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.

News: Hanks Takes Angels & Demons To Number One

No suprise really !!!

Tom Hanks is back at the top of the U.S. box office after claiming the number one spot with Angels & Demons.

The new thriller shot to the top of the new film countdown with an opening weekend take of $48 million (£32 million).

The film only just pipped Star Trek to the top spot – the sci-fi blockbuster took in $43 million (£28.6 million) during its second weekend on release, but tumbled from last week’s number one.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past and Obsessed round out the new top five.

Damon Turned Down Star Trek

Not a fan of Star Trek really, but quite suprised Matt was thought of for the role. He obviously wasnt feeling it and didnt do the movie haha.

Director J.J. Abrams has confirmed he originally approached Matt Damon to take on the role of Captain Kirk in the new Star Trek remake – but the actor turned him down.

The space age franchise originally featured William Shatner as the heroic starship captain, but the veteran stars from the first films have been replaced with a younger cast for the upcoming prequel.

And Lost creator Abrams admits Damon was his first choice for the starring role of Kirk – but he is glad to have been given the chance to subsequently hire little known star Chris Pine.

He tells America’s Life magazine, “I actually approached Matt and we had some discussions, but everything happens for a reason. On the one hand, it would have been great to work with Matt – but at the end of the day, it was such a better move to cast the movie with unknowns.”

The rest of the cast is also made up of lesser known actors, including HeroesZachary Quinto as Spock and Simon Pegg as Scotty.

And Abrams is convinced the casting will help make the characters more believable.

He adds, “It is fun to discover the stars of tomorrow, but even more so, just like with the first Star Wars, you didn’t know who those people were when you saw the movie. You believed that guy was Luke Skywalker. You didn’t recognise him from six other movies. You bought into who this guy was. It is a slippery slope when you cast any actor that is somewhat known. We weren’t beholden to any fame meter.”

Star Trek is due for release next month.