Film Bits: Marvel Lets the Gods out in First ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer

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‘Thor’ Teaser Brings the Thunder

It’s set to be a big year at the box office for Marvel. While every year is technically a big year for the studio—they typically bring in well over a billion dollars every year—this year is going to be even bigger owing to the fact that they’ll have three movies hitting screens this year, compared to their usual two. With Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming, their billion this year seems already in the bag. Adding in Thor: Ragnarok pushes things to towering heights. Especially if the first trailer has anything to say about it. While short on plot specifics, what we see in the trailer seems to indicate that Marvel is done messing around. Ragnarok looks every bit the spectacle it ought to be, with Cate Blanchett and Jeff Goldblum leading the batshit charge full speed ahead. And then there’s Hulk. Fighting Thor. In gladiatorial combat. Hell. Yes. Thor: Ragnarok opens November 3.

(Marvel)

Carrie Fisher to Appear in ‘Star Wars Episode IX’

The untimely death of Carrie Fisher last December left a massive hole in our world, one that won’t be filled quite so easily. It also left many wondering what would become of Princess Leia in future installments of Star Wars. The actress had already completed her role in the upcoming The Last Jedi, but work on the yet titled Episode IX had yet to begin. While Disney shot down rumors that they’d digitally recreate the actress (like they did with Peter Cushing and a young Fisher in Rogue One) they still said they’d planned on including the character in the final chapter of the main saga. Now, according to her brother and daughter, Princess Leia will live again thanks to previously shot footage of the actress in character. We’ll probably know more about this next week after Star Wars Day, but most likely this means that the role in the next movie will be chopped and reenvisioned for its follow up. Either that or they’ll take previously cut footage from The Last Jedi and rework it somehow to keep the character alive. Neither route is ideal—originally, Leia’s role in the final film was said to be significant—but it beats having the character killed unceremoniously off screen.

(THR)

‘The Boss Baby’ Tops Box Office for Second Week in a Row

It was another huge week for The Boss Baby. The Alec Baldwin led family film topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, earning $26.3 million, just ahead of the Disney’s Beauty and the Beast which took in $25 million in its fourth week of release. Newcomer Smurfs: The Lost Village brought in $14 million while the remake of Going in Style brought in $12.5 million. Rounding out the top five was Ghost in the Shell, which took in a disappointing $7.3 million in its second week of relief. For the full top ten, see below.

  1. The Boss Baby-$26.3 million
  2. Beauty and the Beast-$25 million
  3. Smurfs: The Lost Village-$14 million
  4. Going in Style-$12.5 million
  5. Ghost in the Shell-$7.3 million
  6. Power Rangers-$6.2 million
  7. Kong: Skull Island-$5.8 million
  8. Logan-$4.05 million
  9. Get Out-$4.02 million
  10. The Case for Christ-$3.9 million

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