Carrie Fisher Dies at the Age of 60

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October 21st, 1956 – December 27th, 2016

It is with great displeasure that I announce that the great Carrie Fisher has passed away at the age of 60. Best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise, Fisher was a beloved figure in pop culture as well as in geek culture for the past several decades. While Leia was likely her most well known role, Fisher was always active in the film world, even up until her death.

Four days ago the public learned that on a flight from London to Los Angeles Fisher suffered from cardiac arrest. While she was announced to be stable in condition just two days later, it seems that did not last for long. Earlier this morning a family spokesman announced the following on behalf of Fisher’s daughter:

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly.”

Carrie Fisher was born into the entertainment world. The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was destined for a world in the spotlight. Though Fisher was quite the bookworm in her early days, she never finished high school due to the demanding requirements of the stage.  She starred in the Broadway revival Irene alongside her mother and not long after she got the gig as Princess Leia in A New Hope.

Along with her immense fame from the Star Wars franchise there was also hardship. Fisher struggled with addiction in her youth as well as her parents divorce when she was a young child. These struggles were in time revealed in full in her many books and her memoir Wishful Drinking. In her later years, Fisher became a well known advocate for mental health awareness.

Carrie Fisher was an icon and a treasure. The fact that I and many other newfound Star Wars fans will never meet this wonderous woman is a point of great sorrow. I give my deepest condolences to the Fisher family and to all those who loved Carrie Fisher. She will be missed.

Sources: http://deadline.com/2016/12/actress-author-screenwriter-icon-carrie-fisher-dies-at-60-1201875521/

Box Office Battle 12/23- 12/25

I hope everyone had a happy holiday, I’m sure I did, but it’s time to get back to business. Movies don’t stop coming out just cause you’re on vacation! So let us see who won this weekend’s Box Office Battle!

1. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – $64,377,000

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Lucasfilm strikes gold for the second weekend in a row with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Dropping only 58.5% from week one to week two, it isn’t an exaggeration to say that Rogue One will be the first in a long line of non-Saga films to hit the big screen. While the only official spin-off on the Lucasfilm schedule right now is the young Han Solo movie starring Alden Ehrenreich as Han and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, there has been talk of a Boba Fett movie as well as one centering on Obi Wan Kenobi. While it’s unclear which characters will get their own time in the spotlight and which will stay where they have been for years, it is clear that the future is bright for the Star Wars universe no matter what happens to the Skywalkers.

2. Sing – $35,258,000

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Taking the silver this weekend is the newest Illumination picture, Sing. Behind successes such as Despicable Me and this Summer’s The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination seems to be rising in the animation ranks. While they aren’t on par with the likes of Disney or Pixar just yet, the company has consistently put out entertaining animated movies for the whole family. While it only made this much in the weekend, the movie has actually been out since Wednesday, making the current domestic total a nice $76 million. So in less than a week Sing has already made its money back, meaning the movie about an animal singing competition has nowhere to go but up. I mean it’s not in talks for the best animated picture at the Oscars, but it’s good for what it is.

3. Passengers – $15,055,oo0

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And now for the second biggest bomb of the weekend, Passengers. Oh, were mistakes made here. A space movie tried to go up against Star Wars. STAR WARS. EVEN STAR TREK WOULD BE MORE UNDERSTANDABLE (no offense to the Trekkies, but you know as well as I do that Star Trek Beyond didn’t make half what Rogue One did in it’s opening weekend), BUT NO IT’S STAR WARS. And if that wasn’t bad enough, there movie was anything but a critical darling. Even with beloved stars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt, this movie was doomed to fail from the very beginning. This movie had a budget of $110 million! This movie would be lucky to break even by the time its run is over. What a shame, because originally I really dug the trailers too.

4. Why Him? – $11,000,000

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Now for something a bit more positive, the R-rated comedy Why Him?. This movie is the first comedy Bryan Cranston’s done in quite some time, which makes my heart happy. While I haven’t yet seen this movie, I do remember fondly the all comedic Cranston you saw on Malcolm in the Middle. Never would I have imagined that Cranston would take a stroll through the drama genre with Breaking Bad and The Infiltrator, and yet now I am surprised he’s made his way back to comedy. Joined by James Franco, this seems to be a great comedy to see if you don’t want your heart broken by Rogue One.

 

5. Assassin’s Creed – $10,278,000

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And now for the biggest flop of the weekend, Assassin’s Creed. Video game fans will find this news the most disappointing, considering how many of them were banking on this to be the franchise to bring video games to the big screen. Just 6ish months ago we saw Warcraft try and fail, becoming a success only thanks to international audiences, so this was supposed to be the one. Alas a movie that cost $125 million to make only made $10 million this weekend. That’s not good, not at all. I haven’t seen it (not trying to waste my hard earned Christmas money), but I think what Rotten Tomatoes has to say about it really says it all:

Assassin’s Creed is arguably better made (and certainly better cast) than most video game adaptations; unfortunately, the CGI-fueled end result still is still a joylessly overplotted slog.

They called it a slog, man. It doesn’t get much worse than that. This leaves the hope of video game nerds up to the new Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander (who just so happens to be with Michael Fassbender, talk about a coincidence). Like Passengers, I did have hope for this movie. Unfortunately I was once again left disappointed. Bummer.

Honorable Mentions

Fences – $6,688,000

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Fences is the story of a black man dealing with race relations, raising a family in the 1950’s, and his own past. Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name, Fences is a welcome story in today’s film landscape. Starring heavy hitters such as Denzel Washington and Viola Davis (who also took part in the play’s 2010 Broadway revival), this movie is definitely gonna make #Oscarssowhite seem like a thing of the past. The powerful movie just opened wide this weekend, bumping the film up from #25 to #7. This is definitely something worth seeing, not only for African Americans but for anyone in the mood to a moving drama.

how much do you think Rogue One will drop next week? Should Bryan Cranston stick to comedy? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more Box Office Battles and other things in the world that is movie news.

Source: http://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/ 

A Christmas Apologize

I have been slacking. With finals most of last week and the Christmas holiday I have just been swamped. If you were wondering I (by the grace of God) somehow ended up with damn near all A’s for my semester grades. I got a B in Physics but believe me, it could have been much worse. Much worse. But anyway, come Monday I will be back to attempting to write consistently. Not to mention, there is another secret project I’m working on as well. With luck you’ll see it within the next week. Without it it might take all break. Only time will tell. In conclusion, Merry Christmas from the Sprom family to yours. And happy holidays to all you non-Christians. See you Monday!

Weekend Watchlist – December 17th Edition

I’m starting a thing. Maybe I’ll stick with it, maybe I won’t, I’m just trying to do new things. I’m calling it The Weekend Watchlist. It’s simply a compilation of movies to watch each weekend that fit some kind of theme or relate to something going on. Wish me luck!

With Rogue One hitting theaters this weekend, the one thing that everyone will be doing is marathoning the entire saga (yes even the prequels). So even though it’s long and the prequels aren’t what we wish they were, the first thing on our watch list is:

1. All the Star Wars Movies

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So that means all 1-7. If you haven’t already done this before Friday then it’s not like you’re spending your entire weekend seeing Rogue One over and over. So watch all the movies. It’ll only take like 17ish houts. You probably aren’t doing anything. Plus, Star Wars! What? You’re not an uber-nerd? Well there is something else you can do this weekend.

2. Watch Black Mirror

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Yes I know this is TV, but damn is it good. It’s basically new, British, long form Twilight Zone. It’s all on Netflix, like all of it. I’ve been watching the latest season these past few days and holy hell is it good. I mean the first one is a weird episode to be the first of the season but it’s all good.

So this one is pretty short, but that’s because I’m working on this at 11:46 and I wanna sleep eventually (sidenote: what the hell, my laptop clock keeps stopping so that may not be the actual time). So imagine this as a longer more expansive list and tell me what you think. I have checked another clock and now realize its tomorrow so I gotta stop this. Talk about what you thought about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more kind of half-assed original content and other things in the world that is movies.

 

What’s Out December 16th Edition

So another big weekend in movies is upon us! While you probably already know what that movie is, you might not know what else is coming out this weekend. So let’s take a look at what’s out!

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Gareth Edwards

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One of the biggest movies of the year is upon us! Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first movie in the Star Wars universe to not be directly connected to the Skywalker chronicles. Rogue One is set like right before the events of Episode IV, and it follows a group of rebels who try to steal the plans to the Death Star. This movie was a bit of a risky investment, being the first movie outside of the saga films, but with $30 million in Thursday night ticket sales I think it’s safe to say Rogue One will do just fine. The movie is currently tracking at $120-$150 million domestically opening weekend, but I’m inclined to believe that it might make even more. The tracking has been so off in recent cases it’s hard to take these numbers to heart, if I’m being honest. The movie stars Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Diego Luna, Mads Mikkelson, Ben Mendelsohn, and Forest Whitaker, and this movie is said to be amazing. I’m not gonna see it ’till the whole family is together for Christmas, but as soon as that day comes I will be writing a review that will give you the big scoop on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Collateral Beauty – David Frankel

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Now for some movies that are definitely not Rogue One. The first movie is Collateral Beauty. Led by Will Smith, Collateral Beauty is the story of Howard, an ad executive (Smith) who tragically loses his daughter. Feeling lost after her death, Howard searches for answers from the universe by writing letters to Death, Time, and Love. Well one day they start talking back. In a beautiful story of loss and acceptance, Collateral Beauty shows the beauty in every element of life, even the bad stuff. Or at least, that’s what I got from the trailers. Besides Smith, the movie also stars Edward Norton (the rejected Hulk), Keira Knightley (that one British lady), Helen Mirren (the old lady with the high cheekbones), Kate Winslet (I think she’s the Titanic girl), and Jacob Latimore (I feel like he was on like So Random at one point). And yes Kate Winslet is the Titanic girl if my unsure made you unsure. Anyway s gonna do considering the weekend, but then again you go to Collateral Beauty for a very different reason than why you go to Rogue One. And from what I’m hearing, you come for the story, but you stay for the Will Smith. A movie guy I dig very much just recently said this is Will Smith’s best performance since Pursuit of Happyness. So keep that in mind the next time you’re at the theater.

Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

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And speaking of emotionally destructive movies, the new Casey Affleck movie Manchester by the Sea is being released nationwide this week. In this movie an uncle (Casey Affleck) takes custody of his nephew after the death of the boy’s father. Now just from that you know this movie is gonna to break you emotionally. After seeing this you may never wanna see this or any Casey Affleck movie ever again. This movie is definitely in the running for Best Picture this year, as well as Casey Affleck for Best Actor. However this is a stacked year so who know what’ll happen. Maybe I should review every movie nominated for the main Oscars once the nominees are out. That’d be cool. Anyway, as you can see there is more than just Rogue One out this weekend. So if you’re only seeing it twice this weekend, maybe go out to see something a little less fantastical.

La La Land – Damien Chazelle

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Just an fyi, La La Land is now spreading to over 200 theaters across the country so look for one near you. While the movie doesn’t go nationwide officially until Christmas, I just love the thought of its movie so much I can’t stop talking about it. I haven’t even seen it yet and I just know that it’s something special.

So what are you seeing this weekend? Is Star Wars overrated? Is Will Smith overrated? Are movie musicals underrated? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on What’s Out and other things in the world that is movie news.

DCEU’s All-Female Villains Movie to be Called ‘Gotham City Sirens’; David Ayer to Direct

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While Suicide Squad wasn’t exactly a critical darling it did have its moments, and if you ask around about what people’s favorite part of many people will say is the characters. Well, more specifically Harley Quinn. This being the first live action film adaptation of the character, Margot Robbie pretty much knocked it out of the park. When that movie ended most people were thinking “What’s next for Harley?” and the studio picked up on that. So not long after the movie came out it was revealed that a Harley Quinn spinoff was in the works. As time went on we got more details about the project, one being that it could star several famous female villains for a Birds of Prey type of movie. Well we have some more official news that confirms this and a bit more.

The Harley Quinn spin-off has officially evolved into a movie of female villainesses 635267fd1f83ae1c99ad9da6bb3cfe86called Gotham City Sirens. David Ayer will be returning to direct this spin-off, which can be taken as good or bad depending on your feelings about Suicide Squad. For those who thought Suicide Squad was a glorified music video may be dismayed by this news. However for those who either did not think that or loved the movie for what is was should be pretty okay with this news. And the title is a pretty cool one, so that’s one more plus. It’s likely derived from the DC comics series Sirens, which stars the famous villainesses Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. It is unclear is these are the villains they will be focusing on, only Harley is a sure bet. There is no word on the movie’s plot or if any heroes will be appearing in the villain-centric picture.

For those whdeadshot_empire_cover_png_by_messypandas-d9fdc79o are more interested in the other members of the Squad, don’t fear. Suicide Squad 2 is still in development, along with a Deadshot spin-off. GCS is just the furthest along, which isn’t a surprise considering how much everyone loved Harley. This does seem like an interesting idea, however for the whole of the DCEU I don’t know where this is gonna fit in. I wouldn’t seem to follow the storyline set in place so far. This sounds like a
nice one-shot, but just doesn’t work in the DCEU right now. What they need to do is keep focused on the main storyline they have right now. I doubt Gotham CIty Sirens connects to Justice League Part 2 in some big and influential way. But who knows? Maybe they got it all worked out. Maybe…

So do you think they’re finally on the right track? Should the DCEU just focus on the path they’re on rather than deviating? Is Harley Quinn overrated? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Gotham City Sirens and other things in the world that is movie news.

Gotham City Sirens doesn’t have a set date yet, but we’ll be on the lookout for it.

Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/gotham-city-sirens-movie-david-ayer-margot-robbie-reteam-all-female-dc-villains-project-

Patrick Wilson Cast in ‘Aquaman’

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Aquaman was always the lesser of the Justice League memories. we called him names, teased him, and sometimes even blatantly ignored him. He just wasn’t cool like Batman or fierce like Wonder Woman. he didn’t even have the boyish charm of Superman (or I guess that’s more Clark Kent). He was just the fish guy. Well that’s all changed thanks to Jason Momoa and the DCEU. You can’t disrespect a guy when he’s frickin’ Khal Drogo. And that along with James Wan directing has really turned around one’s idea of what an Aquaman movie could be. So now we actually pay attention to the Aquaman news because this movie is looking to be a contender, and this new piece of information only further proves that fact.

Patrick Wilson has been cast as ORM in Aquaman’s first solo film. Orm, also known as Ocean Master, is Aquaman’s villanous half-brother. Would it be rude to say that he isn’t but you are no Drogo my friend. Now I don’t know to much about Aquaman mythology (who does really?) so I’m googling and I see to different storylines. While DCEU movies do cherry pick some things from the comics, more recently they’ve been dipping into the more recent comics for inspiration. This isn’t too much of a surprise considering Geoff Johns is essentially the head of the DCEU, almost comparable to that of Kevin Feige for 3020277-2772976-ocean_masterMarvel but less successful. Johns worked on the New 52 series of comics which retconned the already recently reboot DC comic book universe. It’s in this new world that Aquaman is such a badass apparently, so let’s look at who the new Ocean Master is.

According to the Atlantean advisor Vulko, the queen of Atlantis, Atlanna, left her first child, Arthur Curry, to live with his father on the surface world, thus protecting him from the effects of Atlantean tyranny. Atlanna is later forced to marry a member of the Atlantean Guard and gives birth to her second child, Orm. Twelve years later, Orm’s father is killed and Atlanna dies under unknown circumstances, making Orm the new king. Vulko accuses Orm of killing Atlanna, but fails to produce evidence and flees. When Vulko is later confronted by Arthur (who is searching for Atlantis), he explains his brother’s origins and tells him that Arthur is the rightful heir of Atlantis’s throne, and therefore, must overthrow Orm.[3]

At least that’s what Wikipedia says, but why wouldn’t you trust it? This isn’t a school paper. Just trust the internet. Anyway so that’s ORM in the New 52. Just for reference, in the original story Orm is the human half brother of AQ who was always jealous of his superhero brother, which leads him to a life of water-related crimes. I can’t really see Patrick Wilson being younger than Jason Momoa, but that will probably be tweaked for the movies. But overall I really am not feeling Patrick Wilson in this role. I mean I like The Conjuring as much as the next guy, but that doesn’t mean I want him playing the villain in a DCEU movie. But who knows? maybe this guy’ll be perfect, better than Black Manta even. Only time will tell, but what I do know is the DCEU needs to impress, and if it has only semi-impressed by this point Aquaman will hopefully cinch it.

So what do you think? Is Patty Wilson the guy the DCEU needs? Which Orm storyline do you want to see in the movies? Is Aquaman still lame? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow for more news on Aquaman and everything else in the world that is movies.

Aquaman comes to theaters October 5th, 2018, but you’ll get to see him before that in Justice League on November 17th, 2017.

Sources: http://deadline.com/2016/12/patrick-wilson-aquaman-orm-ocean-master-dc-villain-jason-momoa-1201869055/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ocean_Master