Another seven days have come and gone and left us with another slew of movie news, box office figures, new official sites for upcoming flicks and new trailers. So lets get this party started with this week's Notables.
"The Shield Returns for a Seventh Season" - Monday, June 5
I don't usually have any TV news on here, mainly because my TV intake is normally limited to ESPN... except for this AWESOME show. While it does suck that it's now official this show will come to an end in a few years, they were kind of set up for it with this past season, their 5th. The season ended with a huge bang (literally) and the final 23 episodes should be just amazing. There are many different ways they could go with this show, but I'm sure Shawn Ryan will take it to another level. It's sad to see this phenomenal show go off the air, but at least it's going out in style, and they have a little more time to make sure it's a superb ending. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Dakota Fanning, Robin Wright Penn, And David Morse Join Deborah Kampmeier Film." - Monday, June 5
I think they're going a little too far with these "imspiring" stories. While Dakota Fanning is certainly one of the most talented younger actresses to come along in a very very long time, it seems she isn't picking her projects too smartly. This flick, set in the 60s South, is about an abused girl who overcomes her demons by singing and dancing like Elvis. Yeah. I just can't see something as inane as this drawing any interest, even with the very talented Fanning on board. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Paramount Picks Up Odd Todd" - Monday, June 5
If you thought that last item sounded dumb, brace yourself for this one: a dude locks himself out of his apartment the same day his unemployment cheese runs out. Wow. So... what happens after that? He meets a girl, falls in love, gets a job and hires a locksmith? Holy plotline, Batman! What an absolutely stupid idea for a movie. My head hurts. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Kevin Bacon To Star in Death Sentence" - Tuesday, June 6
I'm not sure how Kevin Bacon can be linked to Charles Bronson in the infamous "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game, but Bacon and Bronson are now linked in a different way. This flick is an adaptation of the book that's a sequel book to Death Wish, which birthed the Bronson movie series. This flick sounds like a really cool update to the series, with Bacon starring as a guy who watched his son die during a drive-by shooting. But when they catch the killer, he has a sudden case of voluntary amnesia and the case against the killer goes nowhere. But he's back on the street, and street justice is what Bacon resolves to take for himself... only to endanger the rest of his family when his gang buddies come back at them. This sounds pretty damn cool flick, a nice throwback to the street justice flicks of the 70s that we've started to see make a comeback with last year's wonderful flick Four Brothers. Can't wait for this one, folks. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Woody Harrelson and Stephen Root Looking for No Country For Old Men" - Tuesday, June 6
This interesting cast just got more interesting with the additions of Harrelson and Root, along with Tommy Lee Jones, Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem. While Harrelson is working with the Coens for the first time, which sounds like a great pairing, Root will be appearing in his third Coen Brothers flick, appearing in a small role in their last effort, The Ladykillers and also appearing in a wonderful turn as the quirky radio guy in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. I'm really looking forward to seeing what the Coens can do with Harrelson, and what the marvelous character actor Root will bring us this time around. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"The Omen Has Biggest Tuesday Opening Ever" - Wednesday, June 7
OK, this isn't a Best or Worst News of the Week Nominee... it's just damn creepy. The headline isn't the creepy part, but it's actual EXACT gross is: $12,633,666. Of course, if it were $33,000 more it would've been even more creepy, but still, the fact that the EXACT last three numbers were 666 is perhaps a sign of the apocalypse. Wow, that's just weird. Where'd I put that Bible...
"Q'Orianka Kilcher Finds The Power Of Few" - Thursday, June 8
I've heard nothing but terrible things about Kilcher's first major flick The New World, mainly concerning the story. But it seems the teenager is moving on with this flick that's interesting for a few reasons. First is that it deals with terrorism and cloning, which sounds both really weird and really interesting at the same time, and second is that they're getting the fans involved in a unique contest. They will be using the online editing site jumpcut.com to allow people to watch an action scene and edit their own version, with the winning scene to be shown in the final cut of the flick. Kilcher will also be producing this flick, so we'll see how mutli-faceted she really can be. This whole thing sounds pretty cool though. Best News of the Week Nominee.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
Even a creepy opening day from The Omen couldn't stop Cars from speeding through the competition this overall smashing weekend. The last (maybe...) Pixar/Disney flick took the checkered flag at the box office this weekend with a very solid $60.1 million opening weekend take. Showing in a massive 3,985 theaters, it took in a healthy $15,086 per-screen average. Budget figures weren't released for Cars, but it's safe to say this animated flick is off to another great Pixar start.
While Cars dominated this weekend, the whole weekend was a success at the theaters, with an astounding 6 flicks reaching 8-figure grosses. The total aggregate weekend isn't anywhere close to a record, but it's the first time I can remember seeing the top 6 flicks all take in at least $10 million. The Break-Up took the silver medal this weekend, dropping a somewhat decent 48%, taking in $20.3 million while X-Men: The Last Stand took the bronze with just over $16 million, but surpassing the $200 million mark in the process, now standing at $202.2 million, but still about $8 million shy of profiting still.
It's almost too bad The Omen couldn't have taken 6th place this weekend, but, alas, it took the 4th spot, only raking in about $50,000 more than the mutants with just over $16 million. It's clear how much the demand skittered for this flick, after taking in $12 million on opening day, and only mustering $16 million in three days. Still, it only had a $25 million budget, so it's not doing too shabby at $36.3 million after six days. Wow, another six. Creepsville...
The only other new flick to hit the theaters, only hit a few theaters, and it fell short of the 8-digit plateau. A Prairie Home Companion could only muster a 7th place finish in its opening weekend, taking in $4.5 million. It did, however, best everyone in the top 10 except for Cars and The Break-Up in per-screen average with a solid $6,008 average from only 760 theaters. We'll have to see if this Minnesota-shot flick's expansion can help out its growth.
OK, this is a little weird. The main thing they have on here is the trailer... but you can only view it between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. Don't ask me why. I have no idea, but it's pretty weird. We also get a History, which I thought would be a REAL history of the actual events of Leatherface, but is just a synopsis, even though it's a good one. The only other thing here is some Photos. Nothing much here, but if you're a night owl, I guess you can see the trailer... The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning opens on October 6.
Artie Lange's Beer League: (beerleaguethemovie.com)
This is a simple, fairly entertaining little site. We start off with the Trailer, a small Synopsis and a basic Cast list. In Coverage, the other Trailers and Clips are coming soon, but they have some "Slides" or Photos to view. The Extra Bases menu has some downloads for you like ringtones, wallpapers AIM Icons and Artie's "Joke of the Week" which is terribly unfunny. The Roster has a bunch of character descriptions, nicely designed as baseball cards. The funniest thing about this, though, is the very odd cast they have in place here with people like Jerry Minor, Ralph Maccio and Seymour Cassel. The last thing on this site is pretty cool. Play Ball is a little pinball game that has a lot of detail into it. It's a fun little way to kill some time. The site wasn't too bad, but more content would've helped. Artie Lange's Beer League opens on September 15 in limited release.
Unless you like inaccurate countdowns and links to register for updates, there's nothing for you here. The countdown is basically right, except they forgot to add the 1 year onto the 22 days and blah blah blah. There's nothing here, folks, sorry. Transformers opens on July 4, 2007... not 2006.
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
It was a real tough choice this week, but I'm going with Kevin Bacon taking some justice to the streets for my Best News of the Week. This just sounds like a really slick flick, and a different sort of role for the very versatile Bacon. We haven't seen him as a real ruthless sort of guy before, but I think he'll thrive at the challenge given him. He's a great actor, and he has that sort of rough and weathered look that should be great for this role. I love these sort of flicks that are hard as nails, but also very real at the same time. I can't wait to see what Bacon can do with this character.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
I'm going with the insanely stupid Odd Todd for my Worst News of the Week. I don't know what would possess a guy to lock himself out of his apartment the day he gets his last dose of unemployment... but I'm sure they'll cook up an extremely unsatisfying solution to this. It just sounds like such a flat idea for a flick, and I can't imagine how far they can take this storyline. Hopefully, they take the script to the fireplace before I have to read anymore about it...
That's all for this week folks. Surf on by next week for more box office goodies, new websites for upcoming flicks, (hopefully) 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.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I joined the 21st Century this week and finally got a MySpace page. It's pretty plain right now, but I'll be working on it from time to time, so check it out here sometime and "be my Friend" or whatever. Gallagher out.