On paper, Catwoman seemed like it could have been a big success. Not only was it one of Halle Berry’s first post-Oscar gigs, but she already had a proven track record of mastering the art of the comic book movie, thanks to the success of the X-Men franchise. But when it hit theaters in 2004, the response was anything but positive, as its Rotten Tomatoes score can attest. Despite a big budget, it failed to make much of an impression at the box office, too, pulling in less than $100 million worldwide.
It’s definitely true that the media tends to polarize not only the good and the bad but also everything in between. When it comes to Solo, there’s a lot to look at; so, let’s separate the conversation into box office and general perception. The first is box office. Was the media unfair to Solo by calling it a box office failure? Well, it’s certainly fair to call it a disappointment. The film was reportedly made for $300M according to Deadline. The film grossed a total of $392M and change worldwide. When you factor in marketing costs and percentage theaters keep, especially overseas, there’s no way the film made its money back theatrically (if the budget numbers are accurate). That being said, when you throw in home entertainment and life it’s getting out of streaming services and merchandise and what not, Solo was definitely not a disaster. It wasn’t what I’m sure Disney hoped, but sometimes that happens.
There have been times over the years in which Jon Favreau has expressed a willingness to come back for Elf 2. Will Ferrell has always been very direct about his unwillingness to return. I’m fine with never getting a sequel, but I do think it’s important to point out that the film, apart from just being awesome, is incredibly important to both of their careers. The comedy both cemented Will Ferrell as a leading man, as he was often a supporting player prior, and it showed studios Jon Favreau’s potential as a director. So, even if the experience apparently wasn’t the best at the time, I’d like to hope all involved think it was all worth it.
While she doesn’t actually call out the Jolie rumors in that part of the post, someone also commented, “If so, then why you and Brad hate Angelina? Practice what you preach, girl.” After that Nicole Poturalski responded that she’s ‘not hating anyone,” noting elsewhere that “haters are never happy.” Some of her Instagram fans defended her on the post, noting Brad Pitt’s divorce from Angelina Jolie really has nothing to do with her or her newfound relationship.
If you aren’t up on how the film came together, Joss Whedon stepped in to complete Justice League in time for its theatrical release, after Zack Snyder departed the project following a family tragedy. Extensive reshoots resulted in a vastly different movie, and Ray Fisher is now alleging abusive behavior also went unchecked throughout the process of completing the film. He recently took to social media again, this time claiming that DC boss Walter Hamada acknowledged poor behavior happening at the time.
Nintendo, on the other hand, released is Nintendo 64 console between 1996 (Japan) and 1997 (North America), which would later outsell the Saturn 33 million to 9 million by the end of each console’s life. Sega followed up the Saturn with a last-ditch effort, the Dreamcast in 1998, but by that point, the damage was done and the console failed to sell as well as its competitors and got out of the console business in 2002. Nintendo would go on to release the GameCube in 2001, the Wii in 2006, WiiU in 2012, and the Switch in 2017.
This is all just a small portion of what you can expect to see when Console Wars premieres September 23 on CBS All Access.
After Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday, September 18, tributes to her life and her impact poured in from around the globe. While many celebrities and public figures sent their condolences in the wake of the news, one with an especially personal connection to the Supreme Court Justice also weighed in. Felicity Jones, who portrayed Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a biopic, offered her unique insights into her legacy.
Josh Hutcherson started acting back in 2002, nabbing his first high-profile role when he was about twelve for The Polar Express with Tom Hanks. As the actor continued to gain recognition in early movies such as Kicking & Screaming, Little Manhattan, Zathura, RV and Bridge to Terabithia, a young Jennifer Lawrence took notice. They say it’s easier to picture yourself somewhere when you know someone doing it, and Hutcherson making his way into her local paper was enough to have her talking to her parents about it.
Dune – December 18th, 2020 (Post-Production)
Dune, Frank Herbert’s massive tome of a novel, hasn’t found the easiest filmmaking processes. There’s even a whole documentary about one famous filmmaker’s failed attempt to bring it to the silver screen. David Lynch succeeded — if to mixed results — with his 1984 film, but now Denis Villeneuve will make an admirable attempt to bring Herbert’s words to the screen.
With an all-star cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgard, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Jason Momoa, and Charlotte Rampling in addition to Zendaya, Dune is set to be another enormous blockbuster from the revered director, though it’s hard to know if we’ll actually get a chance to see it this year. While we got our first glimpse at footage courtesy of an intriguing new trailer, the movie’s release date, December 18th, is tentative in a fluid release calendar.
Disneyland has been closed since March. As I write this, we have hit six months since Disneyland Resort closed its doors as a result of the global pandemic, and while the Downtown Disney District is open once again to limited crowds, the theme parks and hotels have announced no plan for reopening. While it feels like a reopening announcement might be coming soon, it seems equally likely we could see the resort, as well as places like Universal Studios Hollywood, remaining closed for a few more months. The closure was the right decision at the time, and it likely still is the right decision now. Having said that, yeah, I think I’ll probably be making plans to visit Disneyland pretty soon after it reopens, whenever that happens.