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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.

Fifty Shades Freed wins the weekend box office

Author E.L. James' Fifty Shades trilogy was a literary sensation, and the subsequent movie adaptations have followed suit. The trilogy so far has amassed $1 billion at the box office to date, in part due to the barnstorming opening weekend performance of new movie Fifty Shades Freed.

The finak part of the trilogy, which concludes the romance between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson), opened to an impressive $137 million worldwide. According to Forbes, this breaks down as $38.8m in America and a further $98.8m in international territories.

Although its American debut posted lower box office results than predecessor Fifty Shades Darker ($46.6m, which in turn opened lower than Fifty Shades of Grey's $85.1m), it indicates there's a worldwide appetite for Christian and Ana's steamy relationship. The trilogy has a combined budget of $150m, so the initial global returns are no doubt encouraging.

Don't forget to watch Fifty Shades Freed this Valentine's Day.

Donald Glover helped with the Black Panther script

The man who will soon appear as young Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover, has his fingers in a lot of pies. Not content with his Atlanta TV show and chart-topping success as the (now retired) Childish Gambino, Donald has also advised on one of this year's most anticipated blockbusters.

It turns out both he and his brother Stephen had key input on Marvel's Black Panther, working alongside director Ryan Coogler to add further authenticity to the script.

"Donald and Stephen actually gave me notes on a draft," Coogler told Collider. "They came and took a day – they were really busy, they took a day and they read the draft and gave us notes."

The film has generated a lot of anticipation for being the first Marvel movie fronted by a predominantly black cast. And Coogler adds that Glover, a man who has his finger on the racial pulse courtesy of his stand up comedy and Atlanta, was invaluable.

"It wasn't that kind of a thing where it was 'change this, change that,'" Coogler said. "We were looking at ways to highlight a few more character things with specifically Shuri where she pokes fun at her brother. Donald's one of the funniest people that I know, so he had some interesting ideas. And Stephen's crazy talented as well."

For that reason, Glover is given a 'thank you' acknowledgement during the end credits. Want more Black Panther content? Check out our interview with producer Nate Moore right here.

Deadpool creator compares upcoming movie sequel to Aliens

One simply does not make a generic Deadpool movie. The foul-mouthed anti-hero's 2016 debut broke all the comic book movie rules with its assortment of naughty language and fourth wall breaking, so you might assume there's nowhere to go from here.

Not according to Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld. In fact, he says sequel Deadpool 2 deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as a certain 1980s classic...

"Deadpool was Alien," Liefeld told The Hollywood Reporter. "It’s brilliant. It completely works. It’s a masterpiece. Deadpool 2 is Aliens. It’s when James Cameron came in and said, 'OK you want me to do this? We’re going to make it bigger, put in loads more action.'"

High praise, indeed. The sequel introduces Josh Brolin's cyborg badass Cable, who is no doubt set to rub up against Ryan Reynolds' snarky title character in all manner of hilarious ways. Directed by John Wick and Atomic Blonde filmmaker David Leitch, Deadpool 2 arrives in the UK on 16th May.

Want more? Check out our breakdown of the Deadpool 2 trailer here.