Box Office Predictions & Analysis (28/07/17)


The much derided Emoji Movie and the much anticipated Atomic Blonde are set for release this weekend and without much competition both would clean up with great debuts, but Dunkirk, Girls Trip and even War for Planet of the Apes offer sufficient competition.

Let’s get down to it.

The Emoji Movie
Synopsis: The movie nobody wanted.

Budget: $50 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 3%
Current Box Office: $0 million
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $0 million
Our Prediction: $30 million

Comments: Reviews are so, so shockingly bad, but a sheer lack of alternative options for families really helps the Emoji Movie this weekend. $30 million should be enough to beat Dunkirk for the top spot, but The Emoji Movie needs to perform well on its second weekend.

Synopsis: Christopher Nolan’s back!

Budget: $100 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Current Box Office: $131.6 million
Domestic Box Office: $74.7 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $50.5 million.
Our Prediction: $27 million

Comments: Great buzz and reviews should help Dunkirk retain a good chunk of its audience from its $50.5 million opening last weekend. I’m expecting a softer decline of 40-50% with $27 million.

Atomic Blonde
Synopsis: Charlie Theron plays Bond.

Budget: $30 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%
Current Box Office: $0 million
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $0 million
Our Prediction: $24 million

Comments: Atomic Blonde is an attempt to create a Bond franchise with a female lead and with a modest budget of $30 million and Charlize Theron in the titular role, Atomic Blonde should definitely succeed at the box office. I’m estimated $22 million based on Theron’s draw.

Elsewhere: Girls Trip should add another $20 million, possibly challenging Atomic Blonde. Spider-Man: Homecoming should add $10 million to its toll.

Next Weekend: Idris Elba in The Dark Tower and Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit.

Last Year: Jason Bourne debuted at number one with $59.2M for Universal.

TGL Round-Up: Reese Witherspoon & Jennifer Aniston Team Up, Celebrity Big Brother Line Up Leaks, UnREAL Renewed


Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are teaming up for a new television show, Variety has confirmed.

Aniston and Witherspoon will executive produce and star in the show about morning news in New York.

The series is expected to be shopped to networks and streaming services in the coming weeks, industry sources say.

Lifetime has renewed UnREAL for a fourth series, the network announced Friday at the TCA summer press tour.

The renewal for “UnREAL” comes ahead of the show’s Season 3 premiere in early 2018. The scripted series offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding the production of a hit dating competition program.

UnREAL stars Constance Zimmer and Shiri Appleby.

The cast of the upcoming series of Celebrity Big Brother has leaked online.

Real Housewife Brandi Glanville, Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding and Coronation Street star Shobna Gulati are amongst the stars entering the house, as well as Eastender’s Shaun Williamson and YouTube star Tricia Paytos.

CBB re-opens its doors on August 1st on Channel 5.

Daily Blind Item — In Therapy



You might remember when this C lister was everywhere with the A list firmly within grasp.

‘[name omitted] was set to be a huge star,’ says one source. ‘Audiences didn’t think so.’

Our C lister is still regularly in therapy, dealing with the stress and the damage of not making it.

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who is our C lister?

On This Day — July 28


July 28th is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 156 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday (58 in 400 years each) than on Sunday or Monday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Wednesday or Friday (56).

Important historical events include in 1995 – Two followers of Rajneesh were convicted for the attempted assassination of the United States Attorney for the District of Oregon.

Other historical incidents occurring on the day are in 1794 – French Revolution: Maximilien Robespierre and Louis Antoine de Saint-Just, architects of the Reign of Terror, were executed after having been arrested the previous day.

Also, in 2010 – In the deadliest air accident in Pakistan’s history, Airblue Flight 202 crashed into the Margalla Hills north of Islamabad, killing all 152 aboard.
Dana White turns… 48Profession: UFC Executive
Awards: WON Promoter of the Year x11

Elizabeth Berkley turns… 43
Profession: Showgirls Actress
Awards: N/A

Huma Abedin turns… 41
Profession: Hillary Clinton’s Adviser
Awards: N/A

Soulja Boy turns… 27
Profession: Rapper
Awards: Grammy Award nomination x1

Harry Kane turns… 24

Profession: Tottenham Hotspur Striker
Awards: Premier League Golden Boot x2 + PFA Fans’ Premier League Player of the Season x1

Happy Birthday to all July 28th babies from the Gossip Life!

TGL Round-Up: Ben Affleck & Matt Damon Create New Show, Quincy Jones Awarded $9 Million From Michael Jackson Estate, Curb Your Enthusiasm Announces Guest Star


Showtime has ordered a Boston-focused pilot from Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Based on an original idea by Affleck and Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), who wrote the script, “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.”

The pilot will be directed by Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”), who will serve as executive producer along with James Mangold (“Logan”) and Jennifer Todd (“Memento”) of Pearl Street Films.

Quincy Jones was awarded $9.4 million by a Los Angeles jury Wednesday in a trial over royalties and production fees from the recordings he made with Michael Jackson, the Associated Press reported.

Jones had sought $30 million in his suit, which he filed in 2013. Michael Jackson’s estate had countered that the producer was owed $392,000.

The upcoming season of Curb Your Enthusiasm has announced the stars guest starring.

Previous guest stars Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen will be returning and Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Kimmel, Ed Begley Jr., Carrie Brownstein, Nick Offerman, Nasim Pedrad and Elizabeth Perkins are amongst the new guest stars on the show.

Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm will premiere on October 1st on HBO.

Lifting the Lids on Injunctions


The Gossip Life always does the unthinkable and has in the past, lifted the lids on several prominent injunctions, obtained by A-list celebrities in various fields such as football, music and entertainment.

Tabloids went crazy with their postings of the obtained junctions, withholding the identity of the celebrities involved. We go further with our reveals. Here is our salacious summary:

Injunction: A married footballer obtained an injunction to prevent the story of his affair with 18 y/o lingerie model, Kimberly West, surfacing.

Identity: Sulley Muntari

Former Portsmouth and Inter Milan footballer Sulley Muntari is the married footballer that had the affair with the lingerie model Kimberly West, 18. Muntari, 31, kept his marriage hidden from West and when she discovered the situation, West ended the affair. Injunction obtained in 2011.

Muntari currently plies his trade (see: cashing in) in Saudi Arabia for Ittihad FC, where his lust for 18 y/o white ‘models’ is no doubt satisfied in abundance.

Injunction: Another married footballer obtained an injunction prevent the story of his affairs surfacing.

Identity: Robbie Keane

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is the footballer that obtained an injunction to stop the UK press from publishing stories of his sordid affairs. Keane, 35, has been married since 2008 and has one child with  former Miss Ireland contestant Claudine Palmer. One of the affairs took place just before his 2008 wedding and another took place several months after.

Keane is a former star striker for both Tottenham and Liverpool, which, in my journalistic opinion, makes his transgressions even more unforgivable. The man is scum!

Injunction: An A-list actor paid Wayne Rooney prostitute, Helen Wood, for sex, where she used a sex toy on him.

Identity: Hugh Bonneville

He played quite the regal gentleman on Downton Abbey, but Hugh Bonneville has been up to some quite seedy things in real life. The Paddinton actor has been revealed today to have paid reality star Helen Wood £190 for sex during her hooking days back in 2011. Wood also allegedly used a sex toy on the actor.

Bonneville, 52, obtained an injunction to prevent the story from surfacing, but the injunction has been lifted and the story has surfaced

Bonneville has been married since 1998 and has a child.

Injunction: The Premier League manager obtained an injunction to prevent the story of his text affair surfacing.

Identity: Alan Pardew

The Gossip Life can exclusively reveal that the Premier League manager that obtained an injunction to prevent the story of his text affair surfacing is current Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew, 54.

Pardew, a journeyman football manager, has managed West Ham, Charlton, Southampton and a scandal apparently. Pardew had been married to wife Tina for several years when he requested pictures from a woman in high heels, stockings and without underwear as a reward for his then team winning an away game. Tina Pardew was believed to be suffering from extreme stress at the time and making suicide threats.

Pardew not only obtained an injunction to prevent the story from surfacing in the UK, but he actively ensured there was no chance any newspaper were considering it; frequently renewing the injunction, according to the Daily Mail.

Pardew is believed to have had several injunctions currently preventing stories of affairs, two of which are said to involve a young Liverpudlian singer and the other involving the wife of one of his former footballers.

One can only assume this couldn’t have happened during Pardew’s tenure as West Ham manager. After all, it’s mentioned he wanted saucy pictures “as a reward for his then team winning an away game.”

Flashback Post: This post originally appeared on the Gossip Life 27/08/16.

Daily Blind Item — Married w/ Kids


Nicole Kidman famously called the time after her Academy Award win the “loneliest point of her life.”

This A list actress can definitely sympathise. She’s at the height of her professional career, but her personal life is far from idyllic.

‘She’s always been one of those girls that wants to get married and have tons of children,’ spills the source. ‘It hasn’t happened yet and doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon.’

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who is our actress?

On This Day — July 27


July 27th is the 208th day of the year (209th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 157 days remaining until the end of the year. This date is slightly more likely to fall on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday (58 in 400 years each) than on Saturday or Sunday (57), and slightly less likely to occur on a Tuesday or Thursday (56).

Important historical events include in 1778 – Anglo-French War: French and British fleets fought the Battle of Ushant, which ended indecisively and led to political disputes in both countries.

Other historical incidents occurring on the day are in 1990 – Members of Jamaat al Muslimeen attempted to overthrow the government of Trinidad and Tobago by taking hostages at the Red House including Prime Minister A. N. R. Robinson, before surrendering six days later.

Also, in 2007 – While covering a police pursuit in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., two news helicopters collided in mid-air, killing both crews.Triple H turns… 48

Profession: WWE Wrestler & Executive
Awards: WWE Champion x9

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau turns… 47
Profession: Game of Thrones Actor
Awards: N/A

Maya Rudolph turns… 45
Profession: SNL / Bridesmaids Actress
Awards: Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series nomination x1

Alex Rodriguez turns… 42
Profession: Baseball Legend
Awards: All-Star x14 +World Series x1 + Gold Glove Award x2

Jonathan Rhys Meyers turns… 40

Profession: The Tudors Actor
Awards: N/A

Happy Birthday to all July 27th babies from the Gossip Life!

TGL Round-Up: Wonder Woman 2 Release Date, James Cameron Considering New Terminator Trilogy, Damon Lindelof Unsure About Watchmen Future


Wonder Woman has earned its right to a sequel.

Talks with Patty Jenkins, the director of the original, are ongoing.

Gadot will next appear as Diana Prince in November’s Justice League, alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman, Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash and Ray Fisher’s Cyborg as the DC superhero dream team.

Wonder Woman 2, the follow-up to this year’s superhero hit, will hit theatres Dec. 13, 2019.

James Cameron is allegedly mulling over a Terminator trilogy reboot.

In 2018, the rights to the Terminator franchise revert back to James Cameron, and the originator of the series has been working with current rights holder David Ellison to make plans to reinvigorate the series.

Word leaked earlier this year that Cameron was looking to oversee a new Terminator reboot, with Deadpool director Tim Miller eyed to take the helm.

News broke recently that HBO would develop a series based on the comic book series, Watchmen, with Lost’s Damon Lindelof as the creative head.

Lindelof denied the story in an interview. “As of right now, I haven’t had any meetings with HBO about ‘Watchmen,’ ” he stated plainly to TV Line.

Blind Item Revealed — Ozark

I had a conversation with a friend and regular source today about an upcoming TV show. It’s got a talented B-list star to top line and has credible staff behind it, but my friends tell me it’s unnerving how much they’re attempting to replicate Breaking Bad, to the point the creative are immersing themselves in episodes to decide the tone and look of the series.

Let’s just hope it’s the Family Guy to The Simpsons, not the Coupling to Friends.

What is the show?



Blind Item Posting: 07/03/16

The Story: Netflix’s Ozark Might Be Too Much Like Breaking Bad for Its Own Good

Popular Guesses: The Deuce / Preacher / Ozark

Recently released worldwide on Netflix, Ozark has earned near universal acclaim and incredible buzz from the viewers, but a comparison verging on a criticism is present within nearly every review, critique and comment…

Esquire summed it up, ‘Ozark Is Too Much Like Breaking Bad.’

The Salt Lake City Tribune said it more simply, ‘TV review: ‘Ozark’ is a weak attempt to mimic ‘Breaking Bad.”

The show’s star Jason Bateman was even forced to respond to the comments, admitting there was a ‘similarity’ in an interview with the Radio Times.

I wonder why there’s so much similarity… Cough. Read the blind item again. Cough.