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Friday
Nov 02 2018

Posterized: Joe Johnston,a low profile director with a high profile filmography

by Nathaniel R

Joe Johnston behind the scenes on Star Wars (1977) his very first movie in his mid 20s

With the long-gestatingThe Nutcracker and the Four Realmsnow in theaters (its initial shoot wrapped nearly two years ago!) it occurred to us to look at the directorial career ofJoe Johnston.When the studio opted for a full month of reshoots onThe Nutcracker,the original director,Lasse Hallström was unavailable so Johnston stepped in (and now there's a joint "directed by"credit).Johnston is hardly a household name but every time his name pops up we're reminded that a chunk of his filmography is actually fairly famous.

How many of his 10 theatrically-released movies have you seen?The posters are after the jump...

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Tuesday
Apr 10 2018

Links: The Wife,Anika Noni Rose,Kiss the Boy

Oscilloscope MusingsInteresting piece about Zach Snyder'sSuckerpunchand how it reflects various old movies,especially the musicalGold Diggers of 1933
Cartoon Brewon the making of a new animated featureBig Fish & Begonia,now in select cities
DeadlineJumanji(2017) broke a long held record just barely toppling Sam Raimi'sSpider-Man(2002) to become Sony's all time biggest domestic hit

lots more news and entertainment tidbits after the jump including Omar Sharif,Glenn Close,Melissa McCarthy,Anika Noni Rose and Keiynan Lonsdale...

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Sunday
Jan 07 2018

Box Office: Jumanji,Tonya,and the Oscar waiting game

by Nathaniel R

Weekend Box Office (Jan 5th-7th)
W I D E
800+ screens
L I M I T E D
excluding prev.wide
1.Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle$36 (cum.$244.3)
1.I Tonya$2.4 on 242 screens (cum.$5.2)REVIEW|GLOBE SURPRISE?
2.Insidious The Last Key$29.2 (cum.$212.1) 2.The Post$1.7 on 36 screens (cum.$3.8)REVIEW|OSCAR KICK-OFF PODCAST
3.The Last Jedi$23.5 (cum.$572.5)LYNN'S REVIEW|NATHANIEL'S TAKE
3.Call Me By...$758k on 117 screens (cum.$6)REVIEWISH|SCREENPLAY|SEX
4.The Greatest Showman$13.8 (cum.$75.9)REVIEW|ZAC ATTACK|ZENDAYA 4.Hostiles$310k on 46 screens (cum.$435k)
5.Pitch Perfect 3$10.2 (cum.$85.9)REVIEW
5.Along with the Gods$280k on 35 screens ($1.1)

One thing that we're always forcefully reminded of each holiday season -- since we tend to forget -- is that the whole world is not,in point of fact,thinking about Oscar buzz.Each year countless films casually ring up rather large box office returns without generating any "heat"in award season and some not even being part of that game.Insidiousfor example had the weekend to itself in terms of new wide releases and was rewarded for it.The Greatest Showman,is another one that isn't really banking on Oscar love.The musical's global gross has already doubled its budget (though given the P&A expenditures it's probably got some ways to go before a profit still)...

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Friday
Sep 23 2016

Thoughts I Had...The "Jumanji" Cast

Chrishere.Do you remember 1995'sJumanji?That 90s kids classic still holds up today,so naturally we have a remake coming our way.Stars Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black are no strangers to family entertainment,and they're also bringing along the bankability of Kevin Hart and fan favorite Karen Gillan.Here's a first look at what they have in store:

...and I have some thoughts:

  • What is this Lara Croft ensemble Gillan is giving us?I'm no prude,but oversexualizing the only woman for a kids movie seems a bit much.
  • No seriously,she can't be wearing that little clothes because the jungle is so hot.Jack Black is wearing seventeen layers.
  • Does this crew go inside the game?The point of Jumanji is that the wild comes toyou.
  • Johnson and Black have done plenty of family fare,but Kevin Hart is actually an inspired choice for this kind of entertainment.Can you believeThe Secret Life of Petswas his first voiceover work?
  • Remember Johnathan Hyde's hunter villain in the original and how Hyde was seemingly the villain in all mid-90s movies?I wonder if we'll get another stock villain actor here too.
  • ...sighWhat's Bonnie Hunt up to these days?

Jumanji opens next summer.Do you have fond memories of the original?