The first images of the new King Kong have emerged and he looks a lot like the original King Kong. The single image of an angry Kong was published via Entertainment Weekly and this Kong looks angry. He is not as comical as the 1976 King Kong nor as heroic as Peter Jackson’s version. This Kong is a gigantic, angry beast not too far removed from the one who appeared in the 1933 original.
And this King Kong is a big ape. He has to be. After Kong: Skull Island hits theaters, Kong is slated to return for the remake of King Kong vs. Godzilla. The rematch/remake of the century will hit theaters after Godzilla 2.
The return of King Kong to the big screen is somewhat surprising. Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong was a good film, but it did not do as well at the box office as Jackson’s other blockbusters. One reason cited is the film was a bit too long. That criticism slightly holds water since a three-and-a-half-hour film has fewer show times per day than a film that is only 100 minutes. Still, Jackson’s other very long films did monstrous box office.
The Jackson King Kong remake may have came a little too early. There may not have been an appetite for a “giant monster” movie. When the U.S. remake of Godzilla hit screens and did well, the market had changed. Likely, this was fueled in part by the renewal of fantasy thanks to the wild popularity of superhero films.
When Jurassic World came out and was a tremendous critical and box office success, giant monster movies were back. The subgenre is not at the level that existed back in the 1950’s, but it is seemingly pretty popular with audiences. One or two big monster on the loose films can do well per year. Kong: Skull Island is sure to be one of those big hits.
Giant monster films are a bit like superhero films, but they are not superhero films. That is to their benefit. Fans of hero films get a similar experience, but they do get something different since the subgenre is different. Giant monster movies continue the fantasy fix and does it in a different way
Robert Redford who is popularly known for his wonderful role in the movie –Captain America, has recently announced his plan to retire from acting soon. While it may first come as a rude shock to his ardent fans who still want to keep seeing his unique acting skills, it is not a bad idea for him to quit acting at 80.
He launched his acting career while he was just 20 and now he is 80. Giving 60 years of his life to Hollywood is a rare feat which only very few have achieved. No one can say 60 years of service is not enough.
Within this period, Robert Redford has achieved enviable success in acting, directing and even as a producer. One can simply say he seen and done it all. Nobody can contest the fact that he is a legend, an icon and a role model.
The good news is that while he is planning to quit acting soon, he will still be working in the industry from backend. He will still continue to work as a director. While some people feel that a combination of the right role and an irresistible pay could coerce Robert Redford out of retirement, others feel otherwise.
He belongs to a category of people who take their time to think things through before taking a decision and when they eventually do, it is finally. It stays that way. Some of his greatest movies apart from Captain America are Pete’s Dragon, The Winter Soldier, Truth and All is lost.
Before he eventually bows out completely he has a couple projects he has to deliver. He is working on “Souls at Night” with Jane Fonda. The second project he is working on is “Old man with a gun”. This project is with Casey Affleck and Sissy Spacek.
Robert Redford’s success did not end in his professional career alone, he is also successful as a family man as he has children and grandchildren. Living to clock 80 is also a rare feat in America these days. So Mr. Robert Redford is quitting the stage as a happy and fulfilled man. His fans can only wish him a happy retirement and all the best in all his future endeavors. His fans will be waiting patiently for his works as a director.
The entertaiment industry in the United States is one of the most profitable exports in the country. While music and other forms of entertaiment are popular, the movie industry continues to be the entertainment leader. While the top movies of the year tend to come out in the summer or around the holidays, a recent news article has pointed out that a few movies that are out right now or coming out soon will have a major impact at the box office and at yearend awards shows.
According to a recent news article (http://variety.com/2016/film/news/box-office-arrival-doctor-strange-trolls-almost-christmas-1201916123/) , the scifi thriller Arrival is likely to do very well at the box office and with reviewers. The movie, which stars Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner, among many other solid cast members, is the latest blockbuster attempt at an alien invasion. In this film Amy Adams’ character will play a linguist that will attempt to communicate with the aliens while the rest of the world begins to panic and prepare for a war. Experts believe that the film will earn around $20 million, which is low compared to other blockbusters, but will likley earn a cult following.
Another movie that will continue to do well at the box office is Dr. Strange. This film, which takes place in the Marvel Universe, is unlike many other superhero films. While the film will not get as much of a revenue stream as other films in the same universe, it has a very deep storyline that critics have been raving over.
The third film that is going to do well when awards come out is Hacksaw Ridge. This film, which was directed and produced by Mel Gibson, is an unusual war story. As opposed to following around soldiers that are in battle during the war, the story focuses on a medic that refuses to carry a weapon to fight the enemy. He ends the film as a major hero and is credited with saving dozens of soldiers on the battlefield.
Hollywood had to say goodbye to beloved actor Robert Vaughn. Vaughn was a well-known actor but most known for starring in the hit TV show The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Vaughn co-starred with David McCallum in the popular show which created multiple spin-offs. He later appeared in several films alongside Steve McQueen and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Bullitt. Vaughn also starred in the TV series The Lieutenant created by Gene Roddenberry. Vaughn had a brief stint in Broadway, performing in Twelve Angry Men, The Real Inspector Hound and The Pilgramage Play.
Robert Vaughn was born in New York to parents who were already in show business. Vaughn received a degree in theater from Los Angeles City College. His parents divorced and later decided to move in with his grandparents in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Throughout his life, Vaughn was politically active. He was a long-time member of the Democratic Party and was one of the first actors to publicly protest the Vietnam War. Vaughn had political ambitions of his own, but denied it during a 1973 conversation.
Family members announced he died from acute leukemia, which he had been receiving treatment for the last few years. Vaughn had roles in The Young Philadelphians, The Magnificent Seven and appeared in several television shows including: Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, Father Knows Best. Vaughn earned an Emmy for his performance in Washington: Behind Closed Doors. Vaughn also played the villain in Superman III. He was recently featured in Law & Order SVU and appeared in all but one episode of British television series Hustle. Vaughn also appeared on the final season of The A-Team, playing the character General Hunt Stockwell, a CIA operative whom the team worked for and do missions.
Typically, the last week of August tends to be the slowest time of the summer for movies. By this point, the majority of the viewers of the major blockbusters that come out around Fourth of July and Memorial Day have seen the film and ticket sales drop before the Labor Day films come out. While the last week of August is normally slow, recent reports (http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottmendelson/2016/08/28/weekend-box-office-suicide-squad-soars-past-600m-jason-bourne-nets-50m-in-china/#46caba995656) show that some of the momentum from earlier summer films continue.
One of the highest grossing films of 2016 has been Suicide Squad, which is a Marvel comics movie that has a strong cast including Margot Robie, Will Smith, and Jared Leto. The film has been a box office success for the past month and it recently passed $290 million in domestic sales and $600 million in international sales. The film is very likely going to pass $300 million in domestic ticket sales in the next few weeks, which will make it the 15th highest grossing comic book film of all time.
The $12.2 million that Suicide Squad made during the week ending August 26 was a big drop compared to the prior week, but still a strong showing for a film that has been out for more than 6 weeks. The film was the second highest grossing film in the United States. The honor of highest grossing film in the country last week was Don’t Breathe, which is a horror movie that has received a lot of attention from both horror film fans and critics. The film made over $28 million on its opening weekend, which is not huge, but allows the film to make a profit compared to its original budget. Furthermore, the strong ratings that it has received from fans is sure to make it a likely bet to continue to receive good ratings and ticket sales for the next few weeks.
The Fourth of July weekend movie theaters will likely be full of fans looking to see the film Sully. Sully is the story of the pilot that had to land a passenger jet into the Hudson River. It stars Tom Hanks, who is already rumored to be getting early support for an Oscar nomination.