Howdy everyone. After a little holiday hiatus, I'm back to give you a recap of all the previous week's big news. Let's get this party started with Notables.

NOTABLES

"New Line Acquires the Animated Film Planet 51" - Monday, November 26:

The big news here, or the odd news I should say, is that this is the first animated movie that New Line Cinema has EVER made. Yes, that's right. EVER! Those animated ditties sure are popular these days, so I'm sure they felt it was the proper time to, you know, step out of the Dark Ages. The problem is this sounds pretty weird. The flick, written by Shrek scribe Joe Stillman, is about a planet that constantly fears alien invasion, and then a human Earthling somehow makes his way to the planet and tries to make his way back while dealing with this other planet's inhabitants. Sounds kind of like an odd version of Planet Of The Apes, only animated and not nearly as cool. Way to go, New Line. Worst News of the Week Nominee.

"Mark Ruffalo Heads to Shutter Island" - Monday, November 26:

I think this will be a really big movie, and this great addition of Mark Ruffalo only adds more to the production. Ruffalo is a very talented actor, even though he hasn't quite gotten that big lead role yet, he's a superb addition to this cast. We have Martin Scorcese directing, a script from Laeta Kalogridis, who co-wrote Night Watch, and Leonardo DiCaprio top-lining here. This is also based off a novel from Dennis Lehane, who authored the books Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone. This is just going to be huge. Best News of the Week Nominee.

"The Man Who Tried to Save the World Comes to the Big Screen" - Tuesday, November 27:

This sounds like a solid flick as well. I'm not familiar with the documentary, the book or this man Fred Cuny, but this should be some fine film fodder. Cuny sounds like some sort of daredevil relief worker, who accomplished things no one else could in some of the most volatile places in the world. The mysterious circumstances revolving around his apparent death only add another unique element to this film, and it should be interesting to see how this project develops. Best News of the Week Nominee.

"Jake Gyllenhaal Is Joe Namath" - Tuesday, November 27:

Umm, OK. And exactly why does Joe Namath deserve a biopic? Because he was brash enough to guarantee victory over the favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III? Because he shaved his legs for a pantyhose commercial? I don't know, this just sounds really sketchy. Sure, Gyllenhaal is a fine actor, and this should be quite a departure from the stuff he usually does... but still... why do we need this movie? Add to that we have David Hollander writing this, and he doesn't have the greatest filmography either, so yeah. Not too psyched about this. Worst News of the Week Nominee.

"Sam Raimi Will Leave Spider-Man 4 Up to New Writer" - Wednesday, November 28:

Well this is interesting news. It looks like they're going ahead with another Spidey flick, even though it's still uncertain if the main stars are still on board this franchise. It appears director Sam Raimii is bringing a different writer to take a new stab at forthcoming flicks, and, of course, we don't know who that is either. This is very very odd, in my book. From the leisurely tone of Raimii's quotes, it doesn't seem that they're in a hurry for this either. It looks like they're going to take some time and see what this new mystery writer can come up with and then go from there. Very odd indeed. Unless they are able to secure Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and others for another go-round, this should just be put to a stop. Worst News of the Week Nominee.

BOX OFFICE CORNER

It was quite the lackluster weekend at the box office, and at the top of this dull weekend was last weekend's winner Enchanted. The fairy-tale flick took in an estimated gross of just over $17 million. The flicck dropped just over 50% from last weekend's $34.4 million tally. This was the only flick to post an 8-figure gross this weekend. The film now stands at $70.6 million in its 10 days in release. Last weekend's second and third movies also stayed in place, with This Christmas in second with $8.4 million and Beowulf taking the bronze with $7.8 million.

The only flick in a semi-wide release this weekend was Awake, which took fourth place with just over $6 million. The movie was only released in 2,002 theaters, and it didn't do much good in the ones it was in. The film only took in a $3,002 per-screen average and, of course, budget figures weren't released, although I'm sure this isn't the opening weekend they were looking for. This weekend was so boring that I might take a nap just from reporting on it. Yawn...

GOING LIVE

Rambo: (Break.com/Rambo)

We have a pretty slick site here. The menu items are on top of the screen. The Story gives us a solid synopsis, Gallery has just two pictures to pictures to view, Cast and Crew gives us some nice bios on the main players here, Downloads with some desktops and and AIM Icons to snag and a link to register for updates. After you get done with all that, you can just drag your mouse and you'll scroll across and come across a few little bullseye marks to click on. There are also a lot of other things to click on that gives you a lot of info on many aspects. Jungle Survival, which gives you tips on how to make due in the jungle and Instruments of Force gives us info on the various weapons of the movie. There are two others, but they're coming soon. All in all, this is a pretty cool site with lots of info and a really good style. Rambo opens on January 25.

How She Move: (HowSheMove.com)

There is really nothing on this site. It's basically just some announcements for these events tied in to the movie that have dance-offs or something like that. The funny thing is, the events were already over after this site went live. Idiots. You can watch these video entries for these contests, but there's nothing about the movie at all. Blah. Perhaps if we get closer to the release date, they might actually put some info about the movie on here. How She Move opens on January 25.

TRAILER PARK

First Sunday:

This is the newest zany comedy from Ice Cube and it looks a little zanier than usual. This one has him and Tracy Morgan and Katt Williams as guys trying to rob their local church so they can use the money to keep Ice Cube's baby's momma to stop from taking their kid to Atlanta. I know it sounds weird. Watch it for yourself. I'm a fan of the Cube, but this doesn't look to be one of his most outstanding roles. First Sunday opens on January 11.

The Orphanage:

This doesn't look as creepy as advertised here. We get some shining critic quotes in the trailer, but this just looks plain weird. I really don't know what to make of this. I didn't recognize anyone here in the cast or crew, save producer Guillermo del Toro, and it just really doesn't look that good. The Orphanage opens on December 28, in limited release.

BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK

I'm going with Mark Ruffalo boarding Shutter Island for my Best News of the Week. Everything about this movie just sounds wonderful. Scorcese, DiCaprio, Ruffalo based off a Dennis Lehane novel, whose novels seem to have a very cinematic feel to them, and this sounds like another great flick based off of one of his books. Ruffalo signing up for this one just strengthens this already-strong production unit.

WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK

I'm going with another weird Spidey story for my Worst News of the Week. I'm at the point right now that I don't want to hear jack schmidt about this damn movie unitl they get SOMETHING locked down and confirmed. Oh, well Tobey and Kristen might not be back, and we want a different writer and blah blah blah. It's getting very annoying. It seems the whole thing is in limbo right now. Raimii was just way too casual in that interview, and it's rather clear that there is no rush on this flick at all. Lock some people down, hire a writer and churn out a first draft and THEN I'll want to hear some news on this movie again. Until then, I've about had enough of anything on future Spider-Man movies.

Well, that's all I have for this week. Thanks for stopping by, and surf on by next week for more box office goodies, new official sites, 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 feel like a good time... it probably isn't free. Peace in. Gallagher out!

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