Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: September 28, 2008

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It’s a sad Sunday for the Weekend Movie News Wrap Up, with the passing of Hollywood Legend Paul Newman. However, the beauty with Hollywood is that great films and great actors will live on forever. Newman has left a great body of work as his legacy, but lets not forget that the man also was hugely charitable,  giving millions away from the profits of his Newman’s Own brand. It’s a real shame.

In this week’s wrap up:

George Lucas finds a director to fly Red Tails; Will Smith flies again in Hancock 2; Sony buys Mark Millar’s War Heroes; Sherlock Holmes gets some love and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels sees Pink.

Box Office

Shia LaBeouf consolidated his standing on the A-list with a gross of around $29 million for Eagle Eye. The film has the fifth highest September weekend opening in history. Richard Gere and Diane Lane will capture around $14 million for the romantic drama Nights In Rodanthe, while Samuel L. Jackson’s Lakeview Terrace plunged 60% in its second weekend. Burn After Reading scorched up another $6 million, while The Miracle Of St. Anne eked out a little over $3 million. The big surprise is that Fireproof, a fire-fighting drama grossed $6.5 million from only 839 screens.

Movie News

1. George Lucas’ long in development Red Tails finally has a director. Anthony Hemingway will direct he film, which is due to start shooting in the spring. Lets just hope that it is worth the wait.

Source: joblo

2. While the movie world was foaming at the mouth over the thought of a sequel to I Am Legend, Dark Horizons has news that Smith’s other recent money spinner Hancock also has a follow-up in development.

Will, you have enough money – make one for the sake of art… please.

Source: Dark Horizons

3. Mark Millar’s bank manager must be a very happy man. The Wanted creator has just sold the movie  rights of War Heroes to Sony.

According to The Hollywood Reporter :

“The story centers on a U.S. military experimental program developed in light of dwindling enlistments and the expanding war on terrorism that gives ordinary soldiers superpowers. When a rogue group of the supersoldiers breaks off to form a criminal enterprise, one hero rises from their ranks to prevent catastrophic results.”

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

4. The Notebook star Rachael McAdams has joined the cast of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes. The actress will play love interest, Irene Adler in the Robert Downey Jr starring flick that starts shooting next month.

Check out McAdams early work in the quirky Canadian show Slings and Arrows, with Due South’s Paul Gross.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

5. High Fidelity and Grosse Pointe Blank scripter Steve Pink has been hired by MGM to write a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, the 1988 film that starred Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

If he brings John Cusack along then this may be worthwile, otherwise I can’t see the point.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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

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  1. The reason “Fireproof” grossed so much(and I know this because I work in a theater), Fireproof has a christian theme and all the church(at least down south anyway) are buying all the firefighters and anyone else that wants to see it a free ticket, we had one church in the area call and ask to buy 1300 advance tickets before it came out.

  2. Spike Lee, really showed Clint Eastwood how to make a blockbuster WW2 film…
    (Nice work Spike, keep it up)

    I have no desire to see “Before I become ledgend”, and “Hancock 2″.
    Oh and Niall, if you belong to $cientology you really never have anough money…

  3. @ 790

    I hope that was sarcasm right there about Spike Lee’s movie, lol. It got a RT score of under 30%. My original lack of interest in the movie just fell to a specific desire to NOT see it, even if it was free and I was coerced to see it, lol.

  4. Oh yeah total sarcasm Ken J,,,!

    Spike made this film to show Clint how a World War 2 film was supposed to be made.
    Lol on that one!

    I’ve read some reviews that call this film, one of his most racist stereotypical views on blacks in a long time.
    Its doing real well huh,,,, (sarcasm)

  5. Bummer. I saw a trailer for it recently and it looked really good.


  6. I thought “Saving Private Ryan” was how a WW2 film was suppose to be. :o)

    I would be very interested in Hancock 2. I really enjoyed the first one, although I wish they hadn’t made it look like kids can see it. SPOILERS!!! SPOILERS!!! BE WARNED!!!
    They could make Hancock 2 where he has fallen off the wagon but this time, he’s actually a bad guy. Theron would donn the heroine role and try to stop him, but being in close proximity makes both of them vulnerable. Because of this, an evil mastermind takes advantage and tries to wipe them out. Hancock finally comes to his senses and both he and Theron fight together to bring down the real bad guy.

  7. Kahless, have you seen “Band of Brothers”?
    That’s how it should be done.

    Btw, I did find the opening scenes in Saving Private Ryan, very realsitic…
    Same director,,, Speilberg!! He’s the man. I really love the way he’s worked an anti nwo message into his latest films…

    I’d have to say his stories are sometimes ehh, but his style can’t be beat…

  8. @790

    No, I haven’t seen “Band of Brothers” but I keep hearing good things about it.

    Speilberg is definately top notch. Sure, some of his movies are boring but overall, he’s the man.

  9. Yeah Kahless,,,
    Its real good.

    Its a mini-series so its kinda long but its a great saga,,, 8-)