Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Check It Out: Cannes Film Festival 2017 Winners

The 70th annual Cannes Film Festival took place over Memorial Day weekend in France, and while we may pick and choose the artsy films we discuss here at the epic review this years results and timing made this year especially noteworthy.  It was a big year at Cannes in 2017 for female empowerment with Sofia Coppola taking home the award for best director for her Civil War film: The Beguiled, as well as the legendary Nicole Kidman taking home the 70th anniversary award for her prestigious filmography.

Find the full list of Cannes 2017 Winners after the break...

Check It Out: Pirates 5 hauls in the Memorial Day Weekend 2017 Booty

Dismal reviews were not enough to keep audiences away from the Black Pearl this Memorial Day Weekend, as the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales handily won the weekend box office taking in $62.1 Million.  The 4th Pirates Sequel beat out Baywatch which debuted to a terrible $18.1 Million for 3rd place, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 still holding strong at 2nd place with another $19.8 Million, giving Disney the two top spots over the Holiday Weekend.  For comparison Curse of the Black Pearl opened to $46.6 Million, Dead Man's Chest: $135.6 Million, At World's End: $114.7 Million, and On Stranger Tides: $90.1 Million.

As evidenced by my lack of review for the film on the site, I have yet to see Pirates 5, which according to most reviews I am not missing much.  This film looks like one more worthy of Davey Jones Locker, or at least my blu-collection!

*Updated: Pirates 5 took in an additional $14.6 Million domestically on Memorial Day 2017 putting it's 4 day holiday weekend haul at $76.6 Million.  The film also took in $208.4 Million internationally tallying its overall box-office up to $285 Million over 4 days.  Disney has to be a little upset with the domestic numbers here, but have to pleased by these international numbers including $67.8 Million in China alone.  Now we shall see how Jack Sparrow and crew hold up against Wonder Woman next weekend!

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown 1960's Bracket #2

Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown 1960's Round 1 Winner: Mary Poppins

Its Mary Poppins Ya'll! With 47% of the votes cast Julie Andrew's Mary Poppins won round 1 of the Icons of Cinema Summer Showdown for the 1960's.  The umbrella flying icon beat out Hal from 2001 A Space Odyssey with 40%, and Atticus Finch who garnered just 13% of the votes.  Poppins will not move onto the finals to meet the winner of round 2 for which voting starts later today.

*Feature image courtesy of Mondo Artist: Marc Aspinall

Special thanks to everyone that voted and thegww.com for sponsoring this contest!

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Check It Out: The Southern Fried 'Logan Lucky' Trailer

Steven Soderbergh the man behind the Ocean's Trilogy is set to bring a new flavor of heist film to theaters this summer, and that new flavor is southern fried.  The director who launched his career on an ensemble heist film is set to give us yet another star studded robbery in his latest film: Logan Lucky.  The film revolves around two idiot brothers played by Channing Tatum and Adam Driver teaming with escaped convict: Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), as they attempt to rob Charlotte Motor Speedway blind during the Coke 600 Nascar Race.

Personally I am pretty stoked for this film considering it was shot just about 25 minutes from my home, although I do fear all the southern stereotypes we may see here.  The films cast also includes: Katie Holmes, Hillary Swank, Sebastian Stan, Seth Macfarlane, and Katherine Waterson, and looks epically hilarious.  Enjoy the trailer above!

(Source: /FILM)

Logan Lucky hits theaters: August 18th 2017 

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Check It Out: Val Kilmer Willing to Return as Iceman in Top Gun 2

Earlier this week we reported that Tom Cruise was indeed returning for Top Gun 2 in 2018.  Besides who would direct, the second biggest question plaguing the classic sequel was if the Iceman (Val Kilmer) would be willing to return.  It appears that Vilmer much like Cruise also has the need for speed once again.  The 80' and 90's film star confirmed on Twitter that he is wanting to return to his Iconic role.

Find our thoughts on Kilmer's possible return after the break...

Check It Out: Doug Liman Leaves Justice League Dark (UPDATED)

Director Doug Liman most famously known for his work on the Jason Bourne films, has departed WB's Justice League Dark film.  Liman apparently left the film to focus on his film: Chaos Walking that was given a green light by Lions Gate.  Liman is the second director to leave the film after Guillermo Del Toro.  The only good news here is it opens the door for Del Toro to return, but right now this film feels as cursed as it's characters.

*Updated: WB's favorite to direct Justice League Dark is IT Remake Director: Andres Muschietti

*Update #2: It is now rumored the WB is seeking the new Argentinean Director: Damian Szifron for the film

(Source: CBR)

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