"Inception" Remains No. 1 for Third Week 

Christopher Nolan's "Inception" continues to have dreamy reception at the box office. The mind-bending thriller remained at No. 1 for the third-straight weekend.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, "Inception" sold $27.5 million worth of tickets, bringing its total to $193.3 million. For a while though, it looked like "Dinner for Schmucks" starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd would eclipse "Inception" with the comedy winning Friday's box-office take.

But in the end, Carell and Rudd must settle for the No. 2 spot with $23.3 million. (Check out my interviews with Carell and Rudd, director Jay Roach, and the supporting cast right here, and my movie review of "Dinner for Schmucks" right here).

Meanwhile, the 3-D family adventure, "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" did better at the box office than the Zac Efron film "Charlie St. Cloud." "Cats & Dogs" entered the No. 5 spot with $12.5 million while "Charlie" settled for No. 6 with $12.1 million. (Check out my interviews with the "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore" cast right here).

Here's the estimated Top 10 box office films for weekend of July 30:

1. "Inception," $27.5 million.

2. "Dinner for Schmucks," $23.3 million.

3. "Salt," $19.2 million.

4. "Despicable Me," $15.5 million.

5. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," $12.5 million.

6. "Charlie St. Cloud," $12.1 million.

7. "Toy Story 3," $5 million.

8. "Grown Ups," $4.5 million.

9. "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," $4.3 million.

10."The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," $3.9 million.

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Watch My "Dinner for Schmucks" Movie Review 

(For my written movie review of "Dinner for Schmucks," click here)

Here's more info on the movie from Yahoo:

Tim, is an up-and-coming executive who has just received his first invitation to the "dinner for idiots," a monthly event hosted by his boss that promises bragging rights to the exec that shows up with the biggest buffoon. Tim's fiancee, Julie, finds it distasteful and Tim agrees to skip the dinner, until he bumps into Barry--an IRS employee who devotes his spare time to building elaborate taxidermy mouse dioramas--and quickly realizes he's struck idiot gold. Tim can't resist, and invites Barry, whose blundering good intentions soon sends Tim's life into a frenzied downward spiral and a series of misadventures, threatening a major business deal, bringing crazy stalker ex-girlfriend, Darla, back into Tim's life and driving Julie into the arms of another man.

Also Known As: Dinner with Schmucks
Idiot Game
Le Diner de Cons
The Dinner for Schmucks
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Comedy and Remake
Running Time: 1 hr. 50 min.
Release Date: July 30th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of crude and sexual content, some partial nudity and language.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
Production Co.: Spyglass Entertainment Holdings, LLC, Parkes/MacDonald Productions
Studios: DreamWorks Studios, Paramount Pictures
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Produced in: United States

Cast and Credits
Starring: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jemaine Clement, Jeff Dunham, Bruce Greenwood
Directed by: Jay Roach
Produced by: Sacha Baron Cohen, Amy Sayres, Jon Poll

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My Funny Interview with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd for "Dinner for Schmucks" 

I truly love these two! They're brilliant, brilliant actors and they grounded "Dinner for Schmucks" in reality. The result is a laugh-out-loud movie with a big heart! Carell plays Barry Speck, the "idiot" who Paul Rudd's Tim Conrad must bring to his corporate dinner with his boss, Larry Fender (Bruce Greenwood).

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Working together for the third time -- they're like the Richard Gere and Diane Lane of the comedy world!
*** How they got involved with the project?
*** How Carell prepared for his memorable role?
*** What idiosyncrasy will they bring to the table if invited for a real-life dinner for schmucks?
*** And of course, I told Carell that I will miss Michael Scott from "The Office"

HAVE FUN! (Check out my written review of "Dinner for Schmucks" right here)

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Director Jay Roach Interview for "Dinner for Schmucks" 

I truly love talking to directors because they give tremendous insights to their films. In "Dinner for Schmucks," Jay Roach, the guy who gave us "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers," as well as all the "Austin Powers" films, talked about:

*** The conception of the film from its French roots (Francis Veber's "Les diner de cons") to the American version
*** Why Roach decided to add the mythological "dinner" that wasn't shown in the French version
*** Working with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd
*** The film subscribes to the "tragedy as comedy" notion
*** How the film follows French farce conventions such as mistaken identity, comedy of errors, non-verbal jokes
*** "Austin Powers 4" anyone?
*** If he's invited to a dinner for schmucks, what idiosyncrasy will be bring to the table?

Click here to see my Roach interview, and here to read my movie review of "Dinner for Schmucks."

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"Dinner for Schmucks" Interview with Bruce Greenwood, Ron Livingston, and Larry Wilmore 

I absolutely enjoyed "Dinner for Schmucks" from "Meet the Parents" director Jay Roach. The cast, headed by Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, is great! Here's my interview with Bruce Greenwood, who plays Rudd's boss in the film, Larry Fender, and his minions played by Ron Livingston and Larry Wilmore. (Check out my written review of "Dinner for Schmucks" right here)

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