Today in film and television: Tyler Perry brought in a bundle, Point Break is getting an unnecessary remake, and the Blu-Ray edition of Citizen Kane is stunning.
- Forbes says that director/producer/playwright/elderly lady impersonator Tyler Perry was the "highest-earning man in entertainment" from May 2010 to May 2011. Perry brought in $130 million during the 12 month period, compared to $112 million for runner-up Jerry Bruckheimer. Steven Spielberg was third with $107 million. He was followed by Elton John ($100 million), Simon Cowell ($90 million), author James Patterson ($84 million), Dr. Phil McGraw ($80 million), Leonard DiCaprio ($77 million), Howard Stern ($76 million), and--in a surprise, considering all the fatalism about his future as a pitchman--golfer Tiger Woods ($75 million). No wonder Lionsgate is interested in giving Perry his own cable network. [Forbes]
- Today in "They're remaking that?": Warner Bros is fast-tracking a new version of Point Break, director Kathryn Bigelow's deadly-serious 1991 thriller starring Keanu Reeve as a former college football quarterback who goes undercover to infiltrate a gang of surfers/bank robbers, led by Patrick Swayze. Production company Alcon Entertainment said in a press release that the new version will be "set in the world of international extreme sports, and like the original involves an undercover FBI agent infiltrating a criminal ring, but plot points beyond that have not been revealed by the filmmakers." Hopefully they'll preserve the gang's habit of pulling heists while wearing the masks of ex-presidents. Without it, Swayze's gang being called the "Ex-Presidents" doesn't make much sense. [Deadline]
- The Blu-Ray edition of Citizen Kane arrives in stores today, and the digital transfer is said to be fit for a king, or at least a relentless newspaper publisher. "The difference between this disc and any other version you've seen--on TCM, at a repertory movie theater, or on the DVD released nine years ago--is stunning," writes Fred Kaplan at Slate. Bluray.com gave the new edition five stars out of five, proclaiming the transfer "gorgeous" and a "a stunning high definition restoration and presentation" that makes up for underwhelming early home video versions. [Slate]
- At first glance, Hugh Grant's stammering British charm would seem to be a poor fit with the kind of dead-tech, black-trenchcoated vision of the future offered by the Wachowski siblings in The Matrix movies, but he's joining the cast of their upcoming adaptation of David Mitchell's book Cloud Atlas anyway. The story covers six interlocking stories that span from the 19th century to the not-too-distant future. He'll be in good company at least: the ensemble includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Wachowski favorite Hugo Weaving. [The Hollywood Reporter]