The 10-episode series is set many years before the events of the movie and follows three Gelfling voiced by Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel as they uncover the truth behind the power of the evils Skeksis — the Crystal of Truth — and set out on an epic journey to light the fires of rebellion and save their world.
The show mixes puppetry from a number of long-time Henson collaborators and modern visual effects to tell its story. Age of Resistance also features an all-star voice cast that includes Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong, Lena Headey, Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Jason Isaacs, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg and Awkafina. Sigourney Weaver narrates.
Netflix previewed the series' first episode at Comic-Con in July to a very positive reception from the Hall H crowd.
Louis Leterrier Now You See Me directed all 10 episodes and executive produces with Lisa Henson and Halle Stanford. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Blanca Lista are co-exec producers.
This is what movies look like in summer 2019: This weekend, 87% of the box office went to films from Disney, including Marvel. About 90% went to franchises, sequels, or remakes. And, they made a lot of money.
That’s good news for exhibitors, and for studios that provided the films. The message from audiences is loud and clear: Ignore naysayers who pounded on “The Lion King” for its high craft and low originality; give us more like this.
With “The Lion King” bringing 73% of the gross, this weekend brought in about $75 million more than the same period last year. That brought down the 2019 shortfall to just over $500 million, a bit over 7%. That’s a strong boost, which should continue with Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”
The bulk of the credit, of course, goes to “The Lion King,” with an assist from the heat wave covering much of the country. That boosted not only the #1 film but also the strong holds of several longer-running films.
“The Lion King”
An $185 million opening is huge, but Disney’s claim that “The Lion King” is the biggest July opener ever demands a reality check against adjusted numbers. On that basis, it ranks at #5 ever; if the actuals are a little higher, it could rise to third. Among opening weekends, it is second best this year. Adjusted again, it stands as #15 of all time. However, there are two categories in which it currently stands at #1 that really tell the tale.
“The Lion King” now stands as the best animated opener, besting “Incredibles 2” last year $175 million. And it is the biggest opening among all of Disney’s reworkings of cartoon classics, topping 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast.”
“The Lion King” made $443 million this weekend worldwide, and $531 million total to date. China opened a week early. That’s with Japan and Italy among key territories not yet open. It will make well over $1 billion worldwide, as will “Spider-Man: Far from Home” with “Toy Story 4” possibly getting there. And “Fast and Furious” offshoot “Hobbs & Shaw” lurks as another top grossing opener soon.
There are still some originals in the top 10. Both dropped by half, with “Crawl” coming in #4 with $6 million. That should buy it some more weeks ahead only “Once Upon a Time” opens this Friday, with the chance this lower budget film might reach $40 million or more domestic.
“Stuber” grossed $4 million and is headed for around $25 million domestic, and it doesn’t have the international potential international of “Crawl.” If Disney is having internal debates about expanding to originals, this one won’t help the cause.
Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” lost most of its dates, but still only dropped one position, to #9. With the reduced theaters, its per-theater average actually went up. It has passed $22 million so far and should add a few million more; with foreign presales and a strong home availability life, it should get into profit. These details become bragging rights when it’s an original film that isn’t aimed at the mass audience.
“Yesterday” is also succeeding on its own terms. Danny Boyle’s rom-com had the best hold in the top 10, dropping only 24%, reaching $57 million, and could hit $75 million. It’s a slow rollout overseas, but already it has another $40 million there. This looks like Boyle’s biggest hit since “Slumdog Millionaire.”
The biggest holdover haul is from juggernauts “Spider-Man: Far from Home” and “Toy Story 4.” Sony’s Marvel movie fell 54%, more than “Homecoming” dropped in its third weekend; the gross is also a bit less, but in about a week it will pass the 2017 title.
“Toy Story 4” dropped only 30%; “Aladdin” dropped 38%. Helped by the heat? Multiple films for kids since they’re out, anyway? In a way, it doesn’t matter; the answer is Disney.
1. The Lion King Disney NEW – Cinemascore: A; Metacritic: ; Est. budget: $250 million
$185,000,000 in 4,725 theaters; PTA per theater average: $39,153; Cumulative: $185,000,000
2. Spider-Man: Far from Home Sony – Week 3; Last weekend #1
$21,000,000 -54% in 4,415 theaters -219; PTA: $4,757; Cumulative: $319,659,000
3. Toy Story 4 Disney – Week 5; Last weekend #2
$14,600,000 -30% in 3,750 theaters -460; PTA: $3,893; Cumulative: $375,533,000
4. Crawl Paramount – Week 2; Last weekend #3
$6,000,000 -50% in 3,170 theaters no change; PTA: $1,893; Cumulative: $23,835,000
5. Yesterday Universal – Week 4; Last weekend #5
$5,100,000 -24% in 2,662 theaters -93; PTA: $1,916; Cumulative: $57,596,000
6. Stuber Disney – Week 2; Last weekend #4
$4,000,000 -51% in 3,050 theaters no change; PTA: $1,311; Cumulative: $16,082,000
7. Aladdin Disney – Week 9; Last weekend #6
$3,800,000 -38% in 2,105 theaters -452; PTA: $1,805; Cumulative: $340,041,000
8. Annabelle Comes Home Warner Bros. – Week 4; Last weekend #7
$2,660,000 -53% in 1,981 theaters -1,228; PTA: $1,343; Cumulative: $66,582,000
9. Midsommar A24 Week 3; Last weekend #9
$1,599,000 -56% in 1,105 theaters -1,602; PTA: $1,447; Cumulative: $22,482,000
10. The Secret Life of Pets Universal – Week 7; Last weekend #8
$1,530,000 -52% in 1,380 theaters -940; PTA: $1,343; Cumulative: $66,582,000
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On Friday, Netflix aired the first episode from its highly-anticipated series “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” delighting fans crowded into San Diego Comic-Con's Hall H — and the streaming giant additionally released a sneak peek of a “making of” documentary special that will serve almost as an 11th episode of the series.
The documentary will allow audiences an opportunity to experience the intricate, handcrafted artwork that populates every frame of “Resistance,” director Louis Leterrier explained at a press conference before the panel.
“Resistance” has been in the works for over five years and is a prequel, not a reboot, of the original 1982 feature film “The Dark Crystal”. The timeline caused some questioning if fans would be distracted during the series by knowing where the story eventually ends up.
“We don't really expect the audience to be thinking about that when they're watching this,” executive producer — and daughter of Jim Henson, creator of “The Muppets” and co-director of the original film — Lisa Henson remarked when asked, speaking to the poetic nature of knowing our own narratives will change profoundly in the far future.
In addition to Henson and Leterrier, the panel featured stars Taron Egerton and Mark Hamill, both of whom reveled in the ability to participate in the project. “To be able to do the things you loved as a kid,” Mark Hamill remarked, “I'm the luckiest guy in the world. I’m so grateful.”
“The amount of craft that goes into the making of the puppets, the artistry that goes into those creatures, and then the guys who operate them. We arrive and it’s there. It’s inspiring in itself, the work that everyone else has done kind of feeds your performance,” Egerton said.
It's that level of craftsmanship that spurred the creation of the documentary, in order to better expose the extensive work put into the tangible elements that underlie any kind of computer enhancement on the series.
“CGI is the norm now,” Leterrier said, but puppets provided a wonderful obsolescence that he wanted to shine a light on. “There's more puppeteering, more captured on camera than on anything I've ever done.”
Those involved also could not say enough about the puppeteers who committed to bringing the series to life. “Every shot was the most complicated shot of my career. But the true heroes are the puppeteers,” Leterrier said, a sentiment that Henson shared earlier in the day.
“We can never forget about the incredibly hard work of the puppeteers. It's extreme physicality,” Henson said. “It's hard to explain. You just have to see it and see the nuance and delicacy.”
Fans don't have much longer to wait. “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance” premieres Aug. 30 on Netflix.
he Force is about to grow stronger at the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge section of Disneyland and the identical section opening August 29 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. Disney on Thursday revealed the opening date of the “Rise of the Resistance” ride for both parks. It will first debut in Hollywood Studios on December 5 which happens to be Walt Disney’s birthday, then launch January 17, 2020 at Disneyland.
As of now, the only ride in Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland is Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. When the section first opened to the public, a portion of the land was carved out for Rise of the Resistance, but it only was said to open “later this year.”
According to the official Disney Parks blog, Rise of the Resistance “will blur the lines between fantasy and reality and will put guests in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance. Guests will be recruited to join Rey and General Organa at a secret base. Along the way, they will be captured by a First Order Star Destroyer. With the help of some heroes of the Resistance, they break out and must escape the Star Destroyer, protect the secret base, and stay one step ahead of Kylo Ren.”
Netflix is heading down to San Diego Comic-Con with a pair of their highly anticipated new series The Witcher and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance . The streaming giant will take the stage at the coveted Hall H on July 19.
The original series The Witcher will be the first to take the stage on Friday, July 19 from 2:15 pm to 3 pm. Based on the best-selling fantasy series of books, The Witcher is an epic tale of fate and family. Be among the first to get the exclusive scoop on the highly anticipated new Netflix original series centering around famed monster hunter, Geralt of Rivia. Be introduced to the world of The Continent, where humans, elves, witchers, gnomes, and monsters battle to survive and thrive, and where good and evil is not easily identified.
Henry Cavill leads the show as Geralt of Rivia which has set Lauren Schmidt Hissrich Marvel's Daredevil, The Umbrella Academy as writer, executive producer and showrunner of the series. The cast also includes Freya Allan The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands as Ciri, Anya Chalotra T he ABC Murders, Wanderlust as Yennefer, Jodhi May Game of Thrones, Genius as Calanthe, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson Fortitude as Eist, Adam Levy Knightfall, Snatch as Mousesack, MyAnna Buring Ripper Street, Kill List as Tissaia, Mimi Ndiweni Black Earth Rising as Fringilla, Therica Wilson-Read Profile as Sabrina, and Millie Brady The Last Kingdom, Teen Spirit as Renfri.
Following The Witcher will be the prequel based on Jim Henson's groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal. The panel, which is slated to take the Hall H dais from 3:30 pm to 5:15 pm, will give a sneak peek of the fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. In the prequel, three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis' power and set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world. Realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects, the cast and creators discuss all of your burning questions about bringing Thra to life.
The series includes a robust roster of voice talent with Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Nathalie Emmanuel leading as Rian, Brea and Deet, the three aforementioned Gelfling heroes. Other Gelfling characters are voiced by Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander. The Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg. It was also recently announced that Lena Headey, Benedict Wong, Awkwafina, Sigourney Weaver, Hannah John-Kamen and Dave Goelz had joined the voice cast.
The full lineup for both panels has yet to be announced.
Deadline will be on the ground in San Diego for the confab. Attending Comic-Con will be Editorial director Anthony D'Alessandro, Associate Editor Dino-Ray Ramos, Hero Nation columnist Geoff Boucher and senior editor Dominic Patten who will all be breaking all the news inside and outside the Convention Center.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the upcoming Netflix series set long before the events of Jim Henson and Frank Oz’s 1982 The Dark Crystal movie, not only looks like a visually stunning adventure, but it also has one heck of a cast. It was previously announced that the likes of Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alicia Vikander, and Mark Strong will voice various Gelfings, with Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Keegan-Michael Key, and Andy Samberg, among others, as the Skeksis and Mystics, but on Wednesday, Netflix revealed even more famous people will speak for the elfs and weird bird-reptile things.
There’s Lena Headey as Maudra Fara, Benedict Wong as the General, Awkwafina as the Collector, Sigourney Weaver as the Myth-Speaker, Hannah John-Kamen as Naia, and Dave Goelz as Baffi, a Fizzgig. Okay, but who the heck are Maudra Fara, the General, etc.? You’ll have to wait until August 30, when Age of Resistance premieres, to find out or click here for photos. Here’s the rest of the puppet-y crew, with the characters the cast is voicing.
Taron Egerton Kingsman as Rian Anya Taylor-Joy The Witch as Brea Nathalie Emmanuel Game of Thrones as Deet Caitriona Balfe Outlander as Tavra Helena Bonham Carter The King’s Speech as All-Maudra Harris Dickinson Maleficent 2 as Gurjin Natalie Dormer Game of Thrones as Onica Eddie Izzard Ocean’s Thirteen as Cadia Theo James The Divergent Series as Rek’yr Toby Jones Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as Librarian Shazad Latif Star Trek: Discovery as Kylan Gugu Mbatha-Raw The Cloverfield Paradox as Seladon Mark Strong Kingsman as Ordon Alicia Vikander Tomb Raider as Mira
The Skeksis & Mystics
Harvey Fierstein Torch Song Trilogy as The Gourmand Mark Hamill Child’s Play, Star Wars as The Scientist Ralph Ineson Game of Thrones as The Hunter Jason Isaacs The OA as The Emperor Keegan-Michael Key Toy Story 4 as The Ritual Master Ólafur Darri Ólafsson True Detective as The Archer Simon Pegg Mission Impossible as The Chamberlain Andy Samberg Brooklyn Nine Nine as The Heretic
There are going to be so many babies named Rek’yr born in 2020.
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