‘The Fate of the Furious’ Speeds To #1 Box Office Finish With $19.3 Million


Emma Watson may have two movies in the top ten, but unfortunately The Circle was no match for The Fate of the Furious which was once again the #1 film at the box office. The Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson flick checked in with $19.3 million, followed by a strong showing from How to be a Latin Lover with $12 million (good enough for second place). With just $9.3 million, The Circle came in at #4. Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. The Fate of the Furious – It makes $19.3 million this weekend and to date has a total domestic gross of $192 million.

2. How to be a Latin Lover – It makes a solid $12 million in its debut weekend, as its 10,750 per screen average take bodes well for this film’s longevity.

3. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – Indian film also had a great debut with $10.1 million and a per screen average of $23,800!!

4. The CircleTom Hanks and Emma Watson film makes just $9.3 million. The budget is $18 million so this movie should make back its money.

5. The Boss Baby – $9 million

6. Beauty and the BeastEmma Watson’s big hit for 2017 takes in $6.4 million and has amassed over $480 million in domestic receipts.

7. Going in Style – Remake directed by Zach Braff and starring Morgan Freeman collects $3.5 million.

8. Smurfs: The Lost Village – $3.3 million

9. Gifted – $3.3 million

10. Unforgettable – $2.3 million

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Zoe Saldana Happy To Go Green With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Family


Having already been part of the huge James Cameron film Avatar (and its succeeding sequels) and the Star Trek flicks, Zoe Saldana scored another creative hit with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014. The sequel takes places three to four months after the events of the original, and Saldana was extremely happy to be reunited with her collaborators.

“Getting back to seeing everyone was the most exciting part of doing the sequel,” said Saldana. “I wasn’t looking forward to the five hours of green make-up. But it’s so funny, I never really did look forward to it but as soon as I was on set, I was happy and I would forget that I had been there since 2:30 in the morning. I always felt like I was playing with my friends, you know?”

Click on the media bar below to hear Saldana talk about Gamora’s special bond with Star-Lord (Chris Pratt).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, co-starring Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, opens nationwide May 5.

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Review: ‘Colossal’ Delivers Original Take on Monstrous Behavior

There are times we may all turn a little monstrous, but rarely does it have the effect that we see in the new film Colossal. The movie, from writer/director Nacho Vigalondo, offers a unique perspective on the monster movie trope.

The film stars Anne Hathaway as Gloria, an out of control party girl whose life is spiraling out of control thanks to her partying, who is eventually called on it by her well-intentioned boyfriend Tim (Dan Stevens). With Tim tossing her out until she can get her life together, Gloria makes a half-hearted attempt to get her life together by leaving New York and returning to her small town home, where she moves into her empty childhood home and soon reconnects with childhood pal Oscar (Jason Sudeikis).

Oscar has remained in town, taking over the bar his father once owned and is seemingly enchanted by Gloria’s big city life that she carved out after leaving town. Unaware of her issues with alcohol, he invites her to his bar and eventually offers her a job while introducing her to the regulars – Joel (Austin Stowell), the handsome but a little dim good guy and Garth (Tim Blake Nelson), the wise-cracking regular with nonsensical stories. It’s not long before Gloria is hanging with the trio, her old habits resurfacing. But when she wakes from a long night of drinking, she learns of a giant monster attack on Seoul, South Korea. It’s not long before Gloria spots the monster mirroring some of her movements from the drunken night before.

Eventually Gloria figures out that the monster has a tie to a nearby playground she and Oscar infringed upon while they were kids and after sharing the discovery with her new friends, the set up for the rest of the film is now complete. But what seems like a comical premise that could run dry fairly quick does not, and it’s due in part to the storytelling taking things in an unexpected direction and the strength of the performances of the cast.

The monster revelation has its most significant effects on Gloria and Oscar, as we see their relationship take a turn and everyone’s true colors come to light. Gloria, in particular, is faced with the decisions of her actions and must come to terms with the person she wants to be moving forward. And, in many ways, the remainder of the film plays out as an “origin story.”

Kudos to Vigalondo for one of the year’s more original films, with Hathaway and Sudeikis both delivering solid turns in the development of their characters. With great power comes great responsibility and Vigalondo takes great care to make this Colossal project engaging from start to finish.

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That’s a Wrap: The Week in Movies

Wes Anderson‘s highly anticipated new film Isle of Dogs has secured an April 20, 2018 release for Fox Searchlight. As expected, Anderson has quite an impressive cast list for the film with Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Frances McDormand, Greta Gerwig, Liev Schreiber, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Courtney B. Vance, F. Murray Abraham, Fisher Stevens, Frank Wood, Koyu Rankin, Konichi Nomura, Mari Natsuki, Akira Ito, Yojira Noda, Yoko Ono and Akira Takayama all set to appear.

… And here comes the payoff pitch! Deadline reports that M. Night Shyamalan revealed via social media that he’s readying a new film titled Glass, that will serve as a sequel to two of his films – 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split. As was revealed in Split, the James McAvoy character’s story took place in the same universe as the characters from the Unbreakable film. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson will reprise their Unbreakable roles, while McAvoy and Anya Taylor Joy will reprise their Split roles in Glass, which is expected to arrive on Jan. 18, 2019.

Get that calendar out! The movie studios have been penciling in premiere dates right and left, starting with the news that James Cameron has nailed down the schedule for his Avatar sequels. Look for the first sequel to arrive on Dec. 18, 2020, followed by the second on Dec. 17, 2021, with the third and fourth sequels scheduled for Dec. 20, 2024 and Dec. 19, 2025.

2018 will be filled with three superhero films in the X-Men universe! Fox has announced that New Mutants will open on April 13, with Deadpool 2 set for June 1 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix set for Nov. 2.

Though it is in the works, we’ll have to wait a while longer for a fifth installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. Disney and Lucasfilm have pushed back the release from July 2019 to July 2020.

Walt Disney have also penciled in a sequel to the hugely successful animated film Frozen. Frozen 2 returns to the big screen on Nov. 27, 2019.

There has been talk of a Jon Favreau-helmed live-action remake of The Lion King, and it’s now on the schedule for the summer of 2019. Meanwhile, two more roles have been cast as Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen will portray Timon and Pumbaa, the meerkat and warthog buddy duo.

You’ll have to wait for your prey! The Shane Black-directed update of The Predator has been pushed from February 2018 to Aug. 3, 2018. The film stars Boyd Holbrook, Keegan-Michael Key, Trevante Rhodes, Thomas Jane, Yvonne Strahovski, Olivia Munn, Jacob Tremblay and Edward James Olmos. With Predator vacating its February slot, 20th Century FOX is moving up Maze Runner: The Death Cure to Feb. 9.

The next installment of the Jurassic Park series will have a nod to the original. The Wrap is reporting that Jeff Goldblum has been cast in the movie, where he’ll appear alongside the returning leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. J.A. Bayona will direct the film which is scheduled to open June 22, 2018.

Brad Pitt is ready to go to war again … specifically a sequel to World War Z. Variety reports that the actor and his Se7en director David Fincher are expected to sign on for the sequel, which would reportedly start shooting early in 2018.

Deadline reports that Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert DeNiro are circling an Eric Roth feature film adaptation of David Grann‘s book Killers of the Flower Moon. The movie would be a true crime story based on multiple murders of members of the Osage Indian tribe in Oklahoma after oil is found on their land.

Variety reports that Margot Robbie is in negotiations to play Queen Elizabeth in the new film Mary Queen of Scots, opposite Saorsie Ronan. Josie Rourke is directing the film.

Kevin Hart has signed on to star in an update of the 1988 comedy The Great Outdoors. Universal Pictures is developing the film, which initially starred John Candy as a family man whose getaway vacation is interrupted by his annoying in-laws led by patriarch Dan Aykroyd.

Adam Sandler and Chris Rock will pair up again for the Netflix comedy The Week Of. According to Deadline, the film, directed by Robert Smigel, will shoot this summer and centers on the week of wedding preparation leading up to the nuptials between Sandler’s daughter and Rock’s son. Sandler co-wrote the comedy with Smigel.

Ewan McGregor, currently playing warring twin siblings on Fargo, is in talks to star in the upcoming Disney film, Christopher Robin. Variety reports that the live action film would follow the grown-up Robin, who has lost all his imagination until his childhood friend Winnie the Pooh and his friends help him get it back.

Uma Thurman and Rob Riggle have joined the cast of The War With Grandpa, a comedy that already stars Robert DeNiro and Christopher Walken. According to Deadline, the film is based on a book where a child decides to declare war on his grandfather after the man moves into the family home and takes over his bedroom. When Peter devises a plan to make his grandfather give up the room, the old man retaliates.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ang Lee is in negotiations to direct the long gestating project Gemini Man. The action film has been circling Hollywood for nearly 20 years with plenty of talented directors and actors in line to finally bring it to the big screen. The story centers on an aging assassin trying to leave the business who finds himself battling his clone who is 25 years younger than him and at his peak abilities. Deadline reports that Will Smith is in talks to star in the film.

Director McG has bowed out of helming the upcoming Masters of the Universe reboot for Sony Pictures. EW reports that McG has exited the project, with the search on to find a replacement.

Gilles Marini has joined the cast of the WWII drama Burning at Both Ends, which stars Cary Elwes and Judd Hirsch. Marini will play a French policeman who assigned to work as a local liaison for the Gestapo.

The Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition has been optioned by Universal Pictures. According to Deadline, the highly in-demand script follows Madonna’s rise in the New York scene of the ’80s and her struggles to get her first album released while navigating fame, romance and the music industry.

Keeping it in the music scene, The Daily Mail reports a Kinks biopic of sorts is in the works, loosely based off the 2014 West End musical Sunny Afternoon.

Like, oh my god! Can you believe they’re doing a remake of the ’80s film favorite Valley Girl. Gag me with a spoon, it’s also a musical! Deadline reports that Chloe Bennett, Logan Paul, Jessie Ennis and Ashleigh Murray have joined a cast that’s led by Jessica Rothe and Josh Whitehouse.

That’s a Wrap: The Week in TV News

roseanne_watch_00Another ’90s favorite may be getting a reboot! Deadline reports that Roseanne will come back as an eight-episode limited series, with Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Sara Gilbert and Laurie Metcalf joining them. The revival is reportedly being bid upon by original home ABC and Netflix among other networks.

With Feud: Betty and Joan doing so well, creator Ryan Murphy has revealed the plans for Season 2. Like American Horror Story, there will be a fresh slate of sorts with each season. The next season centers on the split of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The show has already been picked up for Season 2 and Season 3.

Having recently revealed Season 11 and 12 pickups, it’s been revealed that Big Bang Theory actresses Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch received significant raises, making $500K per episode rather than the $175K-$200K they’ve been making during the current season.

TBS has ordered a third season of the Jason Jones/Natalie Zea-starring comedy The Detour. The show’s second season finale aired earlier this week.

Showtime has announced that Season 5 of Ray Donovan will start Aug. 6 as a Twin Peaks lead-in. Meanwhile, the fifth and final season of the Matt LeBlanc-starring Episodes kicks off Aug. 20.

AMC has given a third season pickup to its strong performing sophomore series Into the Badlands. Look for an expanded 16-episode Season 3 to start in 2018. Meanwhile, also at AMC, Turn will return for a fourth and final season with a two-hour premiere on June 17.

The power is out at NBC. The network has pulled the comic-book themed Powerless sitcom from its Thursday lineup with no announcement of when the remaining episodes might turn up. But the power is on at Starz! The cable network has slotted in the fourth season of Power for a June 25 premiere.

HGTV has revealed that Flip or Flop stars Tarek and Christina El Moussa will return for a 20-episode Season 7. There had been speculation of whether or not the show would continue after the real life couple revealed their separation last year. Deadline reports the new season will start in December.

Ron Howard tells TV Guide that it’s possible that a Dark Tower adaptation will eventually land at Hulu. The film version of Stephen King‘s story is set to hit theaters on Aug. 4, and Howard revealed that there was talk of a TV component. However, the producer added, “That’s not a commitment on the television side, but creatively it could work very well, hand in hand, with what we’d like the movies to be.”

With Veep getting some age on it, HBO is moving to make sure they stay in the political arena. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the network is teaming with Barry Levinson to develop a TV series adaptation of his 1997 film Wag the Dog. The original film centered on a political strategist tasked with creating a fictional war to distract from a politician’s sexual harassment scandal.

Jesse Eisenberg is taking an active role in a new half-hour comedy series project called The Market. Deadline reports that the actor will write, star in and direct the TV series for J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot. The show centers on a recently widowed man who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son just as both men simultaneously lose their jobs and must hit the job market.

Jason Alexander is set to return to TV with a new 10-episode comedy series called Hit the Road for the AT&T Audience Network. According to Deadline, Alexander will also executive produce the show, which is based on a highly dysfunctional family band who traverse the country in a cramped tour bus.

Hilary Swank has joined the cast of FX’s J. Paul Getty limited edition series Trust. Deadline reports that she’ll portray Gail Getty, the mother of J. Paul Getty III, in the story about his kidnapping. Donald Sutherland has been cast as the elder Getty, the founder of the family dynasty.

Dule Hill has landed a new gig at USA. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Psych alum will have a season-long arc on the seventh season of Suits. The actor will portray Alex Williams, a longtime friend of Harvey (Gabriel Macht), who is a senior partner at a rival law firm. Season seven returns on July 12.

Is Mark Consuelos moving from Oceanside to Riverdale? The actor, currently cast on the in limbo FOX San Diego-set series Pitch, has agreed to take on the role of Hiram Lodge, a charismatic, ruthless businessman returning home to reconnect with his wife and daughter in the second season of CW’s Riverdale series. According to TV Line, the casting is in second position should Pitch get picked up for Season 2.

While New Girl‘s fate remains unclear, Nasim Pedrad has lined up a new gig as a series regular for Season 2 of TBS’ People of Earth, which returns to the airwaves this summer. According to Deadline, Pedrad will play Special Agent Alex Foster who is on the hunt for newspaper owner Jonathan Walsh (Michael Cassidy), who is wanted for white collar crimes.

TruTV is moving ahead with casting for I’m Sorry, a comedy starring Funny Or Die favorite Andrea Savage as a comedy writer, wife and mother. Also cast are Tom Everett Scott as her straightaced husband Mike, Olive Petrucci as her inquisitive daughter, Jason Mantzoukas as her writing partner Kyle, Nelson Franklin as her brother and Martin Mull and Kathy Baker as her divorced parents. Judy Greer, Lyndon Smith, Gary Anthony Williams and Steve Zissis are also set for recurring roles on the show, with John Ross Bowie, Lizzy Caplan, Jamie Denbo, Rebecca Henderson, Nick Kroll, Paul Scheer, June Squibb, Gillian Vigman and Kulap Vilaysack all set for guest star turns.

Aasif Mandvi has landed a recurring role on the fourth season of TV Land’s Younger. Deadline reports that Mandvi will play an editor with a great sense of humor whom Liza meets at a conference and approaches her to run a millennial-focused imprint.