"Green Lantern" Shines Box-Office Light But Why Is It A Disappointment? 

"Green Lantern" debuted at the top spot landing at No. 1 with $52.7 million. But that's a disappointment according to many Hollywood insiders because:

1) Warner Bros. was hoping for at least, $55 million and above opening

2) "Green Lantern" cost $200 million, plus about $120 million for marketing -- a far trek to recoup its investment

3) The film is at the bottom of the recent superhero class; "Thor" opened with $65.7 million and "X-Men: First Class" debuted with $55.1 million

The film scored better with moviegoers, but many critics panned it. ("Green Lantern" movie review)

It will take a strong word of mouth, to help elevate "Green Lantern" for weeks to come.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Paramount Pictures' sci-fi tale "Super 8," fell to No. 2 with $21.3 million. The J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg collaboration has collected $72.8 million box-office total since it opened.

("Super 8" movie review right here, watch my "Super 8" interviews with Kyle Chandler right here, Elle Fanning right here, and the kids of "Super 8" right here)

But Jim Carrey's family comedy "Mr. Popper's Penguins" flopped! The 20th Century Fox movie debuted at No. 3 with $18.2 million. ("Mr. Popper's Penguins" interview with animal trainer)

Rounding out the Top 5 are "X-Men: First Class" at No. 4 with $11.5 million, and "The Hangover Part II" at No. 5 with $9.6 million.

Here's the Top 10 box-office films for weekend of June 17:

1. "Green Lantern," $52.7 million ($17 million international).

2. "Super 8," $21.3 million.

3. "Mr. Popper's Penguins," $18.2 million.

4. "X-Men: First Class," $11.5 million.

5. "The Hangover Part II," $9.6 million ($21.4 million international).

6. "Kung Fu Panda 2," $8.7 million ($52.5 million).

7. "Bridesmaids," $7.5 million ($7.3 million international).

8. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $6.2 million ($25.9 million international).

9. "Midnight in Paris," $5.2 million.

10. "Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer," $2.2 million.

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Reposting: My Interviews with "Beginners" Folks, Director Mike Mills and Ewan McGregor! I'm Supporting This Film 100%!!! 

I've adored Ewan McGregor since his career-making turn in 1996's "Trainspotting." Since then, the actor has jumped from making big blockbusters like the "Star Wars" movies (Episodes I to III) to making small, independent films like his current Focus Features release, "Beginners."

He plays Oliver in the film, an ebullient but depressed artist who never really becomes close to his father, Hal (the wonderful Christopher Plummer), until the latter comes out of the closet at 75. Five years later, he dies.

"Beginners" is a quasi-tragicomic film that is emotionally rich and undeniably human. It's writer/director Mike Mills' homage to his real father who also came out at 75. The film speaks volumes about finding oneself amidst adversities. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How writer/director Mike Mills' letter convinced the actor to play the part
*** Working with Mills
*** How he bonded with Plummer
*** His rollercoaster relationship with Melanie Laurent ("Inglourious Basterds") -- how Six Flags Magic Mountain helped!
*** Working with his canine co-star, Cosmo, and his new dog!
*** Finding our own history of sadness

Mike Mills ("Thumbsucker") reveals that he wrote the movie "Beginners" as an homage to his father who lived his life as a heterosexual male -- married with kids -- and then came out as a gay man at 75. When he passed away five years later, even when he was sick, Mills says "he didn't act like a sick person, he was still thriving."

Christopher Plummer plays the father in "Beginners" and Ewan McGregor stars as his son. The movie is emotionally rich and undeniably human. From Focus Features, "Beginners" is currently showing in NY and LA. It will roll out in theaters near you in upcoming weeks, check your local listings.

In this interview, Mills talked about:

*** The autobiographical aspect of "Beginners"
*** Gay life in the '50s
*** The film's historical yet not preachy perspective
*** The movie's questioning of "what's real?"
*** Did he notice his father's sexual orientation?
*** Finding one's self through their history of sadness

Here's more info on "Beginners" from Yahoo:
Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who -- following 44 years of marriage -- came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Genres: Drama

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.

Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent

Directed by: Mike Mills

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Go Green! Watch My Fun "Green Lantern" Movie Review! 

For my written review of "Green Lantern," click here.

Here's more info on the movie from Yahoo:

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan. Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris, if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax... he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

Also Known As:
Green Lantern 3D
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation
Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Release Date: June 17th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.
Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast & Crew


Ryan Reynolds -- Hal Jordan

Blake Lively -- Carol Ferris

Peter Sarsgaard -- Hector Hammond

Mark Strong -- Sinestro

Angela Bassett -- Dr. Amanda Waller

Tim Robbins -- Senator Hammond

Temuera Morrison -- Abin Sur

Jay O. Sanders -- Carl Ferris

Taika Waititi -- Thomas Kalmaku

Jon Tenney -- Martin Jordan

Directed By: Martin Campbell

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"Green Lantern" Movie Review! How Many Green Kisses Does Ryan Reynolds Get? 

I have always thought that Green Lantern was the coolest among superheroes as a child. He fights crime wearing a powerful accessory – the mythical ring that grants him the ability to create anything his mind can imagine.

Plus, Green Lantern was not as popular as Superman or Batman, so as a child, I deemed the character an underdog. I latched on to his every word as he uttered the lines “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight.”

So I was happy as a child getting his first Green Lantern promo ring when I heard that Warner Bros. Pictures was producing the first ever full-feature adaptation of the DC Comics superhero. And I’m still happy after watching the film although it could have been better. Read More...

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My Fun Interview with "Mr. Popper's Penguins'" Animal Trainer! Do the Penguins Dance? 

"Mr. Popper's Penguins," starring Jim Carrey and his mighty penguins, comes out in theaters Friday, June 17th, and I had a great time interviewing Animal Trainer, Scott Schweitzer,
who helped train the penguins in the film.

Learn his secrets with this interview!


Marmaduke (animal trainer - as Scott Schweitzer)

2010 Treasure Buddies (video) (animal trainer: cat)

2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (animal trainer)

2007 Evan Almighty (animal trainer)

2006 Eight Below (dog trainer - as Scott Schweitzer)

2000 Meet the Parents (animal trainer)

1999 King of the Jungle (head animal trainer)

Show Stunts (2 titles)
2008 Beverly Hills Chihuahua (stunts)

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