BWP Weekly Round-Up: September 5-11

 

Unfortunately, we can't cover absolutely everything on BWP, so we've compiled a list of some of the news we may have missed around the web. Check out what we discusses, reviewed, and talked about throughout the week as well!

Movies:

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  • Contagion number one at Box Office with $23.1M haul. Bucky Larson has the most hilarious of bombs. [Box Office Mojo]
  • Marion Cotillard NOT playing Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises? [Screen Rant]
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is getting busy. Add "Captive" to his list of upcoming projects. [Deadline]
  • The Three Stooges, from the Farrelly brothers, and starring Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos and Will Sasso, plot details have surfaced. "The film will follow Larry, Moe and Curly as they try to save their childhood home, but accidentally become involved in a murder plot and in a modern-day twist will end up starring in a reality TV show." [Hollywood Reporter]
  • Ron Howard is adding '364' to his busy slate, a superhero movie about a guy who can only use his powers one day a year. Great concept, but then again, we're talking about Ron Howard. [Deadline]
  • Hugh Jackman will play Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe will play Javert in Tom Hooper directed remake (reboot? reimagining?) of Les Miserables. A December 2012 release is projected. The film will be based on the musical, and not the Victor Hugo novel, because that's how Hollywood rolls. [Deadline]
  • The Lion King is hitting theaters in 3D this weekend, so why not Top Gun too? Tony Scott's 1986 classic will get the conversion and re-release treatment in early-2012. [Hollywood Reporter]
  • The first review for Francis Ford Coppola's return to the director's chair is in out of the Toronto Film Festival, and it doesn't look so good. THR calls "Twixt" Coppola's "silliest work ever". [Hollywood Reporter]

New in Theaters Friday September 16th:

  • Drive (Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston)
  • I Don't Know How She Does It (Sarah Jessica Parker)
  • The Lion King (3D Re-release)
  • Straw Dogs (Kate Bosworth, James Marsden)

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Television:

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  • Aaron Sorkin's More as This Story Develops, starring Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, and more, has been picked up for an initial run by HBO. [THR]
  • Another HBO project, "The Corrections", is being eyed by Sir Anthony Hopkins. The story, based on the Jonathan Franzen novel of the same title, centers around a Midwestern family and spans nearly an entire millenium. [Deadline]
  • Sarah Chalke (Scrubs, and most recently, Mad Love, the show I tried desperately to hate but failed) joins the cast of Cougartown. Great, now I gotta hate this show even more. [TV Line]
  • Ready for even more hatred? The CW is making a Sex & The City prequel show. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • In good casting news, David Cross (Arrested Development) will guest on Modern Family. The Emmy favorite premieres September 21st on ABC. [TV Guide]
  • We're all cryogenically frozen until Community debuts on September 22nd, but here's a still of Annie's (Alison Brie) new rival, Asian Annie! Also, Larry Cedar (Deadwood) is playing Pierce's (Chevy Chase) dad. He's 12 years younger than Chevy. God I love this show. [AOL TV / TV Line]
  • The Emmys are this weekend (see below), but the Creative Emmys were handed out last week. Boardwalk Empire won 7 awards, Justin Timberlake (SNL) and Gwyneth Paltrow (Glee) won guest star awards for comedy, the returning Futurama won for best Animated series. [AOL TV]

What to watch this week:

  • Ringer series premiere (Tuesday, 9PM, CW)
  • America's Got Talent Season Finale (Tuesday/Wednesday 9PM, NBC)
  • Up All Night / Free Agents series premieres (Wednesday, 10PM, NBC)
  • It's Always Sunny / Archer season premieres (Thursday, 10PM, FX)
  • 63rd Annual Emmy Awards, Jane Lynch hosts (Sunday, 8PM, Fox). Check out the list of nominees here.

 

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Gaming:

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  • Industry Analysts claim $105 million has been sunk into Max Payne 3 by Rockstar, needs to sell a whopping 4 million copies to break even. [Industry Gamers]
  • Despite little hype and so-so reviews, Madden NFL 12 sold 1.4 million copies in its first week, up 10% from last year. [Kotaku]
  • Battlefield 3 already has 1.25 million pre-orders. [Gamasutra]
  • Dead Island broken, Techland releases MASSIVE patch through Steam and for consoles. Check out the ridiculous list of things they're changing by clicking the link. [Destructoid]
  • Star Trek Online goes free-to-play. [PC World]
  • Square Enix announced Wii-exclusive Dragon Quest MMO game, stock proceeds to fall dramatically (so many things wrong with this statement it's not worth suffering an aneurysm typing it out). [ G4 / G4]
  • Sony hires former Homeland Security boss to help keep PSN safe. [Reuters]
  • New boss reveal coming for Batman: Arkham City this week (as if we didn't already have enough). [Game Rant]
  • THQ CEO acts as if he invented cloud gaming, reveals 40 weeks of DLC for Saints Row: The Third. [Joystiq]
  • You can time-travel in Final Fantasy XIII-2. [VG247]
  • Rage system requirements for PC [Bethesda]

New Releases September 13th:

  • NHL 12 (EA Canada / sports)
  • God of War: Origins Collection (SCE Santa Montica / Hack & Slash, HD Remaster)

 

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Bits & Pieces:

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- Wanna chance to tell Jonah Hill he was funnier when he was fat? Call (917) 409-7838. No, seriously. He's taking calls at random to promote his new movie, The Sitter. [Entertainment Weekly]

- Newsflash: Spongebob makes your kids stupid. [LA Times]

- Remember that 12-year-old Schweddy Balls SNL skit? Ben & Jerry's is making an ice cream out of it. I'm a sucker for holiday balls. [Time]

- The cast of Home Improvement has reunited. Those kids who never made it after the show look creepy now. [Entertainment Weekly]

- We made you go back to the late 90s, now go back to 1989. Well, also 2015. Remember those shoes from Back to the Future II? They're actually making them too, but only for charity. [Coming Soon]

- Finally, on a sad note, condolences to the families of Cliff Robertson (Uncle Ben in Spider-Man, 88) and Andy Whitfield (Spartacus, 39, cancer) who passed away this past wee.