Zac Efron Is On "Fire" As A Secret Agent for Next Film 

Universal Pictures has bought the rights to the graphic novel "Fire" by Brian Michael Bendis with Zac Efron attached to star. The actor will also be the executive producer of the film alongside his manager, Jason Barrett.

Bendis will be adapting his own creation.

The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the project is "written and drawn by Bendis before he went on to become one of Marvel Comics’ top writers, the story centers on a college student who is inducted into a special CIA project that tests whether training ordinary citizens to be agents can be successful."

More power to Efron! He's one of the few Hollywood actors I've met who's very real!

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"Avatar" Tops Box Office in its Seventh Straight Weekend! 

"Avatar" has beaten "Titanic" as the world's No. 1 film, and it's about to sink the romantic disaster flick right here in the U.S.

James Cameron's sci-fi extravaganza has earned $30 million over the weekend, reaching a domestic total of $594.5 million, only about $6 million behind Cameron's own "Titanic." The Leonardo DiCaprio-Kate Winslet weepie made $600.8 million in 1998.

Worldwide, "Avatar" has made $2.039 billion, beating "Titanic's" record of $1.8 billion.

Meanwhile, Mel Gibson's big screen comeback, "Edge of Darkness" debuted with a less-than-stellar $17.1 million for Warner Bros. The revenge thriller's box-office performance is still a solid opening for WB as it debuted on the No. 2 spot.

At No. 3 is Touchstone Pictures' "When in Rome" starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel. The magical romantic comedy took in $12.1 million.

Here's the Top 10 Box Office films for the weekend of Jan. 29th:

1. "Avatar," $30 million.

2. "Edge of Darkness," $17.1 million.

3. "When in Rome," $12.1 million.

4. "The Tooth Fairy," $10 million.

5. "The Book of Eli," $8.8 million.

6. "Legion," $6.8 million.

7. "The Lovely Bones," $4.7 million.

8. "Sherlock Holmes," $4.5 million.

9. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $4 million.

10. "It's Complicated," $3.7 million.

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I Was Pleasantly Surprised By "Valentine's Day!" The Film Actually Made Me Feel Good! 

Truth be told, I was not looking forward to seeing "Valentine's Day." I'm not a big romantic-comedy fan, nor do I like big, ensemble cast in films -- I've always thought they're just merely gimmicks.

Well, gimmick or not, I fell in love with the cast of "Valentine's Day." Some actors were stronger than others, of course, but everyone pulled their weight.

Sure, director Garry Marshall has made soft and fluffy films like "Beaches," "Pretty Woman, both "Princess Diaries" movies, but at least he knows how to balance the romantic with the comedy.

I suspect moviegoers will enjoy "Valentine's Day." There are some predictable subplots (but nowadays, predictability and romantic comedy pretty much go hand-in-hand) and don't expect too much character development (it's hard to develop a character when you have 20 other characters to nurture).

But I guarantee you -- "Valentine's Day" will make you feel good!

Told in one day, Valentine's day of course, and set in Los Angeles, "Valentine's Day" follows the lives of various characters as they fall in and out of love.

Here's a rundown of the characters:

ASHTON KUTCHER -- His character, Reed Bennett, is central to the story. He owns a flower shop and cafe called Siena Bouquet -- and in this day of love, everything happens inside his flower shop. He just proposed to his girlfriend played by...

JESSICA ALBA -- A workaholic who genuinely loves Reed but must learn how to balance love and career.

Reed has two friends, one is played by...

GEORGE LOPEZ as Alphonso. He works for Reed, but he's like Yoda to Reed's Luke Skywalker. He tries to lead Reed to the right path of love...

Reed's other confidante is played by...

JENNIFER GARNER as Julia Fitzpatrick -- a 5th grade teacher who thinks she has found true love with Dr. Harrison Copeland played by...

PATRICK DEMPSEY -- who must leave Julia during Valentine's day for an important heart surgery in San Francisco...

Meanwhile...Julia's student, Edison, played by...

BRYCE ROBINSON -- has a secret crush and is on a mission to deliver flowers to her before the day is over. Edison lives with his grandma and grandpa played by....

SHIRLEY MACLAINE -- her character's named is Estelle, and is celebrating 50 years of marital bliss with Edgar, played by...

HECTOR ELIZONDO -- Both Estelle and Edgar will be confronted by a nagging question -- how much do you trust the one you love?

Estelle and Edgar hire a babysitter to take care of Edison, and she's played by...

EMMA ROBERTS -- All she wants to do is to lose her virginity together with her boyfriend, Alex (Carter Jenkins), in this special day of love.

They are both friends with Felicia, played by...

TAYLOR SWIFT -- a teenager in love with Tyler Harrinton, played by...

TAYLOR LAUTNER -- the high school jock. Their love is being documented for a TV report by...

JAMIE FOXX -- his character's name is Kelvin Moore, a wannabe sports anchor for local TV station KVLA who's been assigned to cover Valentine's day in Los Angeles by his producer played by KATHY BATES.

But what Kelvin really wants to cover is the career of Sean Jackson played by...

ERIC DANE -- a star professional quarterback who, at 35, may have been past his prime. His agent is played by...

QUEEN LATIFAH -- a strong-willed woman who will bulldoze anyone for the sake of his client. Helping her is Sean's publicist played by...

JESSIC BIEL - she's been left by a possible publicity nightmare after Sean reveals that...

Okay, I won't divulge that...

Meanwhile, working for the agency with Queen Latifah is....

TOPHER GRACE -- a Midwest boy who dreams of working in Hollywood and is dating Liz played by...

ANNE HATHAWAY -- the agency's receptionist and she's also a phone-sex operator.

Holding the pieces together are two characters that are flying back to Los Angeles. We have...

JULIA ROBERTS as U.S. Army Captain Kate Hazeltine who's on a very brief short leave for an important rendezvous. She's been traveling for 14 hours, and her seatmate is Holden, played by...

BRADLEY COOPER who provides a shoulder for Kate to sleep on.

Whew, did you get all that? It may sound complicated but it's really not. The pacing by Marshall is so light and airy that you will have no problem following each character.

My favorite of them all is the tandem of Maclaine and Elizondo. Their narrative arc even brought a tear to my eye.

And for those wondering if Taylor Swift can act -- don't worry, the pop princess has comedic flair and shows great timing!

I also like Julia Roberts' character -- her mission back home is as honorable as her mission overseas.

So yes, "Valentine's Day" is light and fluffy, but the air is right and the film will make you seek out Cupid's arrow just to experience the perilous pitfalls and the addictive pinnacles of love.

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Kathryn Bigelow Wins Directors Guild of America (DGA) Award! 

"The Hurt Locker's" Kathryn Bigelow has become the first woman to win the Directors Guild of America award, and mark my words, she will also be the first woman to win a Best Director Oscar award!

Bigelow's triumphant win was announced at the DGA awards ceremonies at the Century Plaza. She defeated her ex-husband, James Cameron, for "Avatar," Lee Daniels ("Precious"), Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"), and Quentin Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds."

Other DGA Award winners were:

Leslie Linka Glatter -- Drama Series Award for the "Guy Walks into any Advertising Agency" for AMC's "Mad Men"

Jason Winer -- Comedy Series Award for the pilot of ABC's "Modern Family"

Ross Katz -- TV-miniseries Award for HBO's "Taking Chance"

Louis Psihoyos -- Documentary Award for "The Cove" (this will win Best Documentary Oscar!)

Don Mischer -- Musical-Variety Award for HBO's "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial"

Craig Borders -- Reality TV Award for Discovery Science's "Build It Bigger Season 3: Hong Kong Bridge"

Allison Liddi-Brown -- Children's Program Trophy for Disney Channel's "Princess Protection Program"

Christopher Goutman -- Daytime Serial Award for the cancelled CBS soap "As the World Turns"

Tom Kuntz -- Commercial Award

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Watch My "When in Rome" Movie Review -- It's Quite Magical! 

Well, my picture with my faux special effects is quite magical. The film, on the other hand, is missing in the magic department, but the lead actors saved the movie for me.

Read my full movie review of "When in Rome" right here, and watch my critique below, and have fun! :happy

Oh yeah, check out my interviews with Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel, Jon Heder, Will Arnett, and Dax Shepard.

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