"Cars 2" Drives Atop Box-Office Weekend with $68 Million! 

Pixar continues to be the king at the box-office! "Cars 2" becomes the 12th film of the animation studio to debut at No. 1. The animated adventure, featuring the voices of Larry the Cable Guy as Mater and Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, landed at the top with $68 million.

"Cars 2" also becomes the first Pixar film that's not loved by the critics, yours truly included. ("Cars 2" movie review)

Meanwhile, "Bad Teacher" surprised with a strong No. 2 debut of $31 million. The film, featuring a winning performance by Cameron Diaz, was a hit-or-miss love-affair that benefited greatly from the actress.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, Ryan Reynolds' "Green Lantern" fell hard to No. 3 with $18.4 million. The superhero flicks suffered a steep 65% decline from its opening weekend. So far, "Green Lantern" has made $89.3 million. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. wants to make a sequel! Really?

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of July 24th:

1. "Cars 2," $68 million ($42.9 million international).

2. "Bad Teacher," $31 million ($12.9 million international).

3. "Green Lantern," $18.4 million.

4. "Super 8," $12.1 million ($10.5 million international).

5. "Mr. Popper's Penguins," $10.3 million.

6. "X-Men: First Class," $6.6 million.

7. "The Hangover Part II," $5.9 million.

8. "Bridesmaids," $5.4 million ($11.5 million international).

9. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," $4.7 million ($13.5 million international).

10. "Midnight in Paris," $4.5 million.

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Watch My "Cars 2" Movie Review! It's Mater-licious 

For my written review of "Cars 2," click here.

Here's more info of the film from Yahoo:

Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater's action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

Also Known As:
Cars 2 in Disney Digital 3D
Cars 2: An IMAX 3D Experience
Cars Two
Genres: Kids/Family, Animation and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: June 24th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: G
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Production Co.:
Pixar Animation Studios
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy , Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Caine
Directed by: John Lasseter, Brad Lewis
Produced by: Denise Ream, Mark Nielsen

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R.I.P. Peter Falk 

Peter Michael Falk, best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home after a long fight with Alzheimer's Disease. He was 83.

Falk was nominated twice for an Academy Award, one for 1960's "Murder, Inc.," and 1961's "Pocketful of Miracles." (Read a complete appreciation for his talent right here)

He had been suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's disease according to his daughter, Catherine Falk. So long Mister Peter Falk :sad

Take a look at the trailer for his brilliant, Academy-nominated performance in "Murder, Inc."

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New, Extended "Captain America" Trailer!  

I can't wait for this movie when it opens July 22nd so we can discover the origin of the first Avenger I also want to see how Chris Evans will fare as "Captain America." Will he do a good job?

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This Looks Fantastic! Check Out New "A Dangerous Method" Trailer! It Has Oscars Written All Over It! 
Just look at the pedigree -- Director David Cronenberg ("A History of Violence," "Eastern Promises"), scriptwriter Christopher Hampton ("Dangerous Liaisons") -- and the great cast which includes Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Vincent Cassel -- and you can certainly bet that Sony Pictures Classic is angling to make this film an Oscar contender! The premise is intriguing too! Based on Hampton's play, the film tells the tale of the deteriorating relationship between Mortensen's Sigmund Freud and Fassbender's Carl Jung. "A Dangerous Method" will premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Take a look at the trailer:

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