Movie News Monday for June 25, 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 one who shot down the competition to win her own hand! Pixar’s Brave (one of the 3 wide new releases of the weekend) became Pixar’s 13th #1 movie in the box office! Placing it at #5 in overall Pixar 3-day opening gross earnings. Wow! It would seem that Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (Click HERE for my friend Tajuana’s review) will be seeking more movie watchers as it hopes to extend its number of theaters this next week (only 1,625 theaters got it this past weekend).

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, June 22 -Sun, June 24:

  1. Brave ~$66.7M
  2. Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ~$20.2M
  3. Abraham Lincoln:Vampire Hunter ~$16.5M
  4. Prometheus ~$10M
  5. Rock of Ages ~$8M
  6. Snow White and the Huntsman ~$8M
  7. That’s My Boy ~$7.9M
  8. The Avengers ~$7M
  9. MIB3 ~$5.6M
  10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World ~$3.8M

Congrats to Pixar’s Brave!

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Save the Date!” The time has come again for some release date change news. I know you love it when you plan to see that ONE movie and then, as fate would have it, the date gets changed and the planned vacation you had scheduled around the original date is now all screwed up. (haha, I HOPE you didn’t plan vacation centered around the movies listed below!) Here’s who’s moving:

1. The Bourne Legacy -has moved back one week from August 3 to August 10 in order to not have to be completely blown out by July 20th’s The Dark Knight Rises and also to not have to compete against Total Recall on August 3 (that would’ve been a second big action movie on the same day).

2. Alex Cross -the first installment of the James Patterson novel-to-film series starring Tyler Perry will now release on October 19th instead of the 26th. It has moved up and will compete with Paranormal Activity 4.

3. The Big Wedding -this comedy starring Robert DeNiro, Katherine Heigl, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams, Ben Barnes, and Topher Grace has now moved in on Alex Cross‘ original date and will open on October 26th instead of the 19th.

4. The Babymakers -moved from July 27 to August 3 to “compete” against Total Recall.

5. Scary Movie 5 -Yes, FIVE. Has been pushed back nearly 3 months and will be releasing in April 19, 2013 and star Ashley Tisdale.

What are your thoughts? Disappointed, Surprised, etc?

#3- “DC puttin the pedal to the metal.” DC has finally released the info on one of their “secret movie projects” in the making. Men In Black 3‘s director Barry Sonnenfeld is set to direct a film adaptation of the 60’s comic book heroes The Metal Men.

Courtesy ScreenRant, here is a little more explanation of the characters:

Metal Men (in their original comic run) were created by a scientist in the field of AI, named Dr. William Magnus. The team is composed of six robots, each made of a single chemical element with qualities that are reflected in their personalities and abilities (and obviously, their names). Hence, Gold is the leader, Iron is extremely strong, Lead is loyal, but “thick” and slow-witted, Mercury has a short temper (hot-headed – get it?), Tin is neurotic and insecure – and Platinum… well, believes herself to be a real woman.

Do you like the idea so far for the Metal Men?

#4- “Slim Chances for the Thin Man.” Johnny Depp hasn’t seen too much success lately in the box office (The Tourist, Dark Shadows, The Rum Diary). And, to top off all of the reported delays and issues that seemingly never separate themselves from The Lone Ranger production, MORE not-so-good news comes his way. Warner Bros is reportedly slowing down on moving forward with the passion project of Depp’s The Thin Man at the moment.

“I got the blues…”

With no leading lady still chosen and no greenlight to get the project truly rolling, The Thin Man reboot still was gaining attention and momentum, however, the attached director Rob Marshall has now been reported to be looking to move on to other things (namely, Disney’s Into the Woods). With all of these setbacks, Warner Bros is not fully committed to putting any plan in motion for The Thin Manat this time. We will see what the future holds. Depp is in no hurry, but I’d like to see this sooner rather than later myself.

The original Thin Man (William Powell) with his wife Nora (Myrna Loy)

Are you ready/interested in The Thin Man MORE than The Lone Ranger?

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

The Artist– Winner of 5 Academy Awards (including BEST PICTURE), get ready for one of the most pleasant and amazing movies of last year! I have been waiting for the release of The Artist on blu-ray for quite some time. Now! Starring Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, John Goodman, and more, this “silent” film will now please audiences in their homes for years to come! You MUST check out this movie! Read my REVIEW.

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

Also releasing: Wrath of the Titans (Read my REVIEW), Mirror Mirror (Read my REVIEW), 21 Jump Street (Read Guest REVIEW), and A Thousand Words.

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. Hi, Terrence and company:

    Wow! (And not in a good way)

    Does America and the world need a NEW Wedding flick?

    ‘Metal Men’ would work infinitely better as an animated project. What’s next on the DC Menu du Jour?

    ‘The Sea Devils’?
    ‘The Suicide Squad’?
    ‘Challengers of the Unknown’?
    ‘The Doom Patrol’?

    Personally, ‘Challengers…’ would have the best shot in live action for DC’s answer to Marvel’s ‘The Fantastic Four’.

    ‘The Thin Man’?… Are you kidding me?!!!! (Bad Word! Bad Word! Bad Word!)
    After ‘The Lone Ranger’ tanks, and it will. Johnny should cast a serious eye to a few years’ sabbatical!

    I need coffee!


  2. The Metal Men? Definitely a strange choice for DC to take. While I could see it being decent, it’s not going to be an easy one to adapt, and it’s going to be considerably harder to sell. Also, I was going to be irked about the newscaster leaving out Tin, but then realized that this is perfectly appropriate for how Tin gets treated. 😀

    “Are you ready interested in The Thin Man MORE than The Lone Ranger?” is basically asking “Which unholy abomination are you looking forward to more?”. 😛


    • I agree that Metal Men is an odd choice. Really not sure what to think about that. Never even really heard of them, myself. They have work to do to capture an interested audience.

      LOL at your Thin Man and Lone Ranger comment. It’s true and a shame, because both (right now) are pretty destined to not do well at all.


  3. I had no interest in going to watch BRAVE when I saw the trailer for it during a screening of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNSTMAN recently, but I did think that it looked like a cute little movie. Maybe I’ll check it out, who knows! As for THE BOURNE LEGACY, I think that pushing back the release date was a good move by the distributors because the box office is shaping up to be a very competitive market this summer….but that’s good for audiences because there will be lots of highly anticipated movies to choose from.

    I’d rather have to make a decision between several films that I really want to watch than being presented with film choices that I’m less-than enthusiastic about. That said, I didn’t plan on watching another BOURNE film until Matt Damon was back on board but now I’m curious to see whether Jeremy Renner is going to continue the franchise’s “legacy” of quality action and suspense that fans are used to seeing in those films.


    • Bourne has much to gain with this release date change for sure.

      I agree with you on choices. It is so nice to look through the movies playing and have the problem of having to make a choice as opposed to having the problem of not having any real choice at all.


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