Movie News Monday for November 12, 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 was claimed by, of course, MGM’s Skyfall. The 23rd Bond film had the largest theatrical opening in the US of any Bond film ever, and the cool part about it is, I predicted a number that was pretty close to what the actual ended up being in my weekly tv show about movies entitled “Take 2 With Terrence”: Bond edition. (You can watch me make my bold prediction here at minute marker 4:00-5:00)

Lincoln had a limited theatrical release (showing only in 11 theaters) and I expect it to enter the top 10 with the wide releases this upcoming weekend.

Interestingly enough, both Pitch Perfect and Here Comes the Boom moved up 2 and 3 spots respectively from their standing over the previous weekend.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Nov 9 -Sun, Nov 11:

  1. Skyfall ~$87.8M
  2. Wreck-It Ralph ~$33.1M
  3. Flight ~$15M
  4. Argo ~$6.8M
  5. Taken 2 ~$4M
  6. Here Comes the Boom ~$2.6M
  7. Cloud Atlas ~$2.52M
  8. Pitch Perfect ~$2.5M
  9. The Man with the Iron Fists ~$2.49
  10. Hotel Transylvania ~$2.35M

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

Congrats to Skyfall. (Review to come later today)

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Transformers 4 to transform the franchise.” Transformers 4 is on the way (in case you didn’t know) and news about it is very minimal (much like this new logo).

But, to catch you up to speed on it, here is the latest:

  • Michael Bay will be directing the 4th film.
  • Shia LaBeouf, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel and several others of the first three installments will NOT be in the 4th one.
  • T4 will NOT be a reboot, but will, instead, pick up the story four years after Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • Mark Wahlberg is confirmed to star in T4.
  • T4 will take place in Chicago once again (like T3).
  • Conversations have pointed to the possibility of T4 taking more of the story to outerspace.
  • More new robots will be introduced.
  • Smaller production budget.
  • Explosions, explosions, explosions…come on! It’s Michael “BOMBASTIC” Bay!

Michael Bay recently stated:

“The movie is going to continue four years from the attack on Chicago,…which was in the last movie. It’s going to have the same lineage, but it’s going in a full new direction. It actually feels very natural how it’s going in that direction… We’re doing a lot of things that are really going to make it fresh and feel new.”

There will be time for plenty of updates about the 4th film as the movie is not even scheduled to begin production until this upcoming spring and is hoping for a June 27, 2014 release date. I am curious to know if they will try to bring Hugo Weaving back to do any voicing for Megatron after his “bashing” (of sorts) of the franchise, which you can read here.

What are your thoughts on this Transformers news?

#3- “New Photos of Oz: The Great and Powerful” James Franco (127 Hours) stars as the infamous wizard from the 1939 classic in this prequel that tells the story of how he got to the land to begin with in Oz: The Great and Powerful.

Directed by Sam Raimi and also starring Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff and more, here is the official synopsis followed by the trailer!

Disney’s fantastical adventure “Oz The Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum’s beloved character, the Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking–that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well.

On top of the trailer, check out these impressive photos that recently released (click a photo for full screen slideshow, use the arrow keys to scroll through):

Oz: The Great and Powerful is set to lift off into theaters in 3D on March 8, 2013.

Will you be off to see the Wizard?

#4- “Robo-Cruise with a License to Kill” Tom Cruise’s induction into the actionhero genre seems to have no end in sight. From Mission Impossible to Minority Report to Jack Reacher and more, Tom Cruise loves the action. Perhaps he loves robots as well. It definitely seems the Hollywood does. Transformers, Real Steel, RoboCop…to name a few. Well, here’s a mix for fans of both Cruise and Robots: All You Need Is Kill.

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Warner Bros. has released the first official photo for the upcoming futuristic adventure starring Cruise. I knew very little about this before now. Here is the synopsis for the movie that is based on a manga by Kiroshi Sakurazaka:

The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities to rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances. 

Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over. 

But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt), who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.

Also starring Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton and more, All You Need Is Kill is directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) and is scheduled for a March 14, 2014 release.

Ready for Robo-Cruise?

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

Brave– Pixar’s first female-led animated feature tells the tale of Princess Merida and her adventure of forging her own destiny. Her insistence, however, effects more than just herself as events are set in motion and she must fight to return things to normal. I wasn’t as thrilled with this movie as others were (felt the story was weaker than other Pixar presentations). You can read my REVIEW and share your thoughts if you wish. Look for the movie in stores tomorrow! 🙂

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

Also releasing: Savages (REVIEW), Lawrence of Arabia 50th Anniversary, The Watch (REVIEW), Empire of the Sun 25th Anniversary, Nitro Circus 3D 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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  1. Oh, man. Where to start?
    • That’s an impressive box office win for SKYFALL, especially given its length (in comparison to something like WRECK-IT-RALPH).
    • My respect for Hugo Weaving goes up while Michael Bay’s continues to tumble ;-).
    • I continue to look forward Sam Raimi’s OZ.
    • With the premise of Tom Kat’s new film, is that Harold Ramis’ teeth I hear grinding? 😉
    • I remain a fan of BRAVE and look forward to getting that Blu-ray.

    Love this series of yours, T. Keep ’em coming 😀


    • 😀 Some great responses sir. Thank you for taking the time to read. Allow me to reply.
      – Skyfall did so well. I’m glad too. Hopefully it is a springboard for equal, if not greater, films in the franchise.
      – Your comment on Hugo Weaving was spot on. I liked Bay’s work in films such as The Rock and The Island, but now…meh.
      – I remain hopeful for Oz too. Raimi has a knack for the visuals and theatricals. Hope it’s good.
      – Dont’ worry, I bought Ramis a mouthguard. LOL
      – Did you pick up Brave already? Best Buy has a collectible lunchpail with the movie included for a good deal.

      Thank you for the kind words. I sometimes wonder about MNM and seeing comments like that helps me stay focused on keeping it going. Thank you.


  2. Oooh, I’ll stop by every Monday now! Haha, I like this feature. I saw Skyfall this weekend and I thought it was quite awesome. I’m not very familiar with the franchise myself, the only other I’ve seen in its entirety is Die Another Day.

    I’m not really anticipating Transformers 4, as I haven’t seen the third. Maybe I’ll give it a chance if I see the third one, first… I really only liked the first of the franchise. Dark of the Moon was just all right.

    I’m REALLY excited for Oz: The Great and the Powerful. It seems like an awesome flick. I’ll have to watch Wizard of Oz again to remind myself of the atmosphere 😉

    All You Need is Kill seems decent enough, I’ll probably check it out when it gets released. Robots and an action hero? Sweet.

    I think I’m going to look for The Amazing Spider-Man on DVD/Blu-Ray first… I’d still like to eventually check out Brave and Savages, though. I remember anticipating Savages, but I never got over to the theater to see it.


    • I like the idea of All You Need Is Kill. It was new to me when I saw the photo and I said “hey, other people prob don’t know about this either…I better share it” haha.

      Thanks for the kind comment. Unless for some very odd reason, MNM will regularly be here, feel free to stop in any time at all.

      I think you are better off getting the Spiderman blu-ray prior to the others you mentioned. and, the fact that you chose Spiderman first automatically pushed you up on the “coolness” chart with me! 😉


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