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Your weekend movie news round-up!


Monday blues? Banish all sad thoughts with our round-up of the must-read stories that are making the headlines.

Rampage wins the box office battle

Never underestimate Dwayne Johnson, especially when he's paired with a rampaging CGI gorilla. The Jumanji star's latest, Rampage, based on the popular 1986 arcade game of the same name, toppled hit horror A Quiet Place to claim the US top spot with $35m this weekend, according to Box Office Mojo. When combined with its international grosses, the movie has already exceeded $148m, upwards of its $121m budget.

According to Forbes, the movie earned a strong $55m from the coveted Chinese market, which indicates Johnson's breakout appeal overseas. The star's most successful movie so far (as far as domestic box office figures are concerned) remains last year's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, with more than $400m in the bank. Internationally, the movie took $950m, and it remains to be seen where Rampage will come on Johnson's list of highest-grossing movies.

A Quiet Place meanwhile continues to ride rave reviews to gross more than $100m against its $17m budget, making it one of 2017's biggest success stories so far. What are your thoughts on both films? Let us know @Cineworld.

Full Metal Jacket star R. Lee Ermey passes away

Hollywood sadly bid farewell to an iconic hardass this weekend as R. Lee Ermey died at the age of 74. He was forever immortalised as the ruthless Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam masterpiece Full Metal Jacket, setting the standard for drill instructor portrayals the world over. Originally enlisted as a consultant on the film (Ermey had been a drill sergeant in real life), he then replaced the original actor when Kubrick expressed dissatisfaction. Improvising his way through a series of unforgettably brutal verbal assaults ("You're so ugly, you could be a modern art masterpiece"), Ermey's Golden Globe nominated performance went down in history.

Ermey's other appearances included David Fincher's serial killer classic Seven, playing the wry superior to Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt's detectives, and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. What's your favourite R. Lee Ermey performance? Let us know @Cineworld.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest director Milos Forman dies

More sad news out of Hollywood. One of its most celebrated filmmakers, Milos Forman, has passed away at the age of 86. The Czech-born director was esteemed as part of his home country's New Wave, delivering controversial movies like The Fireman's Ball, which was banned for several years.

In the late 1960s, Forman came to Hollywood where he proceeded to deliver several enduring masterpieces. Arguably the most celebrated is One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, adapted from Ken Kesey's novel and produced by Michael Douglas. This troubling, humorous and inspiring story of a group of patients in a mental hospital provided a memorably eccentric showcase for an Oscar-winning Jack Nicholson, and provided a platform for several breakout actors including Christopher Lloyd and Danny DeVito.

In fact, the film is only one of three movies to win the 'big five' Oscars (Best Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor, Actress), the others being It Happened One Night and The Silence of the Lambs. Forman's other celebrated works include Amadeus, the story of Mozart's rivalry with fellow composer Salieri, and Jim Carrey drama Man on the Moon, focusing on controversial comic Andy Kaufman.

What are your favourite Forman movies? Let us know @Cineworld.