Movie News Monday for July 30, 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 Dark Knight Rises stayed above the other “non-competitive” wide new releases in the box office. At #1 again, the conclusion kept its top spot and took its overall gross to ~$289 million (surpassing its production budget of ~$250M). Great to see Moonrise Kingdom still in the Top Ten this past weekend. Go see it (Here’s the review.)

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, July 27 -Sun, July 29:

  1. The Dark Knight Rises ~$64M
  2. Ice Age: Continental Drift ~$13.3M
  3. The Watch ~$13M
  4. Step Up Revolution ~$11.8M
  5. Ted ~$7.4M
  6. The Amazing Spider-Man ~$6.8M
  7. Brave ~$4.2M
  8. Magic Mike ~$2.6M
  9. Savages ~$1.75M
  10. Moonrise Kingdom ~$1.39M

Congrats to The Dark Knight Rises!

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “First Look: Trouble with the Curve!” Clint Eastwood returns to acting sans directing in this upcoming film about “an aging Atlanta Braves scout with vision problems named Gus (Clint Eastwood), who recruits his daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) to be his eyes for a recruiting trip.” (Courtesy Reelz) Co-starring John Goodman (Gus’s boss) and Justin Timberlake (rival scout who respects/admires Gus), Trouble with the Curve focuses on Gus and his search to prove his use as a scout and father. It is Goodman’s character who urges Mickey (Adams) to accompany Gus on his scouting trips while realizing that his time as a scout may be just about over.

Check out these first looks at the upcoming theatrical release.

Trouble with the Curve releases in theaters on September 28, 2012.

Are you ready to see Eastwood on camera once again?

#3- “Heeeeeerrreeee’s Johnny!…again (sort of??)” Warner Bros. has announced their consideration to produce a prequel to 1980’s The Shining. According to the Los Angeles Times, the studio is “exploring the possibility of a prequel to ‘The Shining.'”

Who would have the great task of writing/producing such a film? Writer/producer Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island, Avatar) and Bradley Fischer and James Vanderbilt. The film will, of course, deal with the events that took place at the hotel before Jack Torrance (Nicholson) showed up.

Currently the film is “in a very early stage and not even formally in development.” However, it is reported that The Shining author, Stephen King, is also currently writing a prequel to the 1977 novel, but there are no plans announced yet as to if this prequel will be a screen adaptation of the new book.

Are you ready to visit Overlook Hotel again?

#4- “Anna Karenina featurette” A new featurette for the upcoming Focus Feature (re)production of Anna Karenina has surfaced. In an effort to bring some attention to this beautiful looking rendition of the story, Keira Knightley introduces another look at this time-period drama that releases this year along with The Great Gatsby and Les Miserables. Some tough competition for Academy Awards in the final quarter of the year.

Check out the featurette.

Anna Karenina releases on November 9, 2012.

Are you interested in this film?

#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection: (Not much releasing this week…)

No, seriously…there really isn’t anything worth buying that releases as far as full feature films go. Check them all out HERE.

You can, however, purchase the History Channel’s Hatfields and McCoys at least.

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!” 


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