Movie News Monday for March 18, 2013.

After a break over the weekend, I’m back! And what better way to start off the week than with your weekly fix of movie news in a little segment I like to call…

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 tried to take way Oz’s great power. Well, they made the wrong CALL as they proved to not be as INCREDIBLE as OZ himself who reached over $145 million in domestic box office total gross over the weekend. And, once again, it was fun to see Silver Linings Playbook still beating newer releases while in its 18th week in theaters! Wow!

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

  1. Oz the Great and Powerful ~$42M
  2. The Call ~$17M
  3. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ~$10M
  4. Jack the Giant Slayer ~$6.2M
  5. Identity Thief ~$4.5M
  6. Snitch ~$3.5M
  7. 21 and Over ~$2.6M
  8. Silver Linings Playbook ~$2.5M
  9. Safe Haven ~$2.4M
  10. Escape from Planet Earth ~$2.3M

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

Congratulations to Oz the Great and Powerful (read my review).oz

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “The Park’s New Administrator” The next Jurassic Park film, Jurassic Park 4, has found its director. Congratulations to Colin Treverrow, director of 2012’s fantastic romantic dramedy, Safety Not Guaranteed (read my review). The production will still have Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer and is expected to continue where the franchise left off.colin

Slated for a June 13, 2014 release date, Jurassic Park IV’s script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), but before then, prepare to enjoy the original Jurassic Park‘s re-release in 3D in theaters on April 5,

Thoughts on the choice of Treverrow? Who would you want to direct JP4?

#3- “From Prometheus to Exodus Director Ridley Scott plans to join the ranks of Hollywood directors who are choosing to bring Biblical accounts back to the big screen:

  • Aronofsky is working on Noah currently
  • Will Smith is still attached to a new twist of Cain & Abel
  • Steven Spielberg just dropped his affiliation with an upcoming Moses film entitled Gods and Kings (which Ang Lee may pick up)

And now, Ridley Scott (Prometheus) is planning on directing Exodus, another film about Moses, the Hebrew leader who led the Israelites out of bondage in the land of Egypt. The movie, titled after the Biblical book of the same name, is in search of its Moses, and you may be surprised who Ridley Scott wants for the part.



Of course, I mean, Christian Bale. That’s right. It is reported that Scott has entered into talks with the Dark Knight star to play the lead role of the robe-and-sandal leader.

let my people go
Instead of growling “Where Are They?!” He’ll growl “Let My People Go!”

Bale is attached to several other projects, including a new political corruption thriller directed by David O. Russell, but he may make room to play, yet, another iconic role. In my opinion, as long as this keeps him too tied up to be Batman in the uncertain Justice League movie, then I’m fine with it! 😀

Are you ready to see Batman bail out the children of Israel?

#4- “Will Smith’s ‘Colossal’ Return to the Big Screen.” Will Smith, one of the biggest actors of this generation, has been absent from a lot of films as of late. Didn’t take the time to notice? Let me show you what he’s acted in in the last 8 years:

  • 2004: I, Robot; Shark Tale
  • 2005: Hitch
  • 2006: The Pursuit of Happyness
  • 2007: I Am Legend
  • 2008: Hancock; Seven Pounds
  • 2012: Men in Black 3

A four-year absence! And his next film is set to release soon: After Earth. Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, co-starring Jaden Smith and in theaters on June 7, 2013. Smith is one actor I like seeing and perhaps his absence works true to the old adage “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” (We all know Shyamalan is at least hoping so.)Will-Smith2

THR reported recently that the writer for Men In Black 3 (Ed Solomon) has agreed to pen yet another script for a Will Smith film entitled Colossus that will star the successful Smith. (See the full report HERE).

Here is an excerpt from the article from THR:

The move gives a shot in the arm to the Imagine Entertainment-produced project, a remake of the studio’s 1970 Colossus: The Forbin Project that the studio began developing in 2007. Solomon, who is also collaborating on an untitled film with J.J. Abrams, has a long history with Smith, dating back to Smith’s breakout hit Men in Black.

You can actually watch the entire Colossus: The Forbin Project film HERE that tells the story of a new developed supercomputer that has an agenda of its own that threatens humanity when it is activated.colossuselproyectoprohizd0

Another I, Robot/Eagle Eye? who cares? It’s Will Smith! Bring it! 🙂 Look for more info on this as it develops. It will be interesting if it ends up releasing around the same time as Spielberg’s Robopocalypse.

Well, are you ready for this Man in Black to be Back? 

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

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey– Peter Jackson returns to the Shire with the prequel to The Lord of the Rings. With two more installments to follow, watch the first third of the background story of Bilbo Baggins and the ring of power. Starring Ian McKellan, Martin Freeman, Richard Arbitrage and more. (It seems a little counter-productive to purchase this one though, because you know the special editions will launch with all 3 after the sequels release…and then there will be a six movie collection with The Hobbit AND The Lord of the Rings! Just sayin.) You can check out my full review of The Hobbit HERE.hobbit

You can also watch the vid below to see what the First Fans at my local theater had to say about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey as I interviewed many enthusiasts on the night of the premiere. 

(FYI- unfortunately, due to several details both known and unknown, that was the final episode of the tv show I had the pleasure of hosting. Thank you all for the fun and enthusiastic support.)

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

Also releasing: Zero Dark Thirty [read my REVIEW], Les Misérables [(March 22) read my REVIEW], This is 40 (March 22), Rust and Bone, Bachelorette 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 mini-reviews of The Call and Dead Man Down


  1. As an old time fan of the ’70 sci-fi classic ‘Colossus: The Forbin Project’, I’m at least curious what Smith and filmmakers will do to update this and make it relevant for today’s audiences. Thanks for the heads up, T.


    • I watched Rust and Bone a couple weeks ago…I didn’t like it as much as I had wanted to. it’s not bad, but…just…uuhhhhh. a few beautiful moments though. I will be curious as to your thoughts about it.

      Yeah, I’m guessing everyone is finally remembering all the lessons they had in Sunday School years back and want to share them! 🙂

      Thanks for commenting.


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