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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

May 19, 2009 at 9:21 AM

Movie news roundup: “Angels & Demons,” Clooney, and MLK

So, Ron Howard’s “Angels & Demons” is currently a distant third in the summer-weekend box office: It took in $46.2 million domestically over the weekend, well behind the $85 million taken in by “Wolverine” over May 1-3 and $79 million earned by “Star Trek” May 8-10. Where will “Terminator Salvation” fall? Will “Harry Potter” outshine them all? And which will have the longest legs? It’s worth noting that “Star Trek,” after only ten days in release, is just a hair behind “Wolverine” in cumulative total ($147 million vs. $150 million), though “Wolverine” has been out a week longer.
George Clooney, whose new movie “The Men Who Stare at Goats” just got picked up by Overture Films at Cannes (Clooney stars, longtime collaborator Grant Heslov directs), has another new project underway. He’ll star in “A Very Private Gentleman,” as an assassin who hides out in a lovely Italian town while awaiting his final assignment. This sounds sort of like “In Bruges,” doesn’t it? Can’t you just picture Clooney and Colin Farrell, cooling their heels in some pensione, swearing a lot? (No, Farrell’s not in this movie, though he would be if I were directing it. I love him in “In Bruges,” and I would quote him here except I’d have to use symbols like this: @#$%.)
And finally, as the who-should-play-Sinatra conversation calms down (sounds like it’ll be Leonardo DiCaprio, but nothing’s confirmed), here’s a new cause for casting chatter: Who should play Martin Luther King Jr? DreamWorks has acquired the rights to Dr. King’s life and will produce the first authorized film about him. Steven Spielberg, Suzanne De Passe and Madison Jones will produce; no director or star (or start date) has been announced. Hmmm . . .

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