Catherine Hardwicke Talks About "Red Riding Hood!" See Why She Chose to Infuse New Blood to a Beloved Classic! 

I enjoyed meeting Catherine Hardwicke, the female director who could open a blockbuster! That title, of course, came from her $69.6 million opening for "Twilight."

Now, she's back with a brand new film, "Red Riding Hood!" And I think you will enjoy it!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why she decided to infuse new blood to the fairy tale?
*** How did she pick her stars? Shiloh Fernandez was one of the contenders for the Edward Cullen role which eventually went to Rob Pattinson.
*** The sexual awakening and teenage alienation themes in her films, from "Thirteen" to "Twilight."


(For my movie review of "Red Riding Hood," click here)

Here's more info on "Red Riding Hood" from Yahoo:

A Gothic imagining of the classic fairy tale in which a young woman is confronted by a werewolf, this time with a teenage love triangle at its center.

Genres: Romance, Suspense/Horror and Adaptation
Release Date: March 11th, 2011 (wide)
Warner Bros Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons, Julie Christie, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Produced by: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Michael Ireland

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"Red Riding Hood" Movie Review 

Once upon a time, Catherine Hardwicke was crowned the only female director with the highest ever blockbuster opening for a movie. That was for the film “Twilight” which debuted with a $69.6 million opening.

Then, Summit Entertainment, the studio that “Twilight” built, unceremoniously dumped Hardwicke from helming future movies in the franchise. The director decided to team up with Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way production company for a retelling of the popular fairy tale, “Red Riding Hood,” an unpredictable gothic mystery that will be unfairly compared to “Twilight.” Read More...

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"Rango" Captures Box-Office Top Spot with $38 Million! 

Johnny Depp is the Lizard King of Hollywood! "Rango," his latest animated film from Paramount debuted at No. 1 with $38 million! Returning to the loving arms of his "Pirates of the Caribbean" director, Gore Verbinski, Depp gave voice to the title character, a Wild West chameleon sheriff who was looking to complete his story. ("Rango" movie review)

Meanwhile, Universal's "Inception"-lite film, "The Adjustment Bureau" starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt took the No. 2 spot with $20.9 million, and CBS Films' "Beastly," a modern retelling of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" starring Vanessa Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer opened at No. 3 with $10.1 million.

Compared to last year, box-office was down this past weekend. Last year, "Alice in Wonderland" opened with $116.1 million, and "Avatar" was still making waves. Not this year.

Here's the estimated list of the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of March 4th:

1. "Rango," $38 million.

2. "The Adjustment Bureau," $20.9 million.

3. "Beastly," $10.1 million

4. "Hall Pass," $9 million.

5. "Gnomeo and Juliet," $6.9 million.

6. "Unknown," $6.6 million.

7. "The King's Speech," $6.5 million.

8. "Just Go With It," $6.5 million.

9. "I Am Number Four," $5.7 million.

10. "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," $4.3 million.

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Watch My "Rango" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does Johnny Depp Get? 

For my written review of "Rango," click here.

Here's more info on "Rango" from Yahoo:

Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt -- a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures -- the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt... until he starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be.

Cast and Credits
Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina
Directed by: Gore Verbinski
Produced by: Tim Headington, Graham King, Gore Verbinski

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Anna Faris & Dan Fogler Talk About "Take Me Home Tonight!" 

I saw Anna Faris again, this time for "Take Me Home Tonight," a funny comedy that would have made John Hughes proud. Together with co-star Dan Fogler, we talk about their involvement with the film, Fogler's scene-stealing moments in the movie, and their favorite 80s music, movies, and icons.

Here's more info on the film from Yahoo:

Recent MIT grad Matt Franklin should be working for a Fortune 500 company and starting his upward climb to full-fledged yuppie-hood. Instead, the directionless 23-year-old confounds family and friends by taking a part-time job behind the counter of a video store at the Sherman Oaks Galleria. But Matt's silent protest against maturity comes to a screeching halt once his unrequited high school crush, Tori Frederking, walks into the store. When she invites him to an epic, end-of-summer party, Matt thinks he finally might have a chance with the girl of his dreams. With his cynical twin sister Wendy and best friend Barry, Matt embarks on a once-in-a-lifetime evening. From stealing a car to a marriage proposal to an indescribable, no-holds-barred dance-off, these friends share experiences that will change the course of their lives on one unforgettable night in the Go-Go '80s.

Also Known As:
Kids in America
Young Americans
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: An aimless college graduate pursues his dream girl at a wild Labor Day weekend party. He, his twin sister and their best friend struggle with their burgeoning adulthood over the course of the night.
Genres: Comedy and Drama
Running Time: 1 hr. 54 min.
Release Date: March 4th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language, sexual content and drug use.
Relativity Media
Production Co.:
Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media
Filming Locations:
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Topher Grace, Anna Faris, Dan Fogler, Teresa Palmer, Seth Gabel
Directed by: Michael Dowse
Produced by: Ryan Kavanaugh, Jim Whitaker (II), Sarah Bowen (III)

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