Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, Academy Awards and Mark Millar’s Reborn

    Glass Fills Up at the Box Office

    In its opening weekend, M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass earned $46,5 million, securing the first place at the box office, reports the Box Office Mojo. Shyamalan’s mid-budget superhero drama was met with mixed reviews – hardly unusual for the filmmaker who produced both The Sixth Sense (1999) and The Happening (2008). Alongside Unbreakable and Split, Glass forms a loose trilogy with actors like Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy and Bruce Willis reprising their performances from these prior films.

    In the second place of the weekend’s box office is the crowd-pleasing comedy-drama The Upside. This American remake of the 2011 French film The Intouchables grossed $18,4 million in its second weekend. The third place belongs to Aquaman with $12,7 million. In its fifth week in cinemas, this superhero blockbuster is still going strong. By earning over $1 billion worldwide, Aquaman proved that a superhero who can talk to the fish is no laughing matter. In the fourth place is Dragon Ball Super: Broly with $11,9 million, an animated film that proves people still care about Dragon Ball Z. Good for them, I guess. Finally, in the fifth place of the weekend’s box office is the amazing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with $10,1 million.

    Academy Announces Its 2019 Awards Nominees

    This week, actors Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish) announced the official list of nominees for the 91st annual Academy Awards. Leading this year’s nominees with ten nominations each are Roma and The Favourite. Roma is a black-and-white drama written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Gravity) that caused an uproar among its American distributors after the movie was successfully snatched for release by Netflix. The Favourite is a satirical period drama by Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster) featuring stellar performances by Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Emma Stone (La La Land) and Rachel Weisz (Denial). Roma and The Favourite are closely followed by the musical drama A Star Is Born and a biographical comedy-drama Vice that received eight nominations apiece.

    Nominations for Best Picture include Black Panther (first superhero movie ever to be nominated in this category), BlackKklansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Favourite, Green Book, Roma, A Star Is Born and Vice. The list of nominees in the Best Director category include Alfonso Cuarón (Roma), Adam McKay (Vice), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favourite), Spike Lee (BlackKklansman) and Paweł Pawlikowski (Cold War).

    The full list of nominees can be seen here. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will take place on February 24, 2019.

    Sandra Bullock and Netflix Team Up for Mark Millar’s Reborn

    Academy Award-winner Sandra Bullock recently appeared in a surprisingly popular Netflix horror film Bird Box. Now, Deadline reports that Bullock will executive produce and possibly even star in a Netflix movie based on Mark Millar’s sci-fi fantasy comic book Reborn. Filmmaker Chris McKay (The Lego Batman Movie) will direct the movie with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon from Vertigo Entertainment (It, Death Note) serving as the movie’s producers.

    First published in 2016, Reborn is a sci-fi fantasy comic book written by Millar (Kick-Ass, Kingsman) with art by Greg Capullo (Dark Nights: Metal). It recounts an epic story of an eighty-year-old Bonnie Black, who dies in our world only to wake up young again in a fantasy realm called Adystria. Once there, she discovers all of her loved ones except for her husband. Bonnie embarks on a heroic quest across the war-torn landscape to find him. This is the first project to result from Netflix’s 2017 acquisition of Millarworld – a publishing house founded by Mark Millar back in 2004. Both Millar and Capullo will serve as executive producers of this movie adaptation of their comic book.

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