Another Sunny Box-Office Weekend for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" 

Movie fans returned for a second helping of "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Sony's 3-D animated film retained the No. 1 spot earning $24.6 million.

Based on the popular 1978 children's book by Judi and Ron Barrett, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" led this weekend's film, and so far, has raised its domestic haul to $60 million after 10 days in theaters.

Meanwhile, the Bruce Willis robot thriller "Surrogates" opened at No. 2 with $15 million. Touchstone Pictures, the film's distributor, hoped it would open at No. 1 but they didn't forecast "Cloudy's" momentum. The animated film only dropped 19 percent from previous weekend.

And moviegoers didn't quite let "Fame" fly high at the box-office. The PG-rated remake of the 1980 musical opened at No. 3 with a lower-than-expected $10 million debut. MGM hoped for an opening around the $15 million range.

Another sad story of the weekend is Dennis Quaid's sci-fi film "Pandorum." The film wasn't shown to critics in advance, and even the audience agreed -- they did not support the film, opening at No. 6 with $4.8 million. Experts were predicting a high-single-digit opening for the Overture Films release.

But there's a good box-office story to be found in Michael Moore's documentary "Capitalism: A Love Story." The film opened stronly in limited release with a $240,000 weekend total in just four theaters! It has achieved the top per screen average this year with $60,000 and so far has made $306,586 in just its first five days. The film will expand to about 1,000 next weekend. It's a great documentary.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office list for weekend of Sept. 25:

1. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $24.6 million.

2. "Surrogates," $15 million.

3. "Fame," $10 million.

4. "The Informant!", $6.9 million.

5. "Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself," $4.8 million.

6. "Pandorum," $4.4 million.

7. "Love Happens," $4.3 million.

8. "Jennifer's Body," $3.5 million.

9. "9," $2.8 million.

10. "Inglourious Basterds," $2.7 million.

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"Fame" (2009) Movie Review! I'm Gonna Learn How to Fly...HIGH!!! 

Yes, I danced! That alone should entice you to watch my review HA!

But thanks to my friends at the Palm Desert High School Dance Team, I had a great time shooting my "Fame" movie review.

Wish I had more fun watching the movie...oooohhhh...

But props to my fellow Filipino, Miss Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, for landing the role of Joy, an exuberant aspiring actress. She made me proud :happy

But what do I think of the production numbers? And the new cast? And how does "Fame" (2009) compare to the original 1980 film starring Irene Cara?

And which of the new cast members we'll remember the name...forever? Take a look!

Genres: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts, Remake and Teen
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: September 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language.
Distributors: United Artists Films, MGM Distribution Company

Check out "Fame's" official website right here.

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In-Depth Interviews with Director Jane Campion and Paul Schneider for "Bright Star" 

Not to sound cliche but it was truly a delight meeting Jane Campion, one of the three women directors to be ever nominated for a Best Director Oscar (the other two were Lina Wertmuller in 1976 for "Seven Beauties" and Sofia Coppola for 2003's "Lost in Translation").

Borrowing from the great romantic poet, John Keats, the subject of the director's "Bright Star," interviewing Campion was a thing of beauty and will definitely be a joy forever.

Campion was smart, provocative, brilliant. She hinted on quitting making movies right after 2003's "In the Cut." That would have been a tragedy.

So thank you to my friends at Palm Springs International Film Society for making these interviews happened. Actor Paul Schneider, who perfected a Scottish accent to play Keats' confidante, Charles Armitage Brown, was also a pleasure to talk to.

To read my review of "Bright Star," click here.

Here's my interview with Campion. We talked about:

*** Her inspiration for the film "Bright Star"
*** Why she waited long before making a follow-up film for 2003's "In the Cut"
*** She almost quit the business of making movies!
*** Her strong women characters
*** Making a film based on her script vs. someone else's script
*** She explains the line "there's a holiness to the heart's affections"
*** Her romantic impulse
*** Working with the luminous Abbie Cornish
*** What she thinks of Anna Paquin now, and her "True Blood" fame? She helped Paquin win her Oscar in 1993 for "The Piano."

Have fun :happy

And here's Schneider. We talked about:

*** Great film choices -- in just 2 years, he starred in "The Assassination of Jesse James," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Away We Go," and "Bright Star" -- all great movies!
*** His involvement with the film
*** How he prepared for his character
*** Working with Campion
*** Working on the hit NBC show, "Parks & Recreation"

"Bright Star"

Genres: Art/Foreign, Drama, Romance, Adaptation and Biopic
Running Time: 1 hr. 59 min.
Release Date: September 18th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some sensuality, brief language and incidental smoking.

Visit the film's official site right here.

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"Fame" Interviews with Cast Members Naturi Naughton and Asher Book 

Truth be told, Naturi Naughton will be one of the few breakout stars from the "Fame" reboot. She plays Denise, a classical pianist with a dream. Alongside her is Asher Book as Marco, a singer/actor wannabe.

Kevin Tencharoen makes his feature film debut as a director working from a script by Allison Burnett ("Untraceable," "Resurrecting the Champ").

In our interview, Naturi and Asher talked about:

*** Their involvement with the film
*** Their characters
*** Irene Cara and Debbie Allen
*** The remake's history

Here you go and have fun!

'Fame,' with Asher Book, Paul McGill, Naturi Naughton, Kay Panabaker, Kherington Payne, Collins Pennie, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. Directed by Kevin Tancharoen, from a screenplay by Allison Burnett, based on the 1980 movie screenplay by Christopher Gore. 107 minutes. Rated PG for thematic material including teen drinking, a sexual situation and language. Several theaters.

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Get Ready for "Barbie" the Movie! 

I almost choked while reading the story about Universal and Mattel in cahoots to give us a live-action film based on the plastic beauty known as Barbie!

Clearly, Universal wanted to match Dreamworks' luck with "Transformers" but come on y'all, giant robots will always win at the box-office compared to a spoiled blond beauty who loves to stay in her Malibu digs.

Where's the narrative drama to that plot?

Sure, the 50-year-old Barbie has 99% worldwide brand recognition, but that doesn't mean that brand awareness means good movie! I heard that the producers are going to canvass writers and decide on a creative take for a family-friendly movie. Can we just offer an advice and scrap the darn project?

Here's the bottom line: Barbie is so out-of-step with today's society that it's almost comical to think that her ideals are good enough to be put on the big screen. But hey, that's actually an interesting plot. An out-of-step Barbie trying to fit in...hhhmmm...

Also, who's going to star? Barbie is soooo perfect, we need a life-sized beauty to fill in her shoes. Oh yeah, what about these beauties from a Mac make-up shoot which was inspired by Barbie herself!

Or, if desperate enough, what about Ru Paul? :happy

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