Movie News Monday for January 31, 2011!

Welcome back to another edition of “Movie News Monday!” The LAST ‘MNM’ of January! In case this is your first time here, “Movie News Monday! (MNM)” is the place to visit every Monday for a quick recap of trending entertainment news! I’ve collected info, rumors, etc from all over just for you to keep you updated on movies being released, actors/actresses in roles, dvd releases to keep a lookout for, which movie won in the box office over the weekend, etc! Are you ready for your weekly update? Here it is!

This Just In!!…

#1- “The Weekend Winner.” The final weekend of January brought chills to many moviegoers as Sir Anthony Hopkins’ The Rite took first place in the box office. As stated before, January traditionally doesn’t bring the greatest blockbuster movies to the big screen since the big focus in Hollywood is awards. March is the month to wait for!

In other box office news, True Grit and Little Fockers both released 6 weeks ago and battled for 1st place 3 weeks in a row. Currently, between the two, True Grit holds top spot at $148 million and Little Fockers at $144 million after 6 weeks! Hooray True Grit! Anyways…here are the numbers from the weekend. What movie did you see?

  1. The Rite ~$14.7 million
  2. No Strings Attached ~$13.4 million
  3. The Mechanic ~$11.4 million
  4. The Green Hornet ~$11.2 million
  5. The King’s Speech ~$11.1 million
  6. True Grit ~$7.5 million
  7. The Dilemma ~$5.7 million
  8. Black Swan ~$5.1 million
  9. The Fighter ~$4.0million
  10. Yogi Bear ~$3.2 million

I don’t know what possessed so many more people to see The Rite this weekend!

#2- “No Longer A World Without A Superman!” After several weeks of wondering: 1-will a new Superman movie finally be made?, 2-who would direct it?, and 3-who would play as Superman? we finally get some answers. Well, the first two questions were answered on Movie News Monday several weeks ago (1-Yes, and 2-Zack Snyder with Christopher Nolan producing). BUT, question #3 (Who would play as Superman?) has finally been answered.

Today is Kal-el Day! Congratulations to Henry Cavill who will be donning the blue and red as the Man of Steel. Cavill, known for his work in The Count of Monte Cristo and The Tudors, actually auditioned for the part when casting for Superman Returns was still open, but director Bryan Singer chose Brandon Routh instead. This time he made it!
Superman, I’m sure, he can pull off, but I will be interested in seeing how well he does Clark Kent. Also, I just recently learned that Matthew Goode (Ozymandias in Watchmen) was the runner-up to be chosen for the Last Son of Krypton! Had no idea he was even being considered!
Congratulations to Henry Cavill. It will be interesting seeing a British actor as the one who fights for “Truth, Justice, and the American Way.”

#3- “Bardem: Bond’s Baddie??” More news surrounding the new Bond 23 flick in the works! After learning that Judi Dench will be reprising her role as M, news hit the web that Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men, Biutiful) has been offered a role in the film. His part is currently unknown, but widely rumored to be the villain, which would make sense seeing how he won an oscar for his role in No Country for Old Men.

#4- “Prometheus Possibilities.” Earlier this month it was announced that Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel would NOT be an Alien prequel, but instead was a movie entitled Prometheus. Scott was quoted as saying that the film had evolved beyond the original concept into a “new, grand mythology and universe.” This news disappointed many Aliens fans. Well, fear not. It has now been reported that Prometheus will apparently have ties with the Alien franchise and that the aliens themselves will be shown in the film. Here’s a quote as reported by reelzchannel from an exclusive source to Sky.

“They’ve built the ‘space jockey’ cockpit at Pinewood as seen in the original Alien film, so it definitely takes place in the same world as Alien. Despite that press release that seemed to indicate there were no aliens in the movie, the familiar HR Giger-style aliens do appear. Big ones apparently.”

We shall see. Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace, is set for a March 2012 release.

#5- “Blu-ray release for Tuesday, February 1, 2011.” Let Me In…a remake of the Swedish film Let The Right One In…tells the story of a young boy, alone, who befriends a girl with an unusual secret. The bond that they share after he lets her into his life is very unique. I enjoyed this darker tale and can’t wait to check it out again. Returning to more original lore of vampires, Let Me In will keep your interest without the need for sunglasses from the glitterized bodies of vampires from recent “would-be” vampire movies. (Hint-hint…Twilight!) haha! Click HERE for my review on Let Me In.

Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!” Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!


up next: “Time to Vote Tuesday” (be sure to vote on last week’s poll HERE! It closes tonight!) and the review for 127 Hours.

BTW: The site JUST passed 10,000 all time views!!! Thank you to all of you who stop by! 🙂


  1. ah, you see Terrence, if you visited HS and FC more often 🙂 you would’ve known that both Flixy and me talked about Matthew Goode being a possible Superman many times last year 🙂 Matthew even won some polls over at my place.

    YAY for Cavill – I’m overjoyed.


  2. He..he.. Dezzy beats me to it. Yes, we’re both overjoyed for Cavill! I’ve always been more of a DC girl than Marvel and this casting certainly wins more loyalty points from me 😀

    As for The Rite, y’know, I didn’t even dare to see the trailer but from what I’ve read so far I’m quite intrigued. Did you see it, T? If so, I’m curious to read your review.


    • You know, I just finished Let The Right One In and if you love that one then I think you will really enjoy Let Me In. The way in which the story is told and the character’s relationships has more depth. I like the sequence of events and the “caretakers” story more in director Matt Reeves’ retelling. I HIGHLY recommend checking out Let Me In! Don’t get me wrong..the Swedish version is great too..glad I watched it..but I like the differences in Let Me In a little more!


  3. Congrats on hitting 10k! I wonder how Cavill will do as Superman and what the movie will focus on. Hopefully the movie shows off how strong Superman realy is as well as Returns did.


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