It’s time once again for another The Week in Review column. It was another interesting week for movie news. We got our first look at the one-sheet for The Bourne Supremacy. There were some more casting rumors for the new The Fantastic Four movie. And Kill Bill Volume 1 killed all of its competition on DVD. But there was a lot more that went down in Hollywood this week. Lets take a look, but first, lets check out the box office numbers for the weekend.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
It was Revenge Weekend at the movies this week, with the week’s two new movies both having revenge themes, and both taking the top spots at the box office. Kill Bill Volume 2, Quentin Tarantino’s grand finale to his epic slasher flick, took the #1 spot this weekend. It grossed an estimated $25.5 million in its first weekend. It grossed about $3.5 million more than the first volume on its opening weekend. The increase was most likely due to its shrewd cross-marketing with Volume 1’s DVD release the Tuesday before Volume 2 hit the theaters. Taking the silver medal was The Punisher, which grossed an estimated $14 million in its debut weekend. Those top two flicks were the only movies to score 8-figure grosses for the weekend. And what would a Box Office Corner be without talking about The Passion of the Christ. After nabbing the top spot last weekend, which just happened to be Easter weekend, the Mel Gibson drama tumbled all the way down to 9th place, grossing an estimated $4.1 million in its 8th weekend. It dropped 72.4 percent from its gross last weekend. I guess there was no room for Christ on Revenge Weekend…
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A few new movie websites went live this week.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events: First up is the new site for Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (www.unfortunateeventsmovie.com). The site is kind of goofy, with links to News, Message Board, Arcade, Competitions, Books and Widgets, whatever those are. The only thing the site is really good for, is if you’re really bored and you want to play some simple web games like Hangman and stuff like that. But if you’re a big fan of the books, which I personally have never heard of, there’s probably a lot of stuff that you’ll like. Look for Snicket in theaters around Christmas time.
The Terminal: The only other site that went online this week was for the new Steven Speilberg movie, The Terminal (www.theterminal-themovie.com). There isn’t much here, actually. All that’s here is, on the main page, a look at what will probably be the movie’s one-sheet, and you can watch the teaser trailer (See: Trailer Park). But there will most likely be more stuff added to the site as the Tom Hanks/Catherine Zeta-Jones flick nears its June 18th release date.
There were a boatload of new trailers that hit the web last week...
I, Robot: First up is the official trailer for I, Robot. The Will Smith action/thriller, based on an Issac Asimov book, looks pretty solid, but I think they give away a little too much plot info in the trailer. But they do a good job with the trailer, and I’m looking forward to the movie’s July 16th release.
The Terminal: Next up is the teaser trailer for The Terminal. This looks like a very good movie, with one of the more original premises I’ve seen all year. It’s wonderfully cast (Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci) and Speilberg flicks are usually done very well, except for A.I. which I thought was just dreadful. But this one looks like a hit, and we’ll find out for sure when it hits the theaters on June 18th.
Napoleon Dynamite: This very odd title is up next. This quirky little comedy looks very funny, and I hope it makes its way to my neighborhood this summer. It’s slated for a limited release on June 11th, but hopefully it is a hit and expands to the rest of the country. This “fish-out-of-water” comedy looks like it just might be the feel-good movie of the summer.
Super Size Me: This documentary about America’s addiction to fast food, looks very funny and interesting. The trailer doesn’t really show us a whole lot, except for some rave testimonials from some of the big-dog movie critics. But this does look very interesting, and I hope this also comes to my neighborhood as well. The trailer says it will be in theaters in May, but most likely in a limited release.
America’s Heart and Soul: Another documentary here that also looks very interesting. It’s nothing fancy, really, just a film crew spanning the country and talking to some ordinary Joe’s and Jane’s that aren’t all that ordinary. There’s a blind guy that is a mountain climber! Wow! The movie is fittingly slated for a July 2nd release date, right by the Fourth of July, and this looks like the perfect movie to cap off your Fourth of July weekend.
BAADASSSSS!: And last and most certainly least, we have BAADASSSSS. Wow… Dumb title, dumb trailer, what’s the movie going to be like? Probably, yeah, dumb. The trailer features some surprisingly good critic testimonials, but I just don’t know. The movie doesn’t have a release date yet, but look for it sometime later this year.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
There wasn’t a whole lot of good news this week, but my pick has to be James Foley directing Hard Hearts. This sounds like a very interesting movie, and it will be even more interesting to see who they cast as the couple. Foley is a very accomplished director, and I just loved his last flick, Confidence. And the script was written by Jim Uhls who wrote a favorite of mine, Fight Club. I really don’t know why he hasn’t written another feature since Fight Club, but he has this, and a flick called Flicker, helmed by the wonderful Darren Aronofsky, in the works. But Hard Hearts sounds like a winner, and it will be interesting to see this project develop.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
This one is pretty easy this week. My pick is the news that the languishing Superman movie is moving forward. OK, for one, they’re talking about Henry Cavill to play the Man of Steel. What? You don’t know who Henry Cavill is? Neither does the rest of the country! After they were talking about many A-list actors to play Superman, they came up with this kid? And McG at the helm? After having a wonderful director in Brett Ratner once helming this, they get McG to replace him? Come on… He was one guy who should have stuck to music videos. I can’t see him directing a serious project like this one. And get a real name, for Christ’s sake! You’re not Prince, you’re just a director…
Well that’s all for last week's updates, folks. Surf on by next week for more of the highs and lows of Hollywood. From the far side of the bizarre ride, this is your Movie Freak, signing off.