"CLOVERFIELD" SMASHES BOX-OFFICE COMPETITION! 


It's the monster mash vs the bridal bash at the box-office this weekend! But "Cloverfield" squashes "27 Dresses" to emerge as the box-office king for the week of January 18th.

"The Bucket List," last week's champ slipped to number 3 with an estimated take of $15.1 million.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 box-office films for week of Jan. 18th:

1. "Cloverfield," $41 million.

2. "27 Dresses," $22.4 million.

3. "The Bucket List," $15.1 million.

4. "Juno," $10.2 million.

5. "National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets," $11.5 million.

6. "Mad Money," $7.7 million.

7. "Alvin and the Chipmunks," $7 million.

8. "First Sunday," $5.4 million.

9. "I Am Legend," $5.1 million.

10. "Atonement," $4.7 million.

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R.I.P. -- SUZANNE PLESHETTE DIED OF LUNG CANCER AT 70 


She battled crazy birds in Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" and she showed her impeccable comic timing in the classic 1970s sitcom, "The Bob Newhart Show," and now, Miss Suzanne Pleshette is dead at 70.

The illustrious actress died of respiratory failure Saturday evening at her Los Angeles home.

May she rest in peace...

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KEANU WILL PLAY KLAATU, THE HUMANOID ALIEN!!!! 


I've always suspected Keanu to be a friend from another planet, and now, he's playing the humanoid alien Klaatu in the reinvention of, "The Day the Earth Stood Still."



Jaden Smith, the fantastic son of Will Smith who stole his father's acting thunder in "The Pursuit of Happyness," is co-starring as the rebellious Jacob, the 8-year-old stepson of scientist Helen Benson (Jennifer Connelly) who first makes contact with Keanu/Klaatu.

Scott Derrickson is directing the contemporary reinvention of the 1951 Fox classic being produced by Erwin Stoff, Gregory Goodman and Paul Boardman.

I love the original film, so let's see if Hollywood can match it. At least the remake has a great cast...

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I'M SAYING DEFINITELY, YES TO "DEFINITELY, MAYBE" 


Alright y'all, just got back from my fave city in the world, New York City, from interviewing the cast of the new Universal Pictures film, "Definitely, Maybe."

This film will be released Valentine's Day!

You have to wait until then, for my review of the movie, but here's a quickie -- it's a fun, smart romantic whodunit, with a political twist! It's also a "chick flick" told from a guy's point of view! Intrigued?

Also, I had a blast interviewing the cast, here are some highlights:

RYAN REYNOLDS
-- We talked about his role, and how his character mirrors the rise and fall, and rise again, of the great Bill Clinton!

RACHEL WEISZ -- Her magical moment of the film? She sang, Broadway style, to Cole Porter's "I've Got a Crush on You." Does the Oscar winner sing in real life? Maybe karaoke?

ISLA FISHER -- I'm officially in love her! She's smart and funny, and very witty! Sacha Baron Cohen is one lucky man!

ABIGAIL BRESLIN
-- She named her turtle Manny! That's the quote of the day :)

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ZAC EFRON GETS INSPIRED BY THE LEGENDARY ORSON WELLES!!! 


Okay, Zac Efron mesmerized millions of tweens in the "High School Musical" films. And, he created major buzz in his star-making role in "Hairspray."

Now, Efron wants to prove he can really, really act! He's set to star in "Me and Orson Welles," an adaptation of the period coming-of-age novel by Robert Kaplow that Richard Linklater will direct.

Here's a quick plot summary -- set in 1937, the story centers on a high school student (Efron) who, while strolling the streets of New York, happens upon the yet-to-open Mercury Theatre and is noticed by its mercurial founder, Orson Welles. The man lands a bit part in "Julius Caesar," the production that catapulted Welles to the top, and spends the next week learning about life and love.

Newcomer Christian McKay will play Welles. Ben Chaplin ("Water Horse: The Legend of the Deep") has been cast as English film and stage actor George Coulouris.

The script was written by Holly Gent Palmo, who was a production coordinator on Linklater's "Dazed and Confused," and Vince Palmo, who was first assistant director on several of the helmer's films.

I worship the filmmaking sensibilities of Linklater, so I'll keep my mouth shut until I see the final cut! Plus, this may guide all the misguided tweens of today to see Welles' "Citizen Kane" -- the best movie ever!!!

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