A Box Office ‘Purge,’ Marvel Casting, Jon Stewart’s Movie and More News of the Day

The Purge

Plenty of entertainment news happened over the weekend while you were girding your loins for a very special season finale of Game of Thrones (or going outside like a normal person, perhaps). We’ve rounded a bunch of it up into a neat little news package we call our afternoon Biz Break. 

The Purge killed the box office this weekend, earning a cool $36.4 million and handily beating The Internship, which finished fourth. What does this say about us as a society? That we’re ready to begin lawless 12-hour annual kill parties and that we don’t like Google commercials. Or something along those lines.

Jon Stewart is off to make a movie, but before he handed his Daily Show seat over to John Oliver, he used his last show of the summer to explain the backstory of Rosewater, the Gael Garcia Bernal film he’s set to direct. It’s based on a story that began with a Daily Show interview and ballooned into an international crisis.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Rasputin, or so it is said by Hollywood trades and fans of unconventionally sexy Russian monks alike. Like a dirty, vodka-soaked Casanova, Rasputin was known to be quite the ladies man. There seems no better time to bring him back, as beards are in.

Marvel is casting its own Quicksilver to go along with the version we’ll see in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Yet while Fox and Singer got Kick-Ass role player Evan Peters as the son of Magneto, Marvel appears to be going after Kick-Ass himself, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, for The Avengers 2.

Rory Kinnear as the new Doctor Who seems to be the prevalent rumor of the day, supported by whatever “polling data” was available to The Telegraph and its columnist, The Mandrake. Which has us wondering why we didn’t think to hire someone named The Mandrake who speaks in third person to break entertainment news first. Damn you, The Telegraph!

Louie will be back in spring 2014 for a long-awaited fourth season. It’s been said for some time that Louis C.K. was taking some time off to rest and recharge after his long tour and comedy specialing. Now he’ll get back to work in the fall on the show that Maron is trying (and failing) to be.

Watch Neil Patrick Harris’ Tony Awards opening number if you want to be a happy person. Spoiler: jabs at Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables are always welcome, Dr. Horrible.

Roland Emmerich can’t leave alien invasions alone, at least not according to his upcoming development slate. He’s secured the rights to Emergence, a large scale alien invasion movie. As many have pointed out, this is surprisingly not about an Independence Day sequel in any way.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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