Have you been experiencing fatigue and headaches? Does it seem oddly bright to you at evening? Join my campaign against the evil Time Changer Man and regain our hour of stolen sweet darkness! I will not rest….really, I won’t, so I have all kinds of time to whip the staff here into an unruly mob in chase of TCM. Oh I’m coming for you, clockman. In the meantime, let’s see what bits of tid have washed upon our shores this week.
- We have a Captain! After an exhaustive casting search, Chris Evans (Fantastic Four) has signed a 9 film deal to star as Captain America. The first film in the contract will be The First Avenger: Captain America, which is slated for summer 2012. This was the last great never-cast super hero role so there’s no comparisons to be made, but I definitely think Evans can pull it off. Marvel has a great casting record since taking control of their film properties, and this looks like a great next step towards the geeky dream of an all-star Avengers film.
- Across the street at DC, we’re finally going to start getting more than Batman and Superman movies. After a decade of using the Harry Potter films as their tentpole releases, the strategy will be to make DC super hero fare the new staples of summer and holiday release schedules. This will begin in 2011 with Green Lantern and continue into 2012 with, reportedly, Flash and Batman 3.
- Because everything (including real life) is in 3D, Nintendo is releasing a 3D successor to the DS, called 3DS (money was spent on developing that name) in March 2011.
- Will Smith’s next project will either be Men in Black 3 or the fantastical drama The City That Sailed.
- DVD street date time!
ER: The Complete Thirteenth Season July 6th
Rhoda: The Complete Third Season July 6th
- In this week’s “enormous waste of talent” news, Jamie Foxx is writing a big screen version of Laverne & Shirley for Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel. Why?
- If I seem like I’m getting annoyed at reporting 3D news, it’s because I am. This is not new. This will not last. This does not enhance EVERY FILM EVER MADE. Grrr. Sigh, Fox will be releasing Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Gulliver’s Travels this holiday season in ….wait for it….3D.
- Unnecessary fourth films time! Scream 4 and Spy Kids 4 will both be coming in 2011 and, yes, they’ll be in 3D.
- John Malkovich and Frances McDormand have signed on for Transformers 3: Further Bastardization of My Childhood.
- Next year’s Golden Globes will take place on January 16th and will air on NBC.
- Geoffery Rush will return as Captain Barbarossa in Pirates of Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides.
- Director Bryan Singer will return to the X-Men franchise for X-Men: First Class which serves as a prequel to the first three movies. He’s also interested in directing X-Men 4 and Wolverine 2.
- Many of you were terribly upset by the glaring lack of Smurfs casting news in last week’s edition. For those sick people….Hank Azaria IS Gargamel. Suck on that.
- Director Louis Leterrier (Incredible Hulk) is on the short list for the Avengers movie and revealed in an interview that his upcoming Clash of the Titans was written as the first part of a trilogy (should the first do well at the box office).
- Tim Burton is working on a 3D animated version of The Addams Family.
- Sony Pictures is developing a CGI animated film for Popeye.
- Box Office
1. Alice in Wonderland $34.5 million (up to $265 million domestic total)
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid $21.8 million
3. Bounty Hunter $21 million
4. Repo Men $6.2 million
5. She’s Out of My League $6 million
- Rolling Stone Album Chart
1. “Need You Now” by Lady Antebellum
2. “Here I Am” by Marvin Sapp
3. “Battle of the Sexes” by Ludacris
4. “The Edge” by Various Artists
5. “The Fame” by Lady Gaga
- Best Selling Video Games
1. Final Fantasy XIII, PS3
2. Final Fantasy XIII, XBOX 360
3. Battlefield: Bad Company 2, XBOX 360
4. Battlefield: Bad Company 2, PS3
5. Wii Sports, Wii
- New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestsellers
1. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
3. The Silent Sea by Clive Cussler
4. Star Wars: Backlash by Aaron Allston
5. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame Smith