Sunday, September 28, 2008

Paul Newman Dies at 83

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Butch Cassidy, Hud Bannon, icon. Paul Newman excelled in all those roles, and more.

Newman, the Academy Award-winning leading man who specialized in iconoclasts and outsiders, but whose aqua-blue eyes and box office prowess made him one of Hollywood's biggest stars, and whose eclectic interests saw him pursue car racing and salad dressing with equal vigor, died Friday of cancer. He was 83.

Newman succumbed to the disease at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn., publicist Jeff Sanderson said.

In the end, he was, Sanderson said, surrounded by family and dear friends.

Survivors include actress Joanne Woodward, his wife of 50 years, and his professional collaborator for nearly as many.

In a 52-year screen year, Newman earned the 1986 Best Actor Academy Award for The Color of Money, and pulled in 10 overall nominations—nine for acting, and one for producing 1968 Best Picture contender Rachel, Rachel, which starred Woodward, and which he directed.

Additionally, he received two honorary Oscars, in 1986 and 1994, won one Emmy, for 2005's Empire Falls, and rated one Tony nomination, for a 2002-03 Broadway revival of Our Town.

More impressive than the awards was the work. His essential films include:

  • Hud, the 1963 career-definer about an angry young cowboy;
  • The Hustler, the 1961 pool-hall drama;
  • Harper, the ground-breaking 1966 detective drama that made the gumshoe almost as troubled as his clients;
  • Cool Hand Luke, the oft-quoted 1967 chain-gang movie;
  • The Sting and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, his two crowd-pleasing period team-ups with Robert Redford.

Other key roles:

  • His Oscar-winning return as pool shark "Fast Eddie" Felson in The Color of Money, the 1986 sequel to The Hustler;
  • His shattering portrayal of an alcoholic, ambulance-chasing lawyer in the David Mamet-penned legal drama The Verdict;
  • His run through a trio of Tennessee Williams plays turned movies—The Long, Hot Summer, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth;
  • His cult-favorite turn as Reggie Dunlap, the scrappy player/coach of the Charlestown Chiefs, in the 1977 minor-league-hockey classic Slap Shot;
  • His latter-day supporting work in Road to Perdition and Empire Falls.

Newman last appeared onscreen in Empire Falls. A year later, in 2006, he supplied the voice of wily Doc Hudson in the animated hit Cars.

A no-show on the night he won his first and only competitive Oscar, Newman was not the sort of movie star who defined himself by the usual trappings. Rather, he was the sort of movie star who redefined what an offscreen life could, or should, be about.

Newman raced cars, placing second in the 1979 24-hours-at-Le Mans endurance test, and helping run one of the most successful race-car teams in motor sports. He sold popcorn, spaghetti sauce, cookies and other treats through his phenomenally successful, charity-funding Newman's Own brand. He led anti-drug campaigns following the 1978 overdose death of 28-year-old son Scott Newman.

"Paul took advantage of what life offered him, and while personally reluctant to acknowledge that he was doing anything special, he forever changed the lives of many with his generosity, humor, and humanness," Robert Forrester, vice chairman of Newman's charity organization, Newman's Own Foundation, said in a statement today.

Born in Shaker Heights, Ohio, on Jan. 26, 1925, Newman came of acting age in the era the Method made famous by Marlon Brando, James Dean and himself. He worked steadily on Broadway and in live TV in the early 1950s.

He made his film debut in 1954's The Silver Chalice, a would-be sword-and-sandals classic. Although the movie bombed and its star was mocked, Newman and his career recovered. Nicely.

The state of Newman's health had been the subject of speculation in recent years. The actor once batted down a report of cancer by issuing a statement he was actually being treated for "athlete's foot and hair loss." But pictures of a thinner-than-usual Newman fueled headlines in June of lung cancer. As the summer wore on, the reports only got grimmer.

Newman announced his retirement from acting in 2007. He cited not his health, per se, but his aging-out memory banks.

"I'm not able to work the level that I would want to," Newman told Good Morning America. "So I think that's pretty much a closed book for me."

But what a book it was.

by E!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Total Request Dead

Start the countdown clock on MTV's countdown era: "Total Request Live" will soon shut down after 10 years on the air.

The music video show will conclude in a two-hour special on a Saturday afternoon in November, Dave Sirulnick, executive producer of "TRL," said Monday. He stressed that the show wasn't ending for good, but felt now was the right time to give it a break after an unprecedented run on the cable music channel.

"We want to close this era of `TRL' in a big celebratory way, and 10 is a great number," Sirulnick said. "And 10 is the number that `TRL' counted down every single day for 10 years, and we hit this 10th (anniversary) and we thought, `You know what? This feels like the right time and let's celebrate it and let's reward it. And let's let it have a little bit of a rest for a minute.' Let it catch its breath! Been working hard — for 10 years!"

"TRL" debuted in September 1998 and became the splashy center of the teen pop music scene with Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, N'Sync and other acts. From its heydey until 2008, it's been a destination for musicians, movie stars and celebrities promoting their new music, movies and other projects.

Sirulnick said "TRL" — which airs weekday afternoons from MTV's Times Square studio — lost some luster as it aged. It peaked in 1999 with 757,000 viewers tuning in daily, according to Nielsen Media Research.

"It becomes more of a mainstay and more of an institution than — pardon the pun — the new kid on the block," Sirulnick said.

For the finale, Sirulnick said he hopes to celebrate with many of the "folks who helped make `TRL' what it is — whether that's Justin (Timberlake) and his guys in N'Sync, the Backstreet Boys, Britney, Eminem — I think we would love to see all of them here." That includes former host Carson Daly.

In a statement, Eminem said: "I'm going to miss `TRL.' ... Where else will I be able to start feuds, defend my honor vigorously and act like an angry teenager on national TV? Oh wait ... The VMAs!"

MTV found a replacement of sorts with "FNMTV." The show debuted over the summer in a 15-episode run hosted by Pete Wentz, bassist for rock band Fall Out Boy. Taped in Los Angeles, it aired Friday nights and televised exclusive music videos and performances by such diverse acts as Slipknot and the Jonas Brothers.

MTV said it was bringing "FNMTV" back for another run in mid-November. Like last time, there will be no video countdown with the 10 viewer favorites.

by Y!News

Saturday, September 20, 2008

An Oscar for Heath Ledger? Knight Cast Thinks So

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Heath Ledger's costars from The Dark Knight, including two-time Batman Christian Bale, took turns at a press event this weekend praising and remembering the late actor's intense style. A few of them are even lobbying for a gold statue on his behalf.

"Definitely," said Aaron Eckhart, who plays doomed district attorney Harvey Dent to Ledger's droll and very creepy Joker. "Why not?"

Fellow cast member Gary Oldman was more pointed about it.

"Heath had this frequency none of us could hear," said Oldman. "The Academy tends to overlook movies like this, but this acting is so good it's going to be very hard for them to avoid it."

His other Gotham cohorts marveled at Ledger's obsession with detail:

He patched together influences ranging from A Clockwork Orange to ventriloquist dummies to Charlie Chaplin. The result: a Joker so demented and creepy he makes Nicholson's 1989 version look like Elton John in a bad mood.

"He called me during preproduction from time to time to tell me what he was working on," director Christopher Nolan recalled. "He told me he was researching the way ventriloquist dummies talk. It was a bit peculiar."

But when Nolan finally saw Heath's Joker onscreen, he got it. Ledger was trying for a vocal style that would match the Joker's chaotic character; even his pitch would be unpredictable, the same way that ventriloquists' voices would suddenly switch from low to high.

"He's raised the bar," said Bale.

If the Academy does honor Ledger for his Joker character, it would be only the second posthumous acting win ever. The first went to Peter Finch for the 1976 movie Network.

by E!

Ledger Video's "Jane Doe" Tries New Lawsuit Tactic


Jane Doe is adamant about keeping her Heath Ledger lawsuit alive.

Weeks after a judge dismissed 11 of 12 claims in her invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against celebrity photo agency Splash News, the unidentified plaintiff has revised her complaint by downplaying her role as a working reporter at the time she supposedly saw Ledger get suckered into being filmed while in the presence of cocaine.

The woman, who has identified herself only as "Jane Doe" in court documents, alleges that two photographers—one of whom she was dating at the time—purchased coke specifically for the night of the 2006 SAG Awards, then invited Ledger back to a room she had booked at the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood and secretly filmed the Brokeback Mountain star drinking what looks like a beer and talking about drug use.

In dismissing a number of claims, L.A. Superior Court Judge John S. Wiley Jr. cited the plaintiff's job (People magazine has confirmed that she was working as a freelancer at the time), ruling that she voluntarily inserted herself into the situation.

Besides that, Wiley said, Ledger was the only one who could rightly claim emotional distress and unjust enrichment from the illegal footage on the part of Splash News because his was the only face and voice on the tape (the plaintiff's face was blurred) that made the footage valuable.

The only claim the plaintiff had left to pursue after the judge's dismantling was trespass.

In a revised nine-count complaint filed Thursday, the woman says that she was only assigned to observe the Brokeback Mountain and Capote afterparties taking place at the hotel. She was not authorized to conduct one-on-one interviews with the celebrity guests, her suit states.

Ledger didn't agree to go back to her room in the company of reporters; rather, he was tricked into joining a guy who had befriended him at the party, the new complaint reads. The Splash News employee then invited her back to the room with them and did not include the other photog who later filmed the group.

Jane Doe's camp, emphasizing that she was not angling for a scoop at the time, states that she was "excited and almost could not believe that she was going to 'hang out' with the person who was nominated for a SAG award."

Splash News hasn't yet commented on the revision, but the agency said in its original motion to dismiss the lawsuit that Ledger's actions in that hotel room were newsworthy and fair game for Splash reporters and that the plaintiff had "improperly attempted to assert the rights of a dead celebrity within her complaint."

by E!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Scarlett Johansson Calls for Recycling

Scarlett Johansson, EMA PSA Lionsgate

Scarlett Johansson wants you to get in the spirit of recycling your cell phones.


Playing off posters for Johansson's upcoming comic-book thriller The Spirit, the Environmental Media Association and Lionsgate studio have created PSAs encouraging folks to recycled thier used cell phones. The ads feature one of the movie's taglines, "Answer the call!"

The magazine ads—first appearing in People on Friday—will also include Johansson's costar Eva Mendes.

EMA's goal is to lower the amount of carbon dioxide emissions created by the production of new phones.

This isn't the only good deed Johansson has been up to recently. She just completed a four-day visit to Rwanda, where she visited AIDS clinics with (RED), Bono and Bobby Shriver's initiative to raise money for women and children affected by AIDS in Africa.

by E!

Five Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin

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Five (More) Things You Didn't Know About Sarah Palin

After having famously joked at her party's convention, "You know what they say about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick," what sort of lipstick does Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin prefer?

The Insider spoke to Palin's closest friends and found out, uncovering these 5 things you may not know about her:

She's frugal. "Sarah gave me a thank-you card after I helped her with her lieutenant-governor race," said her friend, Kristen Cole, who has known the Alaska governor since childhood. "She liked the card so much that she didn't sign it so I could give it to someone else."

She's a techie. Palin prefers texting to phone calls.

She's a rock fan. She named her son Trig Paxton Van Palin because it sounds like the band Van Halen. Says friend Judy Patrick, a former city council member who has known Palin for 12 years, "How cool was that to have a kid named Van Palin?"

She's adaptable. Palin used to wear Mary Kay lipstick, but she now prefers MAC.

She's a traditionalist. Palin is against waxing. Cole recalls: "I remember that one of her girls wanted to get her legs waxed, and Sarah said, 'Are you kidding me? What's wrong with a razor?' "

by People.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Britney to Release New Album on Her Birthday


Britney Spears has arranged a wonderful birthday present for herself: her sixth studio album, Circus, due for release Dec. 2 – the day she turns 27, her label announced Monday.

Coming so soon after her triple victory – for video of the year, best female video and best pop video for "Piece of Me" – at MTV's Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, Circus follows up her well-received 2007 album Blackout and continues the upward spiral the sometimes-troubled pop star has been experiencing.

The Outsyders, described by Spears's label, Jive records, as an up-and-coming Atlanta production team, have produced the first single from the album, "Womanizer," which will drop Sept. 22.

Other producers and writers with a hand in the album, according to Jive, include Dr. Luke (writer-producer of the title track, "Circus"), Danja, Max Martin, Bloodshy & Avant and Guy Sigsworth – who's collaborated with such other artists as Madonna, Alanis Morissette and Bjork.

Overtakes Paris's Record

In all, Spears has sold more than 62 million albums internationally, including 1999's Baby One More Time, 2000's Oops! … I Did It Again, 2001' Britney, 2003's In The Zone and the previously mentioned Blackout. Her sales records include eight No. 1 worldwide singles and four consecutive No. 1 albums.

Also on Monday, Guinness World Records revealed another accolade for Spears: she has replaced Paris Hilton as the Most Searched Person on the Internet in 2007.

by People.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Britney Wins Big at the VMAs

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It was Britney's night!

The pop star made a triumphant return to MTV's Video Music Awards, winning three Moonmen, including the night's big honor, video of the year, for her hit "Piece of Me."

"I'm in shock," the grateful singer said after accepting her third award of the night from NBA star Kobe Bryant.

Happy Birthday MTV

Spears, of course, was the subject of much speculation and excitement after word spread that she would be opening the ceremony.


She looked a little nervous at first, but proved to be in fighting form in a vintage silver Versace mini-dress. After being escorted from her dressing room, Spears took center stage, clutched the microphone tight, and announced, "I'm here tonight to celebrate a very important birthday." Continued Spears: "This is the 25th Video Music Awards – and it starts right now."

With that, the pop star was gone, ceding the stage to a futuristic-looking Rihanna, who launched into her hit "Disturbia" with a goth-themed entourage touting glow sticks and leather.

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Moments later, Spears was back to accept her first VMA ever.

Nominated for 16 Moonmen in the past, the pop star nabbed the first award of the night, best female video, for her song "Piece of Me." Spears gave a brief speech, thanking God for "just blessing me like this," calling out her two sons and dedicating the award to her fans. "This is for you," Spears said.

And her fans were everywhere Sunday night. Haley Williams from Paramore saw Spears backstage and was overheard remarking to a bandmate, "Man, Britney looks really pretty."

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Spears later picked up her second award for best pop video, also for "Piece of Me." "I'm speechless," chirped the pop star as she offered thanks to manager Larry Rudolph, who accompanied Spears to the show, and her fans.

And finally, she was equally succinct in her Video of the Year Award acceptance speech.

"Wow. I'm in shock right now. I was not expecting this!"

Other winners of the show are: (photos by WireImage)

Chris Brown (Best Male Video for With you)

Linkin Park (Best Rock Video for Shadow of the day)

Lil Wayne (Best Hip Hop Video for Lollipop)

Pussycat Dolls (Best Dancing for When I Grow Up)

and Tokio Hotel (Best New Artist's Video for Ready, Set, Go)

Host With The Most

Host Russell Brand seemed to stun the audience with his high-minded, political comedy, making jokes at the expense of President George Bush ("In England, George Bush wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors") and remarks about nominees the Jonas Brothers and their purity rings. His remarks caused a bit controversy, and the host was forced to apologize later in the night.

An Assortment of Performers

One unique factor about this year's show: The diversity of performance spots.

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The Jonas Brothers offered a stripped down, acoustic version of their song "Love Bug" on a city street set, before launching into an electric finale on a stage that was mobbed by adoring teenage fans.

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Rockers Paramore performed from legendary rock club Whisky A Go Go, but were bested by Linkin Park for best rock video honors.

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New mom Christina Aguilera also made an appearance. She slinked onto the stage, performing a techno-inspired remix of her hit "Genie In A Bottle" to promote her upcoming greatest hits album, which then segued into her new song "Keeps Gettin' Better."

by Wireimage

And Kanye West closed down the evening with an intense outdoor performance of an unreleased song before the stunned masses.

by People,, WireImage and Getty Images.

Daniel Radcliffe Wows in First Broadway Performance

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Daniel Radcliffe Wows in First Broadway Performance

Some might even say it was a magical evening. Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe appeared in his first preview performance of the Broadway drama Equus Friday, earning raves from fans.

"I thought that he was terrific," Mandy Menaker, a college student who attended the performance at New York's Broadhurst Theater, told PEOPLE. "He had a lot to offer. So I thought it was great."

Danielle Manente from New Jersey agreed that Radcliffe was wonderful. "He was really good. He captured the character [and] he was so into it. He never broke character. I believed everything he said."

In the revival of the 1973 Peter Shaffer play, which was also staged last year in London, Radcliffe stars as Alan Strang, a distressed and hostile teen who commits the horrifying act of blinding six horses, while a psychiatrist (played by Radcliffe's Harry Potter costar Richard Griffiths) tries to get to the heart of why he did it.

Radcliffe first entered stage embracing an actor playing a horse. One of his first lines was singing an ad jingle, "Milky bar kid is tough and strong …" – a demonstration of the character's hostility towards his psychiatrist.

His very emotional performance, which reveals Strang's anger and fear, was met with enthusiastic applause from the audience. Not to mention wowing the crowd with the nude scene, which comes toward the end of Equus.

"Oh my God! That was nice," said Manente of Radcliffe's character fully undressed himself in an attempt at lovemaking with a young woman. "I'm not gonna lie. He looked pretty good."

"By that point he was so in the character," Menaker added, "that you don't think of it as Harry Potter naked. He's naked as a character emotionally, so you're not at all thinking that he's physically naked. You're so involved in the scene by that point that you don't even notice."

Not one to disappoint, Radcliffe signed playbills for the mob of camera-wielding fans waiting outside the theater's stage door. "It was really exciting to see him to do something so different," said Harry Potter fan Alexa Haines after the show. "He was amazing."

Opening night is scheduled for Sept. 25, and the production will play through Feb. 8, 2009.

by People.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

It's Official! Britney Spears Will Appear At VMAs This Weekend

'I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated,' singer says.

Will she or won't she? For weeks, that's been the buzz, and some of the most hard-core Britney Spears watchers have weighed in with opinions about what an appearance at this weekend's VMAs might do for the singer's career.

Well, now it's official: Britney will appear at Sunday's VMAs, which take place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and begin at 9 p.m. ET. Although the pop star will not be performing, she will open the show.

The singer — who has been nominated for many VMAs but has not yet won one — will be on hand to see if this year is her year. She's nominated for three awards: Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year for "Piece of Me."

"MTV has long played an important role in my career," Spears said in a statement. "How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs? I'm excited to open the entire show, to say hi to my fans and to be nominated."

It's unclear exactly what Britney has up her sleeve, but based on the singer's previous VMA appearances (check out some of Britney's past VMA performances right here), it's sure to leave people talking.

"Britney has done everything from perform with a snake, lock lips with Madonna and prove that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas," said Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music/ LOGO/ Films Group. "I can't wait to see what she does to kick off this year's show."

(Check out video of Britney shopping for the VMAs in 1999, John Norris' recollections of visiting the singer in her Louisiana hometown that same year, and MTV News correspondent James Montgomery's predictions for a big Britney VMA win this weekend.)

Earlier this week, MTV News had some longtime Britney observers weigh in on whether the singer should appear at the awards, and nearly all of them agreed that, as in previous years, if she wants to make an impression, the VMAs is the place to do it.

"If you want to make a big splash," Carson Daly said, "what better platform than the VMAs?"

Perez Hilton agreed, saying that all Britney needs to do is show up and smile. "That's what people want," he said. "They want to see her smiling. Even if all she does is smile and wave, I say that's mission accomplished."


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Big Knight, Downsized Summer

The Dark Knight

The second-biggest movie in Hollywood history. Sky-high ticket prices. Put them together, and what do you get? Surprisingly, not a record.

From the first weekend in May through Labor Day, the Dark Knight-led summer movie season raked in $4.13 billion, Exhibitor Relations said today, down a tick from last year's all-time figure of $4.16 billion.

The problem, if that's the word, since 2008 goes down as the second-biggest summer on record, was twofold: dwindling attendance; and, lack of a late-summer blockbuster.

Per Exhibitor Relations, Hollywood movies combined to sell about 580 million tickets, the least since 2000, and 25 million fewer admissions than last summer, when gas was cheaper, and, oh, yes, so were tickets, which, on nationwide average, topped $7 for the first time ever.

Despite economic realities, the summer might have been able to pull off another record take if only it had another Jason Bourne.

"After The Dark Knight, it was pretty limp," said Exhibitor Relations' Jeff Bock.

Where 2007 had a bona-fide August blockbuster in The Bourne Ultimatum, which grossed $228 million, this summer's August could do no better than the solid, but unspectacular The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, which has wrapped up about $99 million so far.

The Batman evidently casts a long shadow.

Here are more box-office highlights—and lowlights—of the summer, per Box Office Mojo stats:

  • Twelve summer-launched films made at least $100 million. Another five have a good shot at passing the milestone.
  • Six films made at least $200 million. The group included: Kung Fu Panda ($214 million); WALL-E ($218 million); and, Hancock ($227 million).
  • Three films made more than $300 million. That group included: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($316 million); and, Iron Man ($318 million).
  • One film—The Dark Knight—made more than $500 million, and took second place behind Titanic among the all-time domestic box-office champs.
  • As it turned out, what Hollywood needed more than one $500 million hit was one more $300 million hit. Last summer's top four movies (Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End) actually outgrossed this summer's top four movies, despite no 2007 summer movie making more than $336 million.
  • As it turned out, woman-fronted movies can make money. Both Sex and the City ($153 million) and Angelina Jolie's Wanted ($134 million) made the summer Top 10. Another movie, the Meryl Streep-led Mamma Mia! ($133 million), just missed the cut, and should pass Wanted shortly.
  • When does a Top 10 finish mean diddley? When you're The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian ($142 million), and you made half as much worldwide as your predecessor, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • The Incredible Hulk won the battle of the Hulk movies…or did it? The new movie made $135 million from a reputed $150 million budget. The 2003 movie made $132 million from a reputed $137 million budget. Also, old Hulk grossed slightly more worldwide ($245 million) than new Hulk ($244 million).
  • Last summer as this summer, Steve Carell starred in a $100 million-plus-grossing comedy. The difference is last summer's vehicle was the upside-down Evan Almighty ($101 million gross; $175 budget); this summer's was Get Smart ($128 million gross; $80 million budget).
  • Assuming You Don't Mess with the Zohan ($99.9 million) can eke out another $110,000 or so, Adam Sandler will be spared his first sub-$100 million-performing mainstream comedy since Little Nicky.
  • In the department of small victories and possible turning points, M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening ($64 million) wasn't Lady in the Water.
  • Mike Myers dropped a digit, going from $323 million for last summer's Shrek the Third to $32 million for The Love Guru.
  • Nominees for the bust of the summer include: Speed Racer ($44 million gross; $120 million budget); and, well…
  • No film ran a bigger deficit—$76 million, reported budget versus domestic gross—than Speed Racer. Prince Caspian—$58 million in the hole on the domestic ledger—rates an honorable mention.
  • Rain Wilson's The Rocker was something of the Speed Racer of low-budget comedies. No film opening very wide on more than 2,700 screens made less money in its opening weekend ($2.6 million).
  • In the age of the record ticket price, how do you not make money (at least not yet) on a movie that only cost $35 million to produce? You gross $21 million, a la The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
  • Based on the performance of Fly Me to the Moon ($7 million gross; $25 million budget), the future of Belgian-produced CGI movies about insects doesn't look bright.
  • Tween girls giveth, and tween girls taketh away, which is one way to explain why The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 ($42 million) clicked, and Kit Kittredge: An All American Girl ($17 million) didn't.
  • If you didn't release a movie this summer, then the dumped Clive Barker horror film, Midnight Meat Train, only made $83,361 more than you.

And here's a rundown of the summer's Top 10 movies, per grosses through Monday:

  1. The Dark Knight, $505 million
  2. Iron Man, $318 million
  3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, $316 million
  4. Hancock, $227 million
  5. WALL-E, $218 million
  6. Kung Fu Panda, $214 million
  7. Sex and the City, $153 million
  8. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, $142 million
  9. The Incredible Hulk, $135 million
  10. Wanted, $134 million
by E!