Yesterday’s News: May 20th, 2013

May 19th: Star Trek Into Darkness was the #1 movie in America with a weekend haul of $70.6 million. The above statement makes me the #1 box office news blogger in America for avoiding the phrases “blasts off” “has lift off” and, of course, any variation on “warp speed.” Congratulations, JJ Abrams (and me). Source: Box Office Mojo

May 16th: The real Mrs. Jim Halpert, Emily Blunt, is in talks to join Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp and possibly Chris Pine and Jake Gyllenhaal for director Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Into the Woods. The big screen adaptation of Stephen Sodheim’s famed musical is, if I’ve got this right, about a bunch of stuff that happens in the woods. Or maybe on the way to the woods? I’m not sure. Source: Variety

May 15th: Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Jon Favreau’s love interest in the writer-director’s upcoming Chef, marking the greatest visual effect of Favreau’s career. Source: Variety

May 15th:  The trailer for the third and aptly named Riddick film has been released, a threequel to sleeper hit Pitch Black and high-profile bomb Chronicles of Riddick. The film will be marketed heavily alongside a reboot of Tara Reid’s reality show Taradise and a Milli Vanilli reunion tour as the trifecta of things no one wants. Source: Entertainment Weekly

May 14th: A new poster for the upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has been released. And it’s awesome.  Source: Instagram

May 14th:  In an op-ed piece in this week’s New York Times, Angelina Jolie, one of the most famous women in the world, announced that she had recently undergone a double mastectomy after genetic tests revealed she was positive for the BRCA 1 gene, strongly increasing her chances of developing breast cancer. Lara Croft, you just got bumped to the 2nd most heroic character Jolie has ever played. Source: New York Times

May 14th: Will Smith will star in and produce a reboot of the classic western Wild Bunch. The film will be a re-imagining of the classic 1960’s film, but with 60% more robots, Kevin Kline and hopefully a hit summer single shouting the benefits of the “Wild Wild West.” Source: The Wrap

May 13th: Arnold Schwarzenegger is in talks to star in a a reboot of Toxic Avenger. Despite early reports the film won’t be based on Schwarzenegger’s autobiography. Source: Deadline

May 13th: Early Monday morning Kevin Smith tweeted that he was done with the script for Clerks III, comparing it to The Empire Strikes Back. Smith later revealed that he was confusing The Empire Strikes Back with Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid. Source: Twitter

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