Cate Blanchett is becoming the most respected actress of all time- sorry Meryl. For no apparent reason, she’s going to play 13 different people in a German art film called MANIFESTO. We won’t understand the film but we’ll pretend to. Blanchett better get at least 5 Academy Award nominations out of it. The chameleon deserves it.
Fast 8 tore past Force Awakens as the biggest global opening weekend of all time. It didn’t win in the U.S. but no one should care what domestic numbers are. It’s all about the global response. Fast 8 is a junky action flick that connected with Asia because their jaws drop at an IMAX screen. U.S producers don’t want to acknowledge it but Fast 8 is now the formula to follow. In its second lap on its second weekend, Fast 8 is about cross the billion dollar mark. U.S. audiences are being left behind as studios gear up for Asia.
Everybody is talking about the two-minute teaser for the latest Star Wars movie. It’s pretty standard shots of Rey crying on the island and some ships exploding but the last line by Luke gave us pause. Is Skywalker a villain? The short answer is probably not (Mark Hamill denies it), but it’s interesting that the PR department would want to cause rumors.
Producers ripped off production design sheets from SUICIDE SQUAD and made a neon-green/punk-rock aesthetic for THOR on grocery store magazines. It didn’t cause massive internet storms like with SUICIDE SQUAD, but it worked. We’re suddenly, maybe begrudgingly, going to go see the third THOR. Cate Blanchett looks like an infinitely better version of Cara Delevingne. Hemsworth cut his hair. We’re surprised and excited.
Mel Gibson is back. To assure moviegoers the industry isn’t made up only of Democrats, a sexist anti-semetic action star is being included in this years awards circuit. Casey Affleck is also favored to win Best Actor.