Cinemas are awakening from a now 2 year slumber
Excited movie goers are getting back into their seats and enjoying some time away from Netflix as the silver screen ignites with a series of new films.
Hollywood felt the cold slap of Covid-19 and lockdowns, with productions put on hold, actors forced to isolate and a long list of shows impacted by the pandemic.
The industry however, remains resilient as we look back on some of the highest grossing movies of all time and celebrate the potential some of the sequels have to offer! – Presented by Top Shelf International
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – 2018
There is no doubting the effect super hero movies have had on Hollywood – Director Martin Scorsese has referred to comic book movies as “Theme parks” and described them “Not cinema”.
No matter where you sit in relation to these movies there is no doubting their success when it comes to franchises, toys, games and of course movies!
After a decade of movies that introduced us to various comic legends Infinity war brought them all together to take on their most powerful enemy yet.
The Avengers must stop Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, from getting his hands on all the infinity stones. However, Thanos is prepared to go to any lengths to carry out his insane plan.
And we were all there to watch as this movie marvel grossed $2.048 billion!
#4 STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – 2015
$936,662,225 is a lot of galactic credits! The first film in the sequel trilogy that saw a new order threaten to destroy the New Republic. Not a bad earning for Disney’s first romp into the galaxy far far away.
The film was criticised for generous borrowing of beloved ideas from George Lucus’ original trilogy. Audiences were quick to spot similarities between certain characters and locations but the film was fresh enough to excite fans for what the other two films might offer.
Join Finn, Rey and Poe as they find a way to stop the evil First Order and find Luke Skywalker, the last surviving Jedi before it’s too late.
#3 TITANIC – 1997
One of the few all time classics on this list, James Cameron inspired audiences worldwide as it raked in a whopping $2,201,647,264. The film saw a brief re release to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic which earned it an additional $343.6 million worldwide!
Watch Jack and Rose fall in love despite their differences as this iconic vessel departs on its maiden and final journey. And even if you don’t enjoy the romance of this one, the attention to detail and celebration of this engineering marvel remains on point.
#2 AVENGERS: ENDGAME – 2019
Second on this list is the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War with a gross of $2.7897 billion worldwide, Endgame was truly the event movie of the year as it wrapped the impressive ten year journey of some of our favourite comic book heroes.
After Thanos, an intergalactic warlord, disintegrates half of the universe, the Avengers must reunite and assemble again to reinvigorate their trounced allies and restore balance to the galaxy. This movie was in fact the first-ever film to earn over $1 billion within its first weekend, after release!
#1 AVATAR – 2009
Top spot on this list is James Cameron’s sci-fi epic: Avatar. The technology that brought this film to life was an impressive leap in 3D image technology.
For those wanting to get the most out of the experience there was the IMAX and 3D iteration of the film. Avatar was one of the first widespread worldwide movie experiences that pushed the price tag higher for movie goers.
The film follows Jake, who is paraplegic, he replaces his military serving twin on a planted known as Pandora. His mission presents questionable moral concerns, especially as the natives of Pandora begin to accept Jake as one of their own.
And while it looked for a moment as if Avatar 2 may actually make a 2021 release… The film had to be delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Disney has pushed it back once again to December 2022.
The gaming industry won’t be left out with the upcoming “Frontiers of Pandora” video game set to release in 2022.
The open-world action-adventure video game will stick closely to the Avatar film series. Developed by Massive Entertainment and is set to be published by Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Amazon Luna and Stadia as well.
Check out the teaser trailer below:
Issey Miyake, Japanese fashion designer dies aged 84
The fashion world is in mourning after the loss of Issey Miyake
Renowned Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake has passed away at age 84.
Internationally-recognised, Issey Miyake, had been battling liver cancer.
His experimental designs generated a cult following, particularly in the art world, as they resembled what is seen in galleries around the world.
His creations seemed more like sculptures than items of clothing.
While it is now common practice for designers to show their work in the art-world, when Issey Miyake first garnered popularity back in the 1980s, it was unusual.
Issey Miyake grew up in Japan before working in Paris with other renowned designers.
The life of immortal Australian performer, Olivia Newton-John
The world has lost a true Hollywood legend, Olivia Newton John has passed away at the age of 73
Olivia rose to stardom for her remarkable performance in hit musical “Grease” where she co-starred alongside Actor John Travolta, in 1978.
She was just 29 years of age, playing the role of an innocent teen in love with the bad boy.
Together, they won hearts across the world, bringing in a whopping $395 million USD from the box office.
A movie star turned cancer advocate, Newton-John spent much of her later years fiercely fighting for awareness and further research.
We take a look back on her life, her legacy and the hole she is leaving behind
Long before Olivia Newton John became a household name in Hollywood, she started from a home in Melbourne.
Born in Cambridge 1948, her family emigrated to Australia. The youngest of three children. Her teenage years saw her became a major drawcard on the Happy Show.
But the bight lights of Melbourne in the 1970s could never contain that voice.
She moved to the UK and in 1974 represented the Britain in the Eurovision song contest.
Australian trailblazer Helen Ready encouraged Olivia to move to the United States where she quickly climbed the charts.
She certainly had somewhere else to go – Rydell High.
She scored the role in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit, despite her concerns about being 29, playing a high school senior, insisting on a screen test with John Travolta.
Now the girl from Melbourne, was now a Hollywood star.
And there was nowhere to hide – Grease became the biggest box office hit of 1978.
Olivia Newton John’s career soared
Just like Sandys transformation in the film, Olivia was ready for a new spandex clad image, just in time for the 80s.
Pioneering an iconic look and telling us all…”let’s get physical”
Physical smashed the charts, before she starred alongside Gene Kelly in her second major film, playing the star.
In 1986 she gave birth to her daughter Chloe and resumed her career in the early 90s, before she was diagnosed with cancer – receiving the diagnosis the same weekend her father died.
She survived and became an advocate for breast cancer research, teaming with the Victorian government to create the Olivia Newton John cancer wellness and research centre in Melbourne.
Leading a three week, 230km walk along the great ocean road to raise funds.
Forever passionate about the environment. She cancelled a tour of Japan over the slaughter of dolphins.
She battled in her personal life too. Her partner Patrick McDermott disappeared on a fishing trip in 2005. Her daughter faced health problems
Through all her battles, she continued performing.
An immortal Australian performer, a passional advocate for health, the voice of a generation.
Anne Heche fighting for life in coma
U.S. actress Anne Heche is in a coma following a horror car crash in Los Angeles
Heche’s representative has confirmed the 53-year-old is fighting for her life in an “extreme critical condition.”‘
There are concerns Heche may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, after plowing into two separate homes.
New reports also suggest Los Angeles Police Department requested a warrant to test Heche’s blood to determine if she was under the influence.
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