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 claimed by Disney in a big way! Wreck-It Ralph (REVIEW) demolished the box office with a $49 million opening, which is the highest opening for any non-Pixar Disney Animation movie ever! With three wide new releases in theaters, moviegoers had plenty of variety to see. Both Flight (REVIEW) and The Man with the Iron Fists (review coming soon) also made it in the top 5! In other news, Cloud Atlas (REVIEW) dropped almost 45% from last weekend and has only earned just over $18 million in 10 days. How did YOUR favorite recent releases perform over the weekend?
Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Nov 2 -Sun, Nov 4:
- Wreck-It Ralph ~$49.1M
- Flight ~$25M
- Argo ~$10.2M
- The Man with the Iron Fists ~$8.2M
- Taken 2 ~$6M
- Cloud Atlas ~$5.3M
- Hotel Transylvania ~$4.5M
- Paranormal Activity 4 ~$4.3M
- Here Comes the Boom ~$3.6M
- Silent Hill Revelation 3D ~$3.3M
*Actuals may vary as earnings are updated much later on Monday afternoons. For updates, visit boxofficemojo.com.
What did YOU watch this weekend?
#2- “Announcing: Darth Duck and Donald Vader.” In case you haven’t been hooked up to the internet or had your television on over the past 6 days, allow me to inform you that last Tuesday it was announced that Disney bought the Lucasfilm company from movie-maker and sole owner George Lucas for an astounding $4.05 BILLION! This unexpected news came as a shock and surprise to not only millions of fans worldwide, but also to some of the intergalactic alumni such as Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).
And with that news came the announcement that Star Wars: Episode VII would be releasing in theaters in 2015 and that Episodes VIII and IX would follow in the years to come! Of course, speculation has run rampant on the web as to what the post-Return of the Jedi episodes will be centered around, along with who should be a part of the cast and crew.
In addition to this news, it was later reported that George Lucas would be donating the majority of the sale’s proceeds to benefit education! Back in 2010, Lucas stated “I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race.” It looks like he will make good on his promise. George Lucas is chairman of Edutopia which is a part of the George Lucas Education Foundation and is believed to be the named beneficiary.
So, is this sale of win-win for everyone? (those who wanted more Star Wars, those who despised Lucas’ messing with the franchise, the education system, Disney, audiences as a whole). Disney has already had great success with other acquisitions (Pixar, Muppets, Marvel) and is expected to go where no studio has gone before with this 4th acquisition.
Are you ready for more Star Wars?
#3- “Animated Blackjack” 21 is the magic number! That’s the amount of animated features that have been listed for consideration for the Animated Feature Film category for the 85th Academy Awards®!
TWENTY-ONE! (Sorry, but I think this year was actually a pretty big disappointment in the way of animated features and am surprised by this amount. Of course, this is just for consideration to be nominated. Certain requirements still have to be made to receive a nomination prior to the announcements and voting.) And thus the narrowing-down process begins.
Take a look at the “Hopeful Nomination Considerations”:
“Adventures in Zambezia”
“Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”
“From Up on Poppy Hill”
“Ice Age Continental Drift”
“A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman”
“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”
“The Mystical Laws”
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
“The Rabbi’s Cat”
“Rise of the Guardians”
“Secret of the Wings”
“Walter & Tandoori’s Christmas”
I’ll make a bold prediction here and say that Frankenweenie, Wreck-It Ralph, From Up on Poppy Hill, The Painting, Brave and Rise of the Guardians will go forward, but not much more of the rest…not so much. And Brave will only because it is Pixar, not because of a great story or anything, because it was still lacking (my REVIEW).
As stated earlier, several requirements still have to be made for the nominations for this category to finalize and be announced. But it is interesting to see the category get a wide range of interested award-seekers. The 85th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Thursday, January 10, 2013, at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time.
#4- “A Twilight Movie WITHOUT Vampires, Werewolves and…Kristen Stewart!” Since 2008, the plans for a new movie for The Twilight Zone have been in the works, however, it seems those plans themselves have been ironically stuck in the twilight zone as things never seem to take off for the classic series-based film. While that has not changed at all, the plot for the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced film has now been revealed.
“…unlike the last time Rod Serling’s most famous television show got the film treatment the new movie will only tell one tale of terror and Vulture has apparently found out exactly what it is. Mentioned in a feature about how time travel movies are becoming the next big thing, the site says that the new Twilight Zone movie will be about, ‘a test pilot who winds up breaking the speed of light; when he puts down his craft, he discovers that he’s landed a bit late for supper — 96 years late.’ So it’s the story of a man jumping into the future and leaving the world of everything he knows behind – kind of like Captain America, but without the whole superhero angle.”
I imagine that the plot release may be an effort to grab some more attention and hopefully attract a director/distribution. The film has already undergone several rewrites and director changes (most recently that of Matt Reeves who left the project to take over Dawn of the Planet of the Apes).
What do you think about the plot for Leo’s Twilight Zone movie?
(Odd movie news of the week: actor Jamie Foxx in talks to star as the villain ELECTRO in the upcoming sequel to Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man.)
#5- “This Week’s Blu-ray release.” This TUESDAY, look for the following films on Blu-ray to possibly add to your collection:
The Muppet Christmas Carol– For the first time on blu-ray, one of my favorite Muppets movies, and one of my favorite tellings of the classic Charles Dickens tale will be available to watch in HD this holiday season. Who DOESN’T love this musical Muppet film? Yes, other movies release (they are listed below), but this one gets top billing this week! Look for it soon! 🙂
Several other films also release this week. Check it out!
Also releasing: Arthur Christmas (REVIEW), Your Sister’s Sister, 360, and more.
Be on the lookout because on FRIDAY, November 9th, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN releases on Blu-ray! Don’t Miss It. (My Review)
Well, that’s it for this round of “Movie News Monday!”
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer
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