"Taken" Takes Box-Office Crown! 


Who knew Liam Neeson can be a box-office sweetheart?

"Taken," the actor's CIA thriller pushed "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" to No. 2 at the weekend box office, selling $24.6 million in ticket sales, landing at No. 1!

The film helped Hollywood earned its first $1 billion January, yes billion, in history!

Like what most scholars say, when the economy is tough, the movie business soars. Folks want to be entertained, and honestly, the $10 ticket price is still a cheap form of entertainment.

Meanwhile, "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," the Kevin James comedy which had been No. 1 for two weeks earned $14 million lifting its 3-week total to $83 million. Not bad for a so-so flick that was made for $26 million bucks! Congrats Sony Pictures!

The two other new films which opened this weekend, "The Uninvited" and "New in Town" failed to reach the top spot. The horror flick "The Uninvited" earned $10.5 million at No. 3., while the Renee Zelwegger dramedy, "New in Town" took $6.7, placing it at No. 8.

"Slumdog Millionaire" continues to bask in its Oscar glory! The Oscar front-runner earned $7.7 million landing at No. 6.

And good, old Clint Eastwood. His "Gran Torino" has now earned more than $110 million, making it Eastwood's highest grossing film. Wow! Folks love Mister Clint, especially when he grunts and acts like an old curmudgeon with a very big heart :happy

Final figures will be released Monday, but here's the most current Hollywood estimates for the Top 10 films in box-office for weekend of January 30:

1. "Taken," $24.6 million.
2. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," $14 million.
3. "The Uninvited," $10.5 million.
4. "Hotel for Dogs," $8.7 million.
5. "Gran Torino," $8.6 million.
6. "Slumdog Millionaire," $7.7 million.
7. "Underworld: Rise of the Lycans," $7.2 million.
8. "New in Town," $6.7 million.
9. "My Bloody Valentine 3-D," $4.3 million.
10. "Inkheart," $3.7 million.

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"Slumdog's" Danny Boyle Honored at the Directors Guild of America Awards 


Okay y'all, it's now a sure bet! "Slumdog Millionaire's" Danny Boyle will win the Academy Awards for Best Director! Why? Because his comrades, the Directors Guild of America bestowed him as the best of the best of 2008!

Boyle was chosen over David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"), Ron Howard ("Frost/Nixon"), Christopher Nolan (Yeah, the DGA nominated him for "The Dark Knight"), and Gus Van Sant ("Milk").

The best part for me? My hero, my inspiration, my own personal icon, Roger Ebert was given the DGA Honorary Life Member Award in recognition of outstanding creative achievement. Congratulations Mister Roger!!!!



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"Kung Fu Panda" Karate-Chopped "Wall-E" at the Annie Awards 


"Kung Fu Panda" won big at the 2009 Annie Awards!

The Kung Fu-fighting cuddly Panda won 15 out of the 24 Annie Awards categories!

Take that "Wall-E" and "Bolt!"

The Disney properties, including the critically-acclaimed "Wall-E" didn't feel the love.

Heck, even "Kung Fu Panda's" DVD-extra, "Secrets of the Furious Five" won. So yeah, the animators really, really love the Dreamworks Animations flick! And who can blame them?

Everybody wants Kung Fu fighting indeed! Congratulations to Dreamworks and all the winners!

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Watch My "New in Town" Movie Review and See Me Freeze! 
I went to the mountain, more like the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, to shoot my review of "New in Town."

All for the sake of art! But I froze my booty off!

It's too damn cold up there, and it's still snowing. But isn't that cool? Desert below, snow up top!

I chose that location, because you know, "New in Town" is set in cold New Ulm, Minnesota, so I figured I'd shoot my review with a little snow fun :happy

If you haven't yet, check my fun interviews with:

HARRY CONNICK JR.
SIOBHAN FALLON HOGAN

You may have read my review of the movie already, but now, watch my critique of the "New in Town" in full cinema-vision :wink



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"Puss in Boots" the Movie! 


All I can say is, it's about damn time!

Puss in Boots stole the show in the second "Shrek" and since then, I was waiting for a spin-off!

Well, TV writer Tom Wheeler has just been hired to write the film, that will feature the one and only famous feline. No ogre or donkeys allowed!

But in the meantime, we have to contend with a fourth "Shrek" film simply titled "Shrek Goes Fourth." It sounds like a porn title :happy

But the big question is -- will Antonio Banderas return for the "Puss in Boots" film? 'Cause honestly, he WAS and IS Puss in Boots!

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