As you may recall, Stephen Amell made his pro wrestling debut at WWE SummerSlam a couple of years ago when he competed in a tag team match and performed better than anyone expected (even the pickiest of wrestling fans praised his performance). Well, the Arrow star made his return to the squared circle this past Friday night for Ring of Honor show Survival of the Fittest alongside The Bullet Club.
Performing in the main event alongside Cody Rhodes, Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks, he squared off with The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian), Flip Gordon and Scorpio Sky. The Bullet Club picked up the win but Amell actually ended up being sent crashing through a table!
Amell worked with Rhodes when he was known as Stardust in WWE so it's no surprise that they've teamed up again here. Ring of Honor isn't quite up there with WWE in terms of popularity but these two have become close friends, raising money for charity together and even going into business selling specially themed wines. Rhodes has also appeared on Arrow twice as the evil Derek Sampson.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics' Justice League struggled compared to expectations as it failed to top $100 million over the course of its three-day weekend. Meanwhile, it was Lionsgate's Wonder that captured audience attention, debuting with an excellent $27 million, topping Thor: Ragnarok for a second place finish, positioning itself well for the holiday weeks ahead. Additionally, A24's Lady Birdcontinued its impressive run in limited release as it makes way for a nationwide debut over Thanksgiving weekend.
With an estimated $96 million, Justice League managed to top the weekend, but fell short of the low end of expectations. Despite bringing in $13 million from Thursday previews, which was $2 million more than Wonder Womanhauled in from preview screenings ahead of a $103.2 million debut, Justice League just couldn't crack the century mark, delivering the lowest opening for any of the films in DC's Extended Universe thus far.
Opening day audiences gave the film a "B+" CinemaScoreand of that audience, 58% were male vs. 42% female and 69% were over the age of 25. It will be very interesting to see where the film goes from here as the four previous films in the DC Extended Universe have shown a variety of multipliers following their opening weekend. One might expect Justice League to follow patterns closer to the ~2.4x multipliers for Man of Steel* and Suicide Squad though, given the softer-than-expected opening, perhaps even closer to the 1.99x multiplier for Batman v Superman. In the end, we might be looking at a domestic run that could fall short of $200 million, though we're anticipating a finish just a bit over, similar to Godzilla's $200 million run in 2014 following its $93 million debut.
Internationally, the film brought in an estimated $185.5 million from 65 markets for a $281.5 million worldwide debut. This makes it one of the top twenty-five worldwide openings all-time and the twentieth ranked international opening over, besting the $185.1 million overseas opening from The Avengers, though it should be noted The Avengersdebuted in only 39 markets during its opening weekend as international and worldwide opening comparisons are rarely apples-to-apples.
Leading the international charge, Justice League brought in an estimated $51.7 million from China, WB's second largest opening in the marketplace behind Batman v Superman. The film also brought in an estimated $14.2 million in Brazil, $9.8m in the UK, $9.6 million in Mexico, $8.8 million in Korea, $6.5 million in Russia, $6.3 million in Australia and $6 million in France. With most of the marketplace already in release Japan remains the last major opening for the film and that will take place next Thursday, November 23.
Set in Los Angeles in the summer of 1969, Tarantino’s upcoming movie, according to a source who read the script, focuses on a male TV actor who’s had one hit series and his looking for a way to get into the film business. His sidekick—who’s also his stunt double—is looking for the same thing. The horrific murder of Sharon Tate and four of her friends by Charles Manson’s cult of followers serves as a backdrop to the main story. Deadline says Tarantino wants Margot Robbie, currently enjoying accolades for her role as Tonya Harding in I, Tonya, for the role of Tate.
He’s also said to want a production budget of close to $100 million, first-dollar gross and final cut on the film. It’s not yet clear if Sony has agreed to all these terms.
Tarantino is expected to start shooting the movie in June in Los Angeles, and actors such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Leonardo DiCaprio are being considered for the lead.
It's been a bumpy road for the Terminator franchise. Ever since the release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the series has endured some unimpressive sequels, with the latest attempt being the sequel/reboot Terminator: Genisys. Refusing to stay down for long, James Cameron is working on a new Terminator film that will ignore all post-Judgement Day sequels. Tim Miller is signed on to direct, but now a crucial member of the team has been found. Billy Ray, the writer of Captain Phillips, has been hired to write the screenplay.
According to The Wrap, Billy Ray has signed on to pen the screenplay for the sixth Terminator film. Ray is perhaps best known as the writer of Captain Phillips, the Tom Hanks drama about a ship captain who must protect the passengers of his vessel after it is taken over by Somali pirates. The writer's work on the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Ray has also written State of Play, Shattered Glass, and the first Hunger Games movie. Nothing on his resume particularly screams Terminator, but he does have a variety of films under his belt.
At least Billy Ray won't have to spend too much time catching up on the Terminator series to write his movie. The sixth film will reportedly ignore every sequel past 1991's Terminator 2: Judgement Day and will be a direct continuation of the iconic sci-fi sequel. Not much is known plot wise, but original stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are expected to reprise their roles, with the goal that they will hand the series off to a new cast. The sequel will modernize the Terminator series, setting it in the age of smartphones and Amazon drones to address the emergence of AI in society. As far as continuity goes, just consider all the other movies as existing in an alternate timeline. Your Jai Courtney knowledge will do nothing to help you here.
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Corey Feldman was one of the biggest child stars of the 1980s, appearing as the wise-cracking, witty comic relief in films like Gremlins(1984), The Goonies (1985) and Stand By Me(1986). But behind the scenes, Feldman’s life didn’t match what fans saw on the screen. At 15, he was emancipated from his parents. He fought a very public battle with drug addiction. And, as he has spoken about more and more in recent years, he says he was molested as a child by several powerful figures in Hollywood.
Earlier this month, Feldman appeared on The Dr. Oz Show to accuse actor John Grissom of abusing him. On Monday, he returned to the show to name another alleged abuser: Alphy Hoffman, the owner of a children’s club. Feldman has also talked more about the abuse his friend and The Lost Boys (1987) costar Corey Haim suffered when he was a child star. (In 2010, the 38-year-old Haim died suddenly of apparent natural causes.)
Newsweek spoke to Feldman about publicly naming the men he says molested him and Haim, becoming a vocal advocate for victims of abuse and his plans to crowdfund a documentary about pedophilia in Hollywood.
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I'm sorry but if you offered me the job of playing Batman I would stay on untill I'm dead as he's the coolest superhero in the world. But now it looks like we may be getting yet another Batman and an actor is already being eyed for the part
While DC and Warner Bros have not provided any official indication that Ben Affleck will soon retire from the Batman role, numerous rumors and reports suggest that it's at least a possibility. Affleck himself recently said that he's looking for a "cool and graceful" way to segue out of the cape and cowl, so if the actor does indeed decided not to reprise the DC Extended Universe's iteration of the Caped Crusader for Matt Reeves' The Batman, then who would succeed him? If one new rumor is to be believed, apparently Jake Gyllenhaal is being looked at for the job.
In the most recent episode of film pundit John Campea's YouTube show, he mentioned that Ben Affleck retiring as Batman has been a "foregone conclusion" since the beginning of the year. With the in mind, Campea has heard that Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the people that Matt Reevesis eyeing to play the DCEU's new Batman. To be perfectly clear, though, this doesn't mean that Gyllenhaal playing Batman is a sure thing. His name has been supposedly floated as a candidate, but there's no guarantee that he'll sign on or that Warner Bros would pick him. For those of you pointing out that Gyllenhaal is nearly a decade younger than Affleck, Campea mentioned that there are two possibilities on what's happening with The Batman that would explain the age discrepancy: it's set outside of the DCEU(less likely) or it takes place before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (more likely).
Having a new actor playing Batman on the big screen isn't new territory. After Michael Keaton departed the franchise following his two collaborations with Tim Burton, Val Kilmer was brought in for Batman Forever, and George Clooney succeeded him on Batman & Robin. Christopher Nolan fortunately retained Christian Bale for all of his Batman trilogy, but if Ben Affleck is indeed departing the DCEU as has been reported (again, not official), then we're back to someone else taking over as Bruce Wayne. Jake Gyllenhaal would certainly be a big score for the DCEU, as he's proven with Nightcrawler that he can work well with dark material. Whether Gyllenhaal's Batman is a younger version of Affleck's, continues where Affleck's version left off or even exists in a separate continuity, it would be interesting to see what kind of gravitas he brings to DC's infamous Dark Knight.
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CBS is set to develop a series based on the Bill Murray/Harold Ramis film Stripes, according to Deadline. The single camera comedy based on the 1981 film comes to us from Trevor Moore, Sam Brown and Zach Cregger from Whitest Kids U’Know, Sony Pictures TV and CBS Television Studios. Ivan Reitman, who directed the 1981 film is reportedly attached to both direct and executive produce through his Montecito Picture Company. Moore, Brown and Cregger will executive produce with Julius Goldy Sharpe and Tom Pollock, alongside Amie Karp and Peter Fried. Sony Pictures Television will produce in association with CBS Television Studios.
The Stripes adaptation will center on a rebellious outsider who finds his calling when he joins the U.S. Military. Stripes starred Bill Murray (Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation, Ghostbusters), Harold Ramis (Groundhog Day, As Good as it Gets, Ghostbusters), Warren Oates (In the Heat of the Night, The Wild Bunch, Badlands), P. J. Soles (Halloween, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, Carrie), Sean Young (Blade Runner, No Way Out, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective), and John Candy (Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles, Spaceballs)
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