Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 17th, 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 8:46 pm,

This week:

The box office travels to Rio, while we Scream again; Russell Brand sings Rock of Ages; Pesci gets Gotti; The Dark Tower gets a new writer; Galifianakis may have a hangover but he won’t R.I.P; Franco attends Jump Street – but will Johnny Depp? Trumbull may have Silent Running but he’ll be moving at 60 fps and Hallelujah – there’s finally a Jeff Buckley biopic.

Box Office

Rio was the box office champion over the weekend after grossing an estimated $40 million. The animated film which features the vocal talents of Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan, will.i.am, Jamie Foxx and George Lopez surpassed predictions to again show that animated films are big at the box office. This could be the start of a new animated franchise for 20th Century Fox, giving the studio a steady income for the next few years.

Speaking of franchises, the Weinsteins dusted off the Scream series after an 11 year hiatus and reunited the original cast, Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson – the result was a disappointing $19.2 million debut for the fourth film in the horror series which first began in 1996. Scream 4 (read our review) was supposed to kick-off a new trilogy, but it remains to be seen if that will happen – it could depend on how next weekend goes. If it acts like a normal horror-sequel then look for a 50% plus drop.

scream 4 opens at number 2 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 17th, 2011

Hop dropped to third place after two weeks at the top. The Russell Brand voiced Easter Bunny family film scored another $11.1 million, upping its gross to almost $83 million.

Soul Surfer held up well (off less than 30% from last week). The Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt film banked $7.4 million for a solid $20 million total.

Teenage assassin pic Hanna also held up well. The Saoirse Ronan-led film brought in just under $7.5 million for a $23.5 million total haul so far.

Last weekend Russell Brand’s Arthur had a disappointing debut and this weekend things only got worse. The comedy remake fell hard and brought in an estimated $6.9 million, for a total gross of just $22.3 million.

Insidious continues to impress. The $1 million budgeted fright film scared-up another $6.8 million and upped its cume to almost $36 million.

Source Code continues its quiet, but impressive run. The Duncan Jones directed science fiction film grossed another $6.3 million. The Jake Gyllenhaal starrer has now banked $37 million.

Robert Redford’s The Conspirator cracked the top ten, despite a limited run – bringing in $3.9 million. The $25 million budgeted film should do well in the future and turn a decent profit.

Natalie Portman and James Franco’s Your Highness scored another $3.8 million and upped its cume to a lacklustre $15.9  million.

Movie News

1. Russell Brand doesn’t seem to be letting the disappointment of Arthur get him down. The British comedian has signed on to join Tom Cruise and Alec Baldwin in Rock of Ages.

According to Deadline:

“He’ll play Lonny, who runs the ’80s rock club The Bourbon for owner Dennis (Alec Baldwin). Brand and Baldwin get to sing a rousing version of the REO Speedwagon tune Can’t Fight This Feeling.”

Amy Adams recently dropped out of the Adam Shankman directed film due to scheduling conflicts with her role as Lois Lane in Man of Steel.

Source: Deadline


2. Joe Pesci has signed to star alongside John Travolta and Lindsay Lohan in Gotti: Three Generations.

The Goodfellas actor will play Gotti deputy Angelo Ruggiero in the film which starts shooting in October. Hangover 2 cameo-er Nick Cassavetes was set to direct the film, but has left over scheduling issues.

Source: Coming Soon


3. Writer Mark Verheiden has been brought on-board to co-write the NBC series The Dark Tower alongside Akiva Goldsman.

Mark Verheiden writes dark tower Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 17th, 2011

The show is a continuation of a movie trilogy (directed by Ron Howard) based on Stephen King’s hugely successful book series.

Verheiden has previously worked on Heroes and Battlestar Galactica.

The Dark Tower looks set to star Javier Bardem in the role of Roland Deschain.

Source: Deadline


4. The Hangover star Zach Galifianakis has pulled out of supernatural comedy R.I.P.D.

Zach Galifianakis wont RIPD Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 17th, 2011

The comic book adaptation, about undead cops working for the Rest in Peace Department, is set to star Ryan Reynolds in the lead with Red director Robert Schwentke at the helm.

It’s believed that scheduling issues are the reason for his departure.

Source: Deadline


5. James Franco’s brother – Dave, has signed on to 21 Jump Street. The bigscreen adaptation of the Johnny Depp series stars Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as cops who go undercover within a high school.

Deadline states that Franco will “play Eric, the most popular kid in school, who also happens to be a raging drug dealer”.

Word on the street is that Depp will shoot a cameo for the film – if he can find time in his always hectic schedule.

Source: Deadline


6. Silent Running and Brainstorm director Douglas Trumbull has announced that he is set to direct a new film – his first since 1983.

Trumbull, who has been a special effects supervisor on films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Star Trek:The Motion Picture plans to shoot the film in 3D, and in 60 frames per second (films are normally shot at 24 fps).

silent running Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 17th, 2011

Silent Running

Trumball said:

“Higher frame rates create a sense of realism. We are now at a time when we can have any film texture we want. But it’s not an either/or situation.”

He went on to say:

“James Cameron has been talking publicly about shooting tests in 48 and 60. Peter Jackson wants to do The Hobbit in 60. … It doesn’t seem too daunting.”

The title and plot of Trumball’s forthcoming effort are still unknown.

Source: THR


7. Jake Scott (son of Ridley, nephew to Tony) is set to direct a biopic about ill-fated musician Jeff Buckley.

The films producers have optioned David Browne’s book Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley as the basis of the film and Browne will be a consultant on the project.

Jeff Buckley, (the son of folk singer Tim) had only released one album (Grace) when he died in 1997, at only thirty years old, while swimming in Wolf River, Tennessee.

Ryan Jaffe wrote the screenplay for the film which will be produced by Michelle Sy, Orian Williams and Buckley’s mother Mary Guibert.

I can only imagine that James Franco will be on the list of potential stars.

Source: Deadline

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

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  1. Nothing can save that 21 Jump Street movie… not even the nepotistic casting of a Franco kid.

  2. Scream 4 was just another generic and derivative horror movie. This film series was already repetitious and monotonous. Nothing but a cash grab. And suckers gladly ponied up to watch it. Why do they insist on continuing this tired old franchise?? It’s the same old story over and over. Write something new Hollywood! Wonder when they’ll announce Scream 5 and that it will feature the entire casts of Glee, Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, One Tree Hill and The Only Way Is Essex. Should be a cinch! More cash!

    • You posted the same thing 5 times in over 3 different articles at entertainment weekly, give it a rest.

    • If that is the case, we should stop making movies, because what is original now a days? Romantic, comedy, thrillers,action, fantasy movies are basically rererere…makes of other originals stories. Scream 4 was mostly made for the fans of scream 1, so if you didn’t like the first or you were to young to have watched don’t go see the forth. So tell what original movie you like? I bet it’s a remake (or a same idea) from another movie…!!!

  3. Thanks (Poster Formerly Known As Just) Michael, and Irena I totally agree with both your posts.

    • At the risk of being a broken record, or a skipping CD, or a glitchy digital music file… I will say that, from the get-go, once I heard Jonah Hill would be producing and casting himself in a starring role, I felt 21 Jump Street would be a wreck.

      With every bit of new information, it just sounds worse and worse. Whom exactly are they targeting with this movie?

      Surely, they’re not going after people who came of age when 21 Jump Street was originally on TV.

      And who else but those people are really going to care about it?

      The lead actors are Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum? Those are two big reasons to boycott this movie. And it’s going to be some buddy comedy-style movie? And now it’s casting Nepotism Franco? Pathetic.

    • Have to agree with Franco as Buckley.
      Sometimes biology just writes the casting for us and such seems to be the case with this.

      • The dude you’re replying to is talking about Franco in 21 Jump Street. Dave. Not James as Buckley.

        • Yeah, noticed that I’d hit the wrong ‘reply’ button soon as it was posted and there’s no ‘remove post’ option. :-/

  4. looking forward to the jeff buckley biopic.

  5. scream 4 was actually good very funny and great writing.

  6. mentioning of The Conspirator but no mention of Atlas Shrugged

  7. Hollywood will churn reboots/remakes/resells/re-anything if it will make a buck. Batman Begins was a good reboot IMHO, one of the few decent remakes. Keep the crud a’coming!

  8. Expect the Weisteins to re-release Scream 4 in a PG-13 cut to make up for any financial losses.

    Ans as for Atlas Shrugged, is it normal for a film to make nearly $2 million at 300 theaters?

    • Scream 4 is already a PG-13.

      • It’s rated R.

        • Not here in Canada!

          • LOL, I was going to ask that Jose if he lived in Canada or some other country where the rating system was loose compared to here.

  9. Not looking forward to films being shot in 60fps… The standard 24 fps is the ideal in my opinion. Everytime I watch a movie on one of these 120Hz or higher televisions, the movie looks like complete garbage. I hope that since it’s only 60fps or the fact that the movie is filmed in 60fps and not filmed in 24fps then replayed in 120Hz will mean that they don’t look that horrible…

  10. ppl still go to the movies? me pay 12 dollars for a movie? blah! i watch movies illegally online. i can bring my own food and relax on the couch and save money! everybody wins! yay!

    • brag·ga·do·ci·o
      noun /ˌbragəˈdōSHēˌō/

      Boastful or arrogant behavior

      Congratulations on being a thief and being proud of it.

    • Bronson,

      EVERYBODY wins? Really? Maybe YOU win but the people who made and financed the movie don’t. Why don’t you go shoplift the food you eat while you “relax on the couch” and say “everybody wins” with that as well?


      • Depends on which thieves you talking about. The way I’m see
        they’re the ones who are getting rich and bozos like us are making them billionaires !

        • So they’re getting rich, so what? What’s the most YOU have ever risked on a business venture, eh? Someone or a company RISKS millions of dollars creating something – they’re not entitled to make more than a hundred bucks off that, is that right?

          Reward should be proportionate to risk. Why would anyone risk millions to make thousands?

          Jealousy is a terrible thing.


          • Look Vic, if you want to be a capitalist slave or you just have a lot of money if you work for them, it is not my problem, but don’t get smart with the subject, because there are a lot of people who downloads movies on the net and the movie companies still getting their millions, so nothing is changed. On my part, I mostly go see my favorites movies at the theater, but some are not worth it to go pay 12.50$.

            • Leo,

              I’m not a “capitalist slave”, I don’t work for them nor do I have a lot of money. I’m also not a thief.

              A movie isn’t worth $12.50? Fine, I’m completely fine with that (and absolutely agree that MANY films aren’t worth it) – but then go rent it from Netflix or Redbox or wherever for a fraction of the price or wait for it to show up on cable.


    • Is it legal to download works from peer-to-peer networks and if not, what is the penalty for doing so?
      Uploading or downloading works protected by copyright without the authority of the copyright owner is an infringement of the copyright owner’s exclusive rights of reproduction and/or distribution. Anyone found to have infringed a copyrighted work may be liable for statutory damages up to $30,000 for each work infringed and, if willful infringement is proven by the copyright owner, that amount may be increased up to $150,000 for each work infringed. In addition, an infringer of a work may also be liable for the attorney’s fees incurred by the copyright owner to enforce his or her rights.
      Whether or not a particular work is being made available under the authority of the copyright owner is a question of fact. But since any original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium (including a computer file) is protected by federal copyright law upon creation, in the absence of clear information to the contrary, most works may be assumed to be protected by federal copyright law.

      Got this from Copywrite.gov.