"Rio" Soars at Box-Office with $40M, "Scream 4" Lands with a Thud! 

Moviegoers flocked into theaters in support of "Rio!" The animated family film featuring the voices of Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg claimed the top spot with an impressive $40 million box-office take, giving it the best debut so far this year. "Rango" held that title, but "Rio" beat the Johnny Depp film by about $2 million. ("Rio" Movie Review)

It wasn't that good of a news for Dimension Films though. Its "Scream 4" opened at No. 2 with a weak $19.3 million. Why is it weak? Well, previous two sequels both debuted at over $30 million. I think it's time to give Ghostface a rest, don't you think? (Emma Roberts interview for "Scream 4")

The good news of the box-office weekend belonged to Hollywood! Finally, business is picking up after a prolonged drought. With new blockbuster films coming up for our summer movie watching, I'd say yay Hollywood, now make us great films!

Meanwhile, the Easter bunny flick, "Hop" continued to collect gold coins even though it slipped to No. 3 with $11.2 million. The Universal family film, featuring the voice of Russell Brand, has raised its box-office total to $82.6 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of April 15:

1. "Rio," $40 million.

2. "Scream 4," $19.3 million.

3. "Hop," $11.2 million.

4. "Soul Surfer," $7.4 million.

5. "Hanna," $7.3 million.

6. "Arthur," $6.94 million.

7. "Insidious," $6.9 million.

8. "Source Code," $6.3 million.

9. "The Conspirator," $3.92 million.

10. "Your Highness," $3.9 million.

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New "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" Pictures! 

I can't wait for the second part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!" I love the last chapter of the saga, yes, I cried, and I know that part two of the film will give us a satisfying finale to an equally-satisfying franchise! ("Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One" Movie Review)

Now, Entertainment Weekly has released exclusive pictures of the upcoming finale like the picture above showing our favorite boy wizard at Gringotts Bank. But wait there's more! Like new pictures showing the Evil Bellatrix (Helena Bonham Carter) and archvillain Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes), and the great twist near the end where Neville (Matthew Lewis) steps up during the Battle of Hogwarts. Click here to see all the exclusive pictures.

The final adventure directed by David Yates starring Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes, and Bill Nighy is set to cast its spell in theaters July 15th!

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Ryan Gosling to Star as Lone Ranger Opposite Johnny Depp? 

Once upon a time, Ryan Gosling was part of the Disney stable. He was a Mouseketeer alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. Now, the Oscar-nominated actor may return to the House of Mouse in the studio's "The Lone Ranger" according to TheWrap.

Goslin is in talks to star as the Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto. But it all depends on the actor's schedule as he is already committed to starring as Logan in "Logan's Run" which is scheduled to begin production this fall.

Gore Verbinski, the guy who gave us the first three "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, is directing the adaptation of the popular "The Lone Ranger" franchise for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Justin Haythe ("Revolutionary Road") is writing the screenplay.

"The Lone Ranger" is set to gallop into theaters in 2014.

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"Rio" (2011) Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do Blu and Jewel Get? 

"Rio" flies into theaters near you, but will this new animated adventure have you flying high? Here's my bird's eye-view:

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

Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, and enjoys a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think heÂ’s the last of his kind, but when they learn about another macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. Blu escapes, aided by the street smart Jewel and a group of wisecracking and smooth-talking city birds. Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had.

Also Known As: Rio 3D
Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy and Animation
Running Time: 1 hr. 36 min.
Release Date: April 15th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for mild off-color humor.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution

Cast and Credits
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Jemaine Clement
Directed by: Carlos Saldanha
Produced by: Bruce Anderson (II), Christopher Jenkins

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Emma Roberts Talks About "Scream 4" and Reveals Her Favorite Horror Movie! 

I spoke with Emma Roberts last week regarding her upcoming film "Scream 4." Check out my interview with the young actress as we talked about:

*** Why she joined the new Scream film
*** Working with the original crew and cast
*** Her character, Jill Roberts
*** The Scream influence
*** What's her favorite horror movie?

Here's more "Scream 4" info from Yahoo:

Sidney Prescott, now the author of a self-help book, returns home to Woodsboro on the last stop of her book tour. There she reconnects with Sheriff Dewey and Gale, who are now married, as well as her cousin Jill and her Aunt Kate. Unfortunately Sidney's appearance also brings about the return of Ghostface, putting Sidney, Gale, and Dewey, along with Jill, her friends, and the whole town of Woodsboro in danger.

Genres: Suspense/Horror and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
Release Date: April 15th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence, language and some teen drinking.
Distributors: Dimension Films
Production Co.: The Weinstein Company
Studios: Dimension Films
Filming Locations: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere
Directed by: Wes Craven
Produced by: Ron Schmidt, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein

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