Weekly Ketchup

Friday, Feb. 10 2012, 04:40 PM

This week's Ketchup covers the week that led up to the beginning of the Berlin International Film Festival, which like Cannes later in the year, is the location of many moviemaking deals. And so this was another week with far more stories than would fit in this column of just 10 (or so) of the week's bigggest movies news stories. Included in the mix this week are adaptations of novels by authors Anne Rice, John Le Carre and Emile Zola, a remake of one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, and new roles for Glenn Close, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Denzel Washington and the stars of Wedding Crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Friday, Feb. 03 2012, 04:02 PM

The world of movie development news definitely got back in business after two weeks obsessed with Sundance, but it's still January, and Hollywood tends not to do tons of really great things in January, it seems, at any point of the development cycle. And so, we got a week that includes news for two Hasbro game/toy adaptations, and just generally more Rotten Ideas than Fresh Developments yet again.

Friday, Jan. 27 2012, 05:15 PM

The entire last week has seen much of Hollywood's movers and shakers in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, and so this was another slow news week, and more than that, it was also one of the most "Rotten Idea" filled weeks this column has ever seen. Given that the lead story is the Academy Awards, that's really saying something, too. The stories that did make the cut include a sequel for The Last Exorcism, two other movies involving ghosts or the supernatural, and new roles for Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Selena Gomez, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon.

Friday, Jan. 20 2012, 03:20 PM

As Hollywood got ready to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, movie news slowed to a near trickle this week, with very few stories involving popular franchises or many big movie stars. What news did make this Week's Ketchup includes the comic book adaptations Bone and Atlantis Rising, and new movie projects for Kristen Wiig and Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones.

Friday, Jan. 13 2012, 03:45 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news of a new live action Pinocchio, adaptations of the musicals Jersey Boys and Into the Woods, and new movies for George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, James Franco and Kate Winslet.

Friday, Jan. 06 2012, 04:45 PM

This week's Ketchup actually covers the last three weeks, as the last two weeks of 2011 were devoted to doing a retrospective of the year's Freshest Developments and most Rotten Ideas. Included in the mix are news items about five different sequels (following up on 300, Horrible Bosses, Paranormal Activity, Star Trek and Thor), and new roles for Natalie Portman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kristen Wiig.

Friday, Dec. 30 2011, 01:32 PM

Last week, we brought you the Freshest Developments in the film industry for each month of 2011. This week, we're going to bring you the most Rotten Ideas, one for each month. The big trend this year continued to be unnecessary remakes, and in 2011, some of the announced remakes and reboots were... Well, let's just say there were some real doozies!

Thursday, Dec. 22 2011, 04:43 PM

The year that was 2011 is coming to an end, and so it's time to look back at the biggest news items of the year (and say "Welcome!" to Roland Emmerich's favorite year). This retrospective is in lieu of actual weekly movie news, which there isn't much of around Christmas. This is also a chance to look forward, as most of the movies that were announced in 2011 are still in our collective futures. And so, here are twelve "Fresh Development" movie news items from the past year, one for each month, that also represent some of the biggest upcoming movies of the next few years (ie, this list is a combination of movies that might be "Fresh" and those that might be box office hits as well).

Friday, Dec. 16 2011, 04:05 PM

With Christmas less than 10 days away, Hollywood has already started to wind down, as the media in general turns away from reporting quite as many "new" stories, and starts work on their various "retrospective" projects. You can tell that just by the fact that Denzel Washington's possible involvement in a movie version of The Equalizer, which in another week, might have been in the middle of the Ketchup, is this week's Top Story. Among the other stories that did emerge this week are biopics based on the lives of Jackie Robinson, the Smothers Brothers, the West Memphis Three, and the guy who played Chewbacca (yes, really).

Friday, Dec. 09 2011, 04:25 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news for the latest movies in the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, sequels for Grown Ups and The Lincoln Lawyer, an American Psycho remake, biographical movies about Charles Dickens and WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, and new movie deals for (likely) AARP members Anne Rice and Stan Lee.

Friday, Dec. 02 2011, 03:50 PM

Hollywood made up for lost time during the extended Thanksgiving holiday by returning to "work" and delivering us a healthier helping of movie development news. This week's Ketchup includes news of yet another remake of a Paul Verhoeven science fiction movie, and new (or at least potentially new) roles for Tom Cruise, Michael Fassbender, Harrison Ford, Colin Firth, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld and Rachel Weisz.

Wednesday, Nov. 23 2011, 07:25 PM

This week's Ketchup doesn't even really cover a full week, as it is being published on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Thursday, and so only half a week has transpired since the last Ketchup. And Hollywood has basically taken the whole week off for the holiday as well, so instead of the usual 10 stories, this Ketchup can only give you seven... because that is literally everything that happened this week in movie news. Included in the mix are two different adaptations of Scandinavian novels, new movies for director Martin Scorsese and Kenneth Branagh, and new roles for Dame Judi Dench, Chris Evans, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

Saturday, Nov. 19 2011, 11:59 AM

This week's Ketchup sees Hollywood being fairly busy, presumably because of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and the long La-La-Land-style breaks off work that come along with it. This Ketchup includes news of a third Doctor Who movie, sequels for Friday and The Hunger Games, and movies based upon The Grateful Dead, Michael Jackson, LEGO and Woody Woodpecker.

Friday, Nov. 11 2011, 05:15 PM

This week's Ketchup covers a relatively slow one, following last week's which was full of big movie franchise news. At least one big franchise (Star Trek) does get covered here, but technically, even that happened last week, just after the Ketchup was published last Friday. Other stuff that made the cut this week includes movies based on Absolutely Fabulous, Where's Waldo? and the Facebook game Monster Galaxy, and new roles for Steve Carell, Michael Fassbender, Clive Owen and Elijah Wood.

Friday, Nov. 04 2011, 04:30 PM

This week's Ketchup is all about franchises, with all ten entries taken up by movies that in some way represent an extension of an existing brand. That mix includes four TV show adaptations, two sequels to prequel reboots and two superhero properties. We're talking about familiar properties like Kung Fu, Planet of the Apes, X-Men, and even Fraggle Rock, Popeye, The Fall Guy and Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?... this Ketchup's got them all.

Friday, Oct. 28 2011, 04:03 PM

This week's Ketchup includes new roles for Robert De Niro, Nathan Fillion, Kim Kardashian, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Jason Segel, Paul Walker, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Wiig, as well as new sequels to Dumb and Dumber and Sherlock Holmes.

Friday, Oct. 21 2011, 05:45 PM

This Week's Ketchup includes news for two adaptations of old TV shows (Battlestar Galactica and The Man from UNCLE), new movies for directors Matt Damon and the Wachowskis, and new roles for Aaron Eckhart, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shia LaBeouf, Melissa McCarthy and Mickey Rourke.

Friday, Oct. 14 2011, 04:35 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news for the latest entries in the Die Hard and Taken action franchises, as well as new roles for Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey, Jr. and Ben Stiller.

Friday, Oct. 07 2011, 04:10 PM

This Week's Ketchup includes news of movies based on the TV shows Arrested Development, Mister Ed and Perry Mason, as well as new movies for Johnny Depp (in a Dr. Seuss biopic), Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood and Aaron Eckhart, and four more 3D rereleases from Disney.

Friday, Sep. 30 2011, 04:22 PM

This week's Ketchup includes new life for the Mortal Kombat film franchise (as well as another movie based on the Dead Island video game) and three different biopics (about Moses, Mount Everest, the founder of Casablanca Records and convicted murderer John du Pont).

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