Alex Kurtzman says making 2017’s The Mummy was the worst decision of his career.
“But alas, the critical and commercial failure of the Tom Cruise-starring The Mummy movie, starring Sofia Boutella as the eponymous sarcophagus-dweller and Russell Crowe as the Nick Fury-Esque Dr. Jekyll, killed the whole thing long before it could even become a disappointingly dull cinematic universe like the other high-profile attempt to do the Avengers thing. Now, Mummy director Alex Kurtzman—who was also one of the architects of the Dark Universe itself—is speaking out about the film, telling the podcast Bingeworthy (via The Hollywood Reporter), ‘[The Mummy] was probably the biggest failure of my life, both personally and professionally.'”
Dreamwork’s latest animated flick, The Bay Guys, made a surprising debut atop the box office this past weekend. At the same time, other original films such as The Northman and The Unbearable Weight of Massive talent failed to live up to expectations.
“Farewell Fantastic Beasts, we hardly got a chance to know you. In what can only be called one of the most daring box-office heists of the spring, Universal’s new animated comedy, The Bad Guys, stole the weekend’s top spot in broad daylight, making off with a hefty $24 million haul. The multiplex larceny came at the expense of Warner Bros.’ latest big-budget Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, which nosedived to third place in its sophomore frame—an ominous sign for the long-running wizarding franchise. Meanwhile, two other new wide releases joined them at the top of the charts: the arty, mud-and-blood-soaked Viking saga The Northman and the Nicolas Cage meta-action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.”
Aesop Rock’s “Long Legged Larry” makes its second debut as a free downloadable game for mobile.
“Around this time last year, longtime collaborators Aesop Rock and Jeremy Fish presented Long Legged Larry, an altruistic and particularly well-abled frog, who hops from place to place looking to help ease folks’ troubles. Larry made his world debut across multiple platforms: as a song, a stop-motion animated music video, and as a beautiful beanbag toy with sick shorts and a big beard. Today, Larry’s multimedia incursion into the world has cleared yet another hurdle, manifesting a free downloadable game for iOS and Android developed by Logan Hoelscher and inspired by Jeremy Fish’s artwork and the aforementioned video by Rob Shaw. Users play as the heroic namesake frog, using his extraordinary hopping skills to save a few newfound friends in need. This game offers two difficulty levels to choose from and many challenges to overcome as you valiantly hop your way through multiple levels of danger and obstacles, many of which harken back to the song’s original storylines.”
Ewan McGregor rewatched the Star Wars prequel movies for the first time since the trilogy’s release in preparation for his return as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“Ewan McGregor’s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi has been a long time coming. For many, he was the saving grace of the Star Wars prequels (even if I disagree that he was the only good thing) and his take on the beloved character changed how many of us saw Ol’ Ben Kenobi.”
After battling against Jim Carrey’s Dr. Robotnik for two straight movies, Sonic the Hedgehog is set to face a much different challenge in the third film of his series.
“Sonic the Hedgehog 2 brought in more of the franchise’s lore that Sega has been building on over the years; not just in the form of the Blue Blur’s friends Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessy) and Knuckles (Idris Elba), but Master Emerald that serves as the driving force behind several Sonic games. With a third film and Knuckles spinoff already greenlit, the question among fans has naturally become what other elements from the games will be incorporated into future live-action material. And if you saw the film’s post-credits scenes, you already know that the third film is going to bring in one of the franchise’s biggest players.”
NBA star Zion Williamson teases an upcoming collab between his Jordan Brand shoes and the popular anime Naruto.
“Fans cannot wait to witness Zion Williamson‘s high-flying dunks and electrifying performances on the basketball court again, and while he remains sidelined due to injury, the young hoops phenom is putting forth efforts into building up his signature sneaker catalog. Rumors of the Jordan Zion 2 have already started to circulate, but before he gets to that unveiling, the athletic forward has brought light to an upcoming Naruto x Jordan Brand collaboration.”