‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically
On the same day Warner Bros. wowed fans with trailers for “Justice League” and “Ready Player One” at Comic-Con, “Wonder Woman” passed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become the highest domestic-grossing film of the summer. In addition, the estimated $50.5 million opening for Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” has pushed WB past the $1 billion domestic mark for the 17th consecutive year, a streak longer than any other in Hollywood. “Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $4.6 million in its eighth weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $389 million. “Wonder Woman” has shown incredible staying power, currently holding »
- Jeremy Fuster
‘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
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.
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- Michael Nordine
New ‘Black Panther’ Footage Gets Standing Ovation at Comic-Con
Who was happier to see new “Black Panther” footage at San Diego Comic-Con: The fans or the cast?
It was a close call as the audience in Hall H on Saturday leapt to its feet, while the star-studded ensemble grinned and joined together for a group hug. The moderator of Marvel’s panel on Saturday, Chris Hardwick, informed the crowd that the stars had just seen the fresh film footage for the first time as well. Basically, it was loud.
Director Ryan Coogler introduced the footage, which was for the Comic-Con crowd’s eyes only, following a brief Q&A with a long lineup of cast members, including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.
‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be Set in the ’90s With Skrulls as Villains
The scene opened in a high-end poker room. Boseman, Nyong’o, and Gurira’s characters whisper as Serkis arrives to negotiate a »
- Seth Kelley
Henry Cavill Comments On Superman's 'Justice League' Absence, Jokes About Missing Comic-Con
Henry Cavill continued to tease Justice League fans about Superman's seeming absence in the upcoming superhero epic when he took to Instagram on Saturday to share a look at the film's new trailer, released during San Diego Comic-Con.
The 34-year-old star posted the awesome new trailer with the caption, "All in! Well, almost."
Momoa and his Jl co-stars -- Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher -- were all together at the San Diego Convention Center over the weekend, to promote the film at the Warner Bros. panel and meet fans at the massive pop culture event -- but Cavill was not spotted among them.
In response to Momoa's comment, Cavill cryptically »
‘Twin Peaks: The Return': Guns, Pie, and a Vortex in the Sky in “Part 11″
If nothing else, "Part 11" of Twin Peaks: The Return gave us our first tangible link between the world of Twin Peaks and the black-and-white nightmare that emerged about 10 minutes into the now-classic "Part 8" since that episode ended. The dimensional vortex, for lack of a better descriptor, that Gordon sees at the site of Hastings and Ruth's trip into the unknown brought us into another room on the other side, where the demonic homeless people stared vacantly and unmoved at the new visitor before Albert thankfully pulled Gordon out. Then Hastings got his head … »
- Chris Cabin
All by myself: how the greatest solo film performances worked their magic
With Anne Hathaway set to signed up to a film that she will carry on her own, we ask: what can she learn from previous high points of the single-actor show
In Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway she won an Oscar for crying – but how is she with cryo? She’s just signed up for O2, a race-against-time movie centred on a woman who wakes up trapped in one of those sci-fi hypersleep pods so beloved of the Alien franchise. It sounds like a juicy premise for a tense thriller – O2’s amnesiac protagonist must escape before her air supply runs out – but it will also see Hathaway join a cinematic club currently dominated by men: movies that are solo showcases for one actor.What could Hathaway learn from other recent examples?
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- Graeme Virtue
‘Game of Thrones’: Season 7, Episode 2 is ‘Stormborn’ [Recap]
Sometimes it seems that it’s only called “Game of Thrones” since “Family Matters” was already taken. Family problems. We all got ‘em, they’re just a whole lot worse in Westeros. Marauding pirate uncles, undermining sisters, long-lost nephews—it’s all just a stew of madness and warring bloodlines. That’s never more evident than in Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn,” written by Bryan Cogman, directed by Mark Mylod.
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- Katie Walsh
‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: “Stormborn” – Queen of the Ashes
If you were one of the Game of Thrones viewers who thought the Season 7 premiere was slow, then you probably loved this week’s episode. While “Dragonglass” arguably spent too long re-establishing characters and situations we already understood, “Stormborn” wasted no time changing the game. Dany makes her move A storm is brewing at Winterfell, but Dany and her advisors are safe within Dragonstone… at least for one scene. Now that the gang has officially made it to Westeros, it’s time to shore up their forces and come up with a plan. (Apparently, everyone was too seasick … »
- Kayti Burt
‘Game of Thrones’ Review: Family Means Nothing in ‘Stormborn,’ As History Begins to Die Too
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 2, “Stormborn.”]
Family has meant nearly everything in the world of “Game of Thrones.” The reputation of notable houses, the legacy of rulers and great men that line those history books have done as much to guide the actions of these characters as their own instincts. But after the events of “Stormborn,” that guiding principle of using the past to help shape the future looks to be as outdated as it’s ever been.
Take Aerys Targaryen, the Mad King whose very nickname casts a shadow on Westeros’ coming war, even after his successor’s successor’s successor has been wiped from the throne. In Dany’s new stronghold of Dragonstone (introduced at the top of this episode like Xanadu or some Transylvanian castle from a pre-code monster flick), Varys’ past allegiances are the first to be questioned. Dany’s short learning curve as a leader has meant a careful weeding out »
- Steve Greene
This Rotten Week: Predicting Atomic Blonde And The Emoji Movie Reviews
As the month of July draws to a close, we don't get a big blockbuster like Dunkirk or a Wonder Woman in this week's set of wide releases, but Charlize Theron is at least kicking some tail, and the kids will have something to check out. Let's take a look at Atomic Blonde »
‘Ballers’ Premiere Review: Season 3’s ‘Seeds of Expansion’ Promises to Extend The Action Beyond Miami
Read More‘Ballers’ Season Finale Review: Here’s How Hard The Rock Balled in Season 2 [Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Ballers” Season 3, Episode 1, “Seeds of Expansion.”]
As always, the life of a baller is filled with ups and downs, especially on “Ballers.” Thus, in the season premiere, we see the beginning of key storylines for Vernon (Donovan Carter), Charles (Omar Miller) and Ricky (John David Washington): Vernon’s got a new apparel business in the works, Charles is taking on more responsibility as a member of the Dolphins’ front office… and whoops, looks like Ricky is going to be a father, courtesy of a not-so-stable past (and present) hook-up.
It’s an awful lot of set-up, which we’ll undoubtedly dig into more as the season progresses, but none of the questions surrounding those narratives are as important as this one…
Someone read our dream journal: Season 3 of “Ballers” literally begins with The Rock balling. Specifically, he’s playing a »
- Liz Shannon Miller
‘Twin Peaks’ Review: Part 11 Puts a Funny Spin on David Fincher as Agent Cooper Edges Closer to Reality
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Twin Peaks: The Return” (2017), Season 3, Episode 11, “Part 11.”]
“Damn good” only begins to describe Part 11 of “Twin Peaks: The Return,” an episode in which a lot of pieces came together both for the series’ central mystery and within its hero’s restricted mind.
First, let’s address what’s in the box. For all the parodies and homages that reference David Fincher’s iconic scene in “Seven,” this one may take the cake– well, the pie. The long drive into the desert. The long row of telephone lines on the side of the road. A mysterious box. An unarmed man held at gunpoint. These are the same images that evoked trepidation in Fincher’s film, but Lynch created a playful tone for “Twin Peaks.”
From the remixed version of “Viva Las Vegas” that kicks off Cooper’s »
- Ben Travers
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