Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: July 12, 2009

This week:

Bruno is the box office king; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's want You; Hollywood loves Hooker; Jason Statham goes on a Blitz; Zooey Deschanel is Your Highness and Robert DeNiro and Paul Schrader see The Dying of The Light.

Box Office

Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno took the top spot over the weekend with a gross of $30 million. It'll need legs like a supermodel to reach the coveted $100 million mark.

Crossing the century mark this weekend is Ice Age 3-D: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs $28 million this weekend the animated pics total now stands at $120 million. Expect an Ice Age 4.

Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen banked another $24 million giving the Michael Bay action epic a grand total.

After breaking records last year with The Dark Knight, it has been a disappointing summer for Christian Bale. Terminator Salvation underperformed at the start of the summer and now Public Enemies looks to fall short of the $100 million mark. $14 million this weekend gives the Johnny Depp starrer a $66 million total.

After taking $10 million over the weekend, The Proposal now has $113 million in the bank. That's good news for Ryan Reynolds after Wolverine and his attachment to The Green Lantern, but great news for the 40+ Sandra Bullock who proves she's still a box office draw.

The Hangover banked $9 million over the three days giving the comedy an astounding $222 million total.

I Love You, Beth Cooper beefed it over the weekend (that is an accurate technical term) giving Chris Columbus his lowest opening in almost 20 years. Looks like Hayden Panettiere won't be having a big movie career if they all open like this.

Cameron Diaz's My Sister's Keeper brought in another $5 million, that gives the weepy a total of $35 million. It should be a big hit on DVD.

Tony Scott's The Taking of Pelham 123 banked just over $1.5 million for a total of $61 million. Considering the star power of Denzel Washington and John Travolta this has to be a bit of a disappointment.

Outside the top 10 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smith hit $170 million; Star Trek hit $251 and comedy flops Year One and Land of The Lost brought their totals to $41 million and $48 million respectively.

Movie News

1. Those heroes in a half shell are at it again. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are set to return in a big screen reboot.

According to SlashFilm there's an open casting call for anyone who wants to star as a member of the Foot Clan.The casting call takes place next Saturday and anyone attending will have to give a thirty second martial arts demonstration.

Visit for all the details.

Source: SlashFilm

2. Hollywood appears to gave gone on a William Shatner remake frenzy as they're now eyeing a big screen version of Shatner's TJ Hooker.

The 80's cop show, which also starred Heather Locklear, is set to be rebooted by Eraser and Scorpion King director Chuck Russell.

According to Variety:

"The writing team of Brent Maddock and S.S. Wilson will script the story, which focuses on the relationship between the title character and his father."

That pretty much ensures a role for Shatner, and I'm going to guess that Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell will be at the top of some casting directors list for portray the titular Hooker - after all this is being pitched as an "action comedy"

Source: Variety

3. Jason Statham appears to be giving actioners a break with a role in Brit flick Blitz. Statham has apparently signed on to play "a rather crude, un-PC, borderline sociopath of a cop" Detective Sergeant Brant in the film that will co-star Paddy Considine.

According to Crimespree Cinema:

"The South East London police squad are down and out: Detective Sergeant Brant is in hot water for assaulting a police shrink, Chief Inspector Roberts' wife has died in a horrific car accident, and WPC Falls is still figuring out how to navigate her job as a black female investigator in the notorious unit. When a serial killer takes his show on the road, things get worse for all three. Nicknamed "The Blitz" by the rabid London media, the killer is aiming for tabloid immortality by killing cops in different beats around the city."

Sounds like it could be quite good. Although I have said that before...

Source: Crimespree Cinema

4. Zooey Deschanel will join Danny McBride, James Franco and Natalie Portman in Your Highness.

The Hollywood Reporter says:

""Highness," written by Ben Best and Danny McBride, centers on an arrogant, lazy prince (McBride) who must complete a quest to save his father's kingdom. Joining him on the quest is his more heroic brother (James Franco). Deschanel plays Belladonna, Franco's virginal bride."

The film starts shooting in Belfast this month.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

5. Robert DeNiro is attached to star in a news script by Paul Schrader.The Taxi Driver and Raging Bull duo will re-team in CIA thriller The Dying of the Light.

DeNiro will play an aging CIA agent who is slowly losing his memory and he must find a way to recall and save all the secrets locked within his mind as he ventures on one final mission.

Schrader and DeNiro equals must see.

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

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