Movie News Monday for January 2, 2012!

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”)!! (The first official ‘MNM’ of 2012)

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.”  This past weekend as 2011 departed and 2012 arrived there were no new wide theatrical releases, leaving the #1 spot in the box office up for grabs to the latest December releases!

*Every single one of the films in theaters this past weekend earned more than it did in the prior weekend! (Some earned as much as +$9M MORE, like War Horse!) Take a look and see how your favorite December films did in the final weekend of 2011!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Dec 30-Sun, Jan 1:

  1. Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol ~$31.3M
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ~$22M
  3. Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked ~$18.3M
  4. War Horse ~$16.9M
  5. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ~$16.3M
  6. We Bought A Zoo ~$14.3M
  7. The Adventures of Tintin ~$12M
  8. New Year’s Eve ~$6.7M
  9. The Darkest Hour ~$4.3M
  10. The Descendants ~$3.7M

Congratulations to Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol for hanging on to the #1 spot for the second weekend in a row.

#2-The Paperboy Delivers A Retro Poster!” The Paperboy is a film adaptation of the novel by Peter Dexter.

It follows a reporter for the Miami Times (Ward James, played by Matthew McConaughey) and his younger brother (Jack, played by Zac Efron) as they return to their hometown to investigate the possibility of a wrongful conviction of an inmate (played by John Cusack) placed on death row for the murder of a local sheriff. During these events Jack falls for the local girl (played by Nicole Kidman) who has been romantically corresponding with the convict!

Wow! What a intricately spun web of a story and love triangle that Millennium Films is bringing to the big screen! Directed by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), look for this film at some point this year. There currently is no official release date!

Interestingly enough this film was initially cast different, but several changes had to be made for differing reasons. Take a look:

  • Matthew McConaughey has replaced Bradley Cooper as Ward James
  • Zac Efron has replaced Alex Pettyfer as Jack
  • John Cusack has replaced Tobey Maguire as the convict
  • Nicole Kidman has replaced Sofia Vergara as the woman

What do you think? Which casted version of The Paperboy would you prefer to watch? (Still not sure what the title has to do with the story, but we’ll find out soon enough!)

#3- “Schwarzenegger Gets A New Name!” …a new name for his new film that is. After the 2012 release of The Last Stand and The Expendables 2, the former California governor’s next scheduled film (previously entitled Black Sands) has received a new title. The 64 year old action icon’s new film is now officially entitled Black Sunday and features Arnold as an immortal of some type. Here’s what they had to say about it over at CinemaBlend:

Schwarzenegger reportedly will begin filming Black Sunday, an action/sci-fi thriller that once was known as Black Sands and casts the brute as an immortal. “I’m kind of an angel,” Schwarzenegger says, though he stops short of elaborating on any specific plot details after that. The site speculates that Sunday could be a cross between Constantine and Commando, with archangel Arnold facing off against weapons dealers, though unless they’ve seen a script (which isn’t clear), it’s just that … speculation.

Thoughts? Would you rather see Arnold in another Terminator film instead? Production on Black Sands is set to begin in April and tentatively release in 2013.

#4- “The Impossible Trailer” Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor star in this upcoming drama (The Impossible) that surrounds a family caught up in the middle of one of the worst catastrophes of the last decade.

The trailer is in Spanish, so below is the translation of the phrases in between the scenes, followed by the trailer and the translation of the spoken words in the trailer.

On 26 December 2004, a devastating Tsunami hit the Southeast Asia coast. The lives of thousands of families around the world changed for ever. This is the true story of one of those families.

  • Woman: You like looking at the stars, right?
  • Boy: Yes.
  • Woman: Some of those stars went out a long long time ago.
  • Boy: They’re dead, aren’t they.
  • Woman: They’re dead, but they were once so bright that they shine through space and we can still see them.


“MARIA (Naomi Watts), HENRY (Ewan McGregor) and their three sons begin their winter vacation inThailand, looking forward to a few days in tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the center of the earth. As Maria freezes in fear, a huge wall of black water races across the hotel grounds toward her.

Henry grabs the two youngest boys, SIMON and THOMAS, but it’s too late: the wave smashes into him with incredible force and dislodges his grip. Maria is pushed underwater, where she is crushed and battered by debris to the brink of death. She finally surfaces in a raging black sea, which has completely submerged her three-story hotel and the surrounding landscape. Maria gasps for breath while she tries to understand what has just happened, convinced that her family has been obliterated in the blink of an eye. But then, her eldest son, LUCAS (Tom Holland), surfaces a few meters ahead in the wild flood. Face-to-face with something unexpected and incomprehensible, she must fight against all odds for her child’s survival. And her own.”

Currently, there is no release date available other than some time in the 12 months of “2012.”

Source: Collider

#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:

ContagionOutbreak without the monkey! 🙂 Okay, it’s more than just that! The star-studded and multi-faceted film that faces the outbreak of an unknown disease that threatens the lives of the entire globe. Check out Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Bryan Cranston, and several more in Contagion. (Review)

Also releasing: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (Review), The Guard, and I Don’t Know How She Does It

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

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!


up next: “Time to Vote Tuesday!”


  1. Woot! Outbreak without the monkey! So which one do you think is better? Contagion or Outbreak? This answer will determine whether I continue to follow you or not. I kid. I kid. =)


  2. Not too surprised about MI4 dominating box office, I think the positive word of mouth helped that movie.

    I like that Paperboy poster, though not sure yet about the movie. Not exactly a Zac Efron fan, ahah.

    Boy, is it me or Ewan McGregor is EVERYWHERE these days? Anyway, like Castor, I look forward to checking The Guard and Contagion on dvd.


    • Yeah, MI4 did amazingly well.

      I’m only looking forward to 1 Zac Efron movie: The Lorax! That’s it!

      and, yes, it is because of you that I realize just how much McGregor is in. Good for him. I just hope he doesn’t turn into Nic Cage!


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