Movie News Monday for January 28, 2013.

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.”  Last weekend, 3 wide new releases entered the box office arena to compete for the #1 spot. Mama (the previous weekend’s champion) was a strong contender once again, but…the celebrated siblings of slings and arrows slayed that ghost and took over the #1 spot. I was admittedly surprised to see Broken City still in the Top Ten with its bad reviews and reception.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Jan 25 -Sun, Jan 27:

  1. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ~$19M
  2. Mama ~$12.9M
  3. Silver Linings Playbook ~$10M
  4. Zero Dark Thirty ~$9.8M
  5. Parker ~$7M
  6. Django Unchained ~$5M
  7. Movie 43 ~$5M
  8. Gangster Squad ~$4.2M
  9. Broken City ~$4M
  10. Les Miserables ~$3.9M

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

Congrats to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (My Review).hansel-gretel-witch-hunters-trailer-1

What did YOU watch this weekend?

***Did you catch the SAG Awards last night? I missed them myself, but was able to check out the results HERE. (Courtesy Collider) Congrats to all of the winners. Plenty deserved wins and recognition given at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.sag

#2- “Trekking to the Wars among the Stars” Yes, this news story is all about, you guessed it, the upcoming Justice League movie!!

haha. Just kidding.

In case you somehow missed the BIG announcement last week, director J.J. Abrams has officially been announced to direct the next installment of Disney’s newly acquired franchise: Star Wars.

...with lens flare! :)
…with lens flare! 🙂

The Star Trek director known for the secrecy of his projects officially became the director of the next Star Wars film (Episode VII) last week. Here is an excerpt from the official announcement:

J.J. Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first of a new series of Star Wars films to come from Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy. Abrams will be directing and Academy Award-winning writer Michael Arndt will write the screenplay.


Here’s what Abrams himself had to say:

“It really is an incredible thing, It’s wildly surreal. It’s obviously way too early to talk specifics, but I’m excited to actually start it.”

“I can just say what I want to do: I want to do the fans proud. I want to make sure the story is something that touches people. And we’re just getting started. I’m very excited.”

Now, a big question that comes with this, of course, is: “Will there be a Star Trek/Star Wars crossover movie?” (ha, no, that’s not the real question!) 😀

The real question is: “Will Abrams still be involved with the Star Trek franchise?” The answer: Yes.jj_abrams_star_wars_star_trek_crossovers

Over the weekend, Paramount Pictures told the LA Times that Abrams would be a part of Star Trek 3 at the least in the capacity of a producer AND that he is still committed to at least one more film in the Mission Impossible franchise. So rest easy, you will have your cake and eat it too with Spock ears and Lightsabers!

Looks to be a busy, and quite likely, profitable few years for J.J. Abrams! (However, there is some doubt as to meeting the expected deadline for a 2015 release of Star Wars Episode VII).

If not Abrams, who would you prefer to have been chosen for Star Wars?

#3- “Heroes of the Past to Join the Future 2011’s X-Men: First Class was a big hit amongst fans and critics alike. (Just yesterday, my friend from ImpassionedCinema noted the following: “I forgot how good X-Men First Class was. That’s a superhero reboot done right. Superman/Spider-Man take notes.”)

At the end, people wondered what was next for the franchise. The sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, was announced along with several cast members.X-Men-Days-of-Future-Past

With Bryan Singer in the director’s chair, the anticipated sequel will star:

  • Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Hugh Jackman and more from First Class
  • …and…
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen from the original trilogy, reprising their roles as Prof X and Magneto.

While that may not be “new” news, this is:

Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore will also be returning to the franchise as Rogue, Kitty Pride and Iceman. Singer announced these cast additions via twitter last week.bryan-singer-x-men-tweet

Several additional castmembers remain in the “rumored/unknown” status such as Halle Berry, January Jones (please, NO), Caleb Landry Jones and more. But who knows who Singer will bring to the table and in what capacity?


X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled for a July 18, 2014 release.

Are you ready for the future past?

#4- “Come With the Coens” Check out the latest details, images and trailer for the 2013 film Inside Llewyn Davis from the Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country for Old Men).

Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac as a young aspiring musician in the 1960s who tries to make a name for himself in the Greenwich Village folk music scene.inside-llewyn-davis-oscar-isaac

Loosely based on the story of real life folk singer Dave Van Ronk, the Coens’ new film also stars Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and more. The book entitled “The Mayor of MacDougal Street.” is where part of the story originates. (Click HERE for the book’s synopsis on Amazon)

Filmed entirely with live music (similar to Les Misérables), the film contains around six songs and is said to play out like a concert movie at times. (Click a photo a browse with arrow keys)

Courtesy Collider:

According to The New York Times, “some music industry insiders and perhaps a few potential buyers will finally see, and hear [Inside Llewyn Davis] at a private, pre-Grammys screening in Los Angeles.”  The Coens have reportedly taken their time with this film, and while they could have rushed for a 2012 release, they’re now eying a debut at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

In addition to saying that the movie represents the music of Von Ronk rather than the person, Wald tells the Times that the story takes place across two weeks and goes to locations “like Gerde’s, the Gaslight Café and the Gate of Horn in Chicago without explicitly portraying real artists or folk music powers like the impresario Albert Grossman.”  The Times adds, “Over all the music, including the traditional ballad ‘Dink’s Song,’ is drawn from the songbook of the early 1960s. But some slight anachronisms creep in, Mr. Coen said.”

As for the film’s theme, Joel Coen says, “How good you are doesn’t always matter,” he added. “That’s what the movie is about.”

Here is the first trailer (it does contain language):

Inside Llewyn Davis is scheduled for light releases towards the end of 2013.

Are you interested in this project??

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

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, pt 2– Okay, so I know this one wasn’t a Major theatrical release, but indulge me as I am excited to pick up Part 2 of the animated story the concludes the first part that I enjoyed last year. The Batman has returned after a 10-year hiatus and the authorities want him in custody while an old foe wants him destroyed. Don’t miss the exciting 2nd part of the story in stores this week!dkr

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

Also releasing: Seven Psychopaths, Hotel Transylvania, Paranormal Activity 4, The Cold Light of Day 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!”


  1. I’ve been meaning to watch “The Dark Knight Returns”. I enjoyed the heck out of “Batman: Year One” so I figured this can’t be bad.

    Granted, I can just read the comics and get the same idea. The artwork for “The Dark Knight Returns” looks pretty close to the original Frank Miller artwork. Do you know if he did any of the animation on it or if he was a consultant in it?”


  2. Dark knight returns part 2 was good. Those movies do the graphic novel pretty well. I’m stokes for seven psychopaths and will be buying that first thing on Tuesday.

    Really I’m excited for the news about llewyn Davis. Thanks! I didn’t quite know what to expect from it but the trailer was good and sets the tone nicely I think. This is definitely my first 2013 must see movie.


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