Nick Robinson, who’s receiving his share of accolades for the teen drama Love, Simon, will next be seen in the comedy-drama Krystal. Directed by William H. Macy, the narrative centers on Taylor Ogburn (Robinson), an 18-year-old who falls in love with an ex-stripper (Rosario Dawson). Probably unaware of boundaries, Taylor decides to attend AA meetings (he’s not an alcoholic) in order to bond with the woman of his dreams.
Co-starring Felicity Huffman, Tip “T.I.” Harris, and The Flash star Grunt Gustin, the feature marks Macy’s third feature directing effort (his previous flicks are The Layover, released last year, and 2014’s Rudderless). The trailer has its memorable moments and showcases Robinson’s comedic skills, and hopefully Dawson and Robinson’s chemistry will lead the way. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!
(L to R, center) CAILEE SPAENY as Amara, SCOTT EASTWOOD as Lambert and JOHN BOYEGA as Jake with Amara’s fellow Cadets in “Pacific Rim Uprising.” The globe-spanning conflict between otherworldly monsters of mass destruction and the human-piloted super-machines built to vanquish them was only a prelude to the all-out assault on humanity.
Pacific Rim Uprising unseated Black Panther to capture the #1 spot at the box office, taking in $28 million in its debut weekend. Black Pantherhad another strong weekend with $16.6 million, good enough for second place while the faith based drama I Can Only Imaginecontinued its successful run with $13.8 million. Here’s the top 10:
Pacific Rim Uprising– It did land at the top spot,but it has to continue its solid run as it’s budget is estimated at $150 million! $28 million 2. Black Panther – It has made over $630 million domestically, and this weekend it takes in $16.6 million. 3. I Can Only Imagine– Drama makes $13.8 million and has collected over $38 million domestically. It’s a huge hit considering its $7 million budget! 4. Sherlock Gnome – A $10.6 million debut is disappointing for this $59 million budgeted flick. 5. Tomb Raider – Flick plummets in its second weekend with $10.4 million. 6. A Wrinkle in Time– $8 million 7. Love, Simon– Critically acclaimed flick takes in $7 million 8. Paul, Apostle of Christ – Its $5 million debut was not too shabby, since it opened in just over 1,400 screens (compared to 3,700 plus with Pacific Rim Uprising. Plus, its production budget is $5 million 9. Game Night – $4.1 million 10. Midnight Sun – Romantic drama collects $4.1 million its its debut weekend.
Alicia Vikander doing her take on Lara Croft was unable to dethrone Black Panther as the Marvel flick made over $27 million and retained the #1 spot. Tomb Raider managed a respectable $23.5 million opening, and worldwide the flick has already amassed $126 million. Here’s the top 10:
1. Black Panther – $27 million
2. Tomb Raider – $23.5 million
3. I Can Only Imagine – Faith based drama, starring Dennis Quaid and Madeline Carroll, does solid business with a $17 million debut.
4. A Wrinkle In Time – Critically mixed flick takes in $16.5 million.
5. Love, Simon – Teen drama collects $11.5 million
6. Game Night – Jason Bateman/Rachel McAdams comedy earns $5.5 million and to date it’s grossed over $54 million domestically.
7. Peter Rabbit – $5.2 million
8. Strangers: Prey at Night – $4.8 million
9. Red Sparrow– Jennifer Lawrence thriller earns $4.4 million and it’s been a critical and commercial disappointment.
10. Death Wish – It’s more like DOA, as this movie failed to set the box office world on fire. Bruce Willis flick makes $3.4 million.
Greg Berlanti has made a name for himself by creating superhero shows like The Flash, Supergirl,Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. Berlanti, who last directed a movie in 2010 (Life As We Know It), has a new film coming that goes in a completely different direction — Love, Simon is about a closeted gay teenager who’s trying to find balance in a chaotic life. Berlanti explained to us that the challenge of doing something totally new is why he wanted to direct the film. (Click on the media bar below to hear Greg Berlanti)
Love, Simon starring Nick Robinson, Josh Duhamel, and Jennifer Garner, opens in now playing in theaters.
Love, Simon centers on Simon Spier (Nick Robinson), a 17-year-old who finds a connection with an anonymous classmate that he chats with online. The catch is Simon has yet to come out to his parents and friends, and his secret may be divulged before he gets the chance to have an honest talk with his loved ones. Based on Becky Albertalli’s novel Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, the picture is directed by filmmaker/producer Greg Berlanti (Everwood, Green Arrow, The Flash).
“What excited me about this project is this story has not been told before in this setting, in high school, in a sort of coming of age film,” said Robinson. “I feel it was past due and I wanted to be part of the team that helped tell it.”
Click on the media bar to hear Robinson elaborate on why humor is an important element of Love, Simon: