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 4 new releases that hit the theaters. But, get this…ALL FOUR new releases earned over $20M over the weekend. (The second time EVER in history according to boxofficemojo). Also one of the best February weekends in movie history, the box office took in roughly $188M.
Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Feb 10-Sun, Feb 12:
- The Vow ~$41.7M
- Safe House ~$39.3M
- Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ~$27.6M
- Star Wars: Episode I- The Phantom Menace (3D) ~$23M
- Chronicle ~$12.3M
- The Woman in Black ~$10.3M
- The Grey ~$5.1M
- Big Miracle ~$3.9M
- The Descendants ~$3.5M
- Underworld: Awakening ~$2.5M
#2- “Beauty of a Cast and Crew.” A new live-action feature film adaptation of the classic tale “Beauty and the Beast” is coming soon.
With other upcoming fairytale adaptations such as Mirror Mirror, Snow White & the Huntsman, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, etc, this comes as expected news. (Check out the news of Angelina Jolie cast as Maleficent in an upcoming Sleeping Beauty adaptation HERE). That news aside, it’s recently been announced who is set to star and who will be directing:
Director– Christophe Gans (directed Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf)
- Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Ocean’s Twelve): Expected to play the prince/Beast
- Lea Seydoux (Mission Impossible- Ghost Protocol): Expected to play the Beauty
When speaking about the upcoming project, here is what Gans had to say (courtesy THR):
“Although I will keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original, I will surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before and produce images of an unparalleled quality,” Gans declared in a statement.
“Every single one of my movies has presented me with a challenge, but this one is, by far, the most exciting and rewarding.”
What do you think so far? At least there’s very little possibility of it being worse than 2011’s Beastly.
#3- “Crowe Circling a Vampire Flick.” Russell Crowe is currently in negotiations to join a Dracula film project entitled Harker.
Announced last year, Harker is to be a retelling of the classic Bram Stoker tale which is told from the point of view of one Scotland Yard detective Jonathan Harker (whom Crowe is set to portray). Harker investigates recent murders of the vampiric king that are taking place in England. Tracking down Dracula as a super sleuth is something that the filmmakers are hoping will lead to a franchise series of films (Van Helsing meets Sherlock Holmes??).
Warner Bros. initially hired director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown, Orphan) for this project but removed him to have him head up the Akira project. Since Akira is currently in “production suspension,” they are hoping that he will come back and direct Harker. Harker‘s projected release date is tenatively set for some time in 2014.
#4- “New Poster for Machete 2” Yes, you read correctly, Machete 2.
More correctly entitled Machete Kills, this sequel is underway and, believe it or not, it is supposed to be the 2nd part of a TRILOGY, with the finale to be called Machete Kills Again. I wasn’t a big fan of the first one (my REVIEW), let alone two more, but this may come as great news to some. Here’s the promo poster for part 2:
The plot seems a bit more toned down and a lot more realistic than the first. <insert SARCASM>
Machete is hired by the U.S. government to take down a madman cartel leader and an eccentric billionaire arms dealer in Mexico who has hatched a plan to spread war across the planet with a weapon in space.
Well, don’t expect much. Machete Kills is scheduled to start filming this April and hopes for a 2013 release.
#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:
The Rum Diary– Johnny Depp fans may look to pick up this film featuring an American freelance journalist on location in Puerto Rico where times get wild and crazy during his stay there in the 1950’s. Receiving rather so-so reviews, perhaps renting it first may be best.
Also releasing: Take Shelter (Having JUST seen this in theaters, review is in “draft” status and will publish shortly. Stay tuned.)
Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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