Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 11, 2009

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:25 pm,

In this Weeks Weekend Movie News Wrap Up::

Clint Eastwood drives to the top of the box office with Gran Torino; Ewan McGregor is Pierce Brosnan’s Ghost; Sienna Miller will not be visiting Nottingham; Morricone is not a Basterd; Moore, Neeson and Seyfried know Chloe; the Joker may have the last laugh in Batman 3 and Farrell, Weir and Harris are on their Way Back.

Box Office

Clint Eastwood showed his star power by capturing the number one position at the box office with a fantastic $30 million gross for Gran Torino. Clint’s Oscar touted movie was making good bank on limited release but it looks like the American masses love the ageing action icon. The film should have good legs and a final gross of  $100 million is not out of the question.

Bride Wars should claim the runner-up position with about $20 million showing that women will watch Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson in just about anything. David Goyer’s The Unborn had a good start and should gross about $18 million. Okay David – you have Monday to celebrate and then it’s down to getting Chris Nolan to start writing the next Batman movie.

Not Easily Broken surprised many and should bank $6 million by Monday, which isn’t bad for a movie that’s only showing in 724 screens. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Bedtime Stories inch closer to the magic $100 million mark and Tom Cruise shows that he’s a bigger star than Will Smith as Valkyrie has out grossed Seven Pounds.

Movie News

1. We thought that The Ghost was going to be a Pierce Brosnan and Nicolas Cage team-up, but it looks like Cage has dropped out and Ewan McGregor has stepped in as the ghostwriter for the former British Prime Minister in the Roman Polanski helmed thriller.

Source: Pierce Brosnan

2. There’s more trouble in Nottingham as it appears that Sienna Miller has dropped out of the next Russell Crowe, Ridley Scott team-up. Miller was due to star as Maid Marrian in the re-imagining of the popular legend.  The film has had numerous delays because of weather, script troubles and reported fights between Crowe and Scott.

There’s no official reason as to why Miller made (maid?) the descision but if you believe the unreliable Page Six then it’s because of Crowe’s vanity:

“Originally the movie was about a love triangle between Maid Marian, Robin Hood and the Sheriff of Nottingham. It is now all about Russell’s Robin Hood. Literally, 40 pages of script were redone and now are just devoted to him and his massive ego. It’s amazing.”

Sounds to me like it’s all a lot of Crowe bashing, but I’m sure we will find out more in the near future.


3. It was previously reported that master soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone would be scoring the music for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds, however he will now be composing Giuseppe Tornatore’s Baaria instead.

It could be worse, he could have gone on to score Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables.

Source: Playlist

4. Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried will star in director Atom Egoyan‘s Chloe.

Accpording to Variety:

“Moore will play a successful doctor who suspects her husband (Neeson) of cheating. She tests his fidelity by hiring an escort (Seyfried) to seduce him. The move creates complications that put her family in danger.”

It sounds very 1990’s and that’s not a bad thing!

Neeson will next be seen in Taken while Seyfried was in the smash hit Mama Mia – yikes!

Source: Variety

5. The Dark Knight producer Charles Roven spoke with MTV about the follow-up to the mega grossing  film. The producer (although coy) did indicate that The Clown Prince of Crime may appear in future instalments of the Bat-franchise. Roven said:

“We have to separate the actors from the role. On a personal level, Heath (Ledger) was a friend of mine. We had worked together before The Dark Knight, but I still think that The Dark Knight is its own thing, and we have to separate them.”

If they decide to recast I think Joaquin Phoenix woul be a good choice – it’s a shame that he has “retired.”

Source: MTV

6. Colin Farrell and Ed Harris will star in Peter Weir’s The Way Back alongside Jim Sturgess and Saoirse Ronan. According to Variety:

“The thesps are in final negotiations to star for Weir in the fact-based story of a group of soldiers who engineered a grueling escape from a Siberian gulag in 1942. Weir wrote the script, based on the memoir by Slavomir Rawicz. Farrell plays a tough, tattooed Russian; Harris an American; and Sturgess portrays a young Polish inmate. Ronan will play a Russian on the run who meets up with the fugitives.”
Sounds interesting, Weir is always one to watch and both Harris and Farrell are talented actors – could be one to watch next awards season. Although, I don’t know if I could buy the Irish Farrell as a Russian.
Source: Variety
That’s it for now.  See you at the movies!
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  1. There is nothing wrong with Ridley Scott or Russell Crowe, the problem is Miss Miller, Her ego is too big, Crowe and Ridley have made many movies together, and anybody who walks away from a Ridley/Crowe Movie is stupid. Miss Miller dubious sex life has come into play and wrecking a marriage whether happy or unhappy is not the way to go, apart from the fact there are 4 children involved.

  2. Hate those homewrechers!! LOL

  3. Oh how terrible! They weren’t going to have lots of Miller as Marian! Oh woe!

    That’s the best news yet. She’s awful and can’t see how someone so thin and restrained could play a woman in love from back then.

  4. Yah, I’m going to start a Men Against Homewrechers club… 😛

  5. Well steven, who are they going to get? Every young actress now is all flash no substance, they will basically have to pick the lesser of a million evils, lol.

  6. Good point. Have a bad feeling it will be Kiera Knightley or someone.

    They need a woman for the role, not a girl.

  7. Steven stay outta my head man… 😉

  8. Yah, I was just about to say, since this is a period film, Kiera would want to jump right on it, lol.

  9. Well Kiera was the obvious choice, seeing as she and Miller were in that one about Henry the 8th. I’m not that bright. 😀

    Surely Maid Marian should be a bit older anyway, especially when Crowe is Robin?

    But it is a really good point. Once there were a number of actresses who could handle roles like this – there were strong, good looking women.
    Tough to think of any now.

  10. Good point on the age issue with Crowe. Maybe they can work Diane Lane into the role or something. Or is she too old?

  11. Apparently she’s 43, although she looks younger. So seems fine to me.

  12. I’m a bit older than half her age, but she’s beautiful to me. If she wasn’t a celebrity and was single and we met on the street… 😉

  13. Well im happy Gran Torino has reached the top of the box office with $30 million. Great to see a good movie like that makes it to the top. Bide Wars looks like a good comedy too, can’t wait too see that.

  14. Did anyone else see all the WATCHMEN commercials during the football games this weekend? They all said “In theaters March 9!” If the lawsuit embroiling the film isn’t settled yet I’m having a hard time figuring out if the release date is accurate, or if it’s WB’s just saying “Screw it! We made the film and we’re running the trailer regardless!”
    I have to admit to being completely clueless as to how putting the trailer out when the release date is in question doesn’t violate the judge’s ruling…

    Just “wondering aloud” I ‘spose.

  15. I am going to throw this out there for Nottinham’s Maid Marion. I believe that a good candidate would be Rachel Wiez. I think she has got the look, she has proven herself to be a good actress and i think Crowe and her would look good as an onscreen couple.

  16. This was a dream come true role for Miller. One of the best directors, one of the brightest of stars. Plenty of actors lose weight for a role. They must have dropped her for another actress, one that doesn’t come with baggage loaded with repulsive tabloid stories and pictures. Sir Ridley would not put up with the likes of her and Mr. Crowe doesn’t need the hassle. Maybe they will offer the part of Maid Marion to a real actress. Rachel McAdams would be my
    choice! Miller’s PR have a lot of nerve blaming this on Sir Ridley and Mr. Crowe!