Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 16, 2008

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This week:

Spielberg and Eastwood visit the Hereafter; Len Wiseman drives a Motorcade; Guillermo del Toro plays with Pinocchio; George Miller has Happy Feet again and Matthew McConaughey and David O. Russell fight with The Grackle.

Box Office

James Bond captured the top spot of the US box office with an amazing $71 million. The weekend take of Quantum of Solace was higher than any previous Bond entry in the series, and it highlights Daniel Craig’s popularity in the iconic role.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa took the runner up position with another $32 million giving the animated animal film an amazing $100 million. Role Models continues to impress with another $11.5 million in the bank, High School Musical 3: Senior Year grossed another $5.5 million bringing its total to $84million. While this is far from a bad gross (considering its low budget) it must be slightly disappointing for Disney.

Clint Eastwood’s Changeling eeked out another $4 million bringing its total to $27 million. If the Angelina Jolie film is going to make any sort of profit it absolutely needs some award nominations in its future. It looks like Clint’s fans are holding out for Gran Torino.

Movie News

1. Speaking of Clint Eastwood, it looks like he might be helming a supernatural thriller “in the vein of The Sixth Sense.

Steven Spielberg approached the actor/director with the script Hereafter, which was written by Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan. Whilst he’s not attached yet, don’t be too surprised if Eastwood hops onto the project soon, as he worked with Spielberg previously on Flags of Our Fathers and Letters From Iwo Jima.

That’ll make somebody’s day.

Source: Variety

2. Len Wiseman (Live Free or Die Hard) will direct the high-concept thriller Motorcade.

According to Variety Bill Ray’s script is:

about terrorists attacking the president’s motorcade as it traverses through Los Angeles.”

Could be good, it could be bad and I’m pretty sure that it’ll be mindless. At least it should give some ageing actor the chance to play President.

Source: Variety

3. Guillermo del Toro will produce a new stop-motion adaptation of Pinocchio. According to The Hollywood Reporter:

“In the retelling, when Pinocchio comes to life, he turns out not to be that nice of a boy, creating mischief and playing mean tricks. He eventually learns a few lessons.”

There’s a good joke about Keanu Reeves’ wooden acting skills in this somewhere.

Guillermo del Toro is making a little art film called The Hobbit in the near future. Bet you didn’t know that!

Source:  The Hollywood Reporter

4. When George Miller couldn’t get Justice League made he must have sought solace in Happy Feet, as a sequel is already in production.

The animated pic will be made in Australia and employ 438 people over three years.

Hey George! What about Mad Max?

Source: The Age

5. David O.  Russell will direct Matthew McConaughey in The Grackle.

According to Variety in the R-rated comedy:

“McConaughey will play a barroom fighter in New Orleans who hires himself out for $250 to settle disputes for people who can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Harsh language and quick fists are his weapons of choice.”

Mike Arnold and Chris Poole’s script is supposed to have the same vibe as The Wedding Crashers.

Could be interesting.

Source: Variety

That’s it for this week. See you at the movies.

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  1. Does anyone know if the new watchmen trailer will be featured in the Twilight screening? I’m going with my friend next week (she’s a big fan of the book series) and i want her to see this awesome trailer.

  2. @Adrian

    I haven’t heard anything about any trailers that might be attached to Twilight, sorry.


  3. Watchmen is attached to Quantum of Solace right now .
    Take my advice,
    Once you have seen the trailer WALK OUT!
    it doesnt get much better after the trailers.

  4. Gotta disagree, Gary. I really liked the new Bond flick. I loved all the action and I love Craig as Bond. The way that Bond is portrayed now is refreshing from the WAY over-the-top Bond of Brosnan (although I liked him, too). Count me in the group that wants to see Craig do a few more Bond flicks!!!

  5. I don’t mind Craig playing Bond despite him being a big flaming hippy in real life, he’s a pretty decent actor regardless and fits the role. Although it does strike me as strange that someone would play a character that is so different than themselves in real life. If I were an actor and was asked to play a tree-hugging hippy, I would turn it down, unless the role was meant as comedic and was meant to make fun of that, then I’ll be glad to…

    But anyway, count me out on Happy Feet 2, hated the first one. If math has anything to do with it, if Happy Feet 1 sucked, Happy Feet 2 will suck twice as much, lol. 😀

  6. @Ken

    While I don’t disagree with you about playing a hippy, I believe this is a prime example of why they are called actors.

  7. I finally made it to the movies to watch Quantum of Solace. I did enjoy the movie but I felt like there was more action than plot. Not something I expected out of a Bond film although I did expect a lot of action. What I did find a bit unnerving was a few things lacking:

    No “Bond, James Bond”
    No “Shaken, not stirred”
    No Moneypenny
    No Q and no real gadgets

    Is it just me or is this movie missing a few of the trademark 007 aspects we have all come to expect?

  8. Well, I don’t mind not having the taglines and stuff like that. But about the gadgets, it’s kind of complicated. The reason why the Bond movies were starting to get dumb was because it seemed like he depended on the gadgets and there always seemed that they coincidentally introduced the exact gadgets he needs to defeat the enemy in the movies. I liked Casino Royale because there were a few gadgets, but they were all realistically done. No invisible cars, no missile shooting umbrellas or anything like that. Just some things that actually do exist today, but not quite as advanced.

    But I definitely agree that QOS lacks a good plot and script. It seemed like every bit of dialogue and every turn of events was simply an excuse to lead to the next action scene. So it seemed like the plot and script revolved around the action instead of the action revolving around the plot like it should be, like it was in Casino Royale.

    But I think Casino Royale is an awfully high standard to meet. Martin Campbell is king of Bond in my opinion, lol. Goldeneye was the only Pierce Brosnan Bond film I liked. I thought the rest was pretty bad.