For starters, to be considered an eligible creator, you need to have created Fortnite content within the past month. Their definition of creator is pretty broad so, if you’re behind something that’s dedicated to the super-popular battle royale game, you might want to try applying. Examples of creators include streamers, artists, cosplayers, musicians and even folks who run dedicated Fortnite communities. On top of that, you need at least 1,000 followers on a major social media platform like Twitch or Twitter, and you have to have a means to actually receive payment from Epic.
The appetite for superhero movies is very real among today’s average theater-goer, and one need not look for further proof beyond this weekend’s box office performance by Ruben Fleischer’s Venom. The blockbuster arrived in theaters on a big wave of bad buzz, but it was able to slice right through it for a record-breaking total. Check out the full Top 10 below and join me after for analysis.
|2.||A Star is Born*||$41,250,000||Total: $41,250,000||
|4.||Night School||$12,275,000||Total: $46,750,355||
|5.||The House With A Clock In Its Walls||$7,295,000||Total: $55,050,560||
|6.||A Simple Favor||$3,435,000||Total: $49,014,356||
|7.||The Nun||$2,610,000||Total: $113,367,310||
|8.||Hell Fest||$2,075,000||Total: $8,864,476||
|9.||Crazy Rich Asians||$2,060,000||Total: $169,134,942||
|10.||The Predator||$900,000||Total: $49,985,889||
October has never been a month known for blockbuster releases, but Venom has proven that the right content can definitely sell tickets. Previously it was Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity that held the opening weekend record for the 31 day stretch, making $55.8 million in its first three days back in 2013, but the new release from Sony has clearly shattered that ceiling. And when you add in the $125.2 million that it has already made overseas, the comic book feature has already made more than double its reported $100 million budget.
This, however, is definitely a film where there are some major questions about the length and strength of its upcoming box office run. There is clearly no denying that there were a lot of people out there excited to see Venom, but it’s common to see major second week drops in similar circumstances – which is to say with movies that aren’t carrying a crazy amount of positive critical buzz. A good recent example is Corin Hardy’s The Nun, which had the second best September opening of all time last month, but also dropped a stunning 66 percent in its second week. Those who were super excited to see Venom probably all saw it between Thursday and now, and as a result there’s a good likelihood that its performance from October 12-14 won’t be nearly as impressive.
Even beyond, Venom, though, this was also a fantastic weekend for Hollywood thanks to the release of Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. While it didn’t exactly have the biggest October opening of all time, it can actually proudly say that it had the 10th biggest October opening of all time. Unlike Venom, the musical drama has been riding high on positivity ever since it made its Toronto International Film Festival debut last month – with both Cooper and star Lady Gaga earning rave reviews – and people bought a lot of tickets to see their work. There’s been a lot of talk about this one being in the race for this year’s Best Picture award at the Academy Awards, so expect to hear a lot more about it in the coming weeks and months – including in this feature.
This week readers should also take note of the impressive continuing performance of Jon Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians, which has been hanging around on the chart since mid-August. Sure, it’s now fallen to ninth place, and this weekend’s new releases should bump it out of the Top 10, but a hat tip is deserved. It spent three of its eight weeks of release so far as box office king, and has grossed nearly $226 million globally on just a $30 million budget (after also having received a great response from both critics and audiences). It’s unquestionably one of 2018’s biggest success stories, which is saying a lot when you consider how big the year has been so far.
Next weekend’s crop of new titles offers up content for all audiences out there, with the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man, the kid-centric horror Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, and the star-studded thriller Bad Times At The El Royale all hitting theaters in wide release. They should do a nice job shaking things up, so be sure to come back next week to see the refreshed Top 10.
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Needless to say, this is going to be loaded with spoilers for Venom, so stop reading now if you do not want to know what happens in the film.
Movies evolve, particularly in the screenwriting process. Ideas are raised, and subsequently tossed out, as the creative minds try and decipher what’s best for a movie. Those who saw Venom this weekend (and it was a LOT of you) know that the movie opens in outer space, where a craft commissioned by the Life Foundation is returning to Earth, with some symbiotes in tow. There’s a lot of talk about Venom’s home world in the movie, so when we sat down with the Venom team, we asked them if there ever was a version of the movie where we saw Venom’s home planet of Klyntar, director Ruben Fleischer explained:
It’s definitely something that can be saved for subsequent stories, perhaps as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) explores the origin of this new alien that has possessed him. A lot of Venom deals with Eddie just reacting to the arrival of the symbiote. Perhaps, in Venom 2, Brock will want to know more about where Venom came from, particularly as he tries to figure out a way to defeat Carnage (Woody Harrelson). Because you KNOW that’s coming.
This much is hinted at by Venom producer Matt Tolmach, who also told CinemaBlend:
So, at one point, Team Venom thought about going to Klyntar, but it never came to be. Audiences didn’t seem to mind. Venom broke records as opened to a massive number, and we personally believe the opening number is big enough to warrant a sequel. Tom Hardy’s back, and Woody Harrelson will be with him. What about Michelle Williams? Or any new characters? Time will tell.
While wrapping up her first international tour as First Lady, Melania answered questions from reporters while sitting outside the pyramids in Giza, Egypt. Some wanted to know just what kind of influence she really has over her husband.
“Some people interpret some of the decisions you’ve made, such as coming to Africa and some of your tweets, as a way of sort of not necessarily undermining but talking at him a little bit, trying to influence him. Can you talk about that?” one reporter asked.
“Well, I don’t always agree [with] what he thinks, and I tell him that. I give him my honest opinion and honest advice,” she said adding that “sometimes he listens, sometimes he doesn’t.”
However, she also wanted to make it clear that she has her “own voice and my own opinions and it’s very important for me that I express what I feel.” In the end, she noted, he’s the President and does what he likes.
A reporter then asked if she ever asked her husband to “put down his phone.” She quickly replied “yes,” which elicited laughter from both the First Lady and the reporters on hand.
As well as explaining how her relationship with her husband works, Melania also let her feelings be known about the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
“What I will say, if we’re talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court,” she said. “I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard; I’m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard. The FBI investigation was done, it’s completed, and [the] Senate voted.”
When pressed on if she believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Melania remained evasive, but added, “I think all the victims—we need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had, but I am against any kind of abuse or violence.”
Her trip was also not without fashion controversies. While visiting the Sheldrick Wildlife Elephant Project in Kenya, the first lady topped her outfit with a white pith helmet. The helmet has long been associated with colonial rule, particularly in Africa, and are a symbol of oppression.
When asked about the fashion choice, Melania simply replied, “That’s very important what I do, what we’re doing with USAID and what I do with my initiatives, and I wish people would focus on what I do, not what I wear.”
The Walking Dead Season 9 was already going to be an emotional journey, given it comprises Andrew Lincoln’s final scenes as Rick Grimes. But it will also showcase what is potentially the final TV appearance of late actor Scott Wilson, who passed away this weekend at age 76. Thankfully, though, it has been confirmed that Wilson’s Walking Dead return was completed before he died.
The timing of events here couldn’t be more unfortunate, even with such a largely positive silver lining. This weekend, it was revealed by new Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang that Scott Wilson’s Hershel Greene would be making a surprise return to that universe for Season 9, presumably in a flashback or dream sequence. He’ll be joined by Star Trek: Discovery‘s Sonequa Martin Green as Sasha and the previously reported Jon Bernthal as Shane. (And possibly by Corey Hawkins as Heath, if that situation can be figured out.)
Scott Wilson’s death, which resulted in complications from leukemia, had many fans wondering if his Walking Dead return would be even more abbreviated than what would would already expect from a cameo taking place four seasons after the character’s death. But Hershel fanatics need not worry too much about sharing these final moments with Wilson’s live-action patriarch, for they’ll be seen in the episode in full, as confirmed by ComicBook.com.
It’s also been confirmed that Hershel will be appearing in the first half of The Walking Dead Season 9, which means Scott Wilson likely filmed his scene(s) quite a few months back when production was going heavy on those episodes. He was hopefully feeling healthier and in good spirits at the time, unaware that his time would run out before the episode ever got to air. One would also wish that the actor was pleased with his performance and happy to be back on the set among some of his former co-stars. (Though there aren’t very many left at this point.)
Season 9 will be going deeper into character development, as opposed to constant action and stress, which makes Hershel’ return more timely than if it had happened in the middle of the All Out War. One assumption is that his arrival is meant to give Rick some peace of mind, either about his own impending death or about his legacy as a father.
The other assumption is, of course, that Hershel will be there to provide mental support to his daughter Maggie during this time of her life, and before Lauren Cohan takes her own Walking Dead hiatus. Maggie managed to rise to the top as the leader with Hilltop, even if she’s not overwhelmingly happy about what had to happen to get her there. We all know that being a leader means wearing a giant target, so Maggie will face some of her biggest problems in Season 9. And nothing helps during a time of turmoil quite like the lovingly blunt advice that only a parent can provide. Even if that parent isn’t physically around anymore.
With many new characters joining the returning vets, get ready for the final Hershel Greene scene when The Walking Dead Season 9 hits AMC on Sunday, October 7, at 9:00 p.m. ET. To see what other new and returning shows are coming to TV soon, head to our fall TV premiere schedule.
Keira Knightley is taking society’s expectations for women’s bodies before, during, and immediately after pregnancy—and that includes some thoughts on the expectations set on Kate Middleton to appear for photographs hours after giving birth.
In a powerful essay that appears in the new collection Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), Knightley contributed a piece titled “The Weaker Sex,” which she dedicated to her daughter. In it, the actress recounts her daughter Edie’ birth story in intimate detail in an effort to combat the unrealistic expectations set on women to be perfect moments after bringing life into the world.
Refinery29 published excerpts from Knightley’s essay, which begins:
“My vagina split. You came out with your eyes open. Arms up in the air. Screaming. They put you on to me, covered in blood, vernix, yourhead misshapen from the birth canal. Pulsating, gasping, screaming.You latched on to my breast immediately, hungrily, I remember thepain. The mouth clenched tight around my nipple, light sucking on andsucking out. I remember the s—, the vomit, the blood, the stitches. Iremember my battleground. Your battleground and life pulsating.Surviving. And I am the weaker sex?”
Knightley then explained that Edie’s birth came just one day before Middleton gave birth to her second child, Princess Charlotte. The pictures and videos showing the Duchess smiling and holding Charlotte on the hospital steps came in stark contrast to what Knightley herself was experiencing after giving birth.
“We stand and watch the TV screen. She was out of hospital seven hours later with her face made up and high heels on. The face the world wants to see. Hide. Hide our pain, our bodies splitting, our breasts leaking, our hormones raging,” she wrote. “Look beautiful, look stylish, don’t show your battleground, Kate. Seven hours after your fight with life and death, seven hours after your body breaks open, and bloody, screaming life comes out. Don’t show. Don’t tell. Stand there with your girl and be shot by a pack of male photographers.”
If Kate felt well enough to stand out there for photos after giving birth (and, more importantly, wanted to), that’s absolutely fine. She’s done it three times now, and Diana did it too—making it something of a royal tradition. But it’s not the reality of what the hours after birth are like for many women, who took to social media after the birth of Prince Louis this year to share photos of themselves exhausted and worn out after labor—a stark contrast to what the cameras pointing at Middleton saw through their lenses.
Though the essay does mention Middleton by name, Knightley’s focus is squarely on the pressures put upon women (royals and non-royals alike)—pressures she says men rarely experience. And that includes on the job:
“I turn up on time, word perfect, with ideas and an opinion. I am up with you [her daughter] all night if you need me. Sometimes I cry I’m so tired. Up with you all night and work all day… My male colleagues can be late, can not know their lines. They can shout and scream and throw things. They can turn up drunk or not turn up at all. They don’t see their children. They’re working. They need to concentrate.”
Instead, she wrote women must “be pretty. Stand there… Be nice, be supportive, be pretty but not too pretty, be thin but not too thin, be sexy but not too sexy. Be successful but not too successful. Wear these clothes, look this way, buy this stuff.”
She closed by noting, “I work with men, and they worry that I don’t like them. It makes them mad, it makes them sad, it makes them shout and scream. I like them. But I don’t want to flirt and mother them… I don’t want to flirt with you because I don’t want to fuck you, and I don’t want to mother you because I am not your mother.”
The entire essay can be found in Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies), which is available now.
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When Gotham gets its mitts on heroes and villains originating from the comic books, the writers are guaranteed to twist the characters’ stories up to keep viewers on their toes. The same will hold true for the highly anticipated debut of the iconic baddie Bane, who was finally confirmed to be portrayed by ER vet Shane West. Bane’s story won’t be quite as familiar as comic fans are ready for, so let’s look at what’s changing.
When Shane West is first seen on the streets of Gotham City in the time-jumped aftermath of the No Man’s Land bombings — or seen in the sewers or seen blowing up an office building or whatever he’s up to — fans will be witnessing a villain whose origin story is not what we’re familiar with. Speaking to audiences at New York Comic Con, Gotham executive producer and showrunner John Stephens had this to say:
[West’s character] will appear befodre he became Bane. And we tied it to Jim’s backstory. Clearly it’s different than canon.
Anyone familiar with Bane knows about his particularly disturbing childhood, as laid out in the “Knightfall” arc. His father, Edmund “King Snake” Dorrance, had escaped prison, and it was agreed his young son would be forced to serve the rest of that sentence. He was later used as a test subject for the mysterious drug Venom, which both gave him superhuman strength and also threatened to destroy him. It seems that this will play out a little differently in Gotham‘s live-action universe, however.
If Bane’s existence and/or his rise to super-villainy can be tied back to Jim Gordon, then what’s the implication there? Was Jim responsible for a life-changing arrest? Did Jim have anything to do with the creation of any mysterious drugs that turn people into veiny-muscled monsters? Because this is Gotham, I probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Bane’s original last name was “Gordon” or “Wayne” or something.
Beyond his imprisoned early days, Bane is one of the most intimidating and memorable comic book villains for doing what must have seemed impossible to Gotham City’s underworld denizens: he broke Batman. More specifically, he broke Batman’s back across his knee in a magnificently devastating sequence.
For Gotham, though, it won’t be the costumed billionaire that will face such crippling injuries. Instead, it will be another of Bruce’s loved ones who gets attacked. Sean Pertwee, who portrayed the dutiful and highly skilled Alfred Pennyworth, admitted to the NYCC crowd that his beloved butler will be the one on the receiving end of Bane’s violent actions. In his words:
We have an altercation. I get my back broken.
Doesn’t need to be more complicated than that to make for quite the shocking and character-altering twist. Granted, it might have been morally sketchy to show Bane breaking the back of teenaged David Mazouz on television, even if the sequence was edited to remove the most visually disturbing bits. But we’ve seen Alfred jump into the shit before to keep Bruce safe, even when Bruce was being a Ra’s-influenced douchebag, so there’s no one better equipped, mentally or physically, to take on one of Batman’s harshest injuries from the source material.
Despite this new information we have to chew on, not to mention all the other wacky updates we’ve heard, Gotham still doesn’t have a premiere date set for Season 5, which will arrive on Fox at some point in early 2019, after Bruce’s new Batcave has been completed. To see what other new and returning shows will be debuting soon, head to our fall premiere schedule.
New York Comic Con is almost over, and the week was filled with reveals, trailers, cosplays, and celebrities promoting their upcoming movies. Jason Momoa was just one of many celebrities who were in town and he was busy promoting the upcoming Aquaman. The film already released a colorful extended trailer, but having the bombastic Momoa on hand is never a bad thing. With so many celebrities in close proximity of each other, there were a few fun meetups, one of which involved a disguised Mark Ruffalo palling around with Momoa. Check it out below.
It isn’t uncommon for a celebrity to want to walk around Comic-Con yet not get mobbed by hundreds of people. Usually, these actors walk around with some kind of mask in one of the only places where you can wear a costume to blend in. Mark Ruffalo did this while he was at New York Comic Con, putting on a Grunkle Stan mask (a character from a Disney cartoon called Gravity Falls). It was an effective disguise and Ruffalo decided to drop by to see Jason Momoa whilst wearing it.
The two of them posed for a picture before Momoa directed Ruffalo to take his mask off for the camera. Both of the actors shared the moment on social media (Instagram in Momoa’s case), and the two of them looked like they had a blast! The Hulk may want to fight everyone he meets, but Mark Ruffalo is down to hang out and share bro hugs. See the more extensive video with the reveal.
As for their superheroic alter egos, both Aquaman and Hulk will be showing up on the big screen pretty soon. Aquaman is right around the corner and the standalone film will follow Arthur Curry’s quest to find his place in two different worlds. James Wan is in the director’s chair while Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Nicole Kidman fill out the supporting cast.
Meanwhile, Mark Ruffalo might be gearing up for his final portrayal of the Hulk in the MCU. The Green Goliath is set to play a role in Avengers 4 next year, and the plot is still top secret. Though, it seems like Ruffalo is almost on a mission to spoil it, having apparently dropped spoilers on The Tonight Show of all places. Regardless, reshoots are wrapping up and the film is speeding toward its release date, with a trailer likely not far off the horizon at this point.
Warning: Very mild spoilers regarding Eddie Brock’s backstory are in the article.
After years of development, Sony has finally made a Venom movie, and despite mixed to negative reviews, it could end up being the highest-grossing October debut for a film. Being a superhero movie, there are a few of the customary easter eggs for comic book fans to spot. One possible reference has to do with why Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) is living in San Francisco and not New York City. It’s a reference to a more controversial storyline involving a character named Sin-Eater, but it really comes down to fans as to whether it is or not, according to the director, who told CinemaBlend in a recent interview:
In the film, Eddie is living in San Francisco because he’s one of those classic bad boy journalists who pokes the bear and publishes stuff that gets him into trouble. This is not a great attitude to have for a professional environment, and there’s a reason that Eddie Brock is living in San Francisco. He used to work for the Daily Globe in New York, but due to his tendency to push the wrong buttons, he was fired and blacklisted from every paper in the city. Thus, the move to San Francisco.
This is vaguely similar to what happens to Eddie Brock in the comics, and our own Sean O’Connell learned in an interview at the Venom press day that fans could interpret this as a reference to the Sin-Eater storyline from the comics. Director Ruben Fleischer name-dropped the storyline even said that it was up to fans to decide if they wanted it to be a direct reference or not.
The Sin-Eater is a psychopathic serial killer who sets out to murder people that he thinks have been “sinful.” This story is more popularly known as “The Death of Jean DeWolff,” which began with the death of Spider-Man supporting character and NYPD captain Jean DeWolff. Spider-Man and Daredevil teamed up to find and stop Sin-Eater, but it also resulted in the origin of Eddie Brock. Brock, a journalist, wrote an expose about a man who said he was Sin-Eater and then later turned out only to be a copycat. Brock was fired and his wife left him, making him hate Spider-Man and leaving himself ripe for the pickings by a certain symbiote. The story was well-regarded when it came out, but it’s pretty dark for a Spider-Man story and doesn’t play as well when reading in the light of modern times.
As Doctor Who’s Time Lord becomes female this fall, there’s been another debate about a long-standing character that has gotten some attention. Could James Bond ever become a female character? Longtime producer Barbara Broccoli doesn’t really think so. She said in a recent interview:
So, there you have it. If you’ve been a person who has been interested in the idea of James Bond becoming Jamie Bond or Jane Bond or whatever, for as longs as Barbara Broccoli is involved with the franchise, James Bond is likely to remain male. Although it’s worth pointing out that Broccoli says “probably” rather than a more definitive “never.”
We’re living in an era when lots of characters are changing races and genders. Characters on the big and small screen may be different than their book or comics counterparts and reboots have enabled different characters to take shape, as well. The aforementioned Doctor Who switcheroo has been a big example of this in recent months, but lots of projects have characters who have changed genders or races, including Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and tons of superhero projects, with The Flash recently casting Kiana Madeira as the traditionally-male Spin.
Regardless, there are no plans for Idris Elba to take over right now–and he’s even been open about that. While we’ll have to wait and see who eventually gets hired, Barbara Broccoli also spoke to The Guardian about how Bond has evolved over time. In fact, it has gotten away from the image of females only being desirous sexual objects the franchise was known for in its early days, noting,
For now, you can catch up with James Bond when Bond 25 finally hits theaters on February 14, 2020. Or take a look at what is hitting theaters much earlier with our full movies premiere schedule.