"Now You See Me" Beats Will Smith at Box-Office! 


A Will Smith movie that didn't open at No. 1? Impossible! For nearly two decades, Will Smith has held the Summer Movie King crown...but not this season. "After Earth," produced by Smith and wife Jada and starring their baby boy Jaden underperformed at the box-office. The sci-fi flick directed by M. Night Shyamalan was predicted to at least make about $35 to $40 million, similar to Tom Cruise's "Oblivion," but alas, it debuted at No. 3 with $27 million.

The worst part? Its budget was $130 million. With bad reviews and so-so word of mouth (it received a CinemaScore of B), it would take the entire world to rally together to help Smith and his family. "After Earth" must do great business overseas for Sony to recoup the budget.

Meanwhile, "Now You See Me," a smaller film from Summit Entertainment, beat Smith and company. The cat-and-mouse thriller featuring Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine debuted at No. 2 with $28.05 million. (Click the names to see my full "Now You See Me" interviews -- Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco)

Compared to "After Earth," "Now You See Me" cost $75 million to produce, and received a high A- CinemaScore. The group of magicians in the film need not steal money to recoup its budget! ("Now You See Me" movie review)

Holding steady at No. 1 was Universal's "Fast & Furious 6" which dropped 65 percent with a still-healthy $34.5 million showing. It's the franchise that won't die!

Tied for 4th place are Fox's "Epic" and Paramount's "Star Trek Into Darkness" with $16.4 million a piece. Rounding out the Top 5 was "The Hangover Part III" with $15.9 million.

Entering into the Top 10 was the Bollywood film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani." It made $1.6 million in 162 theaters for the No. 8 position.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of May 31st:

1. "Fast & Furious 6," $34.5 million

2. "Now You See Me," $28.05 million.

3. "After Earth," $27 million.

4. (tie) "Epic," $16.4 million.

4. (tie) "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $16.4 million.

6. "The Hangover Part III," $15.9 million.

7. "Iron Man 3," $8 million.

8. "The Great Gatsby," $6.3 million.

9. "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani," $1.6 million.

10. "Mud," $1.2 million.

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"Now You See Me" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Do the Four Horsemen Get? 


“Now You See Me” from director Louis Letterier magically arrives in theaters near you. It stars Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Dave Franco, and Isla Fisher as the Four Horsemen – a ragtag group of magicians who steal from the rich to give to the poor. But the big question is – who is behind them?

Mark Ruffalo lends support as the FBI agent hot on the trail of the Four Horsemen. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman lend credibility to the cast. Caine is the Horsemen’s benefactor while Freeman is out to debunk the magic.

Should you fall under the spell of “Now You See Me?” Take a look:



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General Zod Makes His Case -- Check Out New "Man of Steel" TV Spot 
I truly can't wait to see "Man of Steel!" Truth be told, of all the summer movies opening, this is the one that I truly wish will be fantastic! From the looks of the TV spots, it could be! In this brand new TV commercial, General Zod (Michael Shannon) shows his motivation. And then you hear Russell Crowe aka Jor-El aka Superman's poppa telling our man of steel that Zod is twice more powerful than he is...oooooh!

I can't wait to interview the cast this weekend! I'll keep y'all posted!



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Who's Directing "Pirates of the Caribbean 5?" 


Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg, the directing duo who gave us the fantastic Norwegian flick, "Kon-Tiki," will be helming the fifth installment of the popular "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise according to Deadline. And they were given the stamp of approval by Disney, Johnny Depp, and uber-producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Once a deal has been agreed upon, the directors will prepare the huge movie for a possible late year or early January production start.

This may be a good thing based on the duo's Oscar-nominated Best Foreign Language film "Kon-Tiki." If you haven't seen the film yet, take a look at the trailer of "Kon-Tiki" below. Yup, it's set in water which is a good thing if you're making a "Pirates" movie.



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Why Aragorn is Not in "The Hobbit" Films, Viggo Mortensen Explains 


If you were wondering why Aragorn was not a part of "The Hobbit" film, wonder no more. Viggo Mortensen, the actor behind the man who would be king, explains why. And it's pretty simple. Because his character does not appear in the J.R.R. Tolkien novel. Duh to you!

Mortensen told "The Guardian" that before Peter Jackson and company started shooting back in 2008, one of the producers asked him if he would be interested. And he said, "You do know, don't you, that Aragorn isn't in The Hobbit? That there is a 60-year gap between the books?'"

Well, Elijah Wood's Frodo and Cate Blanchett's Galadriel made appearances in "The Hobbit" and their characters were not in the book either! Gandalf (Sir Ian McKellen) was, and so the magical wizard is playing a big part in the new trilogy.

Could it be that Mortensen is just tired of playing Aragorn? Maybe?

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