|Obsessed||$28.5M||$28.5M||Crowds rooted for Beyonce in this Fatal Attraction redux, which clawed its way to the top of the box office over the weekend.|
|17 Again||$11.6M||$39.9M||Body switch comedy starring Zac Efron hangs on to second place during week two.|
|Fighting||$11.4M||$11.4M||Channing Tatum stars in the urban underdog drama, and slugs it out to pull ahead.|
|The Soloist||$9.7M||$9.7M||Two major actors, Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., prove to be a big draw for this drama.|
|Earth||$8.5M||$14.2M||Disneynature release brings anthropomorphized tale of three animal families and attractive nature photography to the big screen.|
Source: BOXOFFICE MOJO
When Iron Man actor Terrence Howard was surprisingly replaced by Don Cheadle for Iron Man 2, money was rumored to be the problem. With Iron Man 2 already shooting, Howard spoke with Parade about what really happened:
Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice. They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor my contract. They produced a great bounty with the first one but they put it all in the storehouse and you were not allowed in. They did the same thing with Gwyneth Paltrow, from what I've been told. They did it with almost everyone except Robert Downey [Jr.]. One of the things that actors need to learn to do is always stick together, one for all and all for one.
Howard has also seen the script for Iron Man 2 but won't elaborate:
I've seen the script, I know what's going to happen, but I'm not revealing anything. I believe in karma. When someone does something wrong, you don't have to get them back. Everything right will return the favor for you.
Perhaps karma will have Howard replace Cheadle for Iron Man 3 where Mandarin is rumored to be the villain, perhaps played by Iron Man actor Faran Tahir. Tahir won't be in Iron Man 2, but Clark Gregg (returning as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson) and Kate Mara (in an unknown role) will be, having been recently added to the cast. Posted 04.26.09 by Ryan
It's common knowledge that the X-Men movie franchise is waiting to see if X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be successful or not, however plans for X-Men: First Class are nevertheless gaining momentum. Wolverine and X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner revealed to SciFiWire that the potential First Class franchise is all about the "kids":
I like kids. I did produce Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo's Fire. I do like those kind of teenage movies; I really do. Part of it takes me to my roots. It's action. There seems, to me, to be more humor, or more potential for humor. I really like that idea. The relationship ... I don't want to get into what the script is about, but it provides a bit of a lighter touch to the franchise.
With the success of 'tween movies such as Twilight, it's easy to see why a superhero movie might try to take advantage of that market. X-Men Origins: Magneto continues to be in a waiting pattern:
We will do that. We will do that. We all want to. Magneto is a fantastic script, and hopefully we'll make it. I don't know.
With all of Schuler Donner's recent talk about First Class, but a "I don't know" about Magneto, it seems more likely that First Class will be the next X-Men movie made. Posted 04.26.09 by Ryan
Christopher Nolan regular Michael Caine confirmed he will appear in the director's upcoming sci-fi thriller Inception:
I have a little part in it, yes. Just a tiny part. Chris and I arevery good friends so I’ll do that little part. I think I’ll work aboutthree days. It’ll be extraordinary, wait until you see this one. Ithink if I say another word he’s going to kill me!
With Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently joining the cast, and Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard and Cillian Murphy already on board, this is turning out to be quite an ensemble. No new details about the movie's plot was revealed, with Inception remaining shrouded in secrecy. Posted 04.26.09 by Ryan
Now that you've met the new Volturi cast, it's time to introduce you to the actors, most of them relatively unknown, who will be rounding out Taylor Lautner's wolf pack.
Early reports from the fansites tell us that Team Edward and Team Jacob have some worthy competition. Check out the new New Moon Wolf Pack and let us know what you think of Chris Weitz's casting choices. Posted 04.26.09 by reelz
When you think of Star Trek, it's hard not to think of William Shatner as James T. Kirk, Captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise. Shatner portrayed the character on television and in film for more than 30 years and even voiced the character in a short-lived animated series.
However, with J.J. Abrams' relaunch of the franchise just around the corner, a whole new generation of fans are going to experience Star Trek with newcomer Chris Pine in the captain's chair.
Though he won't be appearing in the film, Shatner has high hopes that the film will be successful, opening up the door for the original Kirk to live again. In a recent interview, Shatner said:
When they were thinking about doing the movie, they talked to me a couple of times, I don't know what it really was all about, and then they stopped talking to me and went their way. But you just know it's going to be wonderful because J.J. Abrams is such a good moviemaker. I just regret that I'm not a part of it. But if it's successful, then maybe there will be a call. Posted 04.26.09 by BrentJS
Universal Pictures halted Gore Verbinski's live-action adaptation of horror videogame Bioshock due to budget concerns. For non-gamers, the storyline takes place in the underwater city Rapture, where a pilot crash-lands near a secret entrance and becomes involved in a power struggle.
The brakes were put on during pre-production, and the studio has let some production staff go while they try and figure out a way to make the film on the cheap. Reports say that the movie was gearing up to film in LA, but that all changed when the budget rose to $160 million. Now the project is looking at alternatives, like shooting in England as a way to reduce costs.
We were asked by Universal to move the film outside the U.S. to take advantage of a tax credit," Verbinski said. "We are evaluating whether this is something we want to do. In the meantime, the film is in a holding pattern.
So far the horror movie hasn't been "killed." Variety says that the studio is determined to make the pic. In fact, Verbinski (who has also been directing the Paramount animated film Rango with Johnny Depp) bowed out of directing a fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean specifically so that he could produce and direct Bioshock. Posted 04.26.09 by reelz
In his first remake of the Halloween series, writer/director Rob Zombie was bold enough to show that a child placed in a violent and depraved family environment could become a silent and psychotic killer. Who knew there was a correlation? In his second outing in the rebooted horror series, Zombie has said he wants to show that losing your friends and family to a silent and psychotic killer can turn the survivor into a "totally damaged" person. Now that's saying something!
In the trailer for H2, however, Zombie seems to be saying that once a silent and psychotic killer murders his own mother, she'll keep showing up in a pretty white dress. The fact that there's a trailer at all is rather amazing, considering shooting began in March. Check it out below: Posted 04.25.09 by Ryan