Another seven days has come and gone and left us with a new slew of movie news, new box office info, new official websites for upcoming movies and new trailers. So lets not make haste and get right into it with this week's Notables.
"MovieWeb's Online Community is Here!" - Monday, April 16:
This just rocks, folks! You've likely seen the big banner on the site if you've been on the site in the past seven days, but if you haven't checked this out yet, you really should. It's a great new interactive way to enjoy MovieWeb. Creat a profile, find new friends, comment on articles from the site and much more. I know I sound like a flippin' salesman, but I'm thoroughly addicted to this new addition here and you all should be too. I've just got to give some major-big kudos to everyone involved with the developing the Online Community (no, I'm not one of them, FYI)! Cheers! Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Isaiah Washingon to Star in The Least of These" - Monday, April 16:
There are some very interesting dynamics going on here. First is that this sounds like a very intriguing project from a first-timer, Nathan Scoggins, a Christian musician and worship leader. Washington will star as a priest who returns to his Catholic school alma mater where he was sexually abused as a child. Also, he is taking the position formerly held by a current child abuser who went missing. The other interesting dynamic is Washington, who's been in a spot of trouble for his comments. Perhaps this project is some back-up in case he's shown the door on Grey's Anatomy. Perhaps, but at any rate, this sounds like a very interesting flick that could stir up some controversy itself. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"20th Century Fox Picks Up The Seems" - Monday, April 16:
This sounds really damn cool, folks. This is based off an upcoming novel, due out in September that could be just the first in a series of books. The Seems, it seems, is this parallel world where everything is really run on Earth, where everything we take for granted is operated from. There is a glitch in the system and a boy is recruited to work for The Seems and fix it. This book is actually called The Seems: The Glitch in Sleep, hence the feeling about a series, and Shawn Levy should add to his string of sometimes-questionable hits here. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"MGM Dancing Again with Fame" - Tuesday, April 17:
You've gotta be f&$^ing kidding me! For one, it's really weird that MGM said they hired a writer and a director, yet would not divulge who said writer and director were. For two, WHY REMAKE FAME?!?!?!? Sure, there have been a ton of dance-related flicks to hit the silver screen in recent years. But, maybe MGM doesn't realize that they all, well, failed. Wow. Fame. I don't wanna live forever... Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams to Star in The Time Traveler's Wife" - Wednesday, April 18:
Umm, OK. So I know this is based off a novel, but it sounds a lot like Click meets The Lake House to me. Bana will play the time traveler, a "dashing librarian" (oxymoron, anyone...) who has some weird gene inside him that causes him to involuntarily go back and forward through time. At one point, he meets McAdams and falls in love with her, and his age changes depending on where he is in time and they aren't on the same page most of the time. Wow. I guess this is supposed to be a pretty good book, but I just don't know. Sounds too chicky and too, well, dumb, for me. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Kevin James to Star in One Nation Under Bob" - Thursday, April 19:
Man, that Kevin James sure can pick his projects. The King of Queens star has a few really cool projects in development and this one doesn't seem out of step either. James stars as a guy who inherits a plot of land only to learn that it somehow is its own country, making him the proud owner of his own nation. It isn't clear if they're doing this in America, and some part of Montana or something is actually a separate nation, but it does sound pretty damn cool. James has that whole everyman thing down to absolute perfection, and this guy is becoming quite a hot comedic commodity. Best News of the Week Nominee.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
Expectations are ususally never too high for flicks in the month of April, and this past weekends flicks held that theory strong, with the four newbies barely making any waves and last weekend's winner keeping the crown. Disturbia took the top spot at the box office for the second week in a row, taking in just over $13 million in its second week in release. The flick held on decently, dropping 41.5%, but it's still pretty sad that 13 mil took the top spot. The four newcomers this weekend took the even spots in the top 10, taking the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th spots. Weird.
Fracture fared best of the rookies, taking the 2nd spot with just over $11 million. The Ryan Gosling/Anthony Hopkins thriller was released in 2,443 theaters and posted an average per-screen average of $4,508. The flick obviously wasn't helped by some solid critiques, with its solid 71% "Fresh" rating from the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Vacancy took the 4th spot this weekend, with just $7.6 million to show for its opening weekend. The underrated thriller had the highest rollout of the new movies (2,551) but could only muster a paltry $2,980 per-screen average. Even though this was made for only $19 million, it seems unlikely it will make any money. Hot Fuzz came in 6th place taking in $5.8 million. The Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg collaboration scored a very impressive 88% "Fresh" rating on RT, and even though the gross isn't impressive, it was only released in 825 theaters, and its per-screen average of $7,089 was by far the best of the weekend. Even in 6th place, Hot Fuzz probably had the best box office performance of the weekend. The last of the rookies is In the Land of Women, which took 8th place with $4.7 million. The Adam Brody chick flick was shown in 2,155 theaters with a terrible per-screen average of $2,186. When the numbers on the theater count AND the per-screen average are almost identical, that's not a good sign, folks.
There's one more little bit of news that is worth reporting from the box office take this weekend. The dreadful opening weekend for Slow Burn was nothing compared to its second weekend, folks. It came in 34th place, taking in just $119,000 and change. The movie dropped an astounding 84.7% from their debut last weekend, the 2nd largest second-weekend dropoff in movie history. It is right behind Undiscovered's 86.4% drop in 2005, and just ahead of Gigli's 81.9% drop in 2003. Wow. Slow Burn's per-screen average for this amazingly terrible 2nd weekend was $157. Yes, one hundred and fifty-seven dollars. Insane. Congrats on your horrificity!
Sadly there's nothing on this site except for the fabulous trailer. The trailer is really worth watching, folks, but it'd be nice to get, you know, more. Hopefully they add more to this site before it drops in theaters on August 3.
The Brothers Solomon: (SonyPictures.com)
Another lame teaser site here with a brief Synopsis, a link to register for updates and two trailers, the regular one and the red-band one. There should be more before this opens on September 7.
The Salon: (SalonTheFilm.com)
Not much here. We get a small synopsis in About the Salon, a lame little picture collage with NO links in Cast, the decent Trailer, a Gallery of 20 pics and a Theater finder thing. Blah. The Salon opens on May 11.
Well. I can see by this trailer that, in my summer movie preview, I judged this flick totally... right. Sure, there's an A-list cast and underneath all the incredibly corny songs seems to be a nice message about racial harmony or something like that. Still, I don't think I'll be able to stomach the corniness of this movie and its 50s setting. I just don't think I can, folks. Hairspray opens on July 20.
This is gonna just rock, folks. I doubt many could've even come close to guessing that this trilogy's first installment The Bourne Identity would've come close to the success it had back in 2002. Now here we are, four years later, with this final installment and it looks to be a fine one as well. We get all the regulars back and a spiffy addition of David Strathairn. This should be the last big bang of the summer of 2007, and it should be a doozy. The Bourne Ultimatum opens on August 3.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
I'm going with
the wonderful Kevin James picking another sweet project for my Best News of the Week. This guy just can't seem to miss, folks. I'm still a tad leery of his new one, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, but the trailer actually won me over a little bit. This new one of his sounds fabulous, with a great story that James can just run with. What's so great about him is he can play any average guy so damn well, capturing all facets of said guy. I honestly can't wait for this or practically anything else he signs on to.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
FAME!! WHAT?!?! Seriously, why would anyone honestly truthfully want to remake Fame? Sure, at least I could partially fathom this move if Take the Lead was a sleeper hit or Shall We Dance? made like $200 million, but neither of those things happened, thankfully. It has to be this whole success of Dancing With the Stars on the small screen that put this crap in MGM's collective lion's head and made them think this would be worth making. No one is going to leave their house and spend money on a tiring retread of something that really shouldn't have been a success to begin with. But hell. It was the 80s. Leotards were in back then I guess, so who knows. Maybe they'll throw capri pants on them this time around...
That's all for this week. Surf on by next week for more box office goodies, new official sites for upcoming flicks, new trailers and, of course, the best and worst news of the week. Take care folks and, always remember: if it looks like a good time, sounds like a good time and feels like a good time... it probably isn't free. Gallagher out!