DVD Kisses: The Latest DVD Release for Tuesday, 11/25/08  


"Hancock" -- Will Smith plays a boozing, depressed superhero in "Hancock" a so-so movie with mediocre special effects, but Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman added much needed hearts to make it watchable on DVD.

"Meet Dave" -- Eddie Murphy's the commander of a spaceship that looks a whole lot like Eddie Murphy in the sci-fi comedy "Meet Dave," one of the worst films of 2008. The wonderful Elizabeth Banks was criminally underused. The best part of this DVD? The blooper reel!

"Space Chimps" -- SNL's Andy Samberg provided the voice of an astro monkey in "Space Chimps" about, you guessed it, monkeys in space! Do we really need this movie? Um...no...

Also out are "24: Redemption" and "Fred Claus."

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"Twilight" Takes Huge Box Office Bite 


The much-awaited "Twilight" drained box office blood, opening with $70.6 million to debut at No. 1.

This is good in many levels:

1. The next book in the franchise, "New Moon" will be adapted. The second novel has more visual and story-arch potentials.

2. This signals that teenage girls cannot be ignored in Hollywood anymore! The tweens can bring box office glory too.

3. Made by a female director, Catherine Hardwicke, "Twilight" broke the record previously set by "Deep Impact's" Mimi Leder for the biggest opening film directed by a woman.

I heard Hardwicke went bodyboarding over the weekend to take her mind off this high-pressure, over-hyped experience.

"Twilight's" biggest competitor, Walt Disney's "Bolt" debuted at No. 3 with a $27 million opening. Previous No. 1 flick, the James Bond movie "Quantum of Solace" fell to No. 2 with $27.4 million ticket sales.

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I Love These Upcoming Films With All My Heart!!! 


First stop, "Milk" about the life of slain politician Harvey Milk (Sean Penn). The real-life Milk was the first openly gay politician elected to public office.

Penn gives the performance of his career, and the acting ensemble is commendable headed by James Franco as Harvey's partner, Scott Smith.

The film opens in limited release Dec. 5th, and COMING SOON, CHECK OUT MY INTERVIEWS WITH JAMES FRANCO, EMILE HIRSCH, AND ALISON PILL.



You will not forget this movie! Adapted by Peter Morgan ("The Queen") from his award-winning play, "Frost/Nixon" recounts the explosive interview that featherweight TV personality, David Frost (Michael Sheen who played Tony Blair in "The Queen") conducted with fallen US President Richard Nixon (the fantastic Frank Langella).

Smart and brimming with energetic zeal! Director Ron Howard scores!

One of the year's best! The film opens Dec. 5th, and COMING SOON, MY INTERVIEWS WITH RON HOWARD, FRANK LANGELLA, MICHAEL SHEEN, SAM ROCKWELL, OLIVER PLATT, AND MATTHEW MACFAYDEN.



And then we have "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." I love this movie! Director David Fincher created a lyrical film about death and dying told in reverse!

Brad Pitt stars as the title character who's born old and regresses as the film moves forward. Cate Blanchett stars as Daisy, the love of his life!

Let me tell ya, I'M STILL CRYING!!!! FILM OPENS CHRISTMAS DAY!

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"Twilight" Gets a Sequel!!! 


In the wake of "Twilight's" super huge Friday opening ($35.7 million), Summit Entertainment announced that they're moving forward with "New Moon," the second book in the franchise.

We don't know if director Catherine Hardwicke will return, but I've heard that Melissa Rosenberg has already begun writing.

Let's hope and pray that the second one will be MUCH BETTER than "Twilight." The book certainly is! It has a better narrative arch surrounding Edward leaving Bella to protect her from other vampires.

Drama!

Oh and yeah, let's avoid lines like "you're my personal heroin" okay? :tongue

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Um, "Oldboy" is Not a Remake Says Will Smith! 


According to our friends at Film School Rejects, the planned "Oldboy" film with Will Smith set to star and Steven Spielberg to direct is not a remake of the Korean flick!

Really?

The last thing we heard about the planned film, Spielberg and company were trying to acquire the rights from Mandate Pictures.

So did that deal fall through, and now, Spielberg and friends are going to adapt the comic book instead?

But truth be told, I'd rather see a fresh take on the original source material than remaking a thoroughly engrossing film!

And I don't doubt Spielberg will create his own involving take about a kidnapped man out for revenge!

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