The Monday Roundup Featuring John Oliver On Sex Education
Fantastic Four Tumbles In Opening Weekend
The Fantastic Four reboot fell victim to poor reviews and stumbled in its debut weekend. The film earned an estimated $26.2 million to finish second behind the second weekend of Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation. Josh Trank’s film earned a lower Cinemascore than even Pixels. The Gift, with a paltry budget of just $5 million, finished third over the weekend with $12 million in receipts.
I’ll have more on the weekend box office on Thursday in my Weekend Movie Guide. I’ll also look at the two films opening this weekend, Straight Outta Compton and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
John Oliver On Sex Education In The United States
Pepsi Rolling Out Diet Pepsi Without Aspartame
PepsiCo is revamping the formula for Diet Pepsi. Cans and bottles filled with aspartame-free Diet Pepsi will be hitting store shelves this week. The new formula uses acesulfame potassium and sucralose in place for the much-criticized sweetner.
Kylie Jenner Gets Birthday Ferrari From Tyga
Kylie Jenner just turned 18 and got a fancy gift from her boyfriend Tyga. The rapper gave her a brand new Ferrari 458 convertible valued at $260,000. Tyga, whose real name is Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson, is a 25-year-old rapper with Cash Money Records. His reality show, Kingin’ with Tyga, premiered on July 24 on MTV2.
Tyga is worth and estimated $5 million and is apparently terrible at managing his money. He also hasn’t figured out the whole paying rent on time thing as he just got sued by a landlord for the second time.
Jack Dorsey Buys More Twitter Stock
Our town’s Jack Dorsey made a big purchase this week. The co-founder and interim CEO of Twitter purchased $875,000 worth of shares in the company. The roughly 32,000 shares give him more than 21 million shares total. Twitter announced a multi-year content distribution deal with the NFL over the weekend. Rumors have gotten louder lately of Twitter possibly being an takeover target.
Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo Teaser Released
Amy Schumer: Live At The Apollo premieres on HBO on Saturday, October 17th. The special is directed by Chris Rock and was taped at the Apollo Theater in New York.
Bill Nye Film Passes KickStarter Goal
David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg of Structure Films are making a documentary about Bill Nye and “his quest to change the world with science”. The pair launched a KickStarter campaign on July 14 seeking to raise $650,000 for the project. As of today, The Bill Nye Film campaign has raised $680,735 from 13,896 backers.
New International Trailer Released For Star Wars: The Force Awakens
A new international commercial for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was recently released and features a cool shot of the First Order stormtroopers. The J.J. Abrams-directed sequel hits theaters on December 18, 2015.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Reporter Beaten And Robbed In Ferguson
Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. The death, which sparked a national conversation and the Black Lives Matter movement, was commemorated with various events throughout the weekend. A majority of the protests were peaceful, but not all. A pig was roasted and named after Darren Wilson, the officer involved in the altercation with Brown. Protesters then took the severed head of the pig to the Ferguson Police Department. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Paul Hampel was beaten and robbed while covering the protests last night in Ferguson. An 18-year-old protester shot at four police officers and was shot. Two police officers were pepper sprayed by protesters and at least one officer was hit by a flying rock. Two teens were shot from a passing vehicle early this morning as they walked near Canfield Apartments in Ferguson, the site of the Brown incident last year. Multiple protests are planned for today throughout St. Louis for what protesters are calling “Morale Monday”. Protesters are gathering as I write this at Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis.
Zac Efron And Dwayne Johnson In Baywatch?
According to The Hollywood Reporter Zac Efron is talking to folks about starring in the Baywatch movie alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon recently signed on to direct Baywatch. Filming could begin as early as February 2016.
Update: Dwayne Johnson confirmed that Zac Efron will join him for Baywatch
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) August 10, 2015
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