Movie News Monday for February 18, 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, 4 wide new releases entered the box office arena to compete for the #1 spot. And, as has been the trend so far this year, it was a new release that took the top spot, beating last week’s champion Identity Thief by a slim margin Bruce Willis came back and put a whoopin’ on the Identity Thief that had hoped to steal the #1 spot again. Another movie to mention: Silver Linings Playbook, which managed to still stay in the Top Ten after 14 weeks in theaters and ALMOST passed the $100M worldwide gross mark with a total so far of $98.4M. Wow!

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Feb 15 -Sun, Feb 17:

  1. A Good Day to Die Hard ~$24.8M
  2. Identity Thief ~$23.7M
  3. Safe Haven ~$21.5M
  4. Escape from Planet Earth ~$15.9M
  5. Warm Bodies ~$8.8M
  6. Beautiful Creatures ~$7.6M
  7. Side Effects ~$6.3M
  8. Silver Linings Playbook ~$6M
  9. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters ~$3.5M
  10. Zero Dark Thirty ~$3M

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

Congrats to A Good Day to Die Hard for making it to #1 (read my review).A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD

What did YOU watch this weekend?

***I never quite got around to completing my review of Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects so I will be re-watching it soon and posting the review in the near future. Just a FYI.side effects

#2- “Drama Episodes of Star Proportions” The rumors, speculations and wishes of Star Wars fans have been FLOODING the internet and the “telephone game” of spreading these rumors mixed with truth about Star Wars Episode VII can be both fun and poster for SW epVII

  • Will there be a Han Solo spinoff movie?
  • a Chewbacca movie?
  • a Yoda movie?
  • Will Hayden Christiansen be put into a time machine and then NOT be cast as Anakin Skywalker?
  • Will they freeze Mark Hamill in carbonite to prevent him from aging and hopefully reverse the effects of aging so that he can be Luke Skywalker once again?
  • Is Carrie Fisher doing P90X to fit in the slave girl outfit again?

See what I mean? So many questions from so many rumors!

Well, let me add a little bit more fuel to the fire with some  expected announcements about Star Wars Ep. VII.

1. Oscar-winning composer John Williams scored the famous soundtrack for the Star Wars movies and now hopes to be contracted to do the same for the next new Star Wars films. This is epic news! Who doesn’t know and also LOVE the theme songs he created. (Darth Vader’s theme is currently the ringtone on my phone!)williams

It will be interesting to see what happens, especially since J.J. Abrams loves to work with composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek). Williams has expressed interest and this is by no means a confirmation of any involvement of his.

2. Harrison Ford. Last week, the web went abuzz talking about the “confirmed” signing of Harrison Ford for Ep. VII. While it is VERY likely that he will be a part and that Disney is holding out on making an official announcement, nothing 100% official has been announced. Sources say that the deal will most likely not come for several more weeks or months (but that does imply a deal is in the works). Don’t worry, I’m sure Han will strike a deal. He’s just waiting for the right moment to shoot first!

Please make the rumors stop!
Please make the rumors stop!

What do you think of all the drama among the stars?

#3- “Featurette about the Falling on Pennsylvania Ave. Gerard Butler’s upcoming film Olympus Has Fallen made my list of anticipated cinematic disappointments of 2013 (see HERE). And my opinion remains unchanged. The “Die Hard of D.C.” is making its marketing campaign and has launched a new featurette for the CGI-laden thriller. Check it out:

The film releases on March 22, 2013 and stars Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and more.olympus_has_fallen

What do you think of Olympus Has Fallen?

#4- “A sequel that may re-“CAP” Cap’s love.” A couple of weeks back I reported that Hayley Atwell would not reprise her role as Agent Peggy Carter in the upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It would seem nigh impossible to include her in a movie where her character would be aged so far. In her stead, ABC’s Revenge star Emily VanCamp has accepted a role as the possible love interest for Captain America and speculation points to her playing the part of Peggy’s niece, Sharon.


Well, some of that may have changed as Stanley Tucci stated the following in an interview with Collider this week:

… I know that Hayley is going back to do a flashback scene, but I have not been asked….

The gorgeous Atwell may have a cameo in the film after all. Of course, who’s to say it may not make the final cut still? We’ll see. Only time will tell.Haley-Atwell-Peggy-Carter-Red-Dress-570x379

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is scheduled for an April 4, 2014 release.

Are you ready for more of Agent Carter?

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

Argo– The most recognized film of Ben Affleck’s career that is raking in the awards (deservedly) was one of my favorites of 2012 (I gave it a perfect score). Centered around the true story of a CIA agent’s efforts to extract American hostages out of Iran during the Iran Hostage Crisis, this movie keeps the suspense and anxiety all the way through with fantastic storytelling and great cast. A must watch. Check out my full review of Argo HERE.argo

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

Also releasing: Monsters Inc 3D, Anna Karenina, Fun Size, Sinister (read my review), Undefeated, Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike, Game of Thrones Season 2 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 pretty much given up on posting any Star Wars news unless it comes attached to an official source. The rumor mills have gone into overdrive on ’em. That said, if Harrison Ford came back, that could certainly be cool. Fisher and Hamill as well; I know they’ve aged, and definitely not well in Hamill’s case, but I’d rather see “old Luke Skywalker” than “facially reconstructed witness protection Luke Skywalker”. And if John Williams wants to do the scores, I would have to think Disney would have the sense to let him.


    • it’s frustrating having to wade through all of the rumors but it’s also funny seeing what people have been posting. It’s all part of the fun.

      I’m curious about John Williams. I’m sure that they will hire him, but They didn’t bring him back for Superman…


    • Ahah yeah, I never get the appeal of Nicholas Sparks movies. But man, A Good Day to Die Hard still tops box office?? So that also means the Die Hard train also rolls on 😦

      Well T, I certainly don’t mind John Williams doing the score again for Star Wars, I mean the man should be allowed to do whatever. He’s a musical genius! I haven’t seen that Olympus featurette, that goes to show how much I’m looking forward to that movie, ahah.


    • people love to give Nicholas Sparks their money for the same thing over and over…

      and you’re right…it means there will be more sappy love movies of a woman who is hurt or hiding her heart and a guy who has to jump through all sorts of hoops to win her heart. Maybe Sparks and Tyler Perry went to the same school.


  2. I have already picked up Game of Thrones season 2 and am already sinking my teeth into it.
    Also, as always, I have another release to point out: On the Waterfront Criterion edition. A classic film.

    As for Harrison Ford, I’d imagine that he would wait for a script just to make sure the new movies not going to be total garbage.


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