Just A Reminder, “The Emoji Movie” Just Made Another $3 Million Last Weekend


Granted, it was the total for the 4-day Labor Day weekend, but still. One of the most maligned movies of 2017, in its 6th week in theaters, is still making cash, coming in at #8 on the domestic U.S. box-office.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is at #28.

More To Read On Fantasy Merchant:
What Cinematic Pandora’s Box Has “The Emoji Movie” Opened?
Live-Action “Jetsons” Series From Bob Zemeckis On Order From ABC
Do Blockbuster Films Necessarily Need American Box-Office Anymore?

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Why Debuting “Marvel’s Inhumans” In IMAX Theaters Hurt It

inhumans-series.jpgThis post is not here to bash the upcoming Marvel/ABC TV series Marvel’s Inhumans, but simply to question the choice of debuting the first two episodes in IMAX theaters.

From what I’ve heard word-of-mouth, the first episode is a bit awkward and slow but it starts to pick up in the 2nd. If that was a Netflix series, the viewer would get past the rough start no problem and just keep zipping along. But premiering it on IMAX just puts a great big “target” on it, and ends up with possibly misleading headlines as Marvel’s Inhumans gets a 0% On Rotten Tomatoes.”

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The First Picture Of Rami Malek As Freddie Mercury


Entertainment Weekly had the first look at Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek as Queen’s Freddie Mercury—on what would have been the late Mercury’s 71st birthday—for the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Said Malek to EW about his transformation into Mercury: “When you’re able to open your eyes and see a different person staring back at you in the mirror, it’s a very affirming moment.”

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Why Was Colin Trevorrow Axed As “Star Wars Episode IX” Director?


There was a disturbance in the Force recently…as if the collected voices of Gareth Edwards, Josh Trank, Phil Lord & Chris Miller were all screaming. Director Colin Trevorrow was suddenly canned from Star Wars: Episode IX.

My first reaction was WTF??? It wasn’t too long ago since Han Solo directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously jettisoned from their project in mid-shoot—replaced by Ron Howard. Did Lucasfilm even know what they wanted? What was going on, here?

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No Shia LaBeouf In “Indiana Jones” 5


Shia LaBeouf and apparently his career

Honestly…it’s not like I was expecting Shia Labeouf to turn up in the next Indiana Jones movie to reprise his role as Mutt Williams. He was never liked/wanted in the previous one—like Hayden Christiansen as Anakin Skywalker (who I was personally fine with, but I understand the lukewarm reception), Shia’s presence in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull seemed to be “shoehorned” in, regardless of inherent appeal; much like the Swing Music Craze of the mid-1990s.

That said, the news that Shia Labeouf will not be returning to the franchise sort of underlines the current state of his career.

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James Gunn’s “Starsky & Hutch” Series Would Be A “Continuation” Of Original


the original “Starsky & Hutch,” with David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser

Do we really need another Starsky & Hutch revival? After that nifty 2004 Ben Stiller/Owen Wilson jam, I mean? Well, director James Gunn assures readers on Facebook that his new S&H series for Amazon will be “NOT be a reboot or a remake, but a continuation of the original series that would deconstruct the buddy cop show in a fun way.”

The original Starsky & Hutch ran from 1975-1979 and was a pretty standard buddy cop action/drama, with some bits of light-hearted banter between its co-stars David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser. In 2004, Todd Philips (The Hangover) directed a comedic “reboot,” starring Stiller and Wilson; it was “OK” (and had a nice little Soul/Glaser cameo), but it was kind of forgettable.

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And So Maybe Ben Affleck Is Not Going To Be In That “Batman” Film After All???


Good gravy, what a mess.

Dark Horizons points out that buried within today’s Hollywood Reporter piece on Leonardo DiCaprio possibly playing the Joker are unnamed “sources” who indicate that Ben Affleck is not reprising his role as Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves movie:

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