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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!
This week's Ketchup includes news about the latest entries in the Alien, The Crow and Total Recall franchises, more news about what people associated with Lost and Star Trek have in the works, and new roles for Russell Brand, Tina Fey, Meryl Streep, Justin Timberlake, Denzel Washington and Sam Worthington.
This Week, the Weekly Ketchup was split into two columns in order to best cover all of the news from San Diego Comic-Con. The first column covered the news that came out before SDCC started, and now here is the column covering the news that came out this weekend. As would be expected, most of the news is about comic book movies, including news for Marvel's next three movies (Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger), a Superman rumor, the Judge Dredd reboot, movies based on Garth Ennis' The Boys and Will Eisner's A Contract with God and the revelation of what project Guillermo del Toro signed on for after dropping out of directing the two The Hobbit movies.
This is the week of San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), so you're getting two helpings of the Weekly Ketchup. This first segment was written on Thursday morning (just as the Comic Con is starting its first full day), and the second helping will be posted after the weekend is over, to cover all of the additional news that comes out. Included in this batch is a new movie for director Sam Raimi, new roles for Brad Pitt and Mark Wahlberg, news about the 300 sequel and an adaptation of one of the 1990s' most award-winning comic books. Note: not all news covered in either segment of this Week's Ketchup is necessarily related to San Diego Comic-Con.
This week's Ketchup covers the last full week before San Diego Comic-Con next weekend, which is traditionally a period in which news is light, as studios are holding back big announcements, except for the cases where some of that news gets leaked out a few days earlier than the studio bosses would like. This week's news includes new roles for Betty White, Amanda Seyfried, Elizabeth Banks, Mark Ruffalo and Will Smith, adaptations of the lives of Cain (from the Bible) and Senator John Edwards, and new movies with connections to THREE different Disney animated movies (Peter Pan, Hercules and The Hunchback of Notre Dame).
This shortened week (following the 4th of July weekend) would normally be a bit light on movie news anyway, but movers and shakers are also holding back their big announcements until San Diego Comic-Con later this month, so this week was even lighter on news. However, a few tidbits still managed to stand out, including plans for movies based upon The Little Mermaid and TV's The Fall Guy, and new movies for Denzel Washington, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kevin Bacon and Billy Crystal.
This Week's Ketchup includes news for several big movies, including the Spider-Man reboot, X-Men: First Class, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Hobbit movies, as well as news for the long-planned next Pee Wee Herman movie, the LEGO movie, and new roles for Oscar favorites (in Oscar-friendly-sounding biopics) Meryl Streep and Sean Penn.
This week's Ketchup includes new projects for Daniel Radcliffe, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum and director M. Night Shyamalan, news about movies based upon Dr. Strange, The Martian Chronicles and those freaky little Troll dolls.
This week's Ketchup includes casting news for X-Men: First Class and a movie produced by the Wachowski Brothers, and there's also new movies for Robert Downey Jr, Miley Cyrus and Russell Crowe. There's also sequel news for Ghost Rider and The Karate Kid, and a ton of movies featuring old movie monsters like Dracula, the Wolfman, the Mummy and Frankenstein's Monster.
This week's Ketchup includes casting rumors for Batman 3 and the Spider-Man and Tomb Raider reboots, casting news for the Arthur and Fright Night remakes and news about new sequels in the Jason Bourne and Green Lantern franchises (yes, already). This is also a big week for mentioning Van Wilder star Ryan Reynolds, whose name shows up in three of the ten stories.
This week's Ketchup includes big news for the two movies based upon J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, casting news for Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, biopics about the lives of Tupac Shakur and Rush Limbaugh, and news about potential third movies in the Sex and the City and Three Men and a Baby franchises.
This week's Ketchup features a lot of big name franchises. Included in the mix are movies based on Aquaman, Dilbert, The Flash, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, MAD Magazine, Mass Effect, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman, as well as new movies for Christian Bale, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis.
This week, the Cannes Film Festival got started, and as it does every year, that means that dozens of movies were either announced or had casting news. A few stars (including Brad Pitt, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Aniston) actually had multiple projects announced this week. There's also news about movies based upon board games and video games, as usual, two biopics about Marilyn Monroe, and the surprising plans to send 19th Century adventurer Allan Quatermain... into the future.
This week's Ketchup includes news about new sequels in the Die Hard, Ice Age and Dark Crystal franchises and new projects for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Lindsay Lohan, Steven Spielberg and the directors of The Incredibles, Stuart Little, Daybreakers and Kick-Ass. All of that plus news about biopics about the lives of Linda Lovelace and the members of N.W.A. await you in the latest edition of the Weekly Ketchup!
This week's Ketchup is particularly dominated by news of prequels (Alien) and sequels (Clash of the Titans, How to Train Your Dragon, The Ring), as well as the regrettably obligatory 1980s remake (Commando) and a movie based on an old toy (Magic 8 Ball?!). There's also news about movies based upon Stephen King's The Dark Tower, the historic feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys and news of a comedy sequel that fans might have actually enjoyed that won't be happening.
This Week's Ketchup brings us potentially good news for fans of Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr, Cameron Diaz and Kristen Stewart, along with news about James Bond, Friday the 13th, the Arthur and Escape From New York remakes and the I Dream of Jeannie movie.
In this Week's Ketchup includes news features a lot of stories about new projects involving famous directors, including Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Darren Aronofsky, Lars von Trier, Seth McFarlane and even a few dead ones like Akira Kurosawa and Stanley Kubrick. Movies based upon Mighty Mouse, Masters of the Universe and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. also made the news this week. I was also happy to see that there were a lot less "Rotten Ideas" this week than usual, or maybe I was just in a good mood as I wrote this.
This Week's Ketchup includes a new action movie role for Harrison Ford, news for three different movies from writers of ABC's LOST (including TRON 3), a new movie for the director of Zombieland, a sequel for a Rowan Atkinson most people reading this column never saw, a big budget remake of one of the most proudly cheap movies ever made and director news for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.
This week's Ketchup includes new movies based upon Japanese imports Godzilla and Shogun Warriors, new roles for Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio, and new movies for the directors of Wanted and Kick-Ass.