Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
On New Year’s Eve, Star Wars: The Last Jedi passed the $1 billion mark, becoming the 3rd best global release of 2017, and the 24th best of all time. The Force Awakens sequel looks to break more records after its debut in China this Friday. (ComingSoon)
According to comScore, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is the most anticipated film at the start of the New Year. Last week, the film’s poster release sparked nearly 600,000 conversations, significantly ahead of the buzz for Fifty Shades Freed which generated 37,000 conversations. Following close behind was Black Panther with 35,000 and Avengers: Infinity War with 22,000. (Variety)
It’s music to our ears. John Williams will write the theme for standalone film Solo: A Star Wars Story. Williams has written the scores for all eight of the main Star Wars films. (Variety)
2017’s three highest-grossing films were all led by women. The top honor belongs to Star Wars: The Last Jedi featuring Daisy Ridley as Rey. In second place is Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson. Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot, takes the third spot. (GQ)
In an interview on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Christian Bale revealed that he had an opportunity to join the cast of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Though he did not expand on the details of the role under consideration and the reasons for not signing on, Bale mentioned that he hopes “there will be future discussions” for another Star Wars film. (CinemaBlend)
Event Cinemas posted a running time for Black Panther of 135 minutes, 5 minutes longer than last year’s Marvel hit Thor: Ragnarok. While this run time is unofficial, at 135 minutes, Black Panther would be one of the longer movies in the MCU behind The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War, all of which exceed 140 minutes. (CinemaBlend)
Toys ‘R Us has released new Black Panther character bios along with their catalogue of toys based on the new Marvel film. The catalogue covers all main characters from Black Panther himself to antagonist Erik Killmonger. (ComingSoon)
Facebook will livestream the Golden Globe Awards red carpet with hosts AJ Gibson, Jeannie Mai, Scott Mantz and Laura Marano. The pre-show is scheduled to stream from 6-8 PM ET this Sunday at facebook.com/GoldenGlobes. (Deadline)
The new Cloverfield sequel, tentatively titled God Particle, has been pushed from a February 2018 release to April 20, 2018. The production reportedly went through some reshoots supervised by producer JJ Abrams. (/Film)
Former club promoter Danny A. Abeckaser has closed a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on his directorial debut, First We Take Brooklyn. Starring Harvey Keitel, the film follows an Israeli ex-con to New York who is quickly wrapped up in a mob war. Select screenings will begin next month in New York and Los Angeles. (Page Six)
- Insidious: The Last Key: Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet – in her own family home.