Yesterday’s News: March 18th, 2013

March 17th: Oz the Great and Powerful continued to dominate the box office this weekend raking in another $46 million, while The Incredible Burt Wonderstone underwhelmed with the worst opening of Steve Carrell’s comedy career. The big story, however, was that despite its plot and Halle Berry’s hair both being from the mid-nineties The Call exceeded expectations with a $17 million opening. Source: Box Office Mojo

March 17th: The week in Emma Watson casting: First, Watson officially passed on Disney’s live-action Cinderella and then took to Twitter to (awesomely) clear up rumors that she had been cast in the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.  Source: Variety and Twitter

March 16: Ashton Kutcher’s Steve Jobs biopic Jobs has been pushed from its upcoming April 19th release date with no new date announced. Open Road, the film’s distributor, wanted more time to market the film, when they realized the film wasn’t a madcap comedy about a stoner misplacing his motherboard. Source: The Hollywood Reporter

March 14: Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has been tapped to direct the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, the original of which, prepare yourselves for feeling very old, celebrates it’s 20th anniversary this year. Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 13: Further proof that geeks now rule the world (and are doing a great job), the Kick Ass 2 red-band trailer has been released (NSFW). Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 12: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler will be re-teaming for the third time to star in a comedy about divorced parents who, after a terrible first date, end up getting stuck on a family vacation with their respective kids. The plot of the film is too sad for a joke. Sorry. Source: Variety

March 12: Groundbreaking ’70s sitcom, Good Times will be adapted into a feature film by mega-producer Scott Rudin. World, brace yourself for the annoying guy at your office trying to make “DYN-O-MITE” happen. Source: Deadline

March 12: It was announced this week that Baz Luhrmann’s take on The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival this May. The film adaptation, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, will screen in all its 3D glory, for those who are always complaining that Luhrmann’s films are too subtle. Source: Entertainment Weekly

March 11: Not one, but two competing Lance Armstrong films are in the works chronicling the rise and fall of the disgraced cyclist. Upon hearing the news of the two biopics in direct competition with one another, Armstrong shouted: “Hey no fair! That’s cheating!” Source: Deadline

-Eddie Mouradian
@emouradian

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