Nov 29, 2015

WIWTW #23

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Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • I guess that you can count Ridley Scott as a big Michael Fassbender fan since he decided that he wants the actor in two roles for the upcoming Alien: Covenant. More David? @ScreenDaily
  • Box office report: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 had a pretty strong second weekend, finishing up at $75.8 million which is sure to have Lionsgate at least considering more sequels or even some spin-offs. Pixar's The Good Dinosaur came in at #2 with a $56 million haul. While that's not a bad number, it's not the kind of sterling result that Pixar usually gets. For a movie that had a pretty troubled production, parent company Disney is sure to be disappointed. The big news here is Creed which surprised most analysts by punching above its weight. With an American Thanksgiving take of $42.6 million, it's the kind of victory lap that Rocky Balboa deserves. @Variety
  • Looks like director David O. Russell and Jennifer Lawrence are going to continue their seemingly endless domination of Award Season talk. @GoldDerby
  • Leonardo DiCaprio is also (unsurprisingly) looking like a very strong contender for Best Actor due to his turn in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant@Vulture
  • Bond 25 is to start pre-production this spring. Sam Mendes who directed the last two Bonds is apparently not returning but the door remains open for Daniel Craig who last said that he'd rather "slash my wrists" than play another James Bond again. So is that a yes? @Flickering Myth
  • Czech movie pirate Jakub F. went forward with a deal that got him out of paying any damages by producing an anti-piracy film of all things. The terms of the deal included getting at least 200,000 views on YouTube which lucky for Jakub has already happened. @BBC
  • Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you use Chrome as your internet browser? Well then maybe you'd like an anti-Star Wars spoiler browser extension which you can read about here: @Independent
Video of the week: So The Revenant looks pretty brutal...

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Number of movies watched: 11

Average rating: 5.55
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Nov 22, 2015

WIWTW #22

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Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Ian McKellen opens up like never before and has some pretty interesting things to say about the movies he's worked on and the people he's worked with. What a guy. @The Guardian
  • Box office report: You'd think that Lionsgate would be pleased with The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 2 winning the weekend with a $101 million weekend right? Normally that would be a great, but it isn't so great when it happens to be the lowest opening film of the franchise. Every Hunger Games movie after the first one has earned less than the one that came before it which probably means we're not going to be getting any Hunger Games sequels or spinoffs which is fine by me. Spectre added $14.5 million to its domestic take and The Peanuts Movie added $12.8 million. The Seth Rogan-led Night Before only managed to earn $10 million on the weekend, but will most likely be OK given that it's a holiday film and has all of December to reap the benefits of that. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • An interesting look at how movie theatres are inviting professional athletes to come out and see movies on the big screen in order to help generate a little buzz. @The New York Times
  • A few words from Nia Vardalos about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, otherwise known as Unnecessary Sequel #125678. @Greek Reporter
  • So what are Paramount and toymaker Hasbro up to these days? Besides signing off on more Transformers movies, another G.I. Joe movie and a Micronauts movie? Beats me. @Variety
  • Peter Jackson comes clean about the very troubled and rushed production of The Hobbit trilogy. @A.V. Club
Video of the week: Here's the trailer for 100 Years which will only be released in 2115. No, that's not a typo.


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Number of movies watched: 9

Average rating: 6.39
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Nov 15, 2015

WIWTW #21

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Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Ridley Scott regrets having ever let the Alien series "get away" from him. I regret it too Ridley, if that makes you feel any better. @Terror Time
  • Box office report: Was there any doubt that Spectre wouldn't be #1 once again this week? Didn't think so. With a 49% drop compared to last weekend, it added a nice $35.4 million to its gross which it'll need to offset that massive $250 million budget. Product placement can only go so far. The Peanuts Movie did good business again as well with $24.2 million over the weekend. On the other hand, By the Sea put together a paltry $95,440 from 10 screens which puts it at a $9,544 per-screen average. You'd think that the star power of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie could do more damage than that, but you'd be wrong. Those numbers certainly don't bode well for a sizable wide-release. @Variety
  • Continuing along with Alien, right now it's looking like the title for Ridley Scott's next Prometheus/Alien movie is going to be Alien: Covenent as opposed to the earlier Alien: Paradise Lost. Could be called Alien: Genysis for all I care. I just want an Alien movie that's good. @IGN
  • Danny Boyle is not a fan of how Universal decided to distribute his movie Steve Jobs in the least. Despite some pretty good buzz early on during its limited release, it's looking less and less like it'll be a major player come Award Season. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Here's on awesome piece on Max von Sydow who now at 87 years old with Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens under his belt is poised to become a cultural icon despite an already incredible film career. @The Atlantic
  • The Oscars continue to warp the genres of competing films as well as the fabric of time and space. The Martian as a comedy? Please. @Los Angeles Times
  • Calls about whitewashing in Hollywood isn't going anywhere and Gods of Egypt is now the new target. If you'd forgotten all about it, Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods and Kings was the last movie to be singled out for lacking in the diversity department. @The Guardian
Video of the week: Donnie Yen is back. Here is the trailer.


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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 6.06
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Nov 8, 2015

WIWTW #20

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Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • Amazon made a pretty major move into becoming a significant player in the movie industry by snagging the distribution rights for Nicolas Winding Refn's Neon Demon. It'll be out next summer and no doubt will make an appearance on Amazon Prime. @Digital Spy
  • Box office report: After weeks of bombs, I guess everybody was just saving their money to go see Spectre this weekend. With a massive $73 million from 3,929 theatres, that's unfortunately less than the $88 million that Skyfall opened to back in November of 2012. Still, money is money and one can certainly expect that it should hit $1 billion globally by the end of its run. Family targeted The Peanuts Movie did quite well for itself too with a cool $45 million. Made by the same studio responsible for Ice Age, I guess that probably means The Peanuts Movie 2 shouldn't be too far on the horizon. @Variety
  • Will Warcraft finally be the movie that puts video game movies on the right path towards respectability? Maybe. Director Duncan Jones sure seems to think so. @The Guardian
  • Apparently, books can be adapted into films before they're even published. That's the story with Zoe Quinn's "Gamergate" memoir that's coming out this September anyway. @Deadline
  • Here's Richard Linklater with some pretty interesting things to say about the future of film distribution. He's no Tarantino, that's for sure. @Indiewire
  • Video game giant Activision Blizzard just launched a film and television production arm that they'll no doubt use to develop their many properties such as Warcraft, Call of Duty and more. Honestly looks like video game will be the new superheroes. @Variety
  • Speaking of which, a movie based on The Witcher video game series will apparently hit theatres in 2017. This one's a little different though since the source material for the games is based on a series of fantasy books by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. @GameSpot
Video of the week: Video game is the word, so here's the trailer for Warcraft.

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Number of movies watched: 8

Average rating: 7.12
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Nov 1, 2015

WIWTW #19

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Some News (That I Actually Care About)

  • So it certainly looks like Indiana Jones 5 is a sure thing. This came direct from Steven Spielberg himself during a Harrison Ford tribute at the Britannia Awards. Let's just hope it's alien-less this time. @Deadline
  • Box office report: Another weekend, another batch of box office bombs. This week we find Our Brand is Crisis and Burnt ending up with nothing but egg on their faces. The star power of Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper just wasn't enough to convince adult film goers to go to the movies this weekend, ending up with $3.4 million and $5 million respectively over the weekend. So once again, The Martian is on top of the heap with $11.4 million, followed by Goosebumps at $9.8 million and Bridge of Spies with $8.1 million. At this rate, The Martian should become Ridley Scott's #1 domestic grosser once it passes the $187 million of Gladiator@Variety
  • Seriously love this take on Halloween's Michael Myers, my favourite of all slasher characters. It also explains why the Michael Myers in Rob Zombie's remake is just way less scary to me. @The Andrew Blog
  • The ultimate Jar-Jar Binks fan theory is a must read for all Jar Jar/Star Wars fans out there. I know you're out there. @Wired
  • Although it isn't a perfect website by any means, reaching 25 years is a big achievement for IMDb. As one of my go-to movie sites, here's to 25 more. @Venture Beat
  • Hope Quentin Tarantino never has to call the cops in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston or Philadelphia. I get the feeling that he doesn't have many friends there. @The Hollywood Reporter
  • Billy Bob Thornton is coming back for Bad Santa 2. Hard to believe that the original is 12 years old now. @Variety
Video of the week: As a goodbye to October, here's the trailer for Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)


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Number of movies watched: 11

Average rating: 6.05
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