Hobbs & Shaw Ruled the Box Office Last Weekend

Greetings and salutations, and welcome to today's edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. What's topping the (news) charts this day? For starters, the latest Fast & Furious flick Hobbs & Shaw made bank at the box office. Also, Phil Lord and Chris Miller are going to Universal, and Batwoman is the future. Let's get started. Hobb's & Shaw Muscles Its Way to $60 million Opening Weekend Take that, Tarantino. Last weekend, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw made $60.8 million, topping the domestic box office and adding to its $180 million global take. The movie, starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, is expected to amass even more as the summer progresses and the power of the …

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

Greetings! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news recap. The Democratic presidential debates occupied a lot of screen time this week, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening in the world of entertainment. Let’s dive in. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie First thing's first: Yes, James Wan is still set to direct Aquaman 2. But before he does, he'll be direct what Variety calls "an untitled secret horror project" for New Line. No plot details are known, but it's expected that Wan will cowrite the script and start shooting this fall before moving on to the Aquaman sequel in 2020. Woodstock 50 Is Officially Dead Whoever had July 31 in the Woodstock 50 …

Jennifer Lawrence to Play Real-Life Mobster

Good day! Welcome to a new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. We're still in a bit of a post-Comic-Con slump, but that doesn't mean no stories are breaking in the world of entertainment. Like, for example, Los Espookys is coming back, and Jennifer Lawrence might be joining a mob (movie). Here we go! Los Espookys to Get Paid to Haunt HBO for Second Season Today in Good News For People Who Like Scary News, HBO announced this week that it's renewing Los Espookys for a second season. No word yet on when the oddball comedy, led by Portlandia's Fred Armisen, will return, but it will no doubt be full of strange delights. Jennifer Lawrence to Play a …

Spider-Man: Far From Home Continues to Rule the Box Office

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news roundup. What's in store this fine day? Well, for one, Spider-Man: Far From Home is still a blockbuster. For another, there might be a new 007 soon, and Avengers: Endgame just lost a box-office battle. Keep reading to catch up. Spidey Swings in to No. 1—Again Spider-Man: Far From Home continued its box-office domination this weekend, bringing in $45.3 million domestically. With no new tentpole movies hitting theaters on Friday, it was a pretty easy victory for the web slinger, whose latest film has made $850 million globally. His dominance, however, likely won't last long. Disney's remake of The Lion King hits theaters this weekend and is already making …

The New Charlie’s Angels Trailer Is Here

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. Today we have the first trailer from the new reboot of Charlie's Angels and a whole lot of news about Netflix. Let's get going. The New Charlie's Angels Trailer Is Here OK, so maybe we don't need another Charlie's Angels movie, but dammit—this looks really fun. Directed by Elizabeth Banks, who also plays Bosley, the film stars Ella Balinska, Naomi Scott, and Kristen Stewart—who is having the most fun—as the Angels and also Patrick Stewart as another Bosley. The movie, which seems fully dedicated to the notion that Kristen Stewart should face-punch bad guys in every film and possibly be the new 007, hits theaters in November. …

Toy Story 4 Just Crushed the Box Office

Good day! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of pop culture news. The big thing you missed over the weekend? Toy Story 4 giving Disney yet another massive opening following the successes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel, and Aladdin. And, as always, Netflix keeps making stuff. Let's get going. Toy Story 4 Tops Box Office With $100 Million-Plus Debut Another weekend, another chance for Disney to cobble together buckets of cash. The latest hit to come from the factory: Pixar's Toy Story 4, which nabbed $118 million at the box office in North America this weekend. That number is slightly below expectations, which were in the neighborhood of $140 million, but still enough to give Pixar's corporate …

Avengers: Endgame Is Getting Re-Released With Some ‘Surprises’

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. What's been happening in the world of entertainment? For one, Avengers: Endgame is getting re-released to theaters with some new footage. For another, writer/director/producer Janet Mock is going to Netflix. And finally, Pixar has a new movie slated for 2020 and it sounds like a trip. Let's begin. Avengers: Endgame Is Returning to Theaters With Some 'Surprises' Did you think the Avengers: Endgame box office domination was over? Think again. In an interview with ScreenRant, Marvel honcho Kevin Feige said that the movie will be re-released on June 28 and that while the it's "not an extended cut," the movie will feature "a deleted scene, a …

Men in Black: International Disappoints at the Box Office

Good day, and welcome to this Monday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture news roundup. Today, we've got some sad news from the box office and some good news about Steven Spielberg's West Side Story movie. Oh, Taylor Swift also released a new video. Let's get started. Men in Black: International Didn’t Make Much Money Last Weekend Continuing a trend of sequels and spinoffs underperforming this summer, Men in Black: International did not do well at the box office. Led by Thor: Ragnarok costars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, the film made just $28.5 million domestically this past weekend. Internationally, International made $73.4 million. This comes after franchise films like Dark Phoenix and Godzilla: King of the Monsters also …

Denis Villeneuve Is Working On a Dune TV Series

Hello! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop culture roundup. What's happening in the news today? Plenty, actually: Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve is working on a Dune television show in addition to his Dune movie; the cowriter of Coco is about to go to Narnia; and Facebook is commissioning even more shows. Let’s tune in. There's a New Dune Series in the Works For those who just can't get enough Dune, we have some good news. In addition to the new film set to be released in 2020, WarnerMedia announced this week that it is also working on a companion series for its streaming service. Titled Dune: The Sisterhood, the show will focus on the mysterious …

Keanu Reeves Showed Up at E3 to Say He’s in Cyberpunk 2077

Happy Monday, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all the world's biggest pop culture news. What's up this fine Monday? For one, Dark Phoenix bombed pretty badly, and for another, HBO cancelled Vice News Tonight. But let's get to the real reason you clicked on this story: KEANU. Keanu Reeves Surprised E3—in a Very Big Way Here's some news (probably) no one expected: Neo himself, Keanu Reeves, showed up at E3 yesterday. And, not only did he show up, he walked out on stage during Microsoft's Xbox event to announce that he'll be in the forthcoming game Cyberpunk 2077. The game doesn't hit consoles until April 16, 2020, but as soon as Reeves announced his involvement, …

Disney May Stop Filming in Georgia Over Abortion Ban

Greetings, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of entertainment and culture news. It's only been two days since our last installment, and man, a lot has gone down. For one, Disney could possibly stop setting up shop in Georgia if the state's anti-abortion law goes into effect. For another, Jessica Jones' third and final season is heading to Netflix in just a few short weeks. Finally, Tom King is working on the script for Ava DuVernay's The New Gods movie. Let's get to it. Disney May No Longer Film in Georgia Over Abortion Ban The list of Hollywood productions considering leaving Georgia over the state's new abortion ban continues to grow. Netflix voiced its intentions earlier …

Aladdin Made $113 Million at the Box Office This Weekend

Hello, and welcome to a post-Memorial Day weekend edition of The Monitor, WIRED's pop-culture news roundup. What's in store today? First up, Disney's Aladdin had a pretty big weekend at the box office. Also, Netflix picked up a couple of big movies at the Cannes Film Festival, and there might be another Alien prequel coming. Here we go! Aladdin Made $110 Million-Plus at the Box Office This Weekend Looks like the genie granted Disney's wish. The studio's live-action remake of Aladdin scored big at the box office over Memorial Day weekend, bringing in an estimated $112.7 million domestically. It’s the fifth biggest opening weekend for the holiday. (Disney also holds the No. 1 spot in that category for Pirates of …

John Wick Shot Down Avengers at the Box Office

Happy Post-Game of Thrones Finale Day and welcome to another installment of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup of the latest in pop culture news. What's happening right now? First of all, the Avengers have finally abdicated their perch at the top of the box office charts. There’s also another movie based on Mortal Kombat coming and a new trailer for Westworld. Want more? Read on. John Wick Shoots Down Avengers It was bound to happen sometime, and this past weekend Avengers: Endgame was finally bested at the box office. Earth's Mightiest Heroes came in second after John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum, which made $57 million domestically. The Avengers, on the other hand, brought in $29.4 million in their fourth weekend in theaters. …

Avengers: Endgame Is Gunning for Avatar‘s Box Office Record

Hello, and welcome to another Monday edition of The Monitor, WIRED's entertainment news roundup. Today, much like last week, we're talking about Avengers: Endgame, which is still ruling the box office. What else? Spider-Man: Far From Home has a new trailer, and the British Royal Family has a new baby. Let's get going! Avengers: Endgame Might Break Avatar’s Box Office Record In less than two weeks, Avengers: Endgame has brought in more than $2 billion globally at the box office. That makes Marvel's latest the second-highest-grossing movie ever—behind Avatar. But here's the thing: It took James Cameron's film 47 days to cross that threshold, and it took the Avengers just 11. Will Endgame break Avatar's $2.8 billion record? Ask us …

Last Night’s Game of Thrones Leaked Early Online

Good morning and welcome to a brand spankin' new edition of The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all things pop culture. Spring has sprung, dear reader, and we have a lot to share with you, including news about last night's Game of Thrones, Kanye West's appearance at Coachella, and this weekend's boring box office. Let's get going. Game of Thrones Leaked Online First, the most important question: Did you watch Game of Thrones last night? Lots of folks did, but a few got to see it—or at least got to see spoilers about it—before anybody else. The eighth season's second episode—"A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms," aka "Episode 69"—leaked online early via Amazon Prime in Germany. News about the leak hit …

Beyonc’s New Film Homecoming Is Headed to Netflix

Happy Monday, once again, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's roundup off the biggest pop culture news. What's shakin'? Well, for one, Beyoncé made a film for Netflix. Also, there’s another Walking Dead spinoff on the way, and the Cowboy Bebop series is staffing up. Giddyup! Beyoncé Is Coming to Netflix Over the weekend, via a very cryptic tweet, Netflix announced that Beyoncé's now-iconic Coachella performance would be coming to the streaming service on April 17. The tweet didn't include any footage or any further details, but a trailer that dropped today promises the special, called Homecoming: A Film By Beyoncé, will be "interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her …