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Ever since the release of Steven Spielberg’s mega-hit, Jaws, summers have been viewed as an optimal time for studios to release their big budget films in the hopes of attracting the largest audience as possible, with a few notable exceptions like the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the spring of 2014 and the past couple installments in the Star Wars franchise being released in early winter.

This year, however, studios did not seem to have much luck when it came to the box office success of their tentpole films. The domestic box office for summer movies in 2017 is down sixteen percent from what it was at just a year ago. While international markets did help some films make more money than they otherwise would have, it is still hard to ignore the fact that the summer box office will remain under four billion dollars for the first time since 2006.

This weak season for films is infamously marked by such domestic flops as The Dark Tower, a condensed Stephen King adaptation starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey, The Mummy, an attempt at launching a cinematic universe with Tom Cruise, and Transformers: The Last Night, which, when compared to its predecessors, failed miserably.

The summer was almost about to end with quite the whimper, too, with back-to-back weekends in which the top grossing hit of the weekend was the Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds buddy action film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, which still managed to gross only a modest amount of money. But, the horror genre came to the rescue as the new remake for Stephen King’s classic story, IT, broke all sorts of records en route to becoming one of the biggest box office success stories of all-time.

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A New Rom-Com from an Interesting Duo

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When you try to think of some of the all-time great on-screen pairings, a few common names might come to mind. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers (Top HatThe Barkleys of Broadway) would be one. Perhaps you may think of Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (Sleepless in SeattleYou’ve Got Mail). Or even, more recently, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling (Crazy, Stupid LoveLa La Land). One that might not immediately spring to mind is the combination of Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves, two mega-stars of the 1990s. But they could certainly qualify now!

After starring together in the 1992 film, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, from iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, and the 2006 Richard Linklater movie, A Scanner Darkly, Reeves and Ryder are slated to star opposite each other once again in the upcoming film, Destination Wedding, which will be written and directed by Victor Levin. The two famed actors will portray curmudgeonly guests at a wedding who, despite themselves, end up finding the other one somewhat worth falling for.

It will certainly be interesting to see the sort of chemistry that these two legendary actors are capable of bringing to the beloved by fans, yet oft-maligned by critics, genre of the romantic comedy.

Reeves is obviously best known for starring in some pretty popular stoner comedies, especially in the Bill and Tedfranchise, as well as some of the most iconic action movies of the 1980s and 1990s, including Point BreakSpeed, and The Matrix. Now, he is currently headlining the acclaimed John Wick franchise. Ryder, on the other hand, is known for her roles in Edward Scissorhands and Beetlejuice, and is currently starring in the hit Netflix sci-fi drama series, Stranger Things. I am sure many fans of the big screen will be delighted to see these two pair up again.

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When the New Mulan Will Shoot

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Ever since the surprise box office hit that was 2010’s Alice in Wonderland, Disney has taken full advantage of the benefits that come with the concept of remaking their classic animated films as live-action retellings. Maleficent came next with Angelina Jolie as the star and this, too, was a rousing success. Kenneth Branagh’s Cinderella was less so, but after back-to-back smash hits with Jon Favreau’s epic adventure film, The Jungle Book, in 2016 and the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast from 2017 (currently the highest-grossing movie of the year so far), Disney is all in on this sub-genre of films.

While fans are most eagerly awaiting the results of what Favreau will be able to do in his follow-up to The Jungle Book, a remake of the 1994 classic, The Lion King, another film is slated to begin filming soon as it aims for a release date earlier than the one that will boast the return of James Earl Jones as Mufasa. That’s right, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan is scheduled to begin the filming process in January of 2016, in such locations as Australia, New Zealand, and, of course, China. Directing the film will be Niki Caro of McFarland, USA fame.

Mulan is the classic film that tells the story of a Chinese woman who disguises herself as a man so she will be allowed to take her father’s place in a fierce war. Eventually, Mulan’s secret comes back to haunt her and she has to put aside her troubles with authority so she can save her beloved nation and her family from the terrors that threaten to destroy them both. The film was also made majorly successful because of hit songs like “Be a Man” and “Reflection,” but you cannot go wrong with Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of the sidekick, Mushu.

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Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush

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It is safe to say that, for a generation of cinephiles, the definitive portrayal of the forty-third president of the United States, George W. Bush, is always going to be Josh Brolin’s turn as the commander-in-chief from Oliver Stone’s 2008 biopic, W. That being said, you cannot always call on Brolin to play Bush in other films, so Sam Rockwell, the star of such films as The Way Way Back, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and Iron Man 2, will have to take his best shot at Bush in an upcoming film that is actually centered around Bush’s vice president, Dick Cheney.

That’s right, Cheney is getting a biopic from none other than Adam McKay, the director of The Big Short and the man behind many of the great comedies from the 2000s, including Anchorman and Talladega Nights. It could be presumed that because of McKay’s involvement in the Will Ferrell-led comedies that he might have considered using the SNL star’s iconic Bush impression, but ultimately he went with Rockwell.

The Cheney film also stars Amy Adams as Lynne, Cheney’s wife, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, and Christian Bale as Cheney himself. Consider it the spiritual successor to W.!

Recently, new images have surfaced of Bale, the star of films like Batman Begins, American Hustle, and The Prestige, looking almost unrecognizable as he prepares a near complete makeover for his turn as the former vice president of the United States, who proved to be a controversial figure both inside the Oval Office and outside of it. Known for fluctuating his weight to look the part, Bale is certainly going to go all in with this role. Cheney will definitely not look anything like the Caped Crusader from Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

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