The Rundown: May 20-26

Hey Quickflixers! Welcome to the latest instalment of The Rundown. It’s a regular feature that will appear on the blog every Wednesday, highlighting our favourite news items from the past 7 days, as well as notable box office and weekly rental figures. (And yes, we get that it’s weird to do this in the middle of the week. But we don’t complain about the timing of articles on your blog!)

So, what did we learn this week?

Megan Fox was booted from Transformers 3 (she claims she left on her own terms), meaning that Michael Bay needs to now find a ridiculously attractive woman to bend over the hood of shiny cars and feign romantic interest in Shia LaBeouf. Acting skills preferable, but not essential.

Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul‘s film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives took out the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Traditionally, the Cannes jury selects the winner based on the largest number of combined letters in the name of the director and the title of their film.

We paid our respects to Lost
, which wrapped up six seasons of mind-melting riddles and daddy issues on Sunday in the U.S. Of course, the finale doesn’t air in Australia until tonight, which means that none of us have seen it yet (nor have we debated the meaning of the final perfectly beautiful moments on any online forums).

As far as trailers go, we saw a nice new promo for The Killer Inside Me and a cuss-laden teaser for the great doco Winnebago Man.

Oh, and Marty Scorsese wants Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro to play Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in his upcoming film. This will probably never happen.

Top 5 Quickflix Rentals

1. Avatar
2. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
3. 2012
4. Julie and Julia
5. Did You Hear About The Morgans

In Cinemas This Week

Fish Tank
City Island
Leap Year
The Losers
Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time
Repo Men
The Secret in Their Eyes
StreetDance 3D

On DVD This Week

The Road
Open Graves

On DVD Next Week

Law Abiding Citizen
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2 – The Squeakquel
Bright Star
Mad Men – Season 3

Weekend Box Office May 19-22*

1. Robin Hood
WKND = $3,606,899 / TOTAL = $11,103,625
2. Wog Boy 2 – The Kings of Mykonos
WKND = $1,828,902 / TOTAL = $1,852,652
3. Iron Man 2
WKND = $1,730,295 / TOTAL = $23,023,212
4. The Back Up Plan
WKND = $1,213,195 / TOTAL = $1,308,145
5. A Nightmare on Elm Street
WKND = $ 1,140,064 / TOTAL = $1,140,064
6. Letters to Juliet
WKND = $738,338 / TOTAL = $2,564,725
7. Harry Brown
WKND = $344,464 / TOTAL = $350,552
8. I Love You Too
WKND = $253,964 / TOTAL = $2,160,345
9. Kites
WKND = $211,163 / TOTAL = $211,163
10. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
WKND = $171,854 / TOTAL = $4,726,432

*See further details at Urban Cinefile.

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