Movie News Grab Bag – 11/26/07

Published 7 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:37 pm,

I’m back from being out of town last week. Although I managed to post up a couple of reviews, a lot of news didn’t get covered. Here’s a summary of last week’s highlights:

Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire) will play Sarek, Spock’s father, in the new and currently in production Star Trek movie. ( Hey! They added another old guy to the cast!

David Twohy, director of both Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick apparently wants Vin Diesel back to play Riddick again. ( I thought the first one was pretty dumb the first time I saw it, but upon repeated viewings it grew on me. I also thought that Chronicles was cool in a “guilty pleasure” sort of way.

– Bruce Willis will star the Disney/Touchstone sci-fi flick: The Surrogates. It’s about a society where people interact using surrogate robots that are more attractive than they are. (Variety) Have you been to a Wal-Mart lately? This might not be such a bad idea…

– Jack Black talks about the Green Lantern movie he was rumored to be starring in three years ago but never happened. MTV Thank GOD!

– In it’s second weekend, Beowulf beat out opening Hitman and only fell 41% at the box office. ( I predicted that Beowulf would not drop the typical 60% in it’s second weekend in the comments section of this post back on November 18th.

Speed Racer is being shot 100% “green screen.” ( If that’s the case, then why the talk about special cameras to make both near objects and far simultaneously in focus?

– There’s a short featurette talking about the shooting of some scenes of The Dark Knight in the IMAX format that you can watch here. IMAX rocks. I just wish they were shooting the entire film in that format.

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  1. “Surrogates” actually sounds like an interesting concept. The director’s other works are relatively okay, so it may be one to keep tabs on.

  2. Yea I admit I was wrong about Hitman.
    But I didn’t expect Enchanted to make 50 mill..^
    Hitman looks like a lightwight bomb at this point…

    Beowulf is still not performing that well.
    A 41% drop in week no.2 isn’t a going to produce a sequel. (Thankfully).
    Also on Riddick,,, I loved Cronicles and P. Black. I would love a sequel to the Furion chapter of the Riddick Cronicles!!!
    I hope Vin Diesel stays far far away from XXX3 and F&F sequels.