Yesterday’s News: March 4th, 2013

March 3rdJack the Giant Slayer won an underwhelming weekend at the box office with $28 million. The drunk-com, 21 and Over and the contradictory titled, The Last Exorcism 2 opened in 3rd and 4th place respectively, as Identity Thief landed in second to become the first 2013 movie to cross $100 million mark. For those of you keeping score at home, giants, booze and unnecessary sequels are out and gender-neutral identity swaps are in. Source: Box Office Mojo

February 28th – Erstwhile, Harry Potter’s Daniel Radcliffe is in final talks to play Igor in an updated version of the Mary Shelley classic Frankenstein. Not be out done, Emma Watson (née Hermione Granger) is being eyed for the title-role in Kenneth Branagh’s re-telling of Cinderella. Meanwhile, Bonnie Wright, the actress who played Ginny Weasley, is in talks with her local gynecologist’s office to star in an HPV-screening PSA. Sources: Deadline and Variety

February 27th – Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osbourne, aka the Green Goblin, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Cooper steps into the shoes of Willem Dafoe who starred in the 2007 version as the same character. Cooper will most likely keep the character more grounded than his predecessor to mirror the new series’ grittier tone. If he just cackles less and participates in fewer Evil Dead homages, he should be fine.  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

February 25th – Sundance standout, The Way, Way Back, has secured a July 5th release date from distributor Fox Searchlight. The crowd-pleasing coming-of-age story is written and directed by Academy Award winning screenwriters Nat “Ben Fox” Faxon and Jim “Dean Pelton” Rash. Source:

February 25th – The United States Senate officially ended its investigation into the film Zero Dark Thirty one day after it lost all major awards at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Cited the senate: “The 2013 Academy Awards seemed to solidify that absolutely no one cares anymore.” Source: Reuters

– Eddie Mouradian

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March 2013 in Film

Opening in March

March 1

21 (Scott Moore and Jon Lucas) – A college drinking and wild antics film. The Hangover meets Animal 
House, though probably not as good as either.

Jack the Giant Slayer (Bryan Singer) – 3D Remake (reimagining?  You be the judge.) of the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Stoker (Park Chan-wook)

Phantom (Todd Robinson) – David Duchovny’s big comeback?  Probably not.

The Last Exorcism Part II (Ed Glass-Donnelly) – Adding a ‘Part II’ instead of a ‘2’ doesn’t make a film better.

Oz the Great and Powerful

March 8

Dead Man Down (Niels Arden Oplev) – Marketed as “From the director of the ‘original’ Girl With the 

Dragon Tattoo.– Not sure what they’re implying about the American Version.

Oz the Great and Powerful (Sam Raimi) – Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original novel, this film is a loose prequel to the original The Wizard of Oz.  Much as the first film introduced color to an entire generation, Oz will attempt to bring 3D, Imax, 11.1 surround sound, CGI and other modern film techniques to the forefront. Actors preformed on combination green screen and practical sets to create a fictional world that has just as much life as the real one.

March 15

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Call (Brad Anderson) – What is with Halle Berry’s hair in this movie?

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone(Don Scardino) – This flew under the radar for a while, which doesn’t give me a positive image of it.

March 22

Admission (Paul Weitz)

Olympus Has Fallen 

Olympus Has Fallen (Antoine Fuqua) – Of the two, White-House-gets-taken-over-by-terrorists films coming out this year, I like this one better because it has Morgan Freeman in it, although White House Down has Jaime Foxx as president.  It’ll be a debate.

Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) – I wonderf if it will be anything like Kids?
The Croods
(Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco) – See last month’s article on the Berlin Film Festival for my prerelease thoughts on this one.

March 27

Trance (Danny Boyle) – It’s Danny Boyle doing a crime movie.  So of course it has hypnotists and James McAvoy and reality blurring and a pretty cool poster. [To be released 5 April 2013 here stateside]

March 29

G.I. Joe: Retaliation (Jon Chu) – I can’t tell you how excited I am for this ridiculous action movie that will have a thin, terrible plot, lots of explosions and the Rock just being badass.

Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (Tyler Perry) – People keep going to these, I guess.

The Host (Andrew Niccol) – I seriously can’t believe that Niccol is making this.  I just can’t believe it.

The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance) – Gosling went from “that guy from The Notebook” to “Ryan #%$&ing Gosling” and Cooper got an Academy Award Nomination over the past year, let’s see what they can do together.

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MARCH 7, 2013

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