Sorry "Hobbit" Fans But... 


"The Desolation of Smaug" is NOT headed to Comic-Con. Awwww....

According to director Peter Jackson via Facebook, "The Hobbit 2" is still in production and the cast and crew will not be available for the biggest fan convention in the world! And truth be told, I like Jackson's reasoning -- he just wants to make a good movie!

And rightfully so! The first one was just eh, here's hoping the second one will make the movie buff in me happy!

Here's Jackson taking us inside the production of "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Plus, his explanation on why they will not have Comic-Con presence this year:



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"White House Down" Flops! What Happened Channing Tatum? 


Yes, folks, "White House Down" flopped at the box-office. Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx were no match for the star power of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy whose "The Heat" triumphed at No. 2 with a $40 million debut. "White House Down?" $25.7 million and with a reported budget of $150 million, it's a certifiable flop! Worst than "After Earth," "Jack the Giant Slayer," and "The Hangover Part III."

So what happened? Well, first, there was a movie called "Olympus Has Fallen" that shared the same DNA as "White House Down." And actually, I found that movie better than the Tatum-Foxx collaboration. Why? Because it had a singular vision -- the terrorists are bad, but don't worry, Gerard Butler is here to save the day. Its simplicity is what saved the film.

"White House Down" has a lot of angles that people were not able to connect the dots. Is it about White House being attacked? Is it a buddy comedy? Is it a father-daughter dramedy? Is it all of the above? Do you even care?

And lastly, as much as we love Channing Tatum, shirtless or otherwise, he is still NOT a major superstar! And even with the help from Foxx, their collaboration is just not as dynamic as the Bullock-McCarthy tandem. "The Heat" is funny, sure, predictable, but still funny. "White House Down" is sometimes funny, sometimes exciting, sometimes thrilling. But "sometimes" will not generate buzz.

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films from last weekend again. I'm sure the one-two punch of "The Lone Ranger" and "Despicable Me 2" will change the order by the weekend. Yes, "White House Down" will be down, way down, by then.

1. "Monsters University," $46.1 million ($44.2 million international).

2. "The Heat," $40 million.

3. "World War Z," $29.8 million ($70.1 million international).

4. "White House Down," $25.7 million ($6.8 million international.)

5. "Man of Steel," $20.8 million ($52.2 million international).

6. "This Is the End," $8.7 million.

7. "Now You See Me," $5.5 million ($5 million international).

8. "Fast & Furious 6," $2.4 million ($6.1 million international).

9. "Star Trek: Into Darkness," $2 million ($2 million international).

10. "The Internship," $1.4 million ($3.6 million international).

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Top 10 Best Buddy Movies -- See My Picks in Homage to "The Heat" and "White House Down" Release 


"The Heat" starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy and "White House Down" with Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx are opening this weekend and both are offshoots of the quintessential American genre -- the buddy movie. You know the type -- put two seemingly different characters together, give them a problem, and make them come together to solve their dilemma. Which got me thinking -- what are my Top 10 Best Buddy Movies ever made? Here are my picks:



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"Fifty Shades of Grey" Release Date Announced, Sam Taylor-Johnson to Direct Movie Adaptation 


Fans of "Fifty Shades of Grey" rejoice! The movie version has a release date!

According to producer Dana Brunetti, the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' popular S&M novel will be unveiled on August 1, 2014. Sam Taylor-Johnson ("Nowhere Boy") will direct the film from a script by Kelly Marcel.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" will be a trilogy of films focusing on the erotic love story between college graduate, Anastasia Steele, and young entrepreneur Christian Grey. Focus Features and Universal Pictures are jointly producing the adaptation.



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Get Ready for the Quasi "Mean Girls" Sequel -- "Mean Moms!" 


We all enjoyed "Mean Girls," the 2004 hit starring Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lacey Chabert. And now, we're in for a treat as New Line Cinema is preparing for the sorta, quasi-sequel to be called "Mean Moms."

It kinda makes sense right? The mean girls are now grown-up and they became mean moms.

Deadline is reporting that the studio has hired Beth McCarthy-Miller ("Saturday Night Live") to adapt Rosalind Wiseman's "Queen Bee Moms And King Pin Dads: Dealing With The Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future." Her 2002 book "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence" was the basis of the "Mean Girls" film.

The follow-up explores what happens to Queen Bees and Wannabes when they grow up. Here's a description of the book from Amazon:

Even the most well-adjusted moms and dads can experience peer pressure and conflicts with other adults that make them act like they’re back in seventh grade. In Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the tools to handle difficult situations involving teachers and other parents with grace. Reassuring, funny, and unfailingly honest, Wiseman reveals:

• Why PTA meetings and Back-to-School nights tap into parents’ deepest insecurities

• How to recognize the archetypal moms and dads—from Caveman Dad to Hovercraft Mom

• How and when to step in and step out of your child’s conflicts with other children, parents, teachers, or coaches

• How to interpret the code phrases other parents use to avoid (or provoke) confrontation

• Why too many well-meaning dads sit on the sidelines, and how vital it is that they step up to the plate

• What to do and say when the playing field becomes an arena for people to bully and dominate other kids and adults

• How to have respectful yet honest conversations with other parents about sex and drugs when your values are in conflict

• How the way you handle parties, risky behavior, and academic performance affects your child

• How unspoken assumptions about race, religion, and other hot-button subjects sabotage parents’ ability to work together


Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is filled with the kind of true stories that made Wiseman’s New York Times bestselling book Queen Bees & Wannabes impossible to put down. There are tales of hardworking parents with whom any of us can identify, along with tales of outrageously bad parents—the kind we all have to reckon with. For instance, what do you do when parents donate a large sum of money to a school and their child is promptly transferred into the honors program–while your son with better grades doesn’t make the cut? What about the mother who helps her daughter compose poison-pen e-mails to yours? And what do you say to the parent-coach who screams at your child when the team is losing? Wiseman offers practical advice on avoiding the most common parenting “land mines” and useful scripts to help you navigate difficult but necessary conversations.

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads is essential reading for parents today. It offers us the tools to become wiser, more relaxed parents–and the inspiration to speak out, act according to our values, show humility, and set the kind of example that will make a real difference in our children’s lives.


"Mean Moms" will be produced by Jill Messick with Offspring Entertainment. We'll see if McCarthy-Miller's script will be as inspired as Tina Fey's script for "Mean Girls."

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