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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.
This Week's Ketchup includes new roles for Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hailee Steinfeld, Will Smith and Jaden Smith, as well as news about a possible Time Bandits remake and Peter Jackson's upcoming Adventures of Tintin movie.
This Week's Ketchup includes lots of news for DC Comics movies (Justice League, Green Lantern and the casting of Lois Lane), new movies for Jennifer Garner, Bill Murray, Hailee Steinfeld and the penguins from Madagascar.
This week's Ketchup includes casting rumors and news for The Dark Knight Rises and Superman: Man of Steel, news about the fourth entry in the Chronicles of Narnia series, The Amazing Spider-Man already getting a sequel and new movies for Nicolas Cage, Benicio del Toro, Salma Hayek, Kenan Thompson and John Travolta.
This Week's Ketchup includes casting news for The Hunger Games and Superman: Man of Steel, biopics about the Somali pirate hostage crisis and filmmaker Russ Meyer, the comic book adaptations Daredevil, Preacher and The Wolverine and half a dozen other science fiction projects.
This Week's Ketchup is yet again stacked to the brim with remakes and reboots (Superman, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Robocop, Peter Pan), at least two sequels (Percy Jackson, Blade Runner), and other new movies for Quentin Tarantino, Tim Allen and Tom Hanks.
Although this was sort of a slow news week, this week's Ketchup is chock full of space operas (Star Blazers and Prometheus) and remakes (Les MisÚrables, Ferdinand the Bull, Soapdish and The Bodyguard).
This was another busy week in Hollywood, with quite a bit of big news. Hollywood's ongoing obsession with remakes is particularly evident, as remakes of Fantastic Voyage, Highlander, Jack the Giant Killer, Logan's Run and Red Sonja are all covered this week. Finally, I should mention that this week marked my third anniversary at Rotten Tomatoes as the writer of the Weekly Ketchup. My very first column was published on February 8, 2008, which made Rotten Tomatoes my new online home after ten years as the creator and writer of Upcomingmovies.com.
This week saw a flurry of movie development news stories, and if the Weekly Ketchup was a column with 20 slots instead of 10, there still would have been interesting stories that would have been left out. The big stories that did make the cut this week include casting news for Superman: The Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises and the 23rd James Bond movie, as well as movies based upon Stephen King's The Stand, Gregory McDonald's Fletch novels, the trippy 1970s kids show Lidsville and... the Frisbee!?
Most of the movie news this week was dominated by both the Academy Awards nominations and various goings on at Sundance, but there was still a good deal of movie development news as well. In particular, there was a lot of casting going on, including new roles (or possible new roles) for Javier Bardem, James Franco, James Gandolfini, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Jackman and Viggo Mortensen.
The last several weeks have been slow in movie news, as Hollywood loves taking holiday vacations five times longer than what the rest of the world can manage. This week, however, enough news stories came out to fill a couple Weekly Ketchup columns of ten news stories each. Here, then, are the cream of the crop, at least in terms of high-profile stories, because at least half of them are arguably "Rotten Ideas." There's casting news for The Dark Knight Rises (the next Batman movie) and Prometheus (formerly known as the Alien prequel), as well as potential new movies for Robert Downey Jr, Beyonce Knowles and the former governor of California.
This week's Ketchup covers a week that saw news for an unusual number of animated projects (including an R-rated comedy cowritten by Seth Rogen) and a movie version of the Disney Channel's Phineas and Ferb. Franchise entries The Hobbit and Pirates of the Caribbean 5 also had news, as well as movies based on Pippi Longstocking, the TV series Dynasty and the Missile Command videogame.
The new year at the Weekly Ketchup gets started with a column that plays catch up with not just the last seven days, but the last three weeks. The previous two columns were dedicated to the Fresh Developments and Rotten Ideas of 2010. Among the movies that took advantage of the slow news cycles of the holiday season were The Dark Tower, Godzilla, The Hobbit and new movies starring George Clooney, Barbra Streisand and two of the costars of Knocked Up.
Last week, we brought you the freshest film developments for each month of 2010. This week, we're going to bring you the most rotten ideas, but since some months were more rotten then others, so you still get twelve stories, but this time, they are not limited to strictly one a month. The top twelve Rotten Ideas of 2010 include remakes, sequels, the unnecessary use of 3D, teen idols and plenty of the other elements that continue to annoy movie fans.
The year that was 2010 is coming to an end, and so it's time to look back at the biggest news items of the year (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 2010 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.