|DOWNTON ABBEYBOX OFFICEPENNYWISETHIS WEEKRAMBO|
It’s been about 10 years since we first heard about a film adaptation of The Wind in the Willows coming together with the help of Peter Jackson‘s WETA Workshop. At the time, the plan was for WETA’s Ray Griggs to direct a live-action movie using advanced animatronics to bring the four anthropomorphic animal characters, Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger, to life. However, a decade later, the plans have changed and a new filmmaker is on board to help
Peter Jackson’s WETA Digital is now involved with The Wind in the Willows movie, which will now create Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger with computer animation. Ray Griggs is still directing and offering special effects experience on WETA’s behalf along with Richard Taylor at WETA Workshop. But now Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes is on board to write the movie, and Jurassic Park producer Gerald R. Molen is getting involved too.
Variety has news on the return of The Wind in the Willows movie, with Julian Fellowes joining the project. This comes four years after the Downtown Abbey writer and executive producer wrote a musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s classic novel with music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. It’s not clear if Fellowes will be bringing those musical sensibilities to this adaptation, or if it’s just his approach to the characters that’s being utilized, but his involvement is an exciting addition.
For those unfamiliar, here’s how the book is described on Amazon:
“Since 1903, the escapades of Mole, his friend Water Rat, shy Badger, and Toad of Toad Hall have delighted children, and adults, too. Follow the winning foursome through the seasons as they sail the river, get lost in the Wild Wood, take off on a merry adventure in Toad’s colorful carriage, and rescue Toad Hall from a band of nasty marauding weasels.”
If you haven’t read the book, then maybe you’ve seen the Disney adaptation from 1949, which was part of a double feature of two short stories called The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad. The movie also inspired the Disneyland attraction known as Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride. But this new adaptation will likely be a little more true to the novel.
After being in development for so many years, it sounds like now is the time for the project to finally get off the ground. Molen said:
“We are finalizing some of the finest actors to lend their creative and vocal talents. We could not have dreamed of a better writer and creative force than Julian Fellowes to work with Ray Griggs to bring to life the classic English novel’s characters, nor finer visionaries than Weta to capture the look and feel of Grahame’s world. We have all the right pieces to create what will prove to be the definitive adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s classic.”...
The vast majority of cinemas in North America have been closed for business since March 20.
Box office revenue in North America suffered a steep 25 percent year-over-year decline — or a deficit of $600 million — in the first quarter of 2020 amid the far-reaching impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
It's no surprise that most of the damage was inflicted in March as cases of COVID-19 spread across the U.S. and Canada. By March 19, virtually all cinemas in both countries were closed, save for a smattering of indie cinemas and drive-ins.
Domestic ticket sales turned in a combined $1.81 billion from Jan. 1 through March 19, the day when Comscore stopped reporting theater grosses. That compares to $2.41 billion for the first full three months of 2019, according to Comscore.
In March of this year, revenue came in at a mere $255.7 million as new product underwhelmed at the beginning of the month before moviegoing started slowing and then came to a standstill. That compares to $612.8 million for the March 1-19 stretch last year, making for a decline of 58 percent. When counting all of March 2019 $967.8 million, the year-over-year dip for the month was 74 percent.
No one is sure when theaters will reopen — earlier this week, AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron suggested mid-June — or how long it will take for traffic to resume in earnest once that happens.
Hollywood studios have delayed many of their releases through June and into July — more changes are expected — creating a backlog of product that is likely to impact the rest of the 2020 calendar as well as next year.
This year's box office began on a high note. January revenue clocked in at $912 million — led by Sony's breakout hit Bad Boys for Life — an uptick of 12 percent over January 2019. February $644.8 million also saw gains over the previous year, led by Paramount's Sonic the Hedgehog.
In 2019, box office revenue in North America was $11.4 billion, a bit behind the all-time high of $11.9 billion in 2018. Globally, a new record was achieved with $42.2 billion.
It's too early to say how big of a hit the 2020 worldwide box office will take because of the pandemic, but Hollywood studios and distressed theater owners are already facing global losses of $7 billion. That number could grow to as high as $15 billion to $17 billion if cinemas aren't reopened by the end of May.
In China — the country's second-largest market moviegoing market behind North America — theaters have largely remained shuttered since the end of January, in addition to closures or empty cinemas in a raft of other major territories.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Some very interesting unverified leaks for the upcoming sequel Space Jam 2 have recently hit the internet. The leak seems to suggest that the live-action/animated sports comedy movie will feature the likes of Batman villain Joker, green-faced Jim Carrey character The Mask, IT's clown tormentor Pennywise and potentially even more characters from properties ranging from all across the Warner Bros. vast universe of movies.
The pair of images posted to social media, rumored to be from LeBron James' upcoming Space Jam 2, includes what looks like a similar version to Jared Leto's tattooed Joker from David Ayer's Suicide Squad, though more than likely features a different actor under the make-up, as well as a Pennywise that also looks similar to the one featured in the most recent IT movies. Of course, this may well be a different iteration of both characters but it is difficult to tell at this time and would make sense for Warner Bros. to bring these more recent versions back to life for the basketball focussed comedy.
The images also show a wide-grinning, very green-faced The Mask, which looks very similar to the one portrayed by Jim Carrey back in 1994. It is unlikely that it is Carrey underneath the green skin, but will no doubt be someone doing an impression of his over-the-top, in-your-face character. The Mask does also seem to be wearing a black and white shirt, which could very well mean that the cartoonish troublemaker will be refereeing the big game in the movie. It is worth noting that all of these characters are basically clowns and villains, perhaps hinting that LeBron and his Looney Tune pals will stumble upon some sort of clown/villain world during their basketball-related escapades.
Regardless, it all promises to be quite the ridiculous adventure.
Head on over to Reddit and you will discover that there are rumors that Space Jam 2 will even feature characters from the likes of the Harry Potter, Wizard of Oz, Mad Max and The Matrix.'This is true. Mad Max characters, Clockwork Orange, Joker, Pennywise, Penguin, Wicked Witch of West, Agent Smith are all in it.'
So, Space Jam 2 is setting itself up to be like something akin the The Lego Movie, with characters from across the Warner Bros. line making appearances and cameos whilst audiences nudge and whisper to each other about who each of them is.
Space Jam 2 filmed last summer and wrapped in September 2019. The movie is scheduled to be released on July 16, 2021 and is directed by Terence Nance, with LeBron James producing and starring. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is also on producing duty. Avengers: Endgame star, and War Machine himself, Don Cheadle and The Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green will be starring alongside LeBron.
Lebron won't be the only athlete on board, as previous reports revealed that various athletes will also be making an appearance, including LeBron's Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard...
We've made it to April, but the joke's on us because this quarantine is still going strong. Luckily, Netflix is giving us plenty of entertainment while we're all trapped in our personal terror domes. A new comedy starring Ed Helms and Taraji P. Henson? Yes, please. The return of The Matrix trilogy? We'll swallow that pill. More proof that Mark Zuckerberg is actually the worst a la The Social Network? Request accepted.
Here's everything coming to and leaving Netflix this week of April 3.Coffee & Kareem Netflix film streaming 4/3
Sure, watching billions of minutes worth of The Office means we're probably all sick of Andy Bernard by now but look, Ed Helms is just trying to give us some good content to laugh at right now. Don't punish him for the mistakes of the show's later seasons. Here, he and Taraji P. Henson star in this action-packed comedy about the unlikely partnership between a 12-year-old kid and a police officer. Helms plays Coffee, a cop who starts dating Henson's Vanessa and quickly finds himself on the bad side of Vanessa's young son, Kareem. The boy's plan to break the couple up begins with him hiring fugitives to take Coffee out, but things get complicated when Kareem stumbles upon a secret criminal network and Coffee has to help him get out of his mess alive.The Matrix Trilogy film series streaming 4/1
The Wachowski sisters created one of the greatest sci-fi films in cinematic history with their mind-bending Matrix trilogy and now that it's back on Netflix, we should pay our respects. Keanu Reeves plays Neo, a young man unplugged from the matrix — a kind of alternate reality that keeps humans docile, so machines can harvest their life energy. He teams up with a band of rebels fighting the machines Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity and faces off against a henchman named Agent Smith Hugo Weaving. The real draw of this trilogy, besides its inventive storyline, is the CGI effects that help pull off the most imaginative fight sequences you'll ever see on the big screen.The Social Network film streaming 4/1
It's hard not to watch this Aaron Sorkin-penned, David Fincher-directed masterpiece and have your viewing experience colored by Facebook, and founder Mark Zuckerberg's, many political misdealings but in the age of social distancing, this almost feels like required viewing. Jesse Eisenberg plays the boy genius, an outcast whose brainchild is the product of a bad breakup and sexism. He partners with Andrew Garfield's business-minded Eduardo Saverin and the two create the famous social networking site before Zuckerberg outs his friend and alienates himself. The story isn't new, but watching it play out is still thrilling, mostly because Eisenberg is just so great at being a prick.Add To...