Movie News Monday for September 10, 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 at the box office was the WORST weekend in years when it comes to earnings (and arguably the movies to choose from as well). The weekend earnings overall haven’t been this low since the exact same weekend in 2008! As stated, yes, there were external factors such as the beginning of the NFL season and school starting up, but the biggest reason: the movies offered in theaters themselves.

The #1 spot in the box office arena once again went to a lackluster movie among other lackluster movies. Not even the mediocre 2 wide new releases could find their way into the top spots. (The Cold Light of Day didn’t even make the Top 10 with $1.8M)! The top 2 spots are an exact repeat (in placement) as last week. Hurry up and get here, November and December. I’m ready for Skyfall and The Hobbit.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Sept 7 -Sun, Sept 9:

  1. The Possession ~$9.5M
  2. Lawless ~$6M
  3. The Words ~$5M
  4. The Expendables 2 ~$4.8M
  5. Bourne Legacy ~$4M
  6. ParaNorman ~$3.8M
  7. The Odd Life of Timothy Green ~$3.7M
  8. The Campaign ~$3.5M
  9. The Dark Knight Rises ~$3.3M
  10. 2016 Obama’s America ~$3.3M

Congrats (again) to The Possession. (Go see better movies, folks!) 😉

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Dreams Coming True.” DreamWorks Animation has announced their feature film line up all the way through to the year 2016. Since the recent team-up with 20th Century Fox as distributor (Paramount’s contract expires at the end of this year), they decided to show the  tentative release dates of the projects they are excited to see come to fruition.

“We have had the privilege not only to view many of these films in their various stages but also to meet the incredible leadership teams behind each one, and we are very confident about DreamWorks Animation’s robust future slate,” said Fox Filmed Entertainment CEOs and Chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman. “We are truly excited about our new partnership and bringing these extraordinary films to audiences around the world.”

“What we are announcing today is the result of the amazing work and devotion from DreamWorks Animation’s vast roster of directors, producers and artistic talent over many years,” added Bill Damaschke, DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Creative Officer. “Every one of the movies in our lineup – whether it is an original film or a sequel to one of our beloved franchises – comes from the unique and special vision of our filmmakers, and we look forward to joining together with Fox to make them available to family audiences starting next year.” -courtesy ComingSoon.Net

You can read more on each of the film projects by clicking their respective titles and visiting the informative link provided by

I am interested in learning more about Seth Rogen’s B.O.O. and for How to Train Your Dragon 2 and 3!

What do you think of the upcoming titles and their release dates?

#3- “20 Photos for The Hobbit.” I am super excited for The Hobbit. Are you? I tweeted the other day while the trailers were showing for The Words (my review very soon to come) a tweet that expressed my anticipation (albeit, perhaps a bit obsessive)!

Is it weird that i am the only one in the theater singing the song

WITH the dwarves during THE HOBBIT trailer? #HobbitFan haha

😀 I’ve watched the trailer so much (at least twice a day, I think)…and that song is pretty great! Don’t you agree?

Well, even though we still have 3 months to go, it’s nice to see that Peter Jackson hasn’t forgotten his fans. Enjoy these 20 photos (some new, some not) for the upcoming adventure!

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey releases on December 14, 2012.

Are you ready for the adventure?

#4- “A title boldly goes where that title should not have gone before.” This week an “unofficial” title for director J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Trek sequel hit the web. It was leaked. Set to hit theaters on May 17, 2013, (and with post-conversion 3D) the next installment of the exciting Star Trek films is highly believed to be entitled Star Trek into Darkness.

Several different sources are claiming that this is indeed the confirmed official title, however the studio has yet to officially launch the title and reveal it to the world in their own special way. I would expect that the title will not change! (It has been reported as the confirmed title according to sites such as Trek Movie which states:

This is a title that comes out of a long process of discussion amongst the creative team. As reported earlier, Paramount tested a number of titles for the film over the summer, including at least one title that did not include “Star Trek.” Also noted in our earlier article, the title (by design) does not include a colon, like were used for the Next Generation films such as “Star Trek: First Contact” or “Star Trek: Nemesis.”

According to sources, the creative team are still working on how they will officially roll out this new title. The first acknowledgement will likely be made with some kind of visual treatment, either a type treatment for the title or possibly even a teaser poster or image. Indications are that this official roll out should be coming soon.)

The cast impressively stars Chris Pine, Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Anton Yelchin, John Cho and Simon Pegg all reprising their roles from the first one. Also added to the sequel is Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Atonement) in an unspecified, yet important, role. (He is suspected to be the villain).

Get ready to continue the mission on May 17, 2013.

What do you think of the yet-to-be confirmed title?

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

Titanic– For the first time ever, James Cameron’s masterpiece, Titanic , hits stores on Blu-ray! And, guess what? It even will be released on 3D Blu-ray. Be sure to pick up the 2nd biggest movie of all time on Blu-ray.

In OTHER James Cameron news, have you seen this? Apparently after Avatar 2 and 3 release, Avatar 4 is planned to be a PREQUEL. Wow.

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

Also releasing: Snow White and the Huntsman (REVIEW), For Greater Glory, What to Expect when you’re Expecting and Goats

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!” and Review for THE WORDS


  1. I’ve already picked up Titanic!

    Its funny that Avatar 4 is getting so much discussion considering there’s only been Avatar 1 so far!

    Man, those Dwarves look silly… has me a little concerned to be honest.


  2. Looking at the top 10 at the box office this weekend it is a pretty sorry state of affairs. Some very average films doing the rounds (not including the brilliant Dark Knight Rises of course!).


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