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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.
As Christmas approaches, you would think Hollywood would be taking a break from big announcements, but that hunch would only be half right. Although there are few huge new movies in this week's rundown, there was an unusually high amount of news about "little movies." Included in the mix are sequels for potentially dozens of acclaimed Miramax movies, remakes of Firestarter and Gambit, and new roles for George Clooney, Sacha Baron Cohen and Colin Firth.
This week's Ketchup saw Hollywood finally returning to work after what seemed like a long, two-week Thanksgiving vacation. Casting news for both The Hobbit and the Alien prequel are included, as well as a new action movie for the directors of the Matrix trilogy and the director of District 9, and new roles for Russell Brand, Matt Damon, Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler and Chris Tucker.
This was a slow week in movie news, as Hollywood collectively enjoyed a prolonged post-Thanksgiving holiday. There were still some big news items, however, including extended sequel news for the Pirates of the Caribbean, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon franchises.
With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, this week effectively ends on a Wednesday in Hollywood, and so you get the Ketchup two days early. Included in the mix is news for the reboots of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Lone Ranger, the Linda Lovelace and Roberto Duran biopics and new movies for Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg.
This week's Ketchup includes news about a number of movies with similar titles: The Dark Knight Rises, The Magic Kingdom, Dark Moon and the title that ties them all together, Wes Anderson's Moon Rise Kingdom. There are also movies based on the wizard Merlin, the BBC TV series Walking with Dinosaurs, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, and adaptations of both Akira and 21 Jump Street.
This week's Ketchup brings us yet more casting news for the Spider-Man reboot, new roles for Ice Cube, Miley Cyrus, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Scarlett Johansson and Brad Pitt, and more Rotten Ideas than we usually like to see in any given week.
This week's movie development news includes sequel news for the Avatar, Batman and Mission: Impossible franchises, new projects for directors Francis Ford Coppola and Darren Aronofsky and new roles (or potential new roles) for Sandra Bullock, Danny DeVito, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Betty White and Oprah Winfrey.
This week's Ketchup is full of news about prequels, sequels and remakes. The prequels in the news this week are The Hobbit and X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2, and there's also news for The Hangover 2 and Iron Man 3. Hollywood's remake fever continues this week with revisits to The Day of the Triffids, The Forbin Project, The Thin Man and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This week's Ketchup featuring casting news for both Batman 3 and the Spider-Man reboot, sequel news for Top Gun and new (or possible new) roles for Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, Shia LaBeouf, Eddie Murphy and Sigourney Weaver.
This week saw Hollywood announcing projects in overtime, with many movies not making the top 10 cut of the Ketchup that would have easily done so in other weeks. So, I snuck some of those in with other stories, so you're really getting a top 15. Included in the mix are news stories for the Spider-Man and Superman reboot projects, movie musicals based on both the Beach Boys and Jersey Boys, and possible new roles for Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks and Mike Myers.
This week's Ketchup features news about two very different biopics, casting news for Sherlock Holmes 2, and the usual assortment of remakes, video game adaptations (though just one this week) and movies that continue ongoing trends like alien invasions and fairy tale reimaginings.