"Drive" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does Ryan Gosling Get? 

Ryan Gosling is having a great year. The thinking man’s heartthrob gave a memorable performance in “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and he is set to steal the spotlight from George Clooney in the upcoming political drama “The Ides of March.”

In “Drive,” Gosling, a gifted risk-taker of an actor, delivers a subdued yet fully realized portrayal of a man who works as a Hollywood stunt driver by day and a getaway wheelman at night.

Much like Ryan O’Neal in 1978’s “The Driver,” Gosling’s character is simply called Driver. He’s a man with no name and he rarely speaks. We understand his psyche from what he chooses to wear – a satin jacket with a logo of a golden scorpion. Read More...

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Want to See the Batwing in Action? Take a Look at the Filming Footage of "The Dark Knight Rises!" 
Director Christopher Nolan is currently shooting "The Dark Knight Rises" in downtown Los Angeles, and of course, fans are present! Take a look at the footage below where you can see the Batwing in action, almost, under the 6th Street bridge (the darn bridge obscured the footage but oh well).

The third film in the Batman trilogy starring Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gary Oldman, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, and Michael Caine will be released July 20, 2012. I can't wait for this film!

Now, thanks to sdog1973 of Youtube, we can at least catch a glimpse of the Batwing!

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Whitney Houston Set to "Sparkle" with Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps 

Remember the movie "Sparkle" with Irene Cara? It was inspired by the story of the Supremes and told the tale of the three Williams sisters -- their rise to super girl-group stardom from their humble beginnings as members of the church choir in Harlem in the late 1950s. Of course, once they became famous, drama happened!

Now, Sony Pictures is planning to remake the movie with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and Mike Epps set to star. Sparks will play the title character, (Sparks Sparkle he-he-he) while Epps will star as Satin, a stand-up comedian who marries one of the sisters and gets her hooked on drugs according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story sounds like "Dreamgirls," right? Another thinly-veiled account of Diana Ross and the Supremes!

Whitney Houston, making her first film since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife," is in talks to star as Sparkle's mommy.

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Finally, "Men in Black III" Will Be Released On... 

May 25, 2012

After delays, script problems, and the drama with Will Smith's really big trailer, Sony has finally announced that we'll get to see "Men in Black III" on May 25 next year. Memorial Day Weekend!

The threequel will be presented in IMAX 3D and "will be digitally re-mastered for Imax 3D with the proprietary Imax DMR technology," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Smith and Tommy Lee Jones will return as alien hunters and Josh Brolin, Jemaine Clement, and Emma Thompson co-star. Barry Sonnenfeld is directing from a script by Etan Cohen based on the Malibu Comic by Lowell Cunningham.

The film, famously lambasted for shooting without a script, is finally seeing the light of day, but are you still interested?

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Moviegoers Catch "Contagion" Bug! Steven Soderbergh's Star-Studded Pandemic Thriller Debuts at No. 1! 

Moviegoers wanted to be scared over the weekend and pushed "Contagion" to the top! The pandemic thriller from Warner Bros. debuted at No. 1 with $23.1 million. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, the star-studded affair featured Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Marion Cotillard. "Contagion's" box-office win signaled the beginning of the fall movie season and the end of "The Help's" box-office domination.

The civil rights film from DreamWorks Pictures fell to No. 2 with $8.7 million. But so far, "The Help" has amassed $137 million at the domestic box-office, not bad for a racial-tension drama.

Meanwhile, "Warrior" starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton lacked the power punch to debut at the top, but it opened at No. 3 with $5.6 million. Lionsgate believed that the fantastic film will be in theaters for a long time because of great word-of-mouth.

(For my "Warrior" movie review, click here. For my "Warrior" interviews with Nick Nolte click here, for Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy click here, for Jennifer Morrison click here, and for director Gavin O'Connor click here)

But the "flop of the week" title belonged to "Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star" co-written and produced by Adam Sandler and starring Nick Swardson. The Happy Madison film only managed to sell $1.5 million in three days finishing way outside of the Top 10. Uh-oh!

Here's the Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of September 9th:

1. "Contagion," $23.1 million

2. "The Help," $8.7 million

3. "Warrior," $5.6 million

4. "The Debt," $4.9 million

5. "Colombiana," $4 million

6. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," $3.8 million

7. "Shark Night 3D," $3.5 million

8. "Apollo 18," $2.9 million

9. "Our Idiot Brother," $2.7 million

10. "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World," $2.5 million

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