The Men in Black beats out the Avengers for #1 spot plus Nick’s original movie Rags kicks off summer season



Today’s Nick stars sing out! I’m Realistic Fish Head. We’re just moments away from the start of summer season 2012 as well as Nick’s next original movie Rags! We’ll get to that in a moment. But first, lookout alien scum, the Men in Black have returned! Gene Scallop on how they trumped the Avengers causing a big scramble in movies this week!


Gene: Well Marvel heroes, it was a nice 3 weeks while it lasted. Look like the Men in Black aren’t the only ones who are the best talented heroes! With 70 million smackers on the board, Will Smith, aka Agent J along with Tommy Lee Jones aka Agent K are keeping the world safe once again! When last we left them, the agency was in big trouble thanks to Salina, the worm-like alien. MIB 3’s theme this time is of course time travel in which they go back in time to 1969 aka the Woodstock era. It’s Sony 5th film to underperform as the MIB see no signs of the summer slump. So far so good. Meanwhile, The Avengers drop out with 49 million smackers as Disney awaits its annual report tonight to see if it can hold on to its superhero luster.


In a stunning move due to Battle Ship’s big loss, Paramount is letting the Joes retreat from the summer heat as GI Joe Retaliation moves out as their release date changed from June 29th to March 29th 2013 to add 3D into the mix, which means Ted takes over the Joes current spot to fill it up. Also a stunt gone wrong on Transformers 4? What does this mean Angie?


Angie Angelfish (via Dateline Hollywood)- The sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation was supposed to come out this summer on June 29th. But I’ve learned that Paramount is moving the movie nine months to March 29, 2013, to add 3D. “We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally,” one of the studio execs just told me. “Jim Cameron did all of Titanic‘s 3D in post — and look how well that movie turned out.” Hollywood is shocked that Paramount vacated the primo date, especially because Paramount blew a wad on a Super Bowl commercial and already was starting TV and outdoor ads for GI Joe 2. Paramount has had luck delaying films before: its decision to move Martin Scorsese ’s Shutter Island gave the director his biggest box office hit ever. And right now, 3D is huge internationally, with Russia and China building new 3D theaters by the week. Also the execs say that the blockbuster performance of The Hunger Games shows that March can be a prime time of the year to release movies. Of course, Paramount had to talk its partners on GI Joe 2 into the extra nine months of carrying costs – MGM, which has 25%, and David Ellison’s Skydance, which has another 25%. The $125M-budgeted actioner stars Channing Tatum, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and Bruce Willis and is directed by Jon Chu.

The hugely buzzed-about ‘R’-rated comedy Ted was scheduled for release July 13th. But Universal execs moved quickly to grab this date now that Paramount’s G.I. Joe: Retaliation sequel moved off June 29th to add 3D. After all, the movie and campaign are ready, I’m told. Seth MacFarlane is the writer, director, producer, and voice talent behind the foul-mouthed teddy bear alongside Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. “The movie has had so much buzz since the minute the trailers were released that we’ve been looking to see if there was an earlier date available,” a Universal insider tells me. “It also gives us two more weeks of primetime summer. And allows for the word of mouth to build through the weeks up through Fourth Of July.” Hollywood is shocked that Paramount vacated the primo date, especially because Paramount blew a wad on a Superbowl commercial and already was starting TV and outdoor ads for GI Joe 2.

It was announced today that Paramount has reached an $18.5 million settlement with Gabriella Cedillo, the extra who suffered a severe head trauma on the set of the Transformers 3 film on September 1, 2010. The victim’s attorney accused Paramount of doing “everything they could to avoid payment”. A source tells Deadline that the lawsuit filed in October 2010 would have gone on longer if Michael Bay’s name hadn’t been thrown into the legal mix. But the possibility that the director and his Platinum Dunes production company suddenly were to be pulled in as defendants apparently lit a fire under Paramount to speed a settlement. Today’s news comes after a year and a half of legal maneuvering, including attempts by the studio to move the case from Illinois to California, as well one already failed mediation. Then Paramount approached Cedillo’s attorneys early this year seeking a second mediation. It took just a couple more meetings between the lawyers for the settlement to be reached in late March. But it took up until today for all the paperwork to get finalized, and for Cedillo’s attorney to present the deal to the judge. “We are pleased that the Cedillo family has agreed to move forward with the settlement. This was a tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers remain with Gabriela,” a Paramount spokesperson said today.

Cedillo was represented by Todd A. Smith and Brian LaCien of Chicago’s Power Rogers & Smith. She was struck in the head by a metal bracket that broke loose off the cable holding a stunt car on the Transformers 3 set in Hammond, Indiana, during an explosion scene. The bracket flew through the window of Cedillo’s car, which she was driving as an extra, and hit her. It was revealed after the fact that the stunt had failed the day before and that the production did not have the correct permits for explosive devices on the day of Cedillo’s accident. According to a statement from Cedillo’s lawyer Smith, Paramount promised immediately after to take care of all of the medical bills and care for the disfigured and brain injured Cedillo, but “in reality, they did everything they could to avoid payment”.


So to recap, MIB 3 takes #1 while the Avengers secure 2nd, Battle Ship due to Paramount’s move GI Joe 2 in March 2013 loses ground in 3rd. The Dictator moves in 4th much more to Paramount’s breaking news regarding GI Joe 2. Dark Shadows rounds out in 5th with Chernobyl Diaries debuting in 6th. Will the MIB become Memorial Day champs come Monday? Keep watching to see if they do!


Let’s check out our 2 news items. First, the Penguins tally:


447 signatures are on the board, now we’re getting there! With plenty of time left, there’s plenty of months left to make sure if a 4th season is coming soon.


And speaking of hope, the number of Unova debuts is reduced to 15 Pokémon left to appear off the latest episode with another one coming at the end of this month. Once again Pokémon fans, keep watching!


Join Keke Palmer and the rest of your favorite Nick stars star in Nick’s newest movie Rags this Monday night along with your favorite stars in a Monday night movie marathon to kick off summer season 2012. This is Realistic Fish Head saying as of Monday, happy Memorial Day!

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