No Time to Die Kills at the Box Office
Last week, No Time to Die finally arrived in US cinemas, landing in first place at the weekend box office by earning $55,2 million. While several other movies in 2021 had more impressive openings, James Bond’s 25th cinematic adventure already grossed around $259 million worldwide, bringing its total box office cum over $314 million. This amount will only continue to grow as No Time to Die is set to open in China in late October. This is a fitting farewell for Daniel Craig who portrays Agent 007 for a final time. The rest of the cast includes the return of Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, Ben Whishaw as Q, and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter. Newcomers include Lashana Lynch as Nom and Rami Malek as the terrorist Lyutsifer Safin.
In second place at the last weekend’s box office is Venom: Let There Be Carnage. This superhero film earned $31,7 million in its second weekend in cinemas, raising its domestic gross to $141,4 million, with an additional $43,9 million overseas. CGI-animated adventure The Addams Family 2 is in third place, with a bit over $10 million. Its current domestic gross stands at $31,2 million. While Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings is gradually slipping from the first place, it however manages to hold its own among more recent titles. The latest Marvel superhero film earned $4,3 million last weekend, raising its domestic gross to $212,5 million, with another $189,5 million worldwide. And finally, in fifth place is the gangster drama Many Saints of Newark with $1,4 million. This is a prequel to the HBO series The Sopranos. Tony Soprano is played here by Michael Gandolfini – a son of the late, great James Gandolfini who depicted the character in the original series.
All of this data comes from the Box Office Mojo.
William Shatner Goes to Space
This week, William Shatner – the star of in T. J. Hooker, Boston Legal, and, oh yeah, little sci-fi show you may have heard of called Star Trek – has successfully traveled to the edge of space and back. After the rocket landed, Shatner remarked: “Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see. That was unbelievable.” Shatner is now officially the oldest person in the world to travel to space.
As SlashFilm reports, 90-year old Shatner boarded Blue Origin rocket that took him to the edge of the atmosphere alongside Chris Boshuizen, Audrey Powers, and Glen de Vries. The rocket blasted off at 10:50 A.M. EST from a West Texas launch site and reached a height of over 62 miles. This is the line commonly referred to as the Von Kármán line. Named after engineer and physicist Theodore von Kármán, it defines the altitude limit where the atmosphere ends and outer space starts.
Born in 1930 in Canada, William Shatner is best-known for playing Captain James T. Kirk in the sci-fi series Star Trek in the mid-1960s. Shatner later reprised his performance in the first seven Star Trek movies released between 1979 and 1994. In the mid-1980s, he played the lead character in the cop drama T. J. Hooker. Throughout the 1990s, Shatner hosted the reality-based television series Rescue 911. Then, in the early 2000s, he played the maverick attorney Denny Crane in the legal drama The Practice and in its spinoff series Boston Legal, for which he won two Emmy Awards.
AMC Working on Yet Another Walking Dead Series
The problem with the undead is that they keep shambling back to life – just like AMC’s The Walking Dead. BloodyDisgusting reports the network is developing yet another spinoff of the popular zombie horror TV series, which has been on the air for what seems like an eternity. According to the article, AMC wants to create an anthology series titled Tales of the Walking Dead. Channing Powell, who previously worked as a producer on The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, will be its showrunner.
Channing said: “I started as a fan of The Walking Dead and have ended up as a showrunner of what will hopefully be one of its most unique spin-offs. That’s nuts and I’m so grateful to AMC and Scott” (that’s Scott M. Gimple, another veteran of the show) “for supporting me and my writers while we pushed, pulled and poked at the boundaries of this universe to bring you something new and unexpected, while hopefully still tending to what core audiences loved so much about the flagship show.”
This will be the fourth official Walking Dead series. The original show first aired in 2010. Five years later came Fear the Walking Dead – a prequel set in the early days of the zombie apocalypse. In 2020 The Walking Dead: World Beyond premiered on AMC. That show was set a decade after the end of civilization. In addition, AMC is currently working on as-yet-untitled series focusing on characters Daryl and Carol, played by Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.
Tales of the Walking Dead will premiere sometime next year.