Movie News Monday for April 2, 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 went to The Hunger Games once again. Beating out 2 new releases, The Hunger Games won the hearts and dollars of moviegoers throughout the weekend.

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

  1. The Hunger Games ~$61.1M
  2. Wrath of the Titans ~$34.2M
  3. Mirror Mirror ~$19M
  4. 21 Jump Street ~$15M
  5. Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax ~$8M
  6. John Carter ~$2M
  7. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen ~$1.3M
  8. Act of Valor ~$1.06M
  9. A Thousand Words ~$915,000
  10. Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ~$835,000

Congrats to The Hunger Games!

#2- “Kutcher gets the Job.” So many April Fools bits of movie news launched yesterday, but one bit of news that turned out to be true was that Ashton Kutcher has been picked to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic of the famous Apple co-founder.

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This definitely does come as a bit of a surprise, but the film entitled Jobs, is set to begin filming in May with Kutcher as the main man.

What are your thoughts on this recent casting news?

#3- “Woman in Black to arrive again!” The Woman in Black: Angels of Death is the next installment in the series of this year’s theatrical thriller. And after The Woman in Black‘s great overall performance in the box office, it looks as if the sequel will be on its way. Apparently, it is being reported that the screenwriter for The Woman in Black will not be returning, and don’t expect to see Daniel Radcliffe return either, but the film is looking to develop rather quickly.

Here’s the press release (Courtesy Collider):


Hammer, Alliance Films, and Cross Creek Pictures re-team with acclaimed author Susan Hill on follow-up to The Woman In Black

2nd April 2012:  Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media, Hammer’s parent company, announced today that Hammer and Talisman are in development on Susan Hill’sThe Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, a new film which continues the story of The Woman in Black 40 years on.

The Woman in Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by James Watkins (Eden Lake) has become the highest grossing British horror film of the past 20 years, grossing over $33 million in the UK and recently crossing the $120 million box office mark worldwide.

Screenwriter Jon Crocker (Desert Dancer) is now developing the screenplay for the next instalment in the series, The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, based on an original story by Hill, under development for the past few years and now complete.

The Woman in Black was set in the early 1900’s and based on the tale of a young lawyer who is ordered to travel to a remote corner of the UK, to sort out the papers of a recently deceased client. In the eerie setting of Eel Marsh House he discovers the vengeful ghost of The Woman in Black.  This next instalment, The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, will continue this story four decades later and focus on the concept of a couple and the experience they have when they encounter the haunted setting of Eel Marsh House.

The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death will be brought to the big screen by the same production team behind The Woman In Black. The Film will be produced by Exclusive Media, Talisman, Cross Creek Pictures and Alliance Films, in addition to Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, who will serve as Executive Producer.

Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer Films said: “We are proud and honoured to be working with Susan again on The Woman in Black: Angels Of Death, a wonderful new tale every bit as atmospheric and terrifying as its predecessor The Woman in Black.”

Nigel Sinclair Co-Chairman and CEO of Exclusive Media added: “It’s thrilling to be able to work with someone of Susan’s literary calibre on such a fascinating project. It’s also fantastic to have Jon on board again to help bring this new story to life on the big screen.”

Did you watch the first one (well, the remake) with Daniel Radcliffe?

Are you interested in this sequel?

#4- “New trailer for Total Recall!” After waiting through the weekend, the trailer for the upcoming adventure remake, Total Recall, has finally surfaced with plenty of recognizable faces. Don’t look for Arnold though.

Looks fun. Total Recall hits theaters August 3, 2012.

Do you like the trailer? Interested in the film? 

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

We Bought A Zoo– Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and several others star in this delightful film of a man who tries his best to bring his family, himself, his staff, and his animals together to a place of self-reliance, confidence, and happiness. I enjoyed We Bought A Zoo and hope you do too. (Check out my REVIEW)

Several other films also release this week. Check it out!

Also releasing: War Horse (REVIEW)

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. Totall Recall looking pretty good. Kutcher as Steve Jobs is an odd choice… did you really say he’s at the helm? As in directing? Bet he did the casting then too.


  2. It’s disappointing to see Kutcher turn out to be the choice to play Steve Jobs in the coming biopic. This will pretty surely mean I will not be going to the theater to catch this one.

    As for Total Recall, it looks interesting enough, but I’m not in love with the choice of the cast, which makes me doubt about how good it will end up being. I will probably still give it a go.



  3. Tanks to the Hunger Games i’ve jumped to 7th place in the HFD 🙂

    And i wasn’t all that interested in the Jobs biopic in the first place. The way they started it so soon after his death made it seem…just wrong to me.

    Total Recall looks ok but not anything i’m going to rush out to see


  4. I’m liking the look of Total Recall. The movie probably won’t be that great (I expect something along the lines of I-Robot lol) but yea, looking forward to it 😀 And Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, that’s just sad…


  5. Woman in Black does not need a sequel! As far as I was concerned it was a contained story that had a suitable, rounded conclusion. This screams of cashing in and that rarely ends in a decent movie.


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