So Long Mr. Irvin Kershner and Thanks for Giving Us the Best "Star Wars" Movie Ever -- "The Empire Strikes Back!" 


Another legendary Hollywood icon has passed away. "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" director Irvin Kershner has died. He was 87.

Besides directing the best film of the "Star Wars" franchise, Kershner also gave us "Never Say Never Again" and "Robocop 2." But most famously, Kershner also made Harrison Ford utter one of the most memorable lines in "Empire." His "I know" response to Princess Leia's "I love you."

Here's the great Kershner talking about his career:




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Will James Franco and Anne Hathaway Host Oscar? Are They Ready? 


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has asked James Franco and Anne Hathaway to host the Academy Awards and according to Deadline, "it looks like both young stars have accepted the offer!"

I think it's a fantastic and inspired choice!

Hathaway showed her musical talent at the Academy Awards two years ago with a dance number with then host Hugh Jackman. And Franco is almost 100% sure to get a Best Actor nod for "127 Hours." (Check out my interview with the actor and director Danny Boyle for "127 Hours" right here)

I don't think Hathaway will get a Best Actress nomination for her performance in "Love and Other Drugs," but she's a brilliant actress who was previously nominated in 2008's "Rachel Getting Married."

The official host announcement could be made as soon as this week, but so far, I think Franco and Hathaway will do wonders hosting the upcoming Academy Awards.

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So Long Leslie Nielsen! Beloved Comedian Dead at 84 


Leslie Nielsen, the guy who made us laugh in films like "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun" has died. He was 84.

The actor died Sunday near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla due to complication of pneumonia.

His nephew, Doug Nielsen, told Canadian radio station CKNW, that "he just fell asleep and passed away."

Let's remember the great funny actor with the video mashup below using the best of the best from two of his best films -- "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun."



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"Harry Potter" Vanquishes Everyone with $50.3M Box-Office 


Even Rapunzel couldn't break "Harry Potter's" magical box-office spell. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" remained the No. 1 movie in America with $50.3 million over Thanksgiving weekend.

Disney's "Tangled" came in very close with $49.1 million.

So far, "Harry Potter" has raised its total to $220.4 million in just 10 days with a worldwide total of $609.6 million.

Meanwhile, "Tangled" featuring the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi raised its five-day total to $69 million since opening Thanksgiving eve.

While "Tangled" did not beat "Harry Potter," the film exceeded industry expectations delivering the second-biggest Thanksgiving debut ever just behind "Toy Story 2" which opened with $57.4 million.

Sitting mightily at No. 3 is DreamWorks Animation's "Megamind" with $12.9 million beating new films such as "Burlesque," "Faster," and "Love & Other Drugs."

Christina Aguilera and Cher made a so-so debut with "Burlesque" landing at No. 4 with $11.8 million, and a $17.2 million five-day total.

The dramedy "Love & Other Drugs" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway debuted at No. 6 with $9.9 million with a five-day total of $14 million since opening Wednesday.

Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton must settle for No. 7 with "Faster" selling $8.7 million in box-office tickets, and $12.2 million since its Wednesday opening.

Meanwhile, "The King's Speech" featuring the much-talked about Colin Firth performance as British monarch George VI, debuted with $349,791 in just four theaters in New York and Los Angeles! Per theater average? That's about $87,448 compared to "Tangled's" $13,628 per theater.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of Nov. 26:

1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1," $50.3 million.

2. "Tangled," $49.1 million.

3. "Megamind," $12.9 million.

4. "Burlesque," $11.8 million.

5. "Unstoppable," $11.75 million.

6. "Love & Other Drugs," $9.9 million.

7. "Faster," $8.7 million.

8. "Due Date," $7.3 million.

9. "The Next Three Days," $4.8 million.

10. "Morning Glory," $4 million.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! And Thank You For Everything! Now, You Can Eat Me, Your Turkey! 


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