Welcome to your Monday Movie News.  Bit of a slow week here and this is a slower time for the industry.  Sure, the summer blockbusters are coming out, but that’s the final act of creation, and much of the industry takes a bit of break during this time.

We do have some things to report though.  Let’s start with the box office…


Hotel Transylvania 3 scored big at the box office this weekend.  It topped the list with $44 million.  Ant-Man and the Wasp held a respectable second position.  The Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson film, Skyscraper, however, did not do as well.  It finished third and far underperformed estimates.


It’s official.  Zombieland 2 will hit theaters in 2019, ten years after the original film.  Ruben Fleischer is back directing, and he will reunite Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, and Abigail Breslin.  It’s being reported that the film will go from D.C. to the Midwest and the gang will face zombies that have evolved since the original movie.


Speaking of sequels, Robocop is getting a sequel.  Now, I know it already did in 1990, and this isn’t a reboot of that.  Nor is it a sequel to the terrible Robocop reboot film.  It’s a direct sequel to the original Robocop film, ignoring the other movies that came out after.

The best part?  The film is being written by Ed Neumeier, one of the original creators of Robocop, and is based on his original script for the sequel. Neill Blomkamp will direct the film, and it seems like a match made in heaven.

The script is said to be as a satirical and subversive as the first Robocop.


Scarlett Johannson has dropped out of a project where she was to play to a transgendered man.  Johannson and the project received intense backlash from the LGBT community, who believe that the role should have gone to a transgendered actor.

(What follows is my personal opinion, and does not necessarily reflect the views of DSE or its partners)

What people apparently can’t understand is that it’s called acting not “being.”  Do we insist that the mentally handicapped play all the mentally disabled roles?  How about people that are physically handicapped?  Should all drug dealer roles be played by actual drug dealers?  Should you not be allowed to take the part of a politician unless you’ve been on a city council?

Acting is an art form.  It’s about creating a reality not living one.  If there is a talented transgender actor that can believably create a role that’s great.

Should transgendered actors only play transgendered roles?  Or can they play other characters as well?  If that’s the case how is it fair to attack an actress trying to bring a part to life?

I’m all for inclusivity, and I think there are certain segments of the population that are underrepresented in film, but a lot of this has gotten out of hand.


This is going to be a tough transition to make.  Speaking of stupid ideas, Joaquin Phoenix will be the newest actor to take on the role of the Joker.  Unfortunately, he’s not an actual mass murderer, so I hope he’ll get to keep the part.

The film is said to be an origin story, which makes me think that it might be a live-action adaptation of The Killing Joke.

There is no timetable on the film’s release.


That is it for the news today, and (assuming I’m not fired over an intense PC backlash) I will be back tomorrow to give you my thoughts on a movie.  Bye!

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Mark Phillips is the author of several thriller and literary novels. His Bentley Books series introduced the world to sadistic serial killer Bentley Grimes, a villain of unbelievable cruelty and unimaginable coldness. His literary novels are populated with richly drawn characters struggling with issues that affect our society today, such as: homosexuality, alcoholism, family struggles, poverty, greed, and bigotry.

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