Sorry Justin Bieber, Adam Sandler Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "Just Go With It" Opened at No. 1 with $31M 

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston narrowly beat Justin Bieber but in the end, "Just Go With It" debuted at the top spot with $31 million compared to "Never Say Never" which opened at No. 2 with a very close $30.3 million box-office take.

My quick take on "Just Go With It?" Predictable but it's fun to see Aniston in her Rachel mode again! The Sony comedy opened during Aniston's birthday so this should make the actress happy, no?

And Biever, as much as tweens worldwide love him, failed to match Miley Cyrus' "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert." That is still the record-holder for music-documentary debuts and it opened with $31.1 million in 2008.

But you know what? I actually enjoyed "Never Say Never." Yes, I know, but I like the way the film focused on the marketing of a star, how advertising can make anyone be a Bieber-like phenomenon!

Entering at No. 3 is Disney's remimagining of the popular Shakespeare tale now known as "Gnomeo & Juliet." Featuring the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, this garden gnomes tale debuted with $25.5 million.

Another new movie opening this weekend, "The Eagle" starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell, debuted at No. 4 with $8.6 million. Apparently, this was what Focus Features was expecting so way to go Channing! (Check out my review of "The Eagle" right here, and my one-on-one interviews with Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, and director Kevin Macdonald)

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Sony's "The Roomate" fell waaay below to No. 5 with $8.4 million.

Here's the Top 10 box-office films this Valentine's weekend!

1. "Just Go With It," $31 million.

2. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $30.3 million.

3. "Gnomeo & Juliet," $25.5 million.

4. "The Eagle," $8.6 million.

5. "The Roommate," $8.4 million.

6. "The King's Speech," $7.4 million.

7. "No Strings Attached," $5.6 million.

8. "Sanctum," $5.1 million.

9. "True Grit," $3.8 million.

10. "The Green Hornet," $3.6 million.


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"Twilight: Eclipse" Director to Make Another Vampire Movie! 

First it was "30 Days of Night," then "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," now, director David Slade may sail away with "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" according to the Hollywood Reporter.

This one is kind of interesting. Written 10 years ago by Bragi Schut, "The Last Voyage" is about the Demeter, the ship that was used to transport Dracula from Transylvania to London in Bram Stoker's classic yarn. I heard the film will be like an "Alien" film where a crew is slaughtered one-by-one by a ravenous passenger. Tan dan dan...

Ben Kingsley and Noomi Rapace are attached to co-star for this Phoenix Pictures production. This is a project that's been incubating for a long, long time, so hopefully, with Slade's "Twilight" cache, "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" will dock into theaters very soon!

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Joaquin Phoenix is Out, Dominic Cooper is In for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" 

Two weeks ago, we were very excited to report that Joaquin Phoenix was inching closer to joining Timur Bekmambetov's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" project. (See Will Joaquin Phoenix Return to Acting in "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?")

Now, the Hollywood Reporter is saying that Bekmambetov has decided to go in a different director in terms of casting lesser-known stars (keyword: there's no big budget set for big name stars).

So Fox and Bekmambetov decided to negotiate with actor Dominic Cooper in the role of Henry Sturges, Lincoln's mentor who trains him how to fight the undead. They are in final negotiations for the "Mamma Mia!" star to join Benjamin Walker (Lincoln).

I wished Fox and Bekmambetov pursued Phoenix more! I would have loved to see the actor work in a film with a gothic twist (no silly, M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" doesn't count!).

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Fox Finds "Die Hard 5" Director But Do We REALLY Need Another One? 

"Die Hard 4" sucked...hard! We didn't like it, and the film didn't really make box-office history. So why make a fifth installment? Does Bruce Willis need more work?

Now, Twentieth Century Fox has announced that they've hired Noam Murro to direct "Die Hard 5" and Willis will yippeekayay his way back to his John McClane role.

Murro is an interesting choice since he hasn't made a big, action movie before. He came from the commercial directing world and has been nominated five times for the DGA's director of the year award for his advertising projects. His foray into feature filmmaking was Miramax's "Smart People."

Skip Woods, the scribe who gave us previous Fox films such as "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "The A-Team" is writing the script.

All I'm saying is that I hope the combo-team of Murro and Woods will be successful in reigniting the last flame of the "Die Hard" franchise.

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Check Out Trailer for Robert Redford's "The Conspirator!" I'm Sooo Looking Forward to Seeing This Movie! 

Here's more info on "The Conspirator" from Yahoo:

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, Vice President, and Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth, and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks.

Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son, John. As the nation turns against her, Surratt is forced to rely on Aiken to uncover the truth and save her life.

Genres: Drama and Biopic
Release Date: April 15th, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violent content.
Distributors: Roadside Attractions, The American Film Company

Cast and Credits
Starring: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline
Directed by: Robert Redford
Produced by: Robert Redford, Greg Shapiro, Bill Holderman


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