Week-in-Review: Weekend Box Office, 90th Annual Academy Awards, Logan’s Run Remake and Nick Offerman in Good Omens

    Black Panther Rules!

    For a third consecutive week, Black Panther led at the weekend box office. According to Box Office Mojo, Marvel’s blockbuster about T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a warrior-king of the hidden African kingdom of Wakanda earned $66.3 million in cinemas last weekend. In only three weeks, Black Panther has earned over $512.6 million worldwide, becoming only the third Marvel movie ever to do so.

    At the second place of the last weekend’s box office with $16.8 million is the spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence. In the third place is another newcomer, Eli Roth’s remake of a 1974 crime thriller Death Wish starring Bruce Willis. Dark comedy Game Night dropped from the last weekend’s second place to this weekend’s fourth and earned $10.4 million, Finally, in the fifth place of the weekend’s box office is the children’s film Peter Rabbit that grossed a bit over $10 million.

    And the Winners of the 90th Academy Awards Are…

    The 90th annual Academy Awards took place last weekend in Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Hosted by the late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, the ceremony featured a free jet ski – presented by Dame Helen Mirren – for anyone who gives the shortest acceptance speech.

    It was an evening in which sci-fi and horror movies triumphed. Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale romance The Shape of Water won four awards, including those for the Best Picture and Best Director. Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller Blade Runner 2049 won awards for Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. Jordan Peele’s horror film Get Out won an Academy Award for the Best Original Screenplay. Fantasy adventure Coco won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song.

    Gary Oldman received an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the war drama Darkest Hour. Frances McDormand won an award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Sam Rockwell won Best Supporting Actor for his role in the same film, while Allison Janney won Best Supporting Actress for the film I, Tonya. The complete list of the winners can be seen here.

    The winner of the free jet ski was costume designer Mark Bridges who won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design for his work in the film Phantom Thread.

    Simon Kinberg to Direct Logan’s Run Remake

    Warner Bros is in talks with the screenwriter Simon Kinberg about a remake of a dystopian sci-fi movie Logan’s Run, says Deadline. Throughout the last two decades, Kinberg has co-written the scripts for five X-Men movies, including the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which he also directs. The script for Logan’s Run remake will be written by Peter Craig, who worked on the last two Hunger Games movies as well as on 2010 crime thriller The Town.

    Based on a 1967 sci-fi novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, Logan’s Run is set in a dystopian future society that ritually murders everyone over the age of 30. In 1976 the novel adapted into a film starring Michael York and Jenny Agutter and featuring Farrah Fawcett and Peter Ustinov. A minor sci-fi classic, Logan’s Run proved successful enough to lead to a short-lived TV series in 1977.

    Nick Offerman Joins the Cast of Good Omens

    Variety reports that an actor and a comedian Nick Offerman has joined the cast of the TV miniseries Good Omens. He joins the stellar cast featuring – among others – Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), David Tennant (Jessica Jones, Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver) and two-times Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson (Blackadder). Offerman is best known for his portrayal of gruff, bureaucracy-hating bureaucrat Ron Swanson in the sitcom Parks and Recreation.

    Produced by Amazon Prime Video, Good Omens is a six-episode adaptation of a 1990 fantasy novel written by Neil Gaiman and the late, great Terry Pratchett. Its story features angels, devils, prophecies, Antichrist, four riders of the apocalypse and other assorted apocalyptic goodness in a farce that succeeds where Kevin Smith’s 1999 film Dogma failed. Good Omens is being filmed in South Africa and comes out sometime next year.

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