March 29, 2006
Lucy Liu is a "Beautiful Asian Bride" -- obviously!
Variety reports on a new comedy project starring the lovely Ms. Lucy Liu. It's called "Beautiful Asian Brides," and it's a project that's been bouncing around Hollywood for quite some time, but with Universal hiring a pair of screenwriters to polish the thing up, the flick might just be ready to walk down the aisle already.
February 9, 2006
"Blandings" Remake Morphs Into "Are We There Yet 2"
Variety reports on one really weird turn of events over at Revolution Studios. Their long-discussed remake of 1948's "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House" is being re-shaped into an Ice Cube sequel entitled "Are We Done Yet?" Strange but true, movie fans.
June 30, 2005
Ice Cube Plans to Be "Teacher of the Year"
Ice Cube is heading back to the "Are We There Yet?" family circuit with the comedy "Teacher of the Year," says Variety. Written by Jeff Bushell (the upcoming "Curious George"), the story centers on "two junior high school instructors in a brutal competition to take teacher of the year honors."
February 28, 2005
Box Office: Mad Black Woman Rejects Hitch for $22.7M
This was probably not the best movie weekend to coincide with The Academy Awards, which honored Hollywood?s best of 2004. Three of this weekend?s wide debuts were all below 17% on the Tomatometer. Two of them didn?t even have the guts to be screened for critics. However, one of them did claim the top spot at this weekend?s box office. As ?Diary of a Mad, Black Woman? shows, no matter how bad the film, it?s probably better to screen it to critics anyways because of the additional publicity it?ll receive from critics? reviews. ?Diary of a Mad, Black Woman,? also has the extra benefit of Oprah?s recommendation on Jay Leno.
February 14, 2005
"Hitch" Scores Record-Breaking $45.3M
There may not be any aliens in ?Hitch,? but that doesn't stop Will Smith from scoring a record-breaking $45.3M this Valentines weekend. If estimates hold, this would make ?Hitch? the biggest Valentines weekend opener of all time, besting ?Daredevil??s $40.3M in 2003 and ?50 First Dates??s $39.9M in 2004. It?s also the 3rd highest February opener of all time between ?Hannibal?'s $58M and ?Daredevil?'s $40.3M.
February 7, 2005
Scary, 10% "Boogeyman" Tops Box Office
What is it with horror films these days? It doesn't matter how badly they are reviewed, or what they're about; they just keep raking in money at the box office. "Boogeyman," which has a very moldy Tomatometer of 8%, dominated the box office this weekend with $19M. It is directed by the director/writer (Stephen Kay) of such classics as the 0% "Mod Squad" and the 10% Stallone dud "Get Carter" -- maybe it's all those Lucy Lawless ("Xena") fans who just wanted to see her back on the screen (big or small).
January 29, 2005
Friday Estimates: Hide and Seek $8.1M
According to Showbizdata, the versatile Robert Deniro scored another hit with this weekend's horror release Hide and Seek, which grossed $8.1M on Friday. It will likely gross between $23-$25M over the Friday-Sunday weekend. Hide and Seek also stars Famke Janssen and child actor Dakota Fanning. Robert De Niro and especially Dakota Fanning have earned some praise for their work in Hide and Seek, but critics have called the rest of the film derivative, illogical and somewhat silly. Its Tomatometer is a Rotten 18%.
January 24, 2005
Are We There Yet Topples Coach Carter for Top Spot
This weekend, one of the worst reviewed films of the year took the #1 spot at the box office. With a very moldy 10% on the Tomatometer, the Ice Cube and Nia Long starring Are We There Yet grossed an estimated $18.5M. Ice Cube continues to be a reliable performer at the box office, with a majority of his films opening in the $15-20M range. Are We There Yet?s debut ranks as his third best behind the two Barbershop films, which opened with $24M and $21M respectively.