Movie News Monday for March 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, 3 wide new releases entered the box office arena to compete for the #1 spot. After two weeks at the top spot, Oz the Great and Powerful was dethroned. The Croods took the #1 spot and Olympus rose above Oz as well. And, as thousands began their own Spring Break last weekend, Spring Breakers made its way into the Top Ten playing in only about 1,100 theaters. Also of note, The Call dropped over 49% from its opening weekend.

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

  1. The Croods ~$44.7M
  2. Olympus Has Fallen ~$30.5M
  3. Oz the Great and Powerful ~$22M
  4. The Call ~$8.7M
  5. The Admission ~$6.4M
  6. Spring Breakers ~$5M
  7. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone ~$4.3M
  8. Jack the Giant Slayer ~$2.96M
  9. Identity Thief ~$2.5M
  10. Snitch ~$1.9M

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

Congratulations to The Croods (read my review).

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Hero in a Half-Shell” Many people (including myself) were not thrilled upon learning that director Michael Bay (Transformers) would be leading (a.k.a. ruining) another childhood favorite: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles directed by Jonathan Liebesman.  And that was only the beginning of the disappointments (if you’ve been following the news on it, you know that the title will simply be “Ninja Turtles” AND that they will be aliens instead of changed by radioactive ooze). While many producers and creators of the pizza-powered ninjas continue to claim that Michael Bay is taking the franchise in the right direction, many doubt it.tmnt

The original comic creator Kevin Eastman states that there is much to look forward to with this newest film, claiming it will have “Raid: Redemption-style fight scenes” and “epic Rise of the Planet of the Apes sort of effects.”

…and then, there was the casting announcement of Megan Fox as April O’Neil. Let’s not dwell on that disappointing piece of news any longer than we have to.april

Today there is news of the first Ninja Turtle to have been cast for the movie. Raphael (the joke-creating, sai-carrying member of the group) will be the motion-capture character played by Alan Ritchson (Gloss in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

Photo courtesy
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Expect more casting news to follow soon as the film is slated for a June 6, 2014 theatrical release. Any guesses on who should play Splinter or Shredder?

***Casting News UPDATE: 

  • Leonardo –Pete Ploszek
  • Donatello –Jeremy Howard (How the Grinch Stole Christmas/Men in Black II)
  • Michaelangelo –Noah Fisher (Battle: Los Angeles/Twilight Breaking Dawn, pt 2)
  • See the full report HERE via Deadline

Thoughts on Raphael or the film as a whole as it progresses?

#3- “Those Who Join Hercules Dwayne Johnson is excited about his upcoming project Hercules directed by Brett Ratner and it is coming together nicely. Based on the 2-series comic books “The Thracian Wars” and “The Knives of Kush” written by Steve Moore, Hercules is not only getting a great look (more on that in a moment), but also a great cast.Hercules 1

Look who is joining Dwayne Johnson in this upcoming epic: Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, John Hurt, Rebecca Ferguson, Joseph Fiennes, Askel Hennie and more. Collider reports (courtesy THR) the following casting assignments of who is playing whom:

Fiennes will play the pampered king who assigns Hercules his labors.  Classically, this is King Eurystheus, but it remains to be seen who he’ll actually be in the film.  McShane is reportedly playing Amphiarus, who is equal parts priest, prophet and warrior who counsels Hercules.  The previously mentioned Hennie is expected to play Tydeus.  Hurt will play the weary ruler of Thrace, while Ferguson will play his daughter, a healer.

Last week, Johnson himself took a photo in costume and, while ComingSoon.Net was able to see the photo they were not allowed to share it. But, they do give a slight detailed description of the character’s look:

The best way to describe his Hercules is as if The Rock were cosplaying Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash from Iron Man 2. He’s got long hair and a long black beard on top of his characteristically massive physique. There’s no telling if that’s his costume throughout the film, but it’s definitely a look that will surprise fans.

The official synopsis for the July 25, 2014 release has not been released yet, but, if it follows the comics it is expected to follow the burdened warrior who finds his only solace in bloody battle and, together with mutually befriended warriors, he begins to question the King of Thrace and turns his sword against him in ultimate challenge against his army and possibly even Olympus itself.

Are you interested in Hercules? Have you read the comics?

#4- “Images from Jackie and Jackson.” New images have emerged for two upcoming films: April 12th’s 42 and August 16th Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.

Check out the galleries below (click a photo for a fullscreen slideshow):



Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters


Some great behind-the-scenes photos with teases of what to look forward to. Which of these are you most interested in seeing?

Jackson or Jackie?  

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

Lincoln– Steven Spielberg directs Academy Award-Winner Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President of the United States during his political push for the passing of the 13th Amendment. The passage of it is as gripping as the performances in the film itself. Watch Day-Lewis alongside Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones and many more. Accompanied by a John Williams soundtrack, Lincoln is a film worthy of a watch by Americans, historians and worldwide fans of good movies in general. You can check out my full review of Lincoln

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

Also releasing: Killing Them Softly, Jurassic Park -the 1st movie solo on blu-ray, FINALLY! (the other JP films release solo too, but who cares?), Parental Guidance, The Sandlot 20th Anniversary, Day of the Falcon 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 don’t see why Megan fox being cast in Ninja turtles is such a bad sign. Sure she hasn’t proven to be amazing yet, but i think her performances have been decent so far…and im more worried about Bay being behind the helm here.


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