"Iron Man 2" Triumphs at Box-Office for Second Week! 


It's heavy metal versus bows and arrows at the box-office this weekend. And in the end, the clanging sounds of "Iron Man 2" bested "Robin Hood's" archery.

"Iron Man 2" remained at No. 1 with $53 million box-office take. So far, in just two weeks, the Paramount super hero extravaganza has made $212 million. (Check out my review of "Iron Man 2" right here)

Meanwhile, "Robin Hood" debuted in the No. 2 spot with $37.1 million. It's a very strong debut, and the marquee names of Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, and director Ridley Scott attracted more viewers overseas. "Robin Hood" was the No. 1 films outside North America, making $74 million. The film still hit the target with its combined box-office total of $111.1 million. (Check out my movie review of "Robin Hood" right here)

"Letters to Juliet," one of the new releases last weekend, debuted at No. 3. The Amanda Seyfried-starrer from Summit Entertainment made $13.75 million. At No. 4 was another new release, this one's with Queen Latifah in "Just Wright." It's not quite a slam dunk for this basketball romantic comedy. "Just Wright" made $8.5 million. And honestly? If you buy into the film's notion that Queen Latifah is a hapless woman-in-love, then that's half of the battle.

Here's the list of the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of May 14th:

1. "Iron Man 2," $53 million.
2. "Robin Hood," $37.1 million.
3. "Letters to Juliet," $13.75 million.
4. "Just Wright," $8.5 million.
5. "How to Train Your Dragon," $5.1 million.
6. "A Nightmare on Elm Street," $4.7 million.
7. "Date Night," $4 million.
8. "The Back-Up Plan," $2.5 million.
9. "Furry Vengeance," $2.3 million.
10. "Clash of the Titans," $1.3 million.

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Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins to Star in "The Song of Names" 


Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins are attached to star in "The Song of Names" from director Vadim Perelman ("House of Sand and Fog") according to The Hollywood Reporter. This one's based on the award-winning novel by Norman Lebrecht.

So what is the book about? Here's a review from Publisher's Weekly:

In this highly entertaining and accomplished first novel by a well-known English journalist and music critic, two men who became friends as children in London during WWII are reunited after 40 years.

In 1939, nine-year-old Martin Simmonds meets Dovidl Rapoport, a violin prodigy the same age. Martin's father is a music impresario, and when Dovidl is sent by his Polish parents to study in England, he offers the boy lodging in his own home.

Dovidl and Martin quickly become best friends. Dovidl's parents perish in the Holocaust; then, in 1951, Dovidl-his name changed to the more palatable Eli-is about to embark on a career as a concert virtuoso when he disappears on the day of his debut.

Martin becomes obsessed with his friend's disappearance, and after decades of searching finally finds him in a dreary town in the north of England. Lebrecht's deep knowledge of music, his insights and his verbal inventiveness enliven the book (describing two awkward professors, he says they "stand out like frayed cuffs on a funeral suit").

However, the novel drags in the middle with the backstory of the two boys living through the blitz; this is material that has been presented elsewhere and in greater depth. Also, there's no real mystery in unraveling either the location or identity of Rapoport. Simmonds's supposedly epic quest ("I am consumed by thoughts of finding him") is over in less than two days, and it's a letdown for the reader not to be able to sift through tantalizing clues. These shortcomings aside, this is a confidently written and engaging first novel by a talented writer.


This adaptation has Oscars written all over it! Besides the great cast, Jeffrey Caine, Oscar-nominated scriptwriter for "The Constant Gardener," is adapting the novel for the big screen, and the musical score will be penned by two-time Oscar winner James Horner.

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Watch My "Robin Hood" Movie Review  


For my written review of "Robin Hood," please click here and have fun!

Here's more info on "Robin Hood" from Yahoo:

About the Movie

GENRES: Action/Adventure, Adaptation and Drama
IN THEATERS: May 14th, 2010
MPAA: PG-13 for violence including intense sequences of warfare, and some sexual content.

In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Russell Crowe ......................... Robin Hood
Cate Blanchett ........................ Lady Marian
William Hurt .......................... William Marshall
Mark Strong ........................... Sir Godfrey
Mark Addy ............................. Friar Tuck
Oscar Isaac ........................... Prince John
Danny Huston .......................... King Richard
Eileen Atkins ......................... Eleanor of Aquitaine
Kevin Durand .......................... Little John
Max von Sydow ......................... Sir Walter Loxley

DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott

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The Volturi Decide! Check Out New "Twilight: Eclipse" Clip 


Dakota Fanning is fierce as Jane of the Volturi clan, and the clip showed their debate on how they should deal with the dangerous new breed of vampires! Hhmmm, I'm kinda getting excited now, even though I'm not a big fan of the series.

Here's more info from Yahoo on "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

GENRES: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Adaptation, Sequel and Teen
IN THEATERS: June 30th, 2010
MPAA: Not yet rated.

In the midst of a string of mysterious killings, Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob.

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

Kristen Stewart ............... Isabella "Bella" Swan
Robert Pattinson ............. Edward Cullen
Taylor Lautner ............... Jacob Black
Ashley Greene ................. Alice Cullen
Jackson Rathbone ............ Jasper Hale
Nikki Reed .................... Rosalie Hale
Kellan Lutz ................... Emmett Cullen
Peter Facinelli ............... Dr. Carlisle Cullen
Elizabeth Reaser ............. Esme Cullen
Dakota Fanning ................ Jane
Cameron Bright ................ Alec
Bryce Dallas Howard ........... Victoria
Jodelle Ferland ............... Bree

DIRECTED BY: David Slade

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"Green Lantern" Set Pic -- Check Out Ryan Reynolds and Puppy 


I know it's a big mighty tease, but MTV released this picture, and now we're left wondering -- Reynolds' super-hero costume, the magnificent green glow, may all be CGI, right?

But a bigger question -- who's that puppy?

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