TGL Round-Up: James Cameron Calls Wonder Woman A ‘Step Backwards’, Avatar Sequels Finally In Production

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James Cameron has some choice words for the Wonder Woman movie.

“I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards,” Cameron told the Guardian in an interview. “Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”

Wonder Woman has a sequel planned for Dec. 19, 2019 and stars Gal Gadot.


The long awaited sequels to Avatar are finally underway.

“Oh, we’re in production,” says Cameron, talking to EW ahead of the release of Terminator 2: Judgment Day 3D (in theatres Aug. 25). “We’re in full-tilt production. We’re in what we call ‘scouting,’ which basically is shooting for me. I’m on the stage all day long during the scouting process, because there are no sets or locations, other than in the virtual world, so I do all my location-scouting with a troop of actors that go through the virtual sets, and give me a sense of the scale and position, lighting, that sort of thing. Then, I’m in rehearsals with my principal cast and I start with them at the end of September.”

The first of those four sequels is scheduled for release on Dec. 18, 2020, with the subsequent three arriving Dec. 17, 2021, Dec. 20, 2024, and Dec. 19, 2025.

TGL Round-Up: HBO Hackers Leak Actors Emails and Phone Numbers, David Letterman Inks Netflix Deal, King of the Hill Revival

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The hacker that breached security at HBO and leaked the fourth episode of the hit television show allegedly leaked the phone numbers and emails of the cast online.

Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Peter Dinklage are amongst the stars whose details ended up circulating online.

“Mr. Smith,” the hacker or hackers claimed that they make $12 million to $15 million a year through hacking-related blackmail in a video message directly aimed at HBO CEO Richard Plepler, and demanded that HBO pay them “our six-month salary in bitcoin” within three days.


David Letterman is returning to the world of television with a new Netflix show.

The six-episode untitled series will feature in-depth interviews as well as topics outside of the studio.

“I feel excited and lucky to be working on this project for Netflix. Here’s what I have learned, if you retire to spend more time with your family, check with your family first. Thanks for watching, drive safely,” Letterman said.

The new David Letterman Show will premiere in 2018.


King of the Hill may be returning to Fox.

The network has had “preliminary conversations” with series creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels about reviving the animated television show, Fox Chairman and CEO Dana Walden confirmed to reporters Tuesday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.

King of the Hill originally ran on Fox from January 12, 1997 to September 13, 2009.

Box Office Results (24/07/17)

 

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As promised, this weekend was a BIG MONEY WEEKEND with Dunkirk knocking it out of the park. It wasn’t all good news, however, Valerian stumbled out of the gate and failed to make a mark.

Let’s get down to it.

Click here for a refresher.

Dunkirk
Synopsis: Christopher Nolan’s back!

Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Current Box Office: $107.4 million
Domestic Box Office: $50.5 million
Weekend Box Office: $50.5 million.
Our Prediction: $60 million

Comments: Lower than I predicted, which suggests the world war disadvantage played a part, but still a healthy $50.5 million for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Second weekend is important for an audience that allegedly skewered older according to Box Office Mojo.

Slightly more than Interstellar’s $47 million, which boasted a starrier cast.

Girls Trip
Synopsis: Who is going to watch this?

Budget: $27.7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Current Box Office: $30.3 million
Domestic Box Office: $30.3 million
Weekend Box Office: $30.3 million
Our Prediction: $29 million

Comments: Girls Trip eclipsed its budget already with a $30 million opening, $7 million more than 2016’s Bad Moms which grossed over $100 million domestically. Great opening weekend for Girls Trip.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Synopsis: Another ape movie I won’t see.

Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Current Box Office: $174.7 million
Domestic Box Office: $97.7 million
Weekend Box Office: $20.4 million
Our Prediction: $24 million

Comments: War flopped big time this weekend, losing 60% of its audience after its opening. War is likely to be the worst performer in the franchise by far. $20.4 million.

Elsewhere: Spider-Man: Homecoming added $22 million as expected. Valerian should debuted to a disappointing $17 million.

Next Weekend: Atomic Blonde & The Emoji Movie.

Last Year: Star Trek Beyond opened to a good-but-disappointing $59.3 million.

Box Office Predictions & Analysis (21/07/17)

 

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BIG MONEY WEEKEND incoming, box office regulars. Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, Girl’s Trip and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets are all new releases, and War for the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming are still reeling in audiences.

Let’s get down to it.

Dunkirk
Synopsis: Christopher Nolan’s back!

Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 92%
Current Box Office: $0 million
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $0 million.
Our Prediction: $60 million

Comments: Reviews insist Dunkirk is amongst the greatest war movies ever and Christopher Nolan is one of those rare directors that appeals to audiences, so Dunkirk should find a sizeable amount this weekend.

It isn’t all positive. Unfortunately world war movies tend to gross less for some reason, so Dunkirk does have that as a disadvantage.

More than Interstellar’s $47 million. Less than the Dark Knight Rise’s $160 million. I’m expecting $60 million.

Girls Trip
Synopsis: Who is going to watch this?

Budget: $27.7 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Current Box Office: $0 million
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $0 million
Our Prediction: $29 million

Comments: Director Malcolm D. Lee has a winning track record with black comedies, reviews are solid and the cast is recognisable. Huge buzz and a summer comedy will pay off Girls Trip with $29 million.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Synopsis: Another ape movie I won’t see.

Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Current Box Office: $129.2 million
Domestic Box Office: $77.3 million
Weekend Box Office: $56.5 million
Our Prediction: $24 million

Comments: War should decline over 50% after its opening weekend, which isn’t great news since the movie’s opening wasn’t as high as expected. $24 million.

Elsewhere: Spider-Man: Homecoming should add $22 million. Valerian should debut low to about $15 million.

Next Weekend: Atomic Blonde & The Emoji Movie.

Last Year: Star Trek Beyond opened to a good-but-disappointing $59.3 million.

Box Office Results (17/07/17)

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This weekend promised and delivered BIG MONEY with Planet of the Apes beating out Spider-Man for the top spot, but audiences declined at theatres, suggesting summer is reaching the end and the BIG MONEY period is almost over for the year.

Let’s get down to it.

Click here for a refresher.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Synopsis: Another ape movie I won’t see.

Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Current Box Office: $0 million
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Weekend Box Office: $56.5 million
Our Prediction: $75 million

Comments: Fox adjusted projections upon great buzz and phenomenal reviews, but War for the Planet of the Apes only managed to gross within its original projections range.

Less than Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. More in line with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Disappointing for our prediction, as well as industry estimates.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
Synopsis: Another Spider-Man reboot. Seriously.

Budget: $175 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Current Box Office: $469.3 million
Domestic Box Office: $208.2 million
Weekend Box Office: $45.2 million.
Our Prediction: $53 million

Comments: Homecoming declined larger than we expected, losing 61% of its audience after a big opening in contrast to our expected 55%. It is line, however, with 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which declined 60% in its second weekend.

Elsewhere: Despicable Me 3 added $18.9 million, whereas The Big Sick reeled in $7.6 million and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver added $8.8 million.

Next Weekend: Dunkirk is the big one. Valerian is another.

Last Year: The Secret Life of Pets took in $50.8 million in its second weekend.

Box Office Predictions & Analysis (14/07/17)

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Johnny Box Office is back, baby, with his first official post on the new site!

I’ve got a great weekend in store for my first post back. It’s going to be a BIG MONEY WEEKEND. You can’t get any better than that and that’s what I’m promising you in the forecast.

War for the Planet of the Apes and Spider-Man: Homecoming will be battling it out for the top spot and it’s going to be a close call.

Let’s get down to it.

War for the Planet of the Apes
Synopsis: Another ape movie I won’t see.
 
Budget: $150 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 94%
Current Box Office: $0 million 
Domestic Box Office: $0 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $0 million
Our Prediction: $75 million
 
Comments: War was originally set for a $50-60 million weekend according to Fox projects, but thanks to good word-of-mouth and the unbelievable reviews, the studio is now hoping for a lot more.

Who can blame them? I’m expecting War to kill it at the box office and find $75 million. More than the $72.3 million takings of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in 2014.
 
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Synopsis: Another Spider-Man reboot. Seriously.

Budget: $175 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Current Box Office: $293.6 million
Domestic Box Office: $154.6 million
Prior Weekend Box Office: $117 million.
Our Prediction: $53 million
 
Comments: Homecoming opened to HUGE numbers last week, so I’m definitely expecting a BIG drop this weekend. I feel as if 50% would be too generous. Let’s go with 55%.

$53 million.

Elsewhere: Despicable Me 3 should add $19 million, whereas The Big Sick aims to reel in $10 million and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is likely to add $8 million.

Next Weekend: Dunkirk is the big one. Valerian is another.

Last Year: The Secret Life of Pets took in $50.8 million in its second weekend.

Blind Item Revealed

This show has huge buzz around it, with fans and with advertisers alike… Yet the network is worrying. They’ve seen entire episodes of the show and they’re already resigning themselves to a flop.

What is our flopping show?

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Scream Queens

It was called the new Empire and was thought to bring the horror-comedy and high ratings of American Horror Story to network TV, but Fox’s Scream Queens has tanked in the ratings and is already an early candidate for cancellation. We told you that Fox was worrying back in May, but even we couldn’t predict the woeful ratings of Screams Queen. The new comedy-drama is the lowest show in its timeslot and has one of the biggest budgets in network. It currently has about 2.5 million viewers, 10 million viewers less than NCIS on CBS, almost 10 million less than The Voice on NBC and 1 million less than ABC’s Agent of Shield, all airing at the same time.

I’m told that Scream Queens might survive for next season yet. It depends on the upcoming episodes ratings. There’s also talk of rebooting the show for next season with a mostly new cast and an entirely different premise.

Trailer for Ryan Murphy’s Screen Queens

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It’s that time again, ladies and gents! It’s that old familiar time when networks start releasing trailers to their shows in hope or luring you in. Some have been great and others not so much (*cough* Supergirl * cough). The newest trailer for Ryan Murphy’s latest dollhouse disguised as a TV show is Scream Queens, airing in September on Fox.

It looks okay, doesn’t it? it’s like Glee meets American Horror Story. I really like Ryan Murphy shows. They have great casts – Scream Queens has Jamie Lee Curtis & Emma Roberts – and they always start off well. It’s just what happens after the first episode that causes the problems.

Here’s the trailer. What do you think?