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Whoa, Dragon Ball Super: Broly Just Had A Huge Opening Weekend

This weekend’s box office may have been topped by Glass, but that wasn’t the weekend’s real winner. The real win came from Dragon Ball Super: Broly, an anime film that shocked everybody by picking up third place in the box office tallies behind Glass and The Upside. What makes the feat even more impressive for the niche property is that the movie did so well, bringing in over $10 million, even though it opened in a fraction of the number of theaters as the competition.

This weekend was expected to be a big weekend for M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass and it certainly was that. However, the surprise came from not from the $40 million that Glass brought in, but from the $10 million take from Dragon Ball Super: Broly. Odds are, unless you’re a serious Dragon Ball fan, you didn’t even know such a movie was opening last week. Technically, the film opened Wednesday and in that time it’s actually brought in a total of over $20 million, earning about half of the total over the past weekend. The fact that a movie that most people would completely overlook did so well is impressive enough on its own. The fact that it did so well when it only showed a little over 1200 screens, when nearly every other movie in the top 10 was on twice as many or more, makes it all the more amazing.

As another point of comparison, Dragonball Evolution, the Hollywood live-action take on the material from 2009 only grossed a little over $9 million during its entire run, so the new anime film did better than that in a weekend. That movie was so bad the screenwriter has since apologized for it.

It would be easy to chock up the film’s success to the lack of competition, every other major release stayed away from this weekend and Glass was the only major new release, but that doesn’t seem fair. An animated Dragon Ball movie isn’t the sort of thing that moviegoers are going to go check out simply because there’s nothing else they want to see. It’s a movie people are going to make a point to check out, or not go at all. Either you understand what the title means or you don’t. The fact that the film was on fewer screens, and thus some of the audience likely had to go more out of their way to see it, only reinforces that.

Anime, in general, doesn’t do incredibly well at the North American box office. Dragon Ball Super: Broly‘s $21 million domestic already makes it the third highest grossing anime ever, behind a pair of Pokemon movies from the turn of the last century. We’ll have to wait and see if Dragon Ball keeps going with its success and becomes the top grossing anime or if this was just a single weekend anomaly.

The Lego Movie 2 Reveals Surprising Cameo

The LEGO Movie was a surprisingly fresh and fun movie that did a number of different things to keep the audience on their toes. Going into the sequel, we all fully expected The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part to try to outdo the first outing in that regard, but one surprise appearance that was revealed over the weekend I doubt anybody saw coming. The upcoming film includes a cameo from current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in LEGO form.

One of the more entertaining elements of the first LEGO Movie was the way so many different characters had a chance to interact. We saw everybody from DC comics characters to Michaelangelo the Ninja Turtle to Michaelangelo the actual Rennaissance painter make an appearance. The newest trailer for The LEGO Movie 2, which debuted during the Sunday football games, shows that the new movie will follow suit, but include even more surprising cameos.

However, while many of the LEGO Movie characters appeared briefly, simply to make a joke out of their own appearance, it sounds like that won’t exactly be the case for Ruth Bader Ginsberg. USA Today reveals that Ginsberg’s LEGO character will have a part to play in the plot of the film. It doesn’t sound like it’s anything too significant, she’s not the new LEGO Batman, which is unfortunate, but it’s more than simply showing up as we saw in the trailer.

While Ruth Bader Ginsberg apparently did not have to record any dialogue for the film, she did give her blessing to have her likeness used in the film. LEGO Movie 2 director Mike Michell says she said it would be “cool” to become a LEGO figure.

This will mark Ruth Bader Ginsberg‘s second theatrical appearance of sorts in just a few months. the new film On the Basis of Sex sees Felicity Jones play the future Justice during one of her early legal battles.

As to why Ruth Bader Ginsberg was specifically chosen to make an appearance, LEGO Movie producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller have said that when figuring out what people would appear in the film, they considered people who should be immortalized in LEGO who would also be fun at weddings.

And as it happens, her appearance in The LEGO Movie 2 means that Ruth Bader Ginsberg will now become an actual LEGO minifig. She’ll be one of the figures created as part of the film merchandising campaign, so if you want to put the Supreme Court Justice into your own LEGO world, that option will be available.

Just as the first LEGO Movie left us a bunch of surprises that we didn’t see until the film opened, I’d expect that there will be many more cameo moments like this that we’ll have to watch the movie to see. We’ll have that chance when The LEGO Movie 2 The Second Part hits theaters February 8.

Channing Tatum Rumored To Direct The Gambit Movie After Everyone Else Passes

The 20th Century Fox superhero properties are in limbo at the moment. Disney and Fox are heading toward a merger that will see the latter’s properties, from a creative and business standpoint, shift to the former. So blue-chip titles like The X-Men, Deadpool and The Fantastic Four await status on their ultimate fate. Smaller projects are even more deeply affected by this situation, with many wondering where and when they might happen. Channing Tatum’s long-gestating Gambit falls into that niche, though new word suggests that if and when the movie happens, Tatum may direct himself in the part.

Channing Tatum has been attached to a Gambit movie for as long as we can remember, though the director’s chair on the project has been a legitimate revolving door of candidates who have come and gone. However, buried in a Deadline story over the weekend is this nugget. As the trade reports Tatum leaving his reps at UTA and Management 360, Deadline notes that there is “buzz” that Tatum might want to helm the Gambit movie, even though it’s still being worked on.

Sure… why not? I mean, if everyone else is passing, then it’s time for Channing Tatum to simply do what no one else wants to do. He seems to have a vision for the infamous X-Men character. He has allowed the Gambit movie to stay afloat when many others tried to pull its plug. If he’s the right person for the job, then maybe it’s time for him to show it.

You could make the argument that Channing Tatum hasn’t directed anything yet. And that’s true. But there’s a laundry list of actors who have turned to directing after shadowing some incredible filmmakers. On the small scale, Jonah Hill made his directorial debut in 2018 with the semi-autobiographical Mid90s. And of course, Bradley Cooper blast into the stratosphere as a storyteller last year with A Star is Born.

Could Channing Tatum be the next Bradley Cooper? He has worked with some brilliant directors over the years, from Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh and Bennett Miller to Joel and Ethan Coen. So yeah, if he absorbed anything form them, he’d be able to apply it to Gambit. Also, so many non-blockbuster talents are getting their shots in the superhero realm, from David F. Sandberg (Shazam!) to Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Captain Marvel).

The bigger issue facing Gambit is that no one knows what will happen to these projects once Fox merges with Disney. Right now, Fox has Dark Phoenix and New Mutants on its release schedule for later this year. Beyond that, I could see X-Force and Deadpool 3 happening long before Gambit got off the ground. And the recent news on those projects was… not great.

Maybe Channing Tatum was just putting his name out there for Disney to hear, so that they’d know his interest level when they had a conversation about what to do with Gambit. But if I was Marvel Studios (not that they need my advice), I’d wait to reintroduce Gambit in an MCU proper X-Men movie somewhere down the line, instead of trying to force a solo Gambit movie now.

Deadpool Roasts Wolverine With Brutal Ten Year Challenge Post

The latest social media meme going around has seen people comparing the way they looked 10 years ago with the way they look today by viewing side-by-side profile pictures. While it’s been a fun way for many people to see how they’ve aged or otherwise changed, it’s also the perfect opportunity for Deadpool to continue to make fun of Wolverine, as the last 10 years have been especially hard on the popular mutant, as the official Deadpool Twitter account recently pointed out.

The version of the 10-year challenge here shows Wolverine in 2009’s X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, looking young and powerful with a helicopter exploding behind him, and the 2019 version of the character, which is still dead, after having perished in 2017’s Logan.

.It’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect from anything associated with the Deadpool movies. The two films spend as much time making Hugh Jackman jokes as literally anything else, and just because there’s no movie in theaters doesn’t mean we should expect that’s going to stop.

Most of those jokes have revolved around X-Men: Origins – Wolverine, the film in which Ryan Reynolds first played the part of Wade Wilson, to famously disastrous results. The fact that we’ve reached the 10-year anniversary of the film could mean we’re about to be in for an entire year of celebration from the marketing platforms for the Deadpool movie.

For the record, Hugh Jackman has yet to respond to the Twitter shot. Based on his own Twitter profile, Jackman is in Japan, so he’s probably been busy with other things.

Still, there’s a good chance we’ll get a response of some kind. Jackman has been a good sport regarding the constant teasing from Ryan Reynolds and the Deadpool films, so Jackman might just be waiting to put together the perfect response.

At some point, the X-Men will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and since Hugh Jackman has already decided to leave the claws behind, somebody else will be taking them up. Assuming that Deadpool movies continue into the Disney era, I’d fully expect Jackman will still be the brunt of the jokes. For so many Jackman will always be Wolverine. He’ll never be able to shed the role completely. Though it will be interesting to see how the next 10 years of Wolverine look, they’ll likely be very different.

Of course, if we’re going to nitpick, the fact is that X-Men: Origins is a prequel and Logan takes place in the future so we’re actually covering a lot more 10 years of Wolverine’s life here, but for the most part since Wolverine was just short of immortal, a ten year gap isn’t going to show much change worth celebrating.

M. Night Shyamalan Explains His Intentions With The Glass Ending

WARNING: The following is going to load up on spoilers for Glass. So if you didn’t make it over to the theaters this weekend to see it, bail out now.

M. Night Shyamalan concluded a trilogy over the weekend, one that he began back in 2000 with the somber and moody (but masterful) Unbreakable. The story continued in Split, with a surprise Bruce Willis cameo. And Glass brings Samuel L. Jackson’s manipulative Elijah into the story once again for a confrontation between David Dunn (Willis) and The Beast (James McAvoy). Usually, it take months or even years for a filmmaker to discuss their intentions with an audience. Not Shyamalan. He talked about his ending already, explaining:

I have to be honest. I’m not sure what M. Night Shyamalan is talking about here with EW. Opera? Implications? OK, I guess I understand that. By the end of Glass, Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson) has manipulated Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), who herself was working for a covert organization meant to stop Supers. He managed to release the footage of David and The Beast fighting, so the world will now know what Elijah has believed his whole life — that normal people are surrounded by gifted people blessed with unusual powers.

But who is the “Main” character in Glass that M. Night Shyamalan is discussing? I suppose it’s Elijah. The movie’s named after him, anyway. So if his ultimate journey is to expose the world to people like David and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy), then he fulfilled it through the actions of Ellie Staple. That’s what Night means, right?

I still, personally, found the ending of Glass to be wildly underwhelming. The introduction of the secret society raised far more questions than the movie had answers to, and the cliffhanger ending was unsatisfactory. Yes, Elijah managed to get the footage released — with the help from Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Joseph Dunn (Spencer Treat Clarke) and Mrs. Price (Charlayne Woodard). But what will it matter? Will the people believe? Or will they shrug it off? Elijah’s mission might be for naught.

No matter your take on Glass, it sounds like the movie will inspire conversation for weeks to come. People are ripping the movie, which has then spawned a new cult of defenders. The movie did very well at the box office, and could continue, with no real competition for weeks. Have you seen it yet? What did you think of Elijah’s master plan?

Beale Street Composer Nicholas Britell Shares The Secrets Behind The Film’s Oscar-Worthy Score

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Following his Oscar-winning turn with 2016’s breakout film Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins managed to deliver the perfect follow-up through the cinematic adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk. Starring KiKi Layne, Stephan James, and Regina King (who recently received a Golden Globe for best supporting actress), the motion picture has garnered praise for several obvious reasons: Beale Street’s beautiful usage of warm colors, chemistry between both Layne and James, and Brian Tyree Henry’s (Atlanta) heartbreaking scene in which his character, Daniel Carty, details his time behind bars. Serving as the glue between the powerful performances and directing was the breathtaking score from composer Nicholas Britell.

For his second time working with Jenkins — Britell handled Moonlight as well — the New York native composed an orchestral score that perfectly complemented the feel of 1970s Harlem alongside licensed music from jazz greats including Miles Davis and Nina Simone. It’s also another opportunity for Britell to stretch his otherworldly grasp of music history, whether he’s chopping and screwing his own compositions for Moonlight or blending his score with John Coltrane classics.

“I think over the years for me, I don’t acknowledge distinctions between genres,” Britell said, also citing legends as diverse as Mozart, The Beatles, Quincy Jones, and Dr. Dre. “I think powerful music is just powerful music.”

Speaking with MTV News, Britell discussed the early process of scoring Beale Street found him experimenting musically with Jenkins, emoting various feelings of love, and the responsibility in bringing Baldwin’s novel to life.

MTV News: Can you recall the initial game plan or conversations that initially took place when discussing your role in bringing the adaptation to life with Barry?

Nicholas Britell: We started really early before he’d shot the movie and started brainstorming some ideas. Barry always has these amazing first instincts for things. One of the exciting things in what we do together is that we know it’s a starting point and not the destination. We start with some feelings and ideas. We actually don’t know where we’re going to wind up.

So with If Beale Street Could Talk, he was feeling this sound of brass and horns. That was the first thing he said. What’s exciting for me is that I get to experiment with ideas. I get to try out trumpets, flugelhorns, French horns, and cornets just to see just to see what happens.

When I started putting the ideas of the music with the motion picture, we would find that the music was missing something. We weren’t exactly sure, but I think the initial brass idea felt almost too overt in a way and direct. We discovered that we were missing the feelings of strings. That opened a whole new door to us where taking the music I had been writing for brass, starting to play it with strings, and then mixing the two together.

It felt like this feeling of love. That was really what we wanted, ‘cause the movie deals with love and injustice. A lot of the focus is on the very different types of love. We named the tracks from the score based on different ancient Greek types of love. There’s the track “Agape,” which is a divine or pure type of unconditional love; “Eros,” which is an erotic type of love; or “Storge,” which is a love parents have for their children. We were really thinking about that idea of love and how that felt. Something that we do is an alchemy of how these abstract sound waves convey specific emotions.

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Nicholas Britell (left) and Barry Jenkins (right) at the 19th Annual AFI Awards.

MTV News: Speaking of attempting to convey specific emotions, what went into the process of blending your score with the licensed soundtrack?

Britell: Barry loves music and has a wonderful scope of the music that he likes placed into a movie. There were a couple of scenes in particular where that was really powerful for us in the way we mixed the source music in the world of the characters with the score. The best example is the sequence where Fonny is speaking to Daniel about his previous time in prison. When I first saw the scene, it was Miles Davis’s “Blue in Green” playing on their record player. One of the ways me and Barry work is that he’s so open to trying new things and experimenting. So I thought: What if in the middle of Fonny and Daniel’s conversation, we had the score come in to give the feeling of horror of the injustice that Daniel has experienced?

Whenever I come up with a crazy idea, Barry always replies, “Show me.” This is when I asked myself: What, exactly, is the sound of injustice? I took the cellos that are playing earlier in the film, when Tish and Fonny first make love, bended and distorted them before Barry suggested that we just break them. I literally took that sound and made it horrific. As Miles Davis is playing on the record player, you start to hear a rumbling and grinding sound. Both of us were like, oh my god! It felt so hellish and like everything that was beautiful in the world is being harmed or broken by systemic racism.

We were trying to make the music of love reflect what was happening to the characters in a way. Once we tried that out and started feeling powerful, it opened this whole other door for us for other sequences of injustice within a film. Every time there’s a moment of injustice in the score, those are elements of joy are broken into something else.

MTV News: With that said, how much was left on the cutting-room floor once you guys were satisfied with the score?

Britell: When Barry and I are working, you have to think about it like a mold of a sculpture, so it was a lot. There is a lot that gets left by the wayside. On the digital release of the album, we added bonus tracks, which are scored melodies that didn’t make the scored film. In particular, with the brass that served as the inspiration for the string incorporation, was “Harlem Aria.” That composition was the first track I played for Barry, and if you hear it, it’s basically chords and melodies that are in other pieces. It’s just that it isn’t in the film. There are pieces that me and Barry really liked, but it’s always about what is best for the movie and we never forget that.

MTV News: Considering the story takes place in 1970s Harlem, there were unlimited amounts of choices for the licensed music. Where did those decisions come from?

Britell: Our music supervisor is amazing and his name is Gabe Hilfer. Barry worked with Gabe pretty closely on it. I know earlier on that Barry was definitely feeling the Miles Davis “Blue in Green” and I know he wanted the John Coltrane “I Wish I Knew” composition from the Ballads album. As far as others, some of them I believe came over the course of making the film. One difference from Moonlight is that in the Moonlight script, Barry had pieces of music written into the script, like for the “Hello Stranger” track by Barbara Lewis, which plays during the diner scene. That was actually in the script. He was like, “This is going to happen.”

With If Beale Street Could Talk, he’s told me there wasn’t a particular piece of music that he was sure would make it in. For us, one of the exciting things like I mentioned before was making the score interact with the licensed music. It’s almost as if the screen of the film vanishes — the score is in our world with the audience and the music is in their world. They interact and play with each other. For me, it really does a job in bringing you more into the scene. I always love when that feeling takes place.

New Detective Pikachu Trailer Is Silent But Deadly

A new trailer for Detective Pikachu has reached the public, and it stinks. Not metaphorically, but in the somewhat literal sense — as Tim Goodman is on the receiving end of some nasty gas courtesy of his partner, Detective Pikachu. Get a whiff of this fresh footage, and spot a previously unseen Pokemon along the way.

It’s one thing to fart while you’re perched on the shoulder of another person, but the wafting of the hands into Tim’s face was beyond disrespectful! Also, who would’ve guessed that Pokemon enjoy coffee despite the gastric distress it may cause them? Detective Pikachu may not be a traditional Pokemon adventure, but it’s looking like it has the potential to answer a lot of questions Game Freak never thought to.

It’s goofy toilet humor, but it’s fair to say audiences are accustomed to those types of jokes coming from Ryan Reynolds as of late. It would be weird if Warner Bros. brought in the actor who made Deadpool a household name and didn’t want him to get a little weird with this bizarre character. If there’s anyone who can pull off a Pokemon discussing its bathroom habits, it’s him.

As mentioned earlier, another Pokemon made its debut in Detective Pikachu, and eagle-eyed viewers may have noticed Snubbull in a brief shot. The Pokemon did not look all that happy, but to be fair, that’s probably just his resting face. Ken Watanabe’s Detective Yoshida doesn’t seem to be a big fan, as he recoils in response to Snubbull’s exhale. Is this Pokemon a part of the police force, or perhaps another witness the duo brought in for questioning?

Pokemon fans aren’t too concerned about how Snubbull gets worked into the mix, but a few have voiced their concern on Twitter about the Pokemon’s size. Typically, Snubbull’s average height is about two feet tall, and judging from the looks of this scene, he may be far taller than that. With that said, Detective Yoshida may be sitting here, which would make Snubbull appear taller.

It’s also possible someone on the Detective Pikachu team got confused, and mixed Snubbull’s height up with the character’s evolved form Granbull. Granbull is about 4’7. which would look closer to Snubbull’s height than its traditional 2’0. Obviously, it’s not a huge deal to the general public, but for diehard Pokemon fans this is the type of detail that could have them grumbling while watching the movie in theaters.

Little inaccuracies or re-interpretations (provided that’s what’s happening) can also shake the faith of fans in the film. If Detective Pikachu screwed the pooch (pun intended) on Snubbull’s height, what other things might have been missed while creating this adventure? Obviously, folks won’t know for sure until they see it in theaters and meticulously dissect it on May 10. In the meantime, feel free to check out the things we’d like to see appear in the feature.

This Rotten Week: Predicting The Kid Who Would Be King And Serenity Reviews

We have two movies on tap this week, with a kid-centric return to Camelot, and a psychological thriller in which Matthew McConaughey gets to go into an intense brooding mode. Get ready for The Kid Who Would Be King and Serenity.

Just remember, I’m not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they’ll end up on the Tomatometer. Let’s take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

Judging a book by its cover, the premise of The Kid Who Would Be King is so silly that under normal circumstances there is little chance that I would anticipate a positive critical response. It’s a story about a modern day kid finding Excalibur and leading fight against the evil Morgana and all sorts of baddies and evil things. There are more ways for this to go wrong than right.

Then again, the trailer had some highlights, with a few laughs here and there, and then you see Joe Cornish’s name attached and all of a sudden we’ve got something cooking. Cornish helmed the immensely enjoyable Attack The Block (90%) while also helping to pen Ant-Man (82%) and The Adventures of Tintin (74%). It sure looks like he brought his skills to The Kid Who Would Be King, which has come out of the gate hot with critics. It’s sitting at 89% with 28 reviews posted, and many writers are using words like “charming,” “likable,” and “refreshing”. Thankfully early reviews will save my prediction because there’s no way I’d have gone this high without them.

If movies have taught us anything, it’s that when you want to get off the grid, the best thing to do is move to a remote-ish coastal town populated by a lot of other really good-looking people. I feel like I’ve seen some approximation of this scenario time and time again, and in Serenity we have Matthew McConaughey as a troubled soul whose ex-wife tracks down to kill her new husband.

The film trailer delivers some suspenseful moments, and the whole thing definitely has the feel of a flick that will keep you guessing. These can work out well with critics, though you do have to toe the line between creepy/intense and off-the-rails confusing. I suspect director Steven Knight mostly makes Serenity work, and it helps that the cast is superb – featuring Anne Hathaway, Djimon Hounsou, Diane Lane and Jason Clarke in the supporting cast. Still, there appears that there be enough confusing double-crossing that I wouldn’t be surprised if some critics are turned off.

There was only one movie on the docket last week, and I was on target with my prediction. Admittedly the critics gave me a head start on Glass (Predicted: 33% Actual: 35%), with the early reviews trending negative. Things didn’t improve much over the course of the week, and we are once again left wondering whether or not M. Night Shyamalan is actually a good filmmaker or not. After a run of stinkers, he bounced back with Split (76%) and The Visit (66%), but has now once again taken a dive off the critical cliff. It isn’t a good look for the guy who’s already so polarizing.

We’ll be back next time around with Miss Bala. It’s gonna be a Rotten Week!

Kim Kardashian Throws Chicago West an ‘Alice in Wonderful’-Themed Birthday

Kim Kardashian and husband Kanye West‘s third child, Chicago West, just turned 1 on January 15—and you can bet the proud parents weren’t going to let that pass without an extravagant celebration.

“Guys, it’s Chicago’s first birthday party. Can you guys guess what the theme is?” Kardashian asks in a clip posted to her Instagram Stories. She then took her fans on a tour of her house, which was completely transformed for the party.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star threw a very, well, Kardashian Alice in Wonderland-themed party, complete with a crafts table and too many desserts to count. There was a cake decorated with Lewis Carroll’s Cheshire cat, as well as doughnuts, cake pops, cookies, macaroons, and chocolate-covered pretzels.

Check out some of the Instagram Stories Kardashian posted below from the big day, including guest appearances from Mary, Queen of Hearts, and Alice herself.

Life-sized chess set? Check. Indoor maze? But of course.

There were some frankly delicious-looking snacks.

And, of course, Kardashian shared an adorable clip of the birthday girl and her brother Saint.

Party guests included Kourtney Kardashian and her kids, Mason, 9, Penelope, 6, and Reign, 4, as well as Khloé Kardashian and her 9-month-old daughter, True. (Kylie Jenner wasn’t in attendance since she’s enjoying a vacation getaway with her family.)

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, and their two kids, Luna and Miles were at the bash. Teigen also posted a bunch of Stories on her Instagram, plus a few actual Instagram posts, including this adorable mother-daughter shot. “Luna looking like she stole something. Happy birthday, Chicago!! Thank you for having us!!” she captioned the pic.

She also posted a few Stories from the party, which honestly give us a little FOMO:

Adorable? Over the top? We wouldn’t expect anything less from a milestone Kardashian bash.

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