"The Karate Kid" Kicks Its Way to Box-Office Victory with $56 Million 

"The Karate Kid" proved to be tubular at the box-office, winning ahead of another '80s relic, "The A-Team." The remake of the 1984 film starring Jaden Smith in the Ralph Macchio role, and Jackie Chan as the Master previously played by the Oscar-nominated Pat Morita, debuted at No. 1 for the weekend with $56 million!

Right now, Smith is probably telling his proud papa Will, "who's the bigger star now dad?"

Meanwhile, "The A-Team" came in at No. 2 with $26 million. Moviegoers loved karate more than explosive male-bonding. (Check out my reviews of "The Karate Kid" and "The A-Team" right here)

After spending three weekends at No. 1, "Shrek Forever After" fell to No. 3 with $15.8 million. So far, the DreamWorks animated flick took in $210.1 million and it's now the fourth movie of the year to top $200 million. (Check out my interview with Walt Dohrn aka Rumpelstiltskin right here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for weekend of June 11:

1. "The Karate Kid," $56 million.

2. "The A-Team," $26 million.

3. "Shrek Forever After," $15.8 million.

4. "Get Him to the Greek," $10.1 million.

5. "Killers," $8.2 million.

6. "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," $6.6 million.

7. "Marmaduke," $6 million.

8. "Sex and the City 2," $5.5 million.

9. "Iron Man 2," $4.6 million.

10. "Splice," $2.9 million.

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It's Official -- "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" Will Be Released in Two Parts AND All the Actors Will Return 

It has been an ongoing speculation -- will Summit take the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" route and split the last "Twilight" film into two parts?

The studio has now officially announced that yes, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" will be released in two parts, the first one will arrive in theaters Nov. 18, 2011.

And for those fearing that some actors will not return due to salary negotiations, you can set your fears aside. Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and supporting cast are all set to return.

Director Bill Condon will direct both movies and Melissa Rosenberg will write the scripts based on the fourth novel of Stephanie Meyer's mega-popular "Twilight" series.

The third installment, "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" opens June 30, and I'm watching it this weekend :happy

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Jennifer Garner, Nick Nolte to Join "Arthur" Remake? 

Jennifer Garner and Nick Nolte may soon join Russell Brand and Helen Mirren for the Warner Bros' remake of "Arthur," the 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore, Liza Minnelli, and Sir John Gielgud.

Jason Winer is directing the remake which follows the plot of the original. Brand is set to star as the title character, a rich, happy drunk who is forced by his mother to marry an equally-rich girl or lose his inheritance. "Greenberg's" Greta Gerwig will star as a poor girl who steals Arthur's heart.

Garner is in talks to star as an heiress whom Brand must marry, while Nolte is negotiating to play her deeply religious father.

Production is set to begin shooting in New York in July.

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Celebrate the '80s All Over Again! Watch My Movie Reviews of "The Karate Kid" and "The A-Team!" But I Only Have 1 Pick of the Week! 

Like a magical twist of fate, two pop culture treasures from the 80s have been given big-screen makeovers this box-office weekend. Will "The Karate Kid" kick "The A-Team," or will "The A-Team" bomb the crap out of "Karate Kid?"

Or will "Shrek Forever After" emerged victorious again? We'll find out Monday.

For now, take a look at my reviews of "The Karate Kid" and "The A-Team." (For my written movie review of "The A-Team" click here)

Here's info on "The Karate Kid" from Yahoo:

12-year-old Dre Parker could've been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother's latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying - and the feeling is mutual - but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre's feelings make an enemy of the class bully, Cheng. In the land of kung fu, Dre knows only a little karate, and Cheng puts "the karate kid" on the floor with ease. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han, who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Also Known As: Kung Fu Kid, The Karate Kid, The Kung Fu Kid
Logline: A young boy, recently moved to Beijing with his mother, learns to stand up for himself with the help of a martial arts mentor.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Remake and Sports
Running Time: 2 hr. 6 min.
Release Date: June 11th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for bullying, martial arts action violence and some mild language.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing
Production Co.: Overbrook Entertainment, Jerry Weintraub Productions, China Film Group
Studios: Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
Filming Locations: Beijing, China
Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew


Jaden Smith ............ Dre Parker

Jackie Chan ............ Mr. Han

Tarji P. Henson ....... Sherry Parker

Directed By: Harald Zwart

And here's "The A-Team"

A colorful team of former Special Forces soldiers were set up for a crime they did not commit. Going "rogue," they utilize their unique talents to try and clear their names and find the true culprit.

Also Known As: The A Team
Genres: Action/Adventure and Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 57 min.
Release Date: June 11th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence throughout, language and smoking.
Distributors: 20th Century Fox Distribution
Production Co.: Stephen J Cannell Productions, Scott Free Productions
Studios: 20th Century Fox
Filming Locations: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Liam Neeson, Bradley Cooper, Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson, Sharlto Copley, Jessica Biel
Directed by: Joe Carnahan
Produced by: Tony Scott, Stephen J. Cannell, Alex Young

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Check Out Disney's "Tangled" Teaser, If You Dare! 

From "Unbraided" to "Tangled," this is the Disney version of the "Rapunzel" fairy tale. Well, the studio just released the teaser trailer for the film, and in a word -- underwhelming!

I thought Disney is on its way to going back to cool old school animation via last year's "Princess and the Frog." But upon checking out "Tangled" teaser (below), I was a bit....disappointed.

The film feels cheesy and cold, and very direct-to-DVD amateur hour! Which was, yes, a disappointment especially hearing that the animators supposedly invented new technology to make the CGI images look like they were hand-drawn. No, they all look lifeless, dead...

"Tangled" features voice work from Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Ron Pearlman and is supposed to open November 24th of this year. Let's hope and pray that the great John Lasseter will realize their prized "Tangled" looks fangled!

Here's more "Tangled" info from Yahoo:

When the kingdom's most wanted -- and most charming -- bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

Also Known As: Rapunzel
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Logline: A long-hired princess who has spent her entire life in a tower has to venture outside to find the man she loves.
Genres: Action/Adventure, Kids/Family, Musical/Performing Arts, Animation and Adaptation
Release Date: November 24th, 2010
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Studios: Walt Disney Animation Studios
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey
Directed by: Byron Howard, Nathan Greno
Produced by: John Lasseter, Roy Conli

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