It’s time for another Week in Review column.
It was another week full of interesting news from Hollywood this week. One of the most bizarre/cool directors in Hollywood got a new project. The new Mission: Impossible flick might have a new writer. And it looks like the Monty Python classic The Life of Brian is getting some new life again. But a lot more went down in Hollywood this week. So lets take a look, but first, lets see what happened at the box office this weekend.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
It looks like the Doo conquered the box office this weekend. I didn’t see the movie, but you can take that comment at face value… Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed took the top spot at the box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $30.7 million in its first weekend. It was the only movie, out of the 4 new releases this week, to be released in over 3,000 theaters, so it’s not too surprising. But that doesn’t make it right, does it…The Ladykillers came in second place with an estimated gross of just over $13 million in its debut weekend. The new Coen Brothers flick was only released in nearly 1,600 theaters, averaging a healthy $8,214 per screen. The other 2 new releases didn’t fare quite as well. Jersey Girl, the new Kevin Smith movie, came in 5th place, with an estimated gross of only $8.3 million. And the new DMX movie Never Die Alone finished just out of the top 10, in 11th place, with an estimated gross of $3.07 million. Hey, DMX. You’re a good rapper. You can sell records on your own without making crappy movies just to throw your songs on the soundtrack…
NEW! – GOING LIVE
This is a new section of the column where I talk about the new official websites for upcoming movies that started up in the past week. The following is a list of official movie sites that went live ths week, or had some major upgrades in their presentations...
Alexander: The website for Oliver Stone’s new flick Alexander went live this week (www.alexanderthemovie.com). There is basically nothing here yet, just a look at what will probably be the one-sheet for the movie, and a basic synopsis. But there should be more added to the site as we near the Colin Farrell-starring movie’s November 5th release date.
Batman Begins: And I was very excited when I saw that the website for Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins went online this week (batmanbegins.warnerbros.com). Unfortunately, the only thing on the site is the new logo. Why even bother putting a website online if all you have is the logo? Hopefully there will be more added to this site very soon.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: The official Harry Potter 3 site () got some major upgrades this week with tons of new activities for the youngsters.
NEW! – TRAILER PARK
This is another new feature where I talk about the new trailers that were in the theaters or that went online in the past week...
The Door In The Floor: The trailer for The Door in the Floor was put online this week, after being attatched to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. This movie looks pretty interesting, even though the title is just dopey. But I’m a huge Jeff Bridges fan, and it looks like he shines once again in this movie.
Garfield: The Movie: The trailer for Garfield: The Movie was added this week as well But if you have AOL Instant Messanger, this trailer has probably been annoying you for a few weeks now…Now I’ll admit that the cartoon Garfield was one of my favorites as a kid, but Breckin Meyer as Jon? Jennifer Love Hewitt? Yeah, I won’t be looking forward to this one…
The Mayor of Sunset Strip: The movie came out this weekend in a limited release, but it will probably be awhile before this movie hits the rest of the country. The trailer is great, and I’m really looking forward to this movie about revolutionary DJ Rodney Bingenheimer.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Along with the official site getting an upgrade, the new trailer for the film is online as well! Check it out!
You can check out the rest of the new trailers and film clips by clicking here!
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
It’s another great week for Batman Begins, as more additions to the already-phenomenal cast were announced. Tom Wilkinson, who can be seen in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and old-school film icon Rutger Hauer have signed on to the Christopher Nolan blockbuster. This movie has one of the best and most diverse cast I’ve ever seen. Wilkinson always delivers a solid performance, and I haven’t seen Rutger Hauer around in awhile, but I’m psyched for his return (Ever see Blind Fury?). July 2005 can’t come any sooner, as far as I’m concerned…
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
This one is easy, this week. In the recent Hollywood spirit of slowly killing originality, it was announced this week that The Love Boat will be sailing into theaters. Unbelievable. And if that wasn’t bad enough, they want to do a hip-hop version of the cheesy theme song, and the ship is headed to the Bermuda Triangle. Mother of God…is Scooby Doo going to be on the ship? The Harlem Globetrotters? Come on! We can only hope that Paramount doesn’t try to find the rock that Charo is hiding under to come back on board. Pirates of the Carribbean and Master and Commander were successful, and they took place on boats. But if they think The Love Boat could possibly continue this trend, they might want to think again. Remember the colossal failures of Boat Trip and Ghost Ship?
That’s all for this week, folks. Stop on by next week for more of the good, the bad and the ugly from Hollywood. From the far side of the bizarre ride, this is your Movie Freak, signing of...