Avengers Makes Even More $, Kick-Ass 2 Coming, Mark Ruffalo's Twitter Hacked: Biz Break
The Avengers had an even better weekend than initially thought. The Academy sets up a new outdoor screening venue and it looks like Kick-Ass is getting a sequel. Those are among the spotlights in Monday afternoon's Biz Break round up. Also in the mix, Arnold Schwarzenegger picks up a gig and actor Mark Ruffalo's Twitter account gets hacked.
Avengers Sails Passed $207M
Marvel's The Avengers took $207.4M at the North American box office over the weekend, higher than the $200,329,000 estimated Sunday morning. The film crossed the $600 million mark globally in just 12 days. Its worldwide cumulative count is now $654.8 million.
Academy Announces Slate of Outdoor Events
The Academy unveiled a new outdoor screening venue and a slate of summer movies set for June 15th through August 18th. The "Oscars Outdoors" series will devote every Friday night to classics and contemporary favorites aimed at adult audiences, and every Saturday night to family-friendly fare. The final Friday night presentation, on August 17, will be an "Audience Choice" selection, determined by fans who cast votes on http://www.oscars.org/outdoors. Most features will be preceded by surprise animated or live-action short subjects.
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Kick-Ass Sequel Set for Summer Shoot
Kick-Ass comic series illustrator John Romita Jr. is promising a Summer 2012 start date for the movie sequel with a planned May 2013 release, Screen Rant reports.
Action Thriller Ten to Team David Ayer and Arnold Schwarzenegger
Open Road has picked up U.S. rights to action thriller Ten which David Ayer will direct and former CA governor Arnold Schwarzenegger will star. Deadline reports.
Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson Board Maleficent
Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson are joining Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, Disney's live-action re-tell of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. THR reports.
Catfish Team Join for The Monkey Wrench Gang
Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the team behind the 2010 Sundance Film Festival documentary Catfish and Paranormal Activity 3, will write and direct an adaptation of the Edward Abbey novel The Monkey Wrench Gang, Deadline reports.
Avengers Star Mark Ruffalo's Twitter Account Hacked
The actor who plays Bruce Banner in smash hit The Avengers had his account taken over and even changed his username from @MRuff221 to @Mark_Ruffalo and proceeded to add some peculiar posts. "The women of Hollywood sure have some great boobs," read one. E Online reports.
Checking in with Debra Granik's Latest
Filmmaker Debra Granik earned four Oscar noms for Winter's Bone, starring Jennifer Lawrence. Now she's taking on a possible HBO project, This American High Life, her film version of Russell Banks' novel Rule Of The Bone and a doc about U.S. war veterans inspired by an actor in Winter's Bone. Thompson on Hollywood reports.
Culkin & Czuchry Take on Gabriel
Rory Culkin (Scream 4) and Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife) are set to star in indie project Gabriel by writer/director Lou Howe. Culkin will star as the title character, Variety reports.
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