Movie Fans Friend "The Social Network" for Second Week; "Secretariat" Failed to Reach No. 1 at Finish Line  


Movie lovers subscribed to the Facebook film "The Social Network." The David Fincer-Aaron Sorkin collaboration retained its No. 1 position for the second week with $15.5 million. So far, "The Social Network" has raised its 10-day total to $46.1 million. (Check out my movie review of "The Social Network" right here, and my interview with Armie Hammer aka Cameron Winklevoss right here)

Landing at No. 2 is the romantic comedy "Life as We Know It" starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel. It's really a dramatic story (of an orphaned girl!) turned into a feel-good romcom yarn. Sigh.

Meanwhile, many folks were betting on Disney's horse drama "Secretariat" to place first but alas, the true-life tale only made $12.6 million to debut at No. 3. The Diane Lane-John Malkovich starrer was heavily marketed toward the bible-belt crowd, and it showed strong support from the community but still failed to reach No. 1. (Watch my movie review of "Secretariat" right here)

Wes Craven, returning to both writing and directing (since 1994's "New Nightmare") in the serial killer thriller "My Soul to Take" failed to scare audiences. The Rogue Pictures film that wasn't shown to critics debuted at No. 5 with $7 million.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office films for weekend of Oct. 8:

1. "The Social Network," $15.5 million.

2. "Life as We Know It," $14.6 million.

3. "Secretariat," $12.6 million.

4. "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," $7 million.

5. "My Soul to Take," $6.9 million.

6. "The Town," $6.4 million.

7. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," $4.6 million.

8. "Easy A," $4.2 million.

9. "Case 39," $2.6 million.

10. "You Again," $2.5 million.

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Noomi Rapace will be the Girl Who Fights in Space for Ridley Scott's Alien 3D Prequel? 


Back in July of last year, we reported that an "Alien" prequel was in the works and director Ridley Scott was set to return. Now, the female lead in that 3D-planned Fox prequel is one of the hottest roles in Hollywood, and one of the hottest actresses is in talks for the part. According to Deadline, Noomi Rapace aka Lisbeth Salander of "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" films, met with the studio and Scott and has left a strong impression.

Carey Mulligan and Abbie Cornish also met with Fox and Scott, but I think Rapace should be the girl who takes us to battle in space!

Incidentally, the Lisbeth Salander role in the American version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was also one of the juiciest roles for actresses this year. That role went to "The Social Network's" Rooney Mara.

Meanwhile, we'll get the final glimpse of Rapace as Salander in the upcoming "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest." It'll be in limited release on Oct. 29. Here's the trailer:



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"Secretariat" Movie Review -- How Many Kisses Does the Horse Get? 


"Secretariat" races its way to theaters near you, but should you bet on the film? Let me take you to the finish line as we talk about this new Disney feel-good drama starring Diane Lane and John Malkovich:



Here's more info on "Secretariat" from Yahoo:

Based on the remarkable true story, "Secretariat" chronicles the spectacular journey of the 1973 Triple Crown winner. Housewife and mother Penny Chenery Tweedy agrees to take over her ailing father's Virginia based Meadow Stables, despite her lack of horse-racing experience. Against all odds, with the help of veteran trainer Lucien Laurin, she manages to navigate the male-dominated business, ultimately fostering the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years and what may be the greatest racehorse of all time.

Genres: Drama, Biopic and Sports
Running Time: 1 hr. 56 min.
Release Date: October 2nd, 2010 (sneak preview); October 8th, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language.
Distributors: Walt Disney Studios Distribution

Cast and Credits
Starring: Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Dylan Walsh, Dylan Baker, Margo Martindale
Directed by: Randall Wallace
Produced by: Bill Johnson, Michael Rich, Mark Ciardi

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Ewwww! Mike Myers to Star as the Lovably Smelly "Pepe Le Pew!" 


Fresh from the success of "Shrek Forever After," Mike Myers is getting ready to voice another role, this time, it's the hopeless romantic "Pepe Le Pew." According to Vulture, Warner Bros. is developing a live-action/CGI movie on the popular Looney Tunes character, the skunk who loves to funk.

The studio wants to revive the Looney characters we love such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and Porky Pig, and Pepe Le Pew is the first on the assembly line.

This one though will be a live-action/CGI hybrid where Pepe Le Pew and his perennial partner, Penelope Pussycat, would be CGI. The rest will be shot in live action. Wait, didn't Warner Bros. tried that shtick already with 2003's "Looney Tunes: Back in Action?" So what would make this movie different? Oh, maybe 3D perhaps?

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Johnny Depp May Team Up With Tom Hanks for "Hurt Locker" Director Kathryn Bigelow 


Kathryn Bigelow wants Johnny Depp to star with Tom Hanks in the Paramount drama "Triple Frontier." According to Deadline:

The picture, set in the organized crime haven that exists in the border zone between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil, has five main roles, but I’m told there are two major leads in the drama scripted by Mark Boal, Bigelow’s accomplice on the Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker.


This is promising and intriguing and having the "Hurt Locker" creative team of Bigelow and Boal must be a great attraction for Depp. But the actor is busy busy busy -- he's attached to play Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows" for Warner Bros. which will beging shooting in February, and this one is with his BFF Tim Burton so it will be a priority.

But if all parties can come to an agreement, both projects are sure-fire box-office draws for Depp.

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