Movie News Monday for March 5, 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, the #1 spot in the box office was obtained by one of the weekend’s 2 new releases. And it won in a BIG way. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax crushed the box office with the biggest earning opening weekend of the year so far and the sixth largest opening for any animated feature ever. Wow! Check out the report below to see just exactly how much it earned, along with all the other box office contenders.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, March 2-Sun, March 4:

  1. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax ~$70.7M
  2. Project X ~$20.8M
  3. Act of Valor ~$13.7M
  4. Safe House ~$7.2M
  5. Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds ~$7M
  6. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ~$6.9M
  7. The Vow ~$6.1M
  8. This Means War ~$5.6M
  9. Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance ~$4.7M
  10. The Artist ~$3.9M

Congrats to The Lorax on such an impressive weekend win! (Be sure you don’t miss my fun REVIEW)

(Also, congrats to The Artist for entering the Top 10 for the first time after 101 days in theaters!)

#2- “No Sequel for Segel.” Jason Segel is credited by many as the man who brought the Muppets back to the movies. I, for one, really enjoyed watching Kermit and the gang back on the big screen with tons of actor cameos along with (read my REVIEW). So, it comes as a bit of a surprise to hear that the planned sequel for The Muppets will be without Mr. Segel himself.

Due to scheduling conflicts with “How I Met Your Mother” and other projects (I didn’t even know they were still filming more seasons of that show anymore!), Segel will not be involved in the sequel starring the Muppets.

Here’s what Jason Segel had to say when asked about his absence in a recent interview with

“It’s true but it’s totally amicable. My goal was to bring The Muppets back and I did that leaving them in very good hands, my writing partner and James Bobin the director. I did what I set out to do, and now I wanna pursue more human-related projects (laughs).”

“All I wanted to do was to set the stage for them to do whatever they wanted. I’m sure I’ll return in some capacity here and there, but that was half a decade of my life. Five years of hard work. I’m ready for a little puppet break.” (watch the interview here)

Who knows? Perhaps Segel will be one of the cameos next time around.

Will you miss Jason Segel in the sequel?

#3- “RoboCop Recast.”The on-again-off-again remake project for the late 80’s-early 90’s film series RoboCop is starting to make headway. So many different stories and scripts have been rumored and submitted. Several actors have been speculated to star in the titular role. Well, those robotic shoes have now been filled.

photo courtesy ReelzChannel

Joel Kinnaman will be playing the role of the Detroit cop who was killed in the line of duty but revived and brought back to service rebuilt as a cyborg/human hybrid with a baaadd gun! 😀

Here’s a recut trailer of the original in case you would like a refresher:

Kinnaman’s most known for his role in the television series “The Killing”, but also recently starred in films such as Safe House and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. At this point in time, it is not being publicized how close this remake will be to the original that starred Peter Weller, but I’m willing to take a gamble and say it will be plenty violent. I just hope he says “Your move, creep!”

What do you think of Kinnaman’s casting? Are you ready for a new round with RoboCop?

#4- “BRAVE is beautiful” Check out this Japanese trailer with MORE FOOTAGE and gorgeous poster for Disney Pixar’s upcoming adventure, BRAVE.

Here is the synopsis:

Since ancient times, stories of epic battles and mystical legends have been passed through the generations across the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland. In “Brave,” a new tale joins the lore when the courageous Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald) confronts tradition, destiny and the fiercest of beasts.

Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin (voice of Kevin McKidd), surly Lord Macintosh (voice of Craig Ferguson) and cantankerous Lord Dingwall (voice of Robbie Coltrane). Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch (voice of Julie Walters) for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

Directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and produced by Katherine Sarafian, “Brave” is a grand adventure full of heart, memorable characters and the signature Pixar humor enjoyed by audiences of all ages. The film takes aim at theaters on June 22, 2012, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select theaters.

I can’t wait to see it.

Are you ready for the adventure? What do you think of the trailer/poster? 

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

IMMORTALS– Henry Cavill, Mickey Rourke, Frieda Pinto, and more star in this epic tale of battle among the gods, mortals, the titans, and a tyrant. Director Tarsem Singh brings a visually stunning battle from the big screen to the blu-ray player. Check it out. Not too convinced that it’s worth buying in 3D though. (Read my REVIEW

Also releasing: Jack and Jill, Footloose, The Skin I Live In.

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!”


  1. Everything that the marketing machine are spitting out for Brave I am just lapping up. It looks STUNNING. One of my most anticipated films of the summer, for sure!

    Kinnaman’s an interesting choice for Robocop. He’s made himself more known being in The Killing, which he’s great in. Had a small role in Safe House, so this could be a good move. But just waiting for the film to get out of production hell. Not that I think Robocop needs a reboot.


  2. I’m like Jaina, I don’t think Robocop needs a reboot. Not really familiar with Kinnaman, but that may not be a bad thing. I don’t think there’s any actor I know — barring, of course, Peter Weller, who is probably too old now — who I’d be “happy” to see as Robocop. An unknown might be able to pull it off.

    Not disappointed to see Jason Segel won’t be in the next Muppet movie. Not that he wasn’t great in The Muppets — because he totally was — but Gary and Mary’s story in it is done. So, truthfully, is Walter’s. They were a great way to revive the franchise, but I don’t really want to see them again except in cameos.


  3. I was hoping the RT scare for the Lorax would be better, but oh well. Still have the Hunger games after all 🙂

    And i didn’t notice Kinnamin in the Girl with the Dragon tattoo..and i’ve seen the Killing. I’m still not excited for the RObocop remake tho


  4. WOW, I didn’t know Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax was massively popular. I’m not familiar w/ that character/book so I don’t have any interest in it at all.

    Never even heard of Kinnamin but heh, yet ANOTHER remake, what else is new?


  5. Immortals is your blu-ray pick?! More importantly, a little film known as Monty Python and the Holy Grail is available on blu-ray this week! Not to mention Season 1 of the excellent series Game of Thrones.


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