the meg box office tracking

We’re going to need a bigger box office estimate. Jon Turteltaub‘s big-budget sci-fi horror movie that can essentially be boiled down to “Jason Statham versus a giant shark” has some giant problems of its own: lukewarm box office tracking numbers.

The Meg is tracking to open to roughly $20 million domestically — which barely takes a bite out of the film’s $130 million mega-budget.

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the innocents trailer

The wait for Stranger Things season 3 has been extended another year, but we can do more than just twiddle our thumbs while waiting for Netflix’s flagship supernatural series. Because an intriguing new British shape-shifter series coming later this month may just fill all our Stranger needs. But with a dash of teen romance thrown in. And Guy Pearce!

The Innocents is a British supernatural series that follows a teen runaway named June (Sorcha Groundsell) who discovers that she has a genetic ability to shape-shift. Terrified and confused, she and her fellow runaway Harry (Percelle Ascott) try to make sense of this strange new power and fend off the shifty figures — all while figuring out their blossoming feelings for each other. But the first The Innocents trailer suggests that this is less a Twilight knock-off than a thematic cousin to Netflix’s own horror-tinged Stranger Things.

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Star Wars Close Encounters of the Third Kind

(Welcome to The Movies That Made Star Wars, a series where we explore the films that inspired, or help us better understand, George Lucas’s iconic universe. In this edition: Close Encounters of the Third Kind.)

If you were standing at a bookie’s office in January of 1977 and were going to put money on which was going to be the bigger film, Star Wars or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where would you put your money? If you’re George Lucas, you put your money on Close Encounters. Steven Spielberg definitely seems like the sure bet. His films have a better, longer track record and Lucas was coming up with his Junior effort that no one really believed in.

It was on the set of Close Encounters that George Lucas and Steven Spielberg made exactly this bet. Lucas was convinced Star Wars would bomb and Close Encounters would be the bigger hit at the box office and, as the story goes, Lucas wagered 2.5% of the box office receipts against 2.5% of Spielberg’s film. Close Encounters was huge, but Star Wars was astronomically bigger. If the bet was paid out, it’s estimated it could have cost Lucas upwards of $40 million.

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Star Wars TV show setting

We’ve known for a while now that Disney and Lucasfilm are planning to make a number of Star Wars TV series to debut on Disney’s upcoming streaming service. There’s Star Wars Resistance, an anime-style animated series that is set before The Force Awakens. But more intriguingly, Iron Man director Jon Favreau is writing and producing a live-action series, which will be set years after the events of Return of the Jedi.

A new report indicates that this will be one of the most expensive shows in history, and elsewhere, a rumor claims that the live-action Star Wars TV show is going to focus on the planet Mandalore, which has never appeared in live-action before.
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halo tv show

Showtime executives spoke to the Television Critics Association on Monday. One of the major shows in development at the premium cable network is an adaptation of the hit video game series Halo. Kyle Killen is writing the Halo series and Rupert Wyatt will direct.

President of Programming at Showtime Gary Levine spoke with reporters following the executive panel. Showtime CEO David Nevins added some thoughts during the executive session. Find out how big a role Master Chief will have in the series, what the story is based on, where it may shoot and whether it’s Showtime’s answer to Game of Thrones.

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The Predator TV Spot

A new TV spot for The Predator has surfaced, and the marketing campaign is starting to show off the comedy that will be showcased alongside the bloody sci-fi action, courtesy of director Shane Black. Check it out below. Read More »

Star Wars Episode 9 theory

After Star Wars: The Force Awakens took great pains to establish the mystery of Rey’s parentage, Rian Johnson came along with Star Wars: The Last Jedi and created one of the all-time best mic drop moments in the franchise’s history: Rey’s parents are nobodies. It was a reveal that clearly removed the film’s heroine from a famous family lineage, making it clear that heroes don’t need a specific last name to be one of the most important figures in a galaxy far, far away.

But this new Star Wars Episode 9 theory may have found a way for writer/director J.J. Abrams to reverse that reveal and make Rey’s parents two characters with whom audiences are already very familiar. In the words of Alec Guinness’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, “I fear something terrible has happened.” Read More »

maniac trailer

From the mind of True Detective season 1 director Cary Fukunaga comes a new mind-bending series starring former Superbad co-stars. Emma Stone and Jonah Hill reunite in a Netflix limited sci-fi series that is (literally) worlds away from the 2007 raunchy comedy that helped launch both Oscar darlings’ careers.

In the offiial Maniac trailer, the two play strangers who meet at a mysterious pharmaceutical trial and end up navigating a weird, wild multi-mindverse that runs the gamut of alternate realities, from Lord of the Rings-esque adventures to Jazz Age society soirees.

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Prime 1 Studio Jurassic Park T-Rex Statue

Jurassic Park is getting all sorts of commemorative treatment this year, especially when it comes to one of the most iconic scenes in the movie. There’s a 1/10 scale diorama statue of the suspenseful tyrannosaurus rex breakout coming from Iron Studios and Chronicle Collectibles, but Prime 1 Studio is also releasing an impressive take on the iconic scene with a 1/15 scale statue of the tyrannosaurus rex escaping her enclosure. Plus, if you get the exclusive version of the statue from Prime 1 Studio, it comes with the best possible prop to go along with it. Read More »

It is time to boldly go. Once more. With an old friend.

CBS has officially announced that Patrick Stewart will reprise his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in an upcoming Star Trek series coming to CBS All Access. Plot details remain unknown, but that doesn’t matter – this the kind of news that can fill our souls for weeks and months ahead. One of the greatest characters in science fiction history is coming back for one last journey through the cosmos. Engage.

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