Review: Pixar's Cars 3

Starring Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer, and Cristela Alonzo

Review: Rough Night

Starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, and more

Review: 47 Meters Down

Starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt

Review: The Book of Henry

Directed by Colin Trevorrow

Review: The Hero

Starring Sam Elliott

6/25/2017

Rumor: Warner Bros. Eyes 3 Or 4 Superhero Movies Per Year


The popular theory is that Warner Bros. and DC Films need to "catch up" to Marvel, rather than taking time to do their own thing. That said, things haven't exactly been going all that great lately. Sure, they have their first critical and box office hit with Wonder Woman, and have Justice League coming up this November, but there are big problems beyond that. The only film that is a lock is next year's Aquaman, while The Flash and The Batman have been on the sidelines with various issues. How can they hope to catch up to Marvel that way?

A new report from Heroic Hollywood's Umberto Gonzalez says Warner Bros. wants to seriously push production of their DC Comics movies, with as many as 3 or 4 a year. Here's how Gonzalez puts it...

“A lot of people been asking me what’s the next movie in 2018-2019. I know for a fact DC is trying to get 3 to 4 movies made a year moving forward.”

He also says "be inside Hall H this summer", meaning at Comic-Con where big announcements tend to get made.

I would caution reading too much into this, partly because it doesn't seem particularly well-sourced and because a jump to 3 or 4 movies seems too big for a studio that has only released one without any major difficulties. That said, this may be their ultimate goal after a few years, not right away. It's not like they don't have a ton of confirmed projects to choose from.  Gotham City Sirens, Batgirl, Wonder Woman 2, Shazam, Suicide Squad 2, Man of Steel 2, Cyborg, The Flash, and Green Lantern Corps are all in the earliest stages of development. We could see any of them suddenly get pushed up in priority.

Until we see Warner Bros. putting this plan into action I would simply look at this as a rumor and nothing more.


Box Office: 'Transformers 5' Disappoints With $69M, 'The Big Sick' Has Healthy Debut


1. Transformers: The Last Knight (review)- $45.3M/$69M
The last few weeks have been dominated by big studio movies faring poorly domestically, but kicking major butt overseas. Just look at The Mummy for an example. But Transformers? We don't expect such numbers from Transformers. And yet, Transformers: The Last Knight opened to a weak $45M on Wednesday, and $69M for the weekend, the lowest of the franchise. Good thing for that $196M international box office otherwise we'd be calling this a franchise killer. By comparison, the original film a decade ago earned $155M over its first week.  The truth is the domestic numbers have been falling for a while now. 2014's Age of Extinction opened with $100M on the way to $245M, a mere fraction of the $1B worldwide it would eventually end with. It's tough to say what this means so early on. I mean, the film is obviously going to be huge overall, but those U.S. totals have to be concerning to Paramount as they prepare to move on from Michael Bay, who is an audience draw all by himself.
2. Cars 3- $25.1M/$99.8M
Pixar's Cars 3 skidded 53% in the second weekend for $25M and $99M overall, $141M worldwide. That's good but not great, and look, this franchise is about selling toys anyway.  Even if it isn't a gigantic blockbuster it will more than make up for it merchandising. On a side note, I literally just finished watching this and think it's one of Pixar's best. That's how you pass the torch and keep a franchise alive the right way.
3. Wonder Woman- $25.1M/$318.3M
4. 47 Meters Down- $7.4M/$24.2M
Not sinking far was the sleeper hit, 47 Meters Down, with the shark thriller dropping only 33% for $24M overall.
5. All Eyez On Me- $5.8M/$38.6M
If Tupac is around somewhere he's probably groaning at the second week drop for All Eyez On Me. The hip-hop biopic got off to a hot start last week but fell a massive 77% for $5.8M. Considering it only cost about $40M it should earn a few bills, and for sure it's going to do huge on the home release market, even though the movie is pretty awful.
6. The Mummy- $5.8M/$68.5M
7. Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales- $5.2M/$160M
8. Rough Night- $4.7M/$16.6M
How is Rough Night getting beat so handily by 47 Meters Down? This blows my mind.  On the plus side, the 41% drop is one of the best holds of the week, meaning those who saw it are spreading the word. But there were such huge expectations that this has to be disappointing.
9. Captain Underpants- $4.2M/$65.7M
10. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2- $3M/$380.2M

Considering I've been saying since January that The Big Sick (reviewis the best romantic comedy we're going to see this year, that it opened with an incredible $87K per site average does my heart proud. That's only in five locations for $435K overall, but the expansion begins in earnest next week. The film stars Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano, and Holly Hunter, chronicling the real-life courtship of Nanjiani and his wife, Emily V. Gordon. It's a charming little film that blends culture clash comedy with illness drama, and it's damn funny, too. If you have a chance to check it out, make sure and do it.


*UPDATE* Venom Isn't Part Of The MCU, Despite Sony's Claims


*UPDATE* Sony's Amy Pascal has actually clarified her previous comments that Venom and the other spinoffs were part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


We kinda knew this already, but it's nice to get this all sorted out with both sides on the same page. Original story is below. *

Okay, so now we know why Marvel's Kevin Feige made that face when Amy Pascal claimed Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Tom Hardy's Venom exist in the same universe. Because clearly it isn't true. At least not yet. Speaking with Joblo, Feige clarified exactly where things stand and clears up some of the confusion....

Right now, Spidey is in the MCU and it’s just Spidey. Civil War, Homecoming, we’ve already shot a lot of Tom Holland’s scenes in the upcoming Avengers films, and we’re just starting to solidify our plans for Homecoming 2 – we won’t call it that, whatever it is – which is exciting because it’ll be the first MCU movie after untitled Avengers in 2019. It’ll be the way Civil War informed everything in Homecoming, those movies will launch him off into a very new cinematic universe at that point. Those five movies are we’re focusing on.

So clearly Marvel and Sony aren't quite on the same page here, but it'll likely get sorted out soon. And my guess is Feige isn't that cool with complicating things any further. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is incredibly simple to follow, and adding Spider-Man to it will be lucrative enough to make the complications worth it. Not sure the same can be said for other Spidey characters, Venom included.


6/24/2017

The Bellas Go On Tour In The First Trailer For 'Pitch Perfect 3'


After dropping the poster on us yesterday and promising the first trailer today, they made us wait all day and into the night for it. But now the trailer for Pitch Perfect 3 has arrived, and the Bellas are going out by going on tour. The USO tour, to be exact.

Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Hailee Steinfeld, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, and the rest of the gals are all back for a film that looks a little iffy, to be honest. And I think that has to do with Pitch Perfect 2 basically wrapping up the Bellas story as neatly as possible. Now, this one finds them all struggling to move on after college. "I'd do anything to sing with you again" says Snow's character, and apparently that goes for them all, because NONE of them appear to be doing anything with their lives. Good thing the USO is easy to break into, I guess?

Basically, the whole USO angle gives them a chance to sing together again, albeit they'll be going up against other performers on a much higher level, including one that has Ruby Rose in the group. It just looks like such a step backwards for the Bellas that none of their individual bits seem all that funny, but instead kind of depressing. Perhaps it'll play out better when seen in full context. And at least it looks like we'll be getting a lot of Elizabeth Banks and John Michael Higgins' insulting commentary.

Penned by Kay Cannon and directed by Trish Sie, Pitch Perfect 3 opens December 22nd.

Podcast: Why Front, We're Going To Trash 'Transformers: The Last Knight'


I think the title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? This episode of Cinema Royale will be dedicated to the crap show that was Transformers: The Last Knight. Julian Lytle will join me in tearing apart Michael Bay's latest, and thankfully, his final, movie in the increasingly awful franchise. 
Plus, the latest on the Han Solo spinoff movie, and I'll give my honest thoughts on Ron Howard taking over as director! Join me for what should be a fun show!
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Tommy Lee Jones To Play Brad Pitt's Father In James Gray's 'Ad Astra'


Brad Pitt and James Gray have been trying to work together for some time, beginning when he was attached to The Lost City of Z (that ended up going to Charlie Hunnam), and then later for The Gray Man which never developed. But it's actually happening this time with Gray's sci-fi film, Ad Astra, and now Pitt has a co-star in Tommy Lee Jones.

Jones will play Pitt's father in the film about a slightly autistic space engineer who sets off on a one-way mission to Neptune to find out why his father's journey to find intelligent life there failed twenty years earlier. There's said to be a Heart of Darkness-type element to the story, which would be interesting to see Pitt try and portray.

All of this is coming together since Pitt and David Fincher's World War Z sequel still has some time before it's ready to roll. Gray will take advantage and begin shooting on Ad Astra this summer. [Deadline]

Emma Stone & Steve Carell Square Off In New Trailer For 'Battle Of The Sexes'


With the recent Women's march and the Resistance efforts taking place around the country, there couldn't be a better time for Battle of the Sexes. The film stars Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs, competitors in the 1973 tennis match that went from publicity stunt to feminist movement as King sought to earn women the respect they deserved. It helped that Riggs was sort of a chauvinistic pig, or at least played the part pretty well. Depends on who you ask how Riggs really felt about the whole thing.

The film is directed by Little Miss Sunshine duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris from Simon Beaufoy's (Slumdog Millionaire) script, co-starring Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue, Natalie Morales, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Eric Christian Olsen, and Austin Stowell.

Battle of the Sexes opens September 22nd, and looks like a potential Oscar contender. Check out the brand new trailer below.

6/23/2017

Peter Dinklage Is Tattoo In First Look At 'My Dinner With Hervé'


Hard to believe it's been five years since Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, and during that time he's been trying to get his passion project, My Dinner with Hervé, off the ground. And the work he put into that has paid off. While Peter Dinklage has long been attached to the film about Fantasy Island star Hervé Villechaize, it really took off once Fifty Shades of Grey's Jamie Dornan joined the cast. And now we have the first look at the two of them in the film.

So why is this such a personal project for Gervasi? It's based on his interview with Villechaize, who played the famous dwarf Tattoo on Fantasy Island, not long before he committed suicide in 1983.  Here's the official synopsis:

An unlikely friendship evolves over one wild night in LA between a struggling journalist and actor Hervé Villechaize, the world’s most famous gun-toting dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both.

HBO has this one but so far there's no word on an airdate. Hopefully we can see some footage soon because how Dinklage does Villehaize's voice should be interesting.

Disco Dazzler Is Coming To 'X-Men: Dark Phoenix'


Dazzler is one of the most popular X-Men characters...if you believe people who don't actually read comics. She's not that popular, she was a gimmick borne of the disco era, who eventually became an X-Man for a brief amount of time. I like her, but she became an infinitely better character after she ditched the disco persona. But she does have some fans, and every time there's an X-Men movie rumors surface that Dazzler will appear. Well, this time it may actually be happening in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

EW has confirmed Dazzler will have a small part in the movie, which is set in the '90s.  You may recall she was actually in a scene from last year's X-Men: Apocalypse, with Taylor Swift rumored to be playing her, but that scene was ultimately cut from the movie.


I only care about Dazzler if it means her sometime beau/baby daddy Longshot (my favorite X-Man ever) is going to show up, too.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix opens November 2nd 2018, directed by Simon Kinberg and starring Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Alexandra Shipp, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Nicholas Hoult, and Jessica Chastain.

SPOILERS: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Cast Features Some Surprise Cameos


There are only a couple of weeks until Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters, and lately there has been a serious surge of information on the film. A big part of the reason has to do with Sony's Amy Pascal commenting that Marvel and Sony's collaboration was deeper than we thought, plus info on the sequels, but there's also just genuine excitement to see more of Tom Holland's version of Spidey.

Well now there's more reason to get excited because there a couple of cool cameos popping up in the film, along with the reveal of some characters we were unsure about. CBM got their hands on a full cast list, and it tells us that Gwyneth Paltrow will be back as Pepper Potts, her first MCU appearance since Iron Man 3. Also, Jennifer Connelly is back, as well, only she's not playing Betty Ross like she did in Hulk. She's playing someone named Karen/Suit Lady, which I hope is just a cover for someone important. I'm guessing that it is. And yep, Chris Evans will be there as Captain America.

We also have confirmation of two versions of the villain known as Shocker. Bokeem Woodbine plays the Herman Schultz version, while Logan Marshall-Green is the Jackson Brice one.  Donald Glover is confirmed as Aaron Davis aka the Prowler, and Michael Mando is yet another villain, Mac Gargan aka the Scorpion. Wow. And one casting bit that I think is pretty cool has Tunde Adebimpe (Jump Tomorrow, Rachel Getting Married) as Professor Cobbwell, one of Peter Parker's earliest teachers in the comics.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7th!