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NEW IN THEATERS:
The big release of the past weekend is MGM and Columbia Pictures’ “RoboCop” starring Joel Kinnaman (trying to fill Peter Weller’s big, metal shoes), Gary Oldman (Batman Begins), Michael Keaton (also Batman, but a different one) and, contrary to some reporter’s beliefs, Samuel L. Jackson, NOT Laurence Fishburne. The PG-13 rated film, written by Joshua Zetumer and directed by Jose Padilha on a 100 million dollar budget, came in third this weekend with an estimated gross of 25.6 million dollars.
Now, I didn’t see it… So… Yeah…
All I can say is, they’d better give their one allotted “fuck” to Sam Jack. It’d be a damn travesty if they wasted that opportunity.
Also opening this past weekend, “About Last Night” (#2 at the weekend box office) one of 1300 Kevin Hart films scheduled for release in 2014, “Endless Love” (#5) which is probably a remake of the 1981 film of the same name starring Brooke Shields, but if it is, no one seems to give a shit or be making any kind of big deal about it, and “Winter’s Tale” (#7) which pits Colin Farrell against both Russell Crowe and a seemingly over complicated plot in a romantic period piece with accents o’plenty a flyin’. All three films have one major thing in common; I didn’t see any of them either. At this pace, this is going to be a very short and none too informative blog post… Let’s see if we can turn things around!
In its second week, George Clooney’s “The Monuments Men” starring ER’s George Clooney, directed by George Clooney and written by George Clooney, with George Clooney serving as a producer, clocked in at #4 on the box office charts. I’m glad to see that there’s some good news for Mr. Clooney for a change. Maybe with success like this, someone else will actually want to work with him next time and he won’t have to do everything himself. Keep your head up, Jorge, I’m rootin’ for ya!
For the second straight weekend, “The Lego Movie” topped the charts with an estimated 63.5 million dollars, giving the film a two week cumulative total of 143.8 million! You can buy a fuck-ton of Legos with that kinda cash! News of this film’s lucrative success brings to mind other such companies planning potential spin-offs… Tinker Toys seem to be the clear front runner, if the writers can ever finish futzing around with the script. Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks have expressed interest in a Lincoln Logs biopic, with Daniel Day-Lewis slated to reprise one of the titular roles and Tom Hanks rumored to be joining him as the other. Lionsgate is also planning an ABC blocks feature to be a another vehicle for the pairing of Schwarzenegger and Stallone. Little is known of the plot, but it is said that the role of the ABC blocks will be to let the audience know exactly what in the hell the actors are trying to say. The producers are said to be courting Ozzy Osbourne and anyone Scottish for supporting roles. Meanwhile, K’Nex can go fuck themselves. I never liked those.
NEW ON DVD TOMORROW:
Only one film appears to be getting its DVD release on Tuesday, February 18th and that means lots of exposure for the indie drama “Afternoon Delight.” The film, Rated R for Language, Strong Graphic Sexual Content and Some Drug Use, stars Juno Temple (not of Juno or Temple of Doom), Kathryn Hahn (Around the Bend… no joke here, that’s just a great movie), HIMYM’s Josh Radnor, Glee’s Jane Lynch and Jessica St. Clair who apparently grew up a few towns away from me in Westfield, NJ. But I’m pretty sure it had your attention at Strong Graphic Sexual Content… I’ve seen a lot of independent dramedies in my time (not this one, of course… fuck, I picked a bad week to start a film blog!) and I have to say that with this eclectic ensemble cast and Jill Soloway, a writer/director who penned several episodes of the critically acclaimed series “Six Feet Under” (Really?! Something else I’ve never seen?! Come on!), this seems like a surefire winner! Just go watch it. It sounds like it might be good. That’s the best I can do.
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