"Brave" Hits Target with $66.7 Million, "Abraham Lincoln" Lacks Bite 

Family films triumphed at the box-office with "Brave" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" taking in the No. 1 and 2 spots respectively. "Brave," Disney/Pixar's first female heroine defied gravity and landed at the top spot with $66.7 million continuing Pixar's record of opening films at No. 1. Featuring voice work by Kelly McDonald (Merida) and Emma Thompson, "Brave" is a beguiling, old-school fairy tale that connected with kids and grown-ups alike. ("Brave" movie review)

Sliding to No. 2 was Paramount's "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted" with $20.2 million. So far, the threequel has made $157.6 million at domestic box-office. (Jada Pinkett Smith talks about her role Gloria)

At No. 3 was Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" with a very soft $16.5 million. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith's novel, believe in the premise of the film and you will enjoy the movie. ("Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" movie review)

Taking the No. 4 position was "Prometheus" with $10 million, followed by "Snow White and the Huntsman" at No. 5 with $8 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of June 22nd:

1. Brave, 1/4,164, Disney/Pixar, $66.7 million.
2. Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, 3/3,920, $20.2 million, $157.6 million.
3. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, 1/3,108, $16.5 million.
4. Prometheus, 3/2,862, $10 million, $108.5 million.
5. Snow White and the Hunstman, 4/2,919, $8 million, $137.1 million.
6. Rock of Ages, 2/3,470, $8 million, $28.8 million.
7. The Avengers, 8/2,230, Disney/Marvel Studios, $7 million, $598.3 million.
8. That's My Boy, 2/3,030, Sony, $7.9 million, $28.2 million.
9. Men in Black 3, 5/2,462, Sony, $5.6 million, $163.3 million.
10. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, 1/1,625, Focus, $3.8 million.


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My Fun Interview with "Johnny Loves Dolores" Director Clarissa de los Reyes 

Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Clarissa de los Reyes followed her heart in search of her American dream -- filmmaking. The Filipino immigrant attended NYU's Graduate Film program where she received various scholarships and awards including the 2006 Sara Driver Production Award, the 2006 New York Women in Film and Television Production Grant, the Maurice Kanbar Scholarship, the Tisch Graduate Assistantship for Cinematography and an Honorable Mention at the 2007 Director's Guild of America Student Awards East Coast Division and most recently, the Oberman and Pickert Production Award.

She recently worked with respected director John Sayles for the feature film "Amigo" where she performed as 2nd Camera Operator. Right now, Miss Clarissa is busy working on a feature-length screenplay of "Johnny Loves Dolores."

In this interview shown in The Filipino Channel's Balitang America, we talked about Clarissa's hopes and dreams, working with the semi-retired Princess Punzalan, being part of the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, and her passion for the cinema. And really, her passion is palpable! Take a look:

Two Filipino immigrants: a lonely clerk at a Money Remittance center and a jobless cleaning lady living illegally in Queens, New York, form an odd arrangement during a recent economic downturn. "Johnny Loves Dolores" examines an aspect of the Filipino migrant experience in which moneydrives relationships, and loneliness is just one of the many consequences faced by Filipinos working and living in another country.

Producer Steven Payne
Director Clarissa de los Reyes
Writer Clarissa de los Reyes
Cast Marie France Arcilla, Raul Arellano, Andrew Eisenman, Agnes Magtoto, Princess Punzalan

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“Brave” and “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” Movie Reviews – Which One is My Pick of the Week? 

Two big films are opening this weekend, we have “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” for action fans and “Brave” for the entire family. “Abraham Lincoln” is based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book (he also wrote the screenplay) and Benjamin Walker stars as our beloved 16th President who moonlights as a vampire slayer. From “Wanted’s” Timur Bekmambetov and produced by Tim Burton, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” has a head-scratching premise that you have to believe in order to enjoy the film.

“Brave” features the first ever female heroine in the Disney/Pixar cannon. And I say, it’s about darn time! Kelly McDonald voiced the lead role of Merida, a reluctant princess who wants to choose her own path in life. Emma Thompson voiced the Queen Mother, and for the first time, Disney/Pixar focuses on a mother-daughter relationship instead of the usual father/son drama.

But only one movie is my pick of the week, which one? Take a look:

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Will Justin Timberlake Join "Baywatch" the Movie? 

Paramount is set to make a big screen version of "Batwatch" and they want Justin Timberlake to star according to Twitch. Will he bring the sexy back to the beach? Saving the world one swimmer at a time?

Ivan Reitman, Beau Flynn, and Tripp Vinson are producing the movie and yes, they have roles for David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, if they want them.

Will you watch a "Baywatch" film? Do you even care?

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Let's Go to Where the Air is Sweet! "Sesame Street' Movie in the Works! 

Sunny day is sweeping the clouds away for "Sesame Street" fans.

20th Century Fox has picked up the movie rights to the beloved children's television show and has hired longtime "Street" writer, Joey Mazzarino, to pen the script according to Heat Vision.

This would not be the first big screen version of "Sesame Street." In 1985, "Follow That Bird" was released featuring John Candy, Chevy Chase, and Dave Thomas. And in 1999, "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" was released.

Now, with the success of "The Muppets," FOX seems to think that it's the right time to bring out our favorite residents of "Sesame Street" such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Grover, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Elmo.

Shawn Levy ("Date Night," "Night at the Museum," "Real Steel") is attached to produce but will he direct and tell us how to get to "Sesame Street?" Stay tuned...

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