Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Universal’s Old landed in the top spot at this weekend’s box office with a $16.5 million opening. This debut marks the seventh film from director M. Night Shyamalan to earn first place at the box office. Paramount’s Snake Eyes brought in $13.4 million while Disney’s Black Widow followed up in the third spot with a $11.6 million weekend. Space Jam: A New Legacy and F9 rounded out the top five bringing in $9.7 million and $4.7 million. (Noovie)
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt will star in Jungle Cruiseopening in theaters this weekend. The film, which is based on the Disney theme park ride, follows a morally doubtful riverboat captain, played by Johnson, who takes an intrepid British scientist, played by Blunt, and her brother, played by Jack Whitehall, on a mission to find the Tree of Life, which is believed to possess healing powers. The family-friendly fantasy adventure is expected to generate at least $25 million in domestic theaters this weekend. A24’s medieval fantasy drama The Green Knight starring Dev Patel, and the Focus Features dramatic thriller Stillwater starring Matt Damon, will also hit theaters this weekend. (Variety)
In celebration of Stillwater’s opening weekend, Focus Features and L.A. Times studios have teamed up to produce a new five-episode podcast called “Convicted: Across Borders,” hosted by attorney and author Marcia Clark. The podcast will examine crimes allegedly committed by US citizens while traveling internationally and will interview those who have been affected, including those convicted, their families and foreign policy experts. In Stillwater, Matt Damon plays an Oklahoman construction worker whose daughter, played by Abigail Breslin, is convicted of murder in France. The first episode launched earlier this week on streaming platforms and will continue to release every Thursday until August 19th. (Variety)
Jordan Peele took to Twitter to announce his next horror film, Nope.The tweet, which featured the movie poster, revealed Get Out actor and Oscar-winner Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun will all star in the “new terror.” Barbie Ferreira, Michael Wincott and Brandon Perea are also set to star in the film. Details are quite limited; however, the film is scheduled to be released in theaters with select sequences filmed in IMAX, on July 22, 2022. To see the poster, check out Peele’s twitter. Peele is also a producer and writer on the upcoming horror film Candyman set to release on August 27th. The film is a “spiritual sequel” of the 1992 horror film Candyman. (TheWrap)
The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed the list of films featured in their contemporary world cinema and discovery programs. A few of the contemporary world cinema films include director Wen Shipei’s Are You Lonesome Tonight, Lorenzo Vigas’ The Box, Manuel Martín Cuenca’s The Daughter and Bouli Lanners’ Nobody Has to Know. The festival also unveiled their new series, Rewind, a series of free digital talks with filmmakers and casts of popular films. This year’s speakers include Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua, Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara of Best in Show, and Viggo Mortensen of the 2007 drama, Eastern Promises. The festival happening September 9th-18th will return to in-person screenings this year as well as digital and outdoor premieres to accommodate the movie lovers who are unable to travel to Canada. For the list of the newly added contemporary world cinema and discovery programs, click here. (Variety)
Batman has gotten an upgrade – well at least the Batsuit and Batcycle has! Photos from the set of The Flash reveal Ben Affleck’s Batman has received some updates. Take a look at the pictures here taken in London. The Flash will introduce audiences to the idea of the multiverse, which is the shifting number of alternate universes that coexist within the larger reality depicted in DC comics. Originally created to explain various contradictory changes the company’s characters experienced over decades, it allows several different versions of the same characters to simultaneously exist and, occasionally, interact. (TheWrap)
MGM has released the trailer for Flag Day which stars Sean Penn and his daughter Dylan Penn. The father-daughter duo will star alongside Josh Brolin, Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan and Bailey Noble. The film, which is also directed by Sean Penn, is adapted from Jennifer Vogel’s memoir Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life. Dylan Penn plays Vogel across two decades as she comes of age while navigating a fraught relationship with her beloved, career criminal father, played by Sean Penn. Hopper Jack Penn, who also happens to be Sean Penn’s son, will play the brother, and Katheryn Winnick is the mom. Following its premiere in Competition at the Cannes Festival, the film will have a limited release in theaters on August 20th. (Deadline)
Will Smith will play the father of tennis legends, Venus and Serena Williams, in the upcoming Warner Bros.’ film King Richard. The newly released trailer begins with Richard Williams arriving home to see that their family has received a call from a social worker, who has heard that his two daughters spend too much time on the court and not enough time on their schoolwork. Richard passionately defends his family and his belief in his daughters that they will go far. The film also stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the teenage Venus and Serena alongside Jon Bernthal, Tony Goldwyn and Dylan McDermott. Smith produced the film along with Tim and Trevor White, with Serena and Venus Williams serving as executive producers with Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter, Adam Merims, Lynn Harris, Allan Mandelbaum, Jon Mone and Peter Dodd. The film makes its way to theaters and HBO Max on November 19th. Watch the trailer here. (TheWrap)
Since we’re talking about trailers, our friends over at Noovie recently compiled a list of the top 10 trending movie trailers to watch. A variety of animated, horror and comedic films made the list including Lamb, opening October 8th, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, opening November 11th and The Last Duel, which opens October 15th. To see the full list of trailers, click here. (Noovie)
For a full schedule of all the new movies coming to a theater near you, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.
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