This week:

The Rite scares away the competition at the box office; Streisand and Rogen suffer My Mother’s Curse; The Beatles Get Back; three more join New Year’s Eve; Firelight gets a writer; Travolta eyes Gotti and Jackman and Pine are Guardians.Box Office

This week Anthony Hopkins’ latest fright fest The Rite (read our review) topped the box office with an estimated $15 million.

The exorcism drama opened in the middle of analyst expectations. If it goes the route of most horror films then it will likely see a heavy drop next weekend.

Last weekend’s champion No Strings Attached dropped to number two. The Natalie Portman comedy grossed $13.7 million for a $39.7 million total gross.

The Green Hornet was fourth after taking in another $11.5 million. The superhero film has now upped its cume to $79 million.

Jason Statham’s latest action flick The Mechanic (read our review) opened in third place with an estimated gross of $11.5 million. The debut was in line with most of Statham’s efforts as an action man.

The King’s Speech brought in a smidgen over $11 million. The royal drama has now grossed an impressive $72 million. The film will cross $100 million in a couple of weeks – not bad for a film budgeted at around $15 million.

True Grit brought in another $7.3 million for a $148 million total, while The Dilemma laughed up a little over $6 million for a cumulative gross of $41 million.

Black Swan grossed another $5.3 million and brought its total up to $91 million.

The Fighter punched-up another $4.2 million for a $78.5 million total, while Yogi Bear brought in another $3 million, helping it pass $90 million.

Movie News

1. It would appear that Barbra Streisand has caught the comedy bug following her turn in Little Fockers. The iconic star has signed to star opposite Seth Rogen in My Mother’s Curse.

According to THR:

“The story follows an inventor (Rogen) who invites his mother on a cross-country trip as he tries to sell his new product while also reuniting her with a lost love.”

The Proposal director Anne Fletcher will call the shots.

Source: THR

2. Director Mark Waters is currently in negotiations to helm a Beatles-themed comedy titled Get Back.

According to Variety:

“The script, penned by Chris McCoy, centers on the discovery of a time machine by two die-hard Beatles fans, who travel back in time to prevent John Lennon from meeting Yoko Ono, who they blame for the break-up of the Fab Four.”

Source: Variety

3. Ice Cube, Josh Duhamel and Ryan Seacrest are set to join… well nearly everyone in Hollywood for New Year’s Eve.

The Garry Marshall directed film, which is the follow-up to Valentine’s Day, has put together a mega-cast consisting of Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Halle Berry, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara, and Zac Efron.

According to THR:

“Duhamel, one of the leads, plays a hopeless romantic who spends the day trying to get to New York in the hope of getting to a party in order to re-meet a mystery girl from the previous year.

Cube would play a NYPD cop who is working with the director of the Times Square festivities (Swank).

In his cameo, Seacrest would play himself.”

Source: THR

4. Nick Pustay is set to adapt Sophie Jordan’s young-adult fantasy novel Firelight.

It’s being pitched as “Twilight with dragons.” I think I can get my head around that.

Source: THR

5. Producer Marc Fiore has revealed that John Travolta is in “serious talks” to portray John Gotti in Gotti.

Nick Cassavetes is set to direct the film that may also star James Franco – though, it’s important to note that Travolta and Franco are not yet locked for the picture.

Source: EW

6. Star Trek’s Chris Pine will join Hugh Jackman, Jude Law, Alec Baldwin, and Isla Fisher as vocal talent for DreamWorks Animation’s Rise of the Guardians.

“The film follows a group of heroic childhood legends, each with extraordinary abilities. When Pitch (Law), an evil spirit akin to the boogeyman, lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.”

Peter Ramsey will direct the film which is based on the book The Guardians of Childhood.

Source: Variety

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