The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 13, 2018
Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth may be walking away from the fourth Star Trek sequel due to money. Sources say both are having contract issues which is why they haven’t signed on yet…. and the sticking point is money. Pine was set to reprise his role as Captain Kirk while Hemsworth was being brought onto the project to play Kirk’s father in in a time travel scenario.
Shark thriller The Meg devoured the top spot at the box office with $44.5 million, besting forecasts that had the Jason Statham-led film (observers wagered it would bring in less than half that). Here’s how the Box Office broke down
1. The Meg— $44.5 million
2. Mission: Impossible — Fallout — $20 million
3. Christopher Robin — $12.4 million
4. Slender Man — $11.3 million
5. BlacKkKlansman — $10.8 million
6. The Spy Who Dumped Me — $6.6 million
7. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again — $5.8 million
8. The Equalizer 2 — $5.5 million
9. Hotel Transylvania 3 — $5.1 million
10. Ant-Man and the Wasp — $4 million
Watch the full presentation of DOOM Eternal at QuakeCon 2018 including three full gameplay demos.
Staffers at Talking Dead are quitting in protest over accused sexual assaulter Chris Hardwick’s return. His ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of mistreating her, a charge Hardwick denied. AMC reviewed the case and allowed him to return. A female exec producer and a handful of the other two-dozen staffers are reportedly out. Hardwick had an “emotional” staff meeting Wednesday, The Wrap reports, during which he apologized.
Fox is developing a sequel to The Simpsons Movie and a live-action / animation Family Guy film.
Fear The Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere revealed Morgan (Lennie James) intends to head home to Alexandria, Virginia, and tell close ally Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) “he was right” — but will the reunion ever come to pass?
The giant streamer service Netflix announced that Paul Rudd is set to star in comedy Living With Yourself, a series that has been given an eight-episode order. Former Daily Show exec producer Tim Greenberg created the show, which will follow Rudd’s character as he “undergoes a novel treatment to become a better person,” then “finds he’s been replaced by a new and improved version — revealing that his own worst enemy is himself.”
Gal Gadot will voice Shank, a tough driver in Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet. Gadot joins returning cast members John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch. The Wreck-It-Ralph sequel hits theaters November 21st.