"Paranormal Activity" Beats "Saw VI" at Box-Office Fright Fest! 


Jigsaw from the "Saw" franchise was no match to the demon in the center of "Paranormal Activity." The shaky-cam extravaganza has won a weekend fight of fright flicks!

"Paranormal Activity," one of the scariest films of the year, possibly of the last decade, took over the No. 1 spot with $22 million compared to just $14.8 million for "Saw VI."

Maybe you were saying "you saw it already" because the Lionsgate franchise that has been a Halloween fixture for the last few years opened with its weakest performance to date.

The "Saw" franchise's previous low was $18.3 million for the original movie. The following sequels all opened at $30 million or better...at least, until..."Paranormal Activity."

Should we stick a fork in the "Saw" franchise 'cause it's done?

When I spoke with Tobin Bell, the man behind Jigsaw/John, he revealed that there were plans to make "Saw VII" IF "Saw VI" does well. (Check out my interview with Tobin Bell right here)

Now that it failed, the future of the "Saw" franchise is bloody unclear!

"Paranormal Activity," a film that was made for a mere $15,000, has grossed $62.5 million already!

I'M TELLING Y'ALL, IF YOU LOVE SCARY FILMS, GO WATCH "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY" RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW! Sure, it used the "Blair Witch" documentary style, but that's where the comparison ends. "Paranormal Activity" has a strong narrative focus (it even foreshadows the end), and there's a satisfying payoff.

The previous weekend's top flick, "Where the Wild Things Are" fell to No. 3 with $14.4 million. I enjoyed this film as well, director Spike Jonze stayed true to the spirit of Maurice Sendak's beloved book.

Meanwhile, new releases did not fare well. "Astro Boy" opened at No. 6 with $7 million, while Universal's "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant" tanked! Tanked I tell ya!

"Cirque du Freak" came in pre-sold. It's based on a book series. But even the fans of the book ignored this Universal release. YIKES!

(Check out my interviews with "Astro Boy's" Freddie Highmore and Eugene Levy right here)

Fox Searchlight's "Amelia" starring the wonderful Hilary Swank opened at No. 11 with $4 million. Not bad for an independent film about the legendary Amelia Earhart. (Check out my interviews with Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair right here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Oct. 23rd:

1. "Paranormal Activity," $22 million.

2. "Saw VI," $14.8 million.

3. "Where the Wild Things Are," $14.4 million.

4. "Law Abiding Citizen," $12.7 million.

5. "Couples Retreat," $11.1 million.

6. "Astro Boy," $7 million.

7. "The Stepfather," $6.5 million.

8. "Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant," $6.3 million.

9. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $5.6 million.

10. "Zombieland," $4.3 million.


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"Amelia" Movie Review! 


Check out my interviews with Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair right here, otherwise, watch my "Amelia" movie review and have fun!



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"Amelia" Interviews with HIlary Swank and Director Mira Nair 


I had a great time meeting Hilary Swank and director Mira Nair. Both were very passionate about their film and its subject, the legendary Amelia Earhart.

So here are my interviews and have fun!

HILARY SWANK

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her involvement with the film
*** How she prepared for the role
*** What interested her in making Amelia
*** What she wants viewers to get from watching "Amelia"

(Click on the picture to access the interview)



DIRECTOR MIRA NAIR

We talked about:
*** Her involvement with the film
*** Her inspiration for the movie "Amelia"
*** Working with Hilary Swank and Richard Gere
*** What she hoped for the audience to get watching "Amelia"

(Click on the picture to access the interview)



Here's more info about "Amelia" from Yahoo:

After becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was thrust into a new role as America's sweetheart - the legendary "goddess of light," known for her bold, larger-than-life charisma. Yet, even with her global fame solidified, her belief in flirting with danger and standing up as her own, outspoken woman never changed. She was an inspiration to people everywhere, from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to the men closest to her heart: her husband, promoter and publishing magnate George P. Putnam, and her long time friend and lover, pilot Gene Vidal.

In the summer of 1937, Amelia set off on her most daunting mission yet: a solo flight around the world that she and George both anxiously foresaw as destined, whatever the outcome, to become one of the most talked-about journeys in history.
Also Known As:
Untitled (Noyce/Swank Amelia Earhart Project)
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: The story of the relationship between famed aviatrix Amelia Earhart and her husband George Putnam.
Genres: Drama and Biopic
Release Date: October 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking.
Distributors:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Production Co.:
Avalon Pictures
Studios:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Filming Locations:
Nova Scotia, Canada
Tornto, Ontario, Canada
Hawaii, USA
Produced in: United States

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Watch My "Astro Boy" Movie Review! See Me Fly! 


I really enjoyed the new "Astro Boy" film, it's flawed, but it was done really well. Check out my written review right here, and my interviews with Freddie Highmore (Astro Boy, Toby) and Eugene Levy (Orrin) right here.

Here's my "Astro Boy" movie review and have fun!



More info about the film from Yahoo:

Set in futuristic Metro City, Astro Boy is a young robot with incredible powers created by a brilliant scientist named Dr. Tenma. Powered by positive "blue" energy, Astro Boy is endowed with super strength, x-ray vision, unbelievable speed and the ability to fly. Embarking on a journey in search of acceptance, Astro Boy encounters many other colorful characters along the way.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: October 23rd, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some action and peril, and brief mild language.
Distributors:
Sony Pictures Releasing, Summit Entertainment, LLC

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Get Ready for "Miss Saigon" the Movie! It's About Darn Time! 


The Broadway hit "Miss Saigon" is getting ready for its big screen makeover! Former United Artists CEO, Paula Wagner, is spearheading the project. She has handpicked Lee Daniels to direct.

Picking Daniels is a great choice! His film "Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire" is a fantastic film, and sure to win some Oscar nods including Mo'Nique, yes, Mo'Nique, for Best Supporting Actress!

Wagner is producing the musical through her Chestnut Ridge Productions.

Cameron Mackintosh, the producer of the original Broadway musical, is producing the film with Wagner.

Variety is saying that depending on the script and financial discussions, the film will go into production next year for 2011 release.

Claude-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil wrote the tragic tale of a Vietnamese bar girl who falls in love with an American soldier before the fall of Saigon in 1975.

I love "Miss Saigon!" I saw it, probably 5 times, and I memorized all the songs! I've always wondered about its cinematic possibilities, and now, I'm very excited to see this into fruition.

So who should play the part of Kim, the tragic character? May I suggest Miss Lea Salonga, the great Filipina actress who originated the role on Broadway and won a Tony award for it?

Check out her performance of Last Night of the World with Simon Bowman:



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