Moviegoers Say Yes to "The Proposal!" Sandra Bullock Comedy Opened at No. 1 

"The Proposal" scored the summer's first big romantic comedy hit! The Sandra Bullock-Ryan Reynolds flick sold $34.1 million worth of tickets debuting at No. 1.

The film beat Bullock's previous No. 1 film, "Premonition," which took in $17.6 million.

(Check out my movie review of "The Proposal" right here, and my interviews with the cast and Director Anne Fletcher right here)

Previous No. 1 film for two weekends in a row, the super-funny "The Hangover" slipped to No. 2 with $26.9 million. But the bachelor-party comedy is on its merry way to $200 million mark. So far, "The Hangover" raised its total to $152.9 million, not bad for a film that was made for $30 million.

Meanwhile, the Disney-Pixar animated adventure "Up" landed at No. 3 with $21.3 million at the box-office lifting its total to $224.1 million. "Up" is very close to beating "Star Trek" as the biggest movie of 2009, so far.

(Check out my movie review of "Up" right here, and my interviews with the cast and Director Pete Docter right here)

Making its so-so debut at No. 4 is the ho-hum comedy "Year One" starring Jack Black and Michael Cera. The prehistoric snooze-a-thon sold $20.2 million at the box-office, proving once again, that moviegoers are not ready to mix prehistoric with comedy (yeah, remember "Land of the Lost's" poor box-office performance?).

Of course the stage is set for Paramount's "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" which is opening this coming Wednesday. So far, the sequeld opened huge overseas taking in $14.1 million in Britain and $5.8 million in Japan.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office List for weekend of June 19th:

1. "The Proposal," $34.1 million.

2. "The Hangover," $26.9 million.

3. "Up," $21.3 million.

3. "Year One," $20.2 million.

5. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3," $11.3 million.

6. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," $7.3 million.

7. "Star Trek," $4.7 million.

8. "Land of the Lost," $4 million.

9. "Imagine That," $3.1 million.

10. "Terminator Salvation," $3.07 million.

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Dying Girl's Wish Granted by Disney/Pixar 

Colby Curtin, a 10-year-old cancer-stricken girl, wanted to see the Disney-Pixar film "Up" but she was too sick to go to a theater.

But thanks to a family friend who called Pixar, Colby was able to see the film before going to heaven.

Colby was heard saying, "I'm ready (to die), but I'm going to wait for the movie." Aw :sad

The little girl was diagnosed with vascular cancer in 2005, and she planned to seeing the animated adventure after watching the previews for the film in April.

Upon receiving the call from family friend, Terrell Orum, Pixar sent an employee to Colby's house the next day with a copy of "Up," stuffed toys, and movie collectibles.

But by the that time, Colby couldn't even open up her eyes to watch the movie, so her mom was narrating "Up" for her. After the film, the girl said she loved the movie. That night, Colby died :sad

Aw...way to go Disney and Pixar for brightening the last few hours of a brave little girl dying of cancer. For what it was, at least the last film Colby saw on Earth was a great one, something she can treasure all the way UP in heaven :happy

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Secrets of "The Proposal!" What Scene Ended Up on the Cutting Room Floor, Where's Niecy Nash, and Why Sandra Bullock is one of the Most Down-to-Earth Folks in Hollywood?  

So my friend Tim Estiloz, TV Talent, Artist, Model, Actor, and an all-around great pal, shared with me a fantastic "The Proposal" story that is entertaining, intriguing, and heartwarming. (Check Tim's website right here)

You see, we always hear the phrase, "the scene ended up on the cutting room floor," but it's interesting to hear the voyage from shooting a scene to the proverbial "cutting room floor."

Tim has the inner-actor in him, and once in a while, he moonlights as an extra in films shot in and around Massachusetts. If you saw "Gone Baby Gone," (which you should have anyway, it's a great film!), then you might have seen Tim hamming it up as a TV reporter.

Tim was also invited to be an extra in Sandra Bullock's "The Proposal." When he heard that I participated in the film's press junket, he immediately asked about a "plane scene with Niecy Nash in it."

I was like what? There was no plane scene with Niecy Nash in it! To which Tim said, oh, cutting room floor.

Now, without spoiling the film, apparently, the scene that Tim was a part of, was supposed to be the ending of "The Proposal." But honestly? The finale the filmmakers chose is much better, and has more heart, in my humble opinion.

So it's safe to say that we may see this scene as an "alternate ending" when it arrives in DVD and Blu-Ray.

For now, let's have Tim tell his story:

I was chosen to be an extra in a scene filmed for "The Proposal" that took place aboard a small commuter plane that would have been one of the film's key plot points. It involved a group of passengers seated near Sandra Bullock, handcuffed to an INS agent who's been hounding she and Reynolds throughout the film. At one point, comedic actress Niecy Nash who was cast as a brassy flight attendant was to deliver a message to Bullock's character. However, the INS agent is increasingly rude, controlling and obnoxious to both Nash's character and Bullock, his helpless handcuffed prisoner.

As the scene was to play out... I was seated just one row behind Bullock. At one point, the exchanges between Nash and the INS agent become heated... and in a comedic flourish, Nash uses a taser to subdue the agent... and he falls into the small commuter plane aisle dragging the handcuffed Sandra bullock to the floor with him. After that, the passengers react in surprise... and I, along with a woman extra seated across the aisle gently help Bullock... along with others - to her feet to complete the scene.

The plane set was hot, cramped and often uncomfortable. However, what made the day-long shoot worthwhile and so enjoyable for all was first - the joyous directing style of Anne Fletcher, which kept the cast, crew and extras in stitches laughing. She knows what she wants, but she gets her movie set to be a smooth, light-hearted machine that's well-oiled with laughter and camaraderie.

Fletcher, a former dancer and choreographer would often break into dance moves... to keep the mood on this comedy set light and carefree. It's a directing relationship that strongly appealed to all the major cast members, but most especially Bullock.

Oh, and here's the reason why I said, Sandra Bullock is one of the most down-to-earth people in Hollywood. The tick, the tick!

She's also a genuinely nice, down to earth person. She must have taken well over two dozen or more falls... hard falls to the narrow, cramped airplane set aisle while handcuffed to the faux INS agent. Yet, each time... she gave it her all with no complaints... and much good humor.

But, the most memorable moment of the day's shoot truly showed the natural, down to earth sincerity of Sandra Bullock. The building that housed the airplane set was surrounded by an area that was prone to insects, bugs and ticks. So, as we all patiently awaited the next take of that particular scene... Sandra Bullock asked with some small degree of urgency for a Kleenex from a nearby production assistant.

Only the Kleenex wasn't for Sandra... instead, she gently removed a crawling tick from the head of a long-haired extra seated in front of her. She then made the guy feel better about the whole thing and laughed the incident off with the rest of the cast and extras.

I know of few actors or actresses who would have shown the same grace, kindness and courtesy that Sandra Bullock showed in that circumstance.

She's is a very classy, "down to Earth" woman... who just happens to be a Hollywood superstar.

See? Miss Sandra is truly sweet! Hurray for Sandra Bullock, and hurray for Tim for sharing his story! For more, yes there's more, visit Tim's site at

And if you want to escape the heat and have a good time at the movies, then watch "The Proposal."

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"The Proposal" Extravaganza! Watch My Review and See Me Propose!  

So here you go, it's your one-stop shop for everything "The Proposal."

First, check out my fun one-on-one interviews with the cast including Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White and director Anne Fletcher. You'll also see my funny bloopers with all of them. Watch them all right here.

Then, read my full, uncut review of "The Proposal" right here.

And now, see me propose. Take a look at this picture :happy

Yes, that ring is real :happy

Here's my review!

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Do You Have Any Joaquin Phoenix Video? Casey Affleck Wants You! 

So I reviewed and actually liked Joaquin Phoenix's supposed last film, "Two Lovers" starring Gwyneth Paltrow and directed by James Gray ("We Own the Night," "The Yards"). (Take a look at my review right here)

So my video has been languishing for a while, until I received an email from, yes, the folks behind the documentary about the actor (or is it rapper?) directed by Casey Affleck (check out their IMDB page right here). Apparently, the Joaq Doc team is interested in possibly using my vid for their documentary. HA! Here's part of the email:

Hey Manny,

We saw your Joaquin Phoenix video reviewing Two Lovers and were wondering if you'd be interested in us possibly using it in the upcoming documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's transition from actor to rapper.

So it's kind of interesting, more like a social experiment. So I said yes, go for it, and now, lovely viewers, if you have any Joaquin live performance or parody, spoof, go to and upload your .mov files! Click on the image below and it'll take you to their site. I can't wait for this documentary to see what the heck is going on with one of the most gifted actors in contemporary cinema.

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