‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s Title Is Explained, Along With A Wild Promo

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, has laser lassos, whiskey drones, and Channing Tatum as a cowboy secret agent named Tequila. In other words, Fox read our wish list. Kingsman also has an interesting marketing team, who’ve already brought us an Archer crossover, and now they’ve gone even bigger with a viral marketing event millions of people will see later today. Yes, they’re taking credit for the solar eclipse, playing it like a marketing stunt in the humorous video above.

They also released a brief TV spot in which Roxy (Sophie Cookson) explains how “The Golden Circle” got its name. The henchmen of main villain Poppy (Julianne Moore) burn off their fingerprints, file their teeth flat, and mark themselves with a 24-karat gold circle embedded into their skin.

Here’s an extended TV spot as well, featuring some of the actors including Taron Egerton (Eggsy), Mark Strong, Colin Firth, Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Pedro Pascal.

Kingsman: The Secret Service introduced the world to Kingsman — an independent, international intelligence agency operating at the highest level of discretion, whose ultimate goal is to keep the world safe. In Kingsman: The Golden Circle, our heroes face a new challenge. When their headquarters are destroyed and the world is held hostage, their journey leads them to the discovery of an allied spy organization in the US called Statesman, dating back to the day they were both founded. In a new adventure that tests their agents’ strength and wits to the limit, these two elite secret organizations band together to defeat a ruthless common enemy, in order to save the world, something that’s becoming a bit of a habit for Eggsy…

Kingsman: The Golden Circle opens September 22nd and blots out the sun later today.

(Via 20th Century Fox)

Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro offer tributes to Jerry Lewis

King of Comedy director Martin Scorsese and stars Robert De Niro and Sandra Bernhard were among those paying tribute to Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday at age 91.

“Jerry Lewis was a master. He was a giant. He was an innovator. He was a great entertainer. He was a great artist. And he was a remarkable man. I had the honor of working with him, and it was an experience I’ll always treasure. He was, truly, one of our greats,” Scorsese said in a statement.

Added De Niro in a statement, “Jerry was a pioneer in comedy and film. And he was a friend. I was fortunate to have seen him a few times over the past couple of years. Even at 91, he didn’t miss a beat… or a punchline. You’ll be missed.”

On Twitter, Bernhard added, “It was one of the great experiences of my career he was tough but one of a kind.”

The 1983 black comedy is arguably Lewis’ best onscreen performance as Jerry Langford, a late-night television host — a dramatic role that edged close to his real-life persona. “Look, I’m a perfectionist. I’m not always easy to work with. And if someone presses a button, I’ve been known to get crazy,” Lewis told EW about the performance in 2009.

How ‘The King of Comedy’ Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor

By the late 1970s, Jerry Lewis was becoming perilously close to being a has-been. After decades of celebrity – first in his successful partnership with Dean Martin, then later on his own as the star of comedies like Rock-A-Bye Baby and as the auteur behind epochal hits such as The Nutty Professor – the gifted comic filmmaker and host of the annual Labor Day Muscular

This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: How ‘The King of Comedy’ Proved Jerry Lewis Was a Great Actor

Box office report: Hitman’s Bodyguard bumps off Logan Lucky

Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson’s R-rated action-comedy The Hitman’s Bodyguard will survive the box office competition on another down summer weekend, grossing an estimated $21.6 million in the U.S. and Canada and debuting in the No. 1 spot. In doing so, the Lionsgate release is on track to top last week’s winner, Annabelle: Creation, and fellow newcomer Logan Lucky, Steven Soderbergh’s first film in four years.

Starring Reynolds as an “executive protection agent” tasked with safely escorting a top assassin (Jackson) to testify against a dictator, The Hitman’s Bodyguard is poised to slightly exceed industry projections, which had pegged it in the $15 million to $20 million range. That said, it also represents one of the lower first-place openings this year.

The film, directed by Expendables 3 helmer Patrick Hughes, has not impressed critics — it’s currently rated 39% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes — but moviegoers gave it a B-plus CinemaScore, indicating decent word-of-mouth prospects.

It’s a different story for the weekend’s other new release, Logan Lucky, which will slide into third place with an estimated $8.1 million.

Marking Soderbergh’s return to filmmaking from a self-imposed retirement, the Nascar-themed heist comedy has garnered excellent reviews (93% fresh) and boasts a star-studded cast that includes Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Daniel Craig, and Riley Keough. But the film hasn’t quite resonated with audiences, who gave it a middling B CinemaScore.

Soderbergh bypassed the studio system to get Logan Lucky into theaters, launching Fingerprint Releasing and teaming with indie label Bleecker Street to distribute the movie.

In between the newcomers is Annabelle: Creation, Warner Bros. and New Line’s fourth installment in the Conjuring franchise, which is on pace to earn an estimated $15.5 million this weekend. That figure marks a second-weekend drop of 56 percent — somewhat steep, though on par with the original Annabelle — and it brings the horror flick’s domestic total to $64 million after 10 days in theaters.

Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic Dunkirk and Open Road’s animated sequel The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature round out the weekend’s top five, grossing an estimated $6.7 million and $5.1 million, respectively.

Amid a summer season that has at times lacked for hits, two movies are set to cross box office milestones this weekend: Universal’s comedy Girls Trip will surpass $100 million in North American theaters, and Warner Bros’. superhero blockbuster Wonder Woman will crack $800 million worldwide.

Per ComScore, overall box office is down 5 percent from the same frame from last year. Check out the Aug. 18-20 figures below.

1. The Hitman’s Bodyguard — $21.6 million
2. Annabelle: Creation — $15.5 million
3. Logan Lucky — $8.1 million
4. Dunkirk — $6.7 million
5. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature — $5.1 million
6. The Emoji Movie — $4.4 million
7. Spider-Man: Homecoming — $4.3 million
8. Girls Trip — $3.8 million
9. The Dark Tower — $3.7 million
10. Wind River — $3 million

Jerry Lewis Once Wrestled With Andre The Giant And Was Afraid Of Hulk Hogan

Comedy legend Jerry Lewis passed away at age 91 this weekend. His contribution to pop culture — and culture — are undeniable, but here’s something you might not know: Jerry Lewis is undefeated in a pro wrestling ring, thanks to a little (lot of) help from his also legendary tag team partner, Andre the Giant. As if Jerry Lewis needed another excuse to be revered by the French.

The bout happened on a 1976 episode of The Mike Douglas Show, and saw Jerry and Andre take on Mike Douglas and super-heavyweight wrestler Chris Taylor. If you’ve ever seen the famous image of Andre hoisting Douglas over his head, it’s from this. Fun note: that’s legendary wrestler and promoter Verne Gagne as the referee, meaning Jerry Lewis once wrestled in a match featuring not one, but two future WWE Hall of Fame inductees.

Old Wrestling Pics shared a great image from the show on Sunday, featuring Verne, Chris Taylor, Andre and Jerry. Not Jerry Lewis’ fearlessness in no-selling a choke from the Giant.

If you remember Bob Uecker’s time with Andre, you know how rough that choke can be. The best part is that years later, Lewis brought Hulk Hogan onto one of his telethons.

That means Jerry Lewis of all people had televised segments with both sides of the WrestleMania 3 main event. We’ll keep looking to see if Jerry’s legendary career involved any 60-minute broadways with Ric Flair.