Well it was another week in Hollywood filled with some interesting news bits. We got some new pictures from the set of Ocean’s 12. The one-sheet for Catwoman was released. And we got the promotion timeline for the highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode III. But there was a whole lot more that went down in the City of Angels this week. But before we take a look at that, lets check out who sizzled and fizzled at the box office this weekend.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
This weekend was Spring Cleaning for the movies. It seemed like the studios were just unloading movies they weren’t very confident about, right before the summer season, which unofficially starts next weekend with Van Helsing. But the weekend did yield a surprising winner in Mean Girls. The Lindsey Lohan teen flick took the #1 spot at the box office, grossing an estimated $25 million in its opening weekend. It averaged a healthy $8,805 per screen, and the $25 million gross was the 4th biggest April opening ever, right behind Kill Bill Vol. 2, The Scorpion King and Anger Management.
The weekend’s other 4 new movies didn’t have nearly as good of luck as Mean Girls did. In fact, all 4 of them combined couldn’t even out-gross Mean Girls, taking the 4th, 5th and 6th places. In 4th was Laws of Attraction, grossing an estimated $7 million. Right on its heels was Godsend, which came in at an estimated $6.9 million. And in 6th place was Envy, which could only manage a $6.1 million estimated gross. And, it seems that The Passion of the Christ success might not cross over for Jim “Christ” Caviezel. His new movie, Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius, had a horrendous debut, finishing in 16th place. It grossed an estimated $1.1 million, with a paltry $880 per-screen average. The irony of all of this, is the movie came in right behind The Passion of the Christ, which took the 15th spot with $1.4 million. I’m just glad this weekend is out of the way so we can get to the big dogs of the summer…
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Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any new or updated official movie websites this week. Hopefully we’ll have some new websites to look at in the coming week.
But I did find a bunch of new trailers that hit MovieWeb this week.
The Village: First up is the trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s next film, The Village. This looks to be another great white-knuckle thriller from Shyamalan. This movie is his first period piece, set in 1897. Shyamalan always casts his movies very well, and he assembles a great cast here as well, with Joaquin Phoenix, Sigourney Weaver, Adrien Brody, William Hurt and others. This movie just looks creepy as hell, folks, and it looks to be one of the big hits of the summer. Get ready to be spooked out of your mind on July 30.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster: Next up is the trailer for this documentary on the controversial band Metallica. Documentaries have been getting noticed a lot more these days, since Bowling for Columbine bowled over audiences in 2002. But Metallica: Some Kind of Monster, looks like it might get just as much recognition that Columbine, if not more. The trailer is just wonderful, and I really wouldn’t be surprised if this became the highest grossing documentary in history, a title held by Bowling for Columbine. Even if you aren’t a heavy-metal fan, you most likely know who Metallica is, especially after they attacked online file-swapping a few years ago. This documentary looks like it gives us a very interesting glimpse, into a very interesting band. I’m definitely looking forward to this one, but I hope it gets a wider release later in the year. It opens on July 9 in New York and San Francisco.
Seeing Other People: This quirky romantic comedy is up next, that looks like a weird mix of Chasing Amy and a series of episodes from one of my favorite TV shows, Sports Night. I find it hard to believe that it’s a coincidence that one of the stars of Sports Night, Josh Charles, is in this movie. This movie looks like it could be funny, and it looks like one of those chick flicks that will appeal to guys as well (See: The Girl Next Door, Jerry Maguire, etc.). The movie does have a very interesting cast, though, and we’ll just have to see if they can pull it off or not. The movie opens in limited release next weekend, May 7.
Frankie and Johnny are Married: This weird-looking movie is up next, with the actors playing themselves, in what appears to be a true story. It looks like writer-director Michael Pressman is trying to be Charlie Kaufman here. With everyone playing themselves, it feels like this movie is going to be a re-enactment of the true story. I really don’t know what to make of this movie, honestly. The movie opens on May 28, in limited release.
Danny Deckchair:This movie also looks pretty weird, but it looks pretty funny as well. This marks Rhys Ifans’ first starring role, and it looks like he does pretty good here. This looks like Forrest Gump written and directed by Christopher Guest. This should be a very interesting movie, and you can check it out sometime in August.
Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle:And lastly, we have another goofball comedy from “the white guy who directed Dude, Where’s My Car.” OK, so Dude, Where’s My Car won’t go down in the annals of film history as a classic. But admit it. You laughed at the Zoltan and Chinese restaurant scenes… Look for more of the same low-brow tactics here, but the cast is surprisingly diverse. And it does look kind of funny, actually. What is also surprising is this movie is being released on December 10, which is usually around the time you see all of the Oscar-contending movies released. But that might be good for this movie, because it might serve as some comic relief in the serious, drama-filled month of December. I’m not really expecting a whole lot from this movie, but I’m sure I’ll get a few laughs out of it, maybe more. Who knows…
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
It was a very hard decision for this week’s Best News of the Week pick. There were a lot of news bits that I was very interested in this week. But I’m going to have to choose Billy Bob Thornton starring in the Bad News Bears remake as the Best News of the Week. I think Thornton is just perfect for this part, previously played by the late great Walter Mathau. I just loved him in Bad Santa, and what’s even better about the Bad News Bears remake, is the writers of Bad Santa, John Requa and Glen Ficarra, are writing this project. Bad Santa was a wonderfully crafted story, and I’m sure they’ll do the same for this project. This is a movie I’m definitely going to keep my eye on from now on.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
This week’s pick is the update on Eli Roth’s Scavenger Hunt. For one, I never got why Roth’s Cabin Fever got the good buzz that it did. I thought it was just a dreadful movie that missed its mark completely. But now he’s doing this Scavenger Hunt movie, based on the “true” events that happened when teens went wild at his high school. He said he wants to make it “the most twisted, over the top, teen sex comedy that will push the boundaries of good taste as far as the censors will allow.” Don’t they say this sort of thing about every teen sex comedy? Come on, Eli. No one cares that kids did crazy things at your high school, back in the day. It happens at probably every high school. Hell, we used to duct-tape freshmen to telephone poles on homecoming, in my day… It’s all been done before in these kind of movies, and I doubt we’ll see anything new here.