News: June 8th 2009

Some news from today . . .

Roberts Rents New York Summer Houses

This has made me think OMG, as I did not realise she would be filming in NYC !!!

Julia Roberts is spending $150,000 (£100,000) renting two houses in New York while she shoots a new movie in Manhattan this summer.

The actress will spend three months in the Big Apple shooting new movie Eat, Pray, Love – and has reserved two posh apartments in the West Village.

Roberts will live in one of the properties with husband Danny Moder and their kids Hazel, Phinnaeus and Henry, while the other two-bedroom pad is for their nanny and staff.

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News: Angels & Demons Draws The Crowd At Global Box Office

Not a suprise that it is a big hit !!!

Tom Hanks’ new movie Angels & Demons continues to rule the international box office chart after fending off competition from Ben Stiller’s Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian.

The religious thriller, director Ron Howard’s big screen adaptation of Dan Brown’s book of the same name, scooped $60.4 million (£40.26 million) outside of the U.S. to claim the number one position for its second consecutive week.

Stiller’s sequel has proven to be the most popular choice Stateside, taking $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend (22-24May09), but its pull wasn’t as strong overseas and it debuted in second place with $50.1 million (£33.4 million) at the global box office.

Star Trek came in a distant third place with $11.5 million (£7.6 million), while X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Hannah Montana rounded out the top five with $7 million (£4.67 million) and $3.1 million (£2 million) respectively.

News: Night At The Museum Crumbles Competition At U.S. Box Office

I think everyone could have predicted this coming. Night At the Museum when it came out on Boxing Day a few years ago now was a massive hit, and releasing this pre-summer and in a usual slow period was good.

Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais and Ben Stiller are laughing their way to the top of the U.S. box office – their new film Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian has toppled the competition in its opening weekend (22-24May09).

The comedians co-star with Amy Adams, Owen Wilson and Hank Azaria in the film, which took in $53.5 million (£35.7 million) over the Memorial Day weekend.

The win was a shock for movie reviewers, who insisted Terminator Salvation – the fourth movie in the sci-fi franchise – was poised to take the top spot after scooping more than $13 million (£8.7 million) on its first day of release. But the film came in at second with $43 million (£28.7 million) in earnings.

The new Star Trek movie followed at third, with nearly $22 million (£14.7 million) in earnings and now boasting a three-week total of $183.6 million (£122.4 million).

Rounding out the top five are Tom Hanks’ Angels & Demons and new comedy spoof Dance Flick, which took in $21.4 million (£14.3 million) and $11.1 million (£7.4 million) respectively.

IMDb Summer Movie Guide – May 2009

So IMDb has a summer movie guide up for the next few months. Just going to post across the movies it has done for the release for each of the months. Starting with May.

Battle for Terra – A space explorer (Luke Wilson) who crash-landed on the planet Terra finds himself thrust to the forefront of a battle to prevent his people, who are entrenched in a civil war at home, from invading…

X-Men Origins: Wolverine- An origins story that follows the early life of James Howlett (Hugh Jackman), also known as Logan, and best known as Wolverine. The chronicle of his younger years as a mutant connects to his relationship…

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past- At his younger brother’s wedding, a committed bachelor/womanizer (Matthew McConaughey) is haunted by his romantic past…

Angels & Demons- Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) finds himself in Rome, where he has to race against time to prevent the Illuminati, a secret society, from putting in motion a terrorist act…

The Brothers Bloom- The Brothers Bloom (Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody) are the best con men in the world, swindling millionaires with complex scenarios of lust and intrigue. Now they’ve decided to take on one last job…

Management- A traveling saleswoman (Jennifer Aniston) tries to shake off a motel manager (Steve Zahn) who chases her across the country…

Terminator SalvationJohn Connor (Christian Bale) is joined in his attempt to defeat Skynet and its army of Terminators by Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a man who apparently has been rescued from the past…

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian – Security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) infiltrates the Smithsonian Institute in order to rescue Jedediah (Owen Wilson) and Octavius (Steve Coogan), who have been shipped to the museum by mistake…

I’ve missed a few out, but these are the main releases in May.