Coming Soon on Fun Interviews with the cast of "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" and "Shorts"  

I had a terrific but very busy weekend! I saw two films "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," and "Shorts." I also interviewed the cast and crew of both films.

First, let's talk about "Shorts." I will post my full review very soon, but one hint: magical wishing rock! And it's rainbow to boot! :happy

I talked to director Robert Rodriguez, who gave me nice nuggets about the upcoming "Machete," "Sin City 2," and "Predator" the reboot! I also interviewed James Spader, Jon Cryer, and the two main child-actors Jimmy Bennet and Jolie Vanier.

The bottomline? I had a blast talking to the "Shorts" folks, and if I'm a kid today? I will do anything to get that magical wishing rock! So yes, kids will enjoy the movie, oh, and watch out for that giant booger! No kidding!


And gosh, I'm now debating whether I love this movie more than "The Hangover!" Is that sacrilegious?

Many of "The Hangover" cast are in "The Goods" such as Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, Rob Riggle. And Jeremy Piven is utterly likable in the lead.

I will post my full review of the movie, as well as my hilarious interviews...and I'm not making it up, they are HILARIOUS!

So, let me be busy editing all the pieces and I'll display them all for you, right here on your trusty

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Critics Be Damned! "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" Victorious at Box-Office! 

So I whined, and bitched, and moaned that Paramount Pictures did not show "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" to critics. But apparently, the studio's ploy worked!

"G.I. Joe" becomes the latest toy-turned-movie to invade Hollywood in a very big way! The action-adventure debuted at No. 1 with a $56.2 million box-office take. And concurrently, "G.I. Joe" also sold $44.3 million of box-office tickets overseas for a worldwide total of $100.5 million.

Critics be damned indeed!

Meanwhile, Meryl Streep can retain her summer box-office queen title because her "Julie & Julia" opened strongly at No. 2 with $20.1 million.

Previous weekend's No. 1 film, Universal's "Funny People," fell to No. 5 with $7.9 million, down 65 percent, yikes! So far, the Judd Apatow movie starring Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen has made $40.4 million at the box-office.

Universal is not having a good summer! The studio's thriller "A Perfect Giveaway" starring Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich opened poorly at No. 7 with $5.8 million. Another yikes!

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for the weekend of Aug. 7th:

1. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," $56.2 million.

2. "Julie & Julia," $20.1 million.

3. "G-Force," $9.8 million.

4. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," $8.9 million.

5. "Funny People," $7.9 million.

6. "The Ugly Truth," $7 million.

7. "A Perfect Getaway," $5.8 million.

8. "Aliens in the Attic," $4 million.

9. "Orphan," $3.73 million.

10. "500 Days of Summer," $3.7 million.

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Frank Langella Believes Greed is Good! Actor to Join "Wall Street 2" 

Frank Langela is set to join the cast of "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps," the Oliver Stone-directed sequel from a script by Allan Loeb.

Langella will co-star with Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas who'll return as the greedy Gordon Gekko. Josh Brolin may also join the cast in the role previously held by Javier Bardem.

Langella will play the role of Lewis Zabel, an old-time broker who becomes the mentor of LaBeouf's character. Apparently, the fate of the Zabel character plays a major part in the film.

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Four Actors Enlist for "Red Dawn" Remake! 

Remember the 1984 film "Red Dawn" starring Patrick Swayze? The film tells the story of Colorado teenagers who band together to defend their town, and eventually their country, from invading Soviet troops.

It is the dawn of World War III.

Well, the dawn of the remake is upon us. Right now, actors Chris Hemsworth (Captain Kirk's daddy in "Star Trek" and the-man-who-would-be-Thor), Josh Peck ("Drillbit Taylor," "The Wackness"), and Adrianne Palicki ("Supernatural") are set to star.

Joining them are Josh Hutcherson ("Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Bridge to Terabithia"), Isabel Lucas ("Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"), Connor Cruise (the 14-year-old son of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, and he played the young Will Smith in "Seven Pounds"), and Edwin Hodge ("Heroes," "Bones").

The plot remains the same except this time, Chinese soldiers join the Russians in invading America!

Hemsworth will channel Swayze as Jed, Peck will play the Charlie Sheen character Matt, and Palicki will play the Jennifer Grey character Toni.

Hutcherson will play Robert originated by C. Thomas Howell, Lucas will play Erica originated by Lea Thompson, Cruise will play Daryl originated by Darren Dalton, and Hodge will play Danny originated by Brad Savage.

The young cast will go to boot camp in an undisclosed location.

Actor-stunt coordinator-assistant director Dan Bradley is set to direct from a screenplay by Jeremy Passmore and Carl Ellsworth based on the script by the original writer-director John Milius.

Filming for "Red Dawn" remake will begin next month in Detroit, and MGM/UA will release the movie on Sept. 24, 2010.

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Venice Film Festival's First Ever 3-D Award! All the Films Are Made in the U.S.A.! 

The nine films vying for the first ever 3-D prize at the 66th Venice Film Festival are all from the good old U.S.A.

And the nine films in contention for the Person 3-D award are:

"Up" by Pete Docter
"The Hole" by Joe Dante, making its world premiere
"Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3-D” by Eric Brevig
“Monsters vs. Aliens” by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon
“My Bloody Valentine” by Patrick Lussier
“Battle for Terra” by Aristomenis Tsirbas
“Coraline” by Henry Selick
“Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience” by Bruce Hendricks
“Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” by Carlos Saldanha.

The Venice Film Festival site says, "The Persol 3-D Award will be presented to the feature film which at best embodies the exploration of this new frontier of the cinematic language, and which is attracting enormous creative attention from filmmakers and producers, besides that of worldwide audiences."

So 3-D is an art form that's now being recognized as "cinema." è stato fantastico! My pick to win the first ever Persol 3-D award? "Up" by Pete Docter! No not, really, "Jonas Brothers" is my pick, HA!

But we have to wait until the winner is announced. The award will be presented with a ceremony in the Sala Grande, during the 66th Venice International Film Festival (September 2-12, 2009), directed by Marco Müller and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.

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