News & Notes Round-Up: September 17th

The Predator wins the box office, Patrick Stewart is in the new Charlie's Angels, Mary Poppins Returns and Batman gets a new dad.

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The Predator Tops The Weekend Box Office But Disappoints Overall

20th Century Fox’s reboot of The Predator was this weekend’s big release and as expected won the box office but clocking in at just $24 Million, the film unseats last year’s The Mummy as the lowest opening weekend total for a movie opening in more than 4000 locations. With an estimated budget of $88 million, it will look to international markets to recoup its investment.

Meanwhile. The Nun continues to run up large tallies raking in an estimated $18.2 million over the weekend; Good enough for second place. It looks to be in position to cross $100 Million domestically by the end of its run becoming the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise to achieve the feat, thereby proving people will watch anything so long as there is a sufficient amount of jump scares to classify it a “horror” movie.

Finally in third, comes Paul Feig’s noir-comedy A Simple Favor which may not have won the box office with its respectable $16 million total but it has definitely won over critics and audiences alike. Our very own Michael Vecchio called the film: “a fun escapist work of cinema, that succeeds in creating laughter, mystery, and intrigue” while podcasting superstar and friend of the site Shannon (@shanpynn) had this to say:

Disney Releases Mary Poppins Returns Trailer

In keeping with what has been the trend for Disney, the mega-corporation dropped a brand new trailer for Mary Poppins Returns this morning along with a fresh poster. Following in the footsteps of The Jungle Book, Cinderella and Beauty And The Beast, Mary Poppins Returns is a reboot of the  1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 

Emily Blunt steps into the titular role with Lin Manuel Miranda co-starring alongside her with an assortment of notable names in smaller roles (including Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke). According to the liner notes included with the trailer Mary Poppins Returns will feature all new songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, whether that means the absence of the famous Sherman Brothers songs from the original remains to be seen but we won’t have to wait long to find out as the film is set to arrive December 19th of this year.

In the meantime, you can buy the original film here or check out this excellent video essay by Lindsay Ellis on Disney’s current remake approach.

Netflix Releases Trailer For Apostle From Raid Director Gareth Evans

Netflix also released a trailer today for its upcoming thriller/horror film Apostle starring Dan Stevens and Michael Sheen.

The movie looks creepy to say the least and coming from Gareth Evans it looks like it carries the same wild energy of his Raid films even if this looks like a complete genre flip for the director. Netflix in keeping with the mystery of the project chose not to release too much info with the project only the ominous phrase “The promise of the divine is but an illusion”

Apostle will land on Netflix on October 12th.

Patrick Stewart To Play Bosley In Charlie’s Angels & Brent Cullen to Play Thomas Wayne In Joker Film 

Some casting news to pass along as it appears that Hollywood veteran Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek) is set to play Bosley in the upcoming Charlie’s Angels reboot. The role previously played by Bill Murray in the 2000s iteration of the franchise looks for a fresh repaint with Elizabeth Banks at the helm and Kristen Stewart as its star. Supposedly there are multiple Bosley characters in the film but how significant they are remains to be seen.

In other news, Brent Cullen has taken over the reigns of Thomas Wayne in the upcoming Joker film. Cullen takes the role that was briefly held by Alec Baldwin before he dropped out of the project. 

Yesterday director Todd Richards released the first photo of Joaquin Phoenix in the titular role to a mixed response. How this film fits into DC’s sputtering Extended Universe (if at all) is unknown but this is becoming one of the more interesting projects to track as it continues to move forward.

Zombieland Sequel Begins Pre Production

Hey, speaking of Bill Murray, The long-awaited Zombieland sequel has entered pre-production according to director Ruben Fleischer. The film is said to retain its original cast with now Hollywood mainstays Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson leading the way. Fleischer, who directed the original film will look to focus on the project after his current project (the forthcoming Venom) is released.

It is unknown whether Bill Murray will make another scene-stealing cameo in the sequel but we are keeping our fingers crossed.

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Nate Lam
Nate Lam
Editor-in-chief of Before The Cyborgs. Part-time filmmaker and occasional short story author. One day he hopes to be as cool as Bill Murray.



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