Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: January 25, 2009

It's Sunday again and that means that it's Weekend Wrap Up time.

This week:

We look at the weekend box office; Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley move to London Boulevard; Michael Uslan talks The Shadow; Spider-Man knows Good People; George Clooney returns to TV and Charlie's Angels 3 appears to be heading this way!

Box Office

Paul Blart: Mall Cop and Underworld: Rise Of The Lycans are fighting it out for the top spot. Both Sony films should make about $21 million over the weekend showing that all America wants is women in skin tight PVC and fat men in cop uniforms. There's a movie pitch in there somewhere.

Brendan Fraser's lucky streak at the box office ran out with Inkheart bagging just $2 million on Friday. A weekend of maybe $6.5 million should mean that Fraser will be knocking at Universal's door come Monday looking for a fourth Mummy movie.

Clint Eastwood kicked all new comers off his lawn this weekend with a $14 million gross for Gran Torino. Who says that you need Oscar nominations for box office?

Speaking of Oscars - Slumdog Millionaire leads the pack with a predicted weekend gross of $9 million. Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet's Revolutionary Road should manage about $5 million by Monday, which is far from Titanic numbers.

Meanwhile on the opposite end of the prestige picture scale My Bloody Valentine should murder another $9 million while that other horror movie Bride Wars should scare up another $5 million bringing its total just short of $50 million. 

Movie News

London Boulevard will start shooting in London (obviously) this summer.

Source: The Daily Mail

2. Comic book adaptations keep coming. The Shadow is on his way and Batman producer Michael Uslan has given some details on the film.

Uslan told MTV:

"I think the one thing going in is we all see The Shadow as more of a force of nature than a specific person in a secret identity. The Shadow may actually be many people. We've gone back to the pulp roots, the comic book roots of The Shadow, with a dash of the radio roots, but we've deeply ensconced ourselves in the world of pulps and comics."

I wouldn't hold your breath for this one though. When asked about when we might see the film he replied:

"Sam (Raimi) and Josh Donen are my partners and we have it set up Sony, and a wonderful writer named Siavash Farahani who has worked for me before is writing the screenplay. It's coming along great, we're very excited about it. You know, it takes time to nurture these things. You probably know all the stories. The first Batman film took me 10 years to get made."

The Shadow was originally made into a film in 1994 starring Alec Baldwin. It wasn't very good.

Source: MTV

3. Spider-Man himself - Tobey Maguire is developing a film called Good People based on a novel by Marcus Sakey.

According to Variety:

"Good People concerns a couple in debt from several rounds of futile fertility treatments who think their problems are solved when they stumble upon money found in their deceased tenant's apartment."

Sounds like Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave.

Maguire is producing and is mulling over starring in the film that will be scripted by Kelly Masterson.

Source: Variety

4. George Clooney is set to return to the role of Doug Ross in E.R . Clooney left the medical drama ten years ago to have a successful film career, but now that the show is wrapping up after 15 years they've lured him back with a final guest-starring role.

Ladies you can check out a more mature  Doug Ross below.

He scrubs up well. Get it?

Scource: Extra TV

5. Be afraid - be very afraid.

It looks like Charlie's Angels 3 might be on its way. Producer and star Drew Barrymore seems keen on returning to the franchise. Whilst promoting He's Just Not That Into You Barrymore said:

"I'm so into it-'Charlie's Angels 3!'"

Barrymore's producing partner Nancy Juvonen remarked:

"It's percolating up. It's rising to the surface."

I'm going to go out on a limb and say if this does go ahead don't expect McG to be at the helm. He appears to be trying to distance himself from the Angels movies and with Terminator: Salvation on the horizon he wouldn't want to open old wounds.

The original films (based on the television series) co-starred Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu.

Source: Coming Soon

That's it for now. See You at the movies

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