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We have charts from five VOD and streaming platforms; they don’t use the same metrics, and are not independently verified. However, FandangoNOW leads the herd in its decision to list by the nearest equivalent of “grosses” — that is, the number of transactions times the cost. With the majority of releases at $19.99, it gives a better view of comparative performance.
Across the board at FandangoNOW, iTunes, and Amazon Prime, “Sonic the Hedgehog” Paramount and “Bad Boys for Life” Sony —the two top theatrical releases of 2020 — are thriving. Spectrum Cable’s weekly chart, which appears to be a little slower to pick up trends, doesn’t yet show those two films at all. However, like FandangoNOW, it does reflect the presence of the faith-based terminal illness romance “I Still Believe” Lionsgate, the other significant new release over the past week.
Other new titles like STX’s “Brahms: The Boy II” available at a lower price of $9.99 and the year’s best-reviewed new film “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” Focus, which was released Friday — are so far sight unseen.
To judge by platforms that rank by transactions, lower prices do help. We also list Netflix, which is based on the streamer’s ranking of viewings. It presents perhaps the most curious test of what interests the public and what the future of movies and other forms of recorded entertainment looks like.
We will cover this in far more detail midweek as well as look at winners and losers so far and possible trends and changes to come.FandangoNOW
full week rank based on total sales price, not no. of transactions
1 Bad Boys for Life Sony – $19.99
2 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount – $19.99
3 The Invisible Man Universal – $19.99
4 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Disney – $4.99
5 Onward Disney – $4.99
6 Bloodshot Sony – $19.99
7 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony – $4.99
8 Birds of Prey Warner Bros. – $19.99
9 I Still Believe Lionsgate – $19.99
10 The Call of the Wild Disney – $4.99iTunes
rank based on transactions; list includes current and highest position during the week
1 1 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Disney – $4.99
2 1 Sonic the Hedgehog Paramount – $19.99
3 2 Bad Boys for Life Sony – $19.99
4 1 1917 Universal – $5.99
5 2 Jumanji: The Next Level Sony – $3.99
6 3 Onward Disney – $4.99
7 7 Knives Out Lionsgate – $5.99
8 7 Contagion Warner Bros. – $3.99
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The first poster for Beastie Boys Story has been unveiled. Apple TV+ and IMAX have also released tickets for the special preview screenings, which take place early next month. It's been over a year since Adam 'Ad-Rock' Horovitz and Michael 'Mike D' Diamond put out their memoir and celebrated with some live speaking events detailing their history in select cities. Those initial shows were what gave Spike Jonze the idea to create Beastie Boys Story.
The Beastie Boys Story trailer dropped in January. Now we get the poster for Beastie Boys Story, which is largely made up from the first photoshoot famed photographer Glen E. Friedman did with the group on their first trip out to Los Angeles in 1985. At the bottom of the poster, Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond can be seen looking up at the image from the stage. A lot of iconic Beastie Boys images came out of this initial shoot and a lot of stories came out of this first trip to Los Angeles, where they were opening up for Madonna on the Like a Virgin U.S. tour.
The Beastie Boys weren't even close to household names when they opened for Madonna in 1985. Their legendary debut record, Licensed to Ill, was still a year away from hitting stores, so nobody really knew who they were, especially young Madonna fans. This is just one of the crazy stories that will be included in Beastie Boys Story, but it's unclear how it will be filtered through the lens of Spike Jonze. While the live 'shows' that Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz put on were pretty unorthodox, the experience should be a lot weirder with Jonze attached.
The IMAX screenings take place across North America on Thursday April 2nd and last until Saturday April 4th. This is a pretty good jump since the documentary doesn't hit Apple TV+ until April 24th. In addition to the documentary, Spike Jonze is also putting out a Beastie Boys photo book, which will be released on April 14th. The book is separate from the documentary and provides fans with a ton of unseen images of the group throughout their nearly 30-year relationship with the director.
Beastie Boys Story was supposed to hold its world premiere at SXSW, but the whole event has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Since that isn't happening any longer, the IMAX screenings will be the first time that people are able to get a look at the highly anticipated 'live documentary experience.' Adam Horovitz and Michael Diamond wrote the Beastie Boys book in their own style and did their live speaking events in the same manner, all of which kept Adam 'MCA' Yauch's spirit alive. With that said, it's going to be very interesting to see what Spike Jonze has done with this material. You can head over to the official Beastie Boys Story website to purchase IMAX tickets and then check out the first poster below.
Since Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up being a box office disappointment, it’s not likely that we’re going to get a sequel, and that’s coming from the film’s co-writer Jon Kasdan. But if the story arc that began in the spin-off were to continue, it would be awesome if it ended up making Lando Calrissian even more prominent. Apparently artist Peter Stults thought the same thing, which is why he used his quarantine time to make a trio of posters for a film series called The Calrissian Chronicles. Check out the Lando Calrissian trilogy posters and all the cool details within them below.
This imagined trilogy would be directed by Michael Anderson Logan’s Run, with a script Stanley Mann Conan the Destroyer, Irvin Kershner director of The Empire Strikes Back, and story by George Lucas himself. However, instead of John Williams doing the movie, Peter Bernstein The Ewok Adventure would be composing the score.
The overall vibe of the trilogy feels like a mix of 1970s blaxploitation and sci-fi with a little bit of fantasy tossed in there, which you can see in each of the posters below.Peter Stults Lando Calrissian Trilogy Posters
The first installment of The Calrissian Chronicles obviously features Billy Dee Williams in the role of Lando Calrissian. It would also have prominent roles for Tamara Dobson, Ron O’Neal and Moses Gunn. But the best tidbit here is that Shirley Bassey would play Lando’s beloved droid counterpart L3-37.
The second installment looks to have somewhat of an Asian influence with the addition of Tatsuya Nakadai and Meiko Kaji joining the cast. There’s also a role for Vonetta McGee, and Shirley Bassey is still around as L3-37.
In the final installment, a bit Star Wars returns with Peter Mayhew returning as Chewbacca, as well as a “special appearance” by Harrison Ford as Han Solo. Otherwise, the cast expands again with Angela Brent and Robert Urich. However, Shirley Bassey isn’t listed as L3-37 anymore, so maybe she met her end in the second installment.
But the real treat here in this final installment is imagining the introduction of Jean-Claude Van Damme to Hollywood as none other than Darth Maul. It’s a nice reference to the character’s return in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and just thinking about the skilled martial artist playing Darth Maul is so fun.
Unfortunately, we’ll never get to see movies like this with Billy Dee Williams in the lead. But these would make great comic books. Then again, maybe there’s hope for a Lando Calrissian film series starring Donald Glover. After all, Sleight director J.D. Dillard and writer Matt Owens are on the verge of becoming the first black creators to tackle Star Wars behind the camera and on the page, so maybe they have something...