Movie News Monday for August 1, 2011!

Welcome to the first “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”) of August! Hard to believe it’s here already…August, that is! July just flew by!

But, what is ‘MNM’ all about?

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.” Cowboys & Aliens fought hard for first place in the box office this past weekend, but instead of the lasso-ing aliens and gun-toting cowboys seeing green, they saw a lot of blue as The Smurfs were the biggest contender with them over the weekend! Very surprisingly, Cowboys & Aliens ended up tying for first place with The Smurfs…of all movies, The Smurfs. Wow! I can’t remember the last time there was an actual tie for first place over a weekend, but that’s what happened. Check it out. UPDATE: see who won the tie below the picture in RED

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, July 29-Sun, July 31:

  1. Cowboys & Aliens ~$36.2 million (NEW RELEASE)
  2. The Smurfs ~$36.2 million (NEW RELEASE)
  3. Captain America: The First Avenger ~$24.9 million
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ~$21.9 million
  5. Crazy Stupid Love ~$19.3 million (NEW RELEASE)
  6. Friends With Benefits ~$9.3 million
  7. Horrible Bosses ~$7.1 million
  8. Transformers: Dark of the Moon ~$5.97 million
  9. Zookeeper ~$4.2 million
  10. Cars 2 ~$2.3 million

Now, again, these are just the weekend estimates. Monday actuals still have to roll in. Do you think Cowboys & Aliens will still be tied with The Smurfs once the actual numbers pour in? Will the little blue guys take out the Daniel Craig and co.? Vote before the actuals post and there will be an update for this report this evening with the actual results for you to see!

Be BOLD, Come on, place a vote!!!!!!
UPDATE: Cowboys & Aliens wins with $36.4 million. Smurfs actually earned $35.6 million! Wow! Close!!

In other Box Office News: Harry Potter 7.2 beat Transformers 3 to the $1 Billion worldwide mark, and in just 19 days!! (photo courtesy boxofficemojo)

#2- “Thor’s not pleased!” Director of Marvel’s Thor, Kenneth Branagh announced a few weeks back that he would not be returning to direct the sequel featuring further adventures of the Norse god of thunder, much to the disappointment of lead actor Chris Hemsworth (and Yours Truly…I really like Branagh’s work).

According to the LA Times, here’s what Hemsworth had to say about Branagh’s decision:

“I’m really disappointed. Ken built that character, and everything I know about the Thor world I learned while shoulder-to-shoulder with Ken. I learned so much from him. As long as he’s happy, that’s the thing. I learned so much from Ken while we built [the first film], so at least I had that time with someone like that. The start of anything creative is the most important period in a way. That’s when the most can go wrong, and Ken made sure we got it right.”

Marvel studios president Kevin Feige did invite Branagh back to direct the sequel, but it was Branagh’s choice to decline the pressures of a successful sequel. I am glad for the setup work he established in bringing Thor to the big screen. Who do you think should direct the next one that’s scheduled to release in 2013? Any thoughts/recommendations?

#3- “Star Trek 2 not quite up in the air…yet.” Director J.J. Abrams still remains cryptic about the amount of progress made in bringing a sequel to 2009’s major blockbuster, Star Trek, to reality. Expected to jump right on the project after the release of Super 8, Abrams announced that they are making more headway than previously, but from the sounds of it, the proposed June 29, 2012 release date may be pushed back. According to the LA Times, here’s what Abrams had to say about ‘rushing’ Star Trek 2 to the big screen:

“There was a lot of desire [on the studio side] to fast-track a new ‘Star Trek’ and have it be shooting already. And in theory we could have done that. But what all of us [the creative team] were concerned about is the release date be the master we were serving. Nothing is more disheartening than something going in front of the camera before it’s ready. The crew can feel it and the cast can feel it. It’s just a heart-attack machine.”

I like the fact that Abrams sees value in not rushing such a paramount and fan-demanded sequel, but hopefully he will have more info to release at this month’s Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas!

Come on, Abrams! Everyone is looking to you for hopes of the sequel to release soon!

#4- “The Dark Knight’s Spy Pic Rises!” If you don’t want to see some spy pics from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, then close your browser window right now! Just released, here are just a couple of pics taken while a scene of a massive brawl took place earlier in filming! Here is just one of the pics…there are several more to be found by clicking HERE. See Bane in full costume, Batman in full costume, and more.

The Dark Knight Rises, directed by Christopher Nolan, stars Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Juno Temple, Liam Neeson (rumored), Nestor Carbonell, and more; and is set to release in theaters on July 20, 2012!

#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week pick up the following film on Blu-ray to add to your collection:

Rio -Blu, a flightless Macaw ends up transplanted from his domicile location of Minnesota to the beaches and jungles of Rio De Janeiro on an adventure with the “girl of his dreams!” This fun animated feature from the studios of Ice Age utilizes the vocal talents of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Jamie Foxx, and more!

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

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!


up next: “Time to Vote Tuesday!”



  1. Cowboys & Aliens getting trumped by the Smurfs at the box office must be the ultimate humiliation for all the folks involved. I still can’t believe went in droves to see that flick (not that C & A is a great movie)

    As for the Dark Knight Rises photos, I’m not covering that and ruining the movie for myself (and others)…


    • I know Castor, who would’ve thought?? I would never in a million years see the Smurfs movie though.

      I’m with you about TDKR, I saw it but didn’t want to read anything. It’s getting harder to rise above all the hype about any new superhero flick these days, the downside of the internet I guess.


    • I know. Feel for Favreau. But he congratulated them on Twitter over the wknd. I feel ya on TDKR, but there’s still those that wish to see the teaser stuff. Nothing tho will b as good as the actual movie! Can’t wait!


  2. Such a lot to take in here…

    OK, THOR No Brannagh? NOOOO

    Star Trek 2 me want!! Although they could tone down that awful lens flare thingy

    I love all TDKR spoiler images and videos out there. Loving the fight scene with Bane and Batman, makes me want to see it now!!

    Thanks for putting this together T


    • Scott, thank YOU for stopping in.

      I wish that Abrams would hurry up with some good quality info on ST2! I really want it too. And when it comes to Branagh…well, you already know how I feel. I wish he would return, but I understand why.

      TDKR…2 words: “Oh…BOY!” haha 🙂


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