Is Hollywood Killing Superhero Genre? Director Matthew Vaughn Says Yes! 

"Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn, currently shooting "X-Men: First Class" in London, said Hollywood is the kryptonite to the superhero genre's Superman. Soon, the superhero movie, as we know it, will die according to Vaughn talking to the Los Angeles Times.

"It's been mined to death and in some cases the quality control is not what it's supposed to be," Vaughn said. "People are just going to get bored of it."

It's a strong statement coming from a director whose superhero movie will open next summer along with "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Thor" and "Green Lantern."

But let's see if the director's take on the "X-Men" franchise will be better than Brett Ratner's 2006 film "X-Men: The Last Stand." I'm a fan of Vaughn's last two films namely "Kick-Ass" and the criminally-underseen "Stardust." So I have hopes...

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"The Other Guys" Topples "Inception" for No. 1 Box Office Spot 

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg steal the box office crown from Leonardo DiCaprio. Viewers put "The Other Guys" at the top of the box office heap.

The buddy cop flick or "copedy" starring Ferrel and Wahlberg took the No. 1 spot with $35.6 million. Ferrel returned to the loving arms of writer-director Adam McKay, the actor's collaborator in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" (it's still their biggest opening with $47 million when it debuted in August 2006).

Ferrel and McCay also worked in "Step Brothers" which opened with $30.9 million in July 2008, and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy" which opened in July 2004 with $28.4 million.

"The Office Guy" kicked "Inception" to No. 2 with $18.6 million. Christopher Nolan's masterpiece had been the top flick for the past three weeks, and has now made $227.7 million.

Meanwhile, "Step Up 3D" opened with $15.5 million placing at No. 3. (For my review of "Step Up 3D" click here; for my interviews with the "Step Up 3D" dancers, cast, and director Jon Chu, click here).

The best part? "The Kids Are All Right" from Focus Features starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, and Josh Hutcherson, finally entered the Top 10! I love this film, it's definitely one of my favorites this summer, maybe the year! (Check out my review of "The Kids Are All Right Here" right here, and my interviews with the cast here)

Here's the estimated Top 10 list of box office films for weekend of Aug. 6th:

1. "The Other Guys," $35.6 million.
2. "Inception," $18.6 million.
3. "Step Up 3-D," $15.5 million.
4. "Salt," $11.1 million.
5. "Dinner for Schmucks," $10.5 million.
6. "Despicable Me," $9.4 million.
7. "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," $6.9 million.
8. "Charlie St. Cloud," $4.7 million.
9. "Toy Story 3," $3 million.
10."The Kids Are All Right," $2.6 million.

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"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" Movie Review -- Do You Have the Capacity to Geek? 

“Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” wowed the crowd at the recently held Comic-Con in San Diego. Since then, the geeks are proclaiming it one of the most original films this summer. You can call me a geek because I unequivocally agree.

Based on a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley, “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” tells the story of Scott Pilgrim played by Michael Cera. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” and dating a cute high school girl named Knives Chau (Ellen Wong). Read More...

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"The Expendables" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does This Testosterone Fest Deserve? 

I’m a fan of the over-the-top action films of the 80s. From the Sylvester Stallone to Dolph Lundgren movies, we were entertained by the explosive display of brainless machismo. Stallone’s “The Expendables” captures the spirit of those movies. The film is cheesy and over-the-top but those are the qualities that make “The Expendables” fun.

Director Stallone gathered a group of action film comrades for this brawny but brainless adventure. The film is replete of violence, drugs, guns, and lots of explosions that you will feel you stepped into a Hollywood time warp circa 1982. Read More...

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Watch Me Dance for My "Step Up 3D" Movie Review...5, 6, 7, 8! 

(For my written review minus dancing he-he-he, click here)

Here's more info on "Step Up" 3D:

A tight-knit group of street dancers, including Luke and Natalie, team up with NYU freshman Moose, and find themselves pitted against the world's best hip hop dancers in a high-stakes showdown that will change their lives forever.

Genres: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts, Sequel and Dance

Running Time: 1 hr. 37 min.

Release Date: August 6th, 2010 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language.

Cast and Credits

Starring: Rick Malambri, Sharni Vinson, Adam G. Sevani,Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr.

Directed by: Jon Chu

Produced by: Meredith Milton, Bob Hayward, David Nicksay

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