Weekly Ketchup

Friday, Apr. 13 2012, 04:40 PM

This Week's Ketchup includes movies a movie about the making of Mary Poppins, a new take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and new roles for Steve Carell, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tina Fey, Harrison Ford, Dwayne Johnson, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

Friday, Apr. 06 2012, 04:50 PM

This Week's Ketchup was carefully compiled for you, as Greg Dean Schmitz had to sort through dozens of stories that were posted over the weekend in attempts to trick movie fans into believing various flights of April Fools fancy. Stories that came out this week that actually are real include reboots of The Mummy and Summer School, movies based on the lives of actresses Grace Kelly and Pam Grier, baseball great Hank Aaron, and Apple founder Steve Jobs, and sequels for Captain America, The Hunger Games and The Woman in Black.

Friday, Mar. 30 2012, 04:50 PM

This week's Ketchup includes movie news about sequels for Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Twins, remakes/reboots of Carrie, (Teenage Mutant) Ninja Turtles and the Jack Ryan franchise, and new roles for Ben Affleck, Zooey Deschanel, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson.

Friday, Mar. 23 2012, 04:30 PM

This week's Ketchup includes new roles for Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael K. Williams (AKA Omar from The Wire), and new movies based upon George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the life of Salvador Dali, the history of MTV, and the characters of Mark Twain.

Friday, Mar. 16 2012, 04:20 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news stories including several new remakes (The Cat in the Hat, Leprechaun and Garbage Pail Kids), new movies for directors Martin Scorsese and Errol Morris, and adaptations of books by Terry Brooks and Stephen King.

Friday, Mar. 09 2012, 04:45 PM

This week's Ketchup sees Hollywood in the midst of a huge wave of sequels, with Chronicle, Gnomeo & Juliet, Journey 2: Mysterious Island and Project X all getting follow ups developed this week. The Sleeping Beauty reimagining, Maleficent, the Ouija movie, new movies for Viola Davis and Tom Hardy, and even a movie about (part of) the life of Nicolas Cage are all also covered in this week's entry.

Friday, Mar. 02 2012, 03:47 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news about three different movies that may or may not be sequels (The Muppets, SpongeBob SquarePants and 21 Jump Street), as well as new movies for Christian Bale, Cameron Diaz, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Watson and others.

Friday, Feb. 24 2012, 06:23 PM

After last week's column that was almost entirely Rotten, this week saw the movie news cycle return to a more stable balance. These ten stories feature some big names both in front of (Dwayne Johnson, Johnny Depp, Paul Walker) and behind the camera (Guillermo del Toro, Edgar Wright), as well as a Nelson Mandela biopic and a movie about Irish hero Cú Chulainn.

Friday, Feb. 17 2012, 05:00 PM

This week's Ketchup covers a seven day period that had pThis week's Ketchup covers a seven day period that had plenty of newsworthy announcements, but what was really missing was much that this writer could call a Fresh Development (except maybe the headline and one other story, and even then... both are borderline). Also included in the mix are another Hitchcock remake, a prequel/sequel for I Am Legend, a Twisted Metal video game adaptation movie, a Zorro reboot, and new roles for Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell.

Friday, Feb. 10 2012, 04:40 PM

This week's Ketchup covers the week that led up to the beginning of the Berlin International Film Festival, which like Cannes later in the year, is the location of many moviemaking deals. And so this was another week with far more stories than would fit in this column of just 10 (or so) of the week's bigggest movies news stories. Included in the mix this week are adaptations of novels by authors Anne Rice, John Le Carre and Emile Zola, a remake of one of Alfred Hitchcock's best films, and new roles for Glenn Close, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Scarlett Johansson, Denzel Washington and the stars of Wedding Crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.

Friday, Feb. 03 2012, 04:02 PM

The world of movie development news definitely got back in business after two weeks obsessed with Sundance, but it's still January, and Hollywood tends not to do tons of really great things in January, it seems, at any point of the development cycle. And so, we got a week that includes news for two Hasbro game/toy adaptations, and just generally more Rotten Ideas than Fresh Developments yet again.

Friday, Jan. 27 2012, 05:15 PM

The entire last week has seen much of Hollywood's movers and shakers in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, and so this was another slow news week, and more than that, it was also one of the most "Rotten Idea" filled weeks this column has ever seen. Given that the lead story is the Academy Awards, that's really saying something, too. The stories that did make the cut include a sequel for The Last Exorcism, two other movies involving ghosts or the supernatural, and new roles for Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, Selena Gomez, Ryan Reynolds, Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon.

Friday, Jan. 20 2012, 03:20 PM

As Hollywood got ready to head to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival, movie news slowed to a near trickle this week, with very few stories involving popular franchises or many big movie stars. What news did make this Week's Ketchup includes the comic book adaptations Bone and Atlantis Rising, and new movie projects for Kristen Wiig and Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans and Tommy Lee Jones.

Friday, Jan. 13 2012, 03:45 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news of a new live action Pinocchio, adaptations of the musicals Jersey Boys and Into the Woods, and new movies for George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr, James Franco and Kate Winslet.

Friday, Jan. 06 2012, 04:45 PM

This week's Ketchup actually covers the last three weeks, as the last two weeks of 2011 were devoted to doing a retrospective of the year's Freshest Developments and most Rotten Ideas. Included in the mix are news items about five different sequels (following up on 300, Horrible Bosses, Paranormal Activity, Star Trek and Thor), and new roles for Natalie Portman, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Kristen Wiig.

Friday, Dec. 30 2011, 01:32 PM

Last week, we brought you the Freshest Developments in the film industry for each month of 2011. This week, we're going to bring you the most Rotten Ideas, one for each month. The big trend this year continued to be unnecessary remakes, and in 2011, some of the announced remakes and reboots were... Well, let's just say there were some real doozies!

Thursday, Dec. 22 2011, 04:43 PM

The year that was 2011 is coming to an end, and so it's time to look back at the biggest news items of the year (and say "Welcome!" to Roland Emmerich's favorite year). This retrospective is in lieu of actual weekly movie news, which there isn't much of around Christmas. This is also a chance to look forward, as most of the movies that were announced in 2011 are still in our collective futures. And so, here are twelve "Fresh Development" movie news items from the past year, one for each month, that also represent some of the biggest upcoming movies of the next few years (ie, this list is a combination of movies that might be "Fresh" and those that might be box office hits as well).

Friday, Dec. 16 2011, 04:05 PM

With Christmas less than 10 days away, Hollywood has already started to wind down, as the media in general turns away from reporting quite as many "new" stories, and starts work on their various "retrospective" projects. You can tell that just by the fact that Denzel Washington's possible involvement in a movie version of The Equalizer, which in another week, might have been in the middle of the Ketchup, is this week's Top Story. Among the other stories that did emerge this week are biopics based on the lives of Jackie Robinson, the Smothers Brothers, the West Memphis Three, and the guy who played Chewbacca (yes, really).

Friday, Dec. 09 2011, 04:25 PM

This week's Ketchup includes news for the latest movies in the Star Trek and Transformers franchises, sequels for Grown Ups and The Lincoln Lawyer, an American Psycho remake, biographical movies about Charles Dickens and WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, and new movie deals for (likely) AARP members Anne Rice and Stan Lee.

Friday, Dec. 02 2011, 03:50 PM

Hollywood made up for lost time during the extended Thanksgiving holiday by returning to "work" and delivering us a healthier helping of movie development news. This week's Ketchup includes news of yet another remake of a Paul Verhoeven science fiction movie, and new (or at least potentially new) roles for Tom Cruise, Michael Fassbender, Harrison Ford, Colin Firth, Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld and Rachel Weisz.

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