Movie News Monday for December 17, 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.”  For those of you who were unsure about which movie would win the box office over the weekend, well, let me just inform you that it was NOT the remake of Red Dawn. (awwww). The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey took an expected journey to the #1 spot over the weekend and now claims the highest December opening (above the previous record holder, 2007’s I Am Legend). Although it did less than expected/anticipated, The Hobbit won and is the first new release to take the #1 spot in FOUR weeks.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Dec 14 -Sun, Dec 16:

  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ~$84.8M
  2. Rise of the Guardians ~$7.4M
  3. Lincoln ~$7.24M
  4. Skyfall ~$7M
  5. Life of Pi ~$5.4M
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, pt 2 ~$5.2M
  7. Wreck-It Ralph ~$3.3M
  8. Playing for Keeps ~$3.2M
  9. Red Dawn ~$2.4M
  10. Silver Linings Playbook ~$2.1M

Kudos to Silver Linings Playbook which finally made its way into the Top Ten.

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

Congrats to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (my REVIEW)the-hobbit-pic02

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Flynn Lives…and so does Tron 3.” Tron 3 has been a highly anticipated sequel since Tron: Legacy. Questions around the possibility of a continuation went rampant on the web after the popular Disney sequel released. So it came as no surprise that news for Tron 3 would follow and appear to be a huge priority for Disney studios.Tron Legacy Sequel


Who would be in the next installment, however, remains the even larger question. Would Jeff Bridges return? Cillian Murphy? Garrett Hedlund? Olivia Wilde?

This past week, Garrett Hedlund, who plays as Sam Flynn (Kevin Flynn’s son), confirmed that he will be reprising the role he played in Tron: Legacy.134738_garrett-hedlund-gives-a-smile-at-disneys-tron-legacy-booth-during-comic-con-2010-at-san-diego-conven

The next Tron film is set to be under the direction of Joseph Kosinski who directed Tron: Legacy. Currently, Kosinski is in post-production mode of another scifi film starring Tom Cruise entitled OBLIVION.

Hedlund broke the news in an interview with NEXT MOVIE and Tron 3 may begin shooting as early as 2014. It is more than likely that Olivia Wilde and Cillian Murphy will be returning to the franchise as well, although none of that is confirmed at this point in time.

(in other reprising role news: James Franco stated this week that he will NOT be making an appearance in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.)

Are you ready for more TRON?

#3- “Official Photos for The Hangover III. Check out the new official photos for the 3rd installment of The Hangover series. Yes…in case you didn’t already hear, there is a THIRD one releasing. And, although it takes the wolfpack best friends on international adventure, it also appears to place them back where it all started as well: Las Vegas. (click photos to enlarge)



Not sure what the tribute to The Beatles is all about. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Courtesy Collider:

The Hangover Part III is Alan’s story,” says director Todd Phillips of Zach Galifianakis’ character. ”He’s going through a crisis after the death of his father, [and] the Wolfpack is all he has.”

Get ready for the biggest hangover of them all possibly on May 24, 2013.

How many countries do you think the “wolfpack” will visit this time?

#4- “Casting News: Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” After the most unfortunate and untimely passing of actor Michael Clarke Duncan, it left people wondering about the future of the sequel/prequel for Sin City that had finally been announced. Duncan played as one of the more notorious villains of the graphic novel brought to film: Manute. Would they eliminate his character altogether? Would they recast it? Would they only show silhouettes of him? Would would directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller do?manute recently had a chat with Dennis Haysbert who has been in talks to take on the role since the beginning of the month.haysbert

Haysbert, who played as President David Palmer in 24, Jonas Blane in The Unit, and also is the spokesperson for Allstate, shared that he is working to develop the character and make it his own in a recent interview with ComingSoon.

“I haven’t finished working out to the capacity that I need to, but he’s going to be different. This is playing as a prequel, so it should work out,”

“It’s going to be my character, but I’ve spoken extensively with Frank Miller and Robert (Rodriguez) about what they want with the character and yes, it has to have some feel of what Michael did but I have to make it my own.”

I think that Haysbert is an excellent choice and look forward to seeing what he does with the character.

Interview courtesy ComingSoon.Net. Click HERE for more details.

Who would you like to see play Manute, or do you approve of Haysbert?

New Trailer for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS released today! Check it out HERE!

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

Total Recall– Colin Farrell stars in this remake of the classic that had Arnold in it. While Schwarzenegger makes no appearance, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston do. Synopsis from IMDB: “A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.” Check out my thoughts in my REVIEW.totalrecall

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

Also releasing: Pitch Perfect, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, Trouble with the Curve (My Review), Resident Evil: Retribution (My Review), Arbitrage, Sleepwalk with Me, Killer Joe, Premium Rush (My Review) and more.

MNM PLUS: In other movie news: Director Len Wiseman talks about his upcoming reboot for The Mummy (sorry, too much movie news I want to share with you! So…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. No word on Jeff Bridges being back though, huh? Hmmmm. Methinks it wouldnt be the same Tron without him. Not that the last one was the greatest movie ever or anything.

    Good to hear Franco wont be involved in the next Planet of the Apes. He’s a stiff anyways, LOL 😀

    I can see Dennis Haysbert filling in in a Dame to Kill For. That’s good casting, right there!


  2. Hi, Terrence:

    I can definitely see Dennis Haysbert filling in for an earlier, two eyed Manute in ‘A Dame to Kill For’. The story where either Clive or Marv ruin Manute’s good right eye in an overblown fist fight trying to get to Boss Wallenquist.


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