Movie News Monday for April 16, 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.”  Okay, so…fourth time’s the charm??! This past weekend, the #1 spot in the box office ONCE AGAIN went to The Hunger Games for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th weekend in a row! Beating out 3 more “new” wide releases, The Hunger Games completely ate up the box office contenders in a rather mild-earning weekend in theaters. The last movie to win the box office 4 weekends in a row was James Cameron’s Avatar. Wow!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, April 13 -Sun, April 15:

  1. The Hunger Games ~$21.5M
  2. The Three Stooges ~$17.1M
  3. The Cabin in the Woods ~$14.9M
  4. Titanic 3D ~$11.6M
  5. American Reunion ~$10.7M
  6. Mirror Mirror ~$7M
  7. Wrath of the Titans ~$6.9M
  8. 21 Jump Street ~$6.8M
  9. Lockout ~$6.25M
  10. The Lorax ~$3M

(As usual, when final numbers post, this may vary a little…especially with how close #6-#9 are in the estimates!)

Congrats once again to The Hunger Games! The Odds appear to STILL be in your favor. I have no doubt with next weekend’s releases that The Hunger Games will be #1 for a 5th weekend in a row. Any takers?

#2- “Get Ready for the Flood!” Earlier this year it was announced that director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Fountain) would be bringing a movie of biblical epic proportions to the big screen. His passion for the biblical account of Noah’s Ark to come to the big screen will soon be a reality. Just this past week, a release date for his film was announced.

Scheduled to begin filming this July, Paramount Pictures announced that Aronofsky’s Noah would be releasing in March 28, 2014.

Starring Russell Crowe as the biblical prophet (confirmed), a casting rumor includes Jennifer Connolly as Noah’s wife. (again, Connolly’s casting is only rumor at this point in time)

Here are some quick thoughts from Aronofsky on his project, courtesy GeekTyrant:

Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen. 

Noah was the first person to plant vineyards and drink wine and get drunk. It’s there in the Bible – it was one of the first things he did when he reached land. There was some real survivor’s guilt going on there. He’s a dark, complicated character. The tragedies we perform on each other are so well reported. Quite clearly, the planet is dying, and we are dying on it.  

I was stunned going back and realizing how dirty some of those stories are. They’re not PG in any way. They’re all about sleeping with your brother’s sister who gives you a child who you don’t know. That kind of stuff got censored out of our religious upbringing.

It’s a great script and it’s huge… It’s the end of the world and it’s the second most famous ship after the Titanic. So I’m not sure why any studio won’t want to make it… I think it’s really timely because it’s about environmental apocalypse which is the biggest theme, for me, right now for what’s going on on this planet. So I think it’s got these big, big themes that connect with us. Noah was the first environmentalist. He’s a really interesting character. Hopefully they’ll let me make it.

…there’s a big villain part, gotta have a villain in the story of Noah,” Wells added. “Someone who’s saying ‘Listen, don’t listen to him. We’re fine! We don’t need to build any ark. Don’t be so alarmist! Don’t be so fundamentalist.’ You know? One of those guys. So it sounded like a lot of fun, actually.

Look for more on this project as details emerge.

What are your thoughts on this recent news on Aronofsky’s passionate project?

#3- “Robocop Rounding Up Suspects! ” The remake Robocop project already has found its star in The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman. But director Jose Padilha and distributor Sony are looking to fill the roster of supporting actors for the exciting remake.

Get ready…here come the rumors of questionable origin.

Rumor has it: Sean Penn, Edward Norton, Rebecca Hall, and Gael Garcia Bernal are all said to be interested in joining the crew.

Hmm. According to CinemaBlend’s report on the rumor, here’s how the speculated casting is rumored to be like:

Norton would play a character actually named Norton, who helps bring the Robocop to life; Rebecca Hall would play the former wife of the cop Murphy who is turned into Robocop after his death, while Bernal would play his former partner who starts up a relationship with the widow. Penn’s role would be a right-wing news reporter who presumably gets involved in the central plot somehow.

Remember, as I said, there has been no confirmation on any of this rumor, but it is fun to read and speculate. Keep a lookout for updates on this upcoming film. It is tentatively scheduled to release on August 9, 2013.

Are you excited to see Robocop on the big screen again?

#4- “New Images for G.I. Joe: Retaliation!” Are you ready for the upcoming action packed sequel featuring the 80’s heroes we all loved? I remain hopeful that this is one of those rare instances where the sequel ends up being much better than the first installment. G.I. Joe: Retaliation looks to be an explosive adventure.

Take a look at some of the newest images from the set of the upcoming action flick starring Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Rza, Adrianne Palicki, and more.

Click the picture to enlarge

G.I. Joe: Retaliation is set to hit theaters on June 29th.

What do you think of the new set photos? 

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

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol– Your mission…that you BETTER choose to accept, is to buy/rent/watch this 4th installment of the series after it releases on Blu-ray this week. Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, the gorgeous Paula Patton…there is so much to enjoy in this film and it is a must-see. (Read my REVIEW)

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

Also releasing: Shame and The Divide

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. I’ll look forward to anything by Aronofsky. And big ships. I like them too. Robocop remake is pointless but getting Norton and Penn involved and Jose Padhila is a great director so could be cool. Could definitely re-watch MI4. Awesome action flick!


  2. Noah sounds interesting. Love what Aronofsky comes out with and this looks very promising.

    If Robocop can pull off a decent cast, I might give it the time of day. Nothing will ever replace the original though. EVER.

    GI Joe Retaliation has added Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – that’s enough to make it better!


  3. I think Robocop is one of those (rare) films that could actually benefit from a reboot of the franchise. The original is great but kind of got “washed-out” with loads of sequels and the “meh” tv show.

    Genuinely looking forward to GI:JOE. I’m one of the only people on the planet that enjoyed the first one and I stand by the fact that any film is improved by at least 10% if you add Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.


  4. Hi T, well you know I LOVE Biblical films but I shall proceed with caution because of Aronofsky. From what I read previously, seems like he wasn’t really going to be faithful to the Good Book, y’know what I mean? The whole time he’s talking about Noah, never did he mentioned that he was a man of God and how he loved the Lord. He wasn’t an environmentalist, I mean I don’t think people even knew what that meant, he was simply obeying God’s commands. He trusted God despite what the unbelievers said. So I guess those people are gonna be the villains?? Ah well, I’m probably in the minority as I’m sure people don’t care that he’d take so much liberties with the story. Sorry, I don’t mean to be so glum but I actually wince every time I hear about this project (though you know I love Russell Crowe). I hope he’ll prove me wrong of course, as I’d LOVE to see the [true] story of Noah given the epic treatment.


    • that is a concern of mine as well.

      I’m glad you mentioned it. I hope that Aronofsky’s passion is portrayed and that it is shared with a passion to tell the account of Noah correctly as well. You’re right. and so many filmmakers cower away from doing so. We’ll just have to wait and see I suppose.


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