Hey there folks. Another week has come and gone and left us a new batch of movie news, box office figures, new official websites for upcoming flicks and new trailers. So lets get this kicked off proper with this week's Notables.
"Columbia Picks Up The Manny" - Monday, October 17
No, this is not a flick about enigmatic Boston slugger Manny Rammirez, but God do I wish it was about him. This flick, based on an upcoming book, is about a male nanny who falls for his divorced female employer. Wow. This sounds like a creepy episode of Who's The Boss? or something. Sadly enough, I think Tony Danza might even be available for this project, and if he's cast here, I'd likely beat my head against a telephone pole for an afternoon or two. Horrible, folks. Simply horrible. Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Sebastian Cordero Directing Harrison Ford in Manhunt" - Monday, October 17
This sounds like a good pick for this flick. Cordero's Cronicas got some stellar reviews this summer, and that flick looked like it had a fairly dark edge to it, something it sounds like this flick will have as well. This Harrison Ford top-liner is about the 12-day search for Abraham Lincoln's killer, John Wilkes Booth. Andrew Marlowe has been tapped to do a re-write on the script, and even though he's been fairly inactive in the past few years, he could bring a different style to the pic as well. All in all, this sounds like some solid pieces are coming together for this flick. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Antonio Tarver Fighting Rocky Balboa?" - Tuesday, October 18
Boxing has been a dying sport for quite some time now, even with the boxing reality series on the tube lately, but apparently, this Tarver chum is the light-heavyweight champion. The Rocky folks are following suit after Rocky V used real-life boxer Tommy Morrison to play fictional boxer Tommy "Machine" Gunn. They're following suit also with the retarded character names as well, with Mason "The Line" Dixon. Yeah, I get the nickname and all, but how intimidating is a name like "The Line" supposed to be? Well, since this is apparently shooting in the near future, there is no stopping this retarded project and we'll just have to deal with it. But that doesn't mean I have to like it... Worst News of the Week Nominee.
"Tilda Swinton and Amber Tamblyn Set for Stephanie Daley" - Wednesday, October 19
This sounds like an interesting project. I've been a fan of Swinton since her remarkable performance in The Deep End and Tamblyn seems like an up-and-coming talent. The story here sounds a little weird, as I've never heard the term "infanticide" used in a flick description, but at least it sounds original. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Dan Fogler Has Balls of Fury" - Wednesday, October 19
Here's another title that can be construed in a number of differnt ways, but is much tamer than you think. It's about a top ping-pong player who falls from grace and is lowered to using his skills as a Vegas performer, until the CIA offers a chance at a comeback. I love me some ping-pong, and for some reason I really can't explain, this sounds pretty damn funny. I'm a big fan of the writing team of Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant, who created the hilarious TV show Reno 911. My geographical location hasn't exposed me to Broadway theater, and I'm not familiar with the work of Dan Fogler, but this just sounds like a damn funny movie, folks. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Donald Sutherland and Samantha Morton Set for Puffball" - Thursday, October 20
OK, I have no idea to what this title alludes to at all, but it sounds rather interesting with a great start to the cast. Samantha Morton is a phenomenal actress who simply blew me away as the pre-cog Agatha in Minority Report, and Sutherland's extensive filmography speaks for itself. The story seems pretty simple: a couple put to the test when they move into a small cottage, faced with infidelities and even supernatural occurances. The story doesn't sound spectacular, but I'm looking forward to see what kind of dynamic Morton and Sutherland can bring to the silver screen together. Best News of the Week Nominee.
"Wind Chill Comes to Revolution" - Friday, October 21
Hmm Wind Chill, eh? Could it be another movie being shot in my home state of Minnesota, eh? Our state practically invented the damn term "wind chill" and it would rock to have it shot here, the third flick to shoot here in a year and a half or so. The story doesn't sound too bad either, about a couple of college kids, on their way home for the holidays, when their car breaks down on a desolate road and are haunted by the ghots of those who died on the road. I'm thinking Justin Long and Emile Hirsch for the two main roles here, and there are tons of lonely roads in the Land of 10,000 Lakes to fit the role of the deadly road. Anyone at Section Eight Productions, Blue Print Pictures or Revolution Studios reading this, email me ([email protected]) and I'll give you the goods on this great state of Minnesota. But regardless of where this flick is lensed, it sounds like a pretty damn good thriller. Best News of the Week Nominee.
BOX OFFICE CORNER
The month of October continues to disappoint at the box office, so I guess it's fitting that the number 1 movie this week was called Doom. The vidgame adaptation took the top spot this weekend with a dull $15.4 million in its opening weekend ($18.5 million prediction). It did score a healthy $5,088 per-screen average, showing in 3,044 theaters. The good news stops right about there for Doom, though, since they have a $60 million budget to make back and they're only a quarter of the way there, and a ton of heavy competition coming in November. Dreamer: Inspired By a True Story, which doubled its theater count this week, took the 2nd spot this week with $9.1 million.
The box office went south for North Country, as it could only muster a 5th place finish in its opening weekend ($16.8 million prediction). The Charlize Theron true-story drama took in $6.4 million, and couldn't turn some great reviews - 72% "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes - into box office gold. It nabbed a meager $2,513 per-screen average, showing in 2,555 theaters, and it has a lot of work to do to make back it's $35 million budget. There were a few flicks that had some solid earnings in limited release, though. Shopgirl brought in $236,000 from just 8 theaters, nabbing a hefty $29,500 per-screen average and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang scored $174,000 in 8 theaters for a $21,750 per-screen average. Both flicks will likely expand in the coming weeks, and I'm sure we'll find them shooting up the box office charts fairly soon.
Box Office Predictions
Here we go again...
1) Saw II: $22.8 million
2) The Legend of Zorro: $13.5 million
3) Doom: $7.3 million
4) Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit: $4.8 million
5) The Fog: $3.2 million
CLICK HERE to check out the rest of my predictions from last week.
Breakfast on Pluto: (www.breakfastonplutofilm.com)
This is a fairly decent site with plenty to do. After you enter the Flash site, there is a video that loads and a bunch of menus at the bottom. Click on Story to get a decent synopsis, and in Director Neil Jordan, you get a few of his thoughts on different aspects of his new flick. In The Cast, you get very extensive bios and filmographies for the main players of the cast, and you get similar bios and filmographies under Filmmakers. The Historical Background section is pretty cool, with a brief overview of the historical events that shaped the flick, and also some websites to visit for more on the history surrounding the movie. The Soundtrack menu features a few paragraphs on how the songs were selected, along with a full list of the songs on the soundtrack. There is also a decent photo gallery, a link to find out showtimes and a pretty good Links section, with links to the cast and crew IMDB sites and their fan sites, and many other links related to the flick. This is a pretty damn good site here, with plenty of style and substance for your surfing pleasure. Breakfast on Pluto opens on November 16 limited release.
Charlotte's Web: (www.charlotteswebmovie.com)
The site starts out in a humorous way, whlie loading it says "Retrieving Content....that's a fancy way to say 'Loading" and when the site finally loads up, there is some decent stuff there. To access the menus, you have to click on the little drops that fall from the web. They have some stuff here I've never seen before on a website, mainly in the Back-to-School Kit. This is basically a fancy way to say "Downloads Section" but it's got some good stuff for the kids. There is a desktop you can download, but the rest of the stuff is new, with a locker poster, book cover and iron-on decal for you to download. There is also a decent photo gallery here, but the Cast page is a tad disappointing, as there is just a picture of each cast member and the name of the character they play. The only other thing here is a link to register for updates. Not a totally bad site, with some new fresh things here, but there still could've been more content here. Charlotte's Web opens on June 23, 2006.
Just a dull teaser site here, folks. There is a decent synopsis here, but a tiny photo gallery with only 4 photos and the trailer. That's it, folks. Nothing much to see here, but perhaps they'll add some more content before Slither's March 31, 2006 release date.
Sorry, folks, but during some point of this past week, my sound completely went out on me, so I obviously can't discuss the trailers with you. I'll have the problem fixed this week, I assure you, but you can CLICK HERE to check out the new trailers for yourself. Damn this computer...
BEST NEWS OF THE WEEK
It was a tough pick this week, but I'm going with some big bad Balls of Fury for my Best News of the Week. This title alone is just damn funny, folks, and they've got the guys writing this to ensure that the rest of this flick will be funny as well, in Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant. I just love the work they do on Reno 911! and they have a few other funny-sounding film projects in the works as well. They have a very dry sense of humor, and I think they can make something like a disgraced ping-pong player just hillarious.
WORST NEWS OF THE WEEK
I'm going with a totally different Manny for my Worst News of the Week. I just can't see how this would be something considered for a book, let alone a frickin movie. Let me guess, he bonds with this woman's kids and finds out all these subtle ways to try and sweep her off her feet, but she's unsweepable, so he tries and tries before she relizes 90 minutes later that he actually is the man of her dreams. Here's an idea. How about we throw two people into this flick that we never want to see again, so, when this flick flops horrendously, our wish just might come true. Here's my submissions: J-Lo and Howard Stern. Now, that's comedy, baby.
That's all for this week. Surf on by next week for more box office goodies, new websites for upcoming flicks, new trailers (this damn sound better work!) 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.