Movie News Monday for January 23, 2012!

Welcome to this week’s edition of “Movie News Monday!” (“MNM!”)!!

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, #1 spot in the box office again went to 1 of 3 new releases that hit the theaters! Underworld Awakening, Red Tails, and Haywire entered the arena to compete against other January/December releases. One thing of note about 1 of the new releases (Red Tails), according to boxofficemojo, “Red Tails marks distributor 20th Century Fox’s best opening for a non-franchise title since last April’s Rio.”

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Jan 20-Sun, Jan 22:

  1. Underworld: Awakening ~$25.4M
  2. Red Tails ~$19.1M
  3. Contraband ~$12.2M
  4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close ~$10.5M
  5. Haywire ~$9M
  6. Beauty & the Beast (3D) ~$8.6M
  7. Joyful Noise ~$6.1M
  8. Mission: Impossible -Ghost Protocol ~$5.5M
  9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows ~$4.8M
  10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo ~$3.8M

Congrats to Underworld: Awakening! Taking out the competition!

#2- “Betty White to join Star Wars!” Okay, so that’s not really true, but I found this picture of Betty White online and just HAD to share it! There’s not really any news attached to it, except maybe for the fact that this amazing Golden Girl just celebrated her 90th birthday in a big way last week! Happy Birthday, Betty! The force truly is with you!

Thanks for indulging me! I just thought this was pretty sweet!! She could totally pull off being a Jedi! Leave a comment as to what you think her Star Wars Jedi name should be! 😀

#3- “Who’s Hosting?” Author Stephanie Meyer, most famous for penning The Twilight Saga, has another novel coming to film soon. Casting is currently underway for the film adaptation of her novel “The Host.” With Saoirse Ronan (Hanna) already on board, it looks as if Diane Kruger may soon be confirmed to play one of the leads!

Here’s what Deadline reported this past week in regards to this story:

Diane Kruger is negotiating to star alongside Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel in The Host, the Andrew Niccol-directed adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer science fiction novel. The film takes place at a time when a parasitic alien species called The Souls has just about wiped out the human population. The Inglourious Basterds star will play The Seeker, who is charged with overseeing the conversion of a young rebel soldier (Ronan) whose consciousness has been infiltrated by Wanderer, a soul that has taken control of bodies and minds but who is daunted by the young human’s spirit — and obsessed with the memories of her boyfriend and her brother — and sets out to track them down. The Seeker pursues her, knowing that the conversion of the rebel will lead to the discovery and eradication of the rebel movement.

-The Host is slated for a 2013 release under the direction of Andrew Niccol who also wrote the screenplays and/or directed Lord of War, In Time, and The Truman Show.

So far, the plot gets no points from me for originality (nor from the previous work of the author), however the involvement of Soairse Ronan (Hanna) and possibly, Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds, Troy) gives me pause to keep this one on my radar. How about you?

#4- “An ‘R’ rating is Expendable” The sequel to 2010 action-packed thriller The Expendables is set to release this upcoming August.

When The Expendables 2 releases, a couple of changes will be readily noticed by moviegoers:

  1. Tons more action stars, including Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris
  2. Hopefully better CGI and acting
  3. Oh, and the rating!

That’s right. Stepping down from an “R” rating to PG-13. It was reported last week, and then later confirmed by Sylvester Stallone himself that THE Chuck Norris agreed to appear in the sequel, but ONLY if the ‘vulgar dialogue’ was dropped in order to grant a younger audience access to the film by avoiding an “R” rating. Stallone stated in the aforementioned confirmation:

…before your readers pass judgement, trust me when I say this film is LARGE in every way and delivers on every level. This movie touches on many emotions which we want to share with the broadest audience possible, BUT, fear not, this Barbeque of Grand scale … Bashing will not leave anyone hungry.

This may actually make the film even better than the original as it forces the actors to actually have conversations that consists of more than 1 syllable words like “HEY!” or “SHOOT, EM!”, etc!

So…what did you learn? You learned that Chuck Norris really is the strongest man on the face of the earth (outmuscling all of those super-steroid stars!)…and he approves this message!!

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

50/50– A cancer comedy that is definitely worth a watch. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendricks, and Bryce Dallas Howard team up to tell this tale inspired by true events in the life of the screenplay writer Will Reiser. Don’t miss this one. (Read my REVIEW)

Also releasing: Real Steel (Read My REVIEW), Paranormal Activity 3, and The Whistleblower

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

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: “Time to Vote Tuesday!” featuring the AWARD CEREMONY with the results of The Red Web Awards!!!!!


  1. I knew there was a reason that I loved Chuck Norris! The way I see it is if your movie has to count on its vulgarity to gain watchers then the other content must be lacking… That said I am sure the Expendables will not disappoint in the area of epic insane action that will leaving you strapped to your seats! Great Movie News Monday read!


  2. I’m not at all concerned about the PG-13 rating for The Expendables. To be perfectly honest, most of the time swearing is used solely for the purpose of manipulating the rating — usually to push it higher so people “don’t think it’s a kid’s movie”. It’s just an attempt to manipulate the audience, and I’d like to think the audience can be smarter than that. (OK, so the target market for The Expendables isn’t exactly the introspective crowd, but I’m pretty sure even the simplest action movie fan can tell it’s an all-out action flick, with or without the F word.)


    • you’re right! I can do without the language, myself. I just hope they take into consideration some of the criticisms the first film received and make it even better. Don’t need tons of vulgarity…just a good story with great action and acting!


  3. I actually have a certain amount of respect for what Chuck Norris did, but being a Christian maybe I am just biased 😀

    Depending on the setting and character I feel language can be necessary at times in movies, but for a regular ol’ action flick that ultimately won’t be affected in any way by it, who cares? Haha.

    Thanks for sharing as always T 😀


  4. I find it baffling that Chuck Norris has such a problem with vulgar language, but he is perfectly okay with gratuitous violence and on screen murders. Is profanity worse than the mindless violence that will surely be in The Expendables 2?

    Anyway, I am happy to see 50/50 available for home viewing now. That is one of the rare recent releases that I am eager to buy. Such a great movie — it’s a shame that it has received little to no recognition during this awards season.

    Nice wrap-up, T.


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