Another seven days has come and gone, and brought us another slew of movie goodies to delve through. So let's get this party started with this week's Notables.
"Terri Schiavo Biopic in the Works" - Monday, April 10
Well, we had to see this one coming, although, to be honest, I forgot about this not long after Schiavo's feeding tube was removed. This was one of the hottest water-cooler topics of last year, with the battle between Terri's husband Michael and her parents blowing up to national proportions. This movie, either theatrical or TV, will be based on Michael's book, and will apparently chronicle their relationship from the start, but, honestly, who really cares. The whole thing got blown so much out of proportion, when it was really none of our business in the first place, and a movie on her life will only probably trivialize it. It's also a little shady that these four producers snatched up the rights to the book that just came out, only to sell it to the highest bidder instead of develop it themselves. They should just let the whole project go, and let her rest in peace, which is all it seemed that she really wanted anyway. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Rowan Atkinson Returns for Bean II" - Monday, April 10
Ugh. Rowan Atkinson and his Mr. Bean character is definitely an acquired taste. What they don't seem to get is that Americans have not acquired it, and we probably never will. While the first Bean flick took in $240 million worldwide, only $45 million of that came from America. They should just keep this in the UK, where he is apperntly much beloved, and don't even waste our time with it here in the States. Worst Newa of the Week Nominee.
"Manderlay Pictures Nabs Mafia Cop" - Monday, April 10
If you've been following the news, this should be pretty familar, as this trial just wrapped up, closing what's been called the one of the worst police scandals in New York City history. It seems this will go back a ways too, with them grabbing the rights to the book Eppolito wrote in 1992 that chronicled his life as a cop and being the son of a Gambino crime family member. This should be a really hot project that they'll likely put on the fast track to get going as soon as possible. We haven't seen a good mafia movie in awhile, and this could very well revitalize the genre. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Jay Chandrasekhar to Direct Ambulance Chasers" - Tuesdsay, April 11
It looks like the studios are feeling less confident in the Broken Lizard troupe's writing abilities, now just opting for Chandrasekhar's directing and the rest's acting duties. After seeing Broken Lizard's Club Dread, I would have to agree, but I'm not ready to write the troupe off altogether. This should be a pretty good project for them, and I'll be interested to see which 3 of the 5 they'll pick for the main roles, two ruthless personal-injury lawyers and the client they're fighting over. Still, this sounds like a pretty good gig for Broken Lizard. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Fred Durst Directing The Education of Charlie Banks" - Wednesday, April 12
Well, you can't be a limp bizkit forever, and Senor Durst seems ready to do something else besides scream in a red Yankees hat. Surprisingly, he's picked a mellower flick that I would expect for his feature directorial debut. This flick revolves around a mild-mannered kid, making his way through college, when his world is turned upside down when he gets a surprise visit from the scariest kid from high school. The story sounds pretty decent, and he has a pretty good young cast with Jesse Eisenberg, Jason Ritter and Chris Marquette, who I absolutely loved as Eli in The Girl Next Door. This sounds pretty solid, and it'll be interesting to see how Durst will tackle his first feature. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Tyrese Gibson Pens To Each His Own" - Wednesday, April 12
Damn Tyrese. You just want to do it all, don't ya? He's had success as a model, rapper and actor, and now wants to put a scribe hat on his hat rack as well. Apparently he's had a bucnh of stories in his head for awhile, because I didn't know that he sold two separate pitches to two different studios. But I guess he didn't like how they turned out, and actually plunked down at a computer to write this urban drama. We don't get much on the plot here, about two friends in trouble in the city, but this guy is so talented that I wouldn't be surprised if he's a good writer as well. Go get 'em Tyrese! Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Keith Sutter to Direct In-Crime" - Wednesday, April 12
Well, if you're an enormous fan of the best cop drama on TV (perhaps ever) "The Shield," like I am, this news bit has both good and bad news. The bad news is, with Sutter, an executive producer on "The Shield" writing and directing this project, along with creator Shawn Ryan's involvement with the new show "The Unit" it looks like the rumors that the next season of "The Shield" will be the sixth and last. The good news is that this sounds pretty damn cool, and very original. Sutter is sticking with a special cop unit in this project, but a far different one that specializes in catching major criminals actually committing their crimes. This sounds like a really cool project that I'll be keeping an eye on, even though it saddens me that this pretty much marks the end of one of the best TV shows of all time. Best News of the Week Nominee.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
If this isn't a sign of the apocalypse, then I don't know what is. Scary Movie 4 took the box office by storm on Easter weekend, dominating the competition by taking the top spot with $40.2 million in its opening weekend. It shattered the Easter weekend record, held by Panic Room, by a little more than $10 million, posted the 2nd highest April opening ever and virtually secured a fifth installment in a series despised by critics but, apparently, revered by moviegoers. The 4th spoof flick was shown in a hefty 3,602 theaters and posted a very impressive $11,166 per-screen average, even though it was drubbed by the nation's critics, garnering only a 39% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Ice Age: The Meltdown held on strong in 2nd place with just over $20 million in its 3rd week, pushing its total to $147 million overall, still the only flick of 2006 to break the $100 million barrier.
The Wild was the only other new movie in wide release, but it could only muster a 4th place finish with $9.8 million this weekend. The animated flick had a decent theater count (2,854) but made the worst of it with a lackluster per-screen average ($3,393) and the poor reviews (20% "Fresh on RT) didn't help matters much either. One flick in very limited release did perform fairly well though. Hard Candy was screened in just 2 theaters this weekend, but must have made a solid impression. It took in just over $58,000 in those two theaters, good for just over a $29,000 per-screen average. With these kind of numbers, this flick should likely expand rather soon.
This is a pretty simple site, and if you ever wanted to make your own movie poster, you can do so on a limited basis here. Don't bother clicking on the buttons on the remote on the main site, though, because it just makes noise and doesn't do anything. On the bottom are the menus and you can watch the Trailer, get AIM Icons or screensavers and register for updates. The only one that has anything here is the Control Your Universe menu, and there's not even much to that either. It's just a little game or possibly contest where you submit your own picture to use as a movie poster, with a hand and the universal remote in the foreground. Ugh. Click opens on June 23.
The Sentinel: (www.sentinelthemovie.com)
Another simple site here. After a flashy Flash intro, we only get three menus on the main site. First is Agents and Suspects, which gives us some great, in-depth bios on the main movers and shakers in the cast and crew. There are also some nice Production Notes below these bios, that goes into a few aspects of the production and it's rather insightful. Next is Downloads, with four desktops and four AIM Icons for your downloading pleasure, and Field Surveilance has the trailers, some photos and film clips are coming soon. In each menu you get a little video, but it looks like they're all from the trailer anyway, so yeah. Nice style, but not enough substance. The Sentinel opens on April 21.
Well, there weren't a lot of trailers up this week, and the ones that were just weren't working for me, so yeah. Sorry kids.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
I'm going with some crime this week, and taking the timely new tale of a Mafia Cop just over Sutter's cool-sounding In-Crime for my Best News of the Week. This sounds like it could be the mafia epic for the 21st century. They could easily go the 3-hour route here, and chronicle his younger days growing up in the mafia, to turning to law enforcement, and then back to the mafia. It just sounds like an engrossing tale, that should attract top-notch talent in front of and behind the camera. I just can't wait for this one, folks.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
Not a lot to pick from here, but I'm going with the dreadful news of another frickin Bean movie for my Worst News of the Week. This guy is just not funny, in the Bean character or any other that I've seen him in. If they just keep this flick on the other side of the pond, I'd be fine with that, but I'm sure they'll want to tap in to his 12 fans in America, and thus release the movie here as well. Stay in London where it's safe for you, Senor Bean. We can always go pick up a Guy Ritchie or Monty Python flick if we want real British entertainment anyway...
That's all for this week folks. Surf on by next week for more box office goodies, new websites 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.