"Up" Scores, "The Hangover" Surprises, "Land of the Lost" Flops! 


Disney-Pixar's fantastic film, "Up" continues to dominate the box-office but Warner Bros.' R-rated comedy "The Hangover" comes very, very close.

"Up" remained the No. 1 film in the U.S. with a domestic box-office take of $44.2 million. (Watch my "Up" movie review here, and my interviews with the cast and director Pete Docter right here)

Todd Phillips' "The Hangover" defied expectations (it was projected to open in the low to mid-$20s) and grossed $43.3 million debuting at No. 2 and proving once again that moviegoers love to laugh! If you haven't seen "The Hangover" yet, go watch it! It's freaking funny and one of the best comedies I've seen in recent years!

Meanwhile, Will Ferrell's new film, "Land of the Lost," fell below Universal's $30 million expectations. The comedy adventure grossed $19.5 million from 3,521 theaters, a far, far, distant third from the top 2 films. Wait, didn't I just say moviegoers love to laugh? Perhaps, moviegoers love to laugh watching a good movie! (watch my "Land of the Lost" movie review right here)

"Up" is on its merry way to join Disney-Pixar's $200 million club. So far, the animated adventure's box-office total is $137.3 million in just 10 days! It only dropped 35% from last weekend.

Focus Features' little gem, Sam Mendes' "Away We Go" starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph, grossed a per theater average of $35,815 in just four locations! Not bad for a very limited release!

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of June 5th:

1. "Up," $44.2 million.

2. "The Hangover," $43.3 million.

3. "Land of the Lost," $19.5 million.

4. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $14.7 million.

5. "Star Trek," $8.4 million.

6. "Terminator Salvation," $8.2 million.

7. "Drag Me to Hell," $7.3 million.

8. "Angels & Demons," $6.5 million.

9. "My Life in Ruins," $3.2 million.

10. "Dance Flick," $2 million.

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"My Sister's Keeper" -- Bring lots and lots of tissues! 


I walked into the screening of "My Sister's Keeper" not knowing what to fully expect. All I knew was that the film was based on Jodi Picoult's bestselling book about an 11-year old kid who's suing her parents for medical emancipation. She doesn't want her body to be the lifeline of her dying sister anymore.

And guess what? The movie won me over! I love how Nick Cassavetes and his "The Notebook" screenwriting partner, Jeremy Leven, turn this film into a character-driven study on death and dying and its effects on a tight family unit. If the filmmakers decide to make this a narrative-driven movie, it would have been a melodramatic Lifetime channel fare.

I cried. A lot. And didn't feel guilty about it!

Cameron Diaz shines as the seemingly single-minded mother who has one purpose in life -- to save the dying Kate (the fantastic Sofia Vassilieva).

But the heart of the film belongs to the Oscar-nominated Abigail Breslin (Anna). This girl is amazing! She can go from sweet and precarious, to sorrow and grief in one second!

"My Sister's Keeper" comes out on June 26th, trust me, you'll love this film.

And coming out on www.mannythemovieguy.com, my cast interviews with Diaz, Vassilieva, and Breslin. And of course, my full movie review, just how many movie kisses should I give this film? Stay tuned...

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Watch "Land of the Lost" Movie Review -- Ooooh, Dinosaurs! 


I went to Cabazon, with all those dinosaurs, to shoot my movie review of "Land of the Lost." I love that fun and cheesy place, I'm always up for fun and cheese :happy

(To read my complete movie review of "Land of the Lost" click here)

Here's my review, and have fun!



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Why You Have to See "Away We Go" This Weekend! 


I enjoyed this film! It's a bittersweet comedy about a couple (John Krasinksi and Maya Rudolph) looking for the perfect nest to raise their child. Director Sam Mendes ("Revolutionary Road," "American Beauty") knows how to make searing and memorable films. You will not be able to forget this couple taking a road trip in search of a perfect home.

It's the sweetest movie you should see this summer! The script by Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida is smart and powerful, and I love the original music by Alex Murdoch.

Watch out for Maggie Gyllenhaal's scene-stealing performance as LN, a seemingly progressive mother who may be hiding a thing or two.

I will be posting my interviews with Krasinksi, Rudolph, and Mendes very, very soon. Wait 'til you see those interviews :happy

But for now, make a date for "Away We Go." It opens in limited release this Friday, June 5th.

Visit the official website right here.

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First Look: Josh Brolin as "Jonah Hex" 


As we reported back in October, Josh Brolin is starring as "Jonah Hex." He'll play a former confederate soldier-turned bounty hunter and gunslinger. John Malkovich will play the villain Turnbull. Based on the DC comic book, this film will tell the horrifying tale of "Jonah Hex."

Now, look at Brolin's transformation as "Jonah Hex." Look at that scowl!



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