Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 12th, 2011

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 10:53 am,

This week:

The box office is super as Super 8 charts at number one; be prepared to be afraid of Lions, Tigers and Bears; love is in the air as Kodi Smit-McPhee joins Hailee Steinfeld in Romeo and Juliet; S. Victor Whitmill faces-off with Warner Bros. over Ed Helms’ Hangover 2 tattoo; Ed Zwick has Consent to Kill an American Assassin; Zemeckis and Washington take Flight; Warren Beatty is calling Dick Tracy 2 and has Fast Five’s Sung Kang fired a Headshot at Thomas Jane? He might have – but you can’t call it that!

Box Office

J.J. Abrams’ latest foray into directing, Super 8 topped the box office over the weekend with an impressive estimated gross of $37 million ($38 in total). While it may not be a record breaking debut like a lot of summer films, it is impressive since it’s not a sequel, or a remake, or based on an existing property, or headlined by an A-list star – but enough of “or” -  Super 8 was sold on Abram’s geek credentials and on Steven Spielberg’s Amblin brand.

The science fiction film is a love letter to the Spielberg/Amblin classics from the 70s and 80s like Gremlins, Back to the Future, E.T, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Goonies. Reviews have been positive (read ours), but it’ll be interesting to see how this holds up in the coming weeks when the big guns like The Green Lantern and Transformers 3 open – however the low $50 million budget should ensure profitability. It remains to be seen if this slice of old fashioned Americana will find an audience abroad.

Super 8 debuts at number one Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 12th, 2011

X-Men: First Class dropped to second place over the weekend and almost hit the $100 million mark. The Matthew Vaughn directed prequel banked another $25 million and upped its gross to almost $99 million. Again, the coming weeks and foreign box office are crucial for profitably on this latest Marvel adventure. Is Brett Ratner sitting in his mansion laughing?

The Hangover Part II dropped down the charts, but don’t feel too sorry for “The Wolf Pack”. The Warner Bros. sequel laughed up a further $18.5 million from audiences and brought its total gross to over $216 million.

Kung Fu Panda 2 also grossed in the region of $16.6 million and upped its cume to around $127 million, while not as successful as the original, DreamWorks must take some solace knowing that international grosses are strong. Then there’s the twin-pack DVD set.

Pirates of the Caribbean 4 sailed away with another $11 million and upped its collected booty to just under $210 million. The pricey sequel has also banked well over $600 million abroad. Profit ahoy! Speaking of profit, Bridesmaids grossed about a million dollars less than Johnny Depp and his motley crew – and brought its gross to $124 million.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer grossed around $6.2 million. I’m not going to waste anymore time writing about it.

Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris should bring in $6.1 million over the weekend, upping its gross to $14.3 million. The film now has the potential to be Allen’s highest grossing film since Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986. Everybody always talks about Woody Allen having a “return to form” and I’ve always felt left out. Now I’ve done it!

Thor hammered in another $2 million and brought its gross to over $173 million, while Fast Five brought in a smidgen under $2 million. The Vin Diesel/Paul Walker/ Dwayne Johnson testosterone fest has now grossed over $205 million.

Movie News

1. Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson have been hired to write Lions, Tigers and Bears. Don’t worry, the film isn’t yet another postmodern ironic spin on The Wizard of Oz.

lions tigers and bears Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 12th, 2011

According THR:

“The project is based on an Image comic book by Mike Bullock and tells of the adventures of a young boy who discovers that his stuffed animals come to life to protect him from monsters that come out of his closet.”

Lorenzo Di Bonaventura will produce the “effects-heavy live action tent-pole and possible franchise” for Paramount Pictures.

This sounds a bit like Time Bandits meets Monsters Inc. by way of Where the Wild Things Are.

Source: THR


2. The Road’s Kodi Smit-McPhee will join Hailee Steinfeld and Holly Hunter in the umpteenth screen adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

new romeo and juliet adaptation Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 12th, 2011

Smit-McPhee will play Benvolio in the Carlo Carlei directed film, while Steinfeld stars as Juliet, with Hunter playing her nurse and confident. Gossip Girl’s Ed Westwick will play the villainous Tybalt in the film which was written by Downton Abbey and Gosford Park’s Julian Fellowes. Let’s hope its jolly good- Fellowes. Yuk yuk.

Romeo and Juliet will start shooting this summer in Italy.

Source: Variety


3. S. Victor Whitmill is the man behind Mike Tyson’s iconic face tattoo. He’s also the man behind a multi-million dollar lawsuit against Warner Bros. due to said tattoo’s appearance in The Hangover Part II.

In the film Ed Helms’ character gets a tattoo based on Tyson’s during a drunken night out in Bangkok (like, who hasn’t?). The “tatt” has appeared prominently in the film and the marketing materials, Whitmill states that he owns the exclusive copyright to the design and that Warner Bros. hasn’t paid him for its use. The tattoo artist first attempted to block the comedy sequels release a few months ago, but the motion was rejected, but the case rolls on with a trial set for February 2012. Looks like this Hangover has a major headache!

Warner Bros. doesn’t want to wait around for this, as they have a DVD release planned (delaying it until after Christmas is no laughing matter), so they intend to digitally alter the film and change the offending facial inkage. A Warner Bros. statement says:

“If the parties are unable to resolve their dispute, Warner Bros. does not intend to make any use of the allegedly infringing tattoo after the film ends its run in theaters because Warner Bros. will digitally alter the film to substitute a different tattoo on Ed Helms’s face.”

Talk about a face-off.

Source: THR


4. Director Ed Zwick is a man who likes to flirt with many different genres (with mixed results) and it looks like he’s set to follow the Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway Viagra rom-com Love and Other Drugs (yeah, you read that correctly) with American Assassin for CBS films.

The film will be based on the most recent novel in Vince Flynn’s eleven book series about CIA agent Mitch Rapp. Last year CBS Films announced plans to kick start the Rapp franchise with Consent to Kill, with the studio aiming to cast either Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell or Matthew Fox in the role. However, American Assassin is a prequel novel (despite being the eleventh published) with CBS Films feeling like they might as well start the story at the start, rather than diving straight into the action – so to speak.

CBS Films president and CEO Amy Baer said:

“We were prepping Consent to Kill when Vince told us he was going to tell Mitch Rapp’s origin story in American Assassin. From there it was a natural decision to introduce audiences to Mitch Rapp, the man before he became the legend.”

It remains to be seen if Butler, Farrell and Fox are still in the mix, but I’d imagine they’ll go for someone a little bit younger, and cheaper.

Source: Deadline


5. Once Upon a time director Robert Zemeckis made films that weren’t motion captured “dead-eye” productions. Well, it looks like his fallout with Disney, following the box office disaster of Mars Needs Moms (which he produced), seems to have awakened the Who Framed Roger Rabbit? director from his technology induced, live action slumber.

We reported that Zemeckis was eying directing Flight and that Denzel Washington was “loosely attached” to star. We’ll it now looks “Washington’s deal will close shortly” and the film will take flight in the fall.

Let’s hope it’s the helmer that gave us Back to the Future and Romancing the Stone and not the guy who gave us The Polar Express.

Source: LA Times


6. Hollywood legend and former legendary lothario Warren Beatty was at a screening of his 1990 comic book film Dick Tracy during the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival. Beatty told the assembled crowd about his thoughts on the movie, the forthcoming Blu-ray and he also revealed that he was working on a sequel to the film which grossed $103 million at the US box office twenty one years ago.

When probed about the sequel, Beatty said:

“I think it’s dumb to talk about movies before you make them. I just don’t do it. It gives you a reason to avoid making them.”

warren beatty talks dick tracy 2 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 12th, 2011

Beatty said of the original film:

“I didn’t want to do some picture where everything got blasted. … I think of this picture as rather a gentle movie, and it is compared to some stuff. Little by little I found myself caught up enough in it to actually go and make a movie about it, because it was hard for me. … I always think of making a movie like vomiting. I don’t like to vomit, but I get to the point where I think, ‘I’d better go ahead and do this, and I’ll feel better.”

He discussed his long standing love of the Chester Gould comic strip:

“It was the first comic strip I got involved with as a kid. You know, Dick Tracy was the first non-funny comic strip. … People got shot, times were tough in the Depression, things had to be done, and he went and did them.”

Beatty, who acquired the rights to the character in 1985 from the Tribune Co, recently fought a ferocious legal battle with company who said that the Oscar winner was just sitting on the dormant character. Beatty has been stating for years that he wanted to make a sequel to Dick Tracy, but the 72 year old likes to take his time when putting a film together.

He hasn’t directed since 1998’s political satire Bulworth and he hasn’t been seen on screen since 2001’s box office bomb Town & Country (budget: $90 million, worldwide gross: $10 million).

In the past Beatty has said that he intends to star in the film, and he hasn’t said anything to the contrary recently. The Ishtar star is a well known procrastinator, who likes to play his cards close to his chest, so don’t expect to hear much about Dick Tracy 2 until when, and if, it happens.

Source: LA Times


7. We recently brought you news that producers were planning to drop Thomas Jane from the Sylvester Stallone film Headshot, in the hope of casting someone more “ethnic”. Well it looks like they may have achieved their goal.

Joel Silver’s Dark Castle Entertainment has announced that shooting on the film will start later this month in Louisiana and Jane’s name is conspicuous by its absence. Reports have Fast Five’s Sung Kang joining the cast of the Walter Hill film – is he Jane’s replacement?

According to Variety:

“The film follows a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a Gotham cop who team up to take down the killers of their respective partners.”

Not only has the film lost Jane, but it’s also lost its title. Headshot has been ditched in favor of the oft-used, in-development moniker of “untitled”. Obviously the violent connotation of Headshot was too much for Warner Bros and Silver, who will undoubtedly re-title it something with a much more generic name.


Source: Variety

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

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  1. Headshot looked to have a little promise IMO , but after ditching Jane, and the title change…well, I’ve lost interest in it. As far as Super 8 goes that was a fantastic film!

  2. I hope Super 8 does well in its run. Good movie. :-) My gf loved it, which surprised me since she normally doesn’t like sci-fi movies or movies with too much sci-fi elements. I guess the human elements in this movie overpowers any sci-fi stuff.

    • Super 8 was just awesome Ken. I am gonna be seeing it again. It really made me think back to my own childhood and all the M-80 meyham that i caused LOL.

      • Im seeing Super 8 again too. I cant wait :)

  3. a lawsuit over a tattoo, ffs wth is the world coming to. this clown should be happy his ugly ‘design’ is even considered ‘art’

    looking forward to TF3 (looks alot better then 3 b/c by the looks of it the humans lose in the final fight against the bad guys or the trust issue makes the TF’s leave (ending the story in a decent manor).

    the visuals for GL look amazing (besides the mask) and i’m a reynolds fan, so i’m pretty pissed off that us aussies get GL in august T.T

    • you had me at what’s the world coming to, then you ruined the ride with the chimp remark,I am over it just thought I’d let you know it stunk out!

    • You may want to rethink the “giant chimp” remark. I think SR should take that part of your comment out.

    • Hm, a hateful, bigoted and racist remark. How offensive. I expect no less from a “me angry for no reason” jwalka but for SR to leave that remark there? Tsk tsk.

      • Um, perhaps no one from the staff has really read through this thread thoroughly yet? Have anyone maybe tried to email them through the link below the comment field to inform them of this??

        • Ken, I think had I made that remark, it woulda been dealt with swiftly, since im more of a thorn in Vic’s side LOL.

          • Anthony,

            You’re not a thorn in my side, but you’re starting to come across like a little three year old boy who’s jealous of his siblings. The comment was made late on Sunday night – as Paul said, I’m not handling comment moderation any more, and he did not have access to a computer for most of Monday. Then there are hundreds and hundreds of comments to go through so sometimes things are missed.

            Again, ANYONE here could have scrolled to the bottom of the page and dropped us a note via the contact form – but no, it’s easier to b**** and moan saying “if *I* had left that comment they would have deleted it immediately.”

            Get over yourself already.


            • Yah, I was going to say. Firstly just by looking at this article, you should note that it wasn’t written by Vic, so to expect one person to be able to sift through every comment in every article and catch everything instantly is a bit unrealistic. And I didn’t want to send the email because I wasn’t sure if anyone else already has, but thought I’d bring it up in case nobody knows or thought to do that. Seriously guys, from now on, if there are any concerns about stuff like that, email them, I bother them all of the time through email, I’m sure sometimes I annoy them a bit, lol, but I’m 100% sure they’ll be happy to have the community serve as an extra set of eyes to look out for things like that. Consider it like a neighborhood watch, just like how you can’t expect cops to be everywhere at once, we need to watch out for our neighbors as well. :-)

    • @jwalka – That was totally uncalled for and I should just remove your entire comment but instead I took out the offensive part. If you can’t make your point without tossing in racially charged comments then perhaps the SR forums aren’t a proper fit for you.

      @everyone else – I don’t sit here 24/7 clicking refresh looking for comments. Like sifting through a big bag pecans, occasionally a bad nut gets through. If you see one that should be moderated please take the time to send us an email through the contact page and I’ll get on it ASAP.

      @Anthony – Vic doesn’t do the bulk of the comment moderation anymore I do…so far you haven’t been a thorn to me :)

      • Damn Paul, how did you let that comment sit for so long! You’re fired!!!! :-P

        lol, j/k :-)

  4. Predictable that Super 8 would trump FC. Plus FC had a big predictable drop at 57%. Expect more of a drop once GL hits this weekend. Then GL will hold for about two weeks until Transformers. Cars 2 looks like Pixars worst effort. Parents will take kids to see it and that will be about it.

  5. Don’t know why some of you pro ILM/WETA and anti Sony people and scared Marvel people have been trying to hate on Green Lantern so much. Put it this way, it won’t any worse than Transformers 2 and that crap still made a boat load of money. GL will wind up being just as good as Thor or better.

  6. Hmm. Someone more ethnic to replace Jane? They should go after The Rock to co star next to Sly in this one and get us a teaser look of what might be in the Expendables sequel

    • nevermind read the whole wanting a more “ethnic” choice. I don’t understand it honestly.

      • It’s not cool to have white people star in movies anymore. Didn’t you get the memo???

        • Colored people dying in films is more trendy these days.

        • Just to clarify, I’m not white, but I do think it’s a bit silly for them to cast people JUST because they want someone “ethnic.” I think the story and getting an actor that fits the role should decide who should be casted, not whether or not they want to appeal to a certain group of people or what-not… I’m actually Asian, the ethnic group they chose to go with is Asian, but I’m still against it because to me that’s still kind of like reverse-racism. I’d rather an Asian get a role because he was the best candidate for that role, not because they felt like having someone “not white.” Hopefully the studio isn’t going to screw up the movie…

  7. nevermind read the whole wanting a more “ethnic” choice. I don’t understand it honestly.