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Every July, the worlds of movies, TV, games, and yes, comic books, collide for four days in San Diego, giving us dozens of announcements, which is far more than we can fit into just one Weekly Ketchup. So, we're splitting the week up, starting with this Weekly Ketchup devoted to everything that is not one of the big three S's of San Diego Comic-Con: Superheroes, Science Fiction, and Sequels (mostly). There will be another Weekly Ketchup in a few days, after SDCC, to cover all of the biggest announcements and revelations.
This week's Ketchup, which continues our annual lead up to San Diego Comic-Con, was filled with "franchise" news with lots of patterns. There were two different horror prequels (for The Ring and The Shining), multiple references to former partners Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, and new roles for Christian Bale, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Jason Sudeikis.
Following a very slow 4th of July holiday week, Hollywood got back into action this week, mostly with the sorts of development stories that won't fit in as well later in the month when San Diego Comic-Con will dominate. Included in the mix here are an unusual number of movies with animation connections (Dumbo, Superbago, The Incredible Mr. Limpet), as well as new roles for Alec Baldwin, Elle Fanning, Scarlett Johansson, and Dwayne Johnson.
This week's Ketchup comes to you in a week where the Friday is also the 4th of July! So, what that meant for the movie development news world is that there were a few less stories, but even so, some cool gems showed up. We've got a very timely soccer movie announcement (Victory), cool casting for Idris Elba and Tom Hardy in what might be significant roles, and new films from the directors of Downfall, Babel, Jane Eyre, and The Secret World of Arriety. It was a week more about "films" than "movies."
This week's Ketchup includes news about lots of sequels and franchise entries (including Predator, Beverly Hills Cop, and The Huntsman), new roles for Chris Hemsworth, Sir Ben Kingsley, and Channing Tatum, and new films for directors Sam Raimi and Tate Taylor.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news stories for the almost requisite (these days) superhero movies like Justice League, Doctor Strange, and Ant-Man, as well as new roles for Anna Kendrick, Jared Leto, and Keanu Reeves.
This Ketchup covers another week full of superhero movie news (including Justice League, Wonder Woman, and Ant-Man). Also included in the mix were film development stories for two movies based on 1990s gaming phenomenons (Sonic the Hedgehog and Magic: The Gathering), and new roles for Ryan Gosling, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Tom "Loki" Hiddleston.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for projects like Doctor Strange, remakes of Beauty and the Beast and The Magnificent Seven, and new roles for Will Smith, Mark Wahlberg, Denzel Washington, Emma Watson, and Naomi Watts.
The week after Memorial Day Monday is traditionally a little slow for movie development news, and 2014 was not much different. Our biggest story (Marvel's Ant-Man and its lack of a director) actually broke out late last week, for example. Other movies addressed down below include Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, biopics for athletes Joe Namath and Jesse Owens, and remakes of Cliffhanger and Stargate.
This week's Ketchup covered a week with both Cannes news and pre-Memorial Day blockbuster planning. Included in the mix were Godzilla 2 (and 3), the first Star Wars spinoff movie (whatever that is), prequels for both Harry Potter and The Shining, and the toy adaptations Ninjago and Monster High.
This week's Ketchup comes to you during the Cannes Film Festival, which means we were deluged with lots of announcements from the film market there. Particularly dominating this news cycle were "true stories," with at least five such films covered here. The mix also includes new roles for Michael Fassbender, Aaron Paul, and Daniel Radcliffe; and new projects for directors Kathryn Bigelow, Derek Cianfrance, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Ridley Scott.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news stories about The Flintstones, the 1990s kids show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Stephen King's The Stand, and reboots/remakes of Lethal Weapon and Private Benjamin. There's also new roles for Chris Hemsworth, Angelina Jolie (and Brad Pitt), Liam Neeson, and Channing Tatum.
This week's Ketchup comes to you on the release date of a big superhero movie, and with all of that buzz, we also had a week of big, Big, BIG movie development stories concerning Star Wars Episode VII, directors Steven Spielberg and Baz Luhrmann, and comic book properties Justice League, The Sinister Six, and The Fantastic Four.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news about a Steve Jobs biopic, film adaptations of Peeps candy and Disney's It's a Small World, murmurings about a possible Tom Hanks-Steven Spielberg collaboration, and two movies about fake blondes -- Marilyn Monroe and Barbie.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for the superhero movies Mystique, the sequels for James Bond and Star Wars Episode VII, the TV show adaptations Kung Fu and Battlestar Galactica, and new roles for Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Keanu Reeves.
This week's Ketchup may be covering the last seven days and the first day of April, but there are no April Fools Jokes here. Actually, what we will find are a surprising number of movie development news stories involving Academy Award winners like Amy Adams, Mel Gibson, Brad Pitt, and Meryl Streep.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news stories about sequels like Barbershop 3, and Prometheus 2, and new reboots/remakes of Amityville, Scarface, and Terminator: Genesis. All that, and... Kevin Spacey as Winston Churchill?
In the same week when much of the online news buzz was about March Madness and missing Malaysians, movies mustered much attention as well. Included in this week's Ketchup are news stories about upcoming sequels like Cars 3, The Fantastic Four 2, Ghostbusters 3, The Incredibles 2, Jurassic World, and The Wolverine 2.
The Weekly Ketchup celebrates Pi Day by... mentioning it here and then never again. That's because the rest of the column is devoted so thoroughly to discussing the merits (or lack thereof) of movies like Captain America 3, the Fletch and Peter Pan reboots, the remakes of Explorers and Something Wicked This Way Comes, and other new roles for Kevin Hart, Ed Helms, and Guy Pearce.