With a new year, we have new stories to cover! Read on to find out what are some of the largest stories of the week.
Monday 1st January: Denis Villeneuve on turning down directing 'Bond: 25'
Since Daniel Craig confirmed he would return one final time to do the 25th instalment of James Bond, we've all been eagerly awaiting details upon it. Something we haven't had yet is the director and it seems it wont be Denis Villeneuve ('Arrival' & 'Blade Runner 2049').
When speaking to ScreenCrush, Villeneuve said that it's his commitment to his take on 'Dune' that has led to his decision to decline the Bond film.
“I will love to do it, honestly. I’m a spoiled filmmaker right now. I think Daniel Craig is a fantastic actor and I would like to, but several months ago I came into do Dune and I engaged myself. I committed myself and I’m someone that doesn’t step back”.
Filming is set to begin on the currently untitled 'Bond 25' at the end of this year.
Tuesday 2nd January: Box Office: 'Jumanji' Overtakes 'The Last Jedi' for First Time on New Year's Day
'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' has surpassed 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' for the first time on a daily basis.
The former of the pair made $16.2 million at 3,765 North American locations on Monday, topping the famous space opera's 8th installment (Not including Rogue One) which received $14.5 million at 4,232 sites.
This is another huge blow for Disney's Star Wars amid recent outbreaks of hatred towards the film, it's tone and direction.
Wednesday 3rd January: A trio of trailers: Slender Man, Truth or Dare and Death Wish all get trailers released.
Blumhouses' Truth Or Dare:
Thursday 4th January: Walter Hamada becomes president of DC based film production
According to Variety, Walter Hamada, renound for his works on horror movies such as 'It' and 'The Conjuring', will bring some well needed order to the DC movie brand as it struggles to gain any sort of popularity after 'Batman VS Superman', 'Suicide Squad' and 'Justic League'.
Hamada previously served for a decade as a production executive at New Line, a division of Warner Bros. The executive is known to have a close relationship with upcoming DC movie 'Aquaman' director, James Wan- most famous for his works on the Saw franchise, and is credited with helping expand “The Conjuring” universe by making a well-received sequel to the movie, as well as spinoffs with the “Annabelle” series.
Friday 5th January: Star Wars: The Last Jedi struggles in China
Much like the previous two Star Wars movies, 'The Last Jedi', which debuted in China on Friday, is underperforming in its opening week.
The movie only earned $560,000 USD in midnight previews, which places it massively behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and its $2.5 million USD opening two years ago. The Force Awakens only managed to rank 13th for the year in that territory, with $124 million USD compared to its record breaking success in N.America. Rogue One represented a downward trend from The Force Awakens, as well, having come in as the 35th highest-grossing film last year in China, despite, its No. 1 success domestically (US) and abroad.
Saturday 6th January: In Memoriam: Jon Paul Steuer dies aged 33
Steuer, best known for his work on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and 'Grace Under Fire' died on Monday 1st January 2018, aged 33.
A statement released on his facebook page for his band 'P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S' read:
"It is with heavy hearts and saddened minds that we announce the passing of our dear friend and singer Jonny Jewels, AKA Jon Paul Steuer. The addition of Jonny to our dysfunctional band family was one of the best choices that we have ever made, and he brought a much needed sense of fun and lightheartedness to everything we did. He was only with us for a little more than a year, but we managed to cram a lifetime of great experiences into his tenure as our singer: dozens shows at home in Portland and across several states, an amazing European tour, and our best full-length release yet.
We've lost our singer, but far, far more than that we've lost a friend.
Rest in peace, Jonny...we love you.
Jon Paul Steuer March 27, 1984 - January 1, 2018"
Rest in peace Mr Steuer
Sunday 7th January: The Golden Globes 75 Roundup
The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on the 7th January 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will be hosted by Seth Myers.
The entire list of nominations can be found here: www.goldenglobes.com/winners-nominees/2018/all
Although the Golden Globes are usually a glitzy and spectacular occasion, with the industry in a serious mood, and many stars in black to protest sexual harassment, the Oscar’s light-hearted sibling will be more sombre than usual
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