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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.
This week got started with Keanu Reeves talking about his interest in returning to the comedy franchise that made him a star: the Bill and Ted movies. This led to Keanu joking to MTV that the third film could be filmed in both black and white and in 3D, with several directors, including Martin Scorsese and Brian De Palma, with Keanu then doing a pretty awesome impersonation of German director Werner Herzog. Here's how Keanu Reeves interpreted what Werner Herzog might have to say about directing Bill and Ted 3, "I was just pushed by the idea of this innocence being confronted by the nihilism of the world. And I thought that these two clowns could push our perspective of reality and truth to the forefront of meaning and knowledge." Keanu Reeves also reflected on the fact that in 2014, when Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure will have its 25th anniversary, he himself will also be turning 50. By itself, that story was fun, but there wasn't much there to actually make it anything more than a movie star waxing nostalgic.
After two slow weeks for movie news before and after Labor Day, Hollywood came back with a vengeance, with probably enough news for two Weekly Ketchups. Included in the mix this week are three different Mafia-related biopics, a Freddie Mercury biopic starring Sacha Baron Cohen, a movie that might reunite the surviving members of Monty Python, and new roles for Russell Crowe, Ice Cube and Milla Jovovich.
Like last week, this shortened post-Labor Day week was a slow one for Hollywood, with many movers and shakers either taking even more time off or busy at festivals like Telluride, Venice and Toronto. The movies that did however get press this week include Universal's ambitious plans to adapt Stephen King's The Dark Tower, possible casting news for The Hobbit, sequel news for Machete and news of a Ronald Reagan biopic.
As Hollywood types take off this last week of the summer season and possibly prepare for festival trips to Venice, Telluride and Toronto, movie news was particularly slow and sparse. The stories that did emerge include casting rumors for Guillermo del Toro's next movie and the Fantastic Four reboot, a new World War II epic to be filmed in 3D (of course!), and new roles for Bradley Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Pine and Ryan Reynolds. There's also quite a bit of sequel news for titles like Clash of the Titans 2, Skyline 2 (already!), Unbreakable 2 (though not what you might think) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.
This week's Ketchup includes sequel news for Piranha 3D and Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso, the announcement of another Marvel Studios superhero movie and new roles for Jessica Alba, Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, John Cusack, Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton and Jeremy Renner.
This week's Ketchup includes casting news and possibilities for both the Spider-Man reboot and X-Men: First Class, as well as talk about Black Dynamite 2, the next Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, a Bob Marley biopic and a new animated movie starring Seth Rogen.
This week's Ketchup is chockful of movies featuring CGI animation takes on classic characters, as the list includes new projects based on Bugs Bunny, Tarzan and The Terminator. This was also a big week for Hollywood biopics, as both John Belushi and singer/actress Peggy Lee made the news again posthumously. The directors of two of this weeks' new movies (The Expendables and Eat Pray Love) are also represented, as are new roles for Jack Black, Idris Elba, Shirley MacLaine, Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon.
This week's Ketchup includes news of two new CGI- animated movies based on classic children's book characters (Babar and Curious George), director news for the new Jack Ryan movie and the latest from screenwriter Diablo Cody, as well as new roles for Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Maggie Grace, Guy Pearce, Charlize Theron and Bruce Willis. We get the week started, however, with the most Rotten Idea (which is usually at the bottom of the column). But this one's a doozy!