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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).
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
This week's Ketchup covers another slow week as many of Hollywood's movers and shakers were either in Toronto, attending various Emmy related events, or just pretending like they were doing either. The stories that did emerge as the top 10 movie development news items of the week include plans for a new Scarface movie, an Elton John biopic, director news for Thor 2 and new roles for Casey Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Michelle Rodriguez and Charlize Theron.
This week's Ketchup sees Hollywood's love affairs with all things 1980s and 1990s continue with rereleases of Ghostbusters and Top Gun and remakes of Highlander and Point Break. There's also news for the Wachowski's next film, comedy high jinx from the South Park guys and Seth Rogen, and new roles for Hugh Grant, Whitney Houston and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This week's Ketchup covers a four day week that should have been slower than it was, being post-Labor Day and all. Included in the mix are new developments for directors Steven Spielberg and Mel Gibson (yes, really), and new roles for Josh Brolin, Brendan Fraser, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Chris Tucker (yes, really on him too), Kate Winslet and... Charlie Sheen (!).
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.