Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Blockbuster films such as Dunkirk and festival breakouts including The Shape of Water are all part of the conversation for what could be “the most exciting Oscar race in years.” (Variety)
It is climbing up the horror charts at a terrifying pace. The highest-grossing September film in box office history is on pace to eclipse The Exorcist as the highest-grossing horror movie of all time with a projected $232.9 million.
Rising tides lift all boats. The smash success of It combined with glowing projections for Kingsman: Golden Circle and The LEGO Ninjago Movie could put overall box office figures for September at $700 million, “easily an all-time high for the first month of autumn.” (Deadline)
Linda Hamilton confirmed a return to the world of Terminator to reprise her iconic role as Sarah Connor. Hamilton will reunite with co-star Arnold Schwarzenegger and director James Cameron over 25 years after the release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day. (Deadline)
The first trailer for Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander has finally been released. Unlike the 2001 and 2003 adaptations of the video game adventurer, 2018’s Tomb Raider explains Lara Croft’s origin story. (Entertainment Weekly)
Josh Brolin gets Deadpool fans talking with a new picture of his character, Cable, that he posted to Instagram. The time-travelling character will appear in Deadpool 2, in theaters June 1, 2018. (Hollywood Reporter)
Those who enjoyed Tulip Fever and are looking forward to Victoria and Abdul may get to see a lot more of Judi Dench soon. Dench is currently in talks to join Disney’s Artemis Fowl film, slated for release in 2019. (Variety)
Matt Damon has been making the rounds of the festival circuit, promoting films from Suburbicon to Downsizing. Now, Damon is set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life con artist, in Charlatan. (Variety)
The Thor franchise got a boost of color in a new IMAX poster for Thor: Ragnarok, in theaters November 3. (ScreenRant)
The new trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle reveals a modern twist in which the concept of video games plays a significant role in the overall plot. (CinemaBlend)
Don’t forget to catch the new films opening this weekend!
- Kingsman: The Golden Circle: When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, the Kingsman’s journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US. These two elite secret organizations must band together to defeat a common enemy.
- The LEGO Ninjago Movie: Six young ninjas Lloyd, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Nya are tasked with defending their island home, called Ninjago. By night, they’re gifted warriors, using their skills and awesome fleet of vehicles to fight villains and monsters. By day, they’re ordinary teens struggling against their greatest enemy: high school.
- Battle of the Sexes: The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.
- Friend Request: A popular college student graciously accepts a social outcast’s online friend request, but soon finds herself fighting a demonic presence that wants to make her lonely by killing her closest friends.