Saturday, March 17, 2018

Domestic box office for "The Post" tops out

After this weekend, we'll likely have our rough final numbers for the domestic box office haul for "The Post."  It's currently only in 159 theaters across the U.S., so the returns are diminishing significantly. Couple that with the fact that it didn't get much of a boost after the Oscars, as it was completely absent from the winners' list, and it's pretty easy to see where it will end up.  As this goes to post, the film has grossed $81 million on a $50m budget.  Not too shabby for a political drama with no special effects. In foreign markets it has taken in another $73m, bringing its worldwide total past $154m. It's just starting to get released in Asia, so I expect that foreign number to bounce a bit before all is said and done.

I'm not super concerned typically with major box office success just for the sake of it, but I enjoy when Meryl's films do well commercially because it means it's far more likely for projects she'd be interested in doing to get greenlit. The film will be available on digital media on April 4, with its DVD/Blu-ray release date set for April 17.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Filming begins next week on season 2 of "Big Little Lies"

Reese Witherspoon, who of course stars in and executive produces Bit Little Lies, has revealed that filming will start next Friday on season 2. To be perfectly clear, she states that they're "starting" next Friday, so I'm not exactly sure if that truly means principal photography, or just officially showing up for work and doing table reads or something. Regardless, it's exciting to know that things will be underway soon.

This news also tells me that the timing of the project means Meryl's fall should be completely open (at least in regard to filming anything), so maybe we can look forward to something being announced. Seems like the perfect opportunity to sign on for a lead film role that could be released second half of 2019.

Monday, March 5, 2018

No Oscar for Meryl and first trailer from "Mary Poppins Returns"

It's not like anyone was expecting Meryl to win, but last night she lost for the the fourth consecutive time at the Academy Award, bringing her overall total to 3-for-21. Congratulations to Frances McDormand, who, as expected, took the Best Actress prize for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This was McDormand's second win, after 1996's Fargo.  

Streep looked amazing on the red carpet, and of course got mentioned in host Jimmy Kimmel's monologue. Hard to believe it was just under a year turnaround from when it was announced she would be starting in The Post to when the awards season wrapped up. That's some crazy quick work. The quest can now begin for Meryl's next nominated performance. My guess it will be in something she has yet to announce.

The only real upset was The Shape of Water taking Best Picture over Three Billboards. Not a huge surprise, considering Guillermo del Toro won director, while Martin McDonagh (director of Three Billboards) wasn't even nominated.

In other news, the first trailer for Mary Poppins Returns was revealed during the Oscar telecast.  It's not much more than a teaser, as we barely see Emily Blunt and none of the other main cast members except for Lin-Manuel Miranda. I hope that we get a full trailer or at least a few stills of Meryl's character Topsy within a month or two.