Movie News in 60 Seconds: Early 'Tintin’ Reactions, ‘Twilight Zone’ Director Picked, ‘Real Steel’ Remains Popular

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Early 'Tintin’ Reactions, ‘Twilight Zone’ Director Picked, ‘Real Steel’ Remains Popular

Oct 17, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

Follow That Dog: Early reactions to Steven Spielberg’s 3D, motion-capture film The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn have been spilling forth, and the reviews and tweets have been extremely positive, though, as David Hudson reminds: “First impressions don't always stick." (The Daily)

You’re Entering Another Dimension: Matt Reeves, whose past credits include monster flick Cloverfield and horror remake Let Me In, has been named the director of a new movie based on The Twilight Zone, the seminal TV series created by Rod Serling. It is expected that the new film will be “a big science fiction action movie” with “that familiarly eerie feel,” AKA “that sickening feeling that the movie will have nothing to do with the TV show that we all love.” (Deadline)

U.S. Box Office: Real Steel maintained its grip on the #1 position ($16.3 million), narrowly defeating the remake of Footloose ($16.1 million), and handily putting down The Thing ($8.7 million). Holdovers The Ides of March ($7.5 million), Dolphin Tale ($6.4 million), Moneyball ($5.5 million) and 50/50 ($4.3 million) all performed respectably. Birding comedy The Big Year ($3.5 million) fared poorly, proving once again that in a battle between birds and robots, robots always win. (Box Office Mojo)

International Box Office: Real Steel also strengthened its position overseas, taking in $24.2 million, topping The Three Musketeers, due out here this week, and The Smurfs. (Screen Daily)

What Closet?: Actor Zachary Quinto, who rose to fame as a nasty villain in TV series Heroes and raised his eyebrows as Spock in the Star Trek reboot, describes himself for the first time as “a gay man” in a new interview. His new film, Margin Call, opens on Friday. (New York Magazine)

Will Hollywood Listen to Iron Man and Forgive Mel Gibson?: Robert Downey Jr. received an achievement award from the American Cinematheque Friday night, presented by Mel Gibson. Downey took the occasion to ask that everyone “forgive my friend his trespasses.” Gibson helped Downey, when he was down and out in Hollywood, to land a role in 1990‘s Air America. (Thompson on Hollywood)

Job Opening: Richard Peña will step down next year from his dual role as Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and chairman of the selection committee for the New York Film Festival. Peña will complete 25 years of service for the festival, which will celebrate its 50th edition in 2012. (indieWIRE)

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