"Star Trek" On Top...But Not That Much, And Yes Old Sport, "The Great Gatsby" Beat "Star Trek" and "Iron Man 3" Overseas! 

So the biggest question this past weekend in Hollywood -- what happened to "Star Trek Into Darkness?" Paramount, the studio behind the latest "Star Trek" saga, predicted, really hoped, that "Star Trek Into Darkness" would open at $100 million. But alas, the latest J.J. Abrams film under-performed at just $84.1 million, and that's including the Wednesday midnight screenings and the hefty IMAX price-tag. Without those, "Star Trek Into Darkness" $70.6 million domestic and $40 million international.

That was well below the first J.J. Abrams-directed "Star Trek" released in 2009 which opened with $75.2 million. Still, it's enough to bring down "Iron Man 3" which fell to No. 2 with $35.2 million domestic and $40.2 million international.

Sure, "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "Iron Man 3" made gazillions of dollars overseas but they're no match for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" which made $42.1 million overseas ahead of the science fiction films. Domestically, "The Great Gatsby" was sitting pretty at No. 3 with $23.4 million. Yup old sport, "The Great Gatsby" is a hit!

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 17th:

1. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $70.6 million ($40 million international).

2. "Iron Man 3," $35.2 million ($40.2 million international).

3. "The Great Gatsby," $23.4 million ($42.1 million international)

4. "Pain & Gain," $3.1 million.

5. "The Croods," $2.75 million.

6. "42," $2.73 million.

7. "Oblivion," $2.2 million.

8. "Mud," $2.16 million.

9. "Peeples," $2.15 million.

10. "The Big Wedding," $1.1 million.

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Woody Harrelson Talks About “Now You See Me” and Hypnotizes Me! 

Truth be told, I didn’t know what to expect interviewing Woody Harrelson. He’s a fantastic actor, and I grew up watching “Cheers,” but I had no idea that the actor was also a great father (witness how he playfully interacts with his daughter in this interview) and a man with conviction! And he was also sweet!

In the unpredictable “Now You See Me” opening May 31st, Harrelson stars as Merritt Osbourne, a hypnotist who becomes an integral part of the Four Horsemen – a group of magicians who rob banks to help people, like modern day Robin Hoods.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** I love that he called by my first name! HA!
*** How his lunch with Jesse Eisenberg made him want to star in “Now You See Me”
*** Almost his Hannibal approach to his character
*** How he prepared for his character
*** (his daughter brought him wheat grass and juice!)
*** He then proceeded to hypnotize me! It worked!!!
*** He called me awesommmmme!

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The Fantastic Mark Ruffalo Talks About “Now You See Me” and Working on “The Avengers” 

I love Mark Ruffalo! The actor is sweet and down-to-earth in real life! We all know him, of course, as Dr. Bruce Banner aka The Hulk in the mega-successful “Marvel’s The Avengers.” But we love him in smaller films like “The Kids are All Right” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” In the new movie “Now You See Me” opening May 31st, the actor stars as Dylan Hobbs, the detective out to get our Four Horsemen played by Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg, and Dave Franco.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** I love how he kept on calling my name!
*** His reaction reading the script by Boaz Yakin, Ed Solomon, and Edward Ricourt for the first time
*** His character’s aspirations
*** The antagonists and the protagonists
*** It’s like “The Avengers” with magicians
*** How has his life changed since “The Avengers?”
*** Why “Now You See Me” is better than “The Avengers” for his kids at least
*** He will continue working on smaller, thought-provoking, independent movies! Yay!

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Jesse Eisenberg Reveals Secrets of “Now You See Me” 

Jesse Eisenberg reteams with his “Zombieland” cohort, Woody Harrelson, for the brilliantly unpredictable movie, “Now You See Me,” opening in theaters May 31st. Eisenberg stars as Michael Atlas, a guy who’s so good in card tricks that he gets invited to join The Four Horsemen alongside Harrelson, Isla Fisher, and Dave Franco. Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine co-star in this Louis Leterrier-directed crime-thriller.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What got him interested in making “Now You See Me”
*** The movie’s thesis – “the closer you look, the less you see”
*** How did he prepare for his character?
*** What tricks did he learn?
*** His playwriting skills in the stage play “Asuncion”
*** What’s his interest in writing stage plays?
*** Working with Woody Harrelson again
*** If he can have one magic trick what will it be?

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The Lovely Isla Fisher Talks About “Now You See Me” and Her Semi-Hiatus 

Isla Fisher was missing in action. The last time I interviewed the petite star was for 2009’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic.” And then she retired for a little bit, enjoying motherhood with spouse Sacha Baron Cohen. But now, we can’t escape her! Especially this summer! First, she nearly stole “The Great Gatsby” from Leonardo DiCaprio (I don’t know about you, but her Myrtle character has far more resonance), and then, she’s the fierce Henley in Summit’s “Now You See Me.”

And on my way to New Orleans to interview the cast of “Now You See Me,” guess what I found as a reading material? American Airlines’ American Way where Isla was the front cover! I can’t escape her indeed!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her semi-hiatus
*** What attracted her to doing “Now You See Me”
*** Doing her own stunts
*** The stunt that almost killed her!
*** Did she draw from any of her experience learning mimes at Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement, and Theater in Paris in doing the stage scenes in “Now You See Me?”
*** Being vulnerable in interviews

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