Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

Published 4 years ago by , Updated July 9th, 2014 at 10:21 am,

This week:

Unstoppable is stoppable; Dune‘s future is looking bleak; Paramount readies some high-profile films; Warner Bros. want Tales From The Gangster Squad; Courtney Ford needs True Blood; will Merlin have magic? Women kick butt in The Athena Project; Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank and Ashton Kutcher get ready for New Year’s Eve; and lots more.

Last week’s champion Megamind and the Denzel Washington flick Unstoppable (review here), directed by Tony Scott, fought it out for the top spot over the weekend. It looks like the animated superhero film came out on top, after grossing an estimated $30.1 million, upping its total to $89.8 million.

That doesn’t mean that Washington’s film disappointed – as it grossed $23.5 million, which is business as usual for a Washington action effort.

unstoppable has to settle for number 2 Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

Due Date dropped a rather large 51% and took in $15.5 million. The Robert Downey Jr. comedy has now banked $59 million. It won’t hit $100 million, but it should still turn a profit.

Sci-Fi film Skyline brought in $11.7 million – despite no stars and some pretty bad reviews (read ours here). Though, it’s likely to drop like a stone next week.

Morning Glory is underperforming. The Harrison Ford film has brought in $12.2 million since its mid-week launch ($9.6 million for the weekend). Rachel McAdams toplines the comedy from Roger Michell.

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls took a massive hit and dropped 65%. The drama has now banked $31 million, after bringing in under $7 million over the weekend.

Bruce Willis’ Red continues to do well. The action film shot-up another $5 million, upping its cume to a smidgen under $80 million.

Horror holdovers Paranormal Activity 2 and Saw 3D both grossed in the region of $3 million. The former has scored $82 million, while the latter has brought in $43.6 million.

Jackass 3D grossed $2.3 million and rounded out the top ten. The stunt-filled pic has now grossed $115 million.

Movie News

1. If you’re waiting patiently for the new big screen adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Dune, then you might have to wait a while longer. Quite a while longer!

dune delay Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

If the film doesn’t have a firm start date by the spring, then Paramount Pictures intends to end four years of development on the project and put the film into turnaround. In case you’re unfamiliar with the term, turnaround means a film is put up for sale by a studio – and if another company picks it up, they pay for some of the development costs.

Chase Palmer wrote the latest draft of the script, and producers Kevin Misher and Richard P. Rubinstein are looking for a director – following the departure of Taken’s Pierre Morel.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens here.

Source: Deadline

2. While Dune may not be on the horizon for Paramount, it does look like they’ve firmed up production on a few forthcoming films.

Paramount releases Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are writing G.I. Joe 2for the studio, while Art Marcum and Matt Holloway have been brought in to pen a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

Zoolander 2 is also on the way and Star Trek 2 is set for June 29, 2012, with J.J. Abrams considering directing again.

Source: THR

3. Warner Bros. appear to be thinking outside the box when it comes to choosing a director for Tales From the Gangster Squad. The film has been described as “The Untouchables on the streets of L.A”.

the gangster squad Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper, and Jose Padilha, the director of the Portuguese-language film Elite Squad, are in the mix to direct the film.

Source: LA Times

4. Dexter actress Courtney Ford has joined HBO’s True Blood in a recurring role.

According to Deadline:

“Ford will play Portia Bellefleur, a classic Southern beauty who runs her own law practice. The character is the sister of Bon Temps’ bumbling detective Andy (Chris Bauer).”

Source: Deadline

5. The failure of Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice hasn’t stopped Working Title from developing a film based on the wizard Merlin.

merlin movie Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

Jay Basu has been hired to write a script for the film.

Source: THR

6. It looks like Warner Bros. will pick up the screen rights to the new Brad Thor novel The Athena Project.

athena project Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 14, 2010

“The Athena Project introduces an elite all-female Delta team made up of four agents who try to stop a terror attack on American soil. After a terror attack in Rome kills 23 Americans, the agents are sent to hunt down the Venetian arms dealer who supplied the explosives. This leads to a much larger terrorist conspiracy.”

So, it’s like The Expendables with chicks. Cool.

Source: Deadline

7. Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, and Ashton Kutcher will star in New Year’s Eve, the follow-up to Valentine’s Day, for director Garry Marshall.

According to THR:

“The movie tells intertwining stories of a group of New Yorkers as they navigate their way through romance over the course of New Year’s Eve.

De Niro will play a bitter dying man in a hospital, while Pfeiffer will be a frustrated executive secretary who decides to tackle her unfulfilled resolutions. Swank would play a producer of the famed Times Square New Year’s Eve show. Kutcher would play a guy who hates New Year’s Eve.”

That’s $100 million in the bank right there.

Source: THR


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  1. I can’t wait for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, and despite the first being complete crap (IMO), I’m looking forward to GI Joe 2.

    • Hopefylly they have Sgt. Slaughter in it with an ending to foreworn the rise of Serpentor!

  2. cant wait till deathly hallows on friday


      :D :) :P

      • I got my tickets for the Wednesday screening. It’s opening night in Berlin. Sorry Rick :-( So excited. YEAH!!!!!

        • Congrats Jenny! Make sure to let me know how good it is ;)

  3. I’m not gonna lie, I enjoyed the hell out of the first GI Joe flick, total guilty pleasure for me.

    • I loved JGL’s performance, but that’s all. IMO, the film was a poor attempt to cash-in on the success of Transformers.

      • I just enjoyed the pure nonsense. Everyones got a film like that, a film they know deep down is awful but can’t help but absolutely love.
        Also, I had never seen anything GI Joe related before, probably helped.

        • Last action hero is my guilty pleasure

        • Like, The Toxic Avenger? Which is sadly being remade.

        • Good to see that I’m not the only one who enjoyed GI Joe! But Tatum damn near ruined it for me, thank god for The Baroness lol.

          @Sully. Last Action Hero was just pure awesomeness. Not even a guilty pleasure for me. Was good to see McTiernan and Arnie re-team for that. Plus Charles Dance(I think that’s his name, been a while for me) always makes a great bad guy. As for “The Guy who Killed Mozart” we all know what happens when you trust him. :) I still need to get that on DVD, I don’t think that there is a widescreen version yet though :(

          • He said you killed mozart.



            I kill alot of people jack, i can’t keep up with all of them.

            I wanna watch it now! No widescreen release yet Ants? That sucks :(.

            • Not as far as i know, I’ve looked everywhere. I’m old school enough to still have a fantastic working VHS machine, I’m gonna have to watch it after football.

                • Ohh WOW! Thanks mang. It’s been a while since I have looked lol.

          • I went pretty easy on G.I. Joe when I first reviewed it, but when I watched it again on Blu-ray I saw that it wasn’t nearly as good as I thought the first time around, even as a popcorn flick.


            • Vic,

              Better or worse than Transformers ROTF? Also I know it’s a month away but will you guys be doing a review for True Grit? I only ask cause I couldn’t find one for A Serious Man, and the Coens are one of my top 5 directors.

              • Sully,

                Eh, hard to say – different things were lame about each. Yes, we’ll be reviewing True Grit. A Serious Man wasn’t really the sort of film we cover/review.


        • ROTF is my guilty pleasure.
          @Little Monster How was it “a poor attempt to cash-in on the success of Transformers,” I don’t think that makes any sense.

          • Cause they’re both big toy brands from the mid 80′s that most people who knew one knew the other. I think that’s where he was going with that.

          • Paramount saw the success of Transformers, and it was then G.I. Joe was made.

  4. I’ve been waiting on a decent enough TMNT film since the day I first saw the first film. So far that one was the best out of the film series and after that the only good one of the series. The 07 film was disappointing and could have been so much better, so a new live action film reboot of the series if a definite “Go For It, Dude” in my book. (I just hope they keep the dark tone the first film had)

  5. You can all thank me for getting Zoolander 2 into development. I begged Jonah Hill until he had no choice but to sleep with me and offer a cameo to my doodle.

  6. G.I. Joe was the worst movie ever. Worse than Transformers 2. It had nothing to do with anything G.I. Joe, just a few names. And the addition of the no-talent idiot Tatum and Wayans is beyond me. I don’t understand it.
    And you actually think that New Year’s movie is gonna pass the 100 million mark? It’s a follow up to that garbage Vslentine’s Day movie and star that moron from punk’d. It’s not even gonna come close to 50 million.

  7. Don’t know what to make of a TMNT reboot I think it’s kind of a bad idea and very unneeded. TMNT one and two were enjoyable as a good but I think ultimately just like Transformers it could never make an actual great film it will be some mindless action few kid friendly lame jokes and run of the mil story. Ultimately no matter how hard you try to make it good it’s turtles that get mutated to human size can talk and lean Martial arts. That’s just about as lame and poorly conceived as robots from space. I’ll probably wait til it’s in a dollar bin some where but I hope it’s at least better than that horrible PoS animated film that came out a few years ago man that sucked I would of hated that as a kid even.

    • I have to agree. You can’t (IMO) make a serious film about TMNT or Transformers, but you can make a fun film. I enjoyed both Transformers and the animated TMNT a few years back. They’re not great by any means, but I found all them to be fun.

  8. Just not sure about Unstoppable. Sure it looks action packed and a Scott/Washington collaboration is always value for money (Man On Fire especially) I guess it’s just the concept, I mean for all the tension or excitement that may be, you pretty much know the ending. After all I’m pretty sure the train doesn’t crash and end up killing hundreds or thousands in the process, though I haven’t seen it so could be wrong.

    GI Joe actually had good things about it, actually trying to create a solid backstory for some of it’s characters and of course the Paris chase sequence was a highlight. Typically with Stephen Sommers directing, things just got too chaotic and out of control and ridiculous at the end. The likes of him and Letterier just have no sense of pacing or how to build up to a climax. They just pile the action on and on..

    Same said for Revenge of the Fallen. In comparison with GI Joe, I guess I had less headache watching GI Joe, and you do get two hot babes in Sienna Miller and Rachel Adams as opposed to one in Megan Fox. She has seriously lost that aura she from appearing in the first film, very much like Cameron Diaz did after appearing in the Mask.