After an exciting week with elections and reports of poor economy, moviegoers were ready to laugh -- christening "Madagascar Escape 2 Africa" and "Role Models" as the No. 1 and No. 2 films for the weekend.
The sequel to "Madagascar" even surpassed the box-office performance of its predecessor, bringing in $63.5 million compared to the $47.2 million debut of the original.
Meanwhile, the R-rated comedy, "Role Models," the BEST comedy of the year, hauled $19.3 million of ticket sales. Not bad for a raunchy flick with a big heart.
The weekend's other new wide release, "Soul Men," starring Samuel L. Jackson and the late, great Bernie Mac failed to spark interest and opened weakly with $5.6 million. The film will be best remembered as the last lead role of Mac and the final film of Mac and Isaac Hayes working together.
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I've been waiting patiently to watch the new film "Milk," and now, thanks to my friends at Focus Features, I will get the chance to talk to cast and crew as well! Yay!
Here's the deal, I've been inspired by Harvey Milk since I saw the 1985 Academy Award-winning documentary, "The Life and Times of Harvey Milk."
Milk, who's known as the "mayor of Castro street" was the first openly gay man elected to an office in the U.S. Sean Penn is getting major Oscar buzz for his portrayal, BUT, I'll reserve my critical thinking about the movie until I see it tonight!
I'll keep y'all posted!
For now, check the fantastic website for "Milk" right here.
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"The Killer Inside Me" is an adaptation of a novel from noir author Jim Thompson, and now, Casey Affleck and Jessica Alba are set to star for director Michael Winterbottom ("A Mighty Heart").
Hhhhm, interesting book, paired up with interesting actors (not quite so sure about Alba though), and directed by an interesting director. This just might work!
The novel first made its foray into the big screen with a 1976 film starring Stacy Keach. The story follows a West Texas sheriff (Affleck) and his downward spiral from a boring small-town cop into a ruthless, sociopathic murderer. Alba plays a prostitute.
The film is set to shoot in January.
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They already have the teaser poster available (see above), but director Brett Ratner only agreed to do the film last Friday!
His dilemma? He really wanted to re-energize the "Beverly Hills Cop" franchise, but the script was not quite ready to go, so the director agreed to work on "Conan" first!
The new flick is written by Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Dean Donnelly who claimed to have based their screenplay on Robert E. Howard's original stories of the 1930s.
The movie, attached with an R-rating wishes and $85-million budget, is now set to open in early 2010.
Trivia! Did you know that the first "Conan the Barbarian" released in 1982 was co-written by Oliver Stone?
As far as the story of the new one? Well, it's going to be an origin story and will open on the battlefield where Conan is born.
And so far, there are no reports of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger attached to the new project
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Writer-Director Sylvester Stallone is set to co-star with Jason Statham and Jet Li in the upcoming action-thriller, "The Expendables."
But Stallone has one wish list. He wants Oscar winner Forest Whitaker ("The Last King of Scotland") to co-star.
"The Expendables" is about a band of mercenaries out to depose a Latin American dictator.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The star also revealed the project he's now writing for a February shoot in Costa Rica and Louisiana will aim for a PG-13 rating ("it won't be a blood fest," he said), and jokingly thanked the producers "for giving me the $35 dollars to make this movie.
"Whereas the 'Oceans 11' films were an ensemble for good looking guys, this is an ensemble for ugly tough guys," he cracked.
Well, it may help if you have George Clooney and Brad Pitt in the cast
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