Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
The James Bond film No Time to Die had the biggest ticket studio commercial during the 2020 Super Bowl, with MGM spending approximately $5.69 million on the 30-second spot. Other movie studios also spared no expense to impress audiences, including Universal, which forked over $5.5 million for Fast and Furious 9 and Minions: The Rise of Gru; and Disney, which shelled out $5.3 million each for Mulan and Black Widow. (Variety)
Opening this weekend, Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is expected to bring in between $110 million – $125 million globally, possibly making it the 10th highest opening in February ever. The Suicide Squad spin-off follows Harley Quinn as she tries to start a new life following her messy breakup with the Joker. After running into trouble with a Gotham City drug lord, Harley teams up with DC femme heroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to take him down. (Deadline)
Disney is bringing the Broadway hit Hamilton to the big screen! The filmed version of the original staged performance will feature the original Broadway cast led by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, among others. Hamilton debuted on Broadway in 2015 and won numerous accolades, including a Grammy, an Olivier Award, 11 Tonys and a Pulitzer Prize. The film is set to hit theaters on October 15th, 2021. (Hollywood Reporter)
Lionsgate and Chris Rock have released the first trailer for Spiral: From The Book of Saw, a reboot of the Saw horror series. The nearly 2-minute trailer shows Rock as Detective Banks, who, along with his rookie partner played by Max Minghella, take charge of a gruesome murder case that has echoes of the Jigsaw murders. Rock revealed last month that the project came about after being introduced to the head of Lionsgate at a friend’s wedding. Also starring Samuel L. Jackson and Marisol Nichols, the horror film opens May 15th. (Yahoo)
Grab your popcorn and hit the theaters to check out these films opening this weekend:
- Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) – It’s open season on Harley Quinn when her explosive breakup with the Joker puts a big fat target on her back. Unprotected and on the run, Quinn faces the wrath of narcissistic crime boss Black Mask, his right-hand man, Victor Zsasz, and every other thug in the city. But things soon even out for Harley when she becomes unexpected allies with three deadly women — Huntress, Black Canary and Renee Montoya.
- The Lodge – During a family retreat to a remote winter cabin over the holidays, the father is forced to abruptly depart for work, leaving his two children in the care of his new girlfriend, Grace. Isolated and alone, a blizzard traps them inside the lodge as terrifying events summon specters from Grace’s dark past.
- And Then We Danced – A male dancer and his partner have been training for years for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble. The arrival of another dancer throws him off balance, sparking both an intense rivalry and romantic desire that may cause him to risk his future.
- Horse Girl – A socially isolated arts and crafts store employee, with an interest in horses and supernatural crime shows, experiences a series of strangely surreal dreams that upend the simplicity of her waking life.
- Malang – A couple’s seemingly perfect life comes crashing down when they become linked to a corrupt cop and his righteous counterpart.
- Dream Round – A golfer develops a bond with a sprightly girl and a down-on-her-luck waitress.
- Waiting for Anya – A boy and a reclusive widow work together to smuggle Jewish children into Spain during World War II.
- Come to Daddy – A privileged man-child arrives at the beautiful and remote coastal cabin of his estranged father, whom he hasn’t seen in 30 years. He quickly discovers that not only is his dad a jerk, he also has a shady past that is rushing to catch up with him.
- Legend of Deification – Banished to the mortal world, a warrior must slay a demon to return to the heavenly realm and become a god.
Click below to watch the latest trailers for movies coming soon to a theater near you!
- The Photograph (February 14, 2020)
- Fantasy Island (February 14, 2020)
- The Way Back (March 6, 2020)
- Scoob (May 15, 2020)
- F9 (May 22, 2020)
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