Movie News Monday for June 11, 2012

After a break from blogging over the weekend (sorry for my absence), here is your movie news update to start your week! (Review for Prometheus to publish later this evening!)

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, Prometheus landed in theaters alongside Madagascar 3. And the #1 spot in the box office went to the Polka-dot Afro Circus! Not much of a surprise, but these 2 wide new releases claimed the top 2 spots. In related news, The Avengers stayed in the top 5, while Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom moved up in the ranks and became part of the Top 10 with showings in only 96 theaters nationwide!!!!!!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, June 8 -Sun, June 10:

  1. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ~$60.4M
  2. Prometheus ~$50M
  3. Snow White and the Huntsman ~$23M
  4. Men in Black 3 ~$13.5M
  5. The Avengers ~$10.8M
  6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ~$3.2M
  7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting ~$2.7M
  8. Battleship ~$2.3M
  9. The Dictator ~$2.15M
  10. Moonrise Kingdom ~$1.6M

Congrats to Madagascar 3!

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Robocop Reboot Recruits'” The Robocop reboot has been shaping up lately with additions to cast and crew. With The Killing‘s Joel Kinnaman in the titular role under the direction of José  Padilha (Elite Squad), and Gary Oldman already set to play the scientist who created Robocop, it looks to be coming together quite well.

Recently, there have been further rumored reveals of who may be very close to signing a deal to join the cast. Check it out:

1. Abbie Cornish (Sucker Punch, Limitless) -being sought to play the female lead role of Kinnaman’s character’s wife/”widow.”

2. Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, The Avengers) -being sought to play Pat Novak, a “charismatic TV mogul and a powerful force in the Robocop world.” (According to THR)

With the screenplay written by James Vanderbilt (The Amazing Spider-Man, Zodiac) and an impressive cast to hopefully look forward to, this “new story within the old one” (as Kinnaman has described it), definitely looks like it will be worth waiting for! A tentative release date for Summer 2013 has been loosely set and targeted.

The pieces are all coming together!!!

What are your thoughts on the casting updates? Does this project interest you?

#3- “Bye-Bye, Kermit…Hello new frog.” Since the Jim Henson Company no longer owns the rights to any of the classic Muppets characters, it is interesting to hear news that they are looking to produce an animated feature about another frog’s adventures. Just the past week, it was announced that the company is making steps towards developing an animated film based on the children’s books Frog and Toad.

The Wheels on this project are turning!

Written by Arnold Lobel, the adventures of Frog and Toad were highly read by many and inspired a love a reading! Along with great illustration in the books, it is nice to know that the Jim Henson company will be making this an animated feature as opposed to puppetry use.

Look for more news on the adventures of one happy-go-lucky Frog and one irritated and grumpy Toad…the amphibious friends who find trouble and adventure together!

Did you read Frog and Toad? Does this news make you smile like it does me?

#4- “Snow White to get together with The Huntsman again.” With the success of Snow White and the Huntsman (SWATH), it comes as no surprise that a sequel is fast in the making. Believe it or not, though, it was reported a long time ago that SWATH would be the first of a trilogy. (This makes sense now after watching the film and seeing just how little it really is about Snow White and the Huntsman).

Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart sure do love them sequels! 😀 (ThorAvengersTwilight) = job security!

Apparently, Universal Studios has director Rupert Sanders returning to direct the sequel, but the screenwriter is currently reported to be David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Spider-Man). This comes as welcome news for me as the writer in the “first installment” really hurt the beautifully filmed feature, in my opinion (read my REVIEW).

Undoubtedly, more news will follow, but this is one instance where I would expect the sequel to exceed the first…and that, my friends, is good news!

I have no idea where the story might go (which intrigues me), but I’m sure Charlize won’t be happy if they exclude her…though I don’t know how they would include her short of flashbacks. But…if looks could kill, she’s probably staring at the producers as we speak!

Are you ready for Round 2 of SWATH?

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

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows– This sequel to the Guy Ritchie-directed adventure of Sherlock Holmes stars returning cast along with new additions as Holmes and Watson (Downey, Jr. and Law) continue sleuthing and galavanting in this fun-filled adventure loaded with disguises and action. Get ready to own the next in the series as they go up against the likes of Professor Moriarty! Read my REVIEW.

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

Also releasing: Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (Read my REVIEW), Good Deeds

Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”

Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!

T, The Focused Filmographer

up next: Review for Prometheus and “Time to Vote Tuesday!” 



  1. Robocop is shaping up to be pretty damn amazing so far. Got to admit, looking forward to it.

    Could the SWATH sequel just have less Snow White and more Huntsman as it’s unlike to have any more Queen. Charlize was the highlight of SWATH! I don’t think I could stand more from KStew.


  2. Not that excited about the Robocop reboot but we shall see. Abbie Cornish seems too good an actress to be doing such a movie though. Meh, I won’t watch the SWATH sequel even w/ Hemsworth, I mean seriously, can’t stand K-Stew!


  3. LOL at Robocop’s pieces coming together 🙂 Not sure about remaking a classic as always but it’s an intriguing collection of talent and I hear Hugh Laurie is going to play the bad guy.


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      Hugh Laurie, huh? that’s news to me. I would like to see him take on some more serious roles after he’s proven he can do it with House, MD. The only movies starring him that come to memory right now are Arthur Christmas and 101 Dalmatians, so to see him as a more serious villain would get me interested.


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