What a lovely day for Pitch Perfect 2. The a cappella sequel topped out Mad Max: Fury Road at the box office, pulling in $70.3 million, while Max still did quite well with $44 million.
Max also picked up massive critical acclaim for a movie that was plagued with issues. Box Office Mojo writes:
Rumors abounded that the shoot was troubled (Tom Hardy apologized to director George Miller in Cannes for his behavior on-set) and early test screenings reportedly went poorly. Reshoots were necessitated yet still the studio didn’t know what to do with the nearly dialogue-free film. That they ended up with what is being hailed in many circles, from Connecticut to the Cannes Croisette as a classic.
On last night’s Game Of Thrones, we had another wedding…and it’s snowing. That means winter has come. In this behind the scenes, you find out more about the backstory between Sansa and Ramsey, Littlefinger and Cersei, and more.
Fear The Walking Dead premieres this summer and as production is underway, we are starting to learn more about the show. It’s not exactly a prequel, but more of a companion piece that takes place right around the time Rick is in his coma. Show runner Dave Erickson spoke with THR to give more detail:
We are loosely covering the period of time that [The Walking Dead’s] Rick (Andrew Lincoln) was in his coma in season one. We’re able to watch and experience the things that he missed. It’s more of a parallel story than a prequel; imagine the opening where Rick gets shot and goes in his coma — that day was probably very close to our day one. We’re playing out the idea of what was going on in the country and the world until he woke up, stepped outside and it’s welcome to the apocalypse. That’s why a “companion piece” has been the phrase used at the network. It’s not a prequel in the sense of Better Call Saul, where we’re jumping back six, seven years. It does tie very specifically into the pilot of the original. “Prequel” is not the right word; it’s kind of its own strange, hybrid thing. I wish I had a better word.
If at first you don’t succeed try, try, again. Here’s the first trailer for Steve Jobs, the upcoming movie from Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin. This biopic (which is hoping to fare better than Ashton Kutcher’s Jobs) will star Michael Fassbender, Jeff Daniels, and Kate Winslet. Steve Jobs comes out October 8th.