"Taken 2" Takes Box-Office Crown! 

Liam Neeson proves he's the action star du-jour with "Taken 2" as the sequel claimed the top spot at the weekend box-office. "Taken 2" earned a staggering $50 million domestic take and that's double the debut of the original "Taken" which earned $24.7 when it first made its appearance in 2009.

I didn't quite like the sequel, I thought it was repetitive, but fans love it, so who am I to judge the power of Mr. Neeson and the franchise?

Meanwhile, previous weekend's box-office champ, Adam Sandler's "Hotel Transylvania," fell to No. 2 with $26.3 million. So far, the Sony Pictures Animation flick has earned a total of $76 million in domestic tickets, and a worlwide total of $105.3.

At No. 3 was Universal's on-key "Pitch Perfect" with a $14.7 million debut. Starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson, the film is funny, and will make you sing and dance all the way home.

The terrific sci-fi action tale, "Looper," fell to the No. 4 spot with $12.2 million. So far, the Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis starrer has grossed $40.3 million domestic total.

"Frankenweenie," on the other hand," had a soft debut, earning $11.5 million at the box-office for the No. 5 spot. Directed by Tim Burton based on his 1984 live-action short, the film was produced for $39 million so Walt Disney Pictures might be able to recoup its budget.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office for weekend of Oct. 5:

1. "Taken 2," $50 million ($55 million international).

2. "Hotel Transylvania," $26.3 million ($13.1 million international).

3. "Pitch Perfect," $14.7 million ($480,000 international).

4. "Looper," $12.2 million ($7.5 million international).

5. "Frankenweenie," $11.5 million.

6. "End of Watch," $4 million.

7. "Trouble with the Curve," $3.9 million.

8. "House at the End of the Street," $3.7 million.

9. "The Master," $1.8 million.

10. "Finding Nemo," $1.6 million ($600,000 international).

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Two films opening this weekend, one’s the blockbuster animated tale “Frankenweenie,” and the other is the smaller but full of heart limited release “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” “Frankenweenie” features the voices of Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer, Robert Capron and Conchata Ferrell.

“Perks” is based on the book by Stephen Chbosky who also did double-duties in the film working as the scriptwriter and director. That’s hard to do! Starring Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, Mae Whitman, and Logan Lerman, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” is now out on limited release.

So which one is my pick of the week? Take a look:

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Logan Lerman Talks About “Perks of Being a Wallflower” and Teases Us About “Noah!” 

So finally, I got to talk to Logan Lerman for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” When I went to Toronto for TIFF, Lerman was in the middle of working on Darren Aronofsky's “Noah” and he was not able to attend the press junket for the movie. Yeah, the wallflower himself was missing! Well, thank the film gods, and Summit, he was made available to talk to press about his fantastic film (video below)!

In the movie, Lerman stars as Charlie, a brooding freshman who’s counting down the days of finishing high school – 1,385 days to be exact! He’s dreading going to school, that is until, he meets Sam (Emma Watson) and Patrick (Ezra Miller) who shows him some perks of being a wallflower. “Perks” is one of the best coming-of-age movies I’ve ever seen!

In this interview, we talked about:

His interest in making “Perks of Being a Wallflower”
Working with writer/author/director Stephen Chbosky
How he got into his character of Charlie
He teases us about “Noah!” He was shooting the night before the interview! And lots and lots of extras!
And since I’m from Palm Springs – it’s nice to know that Logan’s family has a house here too!

Have fun!

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Emma Watson and Stephen Chbosky Interview for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower!" I Love This Film! 

I love Emma Watson! She grew up before our very eyes playing Hermione in the beloved “Harry Potter” series. And boy, did she grow up to be a fine, sweet young woman. In the new movie “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Watson plays Sam, the love interest of our wallflower, Charlie (Logan Lerman). This film is simply one of the best movies this year, in my humble opinion (video below).

When I met Watson during the Toronto International Film Festival, she was joined by Stephen Chbosky, the author, writer, and director of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” In this interview, we talked about:

What did Emma think of the book when she first read it?
To Stephen – why did he decide to adapt and direct his own novel?
To Emma – what attracted her to the character Sam?
Why many people love the book and now the movie?

Have fun!

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My Fun Interview with Johnny Simmons, Ezra Miller, and Mae Whitman for “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” 

I truly enjoyed “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I know it’s cliché to say by now that a movie is a great coming-of-age film but in the case of “Perks,” it truly is! Adapted and directed by the book’s author, Stephen Chbosky, “Perks” is captivating and the narrative will pull you right in. It also boasts a great ensemble cast featuring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Johnny Simmons, and Mae Whitman. I sat down with Miller, Simmons, and Whitman when they premiered the movie at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It was a fun interview and we talked about (video below):

What got them interested in making “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”
The audition process
Working with Stephen Chbosky
Ezra Miller’s brilliant performance
The difference between the book and the movie

Have fun!

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