Tom and Jerry Wins the Weekend Box Office
For the past 14 weeks, the CGI-animated film The Croods: A New Age dominated the weekend box office by the virtue of being one of the rare family-friendly adventure movies playing in US cinemas. Well, not anymore. Last weekend Warner Bros. released Tom and Jerry in cinemas. A hybrid between a live-action movie and a CGI-animated one easily took first place at the weekend box office, grossing $14,1 million, according to the Box Office Mojo. Directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), Tom and Jerry features the popular cat and mouse duo, as well as Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass), Michael Peña (Ant-Man), and Ken Jeong (Community). It remains to be seen has this film remotely the same staying power as The Croods.
As for Universal’s The Croods: A New Age, it is in second place at last weekend’s box office, with $1,2 million. The Croods is holding out remarkably well, considering not only the pandemic and the long time it’s been playing in cinemas, but also the fact the film is already available as VOD. Neo-noir crime thriller The Little Things, featuring Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), Rami Malek (No Time to Die), and Denzel Washington (Crimson Tide), is in third place with $930,000. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 is coming in fourth with $705,000. And finally, in fifth place is once again Liam Neeson’s action thriller The Marksman, with $701,000.
Winners of the 78th Golden Globe Awards
Covid-19 pandemic created a strange and challenging time for the entertainment industry. Coronavirus even affected the annual award ceremonies like Golden Globes, the Emmys, and the Oscars. This year’s Golden Globes ceremony, for example, took place on February 28, 2021, nearly two months later than normal, due to the effects of the pandemic. Many of the attendees participated through long-distance conference calls.
Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the 78th Golden Globe Awards set out to honor the best of the US television and film in the year 2020. Netflix’s historical drama series The Crown won most awards overall at the ceremony – four – including the Best Television Series – Drama. Comedy series Schitt’s Creek and the miniseries The Queen’s Gambit won two awards each, with Schitt’s Creek winning an award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, while The Queen’s Gambit won for the Best Miniseries or Television Film.
Then there were the movies. Social drama Nomadland, Pixar’s CGI-animated film Soul, and the farcical comedy Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won two awards each. Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland won Best Motion Picture – Drama while Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.
You can check out the full list of winners over at the AVClub.
Indira Varna Cast in Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Series
Obi-Wan Kenobi series has been in the works on and off, for at least several years now. But with COVID-19 health and safety regulations in place, its production is now continuing apace. The latest development regarding this stand-alone Star Wars miniseries about the universe’s favorite Jedi Master comes courtesy of the AVClub. According to their article, actress Indira Varna (Carnival Row, Game of Thrones, Rome, Torchwood) has been cast in an as-yet-unspecified role in the series.
The show will have Ewan McGregor return to the role he first played in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels trilogy back in the early 2000s. Hayden Christensen will return as well while the writing duties are still taken by Joby Harold, the executive producer on such titles as John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and Edge of Tomorrow.
During the last year’s Investors Day conference, Disney presented a whole bunch of upcoming TV shows set in the galaxy far, far away. While many of them – including the one about Obi-Wan Kenobi – still don’t have concrete release dates, we now know that at least one show – an animated TV series called Star Wars: The Bad Batch – is coming out on May 4.