"He's Just Not That Into You" Tops Box-Office  


Moviegoers have fallen into "He's Just Not That Into You." The romantic flick nabbed $27.5 million to debut at No. 1.

Previous No. 1 film, "Taken" fell down to No. 2 with $20.3 million, that's just a little drop from its previous No. 1 numbers of $24.7 million.

Meanwhile, "Coraline," featuring the voice of Dakota Fanning, debuted at No. 3 with $16.3 million. The other Fanning-starrer, "Push" didn't fare as well. The action-adventure debuted at No. 6 with $10.2 million.

Steve Martin's unnecessary Inspector Clouseau sequel, "The Pink Panther 2" debuted at No. 4 with $12 million.

Here's the complete Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of Feb. 6th:

1 He's Just Not That Into You $27,465,000
2 Taken $20,300,000
3 Coraline $16,335,000
4 The Pink Panther 2 $12,000,000
5 Paul Blart: Mall Cop $11,000,000
6 Push $10,204,000
7 Gran Torino $7,420,000
8 Slumdog Millionaire $7,400,000
9 The Uninvited $6,400,000
10 Hotel for Dogs $5,820,000

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Writers Guild Honors "Milk," "Slumdog" 


"Milk" emerged with an original screenplay honor at the 2009 WGA awards!

Dustin Lance Black, the film's scriptwriter said:

“I want to thank God for making my dreams come true, and I want to thank God for giving us Harvey Milk”


“Milk” beat the screenplays for "Burn After Reading," "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," "The Visitor" and "The Wrestler."

Black was also honored by the WGA with the Paul Selvin award for his work on civil rights. According to Variety, Black revealed:

“We need to dream bigger than Proposition 8...I’m a child of Harvey Milk, and I’m a child of the movies. Those two things can inspire a guy to dream big.”

I love that, "a child of the movies." Yay!

Meanwhile, "Slumdog Millionaire" continues to dominate awards circuit. Scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy won for best adapted screenplay. "Slumdog" is based on a Vikas Swarup novel.



Oscar prognosticators take note! WGA winners are good predictors of Oscar winners.

Here's the complete list of winners for all categories including film, TV, radio, and videogame. Congratulations to all the winners!

SCREEN WINNERS

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“Milk,” Written by Dustin Lance Black, Focus Features

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Slumdog Millionaire,” Screenplay by Simon Beaufoy, Based on the Novel Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Fox Searchlight Pictures

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
“Waltz with Bashir,” Written by Ari Folman, Sony Pictures Classics

TELEVISION WINNERS

DRAMATIC SERIES
“Mad Men,” Written by Lisa Albert, Jane Anderson, Rick Cleveland, Kater Gordon, David Isaacs, Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton, Marti Noxon, Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner; AMC

COMEDY SERIES
“30 Rock,” Written by Jack Burditt, Kay Cannon, Robert Carlock, Tina Fey, Donald Glover, Andrew Guest, Matt Hubbard, Jon Pollack, John Riggi, Tami Sagher, Ron Weiner; NBC

NEW SERIES
“In Treatment,” Written by Rodrigo Garcia, Bryan Goluboff, Davey Holmes, William Merritt Johnson, Amy Lippman, Sarah Treem; HBO

EPISODIC DRAMA – any length – one airing time
“Pilot” (Breaking Bad), Written by Vince Gilligan; AMC

EPISODIC COMEDY – any length – one airing time
“Succession” (30 Rock), Written by Andrew Guest & John Riggi; NBC

LONG FORM – ORIGINAL
“Recount,” Written by Danny Strong; HBO

LONG FORM – ADAPTATION
“John Adams,” “Episode 1, Join or Die,” Teleplay by Kirk Ellis, Based on the book by David McCullough; “Episode 2, Independence,” Teleplay by Kirk Ellis, Based on the book by David McCullough; HBO

ANIMATION – any length – one airing time
“Apocalypse Cow” (The Simpsons), Written by Jeff Westbrook; Fox

COMEDY/VARIETY – (INCLUDING TALK) SERIES
“Saturday Night Live,” Head Writers Seth Meyers, Andrew Steele, Paula Pell, Writers Doug Abeles, James Anderson, Alex Baze, Jessica Conrad, James Downey, Charlie Grandy, Steve Higgins, Colin Jost, Erik Kenward, Rob Klein, John Lutz, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, John Mulaney, Paula Pell, Simon Rich, Marika Sawyer, Akiva Schaffer, Robert Smigel, John Solomon, Emily Spivey, Andrew Steele, Kent Sublette, Jorma Taccone, Bryan Tucker, Additional Sketches by Robert Carlock; NBC

COMEDY/VARIETY – MUSIC, AWARDS, TRIBUTES – SPECIALS
“2008 Film Independent Spirit Awards,” Written by Billy Kimball, Aaron Lee, Jennifer Celotta, Rainn Wilson; IFC/AMC

DAYTIME SERIALS
“As the World Turns,” Written by Jean Passanante, Leah Laiman, Courtney Simon, Lisa Connor, David A. Levinson, Peter Brash, Richard Culliton, Susan Dansby, Cheryl Davis, Leslie Nipkow; CBS

CHILDREN'S EPISODIC & SPECIALS
“Elmo's Christmas Countdown” (Sesame Workshop), Written by Joey Mazzarino; ABC

CHILDREN’S SCRIPT – LONG FORM OR SPECIAL
“Polar Bears” (The Naked Brothers Band), Written by Polly Draper; Nickelodeon

DOCUMENTARY – CURRENT EVENTS
“Bush's War: Part One” (Frontline), Written by Michael Kirk; PBS

DOCUMENTARY – OTHER THAN CURRENT EVENTS
“Secrets of the Parthenon” (NOVA), Written by Gary Glassman; PBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED, BULLETIN, OR BREAKING REPORT
“ABC Weekend News,” Written by Joel Siegel, Karen Mooney, David Muir; ABC

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Yankee Stadium and the New Gilded Age” (Bill Moyers Journal), Writers Bill Moyers & Michael Winship; PBS

RADIO WINNERS

DOCUMENTARY
“Black History Month,” Written by Anthony J. McHugh; CBS

NEWS – REGULARLY SCHEDULED OR BREAKING
“World News This Week,” Written by Marianne J. Pryor; ABC

NEWS – ANALYSIS, FEATURE, OR COMMENTARY
“Tributes,” Written by Gail Lee; CBS

PROMOTIONAL WRITING AND GRAPHIC ART WINNERS

ON-AIR PROMOTION (RADIO OR TELEVISION)
“Jericho: Two-Minute Drills,” Written by Eric Jacobson; CBS

TELEVISION GRAPHIC ANIMATION
“Medical Animations” (CBS Evening News), David Rosen; CBS

VIDEOGAME WINNERS

VIDEOGAME WRITING
“Star Wars: The Force Unleashed,” Writers Haden Blackman, Shawn Pitman, John Stafford and Cameron Suey, LucasArts

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Christian Bale Apologizes -- "It's Been a Miserable Week for Me...I Acted Like a Punk" 


Christian Bale has been the talk of the town! His f-bomb tirade made Rod Blagojevich looked like a saint.

UPDATE:

The actor has publicly apologized for his bad behavior on the set of "Terminator Salvation" saying he "was out of order beyond belief!"

In his interview with the Los Angeles radio show Kevin & Bean, Bale says:

"I have to tell ya, it's been a miserable week for me... I know I have a potty mouth, everybody knows that now. The thing that I really wanna stress is that I have no confusion whatsoever, I was out of order beyond belief. I was way out of order. I acted like a punk, I regret that, and there is nobody that has heard that tape that it's hit harder than me. So I make no excuses for it, it was inexcusable and I hope that is absolutely clear..."

According to Bale, the drama never got close to becoming physical but blames everything on the tension of the scene, the characters:

"So many people have opinions on this, but none of them were there. Now, we're making Terminator... Sarah Connor is in an insane asylum. I play John Connor, Sarah Connor's son. Now, on the day that all of this happened, the scene that we were doing, I was trying to show a little of that in the blood craziness. You know what? It went very wrong and for reasons that myself, and Shane... and every crew member who was in that hanger at Kirkland Air Space (in Washington) that day, they know the reasons, I got annoyed and then what happened, I made it ugly, and that was awful of me. I took it way too far and completely mixed up fact and fiction, I'm half John Connor, half Christian Bale and we've heard what happened."

But here's the good news! Bale and the director of photography, the recipient of the actor's outburst, Shane Hurlbut, are still professionally friendly with each other:

"I've not only talked with him, we resolved this completely that very day. We kept working for a number of hours. Listen, when I'm saying I'm not coming back on that set if he's still there, you know what? It's hot air. I don't believe that. I had no intention of getting anybody fired. I absolutely believed in Shane's capability, he's done a wonderful job on that movie. Everything is resolved between us, there is no problem whatsoever. I've seen a cut of the movie and he has done a wonderful professional job, and I don't want anyone to have a misunderstanding about that."

Aw...see? All's well that ends well!

Oh, listen to the complete interview right here.

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Spielberg's Dreamworks -- So Long Universal, Hello Disney 


Variety is reporting that Universal Pictures "abruptly severed its ties with Dreamworks" upon knowing that the company was secretly negotiating with Disney as well!

Drama!

The long and short of it, Dreamworks wants more money, fearing that they'll need more financial backing for future projects.

But the studio balked at DreamWorks' demands to reduce the distribution fee below 8%.


So here comes the drama part!

What Universal didn't know is that DreamWorks was also engaged in negotiations with Disney to replace Universal as its studio partner moving forward.


Dreamworks is despicable and deplorable?

Instead, Universal was blindsided and privately called DreamWorks' behavior "despicable and deplorable." Publicly, the studio released a statement that said it "has ended discussions with DreamWorks for a distribution agreement. Over the past several weeks DreamWorks has demanded material changes to previously agreed upon terms. It is clear that DreamWorks' needs and Universal's business interests are no longer in alignment. We wish them luck in their pursuit of funding and distribution of their future endeavors."


And now, Dreamworks is close to signing a deal with Disney. Isn't it funny? Once upon a time, in a Dreamworks' movie called "Shrek," they made fun of Disney and its then boss Michael Eisner.

Now, as the world turns, Dreamworks is going to swallow its pride and embrace Disney.

The studio is hoping to cut a deal with Disney in the next 48 hours. Tic Toc Tic Toc.

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"Push" and "Coraline" Movie Reviews! 


Oooooh, me in 3-D :happy

Well, I'm reviewing two big films among many opening this weekend. We have the action-fantasy-adventure "Push," and the 3-D stop motion animated flick "Coraline."

Oh yeah, both films feature Dakota Fanning! So which one is a better film featuring Miss Dakota?

Take a look at my review.



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