Moviegoers Love "Valentine's Day!" All-Star Flick Tops Box-Office Weekend! 


"Valentine's Day" received love from moviegoers as the star-studded romantic comedy opened with a hugely successful $52.4 million box-office take!

Director Garry Marshall knew how to mix both romantic and comedy into a super-sweet film with help from stars Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Biel, Shirley MacLaine, Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner.

(Watch my interviews with "Valentine's Day" stars right here, and my movie review right here)

It's being predicted that "Valentine's Day" will break the record set by "Ghost Rider" for the biggest four-day Presidents Day weekend haul. "Ghost Rider" made $52 million in 2007 for Presidents Day weekend, and Warner Bros. estimated "Valentine's Day" will break that record.

Fighting for No. 2 were "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and "The Wolfman." In the end, "Percy Jackson" took the crown with $31.1 million, while Universal's werewolf saga settled for No. 3 with $30.6 million.

Coming in fourth was the still-strong "Avatar." The Academy Award-nominated sci-fi flick scored $22 million and has raised its domestic total to $659.6 million and worldwide to $2.35 billion!

"Dear John," previous weekend's box-office king and the tearjerker that toppled "Avatar" from the top spot, fell to the No. 5 position with $15.3 million, lifting its total to $53.2 million.

Here's the complete Top 10 list of Box Office films for weekend of Feb. 12th:

1. "Valentine's Day," $52.4 million.
2. "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief," $31.1 million.
3. "The Wolfman," $30.6 million.
4. "Avatar," $22 million.
5. "Dear John," $15.3 million.
6. "The Tooth Fairy," $5.6 million.
7. "From Paris With Love," $4.7 million.
8. "Edge of Darkness," $4.6 million.
9. "Crazy Heart," $4 million.
10. "When in Rome," $3.4 million.

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Art Directors Guild (ADG) Loves "Sherlock Holmes," "Avatar," "Hurt Locker" 


The Art Directors Guild (ADG) has announced winners of its Excellence in 2009 Production Design Awards. "Sherlock Holmes," "Avatar," and "The Hurt Locker" were the big winners in the film categories.

From film, to TV, to commercials and music videos, here's the complete list of winners:

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR A FEATURE FILM IN 2009

*** Period Film

SHERLOCK HOLMES

Production Designer: SARAH GREENWOOD

*** Fantasy Film

AVATAR

Production Designers: RICK CARTER, ROBERT STROMBERG

*** Contemporary Film

THE HURT LOCKER

Production Designer: KARL JULIUSSON

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TELEVISION IN 2009

*** Episode of a One-Hour Single Camera Television Series

MAD MEN "Souvenir"

Production Designer: DAN BISHOP

*** Television Movie or Mini-Series

GREY GARDENS

Production Designer: KALINA IVANOV

*** Episode of a Half Hour Single-Camera Television Series

WEEDS "Ducks and Tigers"

Production Designer: JOSEPH P. LUCKY

*** Episode of a Multi-Camera Variety or Unscripted Series

HELL'S KITCHEN "Episode 6004"

Production Designer: JOHN JANAVS

*** Awards, Music or Game Shows

51ST ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS

Production Designers: BRIAN STONESTREET, STEVE BASS

WINNERS FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR COMMERCIALS & MUSIC VIDEOS FOR 2009

ABSOLUT ANTHEM "In An Absolut World"

Production Designer: JAMES CHINLUND

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"Valentine's Day" Tops Friday's Box Office! Sweet! 


Viewers fell in love with "Valentine's Day" and put the film on the top spot for Friday. The all-star ensemble flick earned $14.6 million, making it the No. 1 movie to start the four-day President's Day weekend.

(Watch my interviews with "Valentine's Day" stars right here, and my movie review right here)

Meanwhile, Universal's remake, "The Wolfman" starring Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, and Emily Blunt, enjoyed a strong $9.8 million opening, putting the film on the No. 2 spot. (Watch my movie review of "The Wolfman" right here)

Debuting at No. 3 is Fox's family adventure "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." The kid-magnet film attracted $9.7 million at the box office, slightly under "The Wolfman."

At fourth place is "Avatar" with $4.5 million, while "Dear John" made $4.1 million.

Many insiders are predicting that "Valentine's Day" will have a four-day total of $50 million because heck, it's Valentine's Day after all, and people are in the mood for love, or at least to watch many stars fall in and out of love.

Because after all, it's all about love.

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"The Lone Ranger" Gets "Revolutionary Road" Writer! 


Ooooh, will the Lone Ranger and Tonto be put into dramatic situations ala Leo and Kate in "Revolutionary Road?" Justin Haythe, who adapted the Sam Mendes-directed flick, is currently in talks with Disney to write "The Lone Ranger."

Well, that's good news, right?

Maybe Haythe can bring pathos to the Lone Ranger and his sidekick Tonto.

Almost two years since we reported Disney's plans to resurrect "Lone Rangers" (Read "HI-HO SILVER AWAY! "THE LONE RANGER" TO GALLOP TO THE BIG SCREEN!!!"), the project is galloping faster than a fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty hi-ho silver away!

We all know Depp is playing Tonto, and Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the project, now we know who's going to write!

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Questions Surrounding "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" Adaptation 


The film adaptation of "Breaking Dawn," the fourth installment of the super-successful "Twilight" franchise, is surrounded with many unanswered questions. Let's break them down, shall we?

1) Will Summit Entertainment split the last film into two, ala "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows?" Studio's answer? Deny!

2) Will the film be in glorious 3-D? Twihards are divided in this question -- some want to see Edward's glistening face in three dimension, while others refuse to wear 3-D glasses! Studio's answer? Not sure!

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Summit must make a decision by the end of the month in order to "meet production deadlines. Our bet is they decide to go whole hog, or wolf, as it were: two films, in 3D, with much to gain and little to lose."

I agree, unless author Stephenie Meyer decides to stop the "Twilight" train dead in its tracks. After all, she has the final word. Amen.

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