and frankly it sounds bonkers enough for me to want to see it.
Chris Pine’s The Finest Hours makes a modest $ 375,000 Thursday night. Disney is hoping for 10 million-ish this weekend, but for a film that reportedly cost 70 million to make, $ 375,000 isn’t promising.
Oh, and that Natalie Portman western, Jane Got A Gun, opens this weekend. This thing was plagued by all sorts of issues, most notably losing it’s original director, Lynne Ramsay, then various leading man changes. They ended up with Joel Edgerton, and Warrior director Gavin O’Connor. This film was supposed to release last September with Relativity and The Weinstein Company, but main financier David Bois was able to extricate the film from the Relativity bankruptcy shenanigans and get it pushed. Hopefully releasing in January is for that reason alone and not that the film is stinky.
Straight Outta Compton hit the DVD/BluRay sales charts at Numero Uno – that’ s Number One in case you couldn’t tell. It outsold the No. 2 DVD/BluRay, The Martian, by 2 to 1. And yet, still only one nomination by the Academy. Ugh.
Jaume Collet-Serra will direct Liam Neeson in the thriller The Commuter. I usppose not surprisingly – or maybe it is – this is the fourth collaboration between Neeson and Collet-Serra. They worked together on Run All Night, Non-Stop, and Unknown. Could this be the last of Neeson’s action films? We’ll see. The Commuter focus’s on a businessman caught up in a criminal conspiracy on his commute home. Wow. Maybe a guy on a bus mistaken for a criminal? I think we can move on from this genre, Liam.
Director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed, Jurassic World), will be shooting Star Wars Episode IX on film, not digital. The director prefers to watch period pictures on film, he said during a conference at Sundance Film Festival last Thursday. “It’s a period film”, Trevorrow joked, “It happened a long time ago.” Hey, when you’re right, you’re right.
Turns out there’s a remake of Eli Roth’s first film, Cabin Fever. Why, I couldn’t tell you, but Hollywood does this shit all the time. More strange is that apparently decent director Ti West (The Innkeepers), made a sequel to the original that even he tried to get his name taken off of after it was taken over by the producers. Now this remake comes along, directed by Travis Zarwiny, and he used Eli Roth’s script to make it. A bunch of young people go to a cabin and encounter a flesh-eating disease. Again. A mere 13 years after the original. Whhhhhhyyyy?
And in case you ever wondered what movies President Clinton watched while in office, wonder no more! Here is just the link to the list of films he watched, because it’s a lot:
And this week’s “I couldn’t care less” story: Jada Pinkett Smith is to return to the show Gotham. Whoop-dee-doo. Aaaand, we’re out.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, hoping you all get the title “Weakley Entertainment News”. It was so obvious, we didn’t think of it right away.