I saw “The Hangover” and I was very, very, VERY disappointed in it!! I had hoped for a better movie, but it looks like people enjoyed it anyway.

‘Hangover’ hurls up huge numbers with $86.5M debut
LOS ANGELES – Hollywood’s hangover is a lot bigger the second time around.
“The Hangover Part II” hauled in $86.5 million in its first weekend, putting Hollywood on course to set a new revenue record for the long Memorial Day weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
From Friday to Sunday, Hollywood’s domestic take totaled about $220 million. Once Monday’s receipts are counted, the industry should finish the four-day weekend with around $270 million, easily topping the $254.6 million Memorial Day record set in 2007, said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for
“The Hangover” sequel did nearly twice the business of the original blockbuster comedy in its $45 million opening weekend two years ago.
In its first four days since opening Thursday, the Warner Bros. sequel has taken in $118.1 million and is on track to finish the long Memorial Day weekend with about $140 million in the bank.
The first “Hangover” did not hit the $100 million mark until its second weekend. The movie went on to gross $277 million domestically.
“The Hangover Part II” reunites stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis as they awake in another haze and attempt to piece together the mayhem of their drunken night in Bangkok.
Overseas, the sequel opened in 40 other countries and added $59 million.
DreamWorks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” opened solidly with a $48 million weekend, though it came in well below the $60.2 million debut of the first installment three years ago.
Since opening Thursday, “Kung Fu Panda 2” has pulled in $53.8 million. Distributor Paramount estimates the sequel will reach $68.2 million when the holiday weekend closes.
With voice stars Jack Black and Angelina Jolie returning, “Kung Fu Panda 2” follows the menagerie of martial-arts heroes as they face a villain aiming to conquer ancient China with gunpowder and cannons.
“Kung Fu Panda 2” also took in $57 million in 11 overseas markets, including $18.5 million in China.
After a No. 1 debut the previous weekend, Johnny Depp’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” slipped to third-place with $39.3 million. Distributor Disney estimates the sequel’s domestic revenues will reach $163.6 million by the end of the holiday weekend.
“On Stranger Tides” also has taken in nearly half a billion dollars overseas, with its worldwide total through Monday estimated at $646.5 million.
Director Terrence Malick’s sweeping drama “The Tree of Life” drew huge crowds in limited release, debuting with $352,320 in just four theaters in New York City and Los Angeles.
That gave the film a whopping average of $88,080 a theater, compared to a $23,923 average in 3,615 cinemas for “The Hangover Part II.”
“The Tree of Life” stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain in the story of a grown son reflecting on his boyhood with his two brothers, saintly mother and loving but domineering father. The film, which won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival the previous weekend, expands to more theaters Friday.

“The Hangover” had better make it’s money this weekend, because after word gets out about how bad it is, it won’t continue to make it!!

Box Office Preview: A $100-million-plus ‘Hangover’
LOS ANGELES – There will be no headache for “Hangover Part II” this holiday weekend, with North American ticket sales expected to exceed $100 million.
And unlike the pain of last Memorial Day, there should be no holiday headache for Hollywood, either, with several strong movies in the marketplace likely to boost this year’s total for one of the busiest movie-going periods of the year to well over $200 million. This would be up from $192 million last year, the lowest level in nearly 20 years, and could perhaps rival the highest grossing Memorial weekend ever — $255 million in 2007.
Warner Bros.’ debuting “Hangover Part II” is the much-anticipated sequel to the first installment released in 2009, which went on to become the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Bringing together the original cast, including Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis, director Todd Phillips has transplanted the fun to Thailand and has taken the R-rated situations to a whole new (lower?) level.
The film has already colleced $10.4 million from midnight screenings early Thursday and will likely top the five-day holiday period with receipts well in excess of $100 million.
Animated films have provided many of the success stories of this year’s first quarter, with “Gnomeo and Juliet,” “Hop,” Rango” and “Rio” all drawing huge audiences looking for family-appropriate entertainment. Dreamworks Animation’s “Kung Fu Panda 2” in 3-D from Paramount Pictures is the second installment in the franchise and follows the 2008 original, which earned over $630 million in global revenue. Opening on Thursday, the film should kick its way to $65 million to $70 million for the five-day holiday period.
Disney’s global juggernaut “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” is in perfect position to seize the PG-13 crowd that will be left out of “The Hangover” and too old for “Kung Fu Panda.” A holiday-powered, second-weekend gross of around $45 million for the Friday through Sunday period will land it in third place. The film has already passed the $400 million mark in global revenue.
“Bridesmaids” from Universal dropped a mere 20 percent in its second week and the R-rated comedy should catch a fourth-place bouquet in the high teens on its third weekend down the aisle.
Rounding out the top five at about $10 million is Paramount’s “Thor,” which has been thundering away ever since it opened the summer season in early May. Universal’s “Fast Five” is also still in the race, since its brand of popcorn entertainment is particularly suited to Memorial weekend.

My fingers are crossed that Season Two is better!!!

Brent Butt is living his dream
Brent Butt feels like an NHL player.
Without the skating, bodychecking, concussions and inexplicable refereeing, that is.
“Without getting maudlin, this is what I wanted to do since I was a kid,” said Butt, the creator and co-star of Hiccups, which kicks off its second season Monday, May 30 on CTV.
“So maybe not every day, but at least a couple of times a week, I think to myself, ‘When I was 12, I dreamed about doing this, and I’m doing it.’
“I think it probably is like how guys in the NHL feel. There probably is part of them, in the middle of a game sometimes, where they remember the 11-year-old playing street hockey and dreaming of being in the NHL. And they say to themselves, ‘Wow, I’m actually in the NHL.’ “
Butt became famous across Canada as the star and creator of Corner Gas, which ran for six seasons on CTV. Hiccups is a Corner Gas follow-up project for both Butt and his real-life wife Nancy Robertson.
In the Vancouver-set Hiccups, Robertson is Millie Upton, a volatile author of children’s books based on fictional characters called the Grumpaloos. Butt is “life coach” Stan Dirko, who has been hired to keep Millie’s angry genie in its bottle.
“I liked season one a lot, I’m a fan of it,” said Butt, when asked if he re-evaluated the first season as he plotted season two. “I pride myself on being able to be objective and I really like the show.
“What happens, though, is you do a season and you start to learn the rhythm of the show. Every show has its own rhythm and you really don’t know what it’s going to be until you get in there and start mucking it out, with what you do on the floor and what you do in the edit suite.
“We really found our rhythm, I feel, in the last third of the first season. Without getting too metaphorical, that’s when you can really start to dance, you know?”
The season-two dance begins in Los Angeles for Millie and Stan, where they have been sent for business meetings to discuss a Grumpaloos movie. But no matter where the characters roam physically, it’s knowing them better mentally that expands the playpen, according to Butt.
“Absolutely, it allows you to be brief in some ways,” Butt said. “You lose the burden of exposition.
“It’s like in Cheers, once you realize Cliff Clavin is a know-it-all, you don’t have to explain it every time. When he says something obscure, it’s just part of the character. You can cut to the funny quicker.
“Myself and the other writers on Hiccups, we all were champing at the bit with our fingers crossed to do a season two, because now we know what the game is.”
Just to be clear, the game is comedy, not hockey. But Butt still relishes being a player in the comedy version of the NHL.
“That’s not lost on me,” Butt said. “And if it ever leaves, I’ll quit.”

I am soooo stoked for this one!!!!

The New Big Lebowski Blu-Ray Really Brings The Room Together
The Dude is going high-def (as opposed to merely high) with a new limited-edition Blu-ray this August. Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released full details for the August 16th release, which will package the remastered flick with a 28-page companion book and new bonus features. Even the nihilists will love it. 
The booklet will include all manner of Lebowski-approved goodies, including an interview with Jeff Dowd, the real-life inspiration for The Dude, plus photos taken by Jeff Bridges, a film timeline, trivia, and more. And we haven’t even gotten to the disc yet, man. Check out the specs and a beauty shot below; they’re throwing everything short of a toe. (If you want a toe, I can get you one by 3 o’clock, with nail polish.) 
Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features
U-CONTROL: Universal’s exclusive feature that lets the viewer access bonus materials without leaving the movie!
Scene Companion: Watch cast and crew interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more during key scenes with this picture-in-picture companion.
Mark it Dude: This onscreen counter really ties the film together. Keep track of all the “F-Bombs,” “Dudes,” and “Dude-isms” in the film with this ultimate fan guide.
The Music of The Big Lebowski: Instantly identify the songs heard while watching the film, create a custom playlist of your favorites and even purchase them from iTunes!
WORTHY ADVERSARIES: WHAT’S MY LINE TRIVIA: Test your Lebowski knowledge by finishing lines of dialogue during the film. Play as Walter or The Dude or in two-player mode against friends.
BD-LIVE: Access the BD-Live Center through your Internet-connected player to watch the latest trailers and more.
pocket BLU: The groundbreaking pocket BLU app uses iPhone, iPod touch, Android, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-ray player. Also available on the iPad, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLU made especially to take advantage of the tablet’s larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-ray content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that’s bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLU offers advanced features such as:
Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-ray player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-Live functions with ease.
Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-ray discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLU-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-ray Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device’s intuitive keyboard.
uHEAR: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-ray disc and turns on the subtitles to highlight what you missed.
Additional Bonus Features
JEFF BRIDGES PHOTO BOOK: For more than 30 years, Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents exclusive shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski providing personal commentary on each photo.
THE DUDE’S LIFE: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and their delivery of the Coen Brothers’ dialogue that became classic movie lines.
THE DUDE ABIDES: THE BIG LEBOWSKI TEN YEARS LATER: A freewheeling conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic, including a discussion about what ever happened to the “little Lebowski” that the Dude and Maude made that fateful night!
THE LEBOWSKI FEST: AN ACHIEVER’S STORY: An in-depth look at the popular Lebowski Festival, formed by the legion of fans in honor of the film.
FLYING CARPETS & BOWLING PIN DREAMS: THE DREAM SEQUENCES OF THE DUDE: From aerial flights over Los Angeles with his bowling ball chasing Maude on a flying carpet, to the large scale “Busby Berkley” dance sequences as The Dude goes flying through the legs of all the bowling pin headed dancers, this piece examines how these “ahead of their time” scenes were constructed.
THE MAKING OF THE BIG LEBOWSKI: A behind-the-scenes look featuring interviews with the Coen Brothers.
PHOTO GALLERY: Slideshow of Jeff Bridges’ on-set photography.
INTERACTIVE MAP: Take a tour of the locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now.
AN INTRODUCTION: Featuring Mortimer Young, a practitioner of “non-uptight” film preservation. His restoration of the famous “toe scene” will blow your mind.

Here’s hoping that it is better than “Spider-Man 3”!!!

Sam Raimi writing ‘Evil Dead 4’
Sam Raimi, who created the low-budget “Evil Dead” series of horror films, has told Empire magazine he’s working on a fourth movie. While Raimi has often said he’d like to reboot the series with a younger cast, his hope for Bruce Campbell to return as Ash indicates this one may be a true sequel.
The first two “Evil Dead” movies — the second actually also covers all the events from the first — follow Ash and some friends as they unleash demonic forces with the evil book Necronomicon Ex Mortis. The third movie finds Ash thrown back to medieval times and fighting the undead there.
“There’s some dialogue,” Raimi told the magazine. “Ash being an idiot. Ash taking some abuse. Some character stuff and then some structure of Act Two. Just other possibilities for things that could happen. It’s ideas, jokes, things we’d like to see.”
Raimi’s latest, “Drag Me to Hell,” premieres May 29.


11705 – They always seem to irate their fans, don’t they?!?

Metallica dismisses fan complaints
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has slammed fans for complaining about the sound quality of the group’s latest album Death Magnetic – insisting the unpolished finish was intentional.
Hoardes of rock fans have hit online music forums to discuss their disappointment in the LP’s production, with many feeling the record is “too loud”.
As a further blow, fans have labelled the version available through the Guitar Hero video game as superior to the actual official release.
But Ulrich disagrees with the comments that have surfaced since the record hit stores earlier this month, and is proud of the album’s live feel.
He tells Blender magazine, “(Producer) Rick Rubin’s whole thing is to try and get it to sound lively, to get it (to) sound loud, to get it to sound exciting, to get it to jump out of the speakers. Of course, I’ve heard that there are a few people complaining. But I’ve been listening to it the last couple of days in my car, and it sounds f**kin’ smokin.”
And the drummer blames the Internet for fan’s unrest – because it fuels people’s urge to complain.
He adds, “The difference between back then and now is the internet. The internet gives everybody a voice, and the Internet has a tendency to give the complainers a louder voice.”


I do love me my Anne Hathaway!!

Carell, Hathaway smarten up as new Max, Agent 99
LAS VEGAS – Steve Carell did not necessarily see the Maxwell Smart in himself. Everyone else did, including co-star Anne Hathaway and the studio behind the big-screen “Get Smart,” which simply called Carell in and offered him the job, no questions asked.
Carell takes on the title role created by Don Adams in the 1960s TV show about a brainy but bungling spy, with Hathaway playing his supremely capable partner, Agent 99, a part originated by Barbara Feldon.
Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry as a comic response to James Bond and other espionage adventures, “Get Smart” has endured in syndication, in follow-up movies and a short-lived second TV series in the 1990s.
Directed by Peter Segal, the new “Get Smart” chronicles Max’s rise from crackerjack analyst to field agent for U.S. spy outfit Control, paired with dubious 99 as they try to foil a plot to distribute nukes to unstable governments.
The cast includes Dwayne Johnson as a star Control agent, Alan Arkin as the Chief and bad guy Terence Stamp, who played Kryptonian supervillain Zod and made Christopher Reeve kneel before him in “Superman II.”
Carell and Hathaway chatted with The Associated Press, fondly recalling Feldon and the late Adams, discussing the show’s longevity and sharing a funny Zod tale.
AP: People tend to be skeptical about TV adaptations, but when Steve was cast as Max, they kind of nodded and said, “Good choice.” What do you and Don Adams have in common?
Carell: There’s a bit of a physical resemblance that would be part of the equation. But aside from that, it’s hard talking about him in the same breath as myself, because I don’t aspire to be as good as he was. He’s iconic and the way he did the character is iconic, and I don’t have any pretense of trying to live up to that. If anything, I’m just trying to get an essence of what he did as opposed to any sort of imitation or channeling.
Hathaway: I thought it was perfect casting. He pays me to say this, but Steve’s being very, very humble, because his take on Max is just spectacular. I think the reason Steve Carell seems to fit (glances at Carell and laughs) ó I can’t look at you while I’m saying this …
Carell: I love it when you use my whole name.
Hathaway: The thing about Steve stepping into Don’s shoes that makes sense is Steve’s take on comedy. He can do the big, over-the-top, slightly absurd stuff really well, but he also does the real subtle moments really well. And the thing about Don Adams, he never played Maxwell Smart as a fumbling goon. He played him as a very serious man who didn’t know he was in a comedy. And Steve’s really good at doing that. A lot of his characters don’t know that they’re funny, and that’s what makes him hilarious.
AP: Now the same question for Anne. What do you and Barbara Feldon have in common?
Hathaway: I appreciate this question now. It’s a tough one. I’m so very different from Agent 99, and the bar that Barbara Feldon set and what Barbara Feldon’s 99 meant to people, I’m never going to be able to touch that. The world was in a very different place then. We needed Agent 99. When Barbara Feldon played her, we needed to see a girl who could keep up with the boys, who was smart and who was sexy while being smart. She inspired so many women. When you look at the kind of women we aspire to be today, a lot of them are very similar to Barbara Feldon’s 99. There’s no way I’m going to be able to touch that kind of legacy, but I do think I have good chemistry with my co-star, so that’s probably what I have in common with her.
Carell: Anne was the first person to come in and do a screen test. It was actually the first time I’d said any of the lines. And after she walked out of the room, we all looked at each other and knew it. It was almost as if everyone else could have gone home at that point, frankly. I’d seen a lot of Anne’s work, but there was a sophistication to her and a slyness and sort of a coolness and a deadpan. And she is a great improviser, too. I tend to play around, especially during an audition, just to find different moments and beats, and she was not only there, following, but leading and sharing it.
Hathaway: I always tell people regarding improvising, Steve’s an abstract expressionist and I finger paint. I’m a very good finger painter, but it’s on a different level.
AP: Why has “Get Smart” endured so well?
Hathaway: It’s sophisticated family humor. That’s what the show had going for it. My parents watched it when they were kids, and then when it was on Nick at Nite in reruns, I would watch it with them when I was a kid. In addition to it just being so funny was the chemistry that Don Adams and Barbara Feldon had. You couldn’t take your eyes off them. It was fun to watch them play. … Don Adams, people don’t remember that he was a fantastic actor. There’s this one episode where he has to pretend he’s gone bad and he has to convince 99 that he’s gone bad, and he plays it so straight. It’s a different Max. It’s colder and harder and harsher. Don Adams was a really, really good straight actor.
Carell: Also, look at who created it. Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. In terms of having longevity, “Young Frankenstein” is still one of my favorite movies. “The Producers,” obviously. His stuff just holds up. For the most part, it really does. That’s a huge element, the writing staff, if you look at the people involved.
Hathaway: Steve, you’re such a nice person. I’m like, “It was the actors. The actors are what endured.”
AP: The movie’s more an action comedy than a spy spoof. Were you trying to avoid parodying spy flicks?
Carell: When I first started talking to Pete (Segal the director) about just tonally what the movie could potentially look like, I said, “What about a comedic `Bourne Identity?'” You take the action in that and you make it a legitimate spy movie that’s funny, as opposed to taking the cliches of spy movies and turning them on their heads. If the villains are like Terence Stamp, these guys are scary and actually have some threat to them. There’s some sense of jeopardy. The comedy laid on top of that might resonate more.
Hathaway: There’s a great story about Terence. He was switching hotels when we were shooting in Montreal. He just went downstairs and he couldn’t find a taxi. He was standing around looking for a taxi and some guy just drove up and went, “Zod?” And he goes, “Yes.” And the guy goes, “What are you doing in Montreal?” “I’m making a movie. Can you give me a ride?” And the guy goes, “Absolutely.” So the guy drove him to his hotel.
AP: I hope the guy didn’t make him say, “Kneel before Zod.”
Carell: I’m sure he’s had to say it to like, cash a check.


Jackie, just so you know, most people weren’t fans of those films!

Jackie Chan no fan of ‘Rush Hour’ series
HONG KONG – “Rush Hour” put Jackie Chan in Hollywood’s major leagues, but the Hong Kong star isn’t a fan of his successful action comedy franchise.
Chan said when he made the first installment of the “Rush Hour” series in 1998 he only wanted to test the U.S. market and didn’t have high hopes.
“When we finished filming, I felt very disappointed because it was a movie I didn’t appreciate and I did not like the action scenes involved. I felt the style of action was too Americanized and I didn’t understand the American humor,” Chan said in a blog entry on his Web site seen Sunday.
The actor said he made the sequel because he was offered an “irresistible” amount of money to do it and made the recently released third installment to satisfy fans of the series.
Chan said “Rush Hour 3” was no different from the first two installments for him.
“Nothing particularly exciting stood out that made this movie special for me … I spent four months making this film and I still don’t fully understand the humor,” he said, adding the comedic scenes may be lost on Asian audiences.
Chan’s comments came even though the “Rush Hour” series, which revolves around the racial humor stemming from the pairing of a Chinese (Chan) and a black (Chris Tucker) police officer, helped the action star cross over to mainstream American audiences.
“Rush Hour” was Chan’s first movie to break $100 million at the U.S. box office, earning $141 million, according to the box office tracking Web site, Box Office Mojo. “Rush Hour 2” made $226 million and “Rush Hour 3” has earned $137 million so far.
Chan has been known to be blase about his Hollywood work. He said in a 2005 interview with The Associated Press that he uses the high salary he earns in the U.S. to fund Chinese-language projects that truly interest him.
He also showed little enthusiasm for his latest Hollywood project, “The Forbidden Kingdom,” which marks his first on-screen collaboration with fellow action star Jet Li.


On a rooftop?!?! How Beatles of them!!

Original Beach Boys members reunite
LOS ANGELES – The surviving founders of the Beach Boys ó Brian Wilson, Mike Love and Al Jardine ó made their first public appearance together in 10 years Tuesday, standing atop the historic Capitol Records building in Hollywood.
The trio gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark “Pet Sounds” album and the recent double-platinum certification of 2003’s “Sounds of Summer: The Very Best of the Beach Boys.” The trio was joined by veteran band member Bruce Johnston and former Beach Boy David Marks.
“It’s always good to do this while we’re living,” Jardine quipped to reporters before the event, in which band members were presented with framed plaques each containing two platinum vinyl records.
Plaques also were issued posthumously to Wilson’s brothers, Carl and Dennis ó both original Beach Boys members.
The reunion of the Beach Boys came after decades of animosity between Love and Wilson, who are cousins.
Love sued Wilson in November, saying Wilson “shamelessly misappropriated (Love’s) songs, likeness and the Beach Boys trademark, as well as the `Smile’ album itself” when Wilson was promoting 2004’s “Smile.” Love previously sued his cousin in the mid-1990s, seeking more songwriting credit on the band’s back catalog.
The two shared a friendly rapport Tuesday, standing side by side and patting each other on the back. In thanking his bandmates, Love lauded “my cousin Brian Wilson, for his incredible abilities that gave us all this amazing life.”
When asked if all hatchets have been buried, Love pointed to his back.
“The hatchets are right here,” he said with a laugh.
Loved added that between the band members “there’s issues that arise, and you resolve them over time.”
Of the reunion, he said: “We’ve been together, just in different configurations and different situations. But this is a great one because everybody’s in a celebratory mood, everybody’s on their good behavior and everybody’s enjoying the fact that our records have been recognized even 40 years after we first put (them) out.”
A second greatest-hits compilation, called “The Warmth of the Sun,” is planned for release next spring, Love and Wilson said.


The film is stupid fun and she looks amazing!!

Simpson Puts Up Her ‘Dukes’ in New York
NEW YORK – In the eyes of Jessica Simpson, Daisy Duke is an “iconish” figure. During her co-hosting gig Friday on the syndicated TV show “Live With Regis and Kelly,” Simpson said she had to “step into those shorts and the red bikinis and I had to do Catherine Bach proud” for her role in “The Dukes of Hazzard” movie.
Bach played Daisy Duke on the ’70s TV series.
“To play Daisy Duke, I mean, that’s like an iconish … is that a word … iconic figure,” she said.
Simpson said she hired a trainer to get in shape for the film, which stars Johnny Knoxville as Luke Duke and Seann William Scott as Bo Duke.
“I was running sprints and doing all kinds of stuff. All I was thinking was bikini, bikini, bikini,” the 25-year-old singer-actress said. “It was strange to actually be in the shorts. By the way, I tried on over a hundred pair.”
Simpson also appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” summer concert series in Bryant Park singing “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’,” the Nancy Sinatra song she rerecorded for “Dukes.”
“The Dukes of Hazzard” opened in theaters on Friday.