Movie News Monday for October 15, 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 Liam Neeson once again as he took the spot away from Ben Affleck. Affleck’s Argo almost took over the box office, but Neeson skillfully maintained his place. Four of the five wide new releases made it into the top 5 and the elusive The Perks of Being a Wallflower finally made its way to the top ten.

Atlas Shrugged: Part II also ended at #11 this past weekend!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Oct 12 -Sun, Oct 14:

  1. Taken 2 ~$22.5M
  2. Argo ~$20.1M
  3. Sinister ~$18.3M
  4. Hotel Transylvania ~$17.3M
  5. Here Comes the Boom ~$12M
  6. Pitch Perfect ~$9.4M
  7. Frankenweenie ~$7M
  8. Looper ~$6.3M
  9. Seven Psychopaths ~$4.3M
  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower ~$2.2M

*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit HERE.

Congrats once again to Taken 2

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Gorbachev to take a Waltz.” A film titled Reykjavik (as in the capital of Iceland) is in the makings. Director Mike Newell (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) is preparing for this film that focuses on President Reagan’s journey to Iceland in October of 1986 when he met with Soviet Union head of state Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss Cold War peace talks.

Michael Douglas is set to portray US President Ronald Reagan and, recently announced, Mikhail Gorbachev will be portrayed by Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz.

According to, Scott Free Productions, in cooperation with a few other production companies, is producing this historical film. Scott Free president, Ridley Scott stated:

“The film will offer the viewer a unique look into two larger than life figures who served as the catalysts for one of the most defining moments in our history, the end of the Cold War,”

Newell is excited to bring the project to light as well, stating:

“I feel very fortunate to have two such masters to portray the men who brought about the end of the third great war of the 20th century,”

Filming is supposed to begin in March 2013 in Reykjavik, Iceland.

What do you think of the casting so far for this project?

#3- “Shedding light on Thor: The Dark World.” The sequel to Marvel’s Thor is already filming. Although under the instruction of a different director, the continuation of the norse god’s story is highly anticipated. Recently, the full synopsis for the film, explaining what to expect, was revealed.

Courtesy StitchKingdom, here is the official synopsis for Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World.

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book Journey into Mystery“ #83 in August, 1962.

Thor: The Dark World is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

In OTHER Marvel movie news, Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man has received a November 6, 2015 release date. More on THAT news HERE.

Are you excited for the continuation? Hoping to see more of Loki?

#4- “Go-Go Gadget Gearshifts” RoboCop is filming in Toronto currently. Many people, including yours truly, have expressed disappointment in the recent look of the revisioned RoboCop suit. A mix of the suits of Iron Man, GI Joe, Batman, and more, fans are hoping and waiting that post-production will make the unoriginal suit a lot more appealing.

Recent set photos released show that not only is actor Joel Kinnaman sporting a new suit for RoboCop, he is also sporting a new ride. Check out the motorcycle that the Detroit Deliverer of Justice will be rolling into theaters on: (Photos from Daily Mail)

RoboCop stars Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Samuel L. Jackson, Jay Baruchel and more and opens on August 9, 2013.

What do you think about his ride?

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

Moonrise Kingdom– Wes Anderson’s delightful film tells the tale of two young kids who try to make a path for themselves and their love in the world. Such a great film that I enjoyed and best described my thoughts in my review HERE.

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

Also releasing: That’s My Boy, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, Avatar 3D Limited Edition, Chernobyl Diaries, 2016: Obama’s America and more.

And finally, aired on tv on October 13th, here is Episode 2 of “Take 2 With Terrence”, starring Yours Truly (courtesy PRC Productions). Enjoy!

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. I like Robocop’s new look, it’s very sleek and sexy and fancy 🙂 And I do love me some Joel Kinnaman any time. Wish we got to see him in ARTHUR AND LANCELOT 😦


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