Movie News Monday for May 20, 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!monday

This Just In!!…

#1- “The Weekend Winner.”  Last weekend, only 1 wide new release that entered the box office arena to battle against the likes of Iron Man 3 and The Great Gatsby. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness started its theatrical run with a smaller than anticipated opening, but still strong enough to take first! Iron Man 3 may have taken a back seat, but it did pass the $1 Billion mark in worldwide earnings! Wow.

Here are the weekend’s estimated results for Fri, May 17-Sun, May 19:

  1. Star Trek Into Darkness ~$70.6M
  2. Iron Man 3 ~$35.2M
  3. The Great Gatsby ~$23.4M
  4. Pain & Gain ~$3.1M
  5. The Croods ~$2.75M
  6. 42 ~$2.73M
  7. Oblivion ~$2.2M
  8. Mud ~$2.1M
  9. Tyler Perry Presents Peeples ~$2.1M
  10. The Big Wedding ~$1.1M

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

Congratulations to Star Trek Into Darkness.Star Trek

What did YOU watch this weekend?

#2- “Butler turns into a Bird.” Gerard Butler is replacing Liam Hemsworth in an upcoming full length feature entitled The Raven that spawned from the mind of director Ricardo de Montreuil who directed the 6-min short that inspired the upcoming production. No, The Raven is not a rehashing of the life of Edgar Allan Poe. We already saw that horrible film that starred John Cusack and Alice Eve (see my review). Thankfully, this takes a turn towards the science fiction as it is follows a young man, known as The Raven, who is pursued by the autonomous authorities in a near future. His crime? Well, it appears to be that of having special telekinesis powers.

Watch the impressive 6 minute short here:

Apparently, Thor’s younger brother, Liam Hemsworth was attached to star, but has since been replaced with Olympus Has Fallen star Gerard Butler. (Thankfully, he seems to be returning to some more action titles as opposed to his dreaded rom-coms.)Gerard Butler Gamer

Look for more on this as it develops. But know that the project seems to be moving along as funding and distribution appear to already have been settled.

What do you think of THIS Raven?

#3- “Nolan-Bonding? The rumors right now are swirling as to who will sit in the director’s chair for Bond 24. Sadly for many fans of Skyfall, director Sam Mendes will not be returning for the next Bond installment due to prior obligations in theater productions (although, executives have emphatically declared that Mendes will be returning for a future one), so…enter the search for a new director.daniel-craig-james-bond-contract

It was reported this past weekend that director Christopher Nolan has been approached and informally asked to be involved in the next project. The Inception and Dark Knight director is in high demand and also has his next project Interstellar coming up. He may not have the time to work on Bond, but the prospect being more than a rumor is definitely intriguing.dark-knight-rises-image-christopher-nolan

But, let’s just dream for a moment! Christopher Nolan moving from Batman to Bond! Oh yes. I think I even heard Sean Connery yell with excitement!

For more on this story, check out Daily Mail’s report HERE.

What do you think about the possibility of Christopher Nolan directing Bond 24?

#4- “Jumping Tiger, Found Dragon.” The beautiful Academy Award winning martial arts film of 2000 Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon has been found by the sequel committee as a part 2 has been announced. Now, while the news of the sequel has been circling the web since earlier this year, The Hollywood Reporter has now stated that director Woo-ping Yuen (Iron Monkey, True Legend) will be directing the planned 2014 sequel currently titled Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.crouching-tiger-hidden-dragon

In addition to the news of the sequel coming, Michelle Yeoh is set to reprise her role and star alongside martial arts specialist Donnie Yen who will join her in the second installment.Crouching_Tiger_Hidden_Dragon_37584

It will be interesting to see how this develops. The first film saw such great success. Look for more on this as time goes on.

Thoughts on this sequel? 

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

The Last Stand– Arnold Schwarzenegger’s fun action filled movie starring him as the sheriff of a border town who is the last hope to keep a fugitive drug lord from leaving the country. He and a rag-tag group of law enforcers work to stop him and the laughs, along with the bullets, just don’t stop. Check out my full thoughts in my review for this action-comedy HERE.last_stand_bluray

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

Also releasing: Beautiful Creatures, Side Effects, Parker, Stand Up Guys, 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!”


    • I had my own issues with Skyfall as well, but it wasn’t bad. Man, Javier Bardem was so great as the villain!

      Curious to see if Nolan will sign up for Bond with all the other stuff. I wouldn’t mind, but I gotta say that I am still a fan of him bringing original stuff like The Prestige and Inception. I am anxious to see more about Interstellar


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