Movie News Monday for February 4, 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!

happy monday

This Just In!!…

#1- “The Weekend Winner.”  Last weekend, 2 wide new releases entered the box office arena to compete for the #1 spot. And, once again, it was a new release that took the top spot, beating last week’s champion Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. And congrats to Silver Linings Playbook for placing 3rd in its 12th week in theaters! Wow. Seems, though, that many people would much rather have taken a bullet to the head than to go watch Stallone’s Bullet to the Head.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Feb 1 -Sun, Feb 3:

  1. Warm Bodies ~$19.5M
  2. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ~$9.2M
  3. Silver Linings Playbook ~$8.1M
  4. Mama ~$6.7M
  5. Zero Dark Thirty ~$5.3M
  6. Bullet to the Head ~$4.5M
  7. Parker ~$3.2M
  8. Django Unchained ~$3M
  9. Les Miserables ~$2.4M
  10. Lincoln ~$2.4M

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

Congrats to Warm Bodies (My review will post soon).warm-bodies

What did YOU watch this weekend?

***Did you catch the all of the movie tv spots during the Superbowl last night? I posted all of them for you earlier today. Don’t miss the trailers for Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Fast & Furious 6 and more HERE.iron-man-3-iron-man-robert-downey-jr-2013

#2- “New Set Photos” Check out some of the most recent photos from the sets of some upcoming movies.

Pain and Gain (April 26, 2013) “The Rock on the Run”paingainsmallrock

Pacific Rim (July 12, 2013) “Ancestors of the Transformers and Voltron”pacific

The Place Beyond the Pines (March 29, 2013) “Gosling Like the Green”The_Place_Beyond_the_Pines_4

Man of Steel (June 14, 2013) “Here’s Looking at You, Lois.”loislanenewsmall

Riddick (September 6, 2013) “Riddick on the Rocks is a knockout of a drink!”Riddick_17

Some cool looks at what to expect in the next several months.

Which of these movies are you most interested in watching on the big screen? Do you think Amy Adams will be a good Lois Lane?

#3- “Has Cap found his Carter? Marvel’s 2014 Captain America: The First Avenger sequel, entitled Captain America: The Winter Soldier, recently announced an addition to the cast. ABC’s Revenge star Emily VanCamp will play a female lead role in the upcoming comicbook caper.Emily VanCamp

Speculation points to her playing the still unconfirmed role of Sharon Carter (niece of Agent Peggy Carter played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: TFA). Atwell will not have a part in the continuation and it is expected that VanCamp will become Steve Rogers’ next love interest in the sequel.captan-america-the-winter-soldier-logo

Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier boasts several other great castmembers. VanCamp joins Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Toby Jones, Frank Grillo and more in the sequel scheduled for an April 4, 2014 release.

Do you think she will be Sharon Carter?

#4- “Who’s in the Director Chair?” A couple of surprising director choices hit the web this past week. Check out what director/movie matchmaking is in the works:

Cinderella: Walt Disney Pictures apparently is in talks with Kenneth Branagh to direct a live-action version of the fairytale. Mark Romanek (One Hour Photo, Never Let Me Go) was attached to the project but has since left. Branagh directed Thor and is currently working on Dec 25, 2013’s Jack Ryan. Cate Blanchett is set to star as the wicked stepmother, although the title role has yet to be filled. I have an idea! 🙂

Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella
Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella

Warcraft: Sam Raimi was once the director who would bring the World of Warcraft universe to the big screen. He left the project to dedicate his time and efforts to The Evil Dead and Oz: The Great and Powerful. Now, Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) will be filling the spot as director for this expected 2015 release of the Blizzard Entertainment

Surprised by any of those choices?

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

Flight– See Denzel as an airline pilot who saves lives, yet has very little interest in saving himself from addiction. A character-driven drama that also has plenty of tense moments in the air and around a bottle. Co-starring John Goodman, Don Cheadle, Melissa Leo, Bruce Greenwood and more, Flight had one of my most memorable movie moments of 2012, as referenced HERE. You can check out my review of Flight HERE.fligh-bluray

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

Also releasing: Alex Cross (click HERE for my review), Here Comes the Boom, Celeste and Jesse Forever (click HERE for my review), Deadfall, A Late Quartet, Side by Side (click HERE for my review), Little White Lies 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!”


      • There is two scenes from the trailer that get me, Big O had a scene with three of the mechs in water fighting monsters just like the trailer, then the bit when he punches the monster with the elbow booster is the same as the iconic piston thing on Big O.

        I am a massive geek! I know less about my university work that this stuff haha 😀


  1. So NFL and Zombies are the weekend highlights, what a combo! 😀 Heh, I really did not like the casting news for Capt. America… Emily VanCamp??! I mean, that’s such a downgrade from gorgeous and talented Hayley Atwell who actually looks like a real woman for a change.


    • Btw, your comment on Scarlett as Cinderella makes me laugh! I suppose she does look the part in that picture though I really don’t picture her as being quite so, um busty, ahahahaha… yeah I know the guys aren’t gonna complain about that!! 😀


    • 🙂 ha.

      Ouch, Ruth! Not liking Emily VanCamp I take it? I actually am a fan, I enjoy Revenge. How does she not look like a real woman?

      granted, Hayley Atwell is amazing. but all I could think after reading your comment was “OUCH! that’s harsh!”


      • Sorry T, I’ve only seen clips of that show and I can’t stand her. She’s just a typical skinny blond that Hollywood loooves, whilst Hayley is voluptuous and spunky, not the cookie cutter model of beauty that we see all the time. But hey, I’m sure other people agree w/ you about Emily 😀


  2. Congrats to Warm Bodies, although I watched it this weekend and was not a fan…lol. Cute movie, but the whole zombie thing can sometimes blow me at times, especially if its not done “right”…lol

    I think u might like this one more than I did. Looking forward to reading ur review once u get a chance to see it. Hope u are feeling better!


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