Check Out the First 5 Minutes of "Lockout" Starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace! I Enjoyed This Film! 
From executive producer and co-writer Luc Besson ("Taken") comes "Lockout," a prison in space thriller starring Guy Pearce and Maggie Grace. I interviewed both actors and will post my videos soon, but for now, take a look at the first 5 minutes of the film from directors James Mather and Stephen St. Leger. You know why I enjoyed this film? Its simplicity! And Pearce brings enough wit to make this interstellar prison actioner fun! "Lockout" opens on April 13th:



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"American Reunion," "Titanic 3D" No Match for "The Hunger Games" 


"The Hunger Games" continued to dominate the box-office leading the pack for its third-straight weekend. Studio estimates put the Lionsgate action-thriller-romantic drama extravaganza on the top spot with $33.5 million. So far, the film based on the popular Suzanne Collins novel has scored $302.8 million at the box-office, the first 2012 release to crossover the $300 million mark. ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

But the big question still looms large for Lionsgate -- will original director Gary Ross return for the sequel "Hunger Games: Catching Fire?" Apparently, Ross wants more money! I say give it to him! He deserves every penny much as the main cast which will be back for the sequel -- Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). But if Ross does not return, you know who will be cool to direct the sequel? I vote for Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow. She can bring her "Hurt Locker" sensibilities to the sequel, don't you think?

Speaking of sequels, "American Reunion," the fourth film in the grossed-out comedy franchise, took in $21.5 million, the lowest box-office take for a film in the "American Pie" series.

Meanwhile, "Titanic" in 3D unearthed $17.4 million over the weekend, and since its release last Wednesday, has scored $25.7 million. Don't feel bad for "Titanic," its total domestic gross now stands at $626.5 million, only second to another James Cameron saga, "Avatar." (Check out my Top 10 Disaster Movies of all time)

But if you're playing "The Hunger Games" vs. "Twilight," the vampire-werewolf-and-soon-to-be-vampire-romance could not match the power of Katniss and company. "The Hunger Games" has sold more tickets than "Twilight." Yay? And if you factor in the international total of $157.1 million for "The Hunger Games," its worldwide take is now at $460 million.

In other box-office news, more people watched the indie hit "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" than "John Carter." Gasp...

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for Easter weekend of April 6th:

1. "The Hunger Games," $33.5 million ($25.5 million international).
2. "American Reunion," $21.5 million ($19.3 million international).
3. "Titanic" in 3-D, $17.4 million ($35.5 million international).
4. "Wrath of the Titans," $15 million ($43 million international).
5. "Mirror Mirror," $11 million ($11.5 million international).

6. "21 Jump Street," $10.2 million ($2.9 million international).
7. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," $5 million ($11.8 million international).
8. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," $975,000.
9. "John Carter," $820,000 ($2.6 million international).
10. "Safe House," $581,000.

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"Captain America: First Avenger" Sequel Gets Release Date! 


Walt Disney Studios has announced the release date for the sequel to the Marvel Studios hit "Captain America: First Avenger." Part two will hit theaters on April 4, 2014. And then, one month later, the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man" will open on May 5, 2014.

Marvel overkill much?

I enjoyed "Captain America" (check out my interview with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, right here), I'm sure I'll enjoy the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man," heck I'm even positive I'll love the new Joss Whedon film "The Avengers," but I don't know about you, I am feeling just a tad of Marvel overload.

But if the story is good, and the sequel delivers, then I know we'll have more Marvel movies to come! Then we'll complain about Marvel overload again :happy

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Taylor Lautner to Join "Grown Ups 2?" 


That Adam Sandler, he takes a licking but keeps on ticking. The comedian was "honored" with a record-breaking 10 Razzies over the weekend, but he keeps on plugging away. And good for him!

Now, The Hollywood Reporter tells us that the actor is negotiating with Taylor Lautner for the "Twilight" star to join "Grown Ups 2!" Yes, the original was a hit in 2010 but do we really need a sequel?

Most of the cast from the first film is expected to return such as Sandler, of course, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Maya Rudolph and Salma Hayek.

Dennis Dugan, Sandler's fellow Razzie winner for directing "Jack & Jill," will return as director. Oliver Cooper from "Project X' is joining the cast.

Should Lautner take the job? Will this move help his career? Does he really want to prove he's now a grown up?

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My Top 10 Disaster Movies of All Time -- Is Your Favorite on My List? 


The unsinkable “Titanic” sets sail into theaters once again. This time, writer/director James Cameron remastered and converted the original to 3D format. Marking the 100th anniversary of the ship’s doomed voyage, the Oscar-winning “Titanic” still stands as a great disaster film.


Any film that showcases a catastrophe as its subject with characters attempting to escape or cope with the impending or ongoing disaster belongs in the disaster movie genre. Here’s my list of the Top 10 Disaster Movies of All Time. Read More...

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