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Friday RoundAbout 11/22/19

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to another exciting addition of Friday Roundabout where we look at some stories that we didn’t cover during the week. So why waste time let’s look at some stories, now this one actually came out last Friday and that is That on November 15th 1989 a little channel launched and that was Comedy Central. We know that this channel launched some famous shows that we fell in love with. These shows includes South Park which is currently still going strong, then you had the very popular The Man Show, Reno 911, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report. these shows no doubt made Comedy Central a hit and even though the torch has been passed today shows will never live up tp the first thirty years but Congrats to Comedy Central.

Back in May HBO’s Hit show Game Of Thrones ended and many people were not happy with season 8 though the writing was on the wall to see twist that was coming but now it is being revealed that the crew did film an alternate ending that they did for fun. Now Kristofer Hivju revealed this news but said he couldn’t say anymore about it. There is no doubt I believe him but there is a good chance that we will never see this unless the demand is so overwhelming when the box set comes out.

We now have our first R rated billion dollar film and it was nice to see history happen however when you make a billion dollar off a 60 million dollar budget no matter what the story is you know a sequel will happen. Right now Joker 2 is so called now in the works but the details are still up in the air because Todd Philips who directed Joker actually got access to film two origin films of D.C. villains one of course was Joker now there no doubt that Warner Bros might want both another Origin film and a Joker 2 film but time will tell as to what we will actually get.

Now Here is something that is truly funny and that we all know we are entering the streaming war where everyone has their own streaming service now PornHub has announced they want to get in the act of streaming as well, which isn’t a bad idea but outside of just more porn which a lot of people get for free what else can they do?

Apple is now making more then just phones and computers, we know they have their own streaming service as well and as they march towards having their own movies and shows they did encounter a setback and have suspended the release of their movie the banker because there are sexual abuse allegations surrounding one of the producers of this film which sounds pretty good and it stars Anthony Mackie and Samuel L Jackson and Nicholas Hoult. Until this situation clears up, we wont be able to see this film sadly.

Of one the famous Star Wars characters is Darth Maul who at first seem to died in Episode 1 when he was introduce but people loved the character back that Star Wars shows found ways to bring him back even though his stories seem to have skipped all around the timeline but now many are saying it is time for him to have his own movie or show which now with Disney plus it would most likely to be a show and finally give us his full story which we know he dies in rebels. This still just a rumor and nothing has been confirm just yet.

Ford V Ferrari Review

By Paul Anthony

It has been awhile since I saw a movie that wasn’t a big time comedy or a big time action film but yet it was nice to watch a film that had a good story and it was about cars and about a company that I don’t like. That was enough for me to go see the film, what was I expecting revolving a movie that was more of a good story film then anything else, well I was expecting it to be a boring film that starred Matt Damon and Christian Bale. What I got instead was a film that told an emotional story of two friends that would help change the game in racing and cars for that matter but saw that it wasn’t easy to do so.

So we know who the stars of the film was so no need to waste time there, the plot goes that now Ford and America to that matter is tired of losing to Ferrari and Italy in one of the biggest races ” 24 hours of Le Mans” which in racing is considered the third race of the triple crown in the racing world. Ford starts to form a plan to beat Ferrari which has won 4 out of five of the previous races and the last American to do so was in 1959 when Carroll Shelby did it though because of heart problems he had retire and start to design cars rather then race them. There Ford recruits him and only driver he knows that can pull of the feat is Ken Miles played by Bale. The two work hard with a team to design the Ford GT40. However the battle becomes when Henry Ford 2 and his V.P want’s company racers to drive the car yet Miles proved time and race after race he was the best. Even during the race the Ford company wanted Miles to be a team player and have the top 3 spots go to Ford which Miles doesn’t agree but for the greater good does. later with doing a practice run to get ready for the next race, a failed brakes lead to Ken Miles dying in a car accident and leaving Shelby to wonder in sorrow. it was revealed that their design helped Ford win the following 3 Le Mans after 1966.

The Movie had some good acting to it and the made you hate the right people and love the right people. now we know this was a movie and some facts might have been twisted but that isn’t my point. The writing was good as well, from what I watched I didn’t see nothing that was rushed or seemed out of place with how the story was going. The car scenes were amazing and proved you need to do a Fast and Furious movie to have a good race car scene. In The end I would say go see this movie because you will enjoy it. Overall I am giving it a A plus or at least a 95 percent for a great rating.

Box Office Rundown 11/18/19

By Paul Anthony

This past week we saw the release of three new films. The Good Liar, Charlie’s Angels and Ford v Ferrari and of the three who took number one? It was no other then Ford v Ferrari which made over 31 million, last week surprised number 1 fell to number 2 beating out newcomer Charlie’s Angels but the totals from number 2 and 3 couldn’t reach our number 1 film. We do have some movies that took a fall and lets go with Terminator: Dark Fate took the biggest fall at 6 spots and in fact it fell out of the top 10 already. Last weeks big name Dr. Sleep took the second biggest fall when it fell from number 2 to number 6 this and with what is opening this week its going to be tough for anyone to make money. Our first R rated billion dollar film Joker still is holding strong and remains in the top ten, this time it is number 8. Now this week once again we have three new films opening this week, Frozen 2, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, 21 Bridges. This week gives us a little of everything.

  1. Ford V Ferrari, 31 million
  2. Midway, 8.750 million
  3.  Charlie’s Angels, 8.600 million
  4. Playing With Fire, 8.550 million
  5.  Last Christmas, 6.7 million
  6. Dr. Sleep, 6.181 million
  7.  The Good Liar, 5.656 million
  8.  Joker, 5.635 million
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 5.247 million
  10.  Harriet, 4.780 million

Now here is my predictions for this upcoming week, now this will be a tricky week but I am giving it a shot.

  1. Frozen 2
  2.  A Beautiful Day in the neighborhood
  3. Ford V Ferrari
  4.  21 bridges
  5.  Midway
  6.  Playing With Fire
  7.  Last Christmas
  8.  The Good Liar
  9. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil
  10.  Joker

Sequel Saturday presents Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle

By Paul Anthony

This weekend we have the film Charlie’s Angels coming out and right now we might not have any numbers to see how the film will do but we should go back to the year 2003 for this film and that film is none other then Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle which is a sequel to the 2000 film Charlie’s Angles. In this film like many other sequels we have a bigger budget which increased from 93 million to 120 million. The movie was in theaters from June 18th to September 26th and grossed a total of 259 million which was 5 million less then the first. the film brought back most of the cast which included Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Luke Wilson and sadly Joey, I mean Matt LeBlanc. The one who didn’t return was Bill Murray. New cast members included Demi Moore, Shia LaBeouf and the late Bernie Mac who play Bill Murray’s half brother, which makes me laugh but anyway.

So in this film the Angels but solve a case the revolves around a former Angel gone bad, that Angel is Madison lee played by Moore. The Angels must stop her before she sells federal witness protection people to mobs around the country which would make her very rich, she even had a high ranking F.B.I official on her which she kills once she gets what she wants but before she can sell the names the Angels figure it and try to stop her with several battles between them until the end when they finally beat her. Pretty basic plot, nothing really outside of that. Now for the rest of the film, first the acting, nothing blew me away and sometimes it seemed like they were really forcing themselves to be their actors except Barrymore because we all know in her younger days she was a bad ass. The comedy was a miss big time and I know this was a action comedy but when you had Matt LeBlanc, Luke Wilson and Bernie Mac. I would expect a few laughs but I don’t think I even cracked a smile for this film. Now onto the action, the movie does live up the title of being Full Throttle because the action was there just way over the top and if they aiming to be over the top then mission accomplished but it was just not for me.

In the end I am giving this movie a C or just around 70 percent because they did miss on some thing but had a hit with other aspect of the film. Now recently when I saw trailers for the new film I was happy to see it be a reboot even happier after watching this film but then found out that this will be a part 3 but with new angels to me that worries me because in todays market if they copy what Full Throttle did then it will for sure be an flop and big budget movies been having a rough go around but we shall see!

The Mandalorian episode 1 review!

By Paul Anthony

To say that I am blown away by the first episode of this sure to be a hit show is an understatement. Let’s talk about the overall show itself. When I first heard about this show I didn’t want to give it chance because it was about a new character and a bounty hunter nevertheless, I know people go crazy over Boba Fett the bounty hunter that was in a lot of films but had amount screen time around 10 minutes was a joke. But here we are, Star Wars first live action show and it is based on a bounty hunter that is new and honestly that is best part of show so far.

Each episode will be around 40 minutes which is long enough to tell a story without dragging it on and on. Now as of right now there will be eight episodes and starting tomorrow, they will be released every Friday. I have to admit I do like the idea of not releasing every episode at once, something we all knew Disney wasn’t going to do. Now the total time of season one will be 320 minutes. If you don’t want to do the math I will tell you how long that is in hours. Season one is five hours and 20 minutes long, which when you are talking about a season isn’t bad at all.

Episode 1 starts with a bang, the show opens with our Bounty Hunter showing how much of a bad ass he is and pretty much will take one anyone to get to his target. He doesn’t say much, I would say the entire episode he might have spoken two paragraphs of words which was okay actually. After we see he can be a badass his boss gives him his next mission but he has to meet the client in person, which he does but he is also greeted by imperial guards nonetheless the client tells him the last location and that the target is 50 years of age. The bounty hunter sets out and there he battles bad guys with the help of an Bounty Hunter Droid, then they see the target and its actually a baby looking Yoda and the droid explains that some beings age slower then others which explains how Yoda lived as long as he did. Our guy kills the droid and the episode ends there.

With the ending I am pumped to see what happens next try to see what makes this baby so important that certain people want it killed. A show like this is costing money because the graphics and effects and everything like that is on par with something you see at the theatres. In All Disney spent 120 million on this season alone, so I expect nothing short of a movie quality show. I am giving this first episode a good A rating and I hope the rest of the episodes can be as great as this one and have to say this show is a must watch!

Box Office rundown 11/11/19

By Paul Anthony

It has been a few weeks to be able to say this but now it is true that we do have a whole new top 4 and all the movies that open this past weekend all reach the top 4 spots. However Dr. Sleep was predicted to be number 1 and once again another big time film with the budget of 50 million failing to make it’s budget back in it’s opening weekend. Now this week’s number 1 was a film that was barely promoted and that film was Midway, however with it being Veterans day it would make sense that people would flock to see a world war two movie. Playing with Fire starring John Cena and Last Christmas rounded out the bottom 4, Last Christmas gave me a shock to see it that high because many critics were not enjoying, so let’s take a look at the rest of the top ten.

  1. Midway, 17.5 million
  2. Dr. Sleep, 14.1 million
  3.  Playing With Fire,  12.8 million
  4.  Last Christmas, 12.6 million
  5. Terminator: Dark Fate, 10.8 million
  6. Joker, 9.2 million
  7.  Maleficent 2, 8 million
  8. Harriet, 7.23 million
  9.  Zombieland: Double tap, 4.315 million
  10. The Addams family, 4.2 million

Now I have to guess this might be the week that the Joker film gets knocked out of the top ten but barely. this week we see three new films enter the mix and they are Ford v Ferrari, Charlie’s Angels and The Good Liar. Here are the predictions for this upcoming week!

  1. Ford v Ferrari
  2.  Charlie’s Angels
  3. DR. Sleep
  4.  The Good Liar
  5. Playing With Fire
  6.  Terminator: Dark fate
  7.  Last Christmas
  8.  Maleficent 2
  9.  Midway
  10.  Zombieland: Double tap

Saturday sequel presents Bad Boys 2

By Paul Anthony

Before I get started I know might seem like a week of bashing Will Smith because his recent film Gemini Man is becoming such flop and then this week they decided release the first trailer for Bad Boys 3 so it only made sense. I have watched this film so much since it came out in 2003 and before I did my research on this film I have  to be honest I thought this film made a lot more money then it did, truth be told this film would basically be another flop under Will Smith yet it was able to spawn a third film granted many many years and the film will be the first film not to feature Micheal Bay which should actually help the film.

The film follows Mike and Marcus again this time going up against the biggest Drug Dealer Johnny Tapia who is bringing ecstasy into the city, the only problem is that every time the cops have a case against him, they lose which forces Mike and Marcus to do whatever it takes to find enough evidence against him so they can put him away for good. Things like always don’t go as plan and forces them to go undercover and deal with shootouts and everything else. Will Smith shows off that he can still fight and run and drive and shoot like he did in the first film and Marcus continues to be himself. The best part of the film is of course the laughs that Will and Martin bring when they are together, it is almost like they feed off of each other which is the magic of the film. There are classic scenes like at the Electronics store where it seems like they are talking about their sexual relationship then the best scene where they gang up on Reggie. That scene alone might be the most famous scene. In The end the gang which the film introduces Marcus’s Sister kills Tapia in Cuba and the case is closed.

Now the story was basic, there really wasn’t anything to think about , you know what they were going to do. Actor was average but at times was way overboard but nothing that would have hurt the film. The action was there like in any Micheal bay film it will never be boring, of course the laughs were there as well. Hard to believe this movie failed to make 300 million and yet here we are getting ready for the third and final film. In the end the film seem to get better over the first however in the end the grade will be a B plus or about 85 percent. If you haven’t seen please do it worth a watch!

Friday Roundabout 11/8/2019

By Paul Anthony

Welcome to another addition of roundabout where we take a quick look at stories that we might have missed, so let’s not waste anytime and get into it. First up we are jumping into the Wrestling world more importantly WWE. Now that AEW is in full swing there have been a lot wrestlers who are considering jumping ship when their current contracts are up and one of those wrestlers is none other then Randy Orton, which is one of the biggest names in the game. recently Orton has been posting on twitter that would imply after his contract is up that he is leaving for AEW, well we know now that Randy is staying put because he worked out a new deal that will keep him in WWE until 2024 at which put the 13 time world champion will be 44 years and have to assume he might have one more deal after that.

Justin loves the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider Verse, me not so much, not that I think it is bad or anything like that but because it’s an animated film, We know the sequel is coming in April of 2022 and now we know one of the Spider-Mans that will be in the film. That Spider-Man is Takuya Yamshiro which is the Japanese Spider-Man from the 70’s. Hey I hope they continue on with this film series because it is something new regarding an classic character.

Now this is a story that just blows my mind, recently a story came up regarding the first socks Micheal Jackson wore when he did the first moonwalk dance, Now listen we are talking about socks here and they could sell between 1 to 2 million dollars for some socks! This just blows my mind, I get it, they are socks from Micheal Jackson’s feet and say or believe what you want about him but you have to be an insane fan to buy some socks because at the end of the day they are just socks!

In my final story for the week is regarding the DCEU and more casting news is coming out regarding the film The Batman. We know whose going to play The Riddler and Catwoman but we now know who will play the Penguin who will be played by Colin Ferrell and Andy Serkis will play Alfred. Now this movie has been in hell for a few years now and it’s nice to see this film making progress but we are still far away from this movie coming out, so hopefully there won’t be more changes from this film. Well that covers this week!

Will Smith Star power fading??

By Paul Anthony

Some actors and actresses have star power that is off the roof and everything they touch is gold then there are some that you just kind of see the spot light fade from them. Right Now I am trying to figure out where does Will Smith fit in at because the last few years have been a big roller coaster ride for one Will Smith. I Brought this subject up because 2019 seems to be a common year for Will Smith now. First you had Aladdin which was a big box office hit and then a few months later you saw the release of Gemini Man which is just dying at the box office. As of right now the film only made 165 million and the budget is was 138 million as to where Aladdin’s budget was 200 million and brought in over a billion dollars and what is the difference for Will Smith?

Will wasn’t the true lead in Aladdin, yes he played a big role but it wasn’t the main role. Now Gemini Man came out and critics praised the film and this time Will was the main character and yet the moving is flopping bad. Next year will be a big year for Smith because Bad Boys 3 is being released and it is set to be the last film of the series. Should be a mega hit right? Wrong let’s look at Bad Boys 2 which came out in the summer of 2003. Now We all loved that film but once again look at the numbers, the film had 130 million dollar budget and only gross 273 million, the movie made more money then the first film but the first film only had a budget of 19 million and grossed 141 million. I am not saying bad Boys 3 is going to be a flop but it won’t be a big hit as we are expecting. When was his last true hit? Let’s go back to Men in Black 3 way back in 2012 when the film grossed nearly 625 million. Then came After Earth which he co starred with his son. Which pretty much gave us the clue that his star power as a lead was over. The budget was a 130 million and it grossed only 243 million and since then the only time his films make money is when he isn’t the true lead of the film.

Let this blog be a wake up call for studios who want to cast Will Smith as the lead in the film because his price tag just might not be worth a director’s career. Will needs to be used wisely and his days as the lead should be over, he is one of many actors whose star power is fading and should be used correctly and that means he can’t be the lead. Bad Boys 3 could say other wise but the numbers don’t lie and sure netflix and other streaming services could use his talents but let the film Aladdin show how to use a big name actor in a none lead role.

Box office Rundown for November 4th

By Paul Anthony

Here we are in another week of looking at the numbers and as predicted Terminator: Dark Fate came in as number 1 but the numbers are way below what everyone was expecting and worldwide totals it still fell way below its 180 million dollar budget, coming in around 120 million with most of that coming from the foreign market. Joker remains in it’s spot at number and Harriet came in at number 4, one higher then I predicted.

  1. Terminator: Dark Fate, 29 million
  2. Joker, 13.9 million
  3. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, 12.2 million
  4. Harriet, 12 million
  5. The Addams family, 8.5 million
  6. ZombieLand: Double Tap, 7.6 million
  7. Countdown, 5.9 million
  8. Black and Blue, 4.1 million
  9. Motherless Brooklyn, 3.7 million
  10.  Arctic Dogs, 3.1 million

We are now entering the period of the month where more competition is coming and one of the first big releases this month and that is DR. Sleep which is the sequel to The Shinning, but that isn’t the only movie opening this up coming weekend. You got Playing With Fire which is a family comedy, Midway starring Patrick Wilson and Last Christmas starring Emilia Clarke. Now Let’s see how my predictions go this week. Number 1 should be without a question DR. Sleep.

  1. Dr. Sleep
  2. Terminator: Dark Fate
  3. Joker
  4. Last Christmas
  5. Harriet
  6. Maleficent: Mistress of evil
  7. Countdown
  8. The Addams family
  9. Black and Blue
  10. ZombieLand: Double Tap

Now, with the new comers this top ten might not even look close to my predictions. So we will see how close I get this week!