This week, the Cannes Film Festival got started, and as it does every year, that means that dozens of movies were either announced or had casting news. A few stars (including Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) actually had multiple projects announced this week. There's also news about movies based upon board games and video games, as usual, two biopics about Marilyn Monroe, and the surprising plans to send 19th Century adventurer Allan Quatermain... into the future.
This week's Ketchup includes news about new sequels in the Die Hard, Ice Age and Dark Crystal franchises and new projects for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg and the directors of The Incredibles, Stuart Little, Daybreakers and Kick-Ass. All of that plus news about biopics about the lives of Linda Lovelace and the members of N.W.A. await you in the latest edition of the Weekly Ketchup!
This week's Ketchup is particularly dominated by news of prequels (Alien) and sequels (Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, The Ring), as well as the regrettably obligatory 1980s remake (Commando) and a movie based on an old toy (Magic 8 Ball?!). There's also news about movies based upon Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the historic feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys and news of a comedy sequel that fans might have actually enjoyed that won't be happening.
This Week's Ketchup brings us potentially good news for fans of Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr, Cameron Diaz and Kristen Stewart, along with news about James Bond, Friday the 13th, the Arthur and Escape From New York remakes and the I Dream of Jeannie movie.
In this Week's Ketchup includes news features a lot of stories about new projects involving famous directors, including Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Darren Aronofsky, Lars von Trier, Seth McFarlane and even a few dead ones like Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick. Movies based upon Mighty Mouse, Masters of the Universe and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. also made the news this week. I was also happy to see that there were a lot less "Rotten Ideas" this week than usual, or maybe I was just in a good mood as I wrote this.
This Week's Ketchup includes a new action movie role for Harrison Ford, news for three different movies from writers of ABC's LOST (including TRON 3), a new movie for the director of Zombieland, a sequel for a Rowan Atkinson most people reading this column never saw, a big budget remake of one of the most proudly cheap movies ever made and director news for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
This week's Ketchup includes new movies based upon Japanese imports Godzilla and Shogun Warriors, new roles for Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio, and new movies for the directors of Wanted and Kick-Ass.
This Week's Ketchup includes casting news for Green Lantern, Transformers 3, and Tyler Perry's next movie, as well as news about potential movies based upon Popeye, Spy Hunter, and Green Day's American Idiot.
This Week's Ketchup includes casting news for Green Lantern and The First Avenger: Captain America, as well as new roles for Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Woody Harrelson and Chloe Moretz (Hit Girl from Kick-Ass).
This week's Ketchup features casting news for The First Avenger: Captain America and the Wachowski Brothers' secret project, as well as a biopic about Vince Lombardi, new takes on The Wizard of Oz and the legend of King Arthur and sequels for Alvin and the Chipmunks, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Planet of the Apes.
This Week's Ketchup includes news of two TV show adaptations (Rome and Gilligan's Island), yet another videogame adaptation (Space Invaders), a few more remakes (including Police Academy and one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films), new roles for Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp and movies about Abraham Lincoln and J. Edgar Hoover.
This week's Ketchup includes casting news for Pirates of the Caribbean 4, news of a Zoolander sequel and a Speedy Gonzalez movie and new projects for Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon, Ryan Reynolds and director Kevin Smith. And happily, this is a week with zero remakes (well, there is sort of one, but we'll let Doc Savage slide by) or movies based on kids' toys or games. Progress!
This Week's Ketchup includes stories about new projects for Sam Worthington (Avatar), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air) and Kristen Wiig (Saturday Night Live), as well as news of a possible American Pie 4 and movies based upon Missile Command and Erector Sets.
This week's Ketchup includes news for the new Batman, Superman, Captain America and Pirates of the Caribbean movies, new projects for directors Kevin Costner and Steven Soderbergh, news of a possible 24 movie and remake news for Mr. and Mrs. Smith and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
This week's Ketchup features stories about new roles for Sam Worthington, Robert De Niro, Mel Gibson, Zac Efron and Miley Cyrus, as well as new movies for the director of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and musician-turned-director... "Weird Al" Yankovic!
This week's Ketchup includes casting news for Conan the Barbarian and Green Lantern, new projects for directors Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, and new roles for Sean Penn, Reese Witherspoon and Samuel L. Jackson.
This week's Ketchup covers big developments in the world of comic book movies (Spider-Man, Green Lantern and The Savage Dragon), as well as new roles for Daniel Craig, Leonardo DiCaprio, Zach Galifianakis, Tom Hanks and Mark Wahlberg.
This week's Ketchup sees Hollywood waking up from a couple of weeks off for the holidays, with news for James Bond 23, G.I. Joe 2, Twister 2 and the Dune reboot and more new projects for James Cameron, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and that guy who was in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
This week, Hollywood really took some time off from making announcements in the days in between Christmas and New Year's. So, it's time for the obligatory Yearly Ketchup; twelve major stories that broke this year, one for each month. This doesn't necessarily cover all of the big stories that broke this year, as some months were bigger than others. An emphasis was made in this particular list to focus on either new projects, or ones that got new life after years of development. And finally, in addition to the potential big blockbuster type movies, I made room for the new projects for a couple of major directors, as well as a couple of projects that some will definitely think are "Rotten Ideas." These are the news stories that made the Weekly Ketchup all the more fun to follow along with each month.