Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: February 1st, 2009

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It’s February and Sunday and that means it’s Wrap Up time.

This week:

We look at the box office and Mickey Rourke sees Broken Horses; a Watchmen star watches women; Puss in Boots shuffles forward and Bryan Singer says Logan’s Run is slow.

Box Office

Liam Neeson’s Taken surpassed expectations and shot up an impressive $24 million over the weekend – despite the Super Bowl.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop arrested another $14 million bringing its total to $84 million.  I’m guessing that at some point somebody will start talking sequel.

The Uninvited grabbed $10 million, while New In Town was pretty much ignored with a $6.5 million weekend. Looks like Rene Zellweger will be talking about Bridget Jones 3.

Gran Torino crossed the $100 million milestone and made another $8.5 million. Looks like Clint is going  out on a career high.

Oscar hopeful Slumdog Millionaire made $7 million and managed to come within spitting distance of $70 million. $100 million is now almost a given.

Movie News

1.  Mickey Rourke is in negotiations to star in Gangster film Broken Horses.

Indian director Vidhu Vinod Chopra  will direct.

I’m guessing that the producers will offer Rourke more than $250,000.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

2.  Watchmen star Jeffrey Dean Morgan will star with Hilary Swank in The Resident. The Hammer Horror film will be directed by Antti J. Jokinen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“The story centers on a young doctor (Swank) who moves into a loft in Brooklyn where mysterious occurrences lead her to suspect that she is not alone in her home. She discovers that her seemingly charming landlord (Morgan) has developed a dangerous obsession with her, resulting in a terrifying game of cat and mouse. “

The last horror film that Morgan and Swank starred in was PS I Love You.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

3. Shrek fans rejoice! The Puss In Boots film has got a writer. Tom Wheeler will write the Shrek spin off. In the meantime Shrek Goes Fourth opens on May 21, 2010.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

4. If you’ve been looking forward to Bryan Singer’s Logan’s Run then you might be unhappy to learn that the film is far away. If it’s even in the distance.

Also, it looks like Superman isn’t on Singer’s plate either as the director plans to take some time off. Speaking to LA Times writer Chris Lee Singer said:

“At the moment, I haven’t decided. I really don’t know. I’m taking a genuine break. The last four years have been really busy with the miniseries, the TV and the movies. I’m taking a few months to collect myself and figure out what I’m going to do in that regard. We did a lot of development on that movie and a lot of work. To start it up again, I wouldn’t start it up again without a full commitment. So I have decisions to make. Right now, that’s just hanging around.”

Source: LA Times

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

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TAGS: broken horses, hammer horror, logans run, puss in boots shrek goes fourth, superman man of steel, taken, the resident, watchmen

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  1. Shrek the Third, Shrek goes Fourth?

    Somebody watched too much Black Adder!

  2. I’m happy Taken did fairly well this weekend. It’s a great solid flick.

    What bothers me are how it’s getting a lot of crappy ratings as seen on Rotten Tomatoes. That system is getting more and more flawed as there is one film in the top 10 with a rating that’s fresh…

  3. You guys should post the superbowl spot for fast and furious. It’s slightly better than the trailer I think… well, it’s shorter so maybe just not enough time for it to get crappy, lol.

  4. @Rob, I look at it this way, if a movie gets somewhere around 50% on RT, it should have a good chance of being good. If it’s above that, that means it’s VERY good… Just gotta lower the threshhold for what is rotten and fresh and it’s not too bad of a system, lol.

  5. Good point Ken

    I think there are a lot of “critics” out there that are taking themselves and their opinion(s) way to seriously..One movie in the top ten and that’s probably Slumdog Millionaire

  6. I saw slumdog, someone had the bootleg and was watching it, so I watched it too… It was OK, nothing I would see more than once… But I can’t wait to watch Taken again, lol.

  7. “The last horror film that Morgan and Swank starred in was PS I Love You”

    LMAO dude… :)

  8. Has anyone heard anything about this new Twilight Zone on Sci-Fi channel? I just saw it advertised while watching Monk. I think I will DVR it.

  9. I love Smallville, I really do, but I am sooooo sick of Lana and now they give her superpowers again? Sheesh. Please, just let the charcter leave or die, but get her off the show PERMANENTLY, PLEASE. The beginning of the season was going so well and since Lana showed up again, it has started falling back to soap opera BS.

  10. I thought Smallville was a soap opera..Superman 90210 like Lois & Clark was more for women than men in the 90′s.

  11. long live the “big c”

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