“Dune” Is Doomed

Keep in mind I enjoyed reading Frank Herbert’s Dune. Heck, I even enjoyed David Lynch’s 1984 interpretation (as fascinating as it was, it wasn’t Dune; too nihilistic, too ugly). So why am I pessimistic? Dune is ambitious, BIG storytelling though the problem is that I am not sure there’s an audience for it large enough […]

Hellboy’s Hellish Production

Movie directing is typically depicted as glamorous work, despite the issues Neil Marshall may have encountered during the production of the Hellboy reboot. Though Hollywood is rife with stories about what happens when relations between directors and studios (or casts) don’t quite go as planned. For instance, Stanley Donen originally only intended to produce 1999’s […]

Will Lightning Strike For Shazam!?

The way Shazam’s box office performance is being trumpeted you’d think it’s success is assured. It’s not. Shazam has production budget of $100 dollars and earned over $158 million last weekend. And that’s a strong opening but here’s the rub, the fly in the ointment, if you will: If Shazam falls off a cliff, box-office […]

Avengers: Endgame Projected To Open At $265 Million

Avengers: Endgame the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, is projected to open somewhere in the ballpark of $265 million. It goes without saying that that’s a monster opening and would best that of Infinity War (though not by a lot). There’s talk that that Endgame will have a 3-hour running time, which will mean that less theaters will be […]