MOVIE CHEAT SHEET
MOVIE CHEAT SHEET
This image released by Universal studios shows Peggy Lipton in a scene from “A Dog’s Purpose.” (Joe Lederer/Universal Studios via AP)
THE BIG STORY:
Relax about Gal's salary
Social media was raging this week after news leaked that Gal Gadot's paycheque for leading this summer's best blockbuster, Wonder Woman, was just $300,000. Accusations of sexism and Hollywood double standards were running wild. And while I'm as big of a Hollywood cynic as they come (and a Gadot superfan), in this case, everyone needs to chill. Gal is going to be just fine. Firstly, Gal's six-figure payday for Wonder Woman is the early 'superhero standard'in Hollywood. It is aligned with what Chris Evans made for his first Captain America film and more than what most of The Avengers made for their first team up flick (excluding Robert Downey Jr. of course). Gal's payday is also closely aligned with what her DCEU co-star Henry Cavill made to lead Man Of Steel, despite some inaccurate reports. Secondly, when she was cast as Wonder Woman, Gal, like most superhero actors, signed a three-movie test-deal with Warner Bros. Her deal covered Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman and this fall's Justice League. Each paid her $300,000. Once Justice League fully wraps, Gal is in line for a brand new contract, just in time for Wonder Woman 2. It will inevitably pay her gigantic, well-earned bucks, well into the millions. Like I said, don't worry about Gal. She's going to be just fine.
FLICK HITS: Han's 'solo' director Ron Howard has signed to finish the Han Solo film. With just a few weeks left of filming, the directors of the legacy prequel, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, were fired movie but the duo claimed creative differences with LucasFilm. Let's hope the bad PR doesn't lead to disappointing box office numbers. Like that will ever happen.
Goodbye, Mr. Day-Lewis
After three 'Best Actor'Oscars (three!) and one sweet-ass filmography, Daniel Day-Lewis is calling it quits. His spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, informed Hollywood this week that once DDL wraps his current film project with Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), he "will no longer be working as an actor." Dart says "this is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject." This news truly blows. Although DDL's films are few and far between, he remains one of the greatest actors of our time. We will miss you, good sir. Thanks for the memories.
Another Dog's Purpose
Beyond the dog abuse allegations that marred the film's release back in January, and its mediocre North American box office haul, critics agreed that A Dog's Purpose was a bad film. It was painfully melodramatic and overflowing with sap. It was completely forgettable ... or so we thought. It turns out that the movie somehow managed to become a major hit in China. It made $88 million dollars in the country, after being geared towards middle-class Chinese pet owners. It was such a success over there that the studio is actually going to make a sequel with Chinese audiences in mind. The story is currently TBD, but it looks like a Josh Gad voiced dog will inevitably die several more times on the big screen. Cheap tears shall re-flow.
BEST AND WORST IN THEATRES:
Big ol' scrapheap:
Transformers: The Last Knight
We all knew that Michael Bay's fifth (oh god) Transformers flick would be a pile of clunky junk.
Because, duh. But just for the sake of breaking it down, critics are saying The Last Knight is loud, obnoxious and completely nonsensical. It's big on lowbrow explosions and robot CGI, but razor thin on plot and brain cells. It's essentially expensive garbage. Please do not pay for this film. What were you thinking, Anthony Hopkins?
DID YOU KNOW ...?
Anchorman was almost Survivor
Anchorman's plot was hilarious, and none of us would ever change it.
But according to Will Ferrell, we almost got a very different film back in 2004. "The first version of Anchorman is basically the movie Alive, where the year is 1976, and we are flying to Philadelphia to celebrate the Bicentennial, and also, all the newsmen from around the country are flying in from their affiliates to have some big convention," said Ferrell. "Ron convinces the pilot that he knows how to fly the charter jet, and he immediately crash-lands it in the mountains. And it's just the story of them surviving and trying to get off the mountainside. They clipped a cargo plane, and the cargo plane crashed as well, close to them, and it was carrying only boxes of orangutans and Chinese throwing stars. So throughout the movie we're being stalked by orangutans who are, one by one, killing the team off with throwing stars." Good call switching that up, Mr. Ferrell.