Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: April 19, 2009

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Welcome to another Weekend Movie News Wrap Up. In this week’s comedy filled line-up:

Zac Efron might be 17 Again but he’s also No.1 at the box office; Reese Witherspoon is Nice; Sean “Diddy” Combs goes Greek; Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning go Somwhere for Sofia Coppola; Felicity Jones is a woman in Ricky Gervais’ The Men At The Pru and Brotherhood‘s Blake Masters fires  2 Guns for Universal Pictures.

Box Office
Zac Efron is a movie star. The High School Musical star’s role in 17 Again helped the film make $24 million over the weekend. The body swap comedy also stars Friends‘ Matthew Perry as an older Efron. Poor guy – a decade ago he was headlining (mediocre) romantic comedies and now he’s supporting a tween star.

In second place was State of Play starring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck. Again about 10 years ago this would have opened at number one when the two stars were at their peak. Now, they’ll have to settle for a $14 million runner-up position. With good reviews this one just might have legs.

Hannah Montana: The Movie dropped over 70% for a third place finish. The film grossed about $12.5 million over the weekend giving the Miley Cyrus film a $56 million total.

Monsters Vs Aliens and Fast and Furious both banked about $11 million over the weekend bringing their totals to $161 and $135 respectively.

Crank High Voltage didn’t have much juice over the three days with a weak $7 million debut. Has the profitable Jason Statham action genre finally run its course?

Observe and Report dropped over 70% this weekend with a second weekend take of just $4 million. The film will be lucky to see a $25 million finish.

Movie News

1. Reese Witherspoon will produce and may star in an adaptation of en Sacks’ novel
Nice. According to Variety:

“The protag(onist) is a magazine writer who accidentally kills her boyfriend. She finds a way to get rid of the body and discovers that killing boyfriends is easier than breaking up with them.”

I cant say that I’m much of a Witherspoon fan, so I’ll be sitting this one out.

Source: Variety

2. Rapper with many names Sean “Diddy”/”Puff Daddy” Combs has signed onto the sequel to Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The film entitled Get Him To The Greek stars controversial British comedian Russell Brand, Jonah Hill, Elisabeth Moss and Rose Byrne.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“In the film, Combs plays the role of Sergio, an executive who owns a record label. Moss will play Daphne Binks, the girlfriend of Aaron Greenberg (played by Hill), while Brand plays an out-of-control rocker named Aldous Snow. Byrne will play Jackie Q, a scandal-ridden pop star and Snow’s character’s newest love interest.”

Judd Apatow produces. There’s a surprise!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning will star in Spofia Coppola’s Somewhere.

“(The) story centers on a bad-boy actor stumbling through a life of excess at the Chateau Marmont. With an unexpected visit from his 11-year-old daughter, he is forced to reexamine his life.”

The film will be shot in Hollywood’s famous Chateau Marmont hotel.

It sounds like someone is trying to recreate some of that Lost In Translation magic.
A bit of advice Sofia – Dorff is no Bill Murray.

Source: Variety

4. British actress Felicity Jones will join Ricky Gervais in The Men At The Pru.

“(In the 1970’s set “dramedy”) Jones will play Julie, who is led to believe by the men around her that a woman should focus on raising a family but who wants to break out and pursue a career in photography.”

Unlike most people I can’t say that I’m a fan of Gervais. I find him quite smarmy and full of himself.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

5. Blake Masters the creator of TV’s Brotherhood will adapt 2 Guns for Universal Pictures.

Guns, written by Steven Grant with art by Mat Santolouco, follows a DEA agent and an undercover naval intelligence officer who are unwittingly investigating each other and who steal mob money for the good guys. They realize later that the mob actually got them to swipe $50 million from the CIA.”

Apparently the film will have a 1980’s buddy movie vibe, but with a modern spin.

Wasn’t that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang or Rush Hour?

It sounds interesting though – we’ll see what happens.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  1. It’s my birthday, I’m turning 18 today!

    I really have nothing to comment about the article sorry lol

  2. Is Guns a Comedy?
    Sure sounds like it.

  3. Gary,

    If it follows the 80’s buddy comedy path then I’m sure there will be jokes.

    It’s pitched as a Lethal Weapon/ 48 Hours type movie.


  4. I can understand why Crank didn’t do well. I saw it and it was disgusting.

  5. Zac stole the thunder this weekend. Lol, Statham we all can’t wait for the next Crank saga,,,

    “Guns” what an amazing title for a film about stealing money from the cia. The creative juices were flowing that day in the writers room.

    Wtf with a film that trains women to kill there boyfriends.
    “Nice” message hollywood,,, ?

  6. And Crank still have over 60% at Rottentomatoes. I think there’s no saving it now, RT is officially an invalid source for movie reviews and ratings… Oh well *deletes RT from favorites* It’s Screenrant or nothing now, lol.

  7. I am happy to see a Seth Rogen film not doing well. Maybe studios will start thinking twice about giving such a raging pothead access to their cash.

  8. I thought the first Crank movie was garbage so I immediately threw-up when news of a sequel surfaced.
    I am glad my instincts were on. Vindication is delightful.

    I saw Dragonball this weekend and … gulp … I liked it. Sue me.

    This list of future movies lacks something … Oh I know … any chance of me seeing any of them.

  9. @stephen, now you can buy a rifle, congrats. lol

    Turning 21 was a big day for me, that day I went out and bought myself my first handgun. :-) Screw drinking, alcohol can’t spit out 230grains of lead and copper at 900 fps…

  10. Kens describing a 45 caliber for those that don’t recognise there ballistics…

    Such a slow projectile,,, 45’s I mean,,,, :-)

    How did this turn into Gun Rant ???

  11. It’s actually even slower than that, lol, but it’s 230 grains (very high bullet weight), so it’s like being hit with a hammer, haha. OK, I’ll shut up now…

  12. Ken invest in a 44 Automag,,, :-)

    Forget the 45, its overated ,,,,!!!

  13. I’m a 1911 fanatic. And plus, .45 ACP is fairly cheap compared to some other rounds since it’s a common round like the other “common rounds” like 9mm and .22lr. The less common a round, the more expensive it’ll be. Plus there have been rumblings for many years that NATO might go back to .45ACP as the standard handgun round, meaning prices will really drop… I’ll stick with it.

    The round I use for self defense have been tested to penetrate 17″ into ballistics gelletan expanding to .71 caliber. It’s MORE than adequate.

  14. Damn NATO and there handgun specs !!!


  15. after seeing 17 Again i think that Zac Efron might become the next big icon by which we define “male hotness”

  16. I didn’t know nomad was a girl.

  17. I enjoyed the first Crank but Crank 2 looked like it was just going to perpetuate stupid lazy stereotypes. David Carradine as an old Asian dude…how original…not. Maybe we should bring blackface back too.

  18. Crank 2 was just insane fun, thats all it is. Insanse-escapism that you would watch along with your buddies while toking it or getting drunk. Honestly, what are you expecting?
    I will say that Crank 2 does make Statham look like a huge superstar, especially the last shot.

  19. sorry, should be Insane, not Insanse…unless that is some new slang I just came up with.

  20. Hey Off Topic but did anyone see 24 last night? It was insanse!

    SK-47 … your slang word is now legitimized.