Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was the #1 film over the weekend, as it debuted with a hefty $44.1 million. Ant-Man and the Wasp had another strong outing with $28.8 and a second place finish while Dwayne Johnson’sSkyscraper debuted at a disappointing third with $25.4 million. Here’s the top 10:
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation– This animation franchise shows no signs of petering out with a great $44.1 million debut weekend.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – Marvel flick makes $28.8 in its second weekend.
Skyscraper – Dwayne Johnson feature has a disappointing debut with $25.4 million.
Incredibles 2- Animation flick has a solid $16.2 million weekend and to date it’s made over $535 million domestically.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – Lukewarm reviews hasn’t stopped this film from raking in the bucks. $15.5 million
The First Purge – Prequel collects $9.1 million and it’s garnered over $49 million in domestic business.
Sorry to Bother You – Indie flick debuts with $4.2 million
Sicario: Day of the Soldado – Feature makes $3.85 million but with only $43 million in domestic business, it’s been a bit of a disappointment.
Uncle Drew – Basketball comedy makes $3.2 million.
It was 2008’s Mamma Mia! which put Amanda Seyfried in the spotlight, and now she welcomes the “special opportunity” to return as Sophie in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
“It was one of my first big movies and I was genuinely playing myself,” said Seyfried. “From the very first day to the end credits I was on a high and I was 21 and I was in love. I had my best friends with me and I was working with all these wonderful actors and friends. I was basically just playing myself.”
ABBA is once again an integral element in the sequel. Click on the media bar to hear Seyfried talk about why she loves the band’s music:
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Meryl Streep, opens nationwide July 20.
Directed by Michael Grodner, The Icarus Line Must Die takes an even eyed look at rocker Joe Cardamone’s struggles to keep his band alive. Though the film is based on Cardamone’s life as an acclaimed and uncompromising musician in Highland Park, Ca., the picture is not a straight ahead documentary. Rather, it’s a narrative that packs a ton of unforgiving truths into its framework, weaving an ultimately compelling look at a music scene that warrants further exploration.
“What I wanted to do was to represent what the indie scene or the underground scene is like now for the outside viewer who might not be from L.A. and I wanted to include a cross section of some of the older artists like Keith Morris who is the original lead singer of Black Flag and is still a very relevant force in the music scene and also younger bands like Together Pangea who are more of an up and coming band,” said Grodner. “(They’ve been together) for a few years and also touring the world. The film, in a sense, is a time capsule to a certain degree and it gives you a window into a world you might not know.”
One of the film’s many strengths is its focus on other artists, including musician (and The Icarus Line band member) Alvin De Guzman and Robert Paulson (aka rapper Cadalack Ron). Click on the media bar to hear Grodner talk about both artists who have both passed since the making of the film:
Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF mates (Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin) are back with Mission: Impossible – Fallout. the great news is Director/writer Christopher McQuarrie, who helmed Cruise in the first rate Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation and Jack Reacher, is behind the camera, and his top notch skills are on full display. Years ago McQuarrie penned the script for The Usual Suspects, and his adept touch at crafting twisty narratives is well suited for the M:I franchise.
Hunt’s nemesis Solomon Lane (Sean Harris), though imprisoned, continues to hold power thanks to three plutonium bombs that need to be retrieved. The IMF’s goal is to retrieve the bombs before they detonate, and as usual their mission has friction from the government, as CIA operative August Walker (a buff and ready to slug it out Henry Cavill) joins the team with his own agenda at the insistence of his boss (Angela Bassett). Scene stealer Rebecca Ferguson returns as Ilsa, and like before her true motivations are unclear. The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby is thrown in for good measure as the White Widow, a powerful middle person who may hold the key to the IMF’s ultimate success or doom.
The Paris and London locales are the backdrops from several of the movie’s stunning and immersive action sequences, while the climactic sequence serves as a slight nod to the second M:I flick. At 56, Cruise doesn’t look any worse for wear, even if he was seriously injured during the London building to building jump. To give away any other plot details would lead us into spoiler territory, and the only clue I’ll share is that Hunt’s personal life, and not just the actual mission, is given a ton of attention this go round.
While Brian De Palma’sMission: Impossible was wonderful at delivering the double cross and intrigue (plus who could forget that train sequence?), Falloutis actually the most well rounded of the series. It’s great to see Ving Rhames and Simon Pegg fully engaged in the mission, and this time around Hunt is not just the star of the show, he’s really part of the team. Hunt’s taped messages may destruct in several seconds, but the franchise is currently at its peak, with no “fallout” in sight.
As a movie considered to be far ahead of its time when it was released 36 years ago, Tron has had a lasting impact on both fans and Hollywood. Its state-of-the-art visual effects, which were cutting-edge at the time, helped usher in a new wave of computer-generated artistry in filmmaking, and its high-tech theme has spawned many more screenplays set inside cyber-worlds. Bruce Boxleitner, who starred with Jeff Bridges in the 1982 film, told us he had no idea he was becoming part of what would wind up being such an influential project, because he was just happy to get a job! (Click on the media bar below to hear Bruce Boxleitner)
After returning to the big screen with Tron: Legacy in 2010, the series has once again been dormant since then. While there continue to be rumors about a third Tron movie, nothing has been confirmed.
At next week’s Comic-Con in San Diego, South Park will be introducing its upcoming 22nd season. Let that sink in for a moment — 22 seasons of South Park, going all the way back to 1997. It’s been a remarkable run for the Emmy-winning show, and what’s even more remarkable is that, while the technology has changed in the past 22 years, the way creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker put the show together has barely changed at all. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Stone & Trey Parker)
South Park will begin its 22nd season September 26th on Comedy Central.
In a lot of ways, Skyscraper is a throwback movie, bringing back memories of ’70s disaster classics like Earthquake! and The Towering Inferno. Dwayne Johnson, who produced and also stars in the movie, told us that was the idea behind the film — to wrap up a lot of his favorite movies in a new, thoroughly modern-looking package. (Click on the media bar below to hear Dwayne Johnson)
Marlon Wayans has been involved in making TV shows since 1992, when he first appeared on In Living Color. At the time, he was just 20 years old. Flash-forward to today, and he’s starring in Marlon, the first traditional sitcom he’s created. When we talked to Wayans and his co-star, Essence Atkins, he told us it’s a show he couldn’t have come up with earlier in his career. (Click on the media bar below to hear Marlon Wayans & Essence Atkins)
The two final Marlon episodes of the season air tonight starting at 9/8c, on NBC.
Between Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers and, of course, arch-nemesis Dr. Evil, Mike Myers has had a knack for creating over-the-top characters that seem to take on a life of their own. His latest is a strictly made-for-TV affair: Tommy Maitland, the host of the revived Gong Show on ABC. This may actually be Myers’s favorite kind of work, getting to do his thing in front of a live studio audience. He loved it back in his Saturday Night Live days, and he told us he still loves it now. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mike Myers)
Mike Myers (as Tommy Maitland) hosts The Gong Show, airing Thursdays at 8/7c on ABC.
The first Mission: Impossible movie, believe it or not, is now 22 years old. All these years and five movies later, we’re still hooked on the adventures of Ethan Hunt, which continue later this month with Mission: Impossible — Fallout. Tom Cruise says that, while each of the movies obviously stands on its own, you can see a much larger arc in Hunt’s story when you watch it unfold over the course of the whole series. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tom Cruise)
Mission: Impossible — Fallout opens in theaters on July 27.