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 was up for grabs and even though there were four wide new releases in theaters NONE of them claimed top honors. That, instead, went to the highly deserving Ben Affleck film entitled Argo (read my review). Additionally, this week, Looper (read my review), which ended in spot #14, finally doubled its budget in its 5th week and crossed the $60M total gross mark.
Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Oct 26 -Sun, Oct 28:
- Argo ~$12.4M
- Hotel Transylvania ~$9.5M
- Cloud Atlas ~$9.4M
- Paranormal Activity ~$8.7M
- Taken 2 ~$8M
- Silent Hill: Revelation 3D ~$8M
- Here Comes the Boom ~$5.5M
- Sinister ~$5.1M
- Alex Cross ~$5.05M
- Fun Size ~$4.1M
- Chasing Mavericks came in at #13 with ~$2.2M
*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit boxofficemojo.com.
What did YOU watch this weekend?
#2- “Double-Oh-Seven Double Feature.” With Skyfall releasing in the US on November 9th, Bond fans are anxiously awaiting a sequel starring Daniel Craig that is expected to be far better than the last. The 23rd Bond is sure to be a hit as it already opened internationally with a $77.7 million debut! Can’t wait for these next few days to hurry by!
Daniel Craig has signed on to star as the “Blond Bond” two more times (bringing his total to five films as Agent 007). Interestingly enough, there is already speculation about who should play Bond after Craig with reports ranging from Idris Elba test screening to Craig himself naming his preferred successor. Craig still has two more runs as Bond at least and it has been announced that John Logan who wrote Skyfall will also be returning to the franchise to write the next two screenplays for the Ian Fleming character. As a matter of fact, he has already begun putting pen to paper!
Did you know that 2008’s Quantum of Solace was the first of all the Bond movies to actually be linked to a story of a previous one? And, while it doesn’t appear yet that Skyfall links to Quantum of Solace (thankfully, might I add), the 24th and 25th films are reportedly expected to link to one another. Logan is writing both screenplays simultaneously and I, for one, can’t wait to see what he has in store. I hope that Sam Mendes returns to direct them.
But first, Skyfall!
Skyfall releases in theaters on November 9, 2012. For those of you who would like to check out a review for the film, Scott over at FrontRoomCinema.com has just posted his thoughts after viewing it. Read his review HERE.
Are you ready for more Bond as written by John Logan?
#3- “Sandler to Saddle Up” Adam Sandler is continuing his work in comedy even after his less than stellar reception in 2011 which earned him the record for the most amount of Razzie Awards in a year. After the more recent success of the animated feature Hotel Transylvania, Sandler continues to ride on undaunted.
His next project, entitled Ridiculous 6, puts him in the wild west and is speculated to be a parody of sorts of the classic The Magnificent Seven (which was an inspired rendition of Akira Kurosawa’s well-known Seven Samurai). [The Magnificent Seven is still expected to be turned into a remake starring Tom Cruise.]
Watch this video from ClevverMovies for more:
After movies such as Jack&Jill and That’s My Boy which both BOMBED at the box office, I’m not overly sold just yet on a live action comedy from the Happy Madison Productions company. It all depends on how well Grown Ups 2 does which is slated to hit theaters in summer 2013. I was a fan of the first and laughed quite a bit. Please, Sandler, “Cowboy Up” and deliver.
Any thoughts on Adam Sandler’s upcoming projects?
Well, Conan will return to the big screen in the near future, only it will have NOTHING to do with the underwhelming 2011 film and will actually return to some of the Barbarian’s film roots by bringing back Arnold Schwarzenegger to the franchise!
Yep, 30 years after starring as Conan in both Conan the Barbarian (’82) and Conan the Destroyer (’84), Schwarzenegger is set to reprise his role in The Legend of Conan. Universal Pictures is planning to bring the warrior to theaters in the summer of 2014. An adaptation from Robert E. Howard (who wrote all of the previous Conan films), producer Frederik Malmberg explains that The Legend of Conan will basically ignore 1984’s Conan the Destroyer and 2011’s Conan the Barbarian:
“The original ended with Arnold on the throne as a seasoned warrior, and this is the take of the film we will make,…It’s that Nordic Viking mythic guy who has played the role of king, warrior, soldier and mercenary, and who has bedded more women than anyone, nearing the last cycle of his life. He knows he’ll be going to Valhalla, and wants to go out with a good battle.”
It’s fun to see Schwarzenegger get so many roles in his post-political career. Prior to Conan, look for Arnold to star as a sheriff in The Last Stand, a prisoner in The Tomb (with Stallone), and a hardened DEA elite member in a film entitled Ten (Click HERE for a photo).
What do you think about Conan’s “Schwarzeriffic” return?
#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This week, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:
Safety Not Guaranteed– I really wanted to see this film and missed its theatrical run in my city (it was in theaters for only 1 week). Here is the synopsis:
From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine – When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth, a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.
Several other films also release this week. Check it out!
Also releasing: The Campaign, Ruby Sparks, Craigslist Joe and more.
Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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