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Hollywood's weekly news cycles have been very slow through most of August, and the buzz only got quieter this week before the Labor Day weekend. Things are so slow, that it was even difficult for this writer to figure out which story deserves to be the Top Story. There were only a total of 14 news stories (at all) to choose from for the week's Top 10, which meant that a story had to be really obscure not to be included. This week's hum drum announcements include new projects for Josh Brolin, Anne Hathaway, Ed Helms, Dwayne Johnson, Taylor Lautner, Zoe Saldana and director Martin Scorsese.
This week's Ketchup sees the brothers Scott (Ridley and Tony) each making the news by taking on new films either sequelizing or rebooting two of the movie community's most cherished modern classics: Blade Runner and The Wild Bunch. Also included in the mix is the return of Mike Myers as Austin Powers, and new roles for Brad Pitt, Dakota Fanning, Melissa McCarthy (from Bridesmaids) and Anna Paquin.
The dog days of August continue for Hollywood, as this is another Weekly Ketchup where the Rotten Ideas outnumber the Fresh Developments. Included in the mix are two new adaptations of Stephen King novels, remakes of Cinderella and Dirty Dancing, sequels for Bridget Jones's Diary and The Smurfs, and new roles for Russell Crowe, Eddie Murphy and Bruce Willis.
After a slow post-Comic Con week, this week's Ketchup sees Hollywood getting back into full swing, with news for big superhero movies like Thor 2 and Man of Steel, and a laundry list of casting announcements for stars like Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert DeNiro, Chuck Norris (yes, really), Brendan Fraser and Reese Witherspoon. Also included in the mix are The Expendables 2, a remake of Short Circuit, and at least three CGI animated family films. This week also has the rare distinction of having six "Rotten Idea" stories out of ten, giving Rotten-ness in Hollywood an unwanted plurality.
Following San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, movie news slowed to a trickle this week, mostly consisting of last minute news from the convention, and a few other stories. What news did happen this week includes new movies for Kevin Bacon, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and Harrison Ford, a sequel to Wolf Creek, an adaptation of The Nutcracker, and two very different cowboy movies.
This Week's Ketchup comes to you right in the middle of San Diego Comic Con, 2011, and already it's been a news packed seven days (much of the news actually comes out before the Con). The Weekly Ketchup is normally just 10 stories, but to avoid missing too many items of interest, this week, over twice as many stories are presented to you, sometimes three, four or five at a time under each headline. And Comic Con isn't even halfway over as we're posting this!
This Week's Ketchup features news stories about new entries in the Godzilla, Evil Dead, G.I. Joe and Bourne franchises, as well as new roles for Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Jennifer Lopez and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This week's Ketchup includes news of several CGI animated movies (Angry Birds, Hotel Transylvania and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2), as well as new roles for two of the stars of Bridesmaids and Super 8 (in the same movie).
This Week's Ketchup includes news about possible sequels Toy Story 4 and Green Lantern 2, potential new roles for Denzel Washington and Haley Joel Osment and a few other unexpected adaptation concepts (like a movie based upon Disney's The Matterhorn).
This week's Ketchup is chock full of casting news for movies like Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Peter Jackson's movies based on The Hobbit, Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained, Warren Beatty's movie about Howard Hughes, Zack Snyder's Superman reboot, Man of Steel, and the seven British actors who will be the Dwarfs in Snow White and the Huntsman.
There are Rotten Ideas in the Ketchup every week, but Hollywood went a little crazy this week, with almost enough major stories (8!) that could have nearly filled the entire column with Rotten Ideas. Sequels (G.I. Joe 2, James Bond 23, Salt 2, TRON 3) and remakes/reboots (Big Man Japan, Cherry 2000, Daredevil, King Kong, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) dominated the week. This writer has seen our cinematic future and it's very, very familiar.
This week's Ketchup includes tons of news for The Hangover star Bradley Cooper and others, news of biopics based on the lives of Jackie Robinson and Elizabeth Taylor, and a few comic book movies that include Hawkman.
During the two calendar weeks leading up and including the Cannes Film Festival, Hollywood goes sort of crazy with movie announcements. The result the week after the festival each year is a general drying up of big movie news items, and 2011 was no exception. The stories that did come out include casting news for The Dark Knight Rises, the Total Recall remake and the Snow White movie starring Julia Roberts.
This Week's Ketchup includes five movies about vampires or zombies, two remakes (Bloodsport and Carrie), new movies for Vin Diesel, Will Ferrell, Sir Ian McKellen, Mark Wahlberg and a few up-and-coming actresses, and news of the movie business fallout for the former governor of California.
This Week's Ketchup comes to you as the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing in France, which means dozens of new movies or movie roles were announced this week (literally dozens, the total I came up is 41). The ten stories that made the cut for the Weekly Ketchup include (potential) new roles for Jack Black, George Clooney, Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz, and new projects for directors Darren Aronofsky, Martin Scorsese and Barry Sonnenfeld.
As the film industry prepares for the start of the Cannes Film Festival on May 11, enough announcements were made this week to fill two editions of the Weekly Ketchup. Among the stories that made the cut are new projects for directors Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarantino, the casting of supporting roles in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln biopic, remakes of Tomb Raider and Seven Samurai, and a Glee movie.
This Week's Ketchup either represents one of the worst seven days in recent movie news memory, or columnist Greg Dean Schmitz was just grumpy that he didn't get invited to the Royal Wedding (he loves wacky hats!). Aging action stars trying to revive their golden oldies (Terminator 5), a Justin Bieber basketball movie and an movie that reimagines Zorro as a sort of Mad Max figure are just three of the seven Rotten Ideas. On the brighter side are stories about The Lone Ranger, The Hunger Games (fingers still crossed on that one, at least) and a cool sounding new role for Jeff Bridges.
This Week's Ketchup saw many casting announcements, including new roles for Elizabeth Banks, Tom Cruise, James Franco, Jeremy Renner, Winona Ryder, Jason Statham and Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis. Also included in the news cycle are stories about The Bourne Legacy, Fast Six, The Hunger Games and Prom 2.
This Week's Ketchup includes casting news for both Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as the reboot of The Crow and two movies featuring the character of Pip from Great Expectations. Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern and Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles also had some big movie news this week.