What's Popping: 'Red Tails', 'Resident Evil: Retribution', 'Hancock 2'


With Red Tails, George Lucas is out to prove that a blockbuster with an all-black cast can make good money, and ticket sales on Fandango suggested he may be right. As of Friday, ticket sales on Fandango for Red Tails is nearly twice that of Underworld: Awakening, the box office favorite this weekend. With Friday's returns in though, Red Tails won't upset Underworld: Awakening for the box office crown, but it will come in second with an estimated $16 million over three days. Looks like there's a good chance Lucas will make back the $90 million he spent on the movie.

While at a press event for his upcoming movie Battleship, director Peter Berg revealed that a Hancock sequel will eventually happen. He said he had met with the film's star Will Smith several times last year to hash out where to take and sequel and they have settled on a concept. Now, it's just a matter of getting it done.

Andrea Riseborough and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko are joining Tom Cruise in his upcoming sci-fi action-adventure movie titled Horizons. In the movie, Cruise will play the last remaining man on Earth who repairs robots to fight an alien species. When a woman crash lands on Earth, she makes Cruise questioned his role. Riseborough will play Cruise's wife. She takes over the role from Jessica Chastain, who left for Kathryn Bigelow's Navy SEAL movie. Kurylenko will play the woman who crash landed on Earth. Horizons was previously called Oblivion and the title may change yet again.

The first trailer for the fifth Resident Evil movie is here. Part commercial for Sony products, the trailer gives a glimpse of what we can expect from the movie -- more of the same, really. Michelle Rodriguez, who supposedly died in the first movie, makes her return to the series. We also get to see Chinese actress Li Bingbing as Ada Wong in her red cocktail dress. Nothing exceptional here. Let's hope the next trailer is better.

Everyone wants a Bridesmaids sequel, all except Kristen Wigg. She told E! in no uncertain terms that the sequel is not in her immediate plans. She has the opportunity to work on other projects and she's running with those. This does not mean she won't ever return for the sequel if she feels she has something that measures up to the original though. However, if Universal ever makes a sequel without her, I have the feeling she won't return, ever.

Other News & Notes:

Jan de Bont will direct the remake of Johnny Cash's 1961 movie Five Minutes to Live.

Diane Kruger in talks for adaptation of Stephenie Meyer's The Host.

Set photo of Vin Diesel as Riddick in a cape.

Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga to join director James Wan's supernatural thriller The Conjuring.

Jack the Giant Killer moved to 2013.

The Expendables 2 will be PG-13 confirms Stallone.

Naomie Harris says she's not playing Miss Moneypenny in Skyfall.

David Kajganich hired to work on The Stand script for Ben Affleck to direct.

Patrick Sean Smith will adapt the comic book Bone for director P.J. Hogan.

DeadPool likely to go into production this year.

Underworld: Awakening the one to beat at the box office this weekend.

Joel Edgerton sold his One Night Stand script to Regency.

Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman joined by director Seth Gordon in Identity Theft.

Matthew Lillard in talks to join Clint Eastwood in Trouble With the Curve.

Tommy Lee Jones to play General MacArthur in the WWII epic Emperor.

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