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My Big Bold Golden Globe Award Winner Predictions

January 10, 2014

grvity psoterOk, people, Awards Season is in full swing and I’m trying to keep up. I may not be able to do all my predix and coverage for every show, but I will do the biggies… With that said, let’s take a look at my big, bold Golden Globe Award Winner Predictions for 2014. It’s a crazy competitive year where anyone and anything can happen (except for anyone trying to beat Cate Blanchett). So, just who do I think will win? Scroll down and watch the show Sunday night on NBC hosted by the hilarious team of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

My Big Bold 2014 Golden Globe Award Winner Predictions~

MOVIES~

Best Picture (Drama)
12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Philomena, Rush
Will win: Gravity
Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Actor (Drama)
Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips), Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club), Robert Redford (All is Lost)
Will win: Matthew McConaughey
Should win: Chewitel Ejiofor
Spoiler: Robert Redford

Best Actress (Drama)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine), Sandra Bullock (Gravity), Judi Dench (Philomena), Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks), Kate Winslet (Labor Day)
Will & Should win: Cate Blancett
* this is the most clear winner of the entire night unless the HFPA goes crazy with Philomena and hands Dench a shocker win

Best Picture (Comedy/Musical)
American Hustle, Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska, The Wolf of Wall Streetamy ahustle
Will win: American Hustle
Should win: Um, something else that’s not nominated~ August Osage County
Spoiler: Her

Best Actor (Comedy/Musical)
Christian Bale (American Hustle), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Joaquin Phoenix (Her)
Will & Should win: Leonardo DiCaprio
Spoiler: Oscar Isaac

Best Actress (Comedy/Musical)
Amy Adams (American Hustle), Julie Delpy (Before Midnight), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Enough Said), Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Will win: Amy Adams
Should win: Meryl Streep
spoiler: Meryl Streep

Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Daniel Bruhl (Rush), Bradley Cooper (American Hustle), Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Will & Should win: Jared Leto
Spoiler: Daniel Bruhljared_leto_dallas_buyers_club

Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave), Julia Roberts (August Osage County), June Squibb (Nebraska)
Will & Should win: Lupita Nyongo
Spoiler: Jennifer Lawrence

Best Director:
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), David O’Russell (American Hustle)
Will & Should win: Alfonso Cuaron
Spoiler: Steve McQueen

Best Screenplay:
American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, Her, Nebraska, Philomena,
Will win: American Hustle
Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Philomena

Best Score:
12 Years a Slave, All is Lost, The Book Thief, Gravity, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Will & Should win: 12 Years a Slave
Spoiler: Gravity

Best Animated Film:
The Croods, Frozen, Monster University
Will & Should win: Frozen

Best Original Song:
“Atlas”- Coldplay (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), “Let It Go” sung by Idina Menzel (Frozen), “Ordinary Love”- U2 (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), “Please Mr. Kennedy” (Inside Llewyn Davis), “Sweeter Than Fiction”- Taylor Swift (One Chance)
Will & Should win: “Let It Go”
Spoiler: “Ordinary Love”

TV~

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards, Masters of Sex
Will win: House of Cards
Should win: Breaking Bad/The Good Wiferobin hoc
Spoiler: The Good Wife

Actor Drama Series:
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Liev Schriber (Ray Donovan), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), James Spader (The Blacklist)
Will & Should win: Bryan Cranston
Spoiler: Kevin Spacey

Actress Drama Series:
Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Tatiana Maslaney (Orphan Black), Taylor Schilling (Orange is the New Black), Kerry Washington (Scandal), Robin Wright (House of Cards)
Will win: Kerry Washington
Should win: Robin Wright
Spoiler: Juliana Marguiles

Comedy/Musical Series:
The Big Bang Theory, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Girls, Modern Family, Parks & Recreation
Will win: Girls (vomit!)
Should win: Modern Family
Spoiler: Parks & Recreation

Actor Comedy/Musical:
Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Michael J. Fox (The Michael J. Fox Show), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Will win: Michael J. Fox
Should win: Jim Parsons
Spoiler: Andy Samberg

Actress Comedy/Musical:
Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Lena Dunham (Girls), Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
Will & Should win: Julia Louis-Dreyfuss
Spoiler: Amy Poehler

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Coven, Behind the Candelabra, Dancing on the Edge, Top of the Lake, The White Queen
Will & Should win: Behind the Candelabramatt-damon-michael-douglas-behind-the-candelabra-hbo

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra), Michael Douglas (Behind the Candelabra), Chewitel Ejiofor (Dancing on the Edge), Idris Elba (Luther), Al Pacino (Phil Spector)
Will & Should win: Michael Douglas
Spoiler: Idris Elba

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Helena Bonham Carter (Burton & Taylor), Rebecca Ferguson (The White Queen), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Coven), Elizabeth Moss (Top of the Lake), Helen Mirren (Phil Spector)
Will & Should win: Jessica Lange
Spoiler: Elizabeth Moss

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries, Drama, Comedy Series:
Josh Charles (The Good Wife), Rob Lowe (Behind the Candelabra), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Corey Stoll (House of Cards), Jon Voight (Ray Donovan)
Will win: Aaron Paul
Should win: Corey Stoll
Spoiler: Josh Charles

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries, Drama, Comedy Series:
Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge), Janet McTeer (The White Queen), Hayden Panittiere (Nashville), Monica Potter (Parenthood), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
Will win: Sofia Vergara
Should win: Hayden Panittiere (I know that might sound crazy, but seriously, she is so good on Nashville)
Spoiler: Janet McTeer
* those two TV Supporting categories are so all over the place that truly anyone can win.

So, there ya have it. My big Globe predictions. Do you agree? Am I crazy? Let me know below and enjoy the show!
J

My Top Films and Kudos for 2013

January 9, 2014

Hey everyone,12 years

Again, sorry for the lack of posts. However, to make up for it, I promise to be better during this upcoming Awards Season. With that said, here are my top films and some kudos for the year in film 2013.

My Top 10 movies of 2013:
1. 12 Years a Slave
2. August Osage County
3. Philomena
4. Gravity
5. Dallas Buyers Club
6. Fruitvale Station
7. Blue Jasmine
8. Saving Mr. Banks
9. Captain Phillips
10. Frozen (yes, I’m kinda shocked it’s here too)

Honorable mention~ The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Enough Said, The Great Gatsby

Best Documentary: Bridegroom
runner up: 20 Feet From Stardom
Best Comedy: The Heat
runner up: Enough Said
Biggest Tear Jerker: Philomena
runner up: Saving Mr Banks
* 12 Years a Slave easily much wins the most emotional film experience of the year by a landslide as well cuz yeah, I bawled watching that one.

Best Lead Male Performance: Chewitel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Lead Female Performance: TIE~ Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) & Meryl Streep (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)august j m
runner up: Chris Cooper (August Osage County)
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyongo (12 Years a Slave)
runner up: Julia Roberts (August Osage County)
Best Ensemble: August Osage County
runner up: 12 Years a Slave
Best Performances No One is Talking About: Idris Elba & Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

Best Debut Film: Fruitvale Station
Best Song from a Movie: “Let It Go” (Frozen) sung by Idina Menzel

runner up: “Bleed for Love” (Winnie) sung by Jennifer Hudson


Best Hidden Gem: The Sapphires
Most Overrated Movie: American Hustle

Worst 5 Films I saw:
1. Stoker
2. Out of the Furnace
3. Nebraska
4. 2 Guns
5. Jack the Giant Slayer

* didn’t see all of Wolf of Wall Street yet (the showing was cancelled half way thru due to a sound issue)
** also haven’t seen Her

It’s My Big Bold Golden Globe Nomination Predictions 2012!

December 12, 2012

samantha-barks-les-misThe past week or so has been a whirlwind of activity in this year’s awards derby and tomorrow will continue that momentum with the announcement of this year’s Golden Globe nominees… Expect to see a lot of the names you’ve heard so far this season like Lincoln, Les Miserables, and Argo. However, you may see some big stars in the race as the Globes love them a star… Does that mean something as crazy as Tom Cruise (Rock of Ages) and Julia Roberts (Mirror Mirror) getting nominated for Lead Acting honors in the Musical or Comedy category? It might. I think more discerning minds will prevail, but we will see…. So, just who do I think will hear their name tomorrow morning? Check out my predictions in all the major categories (Film and Television) below and check back here tomorrow for the actual nominees!

My Big Bold 2012 Golden Globe Nomination Predictions~

FILM

Best Picture Drama:
Argo, Django Unchained, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Zero Dark Thirty
~ spoilers: The Impossible, Skyfall, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Picture Musical/Comedy:
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Les Miserables, Moonrise Kingdom, Quartet, Silver Linings Playbook
~Ted, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Best Actor Drama:
Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Anthony Hopkins (Hitchcock), John Hawkes (The Sessions), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)
~spoilers: Richard Gere (Arbitrage)

Best Actress Drama:
Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Marion Cotillard (Rust & Bone), Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Helen Mirren (Hitchcock), Naomi Watts (The Impossible)
~spoilers: Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quevanzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild)

Best Actor Musical/Comedy:
Jack Black (Bernie), Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Hugh Jackman (Les Miserables), Tommy Lee Jones (Hope Springs), Bill Murray (Hyde Park on Hudson)
~spoilers: Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Paul Rudd (This is 40), Mark Wahlberg (Ted)

Best Actress Musical/Comedy:
Judi Dench (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Meryl Streep (Hope Springs), Barbra Meryl-Streep-and-Tommy-Lee-Jones-in-Hope-SpringsStreisand (The Guilt Trip), Maggie Smith (Quartet)
~ spoilers: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Smashed), Leslie Mann (This is 40)

Best Supporting Actor:
Robert DeNiro (Silver Linings Playbook), Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained), Phillip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables)
~ spoilers: Alan Arkin (Argo), Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike), Javier Bardem (Skyfall), Ewan MacGregor (The Impossible)

Best Supporting Actress:
Samantha Barks (Les Miserables), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel)
~spoilers: Amy Adams (The Master), Nicole Kidman (The Paperboy)

Best Director:
Ben Affleck (Argo), Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty), Ang Lee (Life of Pi), Tom Hooper (Les Miserables), Steven Speilberg (Lincoln)
~Spoilers: Juan Antoino Bayona (The Impossible), David O’Russell (Silver Linings Playbook)

Best Screenplay:
Argo, Django Unchained, Lincoln, Moonrise Kingdom, Silver Linings Playbook
~spoilers: Zero Dark Thirty, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flight

TV~

Drama Series:
Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, Mad Men, The Newsroom
~spoilers: Boardwalk Empire, Smash, Scandal

Comedy Series:
Episodes, Girls, New Girl, Modern Family, The New Normal, Veep
~spoilers: Parks & Recreation, The Big Bang Theory

Actor Drama Series:
Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Damian Lewis (Homeland)
~spoilers: Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Johnny Lee Miller (Elementary)

Actress Drama Series:
Clare Danes (Homeland), Michelle Dockrey (Downton Abbey), Juliana Marguiles (The Good Wife), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Kerry Washington (Scandal)
~spoilers: Glenn Close (Damages), Connie Britton(Nashville)KERRY WASHINGTON

Actor Comedy Series:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Louie C.K. (Louie), Matt LeBlanc (Episodes), Matthew Perry (Go On), Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
~spoilers: David Duchovny (Californication), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory)

Actress Comedy Series:
Tina Fey (30 Rock), Zooey Deschanel (New Girl), Lena Dunham (Girls), Julia Louis Dreyfuss (Veep), Mindy Kailing (The Mindy Project), Amy Poehler (Parks & Recreation)
~spoilers: Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Laura Linney (The Big C)

TV Movie/Miniseries:
American Horror Story: Asylum, Game Change, Hemingway & Gelhorn, Political Animals, Sherlock
~spoilers: That Girl, Hatfields & McCoys

Actor TV Movie/Miniseries:
Kenneth Branaugh (Wallander), Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock), Kevin Costner (Hatfields & McCoys), Woody Harrelson (Game Change), Clive Owen (Hemingway & Gelhorn)
~spoilers: Toby Jones (That Girl), Bill Paxton (Hatfields & McCoys)

Actress TV Movie/Miniseries:
Nicole Kidman (Hemingway & Gelhorn), Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum), Sienna Miller (That Girl), Julianne Moore (Game Change), Sigourney Weaver (Political Animals)
~spoilers: Queen Latifah (Steel Magnolias)

Supporting Actor TV Movie/Miniseries/Drama or Comedy Series:
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Ed Harris (Game Change), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family),
~ spoilers: Sam Waterston (The Newsroom), Ty Burrell (Modern Family), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)

Supporting Actress TV Movie/Miniseries/Drama or Comedy Series:
Morena Baccarin (Homeland), Ellen Barkin (The New Normal), Ellen Burstyn (Political Animals), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family)
~spoilers: Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad), Debra Messing (Smash)

The Hunger Games are Too Much for the Titans and Julia at the Box Office

April 1, 2012

2012’s first massive smash film The Hunger Games rolled over the new competition taking in another $61 million for a huge two-week take of $251 million for the new franchise. It’s likely to hold up well throughout April til the summer blockbusters hit us the first week of May. This week Games took on the dreadful action sequel Wrath of the Titans and the family-centric comic take on the Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts as the evil queen. Both opened decently, but will have a tough time making back their big production budgets. Titans took in $34 million which was about half of what its predecessor, Clash of the Titans, opened with while Mirror made off with just $19 million… Better news came for the romantic drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen starring Ewan MacGregor and Emily Blunt which flew into the top ten in only 483 theaters and the new anti-bullying documentary Bully which had a massive $23,000 per screen average in limited release on 5 screens. (I highly recommend the latter film by the way)… For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and take a look at the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #

1 1 The Hunger Games LGF $61,100,000 -59.9% 4,137 – $14,769 $251,033,000 $78 2
2 N Wrath of the Titans WB $34,200,000 – 3,545 – $9,647 $34,200,000 $150 1
3 N Mirror Mirror Rela. $19,000,000 – 3,603 – $5,273 $19,000,000 $85 1
4 2 21 Jump Street Sony $15,000,000 -26.7% 3,148 +27 $4,765 $93,100,000 $42 3
5 3 Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Uni. $8,000,000 -39.3% 3,264 -413 $2,451 $189,600,000 $70 5
6 4 John Carter BV $2,005,000 -60.5% 2,397 -815 $836 $66,210,000 $250 4
7 16 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen CBS $1,274,000 +81.3% 483 +359 $2,638 $3,171,000 – 4
8 5 Act of Valor Rela. $1,006,000 -50.7% 1,239 -977 $812 $67,750,000 $12 6
9 6 A Thousand Words P/DW $915,000 -53.1% 1,007 -780 $909 $16,520,000 $40 4
10 10 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island WB $835,000 -38.5% 908 -432 $920 $98,480,000 $79 8

Transformers destroy Tom & Julia and the Box Office

July 5, 2011

It was a good holiday for Paramount Pictures and their wacky alien robots as Transformers: Dark of the Moon (hi, worst title ever) took in a record Independance Day gross of $116 million over four days. The film, which is a big loud ridiculous mess (I gave it a D+ grade), has now taken in a massive $181 million since Wednesday (including Tues midnight showings) and is easily on its way to become 2011’s top grosser thus far. (I think Harry Potter may have something to say about that in a couple weeks though….). Transformers is clearly a smash, but it’s running a bit behind that last film’s grosses. Nonetheless, audiences apparently enjoy mind numbing crap over boring unfunny crap as the new Tom Hanks/Julia Roberts dramedy, Larry Crowne, (I gave it a C- grade) tanked debuting in 4th place with just $15.7 million over the long weekend. It’s a sad number for two of the biggest stars from the past few decades. Hopefully their next collaboration will be a better film! Also, getting bad news was Monte Carlo, the new comedy from Selena Gomez which netted a paltry $8.7 million for 6th place… As for the rest of the top ten, Super 8 and Bridesmaids held up very well while Cars 2 and Bad Teacher fell the expected amounts. Check out the complete top ten below and for more on all the movie money grosses, head to BoxOfficeMojo here.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Transformers: Dark of the Moon P/DW $116,400,000 – 4,013 – $29,006 $181,125,000 $195 1
2 1 Cars 2 BV $32,072,000 -51.5% 4,115 – $7,794 $123,002,000 $200 2
3 2 Bad Teacher Sony $17,600,000 -44.3% 3,049 – $5,772 $63,045,000 $20 2
4 N Larry Crowne Uni. $15,742,000 – 2,973 – $5,295 $15,742,000 $30 1
5 4 Super 8 Par. $9,525,000 -20.8% 3,088 -336 $3,085 $110,061,000 $50 4
6 N Monte Carlo Fox $8,750,000 – 2,473 – $3,538 $8,750,000 $20 1
7 3 Green Lantern WB $7,985,000 -55.7% 3,280 -536 $2,434 $103,677,000 $200 3
8 5 Mr. Popper’s Penguins Fox $6,850,000 -32.5% 2,861 -481 $2,394 $51,875,000 $55 3
9 8 Bridesmaids Uni. $4,424,000 -15.9% 1,389 -642 $3,185 $153,798,000 $32.5 8
10 11 Midnight in Paris SPC $4,316,000 +3.5% 858 -93 $5,030 $34,516,000 $30 7

Julia and Tom Together Again

March 24, 2011

What happens when two of the biggest stars on the planet get together for a big summer comedy? Larry Crowne is what happens… It’s Universal’s big fourth of July release re-teaming Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts in a story about a grown man returning to college to reinvent himself after being fired from his job. The film looks funny, clever, charming and romantic and could give both stars a hit. Last time they worked together for the strong political comedy Charlie Wilson’s War, they both grabbed Golden Globe noms, and I’d bet they’re in for the same happy fate with this one. See for yourself when the film opens on July 1st and watch the new trailer below.

Larry Crowne trailer

Is Javier Bardem about to grab his 2nd Oscar?

September 3, 2010

Acclaimed actor Javier Bardem scared the bejeezus out of all of us in No Country for Old Men and grabbed an Oscar for his amazing performance in the film as well. Now, he looks like he may be grabbing a bookend Oscar for his new film Biutiful. The dramatic piece directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu (Babel, 21 Grams) tells the story of a man in free fall who senses death is on the horizon as he searches for redemption despite his tortured actions in his life while raising two daughters. It looks pretty great and he already won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in May. I have no doubt he’ll end up a contender for this year’s race alongside some other potential big names like Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine), Jim Carrey (I Love You Phillip Morris), Leonardo DiCaprio (Inception), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and James Franco (127 Hours). In fact, Bardem is pretty much amazing in anything he’s in whether it’s charming the pants of Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love, seducing Penelope Cruz (who’s now his wife!) in Vicky Christina Barcelona or breaking your heart in the tragic and tremendous The Sea Inside (hello he should’ve won an Oscar for that!) I highly recommend The Sea Inside and Before Night Falls for which he received his first Oscar nod. Take a look at the trailer below and let me know if you think Javier could grab another golden boy named Oscar.

Javier Bardem in Biutiful

The Expendables defeats the Vampires, Piranhas and Jennifer Aniston!

August 23, 2010

Sly Stallone knocked out Julia Roberts last weekend. This weekend he defeated several more foes as his comeback movie The Expendables topped the box office for a second week in a row knocking down vampires, piranhas, a nanny, Bow Wow and Jennifer Aniston, oh my! In a rather lackluster frame, Sly & co. took in another $16.5 million brining their total to a strong $ $64.8 million. Performing the best of the 5 new releases was the spoof comedy Vampires Suck which landed in second with $12.2 mill. Julia Roberts’ Eat Pray Love fell to third with while Bow Wow’s Lottery Ticket opened in fourth with a ho-hum $11.1 mill. Also grabbing middling grosses were the new horrorfest Piranha 3D with $10 mill and Jennifer Aniston’s latest bomb The Switch with $8.1 mill. The final new entry was Emma Thompson’s Nanny McPhee Returns which opened to a soft $8.3 million (just ahead of The Switch), but the film has already taken in over $65 million outside of the states. So, Universal doesn’t have to worry about that one too much. For all your box office need, head to BoxOfficeMojo.com and check out the top 10 below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 1 The Expendables LGF $16,500,000 -52.6% 3,270 – $5,046 $64,890,000 $80 2
2 N Vampires Suck Fox $12,200,000 – 3,233 – $3,774 $18,564,000 $20 1
3 2 Eat Pray Love Sony $12,000,000 -48.1% 3,082 – $3,894 $47,100,000 $60 2
4 N Lottery Ticket WB $11,125,000 – 1,973 – $5,639 $11,125,000 $17 1
5 3 The Other Guys Sony $10,100,000 -42.0% 3,472 -179 $2,909 $88,190,000 $100 3
6 N Piranha 3D W/Dim. $10,035,000 – 2,470 – $4,063 $10,035,000 $24 1
7 N Nanny McPhee Returns Uni. $8,310,000 – 2,784 – $2,985 $8,310,000 $35 1
8 N The Switch Mira. $8,100,000 – 2,012 – $4,026 $8,100,000 – 1
9 4 Inception WB $7,655,000 -32.2% 2,401 -719 $3,188 $261,848,000 $160 6
10 5 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World Uni. $5,034,000 -52.6% 2,820 +2 $1,785 $20,730,000 $60 2

Move over Sandra, Julia Roberts is ready to reclaim her Box Office Crown

July 5, 2010

Throughout the 90’s and early 00’s, Julia Roberts was the undisputed female box office leader at the movies. With 12 of her films topping $100 million, Roberts was one of the few women who could “open” movies and remains one of the biggest stars in the world. After her Oscar win for Erin Brokovich, the hits weren’t as big with only the Oceans Eleven series topping the century mark. However, earlier this year, her ensemble comedy Valentine’s Day made $110 million and, if you ask me, she’s about to have another big hit with August’s Eat Pray Love. The film based on the best-selling novel costars Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Oscar nominees Richard Jenkins and Viola Davis and the enigmatic Golden Globe winner  James Franco as it follows Roberts character on a search for identity and meaning as she travels the globe. It will easily fill the late summer adult hit movie slot like fem-centric pics The Devil Wears Prada and last year’s Julie & Julia. The later starred renewed box office titan Meryl Streep who along with Sandra Bullock has usurped Roberts status as box office queens in Hollywood. Bullock had two gigantic films last year, The Proposal ($ 161 mill) and The Blindside ($ 255 mill) and is currently Hwood’s leading female movie star. But with Eat Pray Love, I think Julia will give her a run for the title yet again. The film has romance, comedy, drama, gorgeous locations and people and a wonderful message. It’s also directed by Glee mastermind Ryan Murphy, so that can only help. Heck, I’d say Julia might even be an Oscar contender with it. But enough from me, check out the new trailer for Eat Pray Love and let me know if you think Julia will be back on top when the film opens August 13.

Eat Pray Love

Is Hilary Swank Oscar bound again?

June 18, 2010

Hilary Swank has a great track record at the Oscars. She’s 2 for 2 for her performances in Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Each time, the former 90210 star (yes she was fired after playing Steve’s girlfriend in the 90’s) was up against Annette Bening (for American Beauty and Being Julia respectively.) I say she deserved the award for Boys, but Bening should’ve won the second time around. Well, now they may be up for another battle at the Academy Awards as Swank’s new movie, Conviction (formerly titled Betty Ann Waters), has all the components of an Oscar pony. The film is a true story about a woman who defies the odds, pays her way through law school and takes on the 17 year-long case in order to prove her brother (Sam Rockwell) innocent of murder. It’s the perfect kind of strong-willed role in which Swank excels, and there’s no romance or comedy in sight to step her up. If Swank and the film live up to their hype, she could go head to head with Bening who’s receiving raves for her fantastic new film The Kids are Alright. Let’s also note that it is way too early to be predicting Oscar noms, especially when you have so many other ladies ready to battle later in the year including Robin Wright (The Conspirator), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), Helen Mirren (Love Ranch or The Tempest), Naomi Watts (Fair Game), Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Julianne Moore (also for The Kids are Alright), Julia Roberts (Eat Pray Love), Diane Lane (Secretariat) and Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole) to name just a few… I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the year turns out and whether we’ll get another Swank v. Bening showdown. In the meantime, check out the trailer for Swank’s Oscar hopeful, Conviction, below.

Conviction trailer: