Moviegoers Swallow "Limitless" Pill! Bradley Cooper Thriller Tops Box-Office! 


"Limitless" took the top spot at the box-office this past weekend. The Relativity Media sci-fi thriller starring Bradley Cooper debuted at No. 1 with $19 million. ("Limitless" review)

Co-starring Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish, "Limitless" is a fun, intriguing film from director Neil Burger. It asks the question -- if there's a drug that can tap into your maximum brain potential, will you take it?

Previous weekend's box-office champ, "Battle: Los Angeles," dropped to No. 3 with $14.6 million. So far, the Sony Pictures alien invasion movie has made $60.6 million at the box-office.

Coming in at No. 2 was the Johnny Depp/Gore Verbinski animation collaboration "Rango." The Paramount flick made $15.3 million with a $92.6 million box-office total. ("Rango" movie review)

The other two new releases duked it out for the fourth and fifth place. "The Lincoln Lawyer" featuring Matthew McConaughey entered at No. 4 with $13.4 million, while "Paul" starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and the voice of Seth Rogen as a wisecracking, pot-smoking alien debuted at No. 5 with $13.2 million. ("Paul" movie review)

The bad news of the box-office weekend continued to belong to Walt Disney Pictures. Their 3-D motion-capture adventure, "Mars Needs Moms" made $5.3 million for a grand total of $15.4 million since its release. That's way off from its reported $150 million budget!

And the good news of the box-office weekend belonged to Focus Features' "Jane Eyre." In a very limited release, the Cary Fukunaga movie starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and Judi Dench received a per-screen average of $18,377 and a domestic total of $730,901. Focus will continue to roll "Jane Eyre" into other markets by next week. ("Jane Eyre" interviews with Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, and director Cary Fukunaga)

Here's the list of the Top 10 Box-Office films for weekend of March 18:

1. "Limitless," $19 million.

2. "Rango," $15.3 million.

3. "Battle: Los Angeles," $14.6 million.

4. "The Lincoln Lawyer," $13.4 million.

5. "Paul," $13.2 million

6. "Red Riding Hood," $7.3 million.

7. "The Adjustment Bureau," $5.9 million

8. "Mars Needs Moms!" $5.3 million.

9. "Beastly," $3.3 million.

10. "Hall Pass," $2.6 million.

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Rest Easy Naysayers, "Sucker Punch" is Actually GOOD! Here's Why... 


I must admit I was reluctant to watching "Sucker Punch." Rumors abound that Warner Bros. pulled director Zack Snyder from helming the "300" sequel, "Xerxes," because of the horrible early cuts of "Sucker Punch." But Warner Bros. announced its intent was to have Snyder concentrate on the "Superman" reboot he's working on with producer Christopher Nolan.

After watching "Sucker Punch" last night, I now believe that the studio pulled Snyder from "Xerxes" so he could concentrate on his Man of Steel project. Why?

Because "Sucker Punch" is actually good! Like the film's tagline, I was unprepared!

Note -- this is not my full review of the movie, this is just my stream of consciousness to help me crystallize my thoughts on the film.

First, what you see in the trailer is what you get! WB is not duping you by hyping the movie. It is a balls-out, guns-out fantasy-within-a-fantasy film that packs a mean wallop!

Second, Snyder and company subvert the film's melodramatic nature (a girl abused by her stepfather gets thrown into an insane asylum) by letting the audience peek into Baby Doll's (Emily Browning) imaginary world.

Third, Scott Glenn rocks! He's the Yoda, the Dumbledore, the Gandalf of the movie. The Zen Master that showed Baby Doll the road to freedom. It's a role that would have been perfect for David Carradine.

Fourth, though the character development of the surrounding cast was inept, the chemistry of the five girls Baby Doll, Sweet Pea (Abbie Cornish), Rocket (Jena Malone), Amber (Jamie Chung), and Blondie (Vanessa Hudgens) was palpable. You can tell they really like each other on-off screen.

Fifth, I love the soundtrack. The music plays an important role in the movie. Plus points for Browning for singing Sweet Dreams.

Sixth, the fantasy worlds and the real world were equally given ample weight. So when you're in and out of the dream/fantasy, you're always in for a ride.

Seventh...and this is a biggie, the film's pure visceral energy!

That's all I'm going to tell you right now, I'm just psyched after watching "Sucker Punch" especially when I was not looking forward to doing so!

Now, I have a lot of issues to talk to the cast and Synder. That, of course, will be posted here...very soon!

P.S. I LOVE THE WEAPONS! And how each of the weapons is represented by each of the characters.

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Watch "Limitless" and "Paul" Movie Reviews 


(For my written review of "Paul," click here)

Here's more info on "Limitless" from Yahoo:

GENRES: Drama, Thriller and Adaptation
IN THEATERS: March 18th, 2011
MPAA: PG-13 for thematic material involving a drug, violence including disturbing images, sexuality and language.
Aspiring author Eddie Morra's life changes when an old friend introduces him to NZT, a new drug that lets him tap his full potential.

Cast & Crew
STARRING:
Bradley Cooper ........................................................................................ Eddie Morra
Robert De Niro ........................................................................................ Carl Van Loon
Abbie Cornish ........................................................................................ Lindy
Anna Friel ........................................................................................ Melissa
Johnny Whitworth ........................................................................................ Vernon Gant
Andrew Howard ........................................................................................ Gennady
Robert John Burke ........................................................................................ Pierce
Tomas Arana ........................................................................................ Tan Coat
T.V. Carpio ........................................................................................ Valerie
DIRECTED BY:
Neil Burger

Here's more info on "Paul" from Yahoo:

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town -- a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Genres: Comedy and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 18th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references and some drug use.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Produced by: Liza Chasin, Robert Graf, Natascha Wharton

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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost Interview for "Paul!" 


Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up for the intergalactic adventure "Paul." The actors play English comic book nerds who experience a close encounter with the third kind when they meet Paul, the resident alien of Area 51 who wants to go back home.

In this interview we talked about what attracted them to making the movie, and how they approached Seth Rogen, the voice of Paul, to work on the film. Rogen is the heart of the movie and may have given the best performance of his career!



(Click here for my "Paul" movie review)

Here's more info on "Paul" from Yahoo:

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smart ass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town -- a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy and Clive Gollings. Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman that they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. And as two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Genres: Comedy and Science Fiction/Fantasy
Release Date: March 18th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language including sexual references and some drug use.
Distributors: Universal Pictures

Cast and Credits
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader
Directed by: Greg Mottola
Produced by: Liza Chasin, Robert Graf, Natascha Wharton

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From "Jackass" to "Jocks" -- Jeff Tremaine to Make His Narative Feature Debut! 


Jeff Tremaine, the guy who gave us the "Jackass" franchise, is about to ditch his merry pranksters, at least for now, to make his narrative debut with the comedy "Revenge of the Jocks!"

Warner Bros. is producing the film which asks the question -- what if nerds rule the world? In the center of the movie are three high school jocks, who as grown men, must face the fact that the geeks they used to torment in the past are now running the show.

According to the Hollwyood Reporter, Rami and Etan Cohen wrote the original script, but it's being rewritten by "I Heart Huckabees'" Jeff Baena. Tremaine was such a sweetheart in person (check out my interview with him for "Jackass 3D") but I'm not quite sure if he can direct a narrative film. But hey, I'm curious to see the final product!

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