Another week has come and gone and left us another slew of movie news, box office figures, new official websites for upcoming movies and new trailers. So let's get this part under way with this week's Notables.
"New Lline has All You Can Eat" - Monday, August 8
Probably the only thing I can guarantee from this flick is that we'll see Kobayashi in this flick, at least in a cameo performance. And no, I'm not talking about the mysterious figure from the 1995 hit The Usual Suspects. I'm talking about the 110-pound fellow who has won the last 5 hot dog eating contests at Coney Island. I have no idea how the dude does it, but I digress. This flick is written by the team that brought us Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and directed by the helmer of American Pie 2. While that's a fairly good comedy writing-directing team, I don't think people are clammoring to see a movie filled with people filling themselves. I just can't see this working at all, folks. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Scott to Star in The Book of Leo" - Monday, August 8
This could be an interesting project for Seann William Scott, and perhaps a nice break from his normal goofball comedies for awhile. It says this will indeed be a comedy, but it will likely be more of an adult comedy than the flicks we've normally seen him in. We don't know for sure yet what this "quarter-life crisis" will deal with, but I think it's safe to say this will be a completely different role that we're usually accustomed to seeing Scott play in. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Mortal Kombat III to shoot in Louisiana" - Tuesday, August 9
While the idea of this studio facility that will be somewhat open to the public as a tourist spot is a pretty damn good idea, there are some problems here. 1) It's in frickin Louisiana, the movie capital of...nowhere. 2) They're going to start off on a bad foot by having the innaugural project a sequel that no one wants to see anyway. I just can't wrap my brain around this one, folks. It'll almost be like the Project Greenlight series. The TV show chronicling the movie being made is a hit, but the movies that come out of the show never are. While people might indeed flock to this studio/tourist trap, I doubt people will flock to the theaters for Mortal Kombat III, that's even if this flick will make it to theaters and not straight to a Blockbuster near you. Good idea, bad execution. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Voight and Davidovich to Ride into September Dawn" - Tuesday, August 9
This is the funniest project I've heard about in quite some time, and I don't mean funny in a good way, folks. This Western revolves around a massacre of some folks on a wagon train at the hands of a rebel Mormon group. That is not a typo, folks. Rebel Mormon group. If that doesn't make you just laugh your nuts off, I don't know what will. I guess they were pretty militant about handing out their flyers back in the old days, eh? Anyway, I don't know what Jon Voight and Lolita Davidovich were thinking, because this just sounds unfathomable, at best. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"New Line has Faith in Scared Straight" - Wednesday, August 10
This sounds like a pretty good project here, revolving around a governor's son who falls into a program called Scared Straight that is supposed to scare kids out of becoming criminals for life. I'm not sure if there are any actual programs like this around the country, but there are several different intriguing angles here. One being the moral issues of sending underaged kids to prison and another good angle is the privileged rich kid being thrown in the mix with juvenile delinquents. Casting will be crucial here, but I think New Line has a winner here. Best News of the Week Nominee.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
The brothers reigned supreme this weekend, overtaking a hottie with a key and a douchebag named Deuce. Four Brothers took the top spot at the box office this weekend, taking in $21.1 million in its opening weekend. This is a wonderful showing for Brothers, seeing as it was in the fewest theaters of the top 5 flicks this weekend with a theater count of 2,533. It posted a stellar $8,360 per-screen average and it's in solid shape to earn a profit from a $45 million budget. While this showing isn't quite as impressive as Wedding Crashers, which had another amazing weekend, finishing in 4th place but dropping only 26% with a gross of $11.8 million, the Brothers showed they can succeed even with a modest theater count, and ultimately solidifying the fact that the R rating is back en vouge.
The Skeleton Key took the 2nd spot, but also had an impressive showing, earning just over $16 million in its debut weekend. The Kate Hudson thriller posted a solid $5,795 per-screen average, showing in 2,771 theaters. It might be a tad harder for this flick to earn a profit than for Four Brothers, but with a similar budget of $43 million, it might be able to squeak out a profit at the end of the summer.
Then, as Eddie Griffin would say, "Awww Deucey." Rob Schnieder continues to dissappoint, even in reprising his most "popular" role, even though that really isn't saying much. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo absolutely tanked at the box office this weekend, taking a dismal 5th place in its opening weekend, earning $9.6 million. It couldn't capitalize from a decent theater count of 3,127, scoring a paltry $3,078 per-screen average. The nation's critics weren't too kind as well, as the movie scored only a 10% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I hope you weren't making plans for a 3rd turn as a man-whore, Robby. I wouldn't be surprised if Schnieder himself had to turn to that actual profession just to make the money back from the $22 million budget. Scary thought, eh?
Box Office Predictions
Two in a row, baby! Well, I messed up the 2nd and 3rd spots just a tad, but it was still a good weekend o predicting. Shall we hit the hat trick this weekend? Seven short days until we find out...
Predictions for 8/19-8/21
1) The 40-Year Old Virgin: $19.7 million
2) Red-Eye: $14.4 million
3) Four Brothers: $12.8 million
4) The Skeleton Key: $9.6 million
5) Wedding Crashers: $8.8 million
Prediction Results for 8/12-8/14
1) Four Brothers: $23.6 million - ACTUAL Rank: 1; Gross: $21.1 million
2) The Dukes of Hazzard: $16.5 million - ACTUAL Rank: 3; Gross: $13.01 million
3) The Skeleton Key: $14.2 million - ACTUAL Rank: 2; Gross: $16.05 million
4) Wedding Crashers: $11.6 million - ACTUAL Rank: 4; Gross: $11.8 million
5) Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo: $9.7 million - ACTUAL Rank: 5; Gross: $9.6 million
This is the only site I found this week, and, unfortunately, it's only a lowly teaser site. All we get here is a brief synopsis, a even more brief photo gallery and the trailer. Not much here, but perhaps there will be more content available later, before Jarhead hits theaters on November 4.
I didn't think Liev Schrieber had it in him. Longtime actor Schrieber, who recently had a phenomenal turn in the remake The Manchurian Candidate, adapts from the novel and directs here, and it looks like he did a fabulous job. Elijah Wood stars as a Jewish man who searches out for the woman who saved his grandpa during World War II. This looks like a phenomenal picture, with some nice light comedy and a very intriguing premise and another great performance from Elijah Wood. This looks to be a great fall movie. Everything is Illuminated arrives in theaters September 16.
This looks like another great Tony Scott flick, based off the life of the recently departed Domino Harvey, bounty hunter and daughter of the actor Laurence Harvey from the original Manchurian Candidate. This should be a winner with a stellar cast of Keira Knightley, Mena Suvari, Christopher Walken, Lucy Liu, Delroy Lindo, and, the comeback kid of the past few years, the awesome Mickey Rourke. There looks to be plenty of action and drama to satisfy both pallettes and I can't wait for this to hit theaters on October 14.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
Not too much good news this week, but I'm going with New Line's Scared Straight for my Best News of the Week. This sounds like a fairly low-cost project for New Line that could end up paying some big dividends, provided they score a solid cast and director here. This should turn out to be a great flick.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
REBEL MORMON GROUP!!! Doesn't that just sound like the most absolutely ridiculous thing in the history of movies? I can just hear that deep-voiced movie trailer guy now. "They were going into unchartered territory, when they encountered a force more powerful than they'd ever seen before: Mormons. Pissed off Mormons." I just can't wrap my brain around this one at all. I think my brain is going to melt any second now if I keep thinking of the unbelievably retarded ways they can go about this picture. I need a nap...
That's all for this week. Surf on by next week for more box office goodies, new official websites for upcoming flicks, new trailers, and, of course, the best and worst news of the week...hopefully not involving Mormons! Take care, folks and, always remember: if it looks like a good time, sounds like a good time or feels like a good time... it probably isn't free.