NB’s End of the Week Movie News Bundle

We have a couple of quicky news stories for you rounding out the week and making the film industry as chaotic as politics and real life.

Spiderman 4 is bouncing around like a beach ball at Nickelback concert…(Movie Quote). Tobey Mac Strikes Back:

The 34-year-old star of the web-slinging superhero franchise said preproduction snags aren’t dampening his mood about the fourth installment. The next “Spider-Man” film had been scheduled to swing into theaters May 6, 2011, but that seems unlikely now that “Thor,” another big-screen Marvel superhero adaptation, has hammered out the same release date.

“Like anything, it’s a process,” Maguire said Thursday. “We’re just in the midst of the process. We have a lot of great stuff in terms of story and script. We’re just trying to dial it in and get it ready as quickly as possible. Of course, these movies are a very big undertaking and take a lot more time than a drama or something more straightforward.”

My hypothesis? Marvel is getting in way over its head. Greed? Mmmm? Nah. Overeager? Quite Possibly. Handing Thor the release date of an already well known, in the bag, success, is a gamble.

Also In The News:

James Cameron’s 3D sci-fi epic picked up an estimated $13.3 million at the North American boxoffice for the day, and on Saturday it should cruise past the $402.1 million domestic gross of summer’s “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” to become the top-grossing movie released during 2009.

So Avatar is rallying up and sallying forth for its 4th week in a killing frenzy. Waiting for The Lovely Bones, Legion, something to dethrone Avatar is a lot of fun, and instead of feeling bad envy for James Cameron, as a film guy, I am Super Happy that movies can still do what he did. Wondering what the total haul this weekend is going to be?


Colin Farrell has written his thoughts out on the death of Heath Ledger, what with the release of the strangely brill Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus:

“It’s not hard for me to imagine that if I ever look back on the films I’ve been a part of, and the stories I’ve had a hand in telling, one will stand out as so unique an experience, as to be incomparable. This experience was the shooting of The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. The reasons for its uniqueness, sadly, are probably obvious to anyone who reads this.

Three of us had been asked to complete a task that had been set in motion by a man we greatly liked and respected as both a person and an artist. Being part of this film was never about filling Heaths shoes as much as seeing them across the finish line. How I wish he had brought the film to its completion himself. Of course the whole crew felt this way. And the cast that we joined felt it too. It was this spirit of grieving the loss of Heath, that Johnny and Jude and I joined. But there was also a sense of dogged insistence. Insistence that Heaths last piece of work should not be kept in the shadow of the light of day.

More than anything though – more than the sadness and shock, the vulnerability and un-suredness as to whether it was right to complete the film or not – was an incredible sense of love. A community of people, caterers and actors, electricians and make up artists had been brought together in a recognized sense of love and obligation, for and to, one of cinemas finest actors and most generous of men. It will be this sense of love amidst the sadness I will remember most. Such a gift and an honor, from Heath, to be a part of the trail that he left behind.

RIP Heath Ledger x”

Category: Film