The Week Ahead: March 7 – March 13 2010

The Week Ahead: March 7 – March 13 2010

For more information on upcoming (and historical) movies, TV shows, books, conventions, paranormal happenings, and pretty much anything that interests me, see the ever-growing Measured Circle Pop Culture Timeline.

Movies

Battle: Los Angeles

Big budget, big bangs.  I think a lot of people will be in the mood for something adrenalin-driven and easy to watch…and that doesn’t star Nic Cage.  ;)  Seriously, this one seems like it will be accessible and not particularly controversial.  My guess is that it will translate well abroad, which will help.  Aaron Eckhart may be a good fit here, and Bridget Moynahan, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ne-Yo are also going to drive up the audience.  The director and writer don’t have much of a history, though.  I don’t think this is an Independence Day size hit, but bigger than last year’s Skyline.  :)  However, Skyline doubled its ten million dollar budget…I don’t think this one can do the same with its reported one hundred million budget.  I’d say it has a couple of weeks before Sucker Punch may draw some of its audience…although that’s not going to be a straight ahead movie like this one.  I’m worried I may be overestimating on this one, but I’ll go with my $100m to $199m dogro (domestic gross) slot.  That means it has to beat the A-Team and just about tie The Expendables.

Red Riding Hood

I’m torn a bit on this one…and unlike some people in the movie, it’s not limb from limb.  ;)  Hollywood just seems to have presumed there is a huge market for live-action modern takes on fairy tales.  I don’t see that as a proven box office guarantee.  Amanda Seyfried didn’t make Jennifer’s Body a hit, but Dear John did well (80m).  The director has Twilight on her resume, but the writer doesn’t have much.  Gary Oldman’s a draw but won’t make a picture on his own.  The trailer has some interesting shots, and despite the violence, it’s PG-13.  I’m going to say…in the 40m to 79m slot, although I could see it disappearing altogether. 

Mars Needs Moms

This was is in a good position to take the baton from Gnomeo and Juliet.  Rango was probably too adult to pull the same audience, but this is just going to be fun for kids.  I’m assuming the “Mom in peril” plot isn’t too much.  The director, Simon Wells (great-grandson of H.G.), had a track record: Balto, The Prince of Egypt).  Seth Green and Joan Cusack are solid voice talent.  It’s got a clear path until Hop on April 1st (and that may be too meta for kids).  I’m going to go…between 80 and 100m dogro for this one.

New TV

  • Adventure Time at 8:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • The Event (two hours) at 8:00 PM on NBC (Monday)
  • House at 8:00 PM on Fox (Monday)
  • Mad (The Buzz Identity/Two and a Half-Man) at 8:15 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Regular Show at 8:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Monday)
  • Being Human at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Monday)
  • Cake Boss at 9:00 PM on TLC (Monday)
  • Shatner’s Raw Nerve (Ed Asner) at 10:00 PM on Bio (Monday)
  • Glee at 8:00 PM on Fox (Tuesday)
  • V at 9:00 PM on ABC (Tuesday)
  • Tosh.0 at 10:00 PM on Comedy Central (Tuesday)
  • American Idol at 8:00 PM on Fox (Wednesday)
  • Survivor at 8:00 PM on CBS (Wednesday)
  • Ghost Hunters at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Face Off at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Wednesday)
  • Being Erica at 11:00 PM on Soapnet (Wednesday)
  • American Idol (first viewer-based elimination) at 8:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Big Bang Theory at 8:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Bones at 9:00 PM on Fox (Thursday)
  • Archer at 10:00 PM on FX (Thursday)
  • The Mentalist at 10:00 PM on CBS (Thursday)
  • Eaglehart at 11:59 PM on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim (Thursday)
  • Young Justice at 7:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Ben 10 at 7:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Generator Rex at 8:00 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Wizards of Waverly Place at 8:00 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • Fish Hooks at 8:30 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars at 8:30 PM on Cartoon Network (Friday)
  • Beast Hunter (Swamp Monster of the Congo) at 9:00 PM on NatGeo (Friday)
  • Phineas and Ferb at 9:00 PM on the Disney Channel (Friday)
  • Fringe at 9:00 PM on Fox (Friday)
  • Merlin at 10:00 PM on Syfy (Friday)
  • Battle of Los Angeles (this is a TV movie, but sounds very similar to the theatrical release with a similar name…this one stars Kel Mitchell of Kenan and Kel and Nia Peeples) at 9:00 PM on Syfy (Saturday)
  • Being Human (the original British show) at 9:00 PM on BBC America (Saturday)
  • The Amazing Race at 8:00 PM on CBS (Sunday)
  • The Simpsons at 8:00 PM on Fox (Sunday)
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (TV sequel to the theatrical movie) at 9:00 PM on ABC Family (Sunday)

Cons

Cons are short for “conventions”, when people who rarely leave the house get together…just kidding, of course, they can be great fun.  For details, I recommend Fanboy’s Convention List.

  • CoastCon, Sci-fi and Gaming (guests include Gary Graham and Mike Resnick), Biloxi, Mississsippi
  • Creation’s Twilight Con, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Creation’s Star Trek Con (guests include Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, Connor Trineer, Grace Lee Whitney, Rene Auberjonois, more), San Francisco, California
  • Monster-Mania, (guests include Nick Castle, Ace Frehley, Dina Meyer, Fred Williamson, David Hedison, Lee Meriwether, Robert Colbert, Roy Thinnes, more)

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.

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