Week in the News: June 16-22

Lost in Reviews

The entertainment industry lost a giant among men this week when James Gandolfini passed away from a sudden heart attack.  Gandolfini was best known for his role in the HBO drama The Sopranos.  He has been described by colleagues as a kind and gracious man who was enormously talented.  At the time of his passing he was working on several projects all of which have been placed on hold.

Hold on to your hats folks because those two idiots Lloyd and Harry are back.  Yes, that’s right, Dumb and Dumber To is officially back on according to director Peter Farrelly.  Who else is looking forward to seeing what trouble those two get in to?

Speaking of return engagements the 1996 blockbuster starring Will Smith, Independence Day, is making a return appearance in 2015.  It has been confirmed by director Roland Emmerich that Smith will not be returning for the sequel; however Bill Pullman has signed on to be a part of the cast.  Summer of 2015 is stacking up to be a banner year for us movie goers.

The wait to see X-Men: Days of Future Past just got a little shorter.  Originally scheduled to be released on July 18th, 2014 the release date has now been moved up to May 23rd, 2014.

James Franco has turned to crowd-sourcing to fund his latest project based off his book Palo Alto Stories.  The short stories will be broken down in to 3 separate movies and are to be directed by relative newcomers to the industry.

The Disney Pixar sequel Monsters University has earned an impressive global total of $136.5M since it was released on June 21st.  The film starring John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, and Helen Mirren as the voice of Dean Hardscrabble has received a Rotten Tomatoes score of 77% from the critics and 89% from audience members.

The critically panned World War Z opened to a global total of $112.0M stunning most everyone in the industry.

We may soon see another Anne Rice novel make it to the big screen as the US distribution rights to her 2005 novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt has been sold to the production company FilmDistrict.

Broadway actor Theo Stockman who was part of the cast of American Idiot has joined the cast of the independent move A Good Marriage starring Joan Allen and Anthony LaPaglia.  The film is based off of Stephen King’s 2010 novella that was a part of his novel Full Dark, No Stars.

by Mendie Murray

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