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The N.E.R.D. Entertainment Report for the week of Sept. 28th

Updated on September 28, 2014

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A Hawkeye Movie?

The Answer: No. Hawkeye actor and Avengers star Jeremy Renner recently had a conversation with MTV where he said that he is not “scratching and clawing to do a solo movie by any means", AKA there are no plans for a Hawkeye movie.

But before all of you Hawkeye aficionados get out your razor blades, Renner did hint at the possibility of his Hawkeye potentially being in different movies such as a third Captain America film. Plus, he can be seen in next year's, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mission Impossible 5 which is currently filming.

Xavier Samuel
Xavier Samuel | Source

A Pretty Frankenstein?

Casting news came out this week that Twilight: Eclipse actor Xavier Samuel has been cast as the title monster in an upcoming modern take on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The movie stars Danny Houston (Wrath of the Titans) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) as Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein who create a new version of the monster in modern day Los Angeles.

Here's the question, how will the movie be received when Xavier Samuel, a known pretty boy who was once nominated for Favorite Movie Star at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards stars as the feared monster who terrorizes everyone in town?

Maybe it's just me but the Frankenstein monster should probably be, you know, scary. We all know what happened last time when stud Aaron Eckhart (who actually is a good actor) played the role in this year's I, Frankenstein. That film barely recouped its budget and was reviled by critics. But who knows, maybe they'll surprise us all. Only time will tell.

Will Taken 3 take the Taken franchise to the bank? Taken?

It's official. The Taken franchise, which stars tough guy Liam Neeson as a retired CIA operative who must save his various family members from bad guys will officially be one of the great trilogies of modern cinema.

Neeson spoke with USA Today earlier this week and it was during this conversation that Neeson announced that the third Taken film will be called Tak3n. That's the word Taken with a backwards 'E' that's like a 3 and it's, well who cares. It just looks cool. Right?

The nation mourned when Neeson also announced that the third Taken will be the last of the franchise. Taken 3 will be a true test of Neeson's somewhat diminishing star power in these tough guy roles. Although the Taken films have been successful (Taken box office: $226 million, Taken 2 box office: $376 million), his latest, A Walk Among the Tombstones seems unlikely to recoup it's budget.

Weekend Box Office Projections*

1. The Equalizer - $35 Million+
2. The Maze Runner - $16 Million+
3. The Boxtrolls - $15 Million+
4. This is Where I Leave You - $4 Million+
5. A Walk Among the Tombstones - $3 Million+

There should be no surprise that the Equalizer, directed by Training Day director Antoine Foqua and starring Training Day's Denzel Washington will reach the top spot this weekend. The duo have now proven to be a successful pairing.

The Boxtrolls, the stop motion flick from the production company who brought us Caroline and ParaNorman will start out at third place which is still respectable for the film which cost only $60 million to make.

The rest of the top 5 was made up of holdovers including the YA adventure The Maze Runner and last week's disappointing Walk Among the Tombstones (see above).

*data is based on Saturday's numbers

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Fall Television Season Begins!

This week a slew of new and returning television shows invaded our DVRs. On the nerd front, we have the return of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, the awesome debut of the Fox's Gotham, a new season of The Big Bang Theory on CBS and the debut of the new CBS show CSI: Cyber among many others.

Which of these shows will rock your world and which will do down in flames? Be sure to check back to see which of these shows succeeds and which face inevitable cancelation.

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Must See Trailer of the Week

What would you do for a quick six thousand dollars? In the new flick Stretch, starring Patrick Wilson (Prometheus) Chris Pine (Star Trek Into Darkness), Jessica Alba (Sin City) and Ed Helms (The Hangover) a limo driver is about to find out.

The movie is written, produced and directed by Joe Carnahan who has brought us such awesome flicks as Smokin' Aces, The A-Team and The Grey so it is sure to be a hell of a ride.

The film will be released on October 7th on Amazon and iTunes but you can check out the awesome trailer below.



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