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The Merc With A Mouth Cleaned Up At The Box Office, There Could Be Trouble Ahead For Batman V Superman, Another Awful Sequel, And More


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

Feb. 19, 2016 — Greetings, movie lovers! Did you miss the major news and headlines from this week in film? Don’t you worry, because we’ve got you covered with the newest edition of the Movie News Mixtape. This week, Hollywood learned a lesson from a certain R-rated superhero movie (even if it is probably the wrong lesson), a very mixed bag of trailers dropped and Warner Bros. may be rethinking some things. Let’s dig in, shall we?

For 11 years Ryan Reynolds had been trying to get the Deadpool movie made, and last weekend that movie finally became a reality. The biggest hurdle in getting the movie made was the fact that to be a properly faithful adaptation, the film needed to be rated R, and Fox just wasn’t having it in the past. Well, the film we finally got is rated R, and it wound up absolutely destroying even the most bullish expectations at the box office.

The film has already broken a ton of records both domestically and internationally and fans can’t get enough of The Merc With a Mouth. So, what does all of this mean? Well, it likely means that movie studios will try and capitalize on the trend. However, as director James Gunn pointed out earlier this week, it is likely studios will learn what he called the “wrong less” and just start making rated-R comic book movies left and right. Either way, this is great for Deadpool, as the sequel is already well underway.

The character is so much in the public consciousness right now that there is a petition that is going around begging Lorne Michaels to have Deadpool host Saturday Night Live. Not Reynolds mind you, but the actual character (which would be Reynolds in costume, but still). Ultimately, this is all pretty staggering and will shape a lot of things to come for an R-rated movie that Fox didn’t truly want to make, but rather got muscled into making by fans.

Trailer Tracker: A Sequel Nobody Asked For, A Good Dose of Sam Rockwell And More
Kindergarten Cop 2 - Yes. This is actually happening. This week, a trailer dropped for a sequel to the Arnold Schwarzenegger kid-friendly comedy which will star Rocky IV’s very own Dolph Lundgren. Ready or not, this is coming straight to DVD, of course, on May 17.

Midnight Special - This Jeff Nichols low budget sci-fi E.T/Close Encounters-esque indie has been getting a ton of buzz. With a great looking new trailer that came out this week, this looks like it could be the first surprise hit of 2016. The film stars Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Sam Shepard and Joel Edgerton. Look for it March 18.

Bastille Day - Idris Elba may not get to play James Bond, but he does get to star in a fancy new spy thriller. Elba will be joined by Michael Mason from Game of Thrones, who plays an American pickpocket living in Paris and finds himself in the hands of the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Check it out in theaters April 22.

Alice Through The Looking Glass - Finally, Disney has released an extended spot for their Alice In Wonderland sequel which has added Sacha Baron Cohen as the bad guy for this installment and it will be Alan Rickman’s last movie, which may be the real reason to see it when it drops on May 27.

Things We Learned: Batman V Superman May Be In Trouble, Possible New James Bond News And More
Batman V Superman - Last week, Drew McWeeny at HitFix and his unnamed sources heard that Warner Bros. is not nearly as confident in its huge tentpole superhero film as it had hoped, as early reactions from those who have seen it have been warm at best. The speculation has gone so far as to say that Zack Snyder may no longer direct the upcoming Justice League movie and that a Batman solo movie will get moved up. “My guess is what’s going to happen is based on what I’m hearing…is Justice League is going to get moved back and that Ben Affleck Batman movie, that’s what’s going to end up in that spot. My guess is they’re going to throw whatever money it takes at Ben Affleck to make that Batman film happen sooner rather than later,” McWeeny said. This should be taken with a small grain of salt, but it is definitely worth noting.

Wolverine 3 - Production hasn’t even officially started on Hugh Jackman’s final Wolverine movie yet, but thanks to the success of Deadpool and a pamphlet that was circulating at a toy fair, there is evidence floating around saying that the new movie could be rated R. We’ll likely know more when the film starts shooting in a few months.

Transformers - Paramount is getting aggressive with the Transformers franchise, as they have announced that 5, 6 and 7 will all come out one year apart starting in 2017. More interesting perhaps is that the sixth film slated for 2018 will be a Bumblebee solo movie that the studio says will have a smaller budget and scope.

The Predator - Normally just a movie poster isn’t quite enough to justify conversation, but earlier this week Shane Black dropped a poster for his new Predator film, which will simply be titled The Predator and comes with the tagline “You’ll never see him coming.” This film has been rumored for a long time, but this proves that it is indeed really happening.

Guardians of the Galaxy - Finally, Disney and Marvel officially announced that production has begun on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and the studios shared some pretty sweet casting information as well. It turns out the rumors were true, as Kurt Russell has indeed been added to the cast (likely playing Star Lord’s father). Other new cast members include Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki and Chris Sullivan.

Box Office Preview/Review And Predictions
As mentioned earlier, Fox’s Deadpool absolutely destroyed the competition, making $132 million last week and it is looking to continue its dominance this weekend as well. Zoolander 2 pretty much bombed and bad word of mouth should keep it out of the top five for this week, but How To Be Single could sneak back in. This week’s new offerings include the Jesse Owens biopic Race, and the very under-the-radar Biblical story of the resurrection, Risen. Last but most certainly not least, the Sundance horror flick The Witch is finally getting a wide release.

Weekend Box Office Predictions
  • Deadpool
  • Kung Fu Panda 3
  • Risen
  • How To Be Single
  • The Witch

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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