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 previous winners of #1 spot in the box office were demolished by “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: The Avengers!” Not only did The Avengers take the #1 spot as the only wide new release, but it also smashed the all-time opening weekend box office record. Previously, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, pt 2 held the record from 2011 with $169M over an opening weekend. Well, HP 7.2 has been defeated and the record now belongs to The Avengers with $200.3. The Avengers is the FIRST EVER movie to break $200M on opening weekend!!
Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, May 4 -Sun, May 6:
- The Avengers ~$200.3M
- Think Like a Man ~$8M
- The Hunger Games ~$5.7M
- The Lucky One ~$5.5M
- The Pirates! Band of Misfits ~$5.4M
- The Five-Year Engagement ~$5.1M
- The Raven ~$2.5M
- Safe ~$2.47M
- Chimpanzee ~$2.39M
- The Three Stooges ~$1.8M
#2- “Avatar, Avatar, Avatar!” James Cameron is done making movies! Whaaa? Yep, he’s done making any movies that don’t begin with the letter “A” and are followed with the letters “v,a,t,a,r.”
In recent conversations, James Cameron has stated that the only thing he is interested in making is Avatar films, continuing the epic story.
“Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar, Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4.”
His interview with the New York Times at the Beijing Film Festival sheds a little more light on his comment:
“I’ve divided my time over the last 16 years over deep ocean exploration and filmmaking. I’ve made two movies in 16 years, and I’ve done eight expeditions. Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm. So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in theAvatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar, Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4, and I’m not going to produce other people’s movies for them. I’m not interested in taking scripts. And that all sounds I suppose a little bit restricted, but the point is I think within the Avatar landscape I can say everything I need to say that I think needs to be said, in terms of the state of the world and what I think we need to be doing about it. And doing it in an entertaining way. And anything I can’t say in that area, I want to say through documentaries, which I’m continuing.”
After his great success with Titanic and with Avatar, I expect that Cameron will be dedicating his time and efforts on the story continuations with hopes of having it turn into a series of sequels that only gets better…and not worse…as most sequels go. While release dates are still up in the air, with their working on technology developments for filming, the planned December 2014 release of Avatar 2 seems unlikely.
What are your thoughts? Are you ready for Avatar 2, 3, and 4? Do you want to see Cameron do something different?
#3- “Maleficent Has Her King.” The upcoming film, Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie as the evil queen from Sleeping Beauty legend is starting to take form.
The “prequel” of sorts to the fabled story of Sleeping Beauty is set to star Angelina Jolie and…
Copley (District 9, The A-Team) will be King Stefan (Aurora’s father) in the upcoming tale that tells why Maleficent cursed Aurora to begin with! This is welcome news to see Copley get more parts as he also was recently confirmed as the villain in Spike Lee’s Old Boy. Look for more news on Maleficent as the film is currently set for a March 14, 2014 release date.
Are you interested in this movie project?
#4- “From Toys to Games?” Now that The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, has a director (Francis Lawrence from I Am Legend), the rest of the cast and crew is starting to come together. Screenwriter Michael Arndt is currently in negotiations to pen the screenplay for the anticipated sequel.
Arndt previously wrote the screenplays for both Little Miss Sunshine and Toy Story 3. He was nominated for an Academy Award for both and won one for his work on Little Miss Sunshine. He will be a fine addition to the franchise once negotiations are finalized.
Catching Fire is coming together and is set to release in theaters on November 22, 2013.
What do you think of Arndt’s expected involvement? Are you a fan of his work?
#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:
Underworld: Awakening– Kate Beckinsale returns as Selene the Deathdealer after several years in cryo-sleep. Awakening to an unknown world with more enemies and unrealized events, she battles her fears and enemies from multiple fronts in an effort to survive. Lycans and vampires battle it out in this next installment of the Underworld series. (Read my REVIEW)
Several other films also release this week. Check it out!
Also releasing: The Vow (Read my REVIEW), Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and Mother’s Day
Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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