The Rundown: June 28 – July 2

Which lucky young actor was cast as the new Spider-Man? Why are all the new horror movie trailers particularly unscary? And how come Hollywood keeps casting those pesky Brits in all the plum roles?! Find out the answers to all these questions and more in this week’s Rundown!

So, what did we learn this week?

There were a slate of weird casting announcements, with talented young Brit Andrew Garfield scoring the role of Spider-Man, Meryl Streep gearing up to play Maggie Thatcher, and
Andy Serkis heading back into the world of motion capture to play a crazy ape!

It’s beginning to look as if the entire population of the United Kingdom will soon find themselves cast in X-Men: First Class. It was confirmed this week that Alice Eve and Michael Fassbender will join James McAvoy in the comic book adaptation. We can anticipate the casting announcements of Rod Stewart, Sarah Ferguson and The Queen in the coming weeks.

It was revealed that the yanks are prepping a remake of the offbeat Australian comedy show Wilfred, featuring Elijah Wood in the lead (human) role. Here’s hoping it follows the grand tradition of such American remakes as Kath and Kim, Coupling, Life on Mars … actually, never mind.

As for this week’s trailer debuts, well, what does it mean when the teaser for David Fincher’s The Social Network is creepier than those for Paranormal Activity 2 and Let Me In?

In Cinemas

The Karate Kid (3.5/5)

“Devoid of dumb humour, and unexpectedly soulful, The Karate Kid Redux is certain to become a favourite amongst youngsters in the same way as the original encouraged teenagers to sign up for martial arts lessons.”

Also showing: Marmaduke, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Farewell.

Available to Rent:

Alice in Wonderland (3/5)

“It’s just so … Burton. I doubt anyone with even a passing familiarity of the filmmaker’s work could be surprised by any of the imagery in this film.”

Also available: Dear John, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

Head to Head:

Fish Tank

Weekend Box Office June 24-27

1. Toy Story 3 [480 screens/ $15,434]
WKND = $7,408,201 / TOTAL = $7,532,961
2. Shrek Forever After [450 screens/ $6,199]
WKND = $2,789,699 / TOTAL = $13,396,460
3. Grown Ups [228 screens/ $12,119]
WKND = $2,763,244 / TOTAL = $2,763,244
4. Get Him To The Greek [202 screens/ $7,364]
WKND = $1,487,506 / TOTAL = $5,700,103
5. Sex and the City 2 [386 screens/ $3,329]
WKND = $1,285,120 / TOTAL = $21,574,398
6. The A-Team [259 screens/ $3,737]
WKND = $967,913 / TOTAL = $8,350,262
7. Animal Kingdom [78 screens/ $5,482]
WKND = $427,629 / TOTAL = $3,164,633
8. Prince of Persia – The Sands of Time [135 screens/ $2,101]
WKND = $283,696 / TOTAL = $10,084,215
9. Marmaduke[109 screens/ $1,928]
WKND = $210,155 / TOTAL = $332,618
10. I Am Love [20 screens/ $9,806]
WKND = $196,119 / TOTAL = $196,119

Discuss: Phew. Your thoughts on the week that was?

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