‘Monsters University’ Is Box Office King, ‘White House Down’ Disappoints

Monsters UniversityMonsters University reigned supreme once again, as the prequel took in $46.18 million to beat the new comedy The Heat, which also did great business with $40 million.

Although The Heat stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy proved to be a bankable twosome this weekend, Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum couldn’t save the $150 million budget action flick White House Down from limping into fourth place with just $25.7 million. The picture was even beaten by Brad Pitt’s zombie foray World War Z, which made $29.8 million.

Here’s this weekend’s top 10:

1. Monsters University – $46.1 million. Domestic gross to date: $171 million and counting.

2. The Heat – A $40 million weekend is a strong debut for this comedy.

3. World War Z – $29.8 million this weekend and a worldwide gross to date of $259 million.

4. White House Down – A total misfire with a horrible $25.7 million debut.

5. Man of Steel – $20.8 million.

6. This is the EndSeth Rogen and friends continue to do business with $8.7 million.

7. Now You See Me – The surprise hit of the summer makes $5.5 million. To date, it’s made over
$104 million in domestic markets.

8. Fast & Furious 6 – $2.4 million.

9.   Star Trek Into Darkness – $2.04 million.

10. The Internship – Wedding Crashers team Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson don’t
strike box office gold with this comedy. Over the weekend, it turned in just $1.425 million.

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Jerry Seinfeld Can Get Anyone to Talk about Nothing!

NUP_156622_0284.JPGJerry Seinfeld is one of the most beloved comedians and television stars in the world. To this day, his iconic comedy television show, Seinfeld, still plays in reruns every day somewhere around the world. Seinfeld continues to do standup comedy and also has a great web show called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which is now in its second season. The show features Seinfeld picking up fellow comediennes in a classic car, and then going to a restaurant where he interviews them over coffee. The first season of the show featured great interviews with Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry David and his former co-star Michael Richards (Seinfeld’s Kramer). The new season features interviews with David Letterman, Don Rickles and several others.

Seinfeld previously produced the NBC series, The Marriage Ref, wherein a rotating panel of celebrities came on to settle marriage disputes with real life couples. The show featured major A-List celebrities. He also produced, wrote and can be heard voicing a character in the animated family film, The Bee Movie, which featured the voices of Oprah Winfrey, Sting, and Chris Rock. So how does Seinfeld manage to get all of these celebrities to appear on his projects? He does it the old fashioned way, by picking up the telephone and calling them! (Click on the media bar below to hear Jerry Seinfeld)

Check out Jerry Seinfeld’s web series, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, at http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/

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Toni Collette Recalls Her “Way, Way Back” Summer

The Way, Way Back (Fox Searchlight)

The Way, Way Back centers on 14-year-old’s (Liam James) memorable summer with his mother (Toni Collette) and her annoying, narrow minded boyfriend (Steve Carell). Sam Rockwell stars as Owen, the manager of the Water Wizz water park who befriends the teenager and becomes a surrogate father figure.

During the press conference for The Way, Way Back, the actors were asked to recall some of their more memorable summers during their childhood. “Australia is just one big beach,” said Collette.  “We kind of stick to the perimeter, so it’s all very oceanic and salty and just feelings of freedom. Summer is my absolute favorite time of year, I absolutely come to life and love it.”

Click on the media bar to hear Collette talk about an amazing summer she had during an impromptu road trip through the Australian coast.

The Way, Way Back opens July 5th.

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The Exorcist Celebrates 40th Anniversary With New Blu-ray Edition

The Exorcist (Warner Home Video)

Director William Friedkin is having an eventful year, thanks to the release of his well received memoir The Friedkin Connection and the recent Blu-ray news of The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cut.

Coming out on October 8th, this latest edition celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of the classic thriller.  The collection comes with the two new featurettes: “Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist” and “Talk of the Devil.” The Blu-ray also comes with an excerpt of The Friedkin Connection, but if you’re a diehard fan of the director, chances are you’ll already have the book.

“After my initial cut, I took out 12 more minutes before we released it in theaters,” said Friedkin.  “Years later, Bill Blatty asked if I’d review some of that rejected footage (which he always felt sould have remained) with an eye towards putting it back in a new version. In so doing I believe we strengthened the spiritual aspect of the film.”

Other previously released special features on the disc included two commentaries from Friedkin, a commentary from Blatty, the 1998 BBC documentary “The Fear of God: 25 years of the Exorcist” and the featurette “Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist.”

Warner Home Video has always made a point of giving journalists access to filmmakers whenever their top films are being released on Blu-ray and DVD, and several years ago we sat down with actress Linda Blair to talk about working with director William Friedkin.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Not Bashful About his Prior Career Struggles

134Mark-Paul Gosselaar has a great acting career. Gosselaar, who currently stars in the TNT legal comedy, Franklin & Bash, has practically grown up on television, having starred on the 1990’s teen comedy Saved By the Bell. Many child actors struggle with being stereotyped by their early roles, and Gosselaar tells us that he struggled early on to land the acting jobs he wanted.

While Gosselaar does terrific work in Franklin & Bash and was similarly great in Steven Bochco’s iconic cop show NYPD Blue, he told us that there are a few projects on his resume that he would like to forget! He also told us how thankful he was to Steven Bochco for giving him a chance to work on NYPD Blue. (Click on the media bar below to hear Mark-Paul Gosselaar)

Franklin & Bash airs Wednesday nights on TNT.

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