FEO NEWS FOR SPRING 2017:
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70s and 80s Love Songs as Stephen King Covers
Never before in literature has someone remained on top of their game as long as Stephen King. He's popular in 2017, and he was popular in the 1970s. There are literally grandparents shambling around who were born never knowing of a time when there wasn't Stephen King, the famous living Horror author.
Artist Butcher Billy pays tribute to the man with this ridiculously fun series of 70s and 80s pop tunes repurposed as Stephen King book and video covers.
Keep an eyeball on Butcher, because he is still taking more ideas!
Continued at BeHance.
Cuz We Came To Cosplay!
This April 5 New York Times newspaper article is now online and so excellent!
By Erik Piepenburg
Photographs by Maddie McGarvey
SHARONVILLE, Ohio — Like heavy metal or Wall Street, horror can seem like a boys' club. Men make the movies. Women play the victims.
But then you go to a fan gathering like HorrorHound Weekend in this working-class Cincinnati suburb, as I did last month, and it becomes clear: Do not mess with women who are into gore.
For these fans, devotion runs deep. At the convention, two women debated the John Carpenter catalog. One group of teenagers giddily ranked the final girls in the "Friday the 13th" franchise. A mom brought her young child dressed as a knife-wielding Chucky.
Continued at NYT.
Bill Condon Directing New Bride of Frankenstein?
Well Bill Condon (CANDYMAN: FAREWELL TO THE FLESH, TWILIGHT SAGA) damn sure kicked ass with Young Adult Horror Thriller, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (2017), didn't he? Bill has danced to the music of Mary Shelley's creation before when he directed his friend and genre fan favorite, actor Ian McKellen (THE X-MEN, THE LORD OF THE RINGS) in the arthouse hit, GODS AND MONSTERS.
After 30 years in Hollywood and some flirting our way, Bill may be ready to carve a reputation for himself in Horror.
Full story at EmpireOnline.
Okay, this one got under my skin and I'm looking forward to it.
YOU DUG IT
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST holds onto #2 spot for the second week in a row.
Two newcomers opened this week to a dismal #3 and #4 respectively.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND, in its 5th week, dropped from #5 to #7 and, while you are no doubt still digging it to the tune of $156 million plus box office, that's nowhere close to its $185 million dollar budget, as first run theaters get half the ticket price in the first four weeks and their percentage grows in the weeks following that.
KONG will require foreign sales to save it and that's exactly what it got, as world box office currently accounts for over 70% of its ticket sales to date and has pushed it over the half billion mark. So its not just the U.S., the whole world is digging KONG!
GET OUT is the 2017 Cinderella story blowing past all predictions. In its seventh week, it gently slips from #7 to #8. This seventh weekend box office total also marks the first time in its run that it brought in less than its budget. At $4.5 million est. cost, its current box office total stands at nearly $163 million in U.S. sales alone.
Writer, Director, and Producer, Jordan Peele, is Hollywood's 2017 King of the World!
LOGAN fell three spaces from #6 to #9, yet it is the most profitable of the stand alone Wolverine movies in the U.S. to date. What's more, foreign sales is accounting for over half of it's total box office, pushing LOGAN to well over $600 million so far.
YOU BURIED IT
GHOST IN THE SHELL, drops from #3 to #5 but that slight drop on the top ten signifies a staggering box office loss in ticket sales of over 60% in only its second week.
Seriously, in my opinion they should have stuck with the visionary original story (movie or manga) instead of the by-the-numbers, done to death hack plot revealed in the trailers, which is just awful.
So damn stale!
POWER RANGERS. After the initial big opening weekend, nobody on the planet is digging POWER RANGERS. In the U.S. the Rangers third week sees it drop from #4 to #6 with a 56% drop in ticket sales from the previous weekend.
LIFE. Also in its third week and in free fall from the start (horribly bad, SyFy channel-style trailers), LIFE drops out of the top ten, falling from #8 to #12.
DIG IT UP
COLOSSAL was the biggest money maker this weekend, bringing an astounding $30,000 per screen. Too bad it only played on four screens, but I expect that number to jump now.
RAW. After rocketing up the charts for four weeks straight, despite playing on fewer screens than there are states in the U.S., RAW finally fell from #35 to #40. This fall represents a mere 29% drop in ticket sales, which tells you something of the following it has amassed.
Solid, but minor league distributor, Focus World, with their shallow pockets, were unprepared for success and could only afford adding a paltry 3 screens to the sum from last week. However, at only 45 screens total, it was too little too late.
THE TRANSFIGURATION. Opens at #75 on a single U.S. screen, one year after its film 2016 festival run with a $4k box office.
THE EYES. Micro Indie Thriller makes its debut on a single screen at #79, bringing in just over $2k.
Full information at BoxOfficeMojo.
What the Holy Menstruation?
The headline is another way of saying that Marvel comics heavy bleeding is entirely their own fault.
Beginning with the angry fan blowback, ham-handedly incited by their marketing VP, Marvel had a bad past week.
On the heels of discovering that their 2014 to the present "Diversity" approach is being roundly dismissed by Marvel fans (according to sales and questionnaires), Marvel's David Gabriel, Vice-President of of print sales in marketing, told ICV2, To The Fan Base, that they are Haters who don't want diversity when he said,
"What we heard was that people didn't want any more diversity. They didn't want female characters out there. That's what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don't know that that's really true, but that's what we saw in sales."
No, and the response from comic book fans, ranging from New York Times bestselling authors to relatively sedate comic fans like this guy,
Continued at Feo Amante/Marvel Menstruation.
H.R. Giger's Batmobile
Hey, I love Giger's work. I don't think any FeoFan who has been around this website has any doubt about that.
But these batmobile designs of his for 1995's BATMAN FOREVER? Ah... well, you know, you can't be great at everything.
Story at FortressOfSolitude.
Shaun of the Dead fans?
Get ready to SQUEE...
Understand this isn't an ad I'm getting paid for or anything, this is just such a kick-ass, ultra-special edition of one of my favorite movies of all time, that I think it's newsworthy.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD being among my favorites is no doubt colored by the fact that I first saw it at a theater in San Diego, during the Comic-Con, sitting with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright (Nick Frost couldn't be there, so Simon brought him along on a T-Shirt). I don't mean in the same general theater, I mean right with them on one side and Ken Forry on the other.
FEO AMANTE AND SIMON PEGG AT THE 2004 SAN DIEGO COMIC CON PREMIERE.
Now I've been in those situations before and they are usually uncomfortable because I'm just not enjoying the movie. But my first time had the opposite effect. I was enjoying the movie so much that I started reigning myself in, concerned that the foks around me would think I was over-reacting with a purpose.
But come on! Anyone who has watched SHAUN OF THE DEAD knows it's that damn good!
When it opened at regular theaters I saw it again so I could watch it fully unbridled and the audience was right there with me.
Anyway, check out the drool-worthy extras that come with the three flavors of Shopify.com's Everything BluRay Store's SHAUN OF THE DEAD Steel Box Blu-Ray in this set. All limited edition, and All-Region!
YOU DUG IT
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST finally dropped, GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) entered the charts, how did it all go down?
In its third weekend, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST finally lost, by a sliver, to the opening #1 spot from Fox. Fox didn't release the budget for their movie, which usually means a studio has little confidence in it and doesn't want the money spent to overwhelm the money earned, potentially driving theater going audience away. Because B&B lost by such a narrow margin, they could experience a bounce back next week.
GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017). Opening at #3, Paramount Pictures expected a much better opening for their virtual live action remake of the animated classic. Unfortunately, the studio would not stop releasing one mediocre trailer after the next, and every one insinuating an ancient plot device so old even the SyFy channel was doing it in the last century when they were imitating ALIEN from 20 years earlier. That extreme lack of foresight and abandoning the audience that grew around the original, may have buried it.
Right now GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017) is on the fence regarding whether you Dug It or Buried it, so I'm willing to err on the side of optimism. With a mere $19 million opening, they will need one hell of a jump next week.
KONG: SKULL ISLAND. Dropping only 40% in ticket sales to 4th place in its 4th weekend, you are still digging KONG. While a month worth of screen time hasn't brought the movie to break even on its budget, it did have one hell of a huge budget to surpass. KONG would basically have to be one of the top ten movies of all time to reach profit. None of this means the audience doesn't like it, only that the studio may have overestimated how large that audience was.
LOGAN. Dropping to #5, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine goes out with a bang as his final chapter with this character sees the highest theatrical gross of all the Wolverine movies of the past. Apparently all the audience asked for from a Wolverine movie was a good story. After over ten years, they finally got one. LOGAN has grossed nearly a quarter million against a $97 million budget in the U.S., and well over half a billion in the world.
GET OUT. The execs who guided this movie to the theaters must be having celebratory dance party breaks every damn day. Writer, Director, and Producer Jordan Peele's smash hit with Blumhouse Pictures and Universal has a total U.S. gross of over $156 million against a $4.5 million budget.
In its 6th week, GET OUT drops from #6 to #7.
YOU BURIED IT
In its second weekend, THE POWER RANGERS (2017) drops past KONG from #2 to #4 with a precipitous loss of 64% ticket sales at the box office. Maybe some TV shows should stay TV shows.
LIFE. As I noted with Paramount's GHOST IN THE SHELL (2017), mediocre trailers can kill a movie. Even a great movie can be brought down with a weak trailer (THE IRON GIANT is one example). Audiences, as we're supposed to, make the assumption that the trailer reflects the movie, and the cloy trailers for Sony Picture's LIFE, are barely watchable SyFy Channel gunk. No surprise then that LIFE, which opened to a dismal #4, didn't have the fuel for lift off. With a 55% drop in ticket sales, LIFE falls from #4 to #8 in its second weekend.
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. Drops out of the top 10 in its third week, falling from #10 to #13. Of course, the movie hasn't opened to the foreign market yet, so it's still possible that it can move out from beneath its $10 mil. budget. Practically anything is possible.
DIG IT UP
RAW. Who doesn't love an underdog story? Terrible, awful people, that's who.
In its fourth week, the low budget indie movie, RAW continues to rocket from an opening #53 on 2 screens, to a 4th weekend at #32 on 42 screens. That's a paltry number of screens so not a lot of people can see RAW yet, but those who have are Digging it!
Full information at BoxOfficeMojo.
Here we go again, though the Official Trailer #2 is a damn sight more compelling than Official Trailer #1.
In their modern Mummy movies, Universal always brings up the legend that this specific Mummy, Homotype of the 1990s or Ah man et of 2017, possesses "Unimaginable Power". The power to completely change our world into his/hers.
The very first question in everyone's mind is, how in the hell did the ancients stop him (1999), then her (2017), with nothing more than the brute strength of a handful of extra muscle men and a knife to his/her throat?
And if he/she didn't have that power before he/she was entombed, how the hell did he/she acquire that power while under the curse of the temple priests?
They were nothing but temple priests!
This question, the most immediate and obvious question, was never answered in previous Universal Mummy movies and that major plot hole yawned wider with every sequel, swallowing the franchise in short order.
Here's hoping Universal finally figured it out, since Bram Stoker's original novel certainly did.
I also like the repeated musical opening bars to The Rolling Stones', Paint It Black.
RICK AND MORTY, EPISODE 1 SEASON 3
Rick and Morty!
After well over a year, Rick and Morty is finally back and Rick is more Rick than ever!
What was prison life like for Rick?
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