"Nanny McPhee Returns" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does Emma Thompson Deserve? 

I was not particularly fond of the first “Nanny McPhee” movie released in 2005. While I found the cast, headed by Emma Thompson as the magical nanny, appealing, the film was ultimately unrewarding. So to my surprise, the sequel, simply called “Nanny McPhee Returns,” is not only satisfying, it’s also quite delightful.

Just like the first film, this one is also written by Thompson based on characters created by Christianna Brand from the “Nurse Matilda” books. The Academy award-winning actress and screenwriter also returns as the unusual and hideous-looking woman who calls herself a “government nanny.” Read More...

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David Fincher Finds His "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" 

After weeks of speculation, Sony has finally announced that Rooney Mara will play the memorable computer hacker character of Lisbeth Salander in the three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. The first film of the series is "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." David Fincher will direct the film from a screenplay by Steve Zaillian.

Mara is an American actress who starred in 2010's "Youth in Revolt" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake. She previously worked with Fincher in the upcoming Facebook drama "The Social Network."

The actress will be co-starring with Daniel Craig in the U.S. version. Craig will star as the journalist Mikael Blomkvist. Noomi Rapace played the Salander role and Michael Nyqvist starred as Blomkvist in the original Swedish version.

According to EW.com, the plan is to have all the players speak with Swedish accents. Craig, I think, could pull this off, but let's wait and see if Mara can channel her inner Swede.

For more "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" news:

Daniel Craig to Get "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo"
David Fincher Wants "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

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To Brighten Up Your Day -- Check Out "Jackass 3D" Trailer! No 3D Glass Required 

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Final Box-Office Tally! "The Expendables" Explodes Competition, Debuts at No. 1! See Complete Top 20 Movies 

Sylvester Stallone's testosterone fest beat out Julia Roberts' "Eat Pray Love" and the geek chic "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." "The Expendables" debuted at No. 1 with $34.8 million.

Roberts must settle for No. 2 with a $23.1 million debut while the much buzzed-about "Scott Pilgrim" entered at No. 5 with a weak $10.6 million opening. (Check out my reviews of "The Expendables" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" right here)

Here's the final tally of the Top 20 movies at the box-office for weekend of Aug. 13:

1. "The Expendables," Lionsgate, $34,825,135, 3,270 locations, $10,650 average, $34,825,135, one week.

2. "Eat Pray Love," Sony, $23,104,523, 3,082 locations, $7,497 average, $23,104,523, one week.

3. "The Other Guys," Sony, $17,408,501, 3,651 locations, $4,768 average, $69,951,822, two weeks.

4. "Inception," Warner Bros., $11,285,051, 3,120 locations, $3,617 average, $248,469,482, five weeks.

5. "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," Universal, $10,609,795, 2,818 locations, $3,765 average, $10,609,795, one week.

6. "Despicable Me," Universal, $6,971,355, 2,923 locations, $2,385 average, $222,197,390, six weeks.

7. "Step Up 3D," Disney, $6,905,201, 2,439 locations, $2,831 average, $29,844,422, two weeks.

8. "Dinner For Schmucks," Paramount, $6,285,179, 3,046 locations, $2,063 average, $58,785,547, three weeks.

9. "Salt," Sony, $6,219,502, 2,834 locations, $2,195 average, $103,438,273, four weeks.

10. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," Warner Bros., $4,190,426, 2,728 locations, $1,536 average, $35,218,937, three weeks.

11. "Toy Story 3," Disney, $2,222,731, 1,219 locations, $1,823 average, $400,824,826, nine weeks.

12. "Charlie St. Cloud," Universal, $2,113,930, 2,083 locations, $1,015 average, $28,758,460, three weeks.

13. "The Kids Are All Right," Focus, $1,352,585, 830 locations, $1,630 average, $16,721,391, six weeks.

14. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," Summit, $1,279,650, 1,212 locations, $1,056 average, $295,842,444, seven weeks.

15. "Grown Ups," Sony, $1,140,893, 968 locations, $1,179 average, $158,054,590, eight weeks.

16. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Disney, $1,120,604, 989 locations, $1,133 average, $59,538,764, five weeks.

17. "Ramona and Beezus," Fox, $833,589, 632 locations, $1,319 average, $23,335,273, four weeks.

18. "The Karate Kid," Sony, $518,156, 372 locations, $1,393 average, $174,861,447, 10 weeks.

19. "Get Low," Sony Pictures Classics, $376,781, 53 locations, $7,109 average, $826,013, three weeks.

20. "The Girl Who Played With Fire," Music Box, $364,484, 166 locations, $2,196 average, $5,188,619, six weeks.

SOURCE: www.hollywood.com

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It's Geeks, Chick Flicks, and Testosterone at the Box-Office! But Which One Should You See First? 

This weekend, would you rather see Julia Roberts eating, praying, and loving? How about Sylvester Stallone leading a bunch of mercenaries-for-hire? Or Scott Pilgrim proving his love by battling the world, or her seven evil exes?

In my humble opinion, geeks win this weekend! "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" is far better than its competitors for its smart, funny, and very inventive take on love as the proverbial battlefield.

The second best is "The Expendables." What can you expect from a film featuring a bunch of male action stars but a balls-out explosion extravaganza with very, very minimal character development. I enjoyed the first part of the film, the second part was a bit boring, but the third was blessed with, you guess it, more explosions! Start waving your 80s action freak flag.

That leads us to Roberts and director Ryan Murphy's "Eat, Pray, Love" based on Elizabeth Gilbert's 2006 memoir. While Roberts is luminous, this project proves our pretty woman needs a far better, meatier material. This is a looooooong movie about eating, praying, loving but after its 2 1/2-hour running time, we're still left befuddled about what Roberts' character truly ate, prayed for, and loved!

The scenery is fantastic, hence, this film is better to watch inside a nice, cozy airplane ride from coast to coast. And Murphy is not an adept storyteller in film. His "Running with Scissors" had a great first half only to be saddled by a pedantic second. BUT, this guy can tell stories on TV ("Glee" anyone?), so I think, his talents are far better suited on the small screen and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. Much like the "Sex and the City" creator-director, Michael Patrick King, whose talent shines on TV but falters on the big screen.

Here's my combo-review of "The Expendables" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World":

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