The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for February 19, 2018
Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther had a killer opening weekend. The film clawed out a $192 million three-day opener with $227 million in receipts projected over four days. (The four-day number is an estimate, with some in the industry saying it will be closer to $222 million, and others betting it will top $230 million). That’s the fifth-largest opening of all time, and was the largest opening for an African American director by far, previously held by F. Gary Gray for The Fate of the Furious, which brought in $98 million.
While speaking withET Canada about Black Panther, Captain America star Chris Evans might have let slip that the Black Widow movie is indeed happening: “There’s nothing [Marvel Studios] can’t do,” said. “And I’m sure it’s gonna have the exact same effect when Captain Marvel comes out, and then the Black Widow movie comes out. Marvel just has the winning recipe and they’re kind of one step ahead of everybody else.” As of this report, Marvel has yet to confirm Black Widow as a part of their official upcoming release schedule, merely stating that the film is “in development”.
HBO confirms that Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz will return for season 2 of Big Little Lies. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and newcomer Meryl Streep (as Perry’s mother) were already announced. Season 2 is set to make a bow in 2019.
Jeffrey Tambor is speaking out after getting fired from Amazon’s fifth season of Transparent. “I am profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations against me,” the Emmy winner, 73, said in a statement. “I am even more disappointed in [series creator] Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow castmates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set.”