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Oct 19

Mel Gibson to star in 'John Wick' prequel series, 'The Continental'

by Samantha Ibrahim

Mel Gibson will soon be heading to the small screen. The Oscar winner has just landed a role in the "John Wick" franchise prequel series, "The Continental."

The three-night miniseries was first commissioned by Starz in 2018, according to Deadline, and 65-year-old Gibson will portray a character named Cormac.

"The Continental" is set to explore the genesis behind the hotel for assassins, through the eyes of a young Winston Scott, who was played by Ian McShane in the film franchise starring Keanu Reeves. He’s then dragged into the hellscape of a 1975 New York City to face his past.

Winston then charts a deadly course through New York's mysterious underworld in a harrowing attempt to seize the iconic hotel which serves as the meeting point for the world's most dangerous criminals.

Gibson was last seen in a recurring role on television in the Australian drama series, "The Sullivans," which ran from 1976 until 1983.

Three "John Wick" films have debuted on the big screen so far and have grossed more than $600 million globally. A fourth film is currently in development and is set to be released on May 27, 2022. A fifth movie will follow the fourth, and they will be filmed back to back.

Continue Reading at: The New York Post

Oct 18

Box Office Disaster: Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" with Affleck, Damon, Makes Just $4.8 Mil in Wide Release Opening

Adam Driver (left) and Matt Damon in a scene from Box Office flop "The Last Duel" (image courtesy 21st Century)

by Roger Friedman

Yikes!

Ridley Scott's "The Last Duel" would be the Last Movie for any other director.

Starring Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, and Adam Driver, the medieval bonanza made just $4.8 mil in wide release this weekend.

This thing is playing in over 3,000 theaters. But no one is going. Per theater average was just $1,573 with multiple showings.

This is really a disaster since this extravaganza cost upwards of $150 mil. Those three stars alone will have salaries that make turning a domestic profit impossible. This was a 21st Century aka 20th Century Fox release.

Exhibitor Relations notes: "Affleck and Damon stunk it up overseas too, as THE LAST DUEL grossed just $4.2M in 37 territories including France, UK, Italy, Mexico, Germany, Japan, Brazil – with NOT ONE market totaling over $1M, and only two above $500k."

Lucky for Ridley he has "House of Gucci" coming soon with Lady Gaga and the ubiquitous Adam Driver.

"The Last Duel" got respectful reviews, too, with an 86 on Rotten Tomatoes. But just, you know, no one cared. One day soon we'll see it on Disney Plus and judge for ourselves.

Continue Reading at: ShowBiz 411

Oct 17

Box Office: 'Halloween Kills' Opens to Killer $50.4M Despite Dual Peacock Launch

Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in "Halloween Kills" (image courtesy Universal Pictures)

by Pamela McClintock

David Gordon Green's Halloween Kills is doing killer business at the domestic box office, where it scared up the biggest horror opening of the pandemic era. It also boasts the top start for a movie launching simultaneously in theaters and on a streaming service at no extra cost.

Green's R-rated slasher pic earned $50.4 million from 3,705 theaters in North America. Halloween Kills also launched Friday on Universal's sister streaming service, Peacock.

Day-and-date releases, a controversial practice, have become commonplace during the pandemic as media conglomerates race to grow their streaming services and use feature movies as bait. Previously, Godzilla vs. Kong boasted the biggest domestic box office opening for a pandemic-era dual release ($31.6 million).

The performance will no doubt please advocates of drastically shortening or collapsing the exclusive theatrical window. Such advocates include NBCUniversal chief Jeff Shell, who oversees Universal and Peacock.

Peacock, like most other steamers, didn't disclose any viewership numbers for Halloween Kills. At the box office, it came in ahead of expectations.
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At the same time, No Time to Die is certainly no slouch as it nears the $450 million mark globally. The MGM and EON movie continues to ring up bigger numbers overseas, as all Bond films do. It earned another $54 million this weekend for a foreign tally of $348.3 million and $447.5 million worldwide (and that's without China, where it lands Oct. 29).

Sony's Venom: Let There Be Carnage opened in earnest overseas to top the international chart with a weekend haul of $62.3 million from 44 markets for a foreign cume of $115.6 million and $283.7 million worldwide. That excludes China, where Chinese war epic The Battle of Lake Changjin earned another $71 million to cross the $755 million mark in ticket sales.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Oct 16

'The Batman' trailer unveils Pattinson in dark, violent turn

by The Associated Press

Warner Bros. has unveiled its trailer for "The Batman," which features Robert Pattinson's first bone-crunching turn as a DC Comics superhero.

The trailer unveiled Saturday at the DC Fandome event shows Pattinson's Dark Knight methodically taking down bad guys despite being outnumbered and his Batsuit absorbing multiple bullets.

The footage teases a dark, bleak and violent version of Batman, with Pattinson's voice saying about the Bat-Signal: "Fear is a tool. When the light hits the sky, it's not just a call. It's a warning."

The trailer teases multiple iconic characters, including Zoe Kravitz's Catwoman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin and Batman's muscle car Batmobile tearing up the streets and emerging from explosions unscathed.

The trailer opens with a scene of police arresting a man in a cafe. The milk in his coffee is swirled into a question mark, the calling card of Batman's nemesis The Riddler.

Later in the footage, Pattinson's voice is heard describing the situation in Gotham City: "This is a powder keg. The Riddler's the match."

Check it out here:

Continue Reading at: CTV

Oct 14

Universal: First Look at The Black Phone with Ethan Hawke

Universal Studios has provided us with an official domestic trailer for Scott Derrickson's film The Black Phone (2022), starring Ethan Hawke, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, and James Ransone. The film will open in theaters across the nation on February 4.

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Studio description: The phone is dead. And it's ringing.

Director Scott Derrickson returns to his terror roots and partners again with the foremost brand in the genre, Blumhouse, with a new horror thriller.

Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer's previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn't happen to Finney.

Starring four-time Oscar® nominee Ethan Hawke in the most terrifying role of his career and introducing Mason Thames in his first ever film role, The Black Phone is produced, directed, and co-written by Scott Derrickson, the writer-director of Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel's Doctor Strange.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Blu-ray.com

Oct 13

Ghostface Is Back To Terrorize Neve Campbell Once More In New 'Scream' Trailer

by Curtis M. Wong

The technology has changed - but the bloodlust is still apparent - in "Scream," the upcoming fifth movie in the horror franchise of the same name.

Viewers got a first look at the hotly anticipated film, due out in January, with the release of a new trailer Tuesday. Fans of the 1996 original will likely be pleased to see actors David Arquette, Neve Campbell and Courteney Cox reprising their roles, alongside newcomers including Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega and Jack Quaid.

The new clip finds Ortega, whose acting credits include "Iron Man 3" and Netflix's "You," on the run from the masked killer Ghostface. It's a clear homage to an iconic scene from the original film that featured Drew Barrymore - only this time, Ghostface has text messaging and a home alarm system at his disposal.

Watch the full trailer for the upcoming film "Scream" below.

Continue Reading at: HuffPost

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