Jurassic World Shatters US Box-office Records During Opening Weekend

The park is well and truly open for business – Jurassic world, the much anticipated continuation of the lucrative franchise, took in an astonishing $82.8 million on Friday, making it the third best opening day of all time, just behind Avengers: Age of Ultron and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.

Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, Jurassic World outperformed all forecasts and, if it continues to pull in the masses, could see the blockbuster gross as much as $200 million in its opening weekend in the US – enevitably knocking Age of Ultron ($191.2M) from the second spot.

Jurassic World, which sees John Hammond’s (Sir Richard Attenborough) vision of a dinosaur theme park finally come to life, is likely to smash international box-office records when the weekends final numbers come in.

 

Ghostbusters Hire Chris Hemsworth As Receptionist

The all female Ghostbusters remake is moving along nicely it appears, with stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy set to take on a new employee in the form of Avenger Chris Hemsworth.

The Aussie, who puts most of us men to shame with his looks, is set to join the new crew of Ghostbusters as their receptionist – originally portrayed by actress Annie Potts.

Bridesmaids director Paul Feig, who is directing the remake, tweeted a picture of Hemsworth along with the caption “Our receptionist” – something that will surely please all the female fans out there.

The future of the franchise has been a turbulent one over the years, with several scripts and variations of a sequel being stuck in pre-production – firstly due to original star Bill Murray’s refusal to commit to the project, then again after the sad passing of Ghostbusters co-creator Harold Ramis.

Bridesmaids stars Kristin Wiig and Melissa McCarthy lead the all-female Ghostbusters cast

Though the plot for the upcoming reboot remains tight-lipped, the film, starring Kristin Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon is slated for release on July 22, 2016.

Disney Set to Lose Colossal Amount of Money on Tomorrowland

Uh oh! – It seems the recently released Tomorrowland is set to follow in the dreaded footsteps of The Lone Ranger and John Carter in becoming yet another massive flop for Disney.

Though it’s run at the box office is yet to conclude, reports are flooding in that the film is set to lose Disney between $120 million and $150 million in revenue – a colossal amount of money considering the film has only taken $80 million, despite costing the studio giant almost $200 million to produce with a further $150 million to market.

It’s certainly only a small drop in the ocean for Disney, who own the likes of Marvel, LucasFilm and Pixar – still it’s publicity the studio could surely do without, and one that could have disastrous repercussions for star George Clooney, who just returned to the blockbuster market after the horrific flop of Batman & Robin back in 1997.

As with any big-budget blockbuster, there is always going to be a hint of risk involved, especially unknown story concepts – for example, this years other flops Seventh Son and Jupitor Ascendingboth lost considerable amounts of money, despite boasting A-list casts and world-class special effects.

George Clooney will next be seen in Money Monster, alongside Julia Roberts, and Hail, Caesar!starring Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson and Ralph Fiennes.

‘Godfather’ Visionary To Re-awaken ‘Jeepers Creepers’ Franchise

News has recently come in regarding a re-awakening of the horror franchise Jeepers Creepers, almost 13 years after the second installment just managed to break even at the box office.

Legendary ‘Godfather’ of film, Francis Ford Coppola, recently confirmed a third project is in the early stages of pre-production, with original writer/director Victor Salva attached to complete his trilogy, when production begins early next year in Vancouver.

Jeepers Creepers first made it’s debut on the horror scene back in 2001, with Dodgeball star Justin Long starring in the low-budget horror that centred around an ancient demonic monster that stalked unsuspecting drivers in a remote part of the US. Every 23rd spring the creature known as ‘The Creeper’ would hunt for body parts to replenish its own body, but could only hunt to 23 days.

As one of the more inventive horror premises, the first installment is a seen by many as a horror classic, though sadly the sequel did little to build upon this great story, bombing with critics and audiences when released back in 2003.

The first Jeepers Creepers hit cinemas back in 2001

Hopefully the third installment in the franchise, due out potentially in 2017, can breath some new life into a story that’s barely scratched the surface.

Jake Gyllenhaal Sets Sights On Another Challenging Role

He’s building himself somewhat of a reputation when it comes to choosing his film roles – if it’s bizarrely intriguing, Jake Gyllenhaal is interested in making it come to life.

NightcrawlerSouthpawEverest… all films that have pushed this soon-to-be Academy Award-winning actor to his limits, and in the process spawned some truly inspirational and unforgettable performances that make him one of the most versatile and in-demand actors on the planet.

Now it seems Hollywood’s finest are lining up for a part in his next project, Nocturnal Animals (2016), a time-hoping adaptation of Tony Wright’s best-selling novel ‘Tony and Susan’.

Tom Ford, who is writing and directing the drama, is currently in talks with Isla Fischer to join the already stellar-cast including Arnie Hammer, Amy Adams, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon and Kim Basinger.

The premise of the film follows a “story inside a story,” in which the first part follows a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion. The second element follows the actual manuscript, called “Nocturnal Animals,” which revolves around a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly. It also continues to follow the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

Nocturnal Animals is slated for release in 2016.

Hugh Jackman Wants To Swap Wolverine For Bond

There’s been a great deal of talk over recent weeks regarding the future of the world’s most famous secret agent after current James Bond star Daniel Craig hinted at an exit from the 007 role – and it seems the ever-growing list of suitors for the role has just got even bigger.

The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has recently thrown his name in the ring alongside fellow actors including Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba and fellow mutant alumni Michael Fassbender, who himself seems to be touted as an outside favourite for the role, should Daniel Craig end his tenure after the release of Spectre.

Many might see Jackman’s chances of taking over one of Britain’s most iconic characters as minuscule – but then they probably didn’t know of the actors previous history with the role. Back before Daniel Craig became the first fair-haired actor to portray the super-spy, Hugh Jackman was offered the part, but subsequently had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict with X-Men 2, a role that would go on to be just as iconic.

“At the time, I was just about to do X-Men 2, and I was like, ‘Ah, I don’t think it’s the right time,’ “

10 years on though and Jackman seems ready to tackle the world of espionage, should he be given the chance again. Though it may prove to be too late for the Aussie actor as executives over at MGM and Eon Production, the company behind the 007 film franchise, seem to be favouring The Dark Knight Rises star Tom Hardy, whilst recent social media trends seem to show public support for Luther star Idris Elba.

However, with Daniel Craig still on the fence regarding his Bond career, it’s still anyone’s game. Check out some of the names being considered and have your say on who you think should be the next James Bond.

 

Patrick Stewart Confirms Major Role in ‘Wolverine 3’

It’s a major story-arch in the X-Men universe, the relationship between Professor X and Wolverine, so it’s good to know that we’ll finally be able to see this explored in more detail in the upcoming Wolverine 3 – especially as this marks Hugh Jackman’s last portrayal of the iconic character.

Reports suggest that the second sequel in the stand-alone saga will focus on the ‘Old Man Logan’ storyline that featured prominently in the comics. For those of you who are unsure what the premise entails, the Old Man Logan storyline unfolds in a dystopian future taken over by super-villains. Logan himself has long since retired the Wolverine persona in favor of a simpler life with his wife and kids. But he’s desperate for money, so when a blind Hawkeye approaches him for help delivering a package, Logan reluctantly agrees.

Considering Professor X only has a minuet part in the original storyline, news that Patrick Stewart will feature as a prominent main character in the film adaptation leads me to believe that we’re likely going to see a certain re-imagining of the story, that will hopefully reveal more history behind the Wolverine/Professor X relationship.

Another major rewrite of the storyline will center around the character of Hawkeye – the expert bowman, currently played by the Oscar-nominated Jeremy Renner, who’s known as a core member of the Avengers. It’s not currently known if the character will make an appearance in the film, due solely in part to the bitter rivalry between studio giants Marvel (who own the character of Hawkeye) and Twentieth Century Fox (who own the rights to X-Men) – but it’s likely that Patrick Stewart’s involvement is a substitute for Hawkeye’s character.

Wolverine 3 is slated for release on March 3, 2017 – but if that’s too long to wait, you can catch both Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Apocalypse next year.

New ‘Star Wars – The Force Awakens’ Set Images Released

Following on from its successful launch at this year’s Comic Con, new and exclusive on-set images have been released of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens in this months issue of Entertainment Weekly.

Hailed as one for the movie events of the past Century, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars sees the franchise return of its three original heroes Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, who resurrect their iconic characters for the first time in three decades.

Abrams, the visionary behind the new Disney-led saga, has promised a truly authentic Star Wars that uses the same filmmaking techniques as the original trilogy, including the use of real sets instead of Green-screen CGI – something fans feel strongly about after the critical flops of the last trilogy, that spurred creator George Lucas to sell Lucasfilm (and all Star Wars rights) to Disney for a reported $4.5 billion.

Check out some of the newly released images below and remember to catch Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens when it hits cinemas this Christmas.

‘Fantastic Four’ Not So Fantastic

Thing’s aren’t going well for the Fantastic Four reboot – with critics and Marvel fans having panned it early on, the blockbuster has now seen it’s woes go from bad to worse box office figures show the film is set to flop in major style having taken only $26.2 million in its opening weekend in the US.

Reports suggest that the Brian Trank directed origins story could lose Twentieth Century Fox as much as $70 million during, what’s likely to be, a short release at the worldwide box office – certainly a lot of money considering the project cost an estimated $140 million to produce as well as a hefty marketing budget.

Things seemed doomed from the beginning (no pun intended), when director Brian Trank tweeted his followers the night before the film’s release and pretty much ridiculed the blockbuster.

The tweet was quickly deleted but by then it was too late, the damage had already been done and criticism quickly began flowing in – the film received 9% on industry leading review site Rotten Tomatoes as well as 4.0 out of 10 on IMDb.

Despite boasting a young, talented and up-and-coming cast including Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell, it’s looks like any possibility of a new Fantastic Four franchise is dead in the water, with rumours circulating that Fox could pull plans for a sequel and replace its intended release date with a Deadpool sequel – something that may prove to be a sensible financial move for the studio.

Sony Pictures Set To Release Two ‘Bad Boys’ Sequels And ‘Jumanji’ Remake

It appears Sony Pictures is going to have a full plate in 2017 as it recently released its list of upcoming films for the year – including two Bad Boys sequels and even a Jumanji remake, though the latter is raising some serious questions with fans of the Robin Williams original.

Due to the big box-office success of Bad Boys 2, it’s surprising that a third instalment of the action-comedy has taken over 12 years to come to fruition – especially considering Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have always expressed their interest in filming another sequel. Unfortunately, original director Michael Bay will not be returning to the directors helm and instead has handed over his directors chair to Smokin’ Aces (2006) visionary Joe Carahan with Safe House (2012) writer David Guggenheim attached to pen the screenplay.

Though Will Smith and Martin Lawrence have often spoken of sequels, both actors have yet to officially commit to the projects, leaving some questions as to the potential direction of this franchise were they not to pick up their characters again – something hopefully Sony will make clear in the coming months.

Another project announced by Sony Pictures is that of a Jumanji reboot – the hit film made famous by the late Robin Williams who played a boy trapped in a mysterious board game, only to be released as a man by two unsuspecting kids 25 years later.

Most details about the film and why Sony feel it necessary to reboot an already classic children’s film is a mystery to most I’m sure – it probably stems from rumours a couple of years ago regarding a potential sequel that would star Williams. In the wake of the announcement, the studio has seen a overwhelming backlash from social media users who’ve been more than forthcoming in regards to their anger at the prospect of another cinematic classic falling victim the over-active Hollywood remake system.

When Jumanji released back in 1995, it was seen as a marvel in terms of special effects that were just breaking through into main stream Hollywood. Many people were quick to criticise Sony for attempting to remake a film held sacred by fans of the late actor but despite their protests, the studio seems determined to push it into production having set a release date of Christmas Day, 2016.

Another big name release on the calendar is Jennifer Lawrence’s and Chris Pratt’s highly publicised sci-fi drama Passengers. The film has been the centre of a recent Hollywood storm regarding equal pay, a battle that has seen Lawrence recieve a $10 million pay increase over her male co-star. Something that seems unfair considering Pratt’s recent blockbuster Jurassic World became the third highest grossing film of all time, proving the actor to be a guaranteed money maker at the box office.

You can find the full list of the upcoming Sony Pictures releases below:

Money Monster – released: April 8, 2016

The Shallows – released: June 24, 2016

Ghostbusters – released: July 15, 2016

Patient Zero – released: September 2, 2016

The Magnificent Seven – released September 23, 2016

Underworld 5 – released: October 21, 2016

Passengers – released: December 21, 2016

Jumanji – released: December 25, 2016

The Dark Tower – released: January 13, 2017

Resident Evil 6 – released: January 20, 2017

Bad Boys 3 – released: February 17, 2017

Baby Driver – released: March 17, 2017

Barbie – released: June 2, 2017

Uncharted – released: June 30, 2017

The Lamb – released: December 8, 2017

Bad Boys 4 – released: July 3, 2019

Top Gun 2 Still Happening, But Only If Real Jets Are Used

Tom Cruise has recently given a glimmer of hope for all those Top Gun fans around the world by announcing the sequel is still currently going ahead but so long as certain requirements are met first.

Cruise, who can currently be seen on the big screen in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015), spoke to several sources during the film’s London premiere about reprising his famous 1980s character Maverick, for a modern-day sequel.

“It would be fun. I would like to get back into those jets…”

Despite his excitement at stepping into the characters shoes again, Cruise was very adamant about how the film would be shot, especially regarding the use of CGI, a go-to medium for most Hollywood blockbusters these days.

“…it would have to be practical. I don’t want any CGI jets. I want to shoot it like how we shot the first one.”

Considering the actors incredible track record of performing real-life stunts in his movies instead of CGI or body doubles, many of which can be seen in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, it’s understandable that Cruise would want the sequel to be as authentic as possible, especially considering the original used real Jets and action-sequences.

A sequel to the 1986 ‘manflick’, which also starred Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and Kelly McGillis, has been in the works for quite some time, with original director Tony Scott scheduled to meet with Cruise back in August 2012, though he sadly passed away the day before the meeting was due to take place.

However, Cruise confirmed the project is still scheduled to go ahead, with X-Men: First Class (2011) and Thor (2011) writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz attached to pen the script, which some sources say will be based around the modern-day concept of drone warfare and the untimly demise of the Top Gun academy – the old school dogfighting school that brings together the best fighter pilots in the U.S. Navy.

Mel Gibson Returns To The Directors Helm For WWII Drama

He’s not had an easy ride over the last couple of years for obvious reasons – but regardless of what you may think of his views, he’s one hell of an actor and director, and Hollywood’s been missing his talent both in front and behind the camera over the last decade.

Now though it seems he’s ready to take up the directors helm again for his next project, World War 2 drama Hacksaw Ridge – the hard-hitting film is based on the story of Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector (someone who refuses to perform military service and bear arms) who was the first to receive the posthumous Medal of Honour for his services as a medic during the WWII.

The main bulk of the project will focus on the battle of Okinawa in 1945, a point in the war where the US was fiercely engaged in all out war with the Japanese in the Pacific – and one where Doss single-handily saved the lives of 75 injured men while under constant bombardment of enemy fire.

Andrew Garfield, who recently stepped down as web-slinging hero Spider-Man, will play the role of Doss, with Sam Worthington (Avatar) and Vince Vaughn (True Detective) also attached to star in the biopic.

Mel Gibson giving direction on the set of Apocalypto (2006)

Mel Gibson, who famously won two Academy Awards for his timeless classic Braveheart (1998), is no stranger to the war genre and will certainly bring this incredible heroes story to life.

Hacksaw Ridge is slated for release sometime in 2017.