Mank – David Fincher Series

Welcome returning listeners and first time guests to the Back Lot 605 Podcast! This week we celebrate our final Episode of 2020 and the final Episode in our David Fincher film series! We are joined by fellow Sioux Falls, SD native and the host of The John and Heidi Show on Sunny Radio 93.3, John Small. John joins us this week as we tackle Fincher’s latest film, the Netflix original Mank. Have you had the chance to check out Fincher’s latest? Let us know in the comments!

Mank is the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and his journey in writing one of the great screenplays of all time, Citizen Kane. The film follows Mank’s struggles with alcoholism, societal recognition, and gaining the rights to his name on the acclaimed film as opposed by director Orson Welles. Gary Oldman stars in this biopic, alongside Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance.

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The Box Office

In the biggest box office weekend since the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic, the top four films all grossed over a million dollars. Coming in at number one is Wonder Woman 1984 with an impressive $16.7 million. The new Tom Hanks lead western News of the World takes the number two spot with $2.4 million. The Croods: A New Age continues it’s run with $1.73 million. At number three is Monster Hunter with over $1 million. Grossing over $680,000 in it’s opening weekend is Promising Young Woman at number five.

The News

With the release of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max and in theaters this past week it is no surprise to hear that Warner Bros. is planning a sequel. Patty Jenkins is set to direct the third film in the trilogy, with Gal Gadot returning as the titular character. No word as of yet if the film will continue the period piece trend of the first two.

David Gordon Green (Halloween Kills) is tapped by Blumhouse to helm their sequel to The Exorcist. Green having directed all three films in Blumhouse’s Halloween series, it is no surprise that the studio has tapped him to take on another famous series. The film will be a sequel not a remake or prequel, and is expected to pull a Halloween (2018) and ignore the other entries.

The Shameless Plugs

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About the Author
Casey Kelderman found a love for film at a very early age. One of his earliest memories of watching movies was the original Star Wars trilogy on VHS. Casey graduated from The University of Sioux Falls in 2017. At USF Casey produced weekly movie reviews and hosted a radio show. He graduated with a degree in Media Studies. Skills he learned in college have allowed him to help create Back Lot 605. He has produced and directed 4 short films. His favorite films include Halloween, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Die Hard.
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