There were some interesting items out of TinselTown this week. The writer-director of Igby Goes Down goes to War. We got our first look at the new Mask. And my personal pick for Best Picture finally gets a DVD release date. But that’s not all that happened in Hollywood this week. Let’s check out the rest of the news from Hollywood, but first, let’s check out the winners and losers at the box office this weekend.
Hellboy, the newest entry in the comic book genre, took the top spot at the box office this weekend, riding on some surprisingly good reviews (76% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes). The Ron Perlman top-liner grossed an estimated $23.5 million in its debut weekend. The Rock’s new flick Walking Tall took second place, with an estimated $15.3 million in its first weekend in release. The weekend’s other 2 new releases weren’t too far behind as well. Disney’s new animated movie Home on the Range came in 4th place with an estimated $14 million, and The Prince and Me came in 5th place with an estimated $10 million. And right in the middle of the new flicks was Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, dipping 48.8 percent, taking in an estimated $15.08 million in its second weekend. I guess people still can’t get enough Doo after all…
There were 3 official sites to upcoming movies that got some updates this week.
Around the World in 80 Days: The new Jackie Chan/Disney flick Around the World in 80 Days came out with its official website this week (disney.go.com). The first page of the site has a nice little Flash intro and a countdown to the movie’s release. I don’t really think this movie is so important that they need a countdown, but whatever. The site has a synopsis, a “cast and crew” section that is just a few still images, some desktops to download and the official trailer, available on Windows Media Player, Quicktime and Real Player formats. Look for the flick in theaters on June 16.
13 Going on 30: The lovely Jennifer Garner’s new movie 13 Going on 30 had some updates to its official website (www.sonypictures.com). This is a pretty nice site, where you can watch the trailer, sign up for email updates, enter a contest to win a trip to New York City, check your horoscope and even get some fashion tips. The movie opens on April 23.
Shark Tale: The new Dreamworks animated tale Shark Tale launched its official site (www.sharktale.com). There isn’t a whole lot on the site, but it’s really cool how they introduce us to the characters, showing the real stars and then the animated fish they provide the voices for. And you can click on each character for a little background of each character. Shark Tale will be in theaters October 1.
There were a few new trailers added to MovieWeb this week.
Troy: The biggest trailer that hit during the week was the new full length trailer for the Wolfgang Petersen epic, Troy, starring Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana and a slew of other talented actors and actresses. The film hits theaters May 14th.
Spider-man 2: The second biggest trailer footage to hit the web during the week was the trailer footage for the upcoming full 2 1/2 minute trailer for the Spider-man sequel which hits this coming weekend. Spider-man 2 hits theaters on June 30th.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: First up is a TV spot for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The quirky new Jim Carrey flick looks like a pretty good movie for all ages. This looks like a role custom-tailored for Jim Carrey’s rubberface antics, and it looks like he will shine in comedy once again. Look for this flick in theaters December 17.
Shall We Dance?: Next up is the trailer for Shall We Dance?. The Richard Gere-Jennifer Lopez chick flick looks…well, like a chick flick. It’s obvious that Miramax is trying to ride the success of it’s Best Picture winner Chicago, since they bluntly mention that Shall We Dance is from the people who brought you Chicago. I highly doubt it will be as successful as Chicago, but I guess we’ll have to wait until August 6 to find out for sure.
Noi Albino: And last up for this week which is note worthy is the trailer for Noi Albino. This highly-praised, weird-looking indie flick looks pretty interesting. It’s playing now in limited release in New York and Los Angeles, but I have no idea when it plans to expand to the rest of the country. But it looks like it might be worth checking out when it comes to your town.
The Door In The Floor: A teaser trailer for the June 23rd release of the Jeff Bridges / Kim Basinger drama also hit this week.
The Garden State: The new trailer for the comedy, The Garden State, starring Zach Braff, Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Ian Holm, Method Man, and Peter Sarsgaard hit this week as well. The film hits theaters on June 30th.
The Ringer: The upcoming Johnny Knoxville swing at special education got a teaser this week as well. The film hits on November 5th.
There are also some clips from the sequel The Whole Ten Yards, but I’ve seen the TV spot about 89 million times, so I’ll just wait until it comes out next weekend…
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK Not a whole lot of good news this week, unfortunately. And my pick for Best News of the Week isn’t really “news” per se, but it’s pretty cool anyway. And that pick is just a pic, or picture that is, the first glimpse of Christian Bale as the new Batman. If you’ve been reading my column, you probably could surmise that I’m uber-pumped for this movie. Bale looks pretty slick as the super-hero and I just know that he’ll nail this role.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK There are quite a few candidates for this week’s winner. But the worst news has to be Meet the Mo’Fockers. Wow. Just the title alone screams “retarded”. We can only hope that the characters in the movie aren’t actually named the Mo’Fockers. But still, the title is enough for me to not look forward to this movie. This movie just looks stupid. But this is the guy who wrote Soul Plane, and if you’ve seen that trailer, “stupid” and “retarded” seems like this guy’s strong suit….
Well, that’s all for this week folks. Surf on by the site next week for more of the good, bad and ugly of Hollywood. From the far side of the bizarre ride, this is your Movie Freak, signing off.