Movie News Monday for February 25, 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 for the 2nd weekend of the year so far none of the new releases claimed top honors, breaking the 5 week trend. Ironically, neither The Rock or John McClane could save the day and Identity Thief ran away with the #1 spot over the slow weekend.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, Feb 22 -Sun, Feb 24:

  1. Identity Thief ~$14M
  2. Snitch ~$13M
  3. Escape from Planet Earth ~$11M
  4. Safe Haven ~$10.6M
  5. A Good Day to Die Hard ~$10M
  6. Dark Skies ~$8.9M
  7. Silver Linings Playbook ~$6.1M
  8. Warm Bodies ~$4.8M
  9. Side Effects ~$3.5M
  10. Beautiful Creatures ~$3.4M

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

Reluctantly I wish “Congrats” once again to Identity Thief (read my review).idthief

What did YOU watch this weekend?

***The Oscars are over! (Last night’s results are listed below). In case you didn’t get to watch them, click the photo below for a link to stream the Oscars and relive every moment!oscars85

#2- “And the Oscars went to…” As is tradition, yesterday I posted my predictions for the winning recipients of “Hollywood’s Most Prestigious (or Pretentious) Award.” Millions watched as Seth MacFarlane hosted the ceremony. The Oscars contained tons of surprise appearances and musical performances (Most notably Dame Shirley Bassey’s performance of “Goldfinger” and the Les Miserables gorgeous and emotional ensemble piece). I personally thought there were too many musical performances (It’s the Oscars…not the Grammys), but all of the Academy’s ploys to attract younger viewers seemed to really work.bilde

Tuxs, dresses, jewerly, golden statues, shocking jabs, dances, trips and laughs…a good time was had by all it seemed. Below are the results of last night’s award ceremony:

  • Best Picture: Argo
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln)
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
  • Best Director: Ang Lee (Life of Pi)
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained)
  • Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables)
  • Best Animated Feature: Brave
  • Best Writing-Original Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino (Django Unchained)
  • Plus, several more. For the entire list, click HERE.


I guessed correctly a total of 16 of the 24 awards. How many did you guess correctly? Congratulations to all of the winners, the nominees, and all of the other filmmakers that worked so hard to bring us one of the greatest years in movies.

What was your favorite moment of the Oscars?

#3- “Iron Man 3: New Poster and Photos. 2013 is seeking to make the summer rather SUPER with a couple of highly anticipated superhero movies. Iron Man 3 is one of those films. Check out the lastest poster, photos and magazine covers for this upcoming sequel:


(Click any of the 3 photos above for fullscreen slideshow. Scroll with arrow keys.)

Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle and more, and directed by Shane Black, look for Iron Man 3 to hit theaters on May 3, 2013! (Watch the trailer HERE)

Are you ready for Iron Man 3? What do you think of the photos?

#4- “A Sneak Peek at The Amazing SpiderMan sequel.” Another Superhero getting the sequel treatment (only, this one comes in 2014) is The Amazing Spiderman. Director Marc Webb is no stranger to using twitter to give teases and sneak peeks at what is going on on set. Check out the collection of photos so far that also give a look at the webhead’s new threads! (Again, click any photo for a fullscreen slideshow)


The sequel, directed by Marc Webb, is set for a 3D release on May 2, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Sally Field, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, and Martin Sheen.

Any guesses what some of these photos mean?

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

The Master– The Paul Anderson film that received a polarizing reception and a few Oscars nominees finally makes its way to blu-ray. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams (all of whom received Oscar nominations for their roles), The Master is the story of a wayward man who seeks and believes he has found meaning when he joins a group of believers called The Cause who follow the teachings of a charismatic leader. I did not enjoy this one as much as others, but perhaps you will see it and think differently. You can check out my full review of The Master HERE.master

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

Also releasing: Winner of 7 Razzie awards, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, pt 2 releases on SATURDAY (read my VERY FUN review),

AND: Chasing Mavericks, How To Survive a Plague, Holy Motors, Girls Against Boys 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. Mighty good stuff here! Anxious for the new Spidey flick. I thought the first film was pretty good even though it didn’t blow me away. Iron Man 3 on the other hand, I’m all over it!


  2. Well, the BIG news this Monday is certainly the Oscars. Did you manage to watch some of the clips today T? I knew you had to work last night. Well, I tried live bloggin’ but I don’t know if I’ll do it again next year. Now I’m kind of sick of Oscars already, ahah.

    Sheesh, Identity Thief won box office 2 weeks in a row?? I don’t have to read your scathing review to decide that I don’t care for that movie.


  3. My favourite moment of the Oscars was anything and everything involving Jennifer Lawrence or Charlize Theron 🙂 I was fast asleep when it was on but it doesn’t actually seem as if I missed out on much, it was all a bit predictable this year, no major surprises.


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