The world building of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been unprecedented, as the 2008 success of Iron Man capped everything off until the inevitable confrontation with world destroyer Thanos (Josh Brolin). The aforementioned antagonist’s quest for the infinity gems comes to a head with Avengers: Infinity War, as he faces a slew of superheroes who attempt to stop his planned destruction of their planet. Whether it’s Spider-Man (Tom Holland) clinging on to what looks like an alien craft or Captain America (Chris Evans) trying out a new shield presumably designed by high tech folks at Wakanda, the Super Bowl teaser spot for Avengers: Infinity War was simply on point.
My personal favorite was seeing Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) casting a spell with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his repulsors ready to provide back up. Check out the teaser trailer below and tell us what you think!
The Fate of the Furious trampled on the competition once again, as it made $38.7 million at the box office. Coming in a distant second was The Boss Baby with $12.7 million, and unfortunately the Katherine Heigl/Rosario Dawson thriller Unforgettable failed to capture a sizable audience (#7 with just $4.8 million). Here’s this weekend’s top 10:
1. The Fate of the Furious – $38.7 million.
2. The Boss Baby – $12.7 million
3. Beauty and the Beast – $9.9 million
4. Born in China – $5.15 million
5. Going in Style – The good news is that this $25 million budgeted comedy has amassed over $31 million domestically. This weekend, it makes $5 million and it should be a modest hit for Warner Bros.
6; Smurfs: The Lost Village – It’s made just $33 million on a $60 million budget, which is a disappointment. Picture takes in $4.8 million over the weekend.
Chris Evanstrades his Captain America shield for parenthood in Gifted, as he plays Frank a single man raising his loving niece Mary (Mckenna Grace) in a Florida coastal town. His attempts at domestic normalcy takes a different turn due to Mary’s “gifted” mathematical knowledge. Jenny Slate co-stars as Mary’s teacher who also develops a bond with Frank.
For Evans, taking part in a layered family drama like Gifted was a no-brainer. “I think any type of family complexity,” said Evans. “It doesn’t have to be your biological family (it can be) your chosen family as well. It’s about kind of striking the balance with parent-child relationships and forgiveness and the guilt that can be associated with your past and trying to do what’s right for the people you love.”
Gifted’s success partly hinges on the chemistry between the two leads, and Evans had nothing but praise for Grace (she’ll also be seen later this month in How To Be A Latin Lover). “She’s such a unique human being,” said Evans. “I’ve been on plenty of movie sets with plenty of different actors but no one quite like Mckenna. She really has a life to her and it’s infectious. When she’s on set, the whole atmosphere is different.
Click on the media bar below to hear Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace talk about what makes Gifted a memorable moviegoing experience.
Gifted opens in select theaters April 7 and nationwide April 21.
Directed by Marc Webb (The Amazing Spider-Man), Gifted centers on Mary (Mckenna Grace), a seven-year-old who is a mathematical genius. Though education wise Mary deserves the best schooling as possible, her concerned and loving uncle Frank (Chris Evans) is also a proponent of giving her the most normal childhood as possible.
The picture co-stars Jenny Slate, an actress who’s best known for her scene stealing comedic chops (as witnessed by the first rate 2014 feature Obvious Child). With Gifted, Slate plays a straight laced and focused teacher, so comedy wasn’t in the cards for this gratifying role.
“That’s the ultimate challenge is to lean on what you know works,” said Slate. “She’s sturdy and she’s not showcasing herself in any way. She sees herself as a facilitator and as someone who speaks the truth. Those are very simple things that need to be respected. And I’m usually called upon to be a more ‘character-y’ type of person and I really gravitated towards this character because she’s straightforward. She’s whole. She’s self-possessed. It’s very old-fashioned and clean and fresh to make education your first priority.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Slate talk about playing a teacher and working with kids on Gifted.
Gifted opens in select cities April 7 and opens nationwide April 21.
Move over Eddie Murphy, there’s a new doctor in town. Variety reports that Robert Downey Jr. will take on the popular role of Dr. Dolittle in the upcoming film The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle. Stephen Gaghan will direct the film, which finds Downey in the titular role as the doctor with a knack for being able to communicate with animals.
Could we sell you on a film starring Kyle Chandler and Jason Bateman as siblings? Deadline reports that Game Night stars Chandler as Brooks, the more successful brother of Max (Bateman), who end up getting entangled in a real-life murder mystery during a gathering of couples. Rachel McAdams, Jesse Plemons, Kylie Bunbury and Lamorne Morris have also been cast in the film, which is being created by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein.
Steve Carell, Amy Schumer and Nicole Kidman have all signed on for She Came to Me. Deadline describes the film, written and directed by Maggie’s Plan director Rebecca Miller, as a comedic dramedy set in the world of contemporary opera and tug boats that cuts into the layer cake of American society with wit and heart.
Speaking of Amy Schumer, the actress-comedian has bowed out her plans to star in a live action film about the popular doll Barbie. Scheduling issues came into play, but Schumer has expressed her enthusiasm of the movie making it to the big screen.
Deadline reports that Kristen Wiig is in negotiations to star in Richard Linklater‘s upcoming film, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? The film centers on a once famous architect who becomes a recluse, so much so that when she disappears, her husband and 15-year-old daughter conduct a search to determine her whereabouts. Wiig would play a high strung neighbor of Bernadette’s in the film
Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia have all been cast in Bent, a new film written and directed by Bobby Moresco. According to Deadline, the film follows discredited narcotics detective Danny Gallagher (Urban), who is out for revenge agains the man who framed him and killed his partner. Vergara stars as a ruthless government agent whose motives are unclear, while Garcia is Gallagher’s lifelong mentor who has fought corruption throughout his career.
Oscar-winner Brie Larson is now attached to star in Victoria Woodhull for Amazon Studios. The Room thespian will play the titular suffragette, who became the first female candidate to run for the presidency of the United States. Larson will also serve as a producer on the film.
Chris Evans, soon to be seen in Gifted, is set to star in Red Sea Diving Resort. Deadline reports that the Gideon Raff-directed drama revolves and the transport of Ethiopian Jews to Israel in 1981, with Evans playing the Israeli agent Ari Kidron who assembled the tame to help with the exodus on the ground.
Tika Sumpter, who turned heads as a young Michelle Obama in Southside With You, has joined the cast of The Old Man and the Gun. The film centers on a police officer (Casey Affleck) who becomes fascinated with a career bank robber (Robert Redford) with a history of prison breaks and the commitment from a woman who loves him despite his profession. Sumpter will star as Affleck’s wife in the film. Danny Glover and Sissy Spacek have also been cast in the movie.
Issa Rae, the breakout star of HBO’s Insecure, has landed a role opposite Bill Hader in the new film Empress of Serenity. Hader plays a man named Sheldon whose attempts to woo back his ex-wife get derailed when his widowed father guilts him into a cruise. Rae plays Michelle, a reclusive kindred spirit who both aids and becomes an obstacle in Hader’s plans.
Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto have all joined the cast of Who We Are. Deadline reports that Matthew Newton is directing the film, which centers on convicted felon (Nicholson) who strikes up an alliance with a public defender (Roberts) that comes in handy when she decides to try to get back the son she lost when she went to prison for manslaughter.
Edward James Olmos has joined the cast of the upcoming Predator reboot. Shane Black, who helped pen the original film decades ago, will be directing the movie, which stars Boyd Holbrook, Sterling K. Brown, Trevante Rhodes, Olivia Munn, Keegan-Michael Key and Jacob Tremblay among others.
Mike Epps and Bruce Willis are set to star in Acts of Violence, their second film together in the past year. The action flick centers on vigilante brothers who infiltrate a human trafficking ring to free a loved one. Cole Hauser, Shawn Ashmore, Sophia Bush and Melissa Bolona also star in the film.
Variety reports that Nicolas Winding Refn is set to produce a remake of the 1988 cult classic, Maniac Cop. The film would be set in present day and would focus on one cop’s attempt to uncover the truth about one of her fellow officer’s role in the murders of several innocent people.
The Libertine is on hold! According to director Brett Ratner, the film about a 2011 incident involving French politician Dominique Strauss, has been put on hold while star Johnny Depp deals with events in his personal life. Ratner told EW, “That was a movie I was going to direct next. I put it on hold. Johnny had some issues with his divorce and stuff. So we pushed it off. There’s another movie I’m going to direct. I’m hoping in 2017. I’m very excited about that. I know what it is but don’t want to say what it is yet.”
Denise Richards and Mischa Barton have signed on to star in the horror film The Toybox. The supernatural thriller centers on a family on a cross-country trip who get stranded in the desert by a force that is slowly picking them off. According to Deadline, Richards plays the mother of the family, while Barton is another traveler who gets caught up in the carnage.