The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Nov. 9th
Tim Burton News:
Variety reported this week that actresses Ella Purnell (Kick-Ass 2) and Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) have joined the cast of the fantasy film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Directed by Tim Burton (Batman Returns), the film is based on the popular book by Ransom Riggs which centers around a teenager who winds up on island where he defends a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to get them.
Filming is expected to start in February 2015 on the film which also stars Eva Green (300: Rise of an Empire) for a March 2016 release.
As if there wasn't more to discover about next year's, Avengers: Age of Ultron from the recent teaser and plot revelations, new casting news has also been announced.
Actor Idris Elba, who first appeared as Heimdall in Thor: The Dark World has announced that he will be in the new Avengers film, presumably again playing the mighty Heimdall. In a statement, Elba stated “I’m in Avengers, and I’m doing a scene with Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston.”
Clearly this news also means that Tom Hiddleston will be reprising his role as Loki in the upcoming sequel. Hiddleston has done a good job of making a well rounded super-villian that fans really seem to enjoy.
The studio behind the magic sequel Now You See Me 2 has officially announced that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) and Lizzy Caplan (Cloverfield) will be joining the production as characters, Walter and Lula, respectively.
Although the nature of the characters has been kept secret, the plot of the film has been announced. The film centeres around the magic team, the Horsemen, as they are enlisted by an enemy who asks them to partake in one of their most dangerous heists yet
Actors Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Michael Caine, and Dave Franco will be returning although they will need to explain off actress Isla Fisher who played one of the four horsemen and has decided not to return for the sequel.
The original Now You See Me was released last year and became a worldwide hit, grossing $350 million on a $75 million budget.
Future Projects News:
Skyline Sequel News:
Fans of under the radar alien invasion flicks have been jumping for joy after news of a sequel to the sci-fi film Skyline was announced earlier this year, it will be titled Beyond Skyline. More news was offered this week when Variety reported that actor Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has signed on as the lead in the film.
Although the film has just begun with pre-production, we know that in the film, Grillo will take the role of a detective who must save his son from an alien warship.
The sequel will be written and directed by Liam O’Donnell, who co-wrote the first film. It will be his directorial debut. The original Skyline was directed by The Brothers Strause who, despite awful reviews, helped the film to earn $80 million against a $20 million budget.
Remember Rachael Leigh Cook? News:
This week The Hollywood Reporter stated that actress Rachael Leigh Cook (She's All That) has signed on to play the lead in the upcoming sci-fi flick Mindgate.
In the unique film, a "scientific project creates a mental connection between healthy volunteers and quadriplegic patients, in effect allowing the patients into gratifying sexual relationships." Obviously, this experiment goes sour.
The screenplay was adapted from the work of Spanish sci-fi novelist Juan Miguel Aguilera who will also make his directorial debut with the film that will begin shooting this May.
Cancelled Television News:
Which of these cancelled shows will you miss the most?
With the fall season comes a slew of new television shows vying for attention from the viewing public. The only thing better than checking out these new programs is finding out which of them will bite the bullet first. With some shows, you can tell right away that they won't last, some are harder to figure out.
In the former category, it was announced this week that ABC has given up on it's freshman comedies Selfie and Manhattan Love Story. In addition, NBC has called it quits on the poorly named relationship comedy A-Z and crude court comedy Bad Judge. Finally, FOX will most likely be cutting the chord on its much hyped Seinfeld clone Mulaney.
Box Office Projections*:
- Interstellar - $45 Million+
- Big Hero Six - $45 Million+
- Gone Girl - $3.5 Million+
- Nightcrawler - $3 Million+
- Ouija - $2.5 Million+
If the box office has been lacking in the last couple weekends, it is sure to get a pick me up from this weekends huge new releases, Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Disney's Big Hero Six. Both of these films will probably reach at least $45 million apiece, and that's on the low end.
The rest of the top 5 will consist of holdovers, whose total gross combined will not match the total of just one of the new releases. Gone Girl will continue to hold on in its fifth weekend of release while Ouija and Nightcrawler will need to work hard to maintain their place in the top 5.
*predictions based on Saturday's numbers.