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Clint Eastwood Casts Tom Hanks In ‘Captain Sully’ Biopic

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Tom-Hanks-to-play-Captain-Sully Movie SpoonLet’s just go way out on a wing here – the wing of an Airbus 320 that safely lands in the Hudson River in January 2009, making the pilot Chelsey Sullenberger an instant media hero – and say that Tom Hanks taking the roll of Captain “Sully” in the Clint Eastwood biopic about the fabled flight is too predictable for words.

First of all, what’s happened to director Eastwood that could possibly attract him to the story of U.S. Airways flight 1549 that was completed in perhaps a half hour from the time it took off from LaGuardia Airport and cut a swath through a flock of geese to its soft water landing on the Hudson River?

Despite the point that the emergency landing took place in front of one of the largest audiences in the world – New York City – Captain Sullenberger said after the flight, “It was very quiet as we worked, my co-pilot and I. We were a team. But to have zero thrust coming out of those engines was shocking—the silence.”

In other words, uhm, yawn. No yelling, fear, panic or even build up for this thing: Just a quick decision that turned out to be the right one and a landing that might have scored a 10 in a diving competition for its lack of extra drama. It was a glassy day on the Hudson and photos of passengers standing on the wings was calming – maybe even comical. Well, maybe this will be Dirty Harry’s first comedy. Still, it seems like a snooze and it’s being tackled by the absolute master of no-nonsense directing.

Didn’t this guy direct Grand Torino, The Gauntlet, Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby and Mystic River? And now he’s going to direct this fluff?

And now it seems Tom Hanks will play the role of Captain “Sully,” who is described by one and all as a shy, taciturn man with a methodical approach to airline safety.

I don’t mind his approach to airline safety, but this is Tom Hanks we’re talking about. Remember Saving Private Ryan, Philadelphia and Cast Away? Tom Hanks’ greatest roles have been depictions of average human beings becoming heroes simply by maintaining their dignity in the face of all kinds of obstacles. This is not that. Nobody’s dignity was even ruffled on U.S. Airways Flight 1549. A few people got their shoes wet and Captain Sully was deemed a national hero because he checked the passenger areas to make sure everyone had been evacuated. Methodical to the end.

The point that Captain Sully is or isn’t a hero is not the point. The actual story, however, involves a U.S. industry that has suffered only two crashes involving fatalities since August 2006 – with the latest one occurring in February 2009.

Let’s hear it for those guys: Those boring U.S. regulators who are keeping us safe. Not too many roles for Tom Hanks, but at least that’s the real deal.

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Have you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. 😉

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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