By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 22, 2011 at 2:28AM
In case you were away from your computer this weekend, here’s a tidy package of our weekend coverage that includes this week's indie and mainstream box-office reports, Pixar news and more.
Atom Egoyan Will Direct a Feature Based on the West Memphis Three
The West Memphis Three were in prison for 18 years, but it didn’t take 18 hours until there was word of the feature being developed about their case.
Box Office: “One Day” Struggles; “Senna” Scores In Sophomore Frame (UPDATED)
Focus Features unleashed its critically challenged British romance “One Day” on a wide 1,721 screens this weekend and the results were slightly more spectacular than the film’s reviews.
Three Unmade Kubrick Films In Active Development; Lunatic at Large Close to Financing
No director has had a more storied posthumous career than Stanley Kubrick. The director died before the release of his controversial 1999 "Eyes Wide Shut," which he had nonetheless completed, and of course Steven Spielberg used Kubrick’s original drafts to script and direct 2001’s "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," which received mixed but mostly positive reviews.
Weekend Box Office: "The Help" Ascends to Number One, "Spy Kids 4" Strongest Newbie
As expected, robust holdover drama "The Help" kept all weekend newcomers at bay and claimed the number one spot. Of the newbies, family-friendly "Spy Kids 4" fared best.
James Schamus on Raoul Ruiz for Filmmaker Mag: A Must Read
James Schamus has written a lovely and extended appreciation of Raoul Ruiz for Filmmaker magazine. And it definitely deserves a read.
INTERVIEW | John Sayles on “Amigo”: “It’s just a great story that hasn’t been told”
Oscar-nominated filmmaker John Sayles dusted off an obscure part of American (and Filipino) history in making his latest film “Amigo,” set in the Philippines amidst the backdrop of U.S. occupation following the defeat of the country’s long-time colonial overlord, Spain.
Pixar Announces 2 New Movies: One Involving Dinosaurs, Another To Go Inside The Human Mind
At D23 over the weekend, Pixar and Disney announced a pair of Pixar movies, both of them shrouded in a certain degree of mystery.
Confirmed: Michael Fassbender Offered The Lead In "Prisoners"
While names like Tom Hardy, Andrew Garfield, James McAvoy, Garrett Hedlund and Chris Pine are ostensibly the five biggest rising and most-wanted leading males in Hollywood, arguably no actor is more desirable in Tinseltown right now in than Irish/German actor Michael Fassbender.