Director Tony Scott Jumped to Death in San Pedro, CA 


Legendary director, Tony Scott, the guy who gave us "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder," "Crimson Tide," "Man on Fire," and "Beverly Hills Cop II," jumped to his death Sunday afternoon according to The Daily Breeze.

He was 68.

Scott climbed a fence on the south side of the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro about 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The Daily Breeze reported that the director left a suicide note inside his black Toyota Prius.

Port police officers, the LAPD, and California Highway Patrol joined
city firefighters and the Coast Guard in searching the water for his body. They used sonar equipment to "track the man in the port's murky waters and his body was recovered by a dive team around 4:30 p.m." according to The Daily Breeze.

So long Mr. Tony Scott, thanks for all your fantastic, thoroughly entertaining films!

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Interview for "Hit and Run!" They Held Hands, Awwwwww 


So the last time I sat down with Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, it was for "When in Rome." I can guarantee you that their new film "Hit and Run" is much, much better! Shepard wrote and co-directed the film (David Palmer was the other director), and his true-life fiancée, Kristen Bell, stars as his love interest. "Hit and Run" is a funny romantic car chase comedy, but above all, I enjoyed the characters.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** Why make "Hit and Run?"
*** Executive producer Jim Casey and Producer Kim Waltrip are from my hometown of Palm Springs, so we talked about their involvement in the film
*** My two favorite scenes in the film -- the close your eyes scene, and the first car chase scene
*** What do they want the moviegoers to take away from the film?



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My Fun Interview with Tom Arnold for "Hit and Run!" 


I've always believed Tom Arnold is a good character actor, he has a knack for stealing scenes. And he stole many a scene in the new movie "Hit and Run" where he plays a U.S. Marshall protecting Dax Shepard's character.

In this interview, we talked about:

*** How he and Dax became friends
*** Making the film
*** His character, Randy
*** The many faces of being gay HA!



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The Hot Joy Bryant Talks About "Hit and Run," Working with Dax Shepard, and her Yale Education! 


I love Joy Bryant! She's a true sweetheart in person, and she's definitely stunning! In "Hit and Run," she plays the mysterious lady Neve, the girlfriend of Bradley Cooper's character. In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her interest in working in "Hit and Run"
*** Her character Neve
*** She's not just a pretty face -- she has a Yale background and a staunch supporter of minority studies
*** Working with Dax Shepard and her experience being in the film
*** Our favorite scene in the movie!



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"The Expendables 2" Number 1...with a Whimper! Sequel Fails to Match Original! 


Sure, "The Expendables 2" was much better than the original but it failed to match the box-office muscle of the first film. "The Expendables" stormed its way to the top two years ago with $34.8 million but now, the sequel, while still No. 1 at the box-office, only managed a $28.8 million debut. Sylvester Stallone and his fellow action stars, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, created a much better sequel but I think the novelty is gone.

But the film, according to distributor Lionsgate, scored a strong A- from audiences so it may have legs to keep it going and going and going at the box-office.

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "The Bourne Legacy," fell a steep 55 percent from its $38.1 million opening. The fourth installment, aka reboot starring Jeremy Renner, slipped to No. 2 with $17 million. So far, the action flick has made $69.6 million at the box-office for two weeks.

At No. 3 was Focus Features' stop-motion animated spectacle "ParaNorman" featuring voices by Kodi Smit-McPhee, Casey Affleck, Leslie Mann, Anna Kendrick, and John Goodman. From the companies who gave us "Coraline," "ParaNorman" tells the story of a boy who sees dead people. The film opened with a respectable $14 million.

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To watch my "ParaNorman" review, click here.

Watch my interviews with Casey Affleck, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Anna Kendrick, Leslie Mann, and the writer/co-director Chris Butler, and co-director Sam Fell.

Meanwhile, "Sparkle" failed to, well, sparkle at the box-office. Starring "American Idol" winner, Jordin Sparks, and billed as Whitney Houston's filnal film, "Sparkle" entered at No. 5 with $12 million. This one's a remake of the 1976 flick starring Irene Cara.

Another new entry at the box-office was the feel-good Disney flick "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" starring Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton which debuted at No. 7 with $10.9 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of August 17th:

1. "The Expendables 2," $28.8 million.

2. "The Bourne Legacy," $17 million.


3. "ParaNorman," $14 million.

4. "The Campaign," $13.4 million.

5. "Sparkle," $12 million.

6. "The Dark Knight Rises," $11.1 million.

7. "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," $10.9 million.

8. "Hope Springs," $9.1 million.

9. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days," $3.9 million ($867,000 international).

10. "Total Recall," $3.5 million.

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