The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for July 30, 2018
I love, love, love roasts. Food or comedy. Or rumps. Did you catch last night’s premiere of Comedy Central‘s The Celebrity Roast of Bruce Willis?
Tom Cruise is back at the top of the box office in his sixth run as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible—Fallout. The movie earned $61.5 million from 4,386 North American theaters. Not accounting for inflation, it’s a best for the series which has grossed over $2.8 billion worldwide and Cruise’s biggest opening as well. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again placed second with $15 million, while The Equalizer 2 fell to third with $14 million and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation took fourth with $12.3 million. The animated Teen Titans Go! To the Movies earned $10.5 million, much lower than the $17 million anticipated by experts, and landed in fifth place.
Carrie Fisher will return as Leia Organa in Star Wars Episode IX using unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Director J.J. Abrams said: “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.” Episode IX will be released in December 2019.
TV producing icon Norman Lear has signed a two-year first look deal with Sony Pictures TV which includes the option to re-imagine titles from Lear’s extensive library including All In The Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Maude and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, among others.
Ooooh, another Avengers: Infinity War deleted scene. Drax AGAIN steals the scene.
Peter Dinklage is in line to play fairy tale character Rumpelstiltskin in a film adaptation by Sony. The Game of Thrones actor is attached to the project as both a lead and a producer. The film is said to be deep in development. The original story has its roots in tales as far back as 4000 years, and concerns a miller who lies to a king that his daughter can spin thread into gold. The imp-like creature Rumpelstiltskin appears and performs this for her with her first-born child promised in return. When she refuses, he agrees only to let her keep the child if she can guess his name, which she does.