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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!
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.