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The Hollywood award season along with the sad news of David Bowie's death.
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The Globes, Oscars, Razzies And More Highlight The Best (And Worst) That The Film Industry Had To Offer In 2015: Also, Box Office Results And Predictions

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By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Jan. 14, 2015 Greetings, movie lovers! I know it is January and that is typically a pretty rough time for movies, but that doesn’t mean the movie news train stops. Plus, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still out, so there is something to talk about until we know for sure that it will or will not break Avatar’s all-time worldwide box office record. Beyond that, this week saw the Golden Globes get awkward, some sweet horror movie trailers drop and a lot of interesting news and rumors get bandied about. Let’s get into it, shall we?

Awards Season Ramping Up With Awkward Golden Globes, Razzies and Oscar Nominations
Before we get too serious, the Razzie nominations were released this week, which honors (I think) the worst that Hollywood has to offer every year. This year’s shout outs include Fantastic Four, Fifty Shades Of Grey, Mortdecai and pretty much everything Adam Sandler touched.

The other big news is that the Oscar Nominations have finally come out, and the collective internet has noticed that though in a lot of ways the Academy seemed to get it right, they also got it very white, #OscarsSoWhite. However, aside from the alleged discrimination, Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant lead the pack and will be competing for Best Picture alongside Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Room, The Big Short, The Martian and Spotlight. Check out the full list of nominees at oscar.go.com/nominees/best-picture.

Fun Fact: Eddie Redmayne is currently nominated for the Worst Supporting Actor Razzie for his performance in Jupiter Ascending and is also nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in The Danish Girl.

Also, for those that didn’t watch this year's Golden Globes in its entirety, you probably made the right decision. It was brisk, yet slow, awkward, yet stale and, most importantly, un-entertaining. But we still love you, Ricky Gervais. While the show was mostly a dud, it did give us a pretty good indicator of what’s to come with the upcoming Oscar nominations. Leonardo DiCaprio took home the Globe for Best Actor for his role in The Revenant, which is a big indicator of things to come at the Academy Awards. Is DiCaprio FINALLY going to get his Oscar? He should at least get some recognition for the shade he threw Lady Gaga’s way during the show.

Awkward.



The Revenant also took home Best Motion Picture Drama and Alejandro González Iñárritu took home Best Director for his work on it. The other worthy thing of note is that fan favorite Mad Max: Fury Road went home, sadly, empty handed. Which is a perfect segway into….

5 Things We Learned This Week: No More Mad Max But Deadwood Movie Is A Go

  • HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in an interview with TVLine this week that the long awaited Deadwood movie is truly, really, actually happening. “David (Milch) has our commitment that we are going to do it. He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen.” That’s great news, because, as loved as the show is, it didn’t end in a satisfying manner for most fans.
  • Sony announced this week that one of the most prolific writers in Hollywood, Aaron Sorkin, will be stepping behind the camera for the first time to make his directorial debut with Molly’s Game, a poker drama based on the memoir of Molly Bloom entitled Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.
  • Deadline broke the news this week that Academy Award winning actor and maker of music Jamie Foxx will be taking on the role of Little John in Robin Hood: Origins. He will star alongside Taron Egerton who will be playing the title role in the Otto Bathurst-directed flick, which should hit theaters Summer 2017.
  • George Miller has officially stated that he has no interest in making anymore Mad Max films (cue the collective sobs of movie fans and critics everywhere). Speaking with Page Six, Miller said “Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.” Fury Road was a tremendous success though, so don’t count out the idea of the franchise moving on without its director.
  • Lastly, legendary actor and musician David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. His roles in Labyrinth and The Prestige helped him to cement his place among celebrated thespians as well as insanely talented songwriters. RIP, Starman.

Superhero Hype: Black Panther (Finally) Gets A Director, Blanchett And Heard Up For Big Roles

  • Speaking of David Bowie, shortly after the news of his death broke, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced that he had planned to feature Bowie in the Guardians sequel in a cameo role. Sadly, that can no longer happen, but Gunn did leave the door open for a Bowie song to sneak into the film.
  • This week Marvel finally and formally announced that Creed director Ryan Coogler will helm the solo Black Panther film. Chadwick Boseman will star as the title character in the film, which is currently slated for a Feb. 16, 2018 release.
  • Cate Blanchett has been confirmed to be in talks for the role of the villain in the forthcoming sequel Thor: Ragnarok. While still just in talks, it was reported that her potential co-star Mark Ruffalo recently bothered Blanchett to take the part at the BAFTA Awards. Also, The Danish Girl actress Amber Heard is in talks to play Mara in the upcoming Aquaman movie alongside Jason Momoa, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Though, DC and Warner have yet to comment.
  • Lastly, Deadpool officially received an R-rating from the MPAA for “strong violence and language throughout, sexual content and graphic nudity,” which is great news for fans.

Box Office Review/Preview And Predictions
Last weekend, The Force Awakens barely squeaked out a fourth weekend at number one with a $42 million haul, narrowly beating The Revenant, which brought in a solid $39 million domestically. Rounding out the top 5 were Daddy’s Home ($15 million), The Forest ($12 million) and Sisters ($7 million). Also, The Force Awakens officially passed Avatar as the highest-grossing domestic film of all time and opened in China, where it did record business as well. As of now, the film is number three all time on the worldwide box office chart, with nearly $1.8 billion.

This upcoming weekend will see the release of Ride Along 2, starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. The other big release is the surprisingly Transformerless Michael Bay movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Also, the virtually unheard of animated film Norm of the North starring Rob Schneider is coming out.

As for as the upcoming weekend box office is concerned, it will be a very tight race. With The Force Awakens slowing down and 13 Hours and Ride Along 2 offering reasonable counter programming, it is anyone’s guess what film will take number one. Don’t count out The Revenant in its second week either, especially with its new Golden Globes buzz.

Weekend Box Office Predictions

  • The Revenant
  • Ride Along 2
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi
  • The Hateful Eight

That’s it for this week, movie lovers. Be sure to come back next week for all of the Hollywood news you need, want and didn’t know you needed.
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