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This week's Ketchup features news stories that include new roles for Harrison Ford, Emma Stone, and (maybe) Jessica Chastain, as well as sequels for Oz the Great and Powerful, the Resident Evil franchise, and Sinister.
This week's Ketchup includes new roles for Harry Potter franchise stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, as well as Bradley Cooper, Tom Hardy, Liam Neeson, and Gary Oldman in movies which include reboots of Cinderella, Frankenstein, and Robin Hood.
This week leading up to the Academy Awards was relatively quiet, possibly because movers and shakers are waiting until next week to see who they should be making new deals with. So, Megan Fox gets the headlines, and the other nine stories involve sequels like Anchorman: The Legends Continues, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and possible sequels for Identity Thief and Mama, as well as new roles for Christian Bale, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Adam Sandler.
This week's Ketchup includes development headlines for movies that include new roles for Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jennifer Lawrence, and the young stars of Thor, Warm Bodies, and Beasts of the Southern Wild.
This week saw the movie development scene rewarded with a plague of blessings. The start of the Berlinale, one of the major film markets, provided lots of smaller announcements that would have normally made the "top ten" cut. However, they were mostly drowned out by bigger franchise stories, many of them thanks to Disney's various fanboy-friendly subsidiaries. Like the Hulk (or really, superheroes in general), animated movies, and Star Wars? This was the week for you.
This week's Ketchup includes new roles for Paul Giamatti, Tom Hardy, Jeremy Renner, and Denzel Washington, and such ambitious "tentpole" type projects as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Doctor Strange, Warcraft, and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news for directors like Paul Thomas Anderson and David Fincher, sequels for The Best Man and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and the latest about the seventh Star Wars movie.
This week's Ketchup covered a seven day period in which Hollywood recovered from weeks of almost zero activity with enough newsworthy movie development announcements for two of these columns. Indeed, this writer expects some omissions to be pointed out by commenters, but hey, there's only ten slots available each week. The stories that did make the cut include high profile sequels (Jurassic Park IV, Pirates of the Caribbean 5), a much lower profile sequel (Hot Tub Time Machine 2), remakes (Ben-Hur and possibly Gremlins), and the inevitable Lance Armstrong biopic.
This week's Ketchup actually represents a full three weeks since the last true Weekly Ketchup was published on December 21, 2012. Even so, most of these stories actually did happen in the last seven days, because the period before and after Christmas and New Year's is a time when Hollywood is basically a ghost town as far as movie development goes. Included in the mix are stories involving Tina Fey, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brad Pitt, and directors Wes Anderson, Christopher Nolan, and Robert Rodriguez.
The Yearly Ketchup continues on from last week's review of the 12 most "Rotten Ideas" with twelve of the year's top stories, most of which were classified under the "Fresh Developments" banner. There's a little bit of everything here, as long as your definition of "everything" is limited mostly to superheroes, Star Trek, Tolkien, and Star Wars.
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 best stories, presented to you in monthly chronology. These twelve stories include six remakes (like Evil Dead, Ninja Turtles, and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?), three sequels (Alice in Wonderland 2, Casablanca 2, Scary Movie 5), two toy adaptations (Candy Land and Tonka), and one lame spoof (The Starving Games).
The last full week of 2012 was another sort of slow week in the world of movie development news. Things, however, will really slow down to a crawl until January (and indeed, the next two Fridays will see this column become the "Yearly Ketchup"). The last news items of 2012 included two movies based on 1970s TV shows (Kojak and Gaiking), two sequels (the next Muppets, and The Expendables 3), a spinoff of Cars called Planes, and a biopic about the early career of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
This was a relatively slow week in the realm of movie development news, as most sites were busy covering the various awards season nominations, or providing links to any of the various trailers that will be in theaters this weekend with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. What did get announced this week includes sequels for The Adventures of Tintin, Alice in Wonderland, The Muppets, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and Transformers, new movie adaptations of Angry Birds and The Equalizer, and new roles for Glenn Close, Will Ferrell, Nick Nolte, and Michael Shannon.
This week's Ketchup has lots and lots of movie development news stories involving sequels (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2, Clerks III, Pacific Rim 2, TRON 3, and Wreck-It Ralph 2). Is our long, slow slog through the wave of remakes finally behind us, so that Hollywood can get back to focusing its collective social regurgitation on that whole chestnut, the endless wave of sequels? Perhaps, or perhaps this was just a very "sequelly" week, and the near future will bring us back to the remakes and reimaginings and all that re-re-re-business. George Clooney, Matt Damon, and Johnny Depp also made some news this week.
This week's Ketchup includes movie development news stories for such films as Disney's live action Cinderella, a remake of Flight of the Navigator, a Marvin Gaye biopic, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and the sixth movie based upon Marvel's X-Men comic book characters. There's also new roles for George Clooney, Charlize Theron, and Reese Witherspoon.
This week's Ketchup is coming to you on a Wednesday morning instead of Friday evening because of Thanksgiving Thursday giving pretty much everyone in Hollywood a much, much shorter work week. So, half a week means only half the usual number of stories (five this week, from the standard ten).
This week's Ketchup is a true potpourri of movie development news, including videogame adaptations (like Asteroids and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell), animated movies (Turkeys and Hotel Transylvania 2), reboots of classic characters (Popeye and Tarzan), and biopics (Johnny Carson and Pablo Escobar).
The week in Hollywood movie development news -- following last week's announcement of Disney's plans for Star Wars Episode VII -- seemed almost late-August-like in terms of relative activity. What did make the news this week included stories about The Giver, Tarzan, Transformers 4, the not-going-to-happen-anymore sequel to Top Gun, and yes, indeed, more stories about Star Wars Episode VII.
This week in movie development news pretty much seemed to begin and end with Star Wars: Episode VII. There was, however, actually other stuff going on, including Jamie Foxx in talks to play an Amazing Spider-Man 2 villain, and new roles for Zac Efron, Michael Fassbender, Colin Firth, Paul Giamatti, and Kurt Russell.
This week's Ketchup covers a week packed nearly to the full ten stories with high profile affairs that are much more typical of the blockbuster days of Summer than pre-Halloween Autumn. Included in the mix are news stories about Arnold Schwarzengger's return to Conan the Barbarian, James Bond movies #24 and #25, and three different Marvel superhero movies (The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier). James Cameron, Johnny Depp, Jeremy Renner, and Adam Sandler get name checked in this article too.