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We're now halfway into January, but Hollywood had another slow news week, possibly because so many movie industry types were preparing for their annual skiing vac... err, make that "the wonderful celebration of independent filmmaking known as the Sundance Film Festival." Movies that made the cut this week include Marvel's Ant-Man and Doctor Strange, and Magic: The Gathering.
This Week's Ketchup actually covers three full weeks since the weekend before Christmas (two editions of the Yearly Ketchup were published during that time -- the Freshest stories of 2013 and the most Rotten). Most of Hollywood took (at least) those three weeks off, but there was still a fair amount of movie development news, although some of it was in the "rumor" or "ambiguous tweet" category. The ten stories we're going with include a few true stories (Richard Pryor, Montezuma, and the Boston Strangler) and a few sequels (including Ice Age 5, Night at the Museum 3, and Paul Blart 2).
Our review of the top stories (by month) of 2013 started last week with the Fresh Developments (and biggest stories), and this week, we have the "Rotten Ideas" of the year. Included in the mix are dozens and dozens of remakes, as well as a few sequels, and we say good-bye to talents like Paul Walker, James Gandolfini, and Hayao Miyazaki.
Few industries enjoy taking really, really, really long extended holiday vacations like Hollywood. So when we get to this time of the year, there's really not much in the realm of "movie development news" to discuss, especially not in a weekly column which normally includes 10 different stories. So, this week and next, we're instead going to review 12 of the year's top stories, presented to you in monthly chronology. The year-in-review begins with the "Fresh Developments" which here also serve (mostly) as the "Top Stories" of the year. And there was no confusion about what the year's top story was...
The last true entry of the Weekly Ketchup for 2013 covers a fairly slow news week (a fact we remind you of frequently down below). What did still make the news included a lot of comic book movies, like Ant-Man, Sandman, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the Man of Steel sequel. There's also new potential roles for Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman, and we might actually be getting... Gilligan's Island: The Movie?
This was a crazily busy week for movie development news. This writer is absolutely certain that in the future, it will be easy to think a story was covered in the Weekly Ketchup, only to discover that it wasn't, because the week in question was this one. The movies that did make the cut include new projects for Sandra Bullock, Tom Cruise and Dwayne Johnson, new entries in the Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, and Man of Steel superhero franchises.
This week's Ketchup includes big superhero news, such as the film debut of Wonder Woman and the announcement of X-Men: Apocalypse for 2016. There's also a few sports-related movies (involving LeBron James and Vince Lombardi), and our first glimpse at the movies of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
This Weekly Ketchup comes to you on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, and as such, it's more of a "Semi Weekly Ketchup." Most of Hollywood just took the week off, but we did get some stories, like Quentin Tarantino talking about his next movie. There's also release dates for Alice in Wonderland 2 and Friday the 13th, and a remake of... Road House?
This week's Ketchup includes several movie development news stories involving sequels, such as "threequels" for both The Best Man and Insidious, and a sequel to... It's a Wonderful Life? Say it isn't so, Clarence! There's also news about a Peter Pan prequel, the Gran Turismo video game adaptation, and a biopic about author J.R.R. Tolkien.
This week's Ketchup is dominated by big moves and shake-ups on the movie release calendars for 2014 and 2015, which include movies like The Fantastic Four, Fifty Shades of Grey, Hercules: The Legend Begins, Independence Day 2, and Mission: Impossible 5.
This week's Ketchup comes to you timed alongside two very different events: the release today of Marvel's Thor: The Dark World (which led to various Marvel Comics related stories), and the American Film Market, which is an annual event during which independent producers and distributors from around the world meet in Santa Monica, California to schmooze and make deals. Stars like Dwayne Johnson, Gerard Butler, and Samuel L. Jackson are among those included in the resulting movie development stories.
Every year in November, the American Film Market in Santa Monica, California, attracts movie producers and distributors from all over the world. And in the week before the AFM, the Internet gets deluged with dozens of movie development stories. This was that week, and so, this week's Ketchup is here to filter through all the noise (and a few Halloween-themed announcements, too). Included in the mix are a few sequels, and three different celebrity biopics.
This week, the Ketchup brings you ten stories dominated by sequels (Star Wars Episode VII, Avatar 2, Beetlejuice 2, Independence Day 2), a remake (Hellraiser), and a trilogy of movies inspired by websites. There's also new roles for Tom Cruise and Will Smith.
This week's Ketchup includes development news stories about movies about earthquakes (San Andreas), dinosaurs (Jurassic World), Jesus (Son of God), toy cars (Hot Wheels), the Mexican "Day of the Dead" holiday, and a very tiny superhero (Ant-Man). There's also new roles for Russell Crowe, Will Ferrell, and Dwayne Johnson.
This week's Ketchup comes to you from one of the early weeks of Awards Season, 2013, and as such, there's an unusual number of new movies being announced, as well as released, that have more impressive credentials than you might see in, say, the summer. Included in the mix are biopics (Roger Ebert and Martin Luther King, Jr.), ensemble thrillers, and new movies starring Peter Dinklage, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Emma Watson.
This week's Ketchup is heavy on movie development news stories involving fantasy/fairy tales (The Chronicles of Narnia, Maleficent, and Happily Ever After), science fiction (Chappie and Home), comedy sequels (Horrible Bosses 2 and Ted 2), and comic book adaptations in general (almost everything else).
This week's Ketchup is loaded with new roles for actresses and celebrities like Katie Holmes, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jennifer Lawrence, and Taylor Swift, as well as remakes of East of Eden and Tarzan, and "true story" movies about ESPN, chess and... syrup?
This week's Ketchup covers seven days in which there weren't many (confirmed/non-rumor) "big stories," and some of those that did break out were sort of "rotten" (like the new Jack Black, Adam Sandler and Vince Vaughn movies). On the "Fresh" side of movie development stories, we have new films for Bryan Cranston, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Michael Fassbender.
This week's Ketchup covers movie development news about the sequels Jurassic World, Fast & Furious 7, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and Step Up 5; new roles for Ellen Page and Keanu Reeves; and J.K. Rowling's long-awaited return to the Harry Potter movies.
This week's Ketchup features movie development news from both Hollywood and Toronto (where their annual film festival just started). Included in the mix are movies involving Sir Ian McKellen playing Sherlock Holmes, new roles for Benedict Cumberbatch, Bill Murray, and Robert Pattinson, and the resolution of all the fan casting for Fifty Shades of Grey. There's also big movie franchises like Terminator and Independence Day in the mix, and new movies based on The Fall Guy and The Island of Dr. Moreau.