So, what’d you think of our first installment of the new weekly feature Movie News Cheat Sheet? Hopefully you found it entertaining and informative because we’re back for more! In the latest addition we bring you even more SXSW updates, a handful of new trailers, the best of the best over at the box office and much more. Keep on reading to get the perfect dose of the latest to let you confidently dive headfirst into a week packed with movie news banter.
1. SXSW: Just before the festival winds down we’ve got a few more films for you to consider. First up is Kristen Wiig’s writing debut, Bridesmaids, which earned generally positive reviews. IGN says the film has “more laughs-per-minute than the majority of comedies,” but a “lack of depth and somewhat bloated run-time holds it back from being a comedy classic.” Despite Mel Gibson’s unpopularity, The Beaver went over quite well with Film School Rejects saying that actor “nails it.” Then there’s the Conan O’Brien documentary of which Cinematical says, “Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop, and neither will you be able to stop laughing during nor thinking about this winning documentary.”
2. Sucker Punch Mash-Up: Who doesn’t love a good trailer mash-up? There’s actually a whole website devoted to them, the trailermash.com, and they’re all pretty damn impressive. However, the mash-up to note this week comes from YouTube user forensicator8 and it makes for a wildly amusing juxtaposition. The creator opted to ditch Zack Snyder’s battling babes and insert the Disney princesses for a beautifully twisted trailer set to the tune of Silversun Pickups’ “Panic Switch” and some dialogue from the film. Check out the Sucker Punch-Disney princess mash-up for yourself right here.
3. Daredevil Reboot: As a huge David Slade fan, I’m thrilled about any project he’s behind, but a Daredevil reboot? First off, Daredevil is certainly lesser known than the heavyweights we’re used to seeing on the big screen and secondly, Mark Steven Johnson already tarnished the guy’s imagine with his 2003 go at adapting the comic. At this point, the only thing that’s keeping me the least bit interested is Slade. Fox has yet to hire a writer, but once the studio does pull someone on board, the plan isn’t to go the reboot route, rather to continue the Daredevil story. Good for Slade on nabbing a new gig, but when you think he could have been the guy directing the adaptation of The Hunger Games, you can’t help but to be a little disappointed. (via Variety)
4. Red Dawn Villain Change: Yes, this is a very serious matter, but how can you not get a giggle out of the fact that after shooting an entire feature film, MGM is going back to change the nationally of the villain? Apparently, China is such a financial asset to US entertainment companies that the studio doesn’t want to put it in a negative light in their upcoming remake of Red Dawn. The original 1984 film had the kids fighting the U.S.S.R., but since they’re no more, MGM thought it’d be a good idea to go with a timelier enemy, China. Well, now distributors are running scared fearing that hooking up with the new Red Dawn could put a bad taste in the superpower’s mouth. The plan is to digitally remove Chinese flags and replace them with the flags of the country that poses no financial threat, North Korea. (via LATimes.com)
5. Hunger Games Update: What’s another week without more Hunger Games news? At least this time around we have some concrete developments to report. After months of speculation, it’s finally confirmed; Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen. Is this good or bad? You be the judge, but it does have a major affect on the casting approach from here on out. By going with an actress four years older than the character in the book, Lionsgate has locked itself into a cast packed with very late teens or actors in their early twenties as compared to if they’d gone with someone like 14-year-old Chloe Moretz who would have called for a far younger Peeta and Gale. (via MTV)
6. Wolverine Loses Darren Aronofsky: An Academy Award winning director taking on The Wolverine? It was a dream come true. However, now it looks as though that dream was too good to be true because Aronofsky has opted out of directing the X-Men Origins: Wolverine sequel. According to Deadline, the exit has something to do with Aronofsky’s split with Rachel Weisz and the ensuing custody battle. The plan is to shoot the majority of the film in Japan and Aronofsky simply can’t be abroad for that long. Aronofsky himself said, “I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time.” Regardless, Twentieth Century Fox and Hugh Jackman are still totally committed to the project.
7. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Juno Temple in Dark Night Rises: In case you need even more superhero movie news, there’s been some casting updates for the third installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. Apparently Joseph Gordon-Levitt is confirmed to join up, but there’s no word on who he’ll be playing. As per Internet speculation Alberto Falcone, also known as The Holiday Killer, is the top possibility. In addition, Nolan has his eye on Juno Temple to assume the part of “a street-smart Gotham girl.” The Gordon-Levitt rumor has been floating around for quite some time, so his casting doesn’t come as much of a surprise, however, Temple’s involvement certainly does – and a nice one at that. Even with credits like Atonement, Year One and Greenberg under her belt, she’s still relatively unknown. Want a taste of what she’s capable of? Check out Jordan Scott’s new release Cracks. (via Variety)
8. Adrianne Palicki is Wonder Woman: Nope, no movie news here, but for any Wonder Woman fans or any guys who like their ladies to play dress up, this image is worth your while. Turns out the very first image of Palicki donning the Wonder Woman suit isn’t attracting fan boy praise rather a fashion police assault – literally. E! Online’s Fashion Police begins their article with “No, you didn’t just accidently click on some Halloween costume site hawking cheesy knockoffs of famous get-ups.” Film School Rejects points out a few positives, but then goes for the jugular saying “It’s cheap. And I mean really cheap.” There’s also a pole over at Buzz Sugar where the results currently stand at 23% “Love It” to a whopping 77% for “Leave It.”
9. Trailers: No matter how funny your trailer is, when you’re up against a featurette for the final film of a beloved eight-film series, you don’t stand a chance. Not only does Bridesmaids boast some positive buzz out of Sundance, but a promising new trailer, too, showing off the film’s power-packed ensemble cast led by writer Kristen Wiig. Then there’s the comedy Friends With Benefits starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis. Yes, we’ve already seen the shtick in No Strings Attached, but Friends With Benefits looks to do it with more original bits, clever characters and an even bigger cast. Now for the ultimate. We’re just two months away from the July 15th premiere of the final Harry Potter film and the very first featurette has arrived. It offers cast interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and sadly, the sense that the finale is really drawing near.
10. Box Office: It was an all around mediocre weekend at the box office, but Limitless did perform a little better than expected. The Bradley Cooper starrer managed to out earn both The Lincoln Lawyer and Paul in addition to last weekend’s top two earners, Battle: Los Angeles and Rango with a $19 million intake. Both The Lincoln Lawyer and Paul still managed to earn $13 million each, but when you compare their $40 million budgets to Limitless’ $27 million one, it’s quite clear who the big winner is. As for the veterans, Rango proves to have more staying power than Battle: LA only dropping 32% from week two to three as compared to Battle: LA’s hefty 59% loss from week one to two. (via Box Office Mojo)
By Perri Nemiroff
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