The Good, The Bad & The Nerdy for August 27, 2018
Warner Bros.’ Crazy Rich Asians topped the box office for the second weekend, with $25 million, registering a drop of just 6%. Even more impressively, Crazy Rich Asians brought in $10.3 million in its second Saturday, the same amount it made last weekend. This is the third win for Warner Bros. at the box office, and the second weekend in a row that it toped the top two spots, thanks to The Meg, which chomped up $13 million.
Meanwhile, Melissa McCarthy’s gross-out comedy The Happytime Murders bombed with a $9-$10 million opener. Observers say the lackluster numbers came from a low promotional effort.
According to a recent report, Oscar Isaac has met with Warner Bros. for “an undisclosed role” in the upcoming DC Extended Universe film, The Batman. While an offer reportedly hasn’t been made, there’s talk that Isaac is “very interested” in being involved in the project. Could he be replacing Ben Affleck as Batman himself? Could he be playing a villain like Two-Face or Hush?
The future of the third installment of the $1.6 billion Guardians of the Galaxy franchise remains up in the air after Disney and Marvel fired director James Gunn. The House of Mouse has been criticized by cast and crew (including Dave Bautista, Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana) for firing Gunn after decade-old tweets he sent making fun of rape and pedophilia surfaced. But Disney is sticking to its guns. The production has officially released crew members hired to begin pre-production and is allowing them to look for other work. No word on when the film will land or who will direct.
Kristen Stewart opened up about the latest film adaptation of Charlie’s Angels, telling Entertainment Tonight that it’s “grounded.” She said: “We are not trying to do an impression of the last one,” the actress said about the 2000 and 2003 films starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, adding that director Elizabeth Banks has her own vision for the story. “I think Liz is like so genuinely naturally funny all the time anyway.” The stars of the adaptation include Stewart, Naomi Scott and Ella Balinska as the newest Angels, while Banks will take on the role of Bosley, the voice of the unseen owner of the detective agency Charlie Townsend.
Katey Sagal and Courteney Cox will join Shameless for its upcoming ninth season. Sagal is set to appear on the Showtime comedy as Ingrid Jones, a crazed psych patient that Frank (William H. Macy) encounters in the E.R., and with whom he is immediately attracted to. Cox will guest star as Jen Wagner, a famous actress who’s had a problem in the past with booze. Lip (Jeremy Allen White) is hired as her sober companion when she’s in town, and she takes him on a wild ride in search of a cocktail.
In the wake of rumors of a delay, HBO surprised fans with the first look at footage from the highly anticipated final season of Game of Thrones. GOT is expected to now premiere at the end of 2019. Catch the brief footage in the HBO promo below.
Let the countdown begin. pic.twitter.com/kW4mesXStQ
— HBO (@HBO) August 27, 2018