Movie News Monday for February 11, 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, 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 Warm Bodies. Identity Thief stole top honors over the weekend while Argo (in its 18th week in theaters) made its way into the Top Ten! Wow!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Feb 8 -Sun, Feb 10:

  1. Identity Thief ~$36.6M
  2. Warm Bodies ~$11.5M
  3. Side Effects ~$10M
  4. Silver Linings Playbook ~$6.9M
  5. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ~$5.8M
  6. Mama ~$4.3M
  7. Zero Dark Thirty ~$4M
  8. Argo ~$2.5M
  9. Django Unchained ~$2.3M
  10. Bullet to the Head ~$1.98M

(The 3D re-release of TOP GUN actually placed 11th with ~$1.9M)

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

Congrats to Identity Thief for making it to

What did YOU watch this weekend?

***Did you catch the winners of the BAFTA awards last night? The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards were last night and the winners are listed for you on the site’s official page. Click the photo below to check out the winners!2013 BAFTA

#2- “New Trailer for MONSTERS UNIVERSITY The sequel to one of Pixar’s greatest films will come in the form of a prequel in this year’s upcoming Monsters University. A new trailer has released today. Check it out:

Here’s the official synopsis:

Ever since college-bound Mike Wazowski (voice of Billy Crystal) was a little monster, he has dreamed of becoming a Scarer—and he knows better than anyone that the best scarers come from Monsters University (MU). But during his first semester at MU, Mike’s plans are derailed when he crosses paths with hotshot James P. Sullivan, “Sulley” (voice of John Goodman), a natural-born Scarer. The pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. To make matters worse, they realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Looks to be a lot of fun. A sequel/prequel to look forward to. Monsters University opens for classes on June 21, 2013.monsters U

Are you ready for more Mike and Sully?

#3- “From the Southern Wild to the School of Hard Knocks. Remember when a remake of the musical classic Annie was announced to be in the works, produced by Jay-Z? and remember when, instead of a curly redheaded little girl, it was set to start Willow “I whip my hair back and forth” Smith? Well, while both Will and Jada Pinkett Smith are still involved in producing the project along with Jay-Z and James Lassiter, their daughter Willow may not be in the film.annie

Now, nine year old Academy Award nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) is reportedly in talks for the titular role of the latest adaptation of the 1924 comic strip better known as a Broadway show.quvenzhane-wallis

Nothing has been finalized in this casting report, but I have a feeling that should this film finally get off the ground, that Wallis will be the little orphan Annie. Look for more on this as the studio is hoping for a late 2014 release.

Do you even want to see an Annie remake?

#4- Godzilla Grabbing Big Stars?” A classic movie monster will stomp its way back onto the big screen soon. With Godzilla announced and hoping for a 2014 release there are still very few details about what to expect for the monster’s resurgence.Godzilla-poster-new

Apparently, however, the crew at ClevverMovies caught wind of a hopeful casting possibility for the reboot that includes a couple of unexpected names. Check it out:

Directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters), Godzilla aims for a summer 2014 release.

Any thoughts on the casting news?

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

Skyfall– The latest James Bond movie hits shelves this week. Skyfall, one of the best 007 movies to date, stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and more and gives a look at the history and future of Britain’s most famous movie action sleuth. Don’t miss picking up your copy.You can check out my review of Skyfall HERE.



The Perks of Being a Wallflower– From the book to the big screen, check out one of my favorite dramas from 2012 starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman, Ezra Miller and more that was directed skillfully by the author of the book itself, Steven Chbosky. Don’t miss my review of this one HERE.perks

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

Also releasing: The Man with the Iron Fists, The Sessions, Silent Hill: Revelation, Bully, Robot & Frank, The Kid with a Bike 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!” and my review for Side Effects


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