Vampires and werewolves continued to dominate box-office with a $42.5 million Thanksgiving weekend for "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."
Based on Stephenie Meyer's novel, "New Moon" remained on top even though during Thanksgiving day, "The Blind Side" seemed to topple the vampire romance flick.
The Sandra Bullock starrer proved to be strong in its second weekend, earning $40.1 million for the No. 2 position.
The best part? So far, Hollywood has made $9.5 billion and it's almost on the verge of breaking its previous record of $9.7 billion set in 2007.
"2012" remained at No. 3 with $18 million. New releases did not quite do good at the box office. Disney's "Old Dogs" starring John Travolta and Robin Williams only scored $16.8 million to come in at No. 4 while Warner Bros.' "Ninja Assasin" opened at a weak No. 6 with $13.1 million.
My pick of the week, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," pulled in $7 million to finish at No. 9 and the gripping post-apocalyptic drama "The Road" opened strongly with a $1.5 million weekend.
Here are the Top 10 Box Office films for the weekend of Nov. 27th:
1. "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $42.5 million.
2. "The Blind Side," $40.1 million.
3. "2012," $18 million.
4. "Old Dogs," $16.8 million.
5. "Disney's A Christmas Carol," $16 million.
6. "Ninja Assassin," $13.1 million.
7. "Planet 51," $10.2 million.
8. "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," $7.1 million.
9. "Fantastic Mr. Fox," $7 million.
10. "The Men Who Stare at Goats," $1.5 million.
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Two New Additions to our EMERGING TALENT Showcase! Brenton Covington's "Eleanor Rigby" and Alex Duong's "So Far, So Kush"
This love is long overdue. So I apologize profusely to Brenton Covington and Alexander Duong, two impressive filmmakers who contacted me a few months back to see if I would be interested in watching their short films.
For my Thanksgiving break, I made it my mission to finally sit down and catch up on their films, and I'm glad I did!
First we have Brenton Covington, a filmmaker from Tempe, Arizona. He wrote, produced, edited, and directed the short film "Eleanor Rigby." It's a contemplative piece about an elderly man remembering the sins of his past.
"Eleanor Rigby" is gripping in its entirety, well acted, smartly paced, and will make you wish you'll be able to see a full-feature of the project.
Visit Covington's official site right here.
And then we have the comedy "So Far, So Kush." Alex Duong wrote, produced, directed, and acted in this comedy about a pair of bumbling friends who are on the hunt for the greatest weed of all -- the Kush.
Duong stars as Danny, a Midwestern laundry attendant, who decides to take his pal Brian (Munch) on a road trip to Los Angeles to find Kush.
"So Far, So Kush" is relentlessly funny, and just like "Eleanor Rigby," I want to see the full feature film of the project as well.
Here's Duong's mini-biography from IMDB:
Alex Duong, is the youngest of six children of Huong Thanh Le (tailor) and Noul Van Duong (factory worker). Alex is of Vietnamese, Chinese, and French heritage. He grew up in the lower class portion of East Dallas, Texas where he attended Skyline High School and North Dallas High and went on to pursue a degree in medicine.
While on a full-scholarship, Duong excelled in his undergrad studies and was left with an open semester where he enrolled in theatre courses which led to his first acting gigs in regional theatre productions.
Deciding to pursue his hobby as a career, He uprooted himself and made the trip to Los Angeles in the winter of 2006.
And visit the Facebook page of "So Far, So Kush" right here.
Good Luck and Congratulations to both Brenton Covington and Alex Duong!
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Eddie Murphy's "Pluto Nash" Tops the List of Movie Flops of the Decade! See Complete Top 10 and Weep!
Eddie Murphy's "The Adventure of Pluto Nash" is the No. 1 flop of the decade according to The Hollywood Reporter. Big budgets, big stars with big egos, all clash to give us the biggest flops of the past ten years.
"Pluto Nash" was made for $100 million and only grossed $4.4 million, even out-flopping John Travolta's Scientology-homage "Battlefield Earth."
But Murphy and Travolta are not the only ones on the list. Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Lopez, Ben Affleck, Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, and Halle Berry also made the cut. Even Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez were not safe!
What other films made it to the Top 10? Here's the complete list of the Top 10 Flops of the Decade, THE BIGGEST TURKEYS:
1. THE ADVENTURES OF PLUTO NASH
* Release date: August 6, 2002
* Estimated cost: $100 million
* Domestic gross: $4.4 million
2. BATTLEFIELD EARTH
* Release date: May 12, 2000
* Estimated cost: $75 million
* Domestic gross: $21 million
3. LAND OF THE LOST
* Release date: June 5, 2009
* Estimated cost: $100 million
* Domestic gross: $65 million
* Release date: August 1, 2003
* Estimated cost: $54 million
* Domestic gross: $6.1 million
5. TOWN & COUNTRY
* Release date: April 27, 2001
* Estimated cost: $90 million
* Domestic gross: $6.7 million
* Release date: July 23, 2004
* Estimated cost: $100 million
* Domestic gross: $40 million
7. THE INVASION
* Release date: August 17, 2007
* Estimated cost: $80 million
* Domestic gross: $15.1 million
* Release date: February 8, 2002
* Estimated cost: $70 million
* Domestic gross: $19 million
* Release date: April 6, 2007
* Estimated cost: $67 million
* Domestic gross: $25 million
10. THE SPIRIT
* Release date: December 25, 2008
* Estimated cost: $60 million
* Domestic gross: $19.8 million
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Jean-Claude Van Damme Video Extravaganza! New Trailers for "Universal Soldier Regeneration" and "The Eagle Path"
Last year, Jean-Claude Van Damme surprised everyone with the film "JCVD." It was a great movie and the action star served as the heart of the flick.
Now, Van Damme returns with not one but two new action films. One, has the actor embracing his Luc Deveraux character again in the "Universal Soldier" franchise, and the other, Van Damme returns to the director's chair in "The Eagle Path."
First, let's take a look at the fifth installment of the "Universal Soldier" franchise called "Universal Soldier Regeneration." This one's directed by John Hyams and stars Van Damme and Dolpg Lungren (!) yeah!
"Universal Soldier Regeneration" is a direct-to-video release (tsk,tsk) and will arrive February 2nd of 2010.
Now here's "The Eagle Path." The last time Van Damme directed a film was 1996's "The Quest." This time, not only did the actor helm the project, he also wrote it! Interesting trivia y'all, did you know that your favorite action stars from the 80s (Stallone notwithstanding), have been directing their own films?
Dolph Lundgren, Steven Seagal, and Van Damme have all taken up directing their films. Maybe because no one will direct them anymore? Just kidding
So take a look at "Eagle Path" and see for yourself. It reminds me on an 80s action flick!
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Hope you guys have a fantastic turkey day!
And to brighten up your holiday, take a look at my BEST THANKSGIVING FILMS EVER!
Eat lots of turkey, and drink lots of eggnog
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