Moviegoers Invest in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps!" Sequel Debuts at No. 1! See Complete Top 10 

Director Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" opened as the No. 1 movie of the weekend with a solid $19 million total. The sequel to Stone's iconic film about the world of Wall Street, the film reunites the director and Michael Douglas, who won an Academy Award for playing Gordon Gekko. The new film features Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, and Frank Langella. (Check out my review of "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" right here).

Debuting at No. 2 is Zack Snyder's "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole." Based on the first three books of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series by author Kathryn Lasky, the 3-D animated tale features a talented voice cast headed by Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush, and David Wenham among others. The Warner Bros. tale sold $16.3 million worth of box-office tickets. (Watch my review of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" right here. For my interviews with Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, director Zack Snyder, and creative team, click here.)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "The Town," also from Warner Bros., fell to No. 3 with a still-strong $16 million, raising its 10-day total to $49.1 million. Meanwhile, Sony's teen romp, "Easy A," starring Emma Stone, finished at No. 4 with $10.7 million lifting its 10-day total to $32.8 million.

Disney's new romantic comedy, "You Again," starring Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Sigourney Weaver, debuted poorly at No. 5 with a flop-worthy $8.3 million. Yikes!

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Sept. 27:

1. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," $19 million.

2. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $16.3 million.

3. "The Town," $16 million.

4. "Easy A," $10.7 million.

5. "You Again," $8.3 million.

6. "Devil," $6.5 million.

7. "Resident Evil: Afterlife," $4.9 million.

8. "Alpha and Omega," $4.7 million.

9. "Takers," $1.7 million.

10. "Inception," $1.2 million.

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Watch My "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" Movie Review 

For my written review, click here. For my interviews with Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, director Zack Snyder, and creative team, click here.

Here's more info on the film from Yahoo:

Soren, is a young owl enthralled by his father's epic stories of the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, a mythic band of winged warriors who had fought a great battle to save all of owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. While Soren dreams of someday joining his heroes, his older brother, Kludd, scoffs at the notion, and yearns to hunt, fly and steal his father's favor from his younger sibling. But Kludd's jealousy has terrible consequences--causing both owlets to fall from their treetop home and right into the talons of the Pure Ones. Now it is up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave young owls. Together they soar across the sea and through the mist to find the Great Tree, home of the legendary Guardians of Ga'Hoole--Soren's only hope of defeating the Pure Ones and saving the owl kingdoms.

Also Known As: Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Legends of The Guardians
Genres: Kids/Family, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Animation and Adaptation
Release Date: September 24th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for some sequences of scary action.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution
Production Co.: De Line Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures Entertainment, Animal Logic
Studios: Warner Bros. Pictures
Filming Locations: Sydney, Australia
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew
Emily Barclay ................................ Voice of Gylfie
Abbie Cornish ................................ Voice of Otulissa
Ryan Kwanten ................................. Voice of Kludd
Anthony LaPaglia ............................. Voice of Twilight
Miriam Margolyes ............................. Voice of Mrs. Plithiver
Helen Mirren ................................. Voice of Nyra
Sam Neill ................................... Voice of Metalbeak
Richard Roxburgh ............................. Voice of Boron
Geoffrey Rush ................................ Voice of Ezylryb
Jim Sturgess ................................ Voice of Soren
Hugo Weaving ................................. Voice of Noctus/Grimble
David Wenham ................................. Voice of Digger

DIRECTED BY: Zack Snyder

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My Fun, Exclusive Interviews with Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, Zack Snyder, Creative Team of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole!" 
I enjoyed chatting with Jim Sturgess, Ryan Kwanten, Zack Snyder, Simon Whiteley (Production Designer) and Grant Freckelton (Art Director) for "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole." (For my written movie review of the film, click here)

Wanna know the secrets of Ga'Hoole? Take a look. First stop, Jim Sturgess.

Sturgess voices the role of Soren, the hero of the film. He's such a sweetheart in person, and in this interview, we talked about:

His involvement with the film
The visuals of the film
His character
His dreams as a child
The moral of the story

Then, we have Ryan Kwanten aka Jason Stackhouse!

Kwanten voices the tortured owl, Kludd, in the new action-animated adventure, "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole." In this interview, we talked about:

His involvement with the film
The "tortured individual" pathos of most of his roles
His dreams as a child
The moral of the story

And then, we have director Zack Snyder!

Snyder, the director of "300" and "Watchmen," tried his hands on the wonderful world of animated films. Did he succeed? Take a look at our interview, we talked about:

Why owls?
The historical allusions of the film and the series of books
The challenges of making his first full-feature animated film
The moral of the story

And of course, the real heroes of the film, at least for me, are Production Designer Simon Whitely, and Art Director Grant Freckelton. I love the look of the film so meeting them was a treat!

We talked about:

Their involvement with the film
How they inspired director Zack Snyder
How they researched the look of the movie
It's all about the gizzard

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So What Is Wachowskis Gay Movie Really About? 

We now have a title and a plot of the new movie from the Wachowskis (pictured above with Arianna Huffington) thanks to Vulture. The title is "Cobalt Neural 9" and it's a futuristic, reality-style film about a love affair between a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi one.

Vulture revealed that the head-scratching title, while not explained on the script, is designed to inspire debate. Huh?

As for the plot?

Part of the film takes place in the future all right — nearly a hundred from now. But its main story is told in Cloverfield-esque flashbacks by digital archeologists sorting through “found footage” from CNN and chips from old digital cameras from the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The heroes are indeed a gay American soldier named (with little irony) "Butch" and an Iraqi soldier turned militant. Butch is endearing, young, and a ravishingly handsome Marine. Our spies tell us that he "just wants to fuck and kill everything" in Iraq — until, that is, he falls in love with the Iraqi.

Wow! The Wachowskis made an homage to lesbian cinema with the excellent "Bound," now, they're doing the same for the queer genre. And apparently, there's an actual line from the script that reads: "They rut like animals behind this fence!" SCANDALOUS!

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Leo IS Hoover, Scriptwriter Confirms! 

Is Leo going to play FBI crime fighter J. Edgar Hoover? Is Joaquin Phoenix going to play his "supposed" lover Clyde Tolson? (They look dapper together on the picture -- Hoover on the left, Tolson on the right)

While we're not too sure about Phoenix's involvement (although it would be great), Dustin Lance Black, the Academy Award-winning scriptwriter from "Milk" who wrote the script for "Hoover," confirmed to Movieline that it's going to feature the perfect pair of director Clint Eastwood and star Leonardo diCaprio.

Asked about the difference between "Milk" and "Hoover," Black said:

“Hoover is not as linear and traditional as Milk — but it didn’t need to was important that Milk be that. People know Hoover — or think they know Hoover — and that’s great as a writer because you’re free as a writer to explore other stuff. People didn’t know Milk, so I think it needed a more traditional structure.”

Black also said that the biopic will be told from Hoover's point of view, and that the script is written and production is set to shoot next year.

I can't wait!

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