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Category Archives: Andy Burns

‘Black Panther’ Set to Strike First and Fierce at the Box Office

It’s a huge weekend for Marvel fans, movie fans, and those that have always dreamed of seeing representation on the big screen. The question isn’t whether or not Black Panther will top the box office; it’s how much money will it bring with it when it arrives there. Here’s our prediction:

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Black Panther comes from director Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, the king of Wakanda and the character introduced in Captain America: Civil War. The film co-stars Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. Reviews have been absolutely incredible for the film, and its pre-sales are larger than virtually any other Marvel movie. Anticipation for Black Panther is high, and there’s no question that it will deliver the goods. Look for a first place debut with $180 million over the three-day weekend.

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A Beginner’s Experience with the Nintendo Switch

My daughter and my mother recently teamed up to get me a pretty sweet birthday present – a Nintendo Switch. I’ve never really been a Nintendo guy, mind you. Back in the late 1980s, when your choice was either the SEGA Master System or the Nintendo Entertainment System, I went SEGA. At the time, I regretted the decision. A lot.

SEGA had few, if any, licensed games, so I thought I was missing out on familiar titles. Over the years, as consoles came and went, I did get a Nintendo 64, which featured the two greatest WWE games in history – Wrestlemania 2000 and No Mercy. I bought a Wii when I was in my 30s with the idea that it would replace the gym… but it didn’t. Meanwhile, I kept up with my Sony Playstation, which began with the first console in 1997 and that has been updated every iteration since.

However, the truth is The Princess wanted me to have a Nintendo Switch. She’s sweet that way. And I wanted her to be able to use one, as well. I’d rather she play games than get sucked into the YouTube void of Minecraft videos and Blind Bag Unboxings. So on my birthday, it was Nintendo Switch day.

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Debuts on Top of the Box Office

Love was in the air the weekend before Valentine’s Day, as the final instalment of the Fifty Shades trilogy arrived in theatres. Here’s what went down:

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Fifty Shades Freed topped the box office this weekend, bringing in an estimated $38 million. While that’s down from Fifty Shades Darker‘s $46 million, it’s not a terrible number at all, especially in the face of atrocious reviews. The film will likely sink quickly,  though, so let us never speak of it again.

As for the rest of the top five, Peter Rabbit had an excellent second place debut, bringing in an estimated $25 million and scoring with families. The 15:17 To Paris landed in third place with a fairly unimpressive $12.6 million. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle fell to fourth place with $9.8 million, while The Great Showman closed things out in fifth place with $6.4 million.

So, to recap, here were our predictions:

1) Fifty Shades Freed – $40 million
2) Peter Rabbit – $25 million
3) The 15:17 To Paris – $15 million
4) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $9 million
5) The Great Showman – $5.5 million

And here’s how the weekend is estimated to turn out:

1) Fifty Shades Freed – $38 million
2) Peter Rabbit – $25 million
3) The 15:17 To Paris – $12.6 million
4) Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – $9.8 million
5) The Great Showman – $6.4 million

Next weekend sees the release of the guaranteed number one, Black Panther. Be sure to check back on Friday to see our predictions!

Exclusive: Director Gary J. Tunnicliffe discusses ‘Hellraiser: Judgement’

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The Hellraiser franchise has had a rough go the last…well, really, since the second instalment back in 1988, I’d say. Following upon the commercially succesful introductions to the series, we’ve seen poor stories, Alan Smithee-directed movies, straight to VOD and DVD movies, and one film made for all intents and purposes strictly to keep the franchise in the hands of a studio. And yet, with all these stumbles, there’s always interest when a new Hellraiser movie is on the way. Credit that to the mind of Clive Barker, who created us the pain-loving Cenobites and their leader, Pinhead.

One could make the argument that Hellraiser: Judgement, out this Tuesday is simply more of the same – a low-budget film with a no-name cast, with Doug Bradley not even involved as the iconic Pinhead. One could make the argument, especially knowing Tunnicliffe was stuck working with a minuscule budget, except the thing is, if you’re open-minded, Hellraiser: Judgement is really a solid achievement.

In this film, director/writer Gary J. Tunnicliffe gives us the story of two cops on the trail of a serial killer using the Bible as his guidebook, bringing the duo face to face with the Hell Priest along with some new, horrific characters, including The Assessor and The Auditor. While the main story is fairly di rigueur serial killer stuff, the way it’s meshed with the Hellraiser mythos both old and new worked extremely well for me. The acting is fine (not great) from all the leads, while Paul T. Taylor does an exceptional job stepping into the role of Pinhead. His interpretation honours Doug Bradley’s version without aping him. Director Tunnicliffe himself plays The Auditor, and he’s compellingly horrific in the role.

Visually, the film shines when dealing with the creatures of hell – if you want blood, you’ve got it, and then some. The sexiness of early Hellraiser films is on display here, melded to with the horror. I can see fans of American Horror Story enjoying what’s on display.

Is Hellraiser: Judgement perfect? Hell, no. How could it be, with the limitations it faced? As I said, the acting is fine and watchable, but the work of the leads is less than compelling when compared to the monsters. There’s a moment where the lack of budget shines through for me, though overall I think Tunnicliffe does admirably well with what he had to work with.

A lot of fans and critics have been slamming the film, which led me to reach out and let Gary know how much I genuinely enjoyed Hellraiser: Judgment. In our email exchange, he was kind enough to agree to an interview, which you can read below and which hopefully gives you insight into the minor miracle he was able to pull off bringing Hellraiser: Judgement to life.

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‘Fifty Shades Freed’ looking to whip the competition this weekend

If you’re looking for a movie to keep you tied up for a few hours this weekend, you’re in luck. But will the final installment in one of film’s most reviled franchises be able to make a killing? Here’s our prediction:

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Fifty Shades Freed is the third and final film in the Fifty Shades series, one that while making money, has been critically panned worldwide. That won’t necessarily matter this weekend, as this entry will likely be the film of choice for those looking for a bit of romance leading up to Valentine’s Day. Fifty Shades Freed will debut in the first spot at the box office, with $40 million, down slightly from last year’s Fifty Shades Darker‘s $46.6 million.

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‘V’ to Make the Move to the Big Screen

The Visitors Are Our Friends...Again: Andy B On The Return Of A Sci-Fi Classic

This press release went seriously under the radar yesterday, so I thought it would be worthwhile sharing for all the V fans out there. This has been a long time coming.

Desilu Studios to Bring “V The Movie” to the Big Screen

Los Angeles, February 6, 2018:

Desilu Studios, Inc announced today that it will bring the long-awaited
sci-fi feature film “V The Movie”, a big-budget treatment of the highly
successful, critically-acclaimed 80’s miniseries to movie screens worldwide.

The film will be written and directed by the original’s creator, Kenneth
Johnson and produced by John Hermansen, Barry Opper and Johnson.

“We are delighted to team up with Desilu to bring the timeless — and
timely — story of resistance against tyranny into the 21st Century,”
Johnson said. “V will be the first of a cinematic trilogy which will tell
the full epic tale in the manner I always envisioned.”

“Desilu was revolutionary in its time and as the saying goes, everything
old is new again” said maverick businessman Charles B. Hensley who
acquired the Desilu brand with a vision of reimagining Desilu into a global
entertainment and commercial empire. Hensley continued,”Coming
from the consumer products space, it makes sense for the company’s
trajectory and shareholders to focus on film and television properties with
high merchandising and licensing potential such as
V The Movie Franchise.”

“Identifying and driving valuable allied profit centers, maximizing
income potential for each property is our ideal content model,” added
Michael Mann, Exec VP Business Development.

The highly sought-after project was brought to Desilu by development
executive Sean Stone. “V is a multi-billion dollar film franchise and
merchandising juggernaut” said Desilu Exec VP Steven Posen, adding,
“we couldn’t be more excited and honored to bring this film to the millions
of devoted fans worldwide.”

“It’s no small irony that the new Desilu will be building on the sci-fi
tradition with ‘V’, considering Desilu was the original studio
responsible for ‘Star Trek!’” added Stone.

‘Jumanji’ returns to the top of the box office

It was a quiet weekend at the box office, as audiences are likely getting ready for the big game. Here’s what went down:

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle returned to the top spot, bringing in an estimated $11.1 million, and raising its total to an incredible $352 million. I’m sure nobody at Sony anticipated a long-dormant IP to do so well at the box office, but the power of a good family film and The Rock clearly made this happen.

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‘Winchester’ Looking to Scare Up a First-Place Debut

There’s one big new release hitting theaters this weekend, and it will be interesting to see if it can pull in an audience. Here’s our prediction:

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Winchester is a new horror film about a seemingly haunted house in San Jose, California. The catch is it belongs to Sarah Winchester, the widow of gun manufacturer Sam Winchester. Helen Mirren stars as Sarah, and could conceivably bring in an adult audience that doesn’t usually hit horror films. On the flip side, teens will likely skip out on this one because of its lack of big names (unless the get confused and think this is a Supernatural spinoff), along with the Super Bowl taking place. Look for a first place debut for Winchester with a soft $11.5 million.

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Trailer Time: Ant-Man and The Wasp

This summer sees a tiny team-up between two of the biggest little stars in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, when Ant-Man and The Wasp hits theaters on July 6th, 2018. The first trailer dropped today and, while it does give you much in terms of story, you do get some solid action sequences.

‘Take a look and let us know what you think.

‘The Maze Runner: The Death Cure’ debuts on top of the box office

As predicted, the one big release this weekend managed to top the box office. Here’s what went down:

The Maze Runner: The Death Cure managed to debut in first place with $23.5 million. While off from the roughly $30 million that 2015’s The Scorch Trials arrived with, this is still a better performance than expected, especially considering the film was held back for over a year because of star Dylan O’Brian’s on-set injury.

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