Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
Less than a week after its release, Star Wars: The Last Jedi has earned $536 million at the global box office. On Tuesday alone, the film earned $20.3 million domestically, the ninth-highest Tuesday earnings of all time. (Variety)
This was a big week for new movie announcements. Movie lovers were treated to new trailers for 2018 blockbusters including Ocean’s 8, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, Mortal Engines and Sicario 2: Soldado. (Warner Bros., Disney, Universal, Columbia)
Paramount, on the other hand, opted to look several years into the future and announce the release dates for four new films. The list includes a G.I. Joe film, two movies based on Hasbro toys and a film adaptation of the classic role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons (Hollywood Reporter)
Joining that slate of 2020 and beyond movies will be Paramount’s tentatively-titled The Spongebob Movie, whose release date was pushed from August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020. (Variety)
Fantha Tracks revealed the working title for Star Wars: Episode IX to be “Black Diamond,” with Carbonado Industries as the pseudonym of the company beginning production in 2018. The title was confirmed just two days after J.J. Abrams pitched Bob Iger story plans for Episode IX. (Fantha Tracks)
Nick Cannon is directing, writing, producing and starring in She Ball, and indie film about women’s street basketball. Cannon will star alongside recording artist Cedric Brown and comedian Cedric the Entertainer. (Variety)
Cult classic The Room, considered by many to be the worst film ever made, is finally getting a wide theatrical release. Fourteen years after its debut, more than 500 theaters around the country will screen The Disaster Artist’s inspiration on January 10. (Entertainment Weekly)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a list of 341 films eligible for Best Picture at next year’s Oscars. According to Variety, “the Academy’s qualifications require that a feature film must have opened in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by Dec. 31 for a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Films must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.” (Variety)
The first poster for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs was revealed yesterday. With a similar animation style to 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox, the Spring 2018 film features an impressive cast including current Golden Globe nominees Greta Gerwig and Frances McDormand. (Isle of Dogs)
Scrambling to pick up the pieces after Disney’s The Jungle Book received critical acclaim, Warner Bros. and Andy Serkis are ready to bring their adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic to theaters. The new film wil be titled Mowgli after the main character and, according to Serkis, will have a much “darker” tone than its Disney counterpart. Mowgli hits theaters October 19, 2018. (Collider)
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle: Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.
- The Greatest Showman: Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.
- Pitch Perfect 3: Following their win at the world championship, the now separated Bellas reunite for one last singing competition at an overseas USO tour, but face a group who uses both instruments and voices.
- Downsizing: A social satire in which a guy realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself.
- Hostiles: In 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.
- Father Figures: Upon learning that their mother has been lying to them for years about their allegedly deceased father, two fraternal twin brothers hit the road in order to find him.
- The Post: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between journalist and government.
- Tiger Zinda Hai: A sequel to the record-breaking blockbuster ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ continues the story of two super spies Tiger and Zoya eight years later.