Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: October 17, 2010

This week:

Jackass 3D hits the top spot at the box office while Bruce Willis sees Red; J.J. Abrams is Infinitely Polar Bear; Samuel L. Jackson heads Holmes with Hawkshaw; Joe Carnahan tackles Umbra; Catherine Hardwicke moves from Edward & Bella to Romeo & Juliet; Noomi Rapace sets sail on The Last Voyage of The Demeter; Luke Evans and Alice Eve join John Cusack in The Raven and there's lots more.

After several weeks of serious adult-skewed films holding the top spot at the box office,  it looked like audiences wanted to let loose and relax by watching grown men getting hit in the crotch with the full 3D experience. This thirst for pain is the reason that the number one position was filled by Jackass 3D (read our review here). The $20 million budgeted comedy brought in a stellar $49.5 million, easily capturing the number one spot.

jackass 3d

Bruce Willis’s Red (read our review here) was number two with an excellent $22 million debut. The film which co-stars Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich has given Willis one of his best openings in recent years.

red packs a punch at number 2

After two weeks at the top, The Social Network fell to number three. The David Fincher-directed drama brought in another $11 million for a $63 million total. Secretariat held well after last week’s disappointing debut. The racing drama banked a smidgen under $10 million and upped its domestic total to $27 million.

Life As We Know It brought in another $9.5 million, giving the comedy a respectable (if not great) $29 million cumulative gross. Meanwhile, Ben Affleck’s The Town banked another $4 million. The action-drama has now scored over $80 million to go alongside its strongly positive reviews.

Zack Snyder's Legend Of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole racked up $4 million in grosses over the weekend, giving the animated owl movie a total of just under $46 million. Wes Craven’s My Soul To Take dropped as expected (over 60%), the horror brought in another $3.3 million for a weak $12 million total.

Easy A upped its total to $52 million after grossing just under $3 million this weekend, while Wall Street 2 rounded out the top ten with a weekend take of $2.4 million. This gross gives the Michael Douglas film a total of just under $48 million.


1. The word on the street is that Prison Break star Wentworth Miller might be taking over the title role in Spartacus: Blood and Sand.

spartacus star to be replaced

Original star Andy Whitfield left the show to be treated for Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and while Starz mulled the option of ending the show, it now looks like they’re recasting.

Source: EW

2. Another week brings us more J.J. Abrams news.

It looks like Abrams will be pulling producer duty on Infinitely Polar Bear.

Writer Maya Forbes will make her directorial debut with the film, and new Hulk Mark Ruffalo is currently in the frame to take the lead of bipolar man who attempts to take care of his two daughters after his divorce.

Source: Pajiba

3. Samuel L. Jackson is producing a new television drama called Hawkshaw alongside Lakeview Terrace writer-producer David Loughery.

Samuel L. Jackson TV show

According to Variety:

Hawkshaw centers on a mysterious man in his 20s who doesn't know his real identity -- but believes that he's either a descendent of Sherlock Holmes or is actually the literary sleuth. Hawkshaw's psychiatrist thinks he suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder -- but her sister, a young cop, soon discovers Hawkshaw's British charm and powers of deduction can help her solve crimes. Both sisters soon find themselves drawn to him (and perhaps battling for his affection).

This sounds like it could be promising – if it’s done well.

Source: Variety

4. The A-Team helmer Joe Carnahan has been brought on board to write and direct the thriller Umbra for Endgame Entertainment.

"Umbra which is based on a screenplay by Steven Karczynski's “centers on a businessman who finds a mysterious package in his mailbox and is thrust into the middle of a government conspiracy.”

Carnahan is currently working on The Grey, which will star Liam Neeson.

Source: Variety

5. Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke looks set to direct a pilot for a new ABC series based on William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. It appears that this might be an expensive affair as the show will be set in Renaissance Verona.

It’ll be interesting how they play this. Audiences will already know that the star-crossed lovers die at the end, so how long can it go on for before audiences get bored?

Having said that, I think I said the same thing about Smallville – a decade ago!

Source: Deadline

6. Following the success of her role in Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy, Noomi Rapace has been mulling over several offers from Hollywood – most recently taking a part in Sherlock Holmes 2.

The Swedish actress is set to join the cast of the Dracula tale The Last Voyage of Demeter. Rapace is apparently set to play stowaway on the ship that brought Dracula’s coffin to England from Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s famous novel. Stefan Ruzowitzky will direct the film which also will star Ben Kingsley.

Source: LA Times

7. Luke Evans and Alice Eve are currently in negotiations to join John Cusack in the Edgar Allan Poe film The Raven.

According to THR:

Evans will play a detective who partners with Poe (Cusack) to search for a serial killer who has kidnapped the author's fiancee (Eve) and has gone on a murder spree that mimics the author's work.

Evans replaces Jeremy Renner in the film which is due to shoot later this month in Budapest and Serbia.

Source: THR


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

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