Movie News Monday for October 1, 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 arena went to an Adam Sandler movie! Ha, never thought I’d be reporting that! Out of the 4 wide new releases (3 technically, since Pitch Perfect had a limited early release), Adam Sandler’s animated featured proved, perhaps, that audiences prefer that Sandler be “Heard and not Seen.” In its second weekend, Dredd 3D dropped from the Top 10, making way for the other September releases.

Something of note: Adam Sandler’s Hotel Transylvania earned more than any of his other movies earned in their opening theatrical debut (with 1 exception: The Longest Yard which earned a total of $47.6M in its opening weekend)!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Sept 28 -Sun, Sept 30:

  1. Hotel Transylvania ~$43M
  2. Looper ~$21.2M
  3. End of Watch ~$8M
  4. Trouble With The Curve ~$7.5M
  5. House At the End Of The Street ~$7.2M
  6. Pitch Perfect ~$5.2M
  7. Finding Nemo 3D ~$4M
  8. Resident Evil: Retribution ~$3M
  9. The Master ~$2.75M
  10. Won’t Back Down ~$2.7M

Congrats to Hotel Transylvania

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Natalie Loves Jackie.” A Jackie Kennedy biopic has been in the workings for years now. For a while, it looked like the story written by Noah Oppenheim entitled Jackie would be directed by Darren Aronofsky and his then-wife Rachel Weisz. Weisz was set to be the titular first lady. But their divorce also led to their separation from the project altogether.

Enter Academy Award winner Natalie Portman.

Portman is reportedly very interested in playing the part of Jackie O. Oppenheim’s story places the majority of its focus on the first lady’s life after the tragic assassination of her husband and President John F. Kennedy. Portman’s involvement, though, is highly dependent upon the choice of director. Is it possible that the director of Black Swan will return to the project to direct Portman? Will the rumored interest of Steven Spielberg become a reality?

And if the director chosen isn’t who Portman prefers to work with, then who ELSE should play Jackie O.? This project is not progressing as quickly as some would hope, but perhaps that works in its favor in order to pick the right people to be a part of such a tall order of a role and film.

What do you think? Who would you like to see involved in this project?

#3- The Amazing Spider-Man sequel update.” The sequel to this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man movie was already a given even before the film hit theaters. But…what was not for certain was the director Marc Webb’s return.

Last week, Marc Webb confirmed that he will be directing the blockbuster sequel by signing a deal with Columbia Pictures. President of Columbia Pictures Doug Belgrad stated:

“We could not be more confident in the direction we are taking this new Spider-Man storyline and we are tremendously excited to be ramping up production again with Marc at the helm and Andrew continuing on as Peter Parker. We can’t wait to share what we have in store for Peter and Spider-Man with audiences worldwide.”

Webb will be working with Roberto Orci (Star Trek), Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), and Jeff Pinkner (LostAlias) who will be continuing the storyline from an earlier draft written by The Amazing Spider-Man‘s screenplay writer, James Vanderbilt.

Yes, Andrew Garfield is also slated to return in the yet-to-be-titled sequel that is scheduled currently for a May 2, 2014 release in 3D. But one person seems to be missing from the expected casting call: Emma Stone.

Currently “in talks”, I hope and expect to see this issue resolved quite soon in order to continue (and sadly, conclude) the tragic Gwen Stacy storyline.

What do you think of Webb’s return to Spider-Man? Better than Raimi?

#4- “Harry Potter to bring life to Frankenstein.” Did you know there are currently SIX Frankenstein movie projects in the works? (See them HERE). Well, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is interested in playing a part in yet another rendition of the classic Mary Shelley novel.

And, no, he doesn’t want to be the Frankenstein monster…nor the scientist himself.

Radcliffe has expressed interest in performing the part of a character referred to simply as “Hunchback.” Hunchback is a character from Paul McGuigan’s revisionist version of the tale. The script is currently in the works with Twentieth Century Fox and, according to CinemaBlend, it “puts a sci-fi take on this classic story about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.” The character Radcliffe reportedly wants to play is described as “pathologically dirty and dressed in old clowns clothing.”

So…Potter will be Igor?

We’ll see. The script still has to be completed prior to any casting calls moving forward. Interesting though to see the movie choices Radcliffe is working towards in his post-Potter career.

Are you interested in this project at all coming to life?

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

Cinderella– With plenty of additional features, including an alternate opening sequence, Disney’s Cinderella can come home with you this week on Blu-ray in this special Diamond Edition release from Disney. For more details of what is included visit the official site HERE.

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

Also releasing: People Like Us, The Lady, Dark Shadows (REVIEW), The Princess Bride (25th anniversary), Red Lights and Iron Sky.

#6- Happy Birthday to…



Today is my 30th Birthday and I am thankful to God for 30 years of life and look forward to many more! Plans for the day include relaxing, watching yesterday’s season 2 premiere of Revenge, watching a movie, hanging with friends, and dinner with friends followed by another viewing of The Avengers! Tons of fun! May you have a wonderful day today too! 🙂

Oh, and Happy Birthday to Zac Galifianakis (43), Julie Andrews (77), Jurnee Smollett (26), and President Jimmy Carter (88)!

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!”


    • Thanks Keith. Some good news this week. Although, I am anxiously waiting confirmation of Emma Stone’s return. Funny, because I recall reading before The Amazing Spider-Man came out that they signed her for 3 movies. hmmm, I was a little confused by the report. we’ll see.

      and thanks for the bday wish


  1. Happy Birthday.

    I’m amazed that there are six different Frankenstein projects in the works. That’s quite a bit. Radcliffe as Igor might be fun to watch — glad to see he’s making an effort to break out of conventional roles, because he’ll need to if he ever wants to be “Most famous for Harry Potter” instead of “Only famous for Harry Potter”.


  2. Heyyyy Happy Birthday man! I never knew you were such a geezer! Jesus. 30? WTF… You could croak at any monute now!

    Meanwhile, in the other “Movie News”, LOL. 6 Frankenstein projects? Good grief… although it would be a kick to see Radcliffe playing Igor. That would be awesome. Yesss Massster. 😀


  3. Happy birthday, Terrence 🙂 sounds like you’re having a great time.

    Sounds like Natalie’s trying to get an Oscar again? I’m sure she will nailed the part.

    I’m not sure about Amazing Spider-Man sequel, although I probably will check it out just to see the cast and Webb’s work.


  4. Oh interesting tidbit about Rachel Weisz once considered for Jackie, I can see that working. I think Natalie is a good choice as well, I’m curious about this biopic as we often see the treatment done on her husband/the Kennedy family instead of her side of the story.


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