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Ben Affleck And Company’s Batman V Superman Is Finally Here, Adam Sandler Gets A Do-Over At Netflix, A New X-Men Trailer And More


By Ryan Scott
Modern Times Magazine

March 25, 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. Let’s Dig In, shall we?

Three seemingly very long years ago, the sacred ground that is Hall H at San Diego Comic Con erupted when Zack Snyder first announced that the Man of Steel sequel would indeed be what would become Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now at the cusp of the film's release, there is an awful lot to talk about and, if the critics are to be believed, many of those things are not positive.

As of the morning of March 24, the film was dancing around a mid-30s to low-40s critic score on Rotten Tomatoes with more than 130 reviews counted. But that’s not the final verdict as early word of mouth via Twitter seemed to be largely positive and the fan score on Rotten Tomatoes was in the high 80s, so it appears the film is divisive among critics and fans. That could leave Warner Bros. in an interesting place at the end of all of this. Basically, if the film makes a ton of money, the studio doesn’t care nearly as much about critical reception. Just ask Michael Bay after you go see Transformers 5 (yes, 5!) next year.

However, the studio is currently trying to play catch up to Marvel Studios and set up their own cinematic universe. No matter what, BvS is going to rake in a lot of money (more on that later) but if the reception isn’t through the roof, especially with the fans — and even if it earns a LOT of money — it may not be enough to solidify the future of the franchise. With tons of films slated for the next several years and literally billions of dollars hinging on Batfleck, this film needs to be a smash hit in every sense.

Ironically, despite his initial casting as Batman causing one of the most memorable fan outrages in recent history, Ben Affleck’s performance seems to be one of the few things being universally praised thus far. One way or the other, this is going to end up being a historical weekend for superhero lovers, movie fans and movie makers.

Trailer Tracker: Adam Sandler is Getting A Do-Over At Netflix And More

The Do-Over - Even if critics aren’t at all happy with Adam Sandler these days, Netflix surely is. Coming off of what the streaming giant considered to be a huge success with The Ridiculous Six, a trailer for Sandler’s latest Netflix exclusive, The Do-Over, has just surfaced and features his once SNL co-star David Spade. The film is set to drop on Memorial Day weekend.

Dead 7 - In other news that will surely make critics want to throw up their morning coffee, SyFy has released a trailer for its upcoming original zombie flick Dead 7, which features a cast made up almost entirely of 90’s boy bands such as N’SYNC, Backstreet Boys, O-Town and 98 Degrees. The films April Fools’ Day release date calls into question whether this movie is actually happening.

The Shallows - Blake Lively is departing heavily from her Gossip Girl norm and is instead looking to have a very bad day with a very determined shark in The Shallows. Lively plays a woman who is attacked by a shark and is then stranded on a small rock just far enough away from shore to make this a feature-length movie. Sony has scheduled the film for a June 24 release.

The Nice Guys - Yes, Shane Black is currently busy directing a new Predator movie, but to tide us over, he decided to make a buddy cop comedy/crime drama starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe. The film takes place in 1970s Los Angeles and will see Crowe and Gosling teaming up to find a missing girl and solve the death of a porn star. If that didn’t pique your interest, get a look at the trailer below and if you’re still interested. Look for it in theaters on May 20.

X-Men: Apocalypse - Last but certainly not least, Fox released another full-length trailer for Bryan Singer’s latest addition to the X-Men franchise. The reaction to this bit of footage has been extremely positive and has fans foaming at the mouth for May 27 to arrive.

Things We Learned: It Was A Terrible Week For Young Adult Film Franchises And Terminator 6 May Still Be A Thing

Major Maze Runner Injury - Dylan O’Brien was seriously injured during the filming of Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Reports of what exactly happened are spotty, but he was most definitely injured while performing a stunt. His injuries are thankfully not life threatening and O’Brien will make a recovery. For now, production on the film is halted. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Divergent Series Budget Cuts - In other bad news for fans of young adult book film adaptations, The Divergent Series: Allegiant absolutely tanked at the box office, which was bad news for a franchise that was already not quite doing what Lionsgate had hoped it would. As a result, the budget for the next film in the series, Ascendent, has been reportedly slashed.

Star Wars Director Being Sued - Looper director Rian Johnson is getting a huge break directing Star Wars Episode VIII, but it may not be all fun and games as his former agent, Brian Dreyfuss, is suing him claiming he is owed a commission for Johnson’s good fortune. Dreyfuss’ main argument centers around his claim that he introduced Johnson to Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy. Disney has lawyers too, so don’t worry Star Wars fans.

Spielberg Making Moves - Steven Spielberg is busy making massive movies and has added Simon Pegg to the cast of one such movie, the highly anticipated Ready Player One. Also, Spielberg has tapped David Koepp to write Indiana Jones 5, which could be good or bad seeing as he had a writing credit on Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

Disney Boycotting Georgia - A lot of Hollywood productions take place in Georgia, but maybe not for long. Currently the state is on the cusp of passing a “religious liberty” law that many are calling anti-gay. As such, Disney has stated that they will boycott any future productions in the state should the law come to pass. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has until May 3 to either sign or veto the bill.

Terminator Will Be Back...Maybe - Though Terminator: Genisys was far from a smash success both critically and financially, Arnold Schwarzenegger recently said in an interview that he was, “looking forward to it. Absolutely” when asked about the prospect of another installment of the franchise. This conflicts with reports that the studio is putting it on hold, but who knows.

Box Office Review/Preview and Predictions

Last week Zootopia once again took the top spot at the box office for the third week in a row, bringing in $37 million. That represents only a 25 percent drop from the prior week, which should have Disney doing cartwheels and popping champagne. Though Allegiant way underperformed, it was still good enough for the number-two spot with $29 million, and Miracles From Heaven laid the holy smackdown by bringing in nearly $15 million, besting 10 Cloverfield Lane and Deadpool, which rounded out the top five with $12.5 and $8 million respectively.

This week, though, the first true summer blockbuster is here and will be raining an unholy smackdown on the competition. Yes, the long awaited Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is still tracking for a debut north of $300 million worldwide despite less than favorable reviews. The rest of the top five will be a drop in the bucket compared to the massive haul Batfleck and company will be bringing in this weekend.

Weekend Box Office Predictions

  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Zootopia
  • The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

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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