When I first saw the trailer for “Real Steel,” I quickly dismissed it as a derivative film that was produced simply to lure the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em kids in all of us. We grew up with the boxing robots toy, and Walt Disney Pictures just wanted to capitalize on our nostalgia.
I was wrong. Read More...
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Last week "Dolphin Tale" debuted third at the box-office, but this weekend, the film claimed the top spot with $14.2 million. Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter, "Dolphin Tale" landed at No. 1 and successfully dethroned Disney's "The Lion King" which has been at the top spot for the past two weekends.
Exclusive "Dolphin Tale" Interviews (Click the names to see full interviews):
HARRY CONNICK JR.
NATHAN GAMBLE & COZI ZUEHLSDORFF (THE KIDS)
AUSTIN STOWELL (KYLE)
DIRECTOR CHARLES MARTIN SMITH
"The Lion King" fell to No. 3 with $11.1 million, while Sony's Brad Pitt flick "Moneyball" remained at No. 2 with $12.5 million.
Three new weekend releases failed to steal the top spot. "50/50" the cancer dramedy starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen debuted at No. 4 with $8.85 million, while the faith-based "Courageous" also from Sony opened at No. 5 with $8.8 million.
Universal did not screen "Dream House" for critics, and apparently, viewers were not in the mood to watch the scary flick as well. Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz, and Naomi Watts star in the film which debuted at No. 6 with $8.2 million. (Check out our TOP 10 BEST HAUNTED HOUSE MOVIES right here)
Another film that flopped was Fox's romantic comedy "What's Your Number?" starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans which debuted at No. 8 with $5.6 million. Yikes!
Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of Sept. 30th:
1. "Dolphin Tale," $14.2 million.
2. "Moneyball," $12.5 million.
3. "The Lion King," $11.1 million
4. "50/50," $8.85 million.
5. "Courageous," $8.8 million.
6. "Dream House," $8.2 million.
7. "Abduction," $5.65 million.
8. "What's Your Number?", $5.6 million.
9. "Contagion," $5 million.
10. "Killer Elite," $4.9 million.
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DreamWorks Animation and Paramount have announced that they're moving the opening of "Puss in Boots" one week earlier from Nov. 4 to Oct. 28th! Yay!
We all fell in love with the character from the "Shrek" movies, and this is probably the most beloved character that Antonio Banderas has ever played, well, this one, voiced.
I think this is a good move for DreamWorks/Paramount because it gives them advantage of attracting the family crowd before the onslaught of films made for kids arrive a week later leading to the Thanksgiving holiday.
Here's more info on "Puss in Boots" from DreamWorks/Paramount:
DreamWorks Animation Presents
PUSS IN BOOTS
Music by Henry Jackman
Story by Brian Lynch, Will Davies and Tom Wheeler
Screenplay by Tom Wheeler
Executive Producers Andrew Adamson, Guillermo del Toro
Produced by Joe M. Aguilar, Latifa Ouaou
Directed by Chris Miller
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton, Amy Sedaris
Synopsis: Long before he even met Shrek, the notorious fighter, lover and outlaw Puss in Boots becomes a hero when he sets off on an adventure with the tough and street smart Kitty Softpaws and the mastermind Humpty Dumpty to save his town. This is the true story of The Cat, The Myth, The Legend…The Boots.
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It's Cool to Say Redrum Again! Stephen King Reveals "The Shining" Sequel! Watch Video of the Author Reading Excerpt!
I was thrilled to hear that Stephen King is planning a sequel to his classic "The Shining." And you know, there is no planned publication date yet, but I'm sure Hollywood is salivating to get its hands on the sequel.
The original 1980 film based on the 1977 King novel, is regarded as one of the scariest films ever made! And I definitely agree. The marriage of King's material and director Stanley Kubrick's assured hands plus Jack Nicholson's demented dad performance gave us one of the best horror movies that still holds up to this day.
And then there's Danny Lloyd as the young clairvoyant Danny Torrance, and Scatman Crothers as the trusty Dick Halloran, and the terrific Shelly Duvall as the wife-in-distress, Wendy. And who can forget the hallway of that spooky hotel? Or the squeaky Big Wheel? Or the identical twin girls? And the list goes on and on and on.
King, speaking at George Mason University last week (check the video below after the jump), revealed that he's working on the sequel, and this one's going to be called "Doctor Sleep." It will tell the tale of Danny, now all grown up and working as a hospice worker. He's just not any old hospice worker though, his special powers help his suffering patients die without pain. And yikes, there are vampires in this movie! Vampires? Really? Let's leave it to the horror king to figure it all out! Just don't give us a "Twilight" kind of back story. We're looking for more of "The Salem's Lot" vampire variety. Please?
I've always been a fan of King, I read all of his books, yes I do! And he's having some sort of a career resurgence as of late. "Bag of Bones" is headed to TV, and "Under the Dome" is being developed for Showtime with no other than Steven Spielberg and his DreamWorks TV banner.
So while many entertainment folks are trying to figure out who should star in the sequel, us, movie buffs, should wonder -- who should direct "Doctor Sleep?" Because after all, there's only one Kubrick, but maybe, just maybe, someone will be able to give this justice.
Here's King reading excerpt of "Doctor Sleep" at George Mason University:
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