Opening in theaters this week, TO ROME WITH LOVE is filmmaker WOODY ALLEN’S latest travelogue cum comedy and uses the eternal city as the thread that weaves several romantic tales together. Written and directed by ALLEN (who also stars), the cast includes ALEC BALDWIN, JESSE EISENBERG, ROBERTO BENIGNI, JUDY DAVIS, PENELOPE CRUZ, CAROL ALT, ALISON PILL and ELLEN PAGE. A follow-up to last year’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, this film is a bit of a let-down but does succeed in getting ALLEN back on the screen.
At the press conference to promote the film, ALLEN talked about his career in movie-making and surprised several people by confessing that he’s not a very big fan of his own work. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Opening in theaters soon, PEOPLE LIKE US is a comedy/drama about a fast-talking salesman forced by the death of his father to reconnect with his estranged family and a new family he didn’t even know he had. Inspired by true events, the film was co-written (with ROBERTO ORCI) and directed by ALEX KURTZMAN and features a cast that includes CHRIS PINE, ELIZABETH BANKS, MICHELLE PFEIFFER, OLIVIA WILDE, PHILLIP BAKER HALL and MICHAEL HALL D’ADDARIO.
One of Hollywood’s most versatile actresses (most notably seen as Effie Trinket in the uber-successful THE HUNGER GAMES), ELIZABETH BANKS can currently be spotted in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine where she adopts the iconic look of MARILYN MONROE. During our interview over the weekend, BANKS told us why she wanted to take on the photo assignment. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Celebrating his 70th birthday today, SIR PAUL McCARTNEY is said to be keeping a low profile with wife NANCY and his five kids despite the fact that there will be celebrations going on all over the world. One of the world’s most famous living musicians, McCARTNEY has spent more years of his life in the spotlight than out of it. He first hooked up with pal JOHN LENNON when he was 15 and together they formed THE QUARRYMEN. By the time he was 19, they were playing to packed houses in Germany. After that, McCARTNEY and LENNON, along with GEORGE HARRISON and RINGO STARR (taking over for PETE BEST) became THE BEATLES and modern music history was made.
We spoke with McCARTNEY several months ago at a TCA press event and he talked about his long musical run. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
Opening in theaters later this summer, THE EXPENDABLES 2 is a testosterone driven adventure that reunites the team of mercenaries from the first film in a story of murder and revenge set deep in enemy territory. Directed by SIMON WEST from a script co-written by star SYLVESTER STALLONE, the film features a crazy cast of famous film heroes that includes STALLONE, JET-LI, DOLPH LUNDGREN, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, BRUCE WILLIS, JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, JASON STATHAM and CHUCK NORRIS. We spoke with STALLONE recently and he admitted that, while movie stunts seem to be getting easier, this will still be a vicarious thrill-ride. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
“Madagascar 3” remained at the #1 spot at the box-office, taking in $35.5 million, with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi epic “Prometheus” finishing second with $20.2 million. Tom Cruise’s latest film “Rock of Ages” had a disappointing debut, collecting just $15.1 million domestically. The pairing of Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg couldn’t save “That’s My Boy” from its weak $13 million showing, as the film placed at #5. Here’s the top 10:
1. Madagascar 3 – $35.5 million
2. Prometheus – $20.2 million
3. Rock of Ages – $15.1 million
4. Snow White And The Huntsman – $13.8 million
5. That’s My Boy – $13 million
6. MIB 3 – $10 million
7. The Avengers – $8.9 million
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $2.2 million
9. Moonrise Kingdom – $2.2 million
10. What To Expect When You’re Expecting – $1.3 million