Wednesday, October 13, 2010

“Emma Stone officially cast in Spider-Man movie ... but not as MJ - Washington Post” plus 2 more

“Emma Stone officially cast in Spider-Man movie ... but not as MJ - Washington Post” plus 2 more


Emma Stone officially cast in Spider-Man movie ... but not as MJ - Washington Post

Posted: 06 Oct 2010 04:59 AM PDT

As of Monday -- based on a report on Deadline.com -- it looked like Emma Stone was poised to be cast in the next Spider-Man movie as Mary Jane Watson. Well, that information was half right.

Columbia Pictures has officially announced that Stone will star in the film, but as Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's first love in the comics. The Hollywood Reporter says that Stacy will take on the key female role in this first installment of the Spider-man reboot, with Watson -- who was previously played by Kirsten Dunst -- resurfacing later.

Of course, I thought Stone would be a natural for Watson because, like the character, she appears to be a redhead. (Stacy, on the other hand, is a blonde in the comic books.) Apparently that's not right either.

"Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blond," Spidey director Marc Webb says in a statement quoted by THR.

So just to recap: Mary Jane Watson, a redhead in the comics, was played by the (at least seemingly) blond Kirsten Dunst in the previous Spider-Man movies. And Stacy, a blonde in the comics, was played in "Spider-Man 3" by the decidedly auburn-haired Bryce Dallas Howard, and will now be played by Stone, who's always appeared to be a red head but is actually a blonde. Okay. Got it.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Did Heigl's new movie fend off 'Social Network' and 'Secretariat'? - MSN

Posted: 10 Oct 2010 12:04 PM PDT

Did Heigl's new movie fend off 'Social Network' and 'Secretariat'?

Oct. 10, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

By Daniel Frankel
TheWrap

Punk. Genius. Billionaire. Two-time defending box-office champion.

Sony's Mark Zuckerberg biopic "The Social Network" held off a flurry of lukewarm competition in its second weekend, grossing $15.5 million to win the domestic box office again.

Dropping just over 30 percent from its debut weekend, "Social Network" beat out Warner Katherine Heigl movie "Life as We Know It," which grossed on the low side of its pre-release tracking, scoring $14.6 million.

Bing: October box office trends

Disney sports movie "Secretariat" also was on the low side of its estimates, grossing $12.6 million and finishing in third place.

One other wide release, Rogue-produced, Universal-distributed Wes Craven movie "My Soul to Take," matched its downer tracking, bringing in an estimated $6.9 million.

With the overall domestic box office down an estimated 17 percent from the same weekend last year, when Universal's "Couples Retreat" led the frame, Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer said "The Social Network" broadened its moviegoer pull beyond the big coastal cities.

"We got great holds this week in places like Wichita," he said.

More on the box office from TheWrap: 'Social Network' beats Heigl film, 'Secretariat'

Shot for under $40 million, the David Fincher-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penned "Social Network" has grossed an estimated $45.7 million after two weekends.

For its part, Warner's PG-13-rated "Life as We Know It" just undershot tracking in the $15 million-$18 million range.
The film was co-produced by Village Roadshow and Gold Circle Films at a cost of around $38 million.

"Life as We Know It" stars Heigl alongside Josh Duhamel as a couple who plunge into parenthood when they adopt a young daughter. Reviews have been pretty awful, with Rotten Tomatoes scoring the movie at 29 percent.

More: See what the critics said about new movies

Finishing in third place, Disney's "Secretariat" matched the low side of some pretty bad tracking. On the bright side, the biopic about the eponymous 1973 triple crown winner -- which co-stars Diane Lane, John Malkovich and a large race horse -- got an A-minus grade from movie customer satisfaction grader Cinemascore.

And as Disney notes, it played well in Kentucky. "Secretariat" came in with a production budget of around $35 million.

Here's how the top 10 shaped up this weekend:

1. "The Social Network" ($15.5m)
2. "Life as We Know It" ($14.6m)
3. "Secretariat" ($12.6m)
4. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" ($7.0m)
5. "My Soul to Take" ($6.9m)
6. "The Town" ($6.4m)
7. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" ($4.6m)
8. "Easy A" ($4.2m)
9. "Case 39" ($2.6m)
10. "Let Me In" ($2.4m)

More from TheWrap:
No 3-D for first part of 'Harry Potter' finale
'Secretariat': A feminist, anti-war, horse-racing tale
Double Emanuel punch: Rahm leaves White House, Ari loses mojo

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No 3-D Magic for New Harry Potter Movie - msnbc.com

Posted: 10 Oct 2010 09:27 AM PDT

Warner Brothers has cancelled it's planned 3-D release of the latest Harry Potter movie, telling fans in a statement Friday that despite their best efforts, they just weren't able to convert the film into a high quality 3-D format.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1" will be released as scheduled on November 19 in a 2-D version and IMAX.

Warner Brothers statement said "We do not want to disappoint fans who have long-anticipated the conclusion of this extraordinary journey." Director David Yates said the decision "underscored the fact that Warner Brothers has always put quality first."

But fans of 3-D may be relieved to know that the final installment of the franchise "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" will be released in both 2-D and 3-D formats when it hits theaters in summer 2011.

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