‘Moana’s 2nd Weekend Not Far From ‘Frozen’; Awards Raise ‘Manchester’s Tide; ‘Jackie’ Still Regal

2nd Writethru, 10:10PM Friday: In a weekend where there aren’t any major-studio wide releases, the most we can expect from the box office is that the product that’s out there just hangs in. And despite the downturn in traffic that this frame brings as audiences are distracted by the onset of the holiday season, November’s top two family titles — Disney’s Moana and Warner Bros.’ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — are holding on to their respective No. 1 and 2 spots.

Moana is showing muscle now on course for a second weekend of $30.3M, that’s just $1.3M shy of Frozen‘s second weekend. Wow. That -47% ease from its Black Friday charged frame a week ago outstrips many of her Turkey Day release relatives including  Toy Story 2 (-51%), Frozen (-53%), Tangled (-56%) and definitely last year’s dud The Good Dinosaur (-61%). The Pacific femme hero sails past $100M tomorrow, and by Sunday will dock north of $121M. On a pure 12-to-12 day comparison, Moana beats Frozen‘s running cume by 22%, however the latter had a limited release in its first weekend before blasting out wide over Thanksgiving.

Social media monitor RelishMix noticed how Disney was keeping Moana alive on social. The studio posted the song “You’re Welcome” performed by Dwayne Johnson on their Vevo music channel on Monday and clocked close to 4M views. The Moana Facebook has been adding about 18K fans a day, which is very strong for a kids title, while on YouTube, an additional 24.2M views have clocked from over 342 videos in the last week.


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Fantastic Beasts is now looking at a third weekend that’s -62% with $17.2M and a cume by Sunday of $182.2M, still running behind the first Harry Potter movie by 17% at the same point in time. In regards to the pic’s momentum on social, RelishMix observes that 350 total videos have sped close to 15M views, while the pic’s Facebook page continues to add close to 25K per day.

Paramount’s duo Allied and Arrival are about one spot from another in third and fifth place. Allied is looking at $7.7M for a 12-day cume that’s under $30M. Ouch. Amy Adams’ alien movie is looking at $6.6M, -43%, in its fourth go-round for a running total of $72.4M. The final stateside landing for the UFO movie lies in the $80M range. Today it flew past the century mark worldwide.

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BH/Tilt’s horror release Incarnatethe only wide entry of the weekend, is coming in just outside the top 10 with $2M. Pic cost $5M. This is part of a model that the distributor is looking to learn from with each release. They’re targeting uber-genre fans with a minimal digital spend (nothing even in the range of a Ouija 2, or even the estimated $20M that was shelled out to launch the $9M teenage comedy The Edge of Seventeen).

That digital spend detail isn’t a line either: RelishMix noticed that Incarnate has a strong social media universe of 70M propped by WWE thanks to wrestler Mark Henry, who has a mysterious role in the movie. He’s actively sharing materials across his social pages (4.4M), all of which have notable followings.  And, David Mazouz (400K), who fans primarily recognize as little Batman from FOX’s Gotham, is young and social and he’s promoting the film across his official pages and feeds. Not a big studio spend here to launch, but that was never the intention. Not to mention, if you’re a fanboy, you’re saving your money to see Rogue One two weeks from now. Or else your friends told you not to go, as Incarnate was forked by a C- CinemaScore (Bs are typically strong enough for a horror title).

BH/Tilt has grossed more in the past from other microbudget titles, read Green Inferno opened to $3.5M and made a little more than 2x that in the end with $7.2M. The Kevin Bacon-Matt Walsh film The Darkness hit the sweet spot for the label over the summer earning close to $5M  in its opening weekend and $10.7M final domestic. San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton was attracted to Incarnate because it offered a unique spin on an exorcism movie with Aaron Eckhart in an interesting role. Also the filmmaker wanted to make a horror film, and the Blumhouse model provides directors with creative freedom.


What award didn’t Roadside Attractions/Amazon’s Manchester by the Sea win this week? The pic delivered Casey Affleck best actor at the Gothams, New York Film Critics Circle and National Board of Review with a best pic win at the latter. That’s not counting all the other wins it took at NBR and NYCC as well as seven Critics’ Choice noms.  All of this is propelling the Kenneth Lonergan drama into the top 10 after expanding from 48 to 156 locations with $2.2M in its third weekend.



Pablo Larrain’s Jackie from Fox Searchlight is putting up some great numbers at its five locations spread between New York and Los Angeles for the seventh best per theater of the year with $51K following the re-release of Howard’s End ($52,5K). Opening weekend will be $255K. The avant garde biopic has an 87% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and expands to 40-plus markets in the near future. Some box office trivia: this is the weekend that Natalie Portman’s ultimate best actress Oscar winner Black Swan lept from six years ago with an opening weekend of $1.4M at 18 sites. It was also a Fox Searchlight release. Jackie is straight-up drama appealing to an upscale crowd, while Black Swan, a noir thriller, resonated after months of festival play hooking the date night crowd, horror fans, LGBT, and upscale audiences.

Related‘Manchester By The Sea’ Named Best Film By National Board Of Review

The top 11 pics for Dec. 2-4, 2016 per industry estimates as of Friday evening:

1). Moana  (DIS), 3,875 Theaters (0) / $6.5M Fri (-70%) / 3-day cume: $30.3M (-47%)/Total: $121.8M/Wk 2

2). Fantastic Beasts…  (WB), 3,988 theaters (-156) /$5.3M Fri. (-71%)  / 3-day cume: $17.2M (-62%)/Total: $182.2M/Wk 3

3). Allied (PAR), 3,160 Theaters (0) /$2.2M Fri (-55%)/3-day cume: $7.7M (-39%) /Total: $29.6/Wk 2

4).Doctor Strange  (DIS), 2,935 theaters (-73) /$1.8M Fri (-67%) /3-day cume: $6.7M (-51%) /Total cume: $215.5M/Wk 5

5). Arrival  (PAR), 2,915 theaters (+473)/$2M Fri (-55%)/3-day cume: $6.6M (-43%)/Total:$72.4M/ Wk 4

6.) Trolls  (DWA/20th Century Fox), 3,156 theaters (-166) /$1.09m Fri (-73%)/3-day cume: $4.9M (-54%) /Total Cume: $141.7M/Wk 5

7). Hacksaw Ridge  (Lionsgate), 2,494 theaters (+162) / $958K Fri (-56%)/3-day:$3.1M (-42%)/Total: $57.1M/ Wk 5

8.)  Bad Santa 2  (BG/MX), 2,945 Theaters (+25) /$901K Fri (-61%) / 3-day cume: $2.8M (-55%)/Total: $13.8M/Wk 2

9). Almost Christmas  (UNI), 1,556 theaters (-213) /$692K Fri (-70%)/ 3-day cume: $2.4M (-58%)/Total: $38.1M/ Wk 4

10.) Manchester by the Sea (RSA/AMZ) 156 theaters  (+108)/$653K Fri/3-day: $2.2M (+85%)/Total: $4.3M/Wk 3

11.) Incarnate (BH/T) 1,737 theaters/$800K Fri (includes previews of $120K)/3-day: $2.1m/Wk 1


Jackie (FSL) 5 theaters/$80K Fri/$51K PTA/3-day: $255K/Wk 1


Alice Drummond Dies; Veteran Character Actress Was 88

Alice Drummond, a prolific character actress nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony in 1970 and known for appearances in films like Awakenings, Synecdoche, New York, and Ghostbusters among many others died on November 30 from complications following a fall in her home. She was 88. The news was confirmed by Drummond’s friend, June Gable, to the New York Times.

Born in 1928 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, Drummond was a 1950 graduate of Pembroke College (now Brown University). She began her acting career following a move to New York with her husband, Paul Drummond whom she married in 1951. (The couple divorced in 1976). A regular on Broadway in the 1960s and 1970s, Drummond was nominated for a Tony for her performance in Murray Schisgal’s The Chinese.

Drummond also held a slew of memorable and sometimes iconic character roles on film and television. Among them, in the 1960s she appeared on the supernatural soap opera Dark Shadows, in the role of Nurse Jackson; as a New York City librarian in the beginning of the original Ghostbusters; and as a a patient in the 1990 Robin Williams film Awakenings. She was a regular on the CBS soap Where the Heart Is, appearing on the show until it ended its run in 1973, and later appeared briefly on As the World Turns, another CBS soap.

Among many television guest spots, she appeared on Spin City, Boston Legal, Ed, Law & Order, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, and Grace Under Fire.

Her most recent film appearance was in the family comedy Furry Vengeance in 2010.


Pharrell Williams On His ‘Hidden Figures’ Contribution: “It Made Sense For Everything We Stand For”

There are few musicians in this year’s Oscar race who can have had as significant a contribution to the projects they’re attached to as Pharrell Williams with Hidden Figures. Already Oscar nominated for the phenomenal hit song “Happy”, which was attached to Despicable Me 2 in 2013, the multi-hyphenated musical artist steps into his second feature film as a producer—after last year’s Dope—with Theodore Melfi’s movie, which tells the true story of the African American women working at NASA in the 1960s who helped send the first U.S. astronauts into space.

“When we heard about the project, it just made sense for everything we stand for,” says Williams. It had come to him through his producing partner Mimi Valdés, who had taken a meeting with producer Donna Gigliotti. “It was about uncovering a significant part of history, and the lifting of women and the highlighting of their importance.”

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The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe as Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, three “computors” at NASA’s Virginia facility, who were responsible for the complex mathematical calculations behind the early space program. Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, the film highlights the extraordinary talents of these three women, and the unthinkable complications of their lives in an era in which segregation was still rife.

Initially hidden in a windowless building—away from the white, predominantly male scientists offered positions of power—these women, and many like them, worked tirelessly to ensure the safe delivery and recovery of NASA’s rockets in an era before computers made mathematical calculations easy. When the first IBM was installed at NASA, they learned the complex machine code necessary to program it. And when John Glenn braced to take his first space flight, Katherine Johnson’s calculations were the only ones he was prepared to trust.

The fact that their names had been largely forgotten to history until now inspired Williams, who was born in Virginia in the 1970s, and so saw it as a homegrown story. In addition to producing the movie, Williams contributes no fewer than eight pieces of original music to its soundtrack, and collaborated with Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch on the score.

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“Mimi knew I was going to lose my mind when I heard about Hidden Figures,” says Williams, “And I was all about it the minute I heard about it. The next thing we knew, we were in the middle of it, seeing it through.”

The complexity of sending men into space was fascinating to Williams. “When you find out some of these intricate parts were played by women, then it becomes a whole other thing,” he explains. “The picture becomes much more full and you get a real, holistic understanding for how it got done. We know we got there, but the truth behind what specifically happened introduces you to the real pitfalls they faced. And you see, at every turn, there was a woman.”

Katherine Johnson’s considerable talent was not ignored at NASA, where she was elevated to the highest offices to do her work. But there were no bathrooms for African Americans in the building to which she’d been sequestered, and so Johnson endured a 45-minute trip each way just to use the bathroom. This one of the many challenges Johnson faced inspires one of Williams’ songs for the movie: “Runnin’”. “The song is about what they must have been going through in that era,” notes Williams. “They realized there wouldn’t be a day when they weren’t running.”

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Williams worked on the music as the film was coming together, and “Runnin’” was ready in time for Melfi to shoot those scenes on set. “Ted shot the ‘Runnin’’ scenes while he was listening to the music in his ears,” Williams notes. It becomes a recurring theme, as Russia’s successful space launches make global headlines and political pressure requires that deadlines are brought forward.

The song, though, that Williams finds most uplifting is “I See A Victory”. “That’s the one that lights me up,” he enthuses. A soaring anthem, “it’s about the necessity of reminding ourselves that everything’s going to be OK,” notes Williams. “But it also parallels the early ’60s with what women are going through to today. And also, what men go through when they see their counterparts suffer and they want to stand behind them, beside them, with them.

“No matter what is going on in your environment, you know that if you pull all the way out to the Moon’s view of Earth, you’ll realize, ‘OK, that’s where I am right now, but look at how far we’ve come, and look at where I’m headed. This is just today, but I see a victory.’ That’s what that song is about.”

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Williams says he always knew he wanted to make a big contribution to this project, and that it required a fresh approach to music. “Hans Zimmer, Benjamin Wallfisch and myself got into a room and we all worked on the score,” he recalls. “We wanted to make sure there was a different offering, because when you listen to most scores, the chord progressions and the melodic direction usually has a Euro or Anglo basis to it. Our interesting challenge, which we were happy to rise to, was to have something that was a little more reflective of how Katherine, Dorothy and Mary must have been feeling. It was a cool, interesting perk that came along with getting the job.”

Enforced segregation may have come to an end, Williams notes, but there are still huge challenges of inequality that Hidden Figures attempts to address. “This still happens to women,” he insists. “As men, we have become desensitized to it, like it’s the norm.”

But he remains optimistic about what the future holds. “I think the norm is changing. Everything is changing right now, as we speak. I think that’s a beautiful thing. It’s a time for true equality.”


Haim Saban Slams DNC Chair Hopeful Keith Ellison: “Anti-Semitic And Anti-Israel”

Despite the victory via Electoral College of President-elect Donald Trump, there’s no love lost between various factions of the Democratic party. Democrats are currently looking for a new person to head up the Democratic National Committee, and Minnesota representative Keith Ellison has been considered a top contender for the job since throwing his name into the hat November 14. But, as past statements by Ellison, the first Muslim elected to congress, have come to light, his critics have as well. Among them is billionaire Haim Saban, Saban Entertainment founder and major Hillary Clinton donor who contributed more than $12 million to the Democratic candidate’s campaign.

Speaking today before the annual Saban Forum at the Brooking Institution, Saban made his displeasure with Ellison clear in stark terms, calling him an “anti-Semitic and anti-Israel person.” Saban, who clarified that he didn’t have a problem with Ellison’s religion, added that Ellison, he believes, would be “a disaster for both Israel and the Democratic Party.”

Saban’s comments were in response to growing controversies dogging Ellison, among them his past ties to the Nation of Islam, which he renounced in 2006, as well as statements made in 2010 that came to light after a recording was leaked, which have been characterized by some critics as anti-Israel. Ellison for his part says the comments, made at a private fundraiser, were taken out of context and that the audio was doctored.

Story via the Times of Israel.


Johnny Depp, Sam Raimi & Others Contribute To Film By 16-Year Old Cancer Patient

A group of A-list talent came together in November to help 16-year old cancer patient Anthony Jonathan Conti fulfill his dream of writing and starring in his own film. Johnny Depp, J.K. Simmons, Laura Dern, Penelope Ann Miller, Chad Coleman, and Richard Chamberlain were joined by David Lynch, Catherine Hardwicke, Theodore Melfi, Sam Raimi, Peter Farrelly, and Sean Furst for The Black Ghiandola, a post-apocalyptic zombie story about a young man whose family has been killed, who risks his life to save a young girl he has grown to love. Filming took place November 18-20

Conti, diagnosed this summer with stage 4 Adrenal Cortical Cancer, stars in and co-wrote the film with Scott Kosar (Texas Chainsaw Massacre), with additional writing by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice). The production was made possible by the Make A Film Foundation, a nonprofit established in 2007 that helps children enduring serious or life-threatening medical conditions to create short film legacies by teaming them with industry professionals who volunteer their time.


Rami, Hardwicke, and Melfi contributed as directors, with Farrelly and Furst serving as supervising producers. Hollywood Make A Film Foundation founder Tamika Lamison produced alongside Adele Rene and Bettina Fisher.

Along with Anthony’s father and grandmother, other contributions to the project were made by Teamsters Local 399 drivers, Star Waggons, Wooden Nickel, Panavision, AMPAS, AMC, The Walking Dead, L.A. Grips, Plan U Prods., St. Joseph’s Hospital, Big Sky Ranch, Friar Tux, Nature’s Bakery, Gala Minasova’s Picture Car, Western Costumes, Essential Water, Cinepower & Light, Avon, Galpin, Quixote Rentals, Zio Rentals, Durable Medical Equipment Aid Society, Enterprise, Alex’s Catering, Skye Props, Boston Mass General, Bear Creek Restrooms, Ruskin School of Acting, Constantine FX, Bloodlust Unlimited, MovieInsure, Domino’s, Starbucks, and Warner Bros.

Further information is available at the official site.


Suicide Squad 2 Is Not Happening Yet Says Jai Courtney

Way back in March, months before Suicide Squad hit theaters, a report surfaced that claimed Warner Bros. was already prepping Suicide Squad 2, with Will Smith and director David Ayer being eyed to return, with filming being eyed to start in early 2017. While Suicide Squad fared well at the box office, earning $325.1 million domestically and $745.6 million worldwide, from a $175 million budget, the film was blasted by the critics, with just a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Today we have an update from Jai Courtney, who revealed that he isn’t quite sure if Suicide Squad 2 is actually happening or not.

Director David Ayer teased this summer that he has already started to hammer out a story line for Suicide Squad 2, but he wouldn’t divulge any of those details quite yet. We Got This Covered caught up with Jai Courtney, who played Captain Boomerang in Suicide Squad, who stated that he isn’t sure what’s happening with the sequel quite yet, but he would love to reprise his role as Boomerang. Here’s what he had to say below.

“Listen, they keep their cards very close to their chest. I actually have no idea, I pray the answer is yes. I certainly don’t feel like I’m done with that character. I had a lot of fun playing him, and I don’t feel like anyone is done with that franchise, certainly not yet. So, I hope so, sooner or later. The studio is very busy at the moment, director David Ayer is directing something else at the moment, but I’m sure they have plans, just none that they’ve shared with me.”

Aside from Suicide Squad 2, there have also been rumors of spin-offs for both The Joker (Jared Leto) and Captain Boomerang, but Warner Bros. hasn’t made those plans official quite yet. The studio did confirm that it is developing a Harley Quinn spin-off, with Margot Robbie reprising her role from Suicide Squad in a movie that will also feature female DC characters such as Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. Margot Robbie will also executive produce that project through her first-look deal with Warner Bros., but a writer and director haven’t been set at this time.

Another report surfaced in April that this Suicide Squad sequel will be R-rated, following the success of Deadpool, 20th Century Fox’s R-rated superhero blockbuster. Deadpool actually out-grossed Suicide Squad both domestically and globally, even with a more restrictive rating. Even if Suicide Squad 2 does move forward at some point in the near future, it remains to be seen whether or not Warner Bros. will allow it to be R-rated.

In Suicide Squad, when Midway City is threatened by a powerful mystical enemy, Amanda Waller’s plan to unite the baddest of the bad gets the go-ahead. She cuts deals with a whole squad of prisoners: Deadshot (Will Smith) gets his Second Amendment rights ­reinstated, Harley (Margot Robbie) is set free from her cage, Diablo (Jay ­Hernandez) steps out of his fireproof prison, Boomerang (Jai Courtney) and Slipknot (Adam Beach) each get to wield their signature weapons once more, and Killer Croc ­(Adewale Akinnuoye-­Agbaje) emerges from the swamp. The only condition is this: Obey orders or die. This is strictly enforced by squad leader Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman), the samurai Katana (Karen Fukuhara), and of course the explosive devices – developed by Wayne Enterprises – inserted into their necks. However, the arrival of the tatted-up Gotham City mega-criminal, the Joker (Jared Leto), might doom the mission thanks to his plan to reunite with his true love, Harley. Hopefully we’ll hear more about Suicide Squad 2 in the very near future.


Is Armie Hammer Finally Joining the DC Movie Universe?

Next year, DC Comics fans will finally get the superhero ensemble movie they’ve been waiting years for, when Justice League hits theaters on November 17. Some fans may remember that there was almost another version of the Justice League nearly a decade ago, directed by George Miller, that never came to fruition, due to the writers strike in 2007, which featured a cast of rising stars, including Armie Hammer as Batman. Today we have word that, nearly a decade later, Armie Hammer may be joining the DC Extended Universe in an upcoming movie, which may actually be Ben Affleck’s The Batman.

Batman-News noticed that Armie Hammer was recently followed on Twitter by both DC Films president Geoff Johns, who is also co-writing The Batman with director/star Ben Affleck, and Joe Manganielllo, who was confirmed in September to play Deathstroke in The Batman. While this is by no means a confirmation that Armie Hammer has been cast in some capacity on The Batman, Twitter activity has foreshadowed real news in the past. Just before Rick Famuyiwa signed on to direct The Flash, Batman-News noticed that the filmmaker had started following a number of DC-related Twitter accounts, such as Geoff Johns Gal Gadot, Zack Snyder, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Jason Momoa.

Even if Armie Hammer has landed a role in this Batman reboot, we don’t have any indication of who he may be playing. Aside from Ben Affleck as Batman and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, no other cast members have been confirmed. It is believed that J.K. Simmons (Commissioner Gordon) and Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth) will reprise their roles from Justice Leauge, but nothing is set in stone at this time. Warner Bros. hasn’t issued a release date quite yet, but Time Warner president Jeff Bewkes teased that the movie is “a year and a half out.”

Last month, Joe Manganiello said that production starts in the spring of 2017, but that production date has yet to be confirmed. No story details have been released at this time, but Ben Affleck has teased that this story will be mostly original, although there will be parts of the story that will be taken from unspecified comic books. There were rumors that this movie will feature the iconic villain Red Hood, but that report was debunked. There has also been talk that it will feature “just about every major bad guy” from the Batman comics.

Back in April, Warner Bros. set October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019 release dates for two unspecified DCEU movies, with many speculating that one of those dates is being held for this Batman movie. The studio hasn’t confirmed what movies will be taking those dates at this time, but it’s possible that one of the other movies could be Suicide Squad 2, which the studio reportedly wanted to start filming next year. Director David Ayer and his Suicide Squad star Will Smith are currently filming Bright for Netflix, but it hasn’t been confirmed if they will return for Suicide Squad 2. Hopefully we’ll have more on The Batman in the near future.


Aquaman Delayed, Gets New 2018 Release Date

Don’t worry, it doesn’t sound like there is trouble in paradise yet. Yes, Aquaman is getting delayed. But it’s only for a few months. This doesn’t seem to be for any glaring issue with the quality of the movie. And many believe Warner Bros. made the movie so they could announce Ben Affleck’s solo adventure The Batman soon, giving it a prime summer release date. That part of this story, though, has not been confirmed.

The Aquaman movie was supposed to hit theaters on July 27, 2018. Though, that date has been called into question often these past few months, especially in the wake of Suicide Squad not quite living up to expectations. Yes, this August’s DC villain super-epic was a hit financially. But it left a bad taste in fans mouths with its sloppy editing and incoherent story. There has been rumors that every single one of the upcoming DC movies is in some kind of trouble, and we’ve been waiting to hear that Aquaman would be bumped or canceled altogether.

Aquaman is being slide into the October 5, 2018 release date slot open on the studio’s schedule. That gives the movie two more months to get its act together. For awhile, there were rumors that director James Wan, co-creator of the Saw and Insidious franchises, as well as the director of blockbuster hits The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Furious 7, was getting ready to jettison. Wan himself has stated publicly many times that isn’t happening.

Jason Momoa stars as Aquaman, with a cast that also includes Amber Heard as Mera, Queen of Atlantis and Willem DaFoe. The movie will arrive in both 3D and IMAX. Momoa made his debut as Aquaman on the big screen in this spring’s Batman v Superman, and he spent the rest of the year shooting his role for Justice League, which brings all the main DC Comics superheroes together next November. In that movie, Arthur Curry will tangle with villain Steppenwolf. Black Manta is said to be the main villain in Aquaman, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

One reason Aquaman may have gotten cold feet and moved to October is that Paramount Pictures is currently planning to release their Tom Cruise sequel Mission Impossible 6 on July 27. It is now the only movie occupying that late summer date. If Aquaman had of stayed in place, it would have opened one week after John Cameron and Robert Rodriguez’s sci-fi collaboration, the adaptation of Alita: Battle Angel. And it would have come one week before one of Disney’s huge tentpole releases, an as yet unnamed live-action fairy tale based on one of their classic animated movies.

Right now, October 2018 is pretty sparse, making for a good place to plant any flag. Every weekend is currently open, except that of October 19. DC Films has another untitled movie planned, but that probably won’t happen now. That leaves just Jungle Book Origins, which is also a Warner Bros. movie, a motion-capture family adventure directed by Andy Serkis said to be much darker than Disney’s hit from earlier this year. There is also a Blumhouse horror movie planned for October 19, but there is no telling at this point what this movie could possibly be. All told, October 5 sounds like a perfect fit for Aquaman.


Gladiator Hulk Revealed in Epic Thor: Ragnarok Poster

Marvel Studios will be releasing three movies for the first time next year and all three of them are potentially very exciting. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is finally happening and Spider-Man: Homecoming will be Tom Holland’s first solo movie as the new Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even with those two big movies looming, Thor: Ragnarok has a chance to be the best of the three and might be the most exciting. Now we have some brand new promo art from the movie to get us even more excited.

The folks over at ComicBookMovie came across a new promo poster for Thor 3, which shows Thor and Hulk fully decked out in gladiator battle garb looking like they are ready for full-blown war. The art apparently came from Thailand, but regardless of where it came from, it looks undeniably awesome and further teases some serious Planet Hulk action. The poster is also quite colorful, matching the logo that Marvel Studios unveiled for the movie this summer at San Diego Comic-Con.

2016 has been another very solid year for Marvel, with Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange both delivering in a big way, in terms of quality and box office. The MCU has had mostly solid entries, but the Thor solo movies would probably both land closer to the bottom of the list in terms of where it stands when compared to other Marvel movies. That said, everything we have heard about Thor: Ragnarok so far is incredibly encouraging and leads us to believe this could easily be the best installment of the Thor trilogy. This art further promotes that idea.

We haven’t been given an official synopsis for Thor 3 as of yet, but we do know a few things about the plot of the movie. For one, it will at least be partially adapting the beloved Planet Hulk storyline from the comics, which is something fans have been craving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time and this poster further teases. We also know that it has been described as a “buddy cop” road movie with Thor and Bruce Banner/The Hulk joining forces to take down the bad guys in the movie. It has also been revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch will be making an appearance in the movie as Doctor Strange and that at least part of the movie will be taking place on Earth, or Midgard, as it were. Specifically, in New York City.

Thor: Ragnarok added a ton new talent for the franchise’s third installment. Cate Blanchett will be playing the main villain Hela and some of the other new talent came in the form of Karl Urban, who is playing the villain Skurge, Jeff Goldblum, who is playing Grandmaster and What We Do in the Shadows director Taika Waititi. Don’t worry! There will be plenty of familiar faces returning for this movie well. Chris Hemsworth will once again be playing Thor, Tom Hiddleston is having at least one more go as Loki, Mark Ruffalo is coming back to the MCU as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Anthony Hopkins is returning as Odin and The Warriors Three are also set to appear. Thor: Ragnarok is set for release on November 3, 2017. You can check out the new promo art for yourself below.

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Spectral Trailer: Special Forces Vs the Supernatural

Originally slated to hit theaters earlier this year through Universal Pictures and Legendary Entertainment, the new thriller Spectral was picked by Netflix last month and slated with a December 9 release date on the streaming service. Today we have the first trailer for Spectral, exactly one week before fans around the world can watch this thriller. Spectral was initially set for release on August 12, which would have put it up against Pete’s Dragon, Sausage Party and Florence Foster Jenkins.

Spectral follows a brilliant DARPA scientist who goes on a deadly mission with a Special Ops team of Delta Force soldiers into a war-torn city where mysterious phantom aggressors code-named Spectral have been causing inexplicable civilians deaths. The cast includes James Badge Dale, Emily Mortimer, Max Martini, Cory Hardrict and Bruce Greenwood. Production took place on location in Budapest, Hungary, with Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop creating the futuristic weapons, with Weta Digital providing the visual effects.

Nic Mathieu makes his directorial debut with Spectral, working from a script written by John Gatins (Kong: Skull Island), George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), Jamie Moss (Ghost in the Shell) and Ian Fried (The Ever After Murders). Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni serve as producers on Spectral, with Jillian Share and Guy Riedel serving as executive producers. While it won’t be released in theaters, it does debut the same day that Paramount’s Office Christmas Party debuts, but since Netflix doesn’t release viewing data, we won’t know how many people will watch this supernatural thriller next weekend.

Junkie XL, who provided the music for two of this year’s biggest box office hits, Batman v Superman and Deadpool, provides the musical score for Spectral. This sci-fi thriller is just the latest film in Netflix’s growing push to debut more narrative features. Last month, the streaming service debuted the Kevin James action film True Memoirs of an International Assassin, and a week after Spectral debuts, Netflix will debut their next original film, Barry, on December 16, a biopic centering on a young Barack Obama in his junior year of college.

James Badge Dale is coming off roles in 13 Hours and The Walk, and he is currently filming The Empty Man, with Granite Mountain, starring Miles Teller, Jennifer Connolly, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Taylor Kitsch, currently in post-production. Emily Mortimer most recently starred in the HBO series Doll & Em, and she recently signed on to play Jane Banks in the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, alongside Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The streaming service will also be launching their new Brad Pitt movie War Machine, which hasn’t been given a release date at this time. Next year, Netflix will release David Brent: Life on the Road on February 10, which stars Ricky Gervais as his iconic character from the original U.K. version of The Office and other films such as Okja, Naked and First They Killed My Father, although no release dates were given for those last three movies yet. Take a look at the first trailer for Spectral below.

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