‘Star Trek Beyond’ Nabs Box Office Crown With $59 Million Opening

STAR TREK BEYONDAlthough Star Trek Beyond was the #1 film of the weekend with a solid $59.6 million, its opening was not as successful as Star Trek Into Darkness ($70.1 million) and Star Trek ($75.2 million). The picture, however, has received strong reviews and should do brisk business in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, fellow newcomer Ice Age: Collision Course was a total bomb, managing just a fifth place finish and a meager $21 million in ticket sales. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. Star Trek Beyond – $59.6 million

2. The Secret Life of Pets – $29.3 million

3. Ghostbusters – $21.6 million this weekend and a total worldwide gross of $122 million. The movie’s budget, however, is $144 million (and not including advertising costs!)

4. Lights Out – Horror film debuts with a stellar $21.6 million, a fantastic number considering its $4.9 million budget.

5. Ice Age: Collision Course – $21 million is a horrible opening for this $105 million budgeted flick.

6. Finding Dory – $7.2 million

7. The Legend of Tarzan – $6.43 million with a domestic gross to date of $115 million

8. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – – $4.4 million

9. Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party – $3.7 million

10. The Infiltrator – The Bryan Cranston headlined crime drama makes $3.29 million.

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Talks ‘Snowden’ And Government Transparency


Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays former NSA contractor Edward Snowden in director Oliver Stone’s new film Snowden, and during their interviews at San Diego’s Comic-Con Levitt talked about the one of the film’s most important themes.

“To me, the question is not whether you need privacy or you don’t need privacy,” said Levitt. “The question is that we’re promised privacy in the Constitution and if the government was going to change those rules then they have to be open about that. That to me is actually even more important than the questions of privacy or mass surveillance in the Snowden story. (It’s) the question of government transparency.”

Click on the media bar below to hear Joseph Gordon-Levitt discuss his own experiences with Edward Snowden.

The picture, which according to Stone was turned down by every major studio, comes out September 16 via Open Road Films and co-stars Shailene Woodley.

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‘CinemAddicts’ Podcast Reviews ‘Star Trek Beyond’ And ‘Train To Busan’


Star Trek Beyond is a wonderful 50th anniversary present for Trekkers and movie fans all around the world, and it’s a wonderful continuation of the universe that was created by Gene Roddenberry. Unfortunately, my CinemAddicts podcast partner Anderson Cowan had an entirely different opinion of the movie and wasn’t too thrilled director Justin Lin’s crafting of the action sequences. I loved the performances from the entire cast, and Star Trek newcomer Sofia Boutella is a particular standout as Jaylah, an alien who helps Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and his crew on their latest mission to defeat Krall (Idris Elba), a mysterious figure who’s bent on eliminating anyone (or anything) in his path.

During the second segment of CinemAddicts, we review director/writer Mike Birbiglia’s latest feature Don’t Think Twice. While I loved the performances and the involving story of a talented New York improv group (which features Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, and Keegan-Michael Key), Anderson wasn’t invested in the narrative.

My top recommendation of the week is Train To Busan, a gripping, high octane zombie thriller directed by Sang-ho Yeon. The plotline centers on a group of passengers who are trying to survive while being surrounded by a growing horde of zombies. At the center of this madness is a business minded, self serving fund manager (Seok Woo) who will do anything to save his daughter (Soo-an who delivers the film’s best performance). A wonderful combination of horror filled action and effective melodrama, Train to Busan is my top pick of the week.

Click on the media bar below to hear this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.

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‘Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition’ Delivers With Deeper Storyline


Now out on Blu-ray, the Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a must have for fans of the theatrical cut as well as comic book enthusiasts. This version, which runs 182 minutes, gives a deeper look into Lex Luthor’s (Jesse Eisenberg) ambitious scheme to kill Superman (Henry Cavill) and also gives more screen time to Lois Lane (Amy Adams).

During Lane’s investigation into the Lex Luthor’s nefarious operations, she enlists the aid of Jenet Klyburn (Jena Malone), a scientist who helps trace two terrorist operations back to Luthor. Former Wayne Enterprises employee Wallace Keefe’s (Scoot McNairy) own motivations for taking down the Man of Steel are also made clearer and a twist involving Keefe that wasn’t detailed in the original cut is also divulged in the Ultimate Edition.

Clark Kent’s (Cavill) own investigation of Batman are also fleshed out in this edition, as the repercussions of Caped Crusader’s vigilante style of justice is seen through the eyes of a luckless criminal and his grieving family. Both Kent and Lane’s reporting skills are given much more attention with all the added footage, and an incidental character (Wunmi Mosaku) from the theatrical cut actually proves to be a much bigger piece of Lex Luthor’s puzzle.

Though the original cut is over two and a half hours, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice didn’t fully delve into Luthor’s entire chess game, and fans of the character and Eisenberg’s performance will enjoy the added textures to this superior version.

Along with the excellent extended cut, the disc comes with several highly engaging special features. “Uniting The World’s Finest” spotlights the backstories behind Flash (Ezra Miller), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher), the three future Justice League members who made cameos in Batman V Superman. “The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder” is an informative look at the history of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and along with various interviews (including Gadot and director Patty Jenkins), the featurette includes footage from the upcoming 2017 feature Wonder Woman (Jenkins is the director).

A further discussion of Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition will also be discussed on this week’s episode of CinemAddicts.

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Rian Johnson Talks “Incredible Experience” For ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’


The “Future Filmmakers” panel had a ton of highlights, one of which included the introduction of Alden Ehrenreich as the star of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars film that’s being directed by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Casting Ehrenreich as Han Solo is one of the biggest news of the Star Wars universe, but hearing Star Wars: Episode VIII director Rian Johnson talk about his own filmmaking journey was just as memorable.

“It was an incredible experience on many different levels,” said Johnson. “Ultimately though, in order to, and this was one of those things (wherein) the whole process was kind of about you come into it with those feelings of deep nostalgia but then you realize your responsibility ultimately is to get beyond that very quickly and to tell a story that feels alive right now.”

Click on the media bar to hear Rian Johnson’s collaboration with returning cast members Daisy Ridley and John Boyega. He also talks about how Star Wars Episode VIII starts “zooming in” on the characters.

Star Wars Episode VIII hits theaters December 15, 2017.

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