"Couples Retreat" Becomes No. 1 Box-Office Destination! 


Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau teamed up for "Couples Retreat," the weekend's No. 1 box-office flick. The comedy debuted with $35.3 million.

Universal Pictures is celebrating the film's high box-office take. The good news for the studio came just days after management shake-up where top managers March Shmuger and David Linde were replaced by Adam Fogelson and Donna Langley.

The studio is banking on "Couples Retreat's" excellent box-office performance after a crappy season with under-performing films such as "Land of the Lost" starring Will Ferrell, "Funny People" with Adam Sandler, and "Love Happens" with Jennifer Aniston.

But the good news for the weekend belonged to Paramount's "Paranormal Activity." Shot for $15,000, the horror flick debuted at No. 5 with $7.1 million showing in just 160 theaters! It averaged $44,163 per theater compared with $11,780 in 3,000 cinemas for "Couples Retreat!"

With the high demand for "Paranormal Activity," Paramount is putting the film in wide release beginning Oct. 16th. Billed as the first-ever major film release decided by viewers, demands from fans for the movie to be released in their towns reached more than 1 million requests; hence, you'll soon be able to watch "Paranormal Activity" in your neighborhoods! Check out their site http://www.paranormalmovie.com/ for more info.

Here's the estimated Top 10 box-office list for weekend of Oct. 9th:

1. "Couples Retreat," $35.3 million.
2. "Zombieland," $15 million.
3. "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," $12 million.
4. "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in 3-D, $7.7 million.
5. "Paranormal Activity," $7.1 million.
6. "Surrogates," $4.1 million.
7. "The Invention of Lying," $3.4 million.
8. "Whip It," $2.8 million.
9. "Capitalism: A Love Story," $2.7 million.
10. "Fame," $2.6 million.

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Simon Cowell to Produce Film About Reality Star Paul Potts 


Simon Cowell is producing a film, along with former Paramount production chief, Brad Weston, that will tell the story of British reality star, Paul Potts.

The film will be called "One Chance" from a script being developed by "The Bucket List" writer Justin Zackham.

Julian Jarrold, the director who gave us "Becoming Jane" and "Brideshead Revisited," is in talks to helm.

Variety tells us that Cowell "is producing the project along with Mike Menchel, who helped discover Potts when his daughter watched a YouTube video of the everyman hero, as well as Menchel's Relevant Pictures partner Steve Whitney. Weston helped steer the project when he was an exec at Paramount, and it was one of several he took with him when he segued to a producer deal on the lot."

Matthew Vaughn ("Stardust" and the upcoming "Kick-Ass") is expected to come aboard to help finance the movie.

"One Chance," a feel-good drama tells the story of Potts, a chubby cell phone salesman and amateur opera singer who defied all odds and became an overnight sensation when he appeared on "Britain's Got Talent." Much like Susan Boyle, Potts saw his video become a viral phenomenon.

Paramount is fast-tracking this film so it will be ready right around the finale of the upcoming season of "Britain's Got Talent" next summer.

Casting will be announced very soon!

Now, I don't know much about Potts, I haven't been following "Britain's Got Talent," but from the videos I saw? This guy is like the "Rocky" of reality singing competition!

Just take a look at his mini-biography:



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Catfight! Kristen Bell to be Christina Aguilera's Nemesis in "Burlesque" 


Kristen Bell joins the cast of "Burlesque," the musical drama being directed by Steve Antin. The actress will star as Christina Aguilera's rival.

"Burlesque" tells the story of a small-town girl (Aguilera) with a big voice who becomes the toast of the town after appearing in a Los Angeles neo-burlesque club.

Cher will co-star as Tess, a former dancer who takes the small town girl under her wing. Stanley Tucci will play the manager of the club and the best friend of Tess.

Shooting begins Nov. 9 with a release aimed for Thanksgiving 2010.

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Show Goes On for Chris Rock! Hirsute Lawsuit Dismissed! 


TMZ tells us that a judge has cleared the way for Rock to be able to release his movie "Good Hair."

Regina Kimbell sued Rock, claiming he copied her documentary "My Nappy Roots." Well, the judge has shut down her request for a temporary restraining order. (See the original story by clicking Chris Rock's Hair-Raising Lawsuit! Injunction Filed Against Comedian's "Good Hair")

So all's well that ended well for Rock. He's having a "Good Hair" day!

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"Couples Retreat" Movie Review! Should You Take This Comedy Journey? 


Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau teamed up once again for "Couples Retreat." They co-wrote the script as well! And the director? Peter Billingsley aka Ralphie from "A Christmas Story."

The cast looked like they had fun making the film, but will you enjoy watching the movie?

Take a look at my review:



Four Midwestern couples embark on a journey to a tropical island resort. While one of the couples is there to work on their marriage, the other three set out to jet ski, spa and enjoy some fun in the sun. They soon discover that participation in the resort's couples therapy is not optional. Suddenly, their group-rate vacation comes at a price. What follows is a hilarious look at real world problems faced by all couples.

Genres: Comedy
Running Time: 1 hr. 47 min.
Release Date: October 9th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sexual content and language.
Distributors: Universal Pictures
Production Co.: Wild West Picture Show Productions, Stuber Productions
Studios: Universal Pictures
Financiers: Relativity Media
Filming Locations: Bora Bora
Los Angeles, California, USA
Bora-Bora, French Polynesia

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