Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 13, 2010

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This week:

The A-Team is defeated by a 12 year old Karate Kid; Angelina Jolie has Cleopatra comin’ atcha; Cleveland gets renewed; there’s trouble on the high seas as Battleship makes way for Men In Black; Ian McKellen talks The Hobbit casting; DreamWorks makes an international heist; True Blood star Stephen Moyer sees Double and moves to The Big Valley, Garner and Nolte know Arthur and lots more.

Box Office

It was expected to be a close battle between The Karate Kid and The A-Team over the weekend. Both were modern interpretations of fondly remembered 80s pop culture, but it wasn’t a close call after all. The Karate Kid kicked The A-Team’s butt.

The Karate Kid, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, bagged the top spot with a mighty $57 million debut. The Will Smith produced film (he’s Jaden’s dad) should prove to be very profitable – considering that it was made for just $40 million. I could wax on about this – but I think I’ll wax off.

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It was over a decade in development, but it looks like The A -Team may not have been worthwhile, financially at least. While performing relatively well in terms of reviews, the big screen adaptation of the 80s television show had a weak $27 million start, which is quite low for a big budget, action adventure. It’ll need good legs if it wants to recoup its $100 million budget in the US – and it looks doubtful that’ll happen.

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After three weeks at the top of the box office Shrek 4 dropped to third place after taking just under $17 million over the weekend. The ogre animated fairy tale has now scored $210 million.

Get Him to The Greek was fourth with a $10 million gross. The comedy film has now banked $36 million after two weeks.

Killers dropped to five after taking another $8 million. The romantic comedy action film has now shot up $30 million. Though, it won’t likely see $50 million.

Prince of Persia upped its total gross to $72 million. The pricey Jerry Bruckheimer production brought in $6.5 million over the weekend.

Marmaduke barked up $6 million over the weekend, upping its cume to just over $22 million.

Sex and the City 2 continues its limp to $100 million. The film has now scored just under $85 million. Talk about fashion!

The top ten is rounded out by Iron Man 2, which is on the cusp of $300 million, while Robin Hood is hovering on the $100 million marker.

Movie News

1. You’ve waited fifty years for a big budget Cleopatra film – and then two come along at once!

Steven Soderbergh had been developing a 3D musical version of the historical beauty called Cleo with Hugh Jackman, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Ray Winstone set to star. The film has been lost in the myriad of projects that Soderbergh is currently working on.

However don’t worry, as producer Scott Rudin is working on a film adaptation of Stacy Schiff’s Cleopatra: A Life.

Schiff has recently announced that Rudin’s film is currently being developed “for and with” Angelina Jolie. Now, as with most films in early development this could change. It would appear that no script has been completed and Jolie’s involvement would be subject to script approval – and I’m presuming approval of director and cast.

At the very least it’s a long way away, and, given the track-record of other Cleopatra films – by then Jolie could be too old to play Cleopatra or her interest could have waned.

Source: Play List

2. Are you loving the Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show?

If you are, then I’ve got some news for you – it has been renewed for a third season.

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I’ve never seen Cleveland, but I find Family Guy mildly entertaining on a weirdly perverse level.

Source: Deadline

3. “Aww, hell no!”

Those were the words that director Peter Berg said when he heard that Men In Black 3D was being released on the same date (May 25, 2012 ) as his board game adaptation Battleship. The nautical (but nice) film will now launch a week earlier in May 18th.

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Berg’s film stars Taylor Kitsch, while Men In Black has Will Smith returning for the sci-fi threequel.

Source: Play List

4. Ian McKellen has stated that casting for The Hobbit will start next month.

Odd considering that director Guillermo del Toro jumped ship a few weeks ago.

the hobbit gandalf the grey ian mckellen Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: June 13, 2010

“The sets are ready, the script is ready and the movie is going to be cast this month. Fans are not to get worried. The films will get made and I suspect we’ll start shooting at the end of this year.”

Does this mean that a director has been hired? Will Peter Jackson return, or will he just boss about a director for hire?

We should find out more soon.

Source: Cinema Blend

5. DreamWorks is developing a pitch from writer John Hlavin.

“Plot details are being kept under wraps, but the story is described as an internationally set heist movie.”

That means a good holiday for some actors!

Source: THR

6. True Blood star Stephen Moyer has signed on to two new big screen projects.

Moyer will star as a Russian spy in The Double opposite Richard Gere and Topher Grace, while he will also join Jessica Lange in The Big Valley.

“Valley is a big-screen take on the 1960s ABC series that starred Barbara Stanwyck. The feature sees Lange stepping into Stanwyck’s role of matriarch of the Barkleys, a family of ranchers in 19th century California.”

Source: Heat Vision

7. Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte are in talks to join the cast of the Arthur remake for Warner Bros.

“Garner is playing an heiress who carries her own secrets and whom Brand must marry. Nolte is her deeply religious father.”

Russell Brand and Helen Mirren are set to to star is in the modern update of the 1981 Dudley Moore Arthur film.

Source: THR


Supernatural gets animated. Read about the Winchester boys here.

Dark Horse Comics’ Dreadful Ed and Mary Scary are also receiving an animated treatment. Find out about those projects here.

There’s been a new date for Dinner With Schmucks – discover it here.

Southland star Shawn Hatosy is joining Dexter – read about it here.

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

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  1. It’s a shame because I enjoyed A Team more than Karate Kid, but both are pretty entertaining. The Karate Kid was like a carbon copy of the original in almost every way except for a very few things, lol. But still alright. I think the reason why The Karate Kid opened so well is because every martial arts school basically had a trip to watch this movie this opening weekend. The theater I went to is usually always dead, even when Iron Man 2 or The Dark Knight opened, but on the opening for The Karate Kid, we had at least 3 different martial arts schools that had ALL of their students along with parents and friends going to watch it and the place was packed like I’ve never seen before. The tickets for the showtime I wanted even sold out before I got there… I think the second weekend would be more accurate in showing how popular it is…

    • did they all have their gear on, sashes, preferably lol

  2. What makes me concerned about the Cleopatra film is that, in recent years, the African-American community has been increasingly more vocal in their assertion that Cleo was…uhm…a bit more darker-complexioned than was Liz Taylor; indeed, they have claimed that Cleo was more African than she was Caucasian.

    But then again, they’ve made the same assertion about Jesus Christ and (more recently) Superman and Spider-Man…so, until we see the biopic of Andy Warhol (as portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson, no doubt), I’ll just have to wait and see how it all comes out in the wash.

    • I honestyl hate the arguments of race,but in terms of accuracy or racial pride,I do believe in a well argued opinion.Cleo was in egypt,so I dont understand the argument of people saying she was of any light skinned origin.She should be dark,or at least brown.In terms of Jesus,he indeed was not black or african,but middle eastern.Thus at least making him have a skin complexion ethinic proportion.In terms of superman and spider man,I see no need of making these characters another race.They are awesome the way they are(and I am african american).I would prefer to see new heroes emerge if they want more diversity.Or at least do story in graphic novel form before they alter their races on screen.Just my opinion.Hope I didnt offend you or anyone…

      • AGREED on the issue of a darker-complexioned (based upon the region in which Cleo and Jesus lived) Cleo & Jesus; heck, it’s only logical.

        My point is that Angelina is neither of these, thus a cinema-bomb is sure to ignite.

      • Cleopatra was a Ptolemy, descended from Alexander the Great’s Macedonian general and possible half-brother, Ptolemy !. He took control of Egypt after Alexander’s death in 323 BCE. Alexandria, the capitol and royal city of Egypt, which was named after Alexander the Great and in which he was entombed. His body was still there in the time of Cleopatra. Ptolemy I took with him to Egypt a considerable force of Macedonian military and nobility. Macedonia is next to Greece and conquered it along with the rest of the ancient world. Alexander forced all his generals to take Persian wives. The Egyptian court continued from Ptolemy to Ptolemy in a straight line down to Cleopatra in 56 BC. That they mixed with Africans is unlikely since they married their siblings. While Egypt was eclectic and multiracial, Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek. She can’t be claimed by the Black African world community. This attempt to prove her black is ludicrous and implies a poverty of black heroes and heroines. There are plenty available.

  3. Hollywood is still colorblind. They could have gotten more then enough darker tone actresses, to potray Cleopatra….Angelina Jolie? lol. The woman has no sex appeal, she looks old and sickly, although she is only like 34……The Karate Kid was really good. Best film I’ve seen since Avatar.

  4. Hollywood is still colorblind. They could have gotten more then enough darker tone actresses, to potray Cleopatra….Angelina Jolie? lol. The woman has no sex appeal, she looks old and sickly, although she is only like 34……The Karate Kid was really good. Best film I’ve seen since Avatar.

  5. TCH so u havnt watched anything since Avatar which really sucked. Let’s take it easy on the color blind people it’s not our fault.

    Slow news week.

  6. I hope everyone that paid to see Karate Kid enjoys the hope and change they’ll get now with Jaden Smith. Lol!

    • The son of Hollywood titans gets a part that originally belonged to an obscure actor in a classic 80′s martial arts film…who happens to be of a different race. Don’t make it something it’s not.

  7. I don’t support $cientology or its hollywood members so I don’t care what you think about my position. Its certainly not about race.

    • I apologize…I’m sure you’re aware of what I thought you were implying. I thought Smith cleared up a while ago that he was not a scientologist, I take him at his word. And if he’s lying? Can’t say why it would matter…I mean folks have freedom of religion…I’m sure there’s more to it than that though huh? Not concerned at this point though. Doubt I shall ever see this flick, they’re just too young, shoulda called it something else.

  8. No need to apologize A1d2h.

    I’ve had personal experiences with $cientology and I can’t stand the way they have infiltrated the business.

    There was some attention during (Hancocks) release about Smiths connections to $cientology. He quickly went into denial mode when it appeared it might hurt the opening weekend results.
    Smith like cruise is a nice guy, but very sheltered and frankly very naive.

    Of course this is all my opinion.

  9. zoe saldana should play cleopatra.

  10. Of course leave it to 790 to know more about Smith than even Will knows about him self. I’m gonna go ahead and take him at his word rather than believe an Internet blogger who is not close to the guy in any way. I’m starting to think u believe the oposite of everything anyone says.

  11. Unfortunate to hear about the weak turnout for The A-Team. I thought it was great fun, a fantastic origin story and paved the way for great follow ups but without the same financial support, that will now most likely not happen and that really disappoints me.

    Screenrant readers. Come on, go show the boys some support!

  12. Hey Daniel, yeah go ahead and believe what you hear from Mr Smith. Here’s some of what he’s hoping you don’t read…
    New York Daily News, January 9, 2008:
    Will Smith has joined the ranks of Hollywood power players actively recruiting for the Church of Scientology. Big stars traditionally distribute “wrap presents” to crew members after completing a film. His recent gift after wrapping next summer’s comedy “Hancock” was a card good for a personality test at your local Scientology center. The quiz is designed to convert people to the religion by identifying personality flaws.
    And there’s this:
    From a Men’s Vogue profile on Will Smith:
    “I’ve studied Buddhism and Hinduism and I’ve studied Scientology through Tom. And nobody’s saying anything different! Look, I use the Bible to explain the ideas of God, and life, and love, and relationships, and the life of Jesus Christ to teach my children how to defend their spirit. But in all of the experiences I’ve had with Tom [Cruise] and Scientology, like, 98 percent of the principles are identical to the principles of the Bible. “The Bible says, Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. And you know, there’s a Scientology principle: Do not create experiences for others that they cannot comfortably perceive.”
    Yeah he’s totally not involved it must be a conspiracy

    • I have no opinion on whether or not Smith is a Scientologist, because, well, it doesn’t matter… Since when has it been ok to discriminate against an actor because of his religion? So if an actor is of a religion I don’t agree with I should boycott their movies?? Well, I’m Agnostic, so technically I should just stop watching movies all together… Dammit…

  13. A team numbers are great news exciting to know that’s one less crap franchise. Heart breaking about Karate Kids that means probably 6 more terrible hell years of this awful franchise

  14. I must of missed the line where he said “I’m a scientologist” let me read it again…. Nope still not there getting worried must be losing my eyesight. When it comes to a persons beliefs or thoughts/ feelings I’m gonna trust what they say because un like u I no longer have ESP. I trust what people say about them selves more than what other people say about them.

  15. Not sure you have any room to talk Ken if I remember correctly you were the guy boycotting Tim Robbins and Sean Penn because of their beliefs?

    • Nope, wrong again, I don’t like them because of the way they act (off camera personalities). If I boycott movies for their beliefs, that basically means I can’t watch any movie since 90% of hollywood is on their side so-to-speak, so that means I’ll have to boycott just about every actor… Sorry. :-)

  16. Not much of a differance there Ken it’s not any worse than what you do. I think it’s dumb to boycott an actor based on any thing other than their talent.