Movie News Monday for November 19, 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 went to the vampires instead of Abraham Lincoln. I knew the finale of the Twilight Saga would bring in the money, but the accomplishment of its earnings now gives the series the boast of being the first franchise to ever have three movies earn over $130 million in the first three days. The 2 wide new releases (Lincoln was a wide release, since it had a limited release the weekend prior), were separated by Skyfall which also performed well over the weekend.

Coincidentally, this past weekend, according to, “the Top 12 earned around $237 million, which makes this the sixth-highest-grossing weekend ever.”

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Nov 16 -Sun, Nov 18:

  1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, pt 2 ~$141M (Read my REVIEW)
  2. Skyfall ~$41.5M
  3. Lincoln ~$21M (Read my REVIEW)
  4. Wreck-It Ralph ~$18.3M
  5. Flight ~$8.6M
  6. Argo ~$4.1M
  7. Taken 2 ~$2.1M
  8. Pitch Perfect ~$1.3M
  9. Here Comes the Boom ~$1.2M
  10. Cloud Atlas ~$900,000

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

Congrats to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn pt 2

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “The Return of Riddick.” Fans of Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick should undoubtedly be rejoicing in the fact that Vin Diesel has been filming the 3rd installment and is reprising his role as the rebel with the cool eyes! Work has been underway for the sequel to 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick entitled simply Riddick and, reportedly now it is in post-production.

Director David Twohy recently released the film’s logo (courtesy Collider):

Riddick will be rated R (as opposed to the PG-13 rating of ChroniclesPitch Black was also rated R) and is scheduled for a 2013 release. I am sure it will include more violence and language. Here is the synopsis:

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Are you ready for Riddick?

#3- “Terrific Trailer Talk” If you follow my page regularly, then you know that every Thursday there is a collection of the latest trailers that posts in a fun weekly segment entitled “Trailer Time Thursday!” (Click on any Thursday in the right hand margin’s calendar to check one out.) I like movie trailers. Sure, they can be a bit misleading or spoileristic, but they also can increase the excitement for an upcoming theatrical release.

One of those trailers that really made me anticipate its film’s release was for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Remember it? Click HERE. Well, the wait for The Hobbit is almost over and its release on December 14th will pass the “Trailer Torch” onto not 1…not 2…but 3 new exciting trailers!

So, as if hobbits, dwarves, wizards and more aren’t already great reasons to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in theaters, check out the 3 titles that will have trailers attached to it.

  1. Man of Steel
  2. The Wolverine
  3. Star Trek Into Darkness

And, for those of you that are privileged enough to see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on IMAX you will not get to see the Star Trek Into Darkness theatrical trailer…because instead, you will be seeing the exciting first 9 minutes of the J.J. Abrams movie instead. (Lucky!)

UPDATE: Director of The Wolverine, James Mangold has stated that there will be no trailer until early 2013 in a tweet that now debunks any rumors of a hopeful trailer for The Wolverine prior to The Hobbit. See here.

Some TERRIFIC TRAILER TALK today! Can’t wait for December 14th.

Which trailer are you most excited for?

#4- “Now You See Me Photos” The exciting trailer for the star-studded upcoming thriller entitled Now You See Me hit the web last week. Did you see it? Below is the official synopsis followed by the trailer and 20 photos from the film.


The Four Horsemen, a magic super-group led by the charismatic ATLAS (Jesse Eisenberg), perform a pair of high-tech magic shows, first astonishing audiences by robbing a bank on another continent, and then exposing a white-collar criminal and funneling his millions into the audience members’ bank accounts.

FBI Special Agent DYLAN (Mark Ruffalo) is determined to make the magicians pay for their crimes—and to stop them before they pull off what promises to be an even more audacious heist. But he’s forced to partner with ALMA (Melanie Laurent), an Interpol detective about whom he is instantly suspicious. Out of desperation he turns to THADDEUS (Morgan Freeman), a famed magic debunker, who claims the bank heist was accomplished using disguises and video trickery. One thing Dylan and Alma agree on is that the Horsemen must have an outside point person, and that finding him (or her) is key to ending the magicians’ crime spree. Could it be Thaddeus? Or Alma? Or could it really be…magic?

As pressure mounts and the world awaits the Horsemen’s spectacular final trick, Dylan and Alma race to find an answer. But it soon becomes painfully clear that staying one step ahead of these masters of illusion is beyond the skills of any one man—or woman.



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Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Common, Melanie Laurent, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine and is set for a June 7, 2013 release.

Will you be SEEING it?

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

The Expendables 2– Stallone and his crew return for the second installment of what will soon be a trilogy of action heroes, muscles, and guns. This time around Jean-Claude Van Damme is the villain and Stallone’s vendetta against him becomes personal. With fun involvement from Chuck Norris and others, this action packed film may just barge its way into your collection this week. Read my REVIEW 

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

Also releasing: Quentin Tarantino XX: 8-film collection and more.

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!” 


    • Yeah, but you have to give the author and studio credit for coming up with a story concept that knew its fan base (mostly young girls) and what worked for them. BTW, I’m no ‘Twilight’ defender, far from it, but given what they did and sold (now that it’s thankfully over) there is a grudging respect for what they’ve managed to pull off (even if I consider the entire notion of sparkling vampires and noble werewolves who wouldn’t know ugly, if it bit them, the most inane and abhorrent variant of grand and horrific folklore there ever was). There, I said it ;-).


  1. I am looking forward to ‘Riddick’. Here’s hoping it’ll be closer to ‘Pitch Black’ than ‘Chronicles’. And that does look at a great set of trailers to precede ‘The Hobbit’. Thanks, T.


  2. That Now You See Me looks interesting. I like movies about magicians, I like heist movies… it has some very good actors in it (though I haven’t actually watched Eisenberg in anything, and for the lead he seems the least compelling of the bunch.) Going to pencil that one in as one to watch.


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