Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: May 16, 2010

This week:

Robin Hood robs from moviegoers and gives to Universal; we check our watch for The Darkest Hour; Jamie Fox has a Horrible Boss; prepare yourself for Universal Soldier 3D; True Blood gets a few more cast members; Jack Black is all tied up in Gulliver's Travels and lots, lots more.

Box Office

Iron Man 2 retained the top spot this weekend after grabbing just under $50 million worth of moviegoers' cash over the weekend. The Tony Stark adventure has now grossed a spectacular $208 million domestic gross since its debut last weekend. Will it outgross the original?

Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood was in second place with just under $37 million for the weekend. While the debut isn’t overly impressive, it is solid for an action film aimed at a mature audience. Universal will be hoping that the film has legs, so that it can cover its expensive outlay ($150-$250 million depending on sources). The Russell Crowe film has already scored $75 million on the international scene, but it’ll need to do well if Crowe and Scott want to get a sequel made. I’m not even sure if that’s their intention – but it does seem to be implied by the ending of the film.

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Counter-programming film Letters to Juliet with Amanda Seyfried was third with an estimated $13.5 million. The love story has a modest budget and DVD rentals will be big so it’ll be pretty profitable.

Just Wright with Queen Latifah and Common debuted in fourth spot with $8 million, while A Nightmare on Elm Street was fifth after taking $4.6 million on its third weekend. The horror has now accumulated $56 million worth of green.

The rest of the top ten was filled with a selection of holdover films. Date Night banked another $4 million, while Jennifer Lopez’s The Back-Up Plan upped its total to $34 million. Furry Vengeance eeked out another $2 million, while Clash of The Titans brought in just over $1 million giving the remake a $160 million total.

Movie News

1. Rachael Taylor and Joel Kinnaman have scored roles in The Darkest Hour.

The science fiction film, which stars Olivia Thirlby and Emile Hirsch, follows a group of teens in Russia following an alien invasion.

Chris Gorak (Right at Your Door) will direct the film in the now obligatory 3-D. It shoots in Russia soon.

Source: What’s Playing

2. Jamie Foxx will reteam with his Miami Vice co-star Colin Farrell for Horrible Bosses.

Seth Gordon directs the comedy which is about three best friends who decide to kill their bosses, who I presume are horrible.

Farrell and Jennifer Aniston are in the frame to play two bosses in the black comedy which is being produced by Brett Ratner and Jay Stern.

Jason Bateman and Charlie Day star as two of the BFF’s, while Foxx will play Motherf**ker Jones, a scam artist who offers murdering advice.

Source: THR

3. Jean Claude-Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren will go head to head (or chin to head) again in Universal Soldier IV.

John Hyams (son of Peter), who directed Universal Soldier: Regeneration will again call the shots on the film, which starts shooting in October.

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Together again!

Oh, and it’s in 3D!

Source: Deadline

4. British actress Lara Pulver and 90210’s Michael Steger will join the cast of True Blood.

Pulver will play Caludine, a guardian who is sent to look after Sookie in the show which is based on the books by Charlaine Harris.

While, according to EW:

“Steger will play Tony, a gay prostitute who gets picked up by King of Mississippi Russell Edgington.”

I know nothing about this show other than it’s about vampires. It‘s kind of like Twilight – right?

Source: EW

5. Are you a fan of Jack Black?

Well, if you are check out the new poster of Gulliver’s Travels below.

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It looks exactly the way I imagined the poster for this film to look!

Source: Cinema Blend


NBC has added Jerry Bruckheimer’s Chase to their 2010-2011 line-up. Learn about the series here.

Are you eager to know which show’s Fox has picked up or dropped for next season? If you are, go here.

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

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