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    ‘Immortals’ slices up the box office, ‘Jack and Jill’ cash in, too

    Posted: 12 Nov 2011 04:34 AM PST

    “Immortals” opened midnight Thursday and all day Friday like an old fashioned (2010) 3D blockbuster, selling enough tickets to promise a $36 million weekend at the box office.

    Maybe it was curiosity, fans wanting to check out the new Superman (Henry Cavill). Maybe it was pent up 3D demand after all those 3D movies people have spent this year skipping (the 3D in the thing is good, not spectacular). Or maybe it was Mickey Rourke’s bad-guy selling power. But $36 million is almost twice what early predictions were that it would do. It could cool off Saturday and Sunday, and as reviews weren’t good (not awful, either), we’ll see.

    The take-away from this? Henry Cavill is now a movie star.

    “Jack and Jill” took a critical beating and is still going to better “Tower Heist,” pulling in another $27-30 million for Adam Sandler & Co.

    “J. Edgar,” the one film that could benefit from good reviews and that didn’t get them, pulled in enough biz Friday to hint at a $13.5 million weekend.

    That puts it just behind the second weekend of “Tower Heist”($14 million or so).  Apparently, it would have made more sense to cast Adam Sandler in the Ben Stiller role in that one.

    “Puss in Boots” will clear $100 million this weekend, thanks to another $25-27 million in business.

    “Paranormal Activity 3″ will also clear $100 million, while “In Time” and “Harold & Kumar” are taking a dive.

    Sorvino comes to town to film ‘Numba One,’ a ‘mob-themed romantic comedy’

    Posted: 11 Nov 2011 01:03 PM PST

    Next week, acclaimed character actors Paul Sorvino “(Oh God,” “Goodfellas”) and Federico Castelluccio (“The Sopranos”) will come to town to shoot the trailer for the upcoming romantic comedy, “Numba One,” which is slated to film in Orlando in February.

    Orlando-based writer-director Michael Attardi will be filming in Windermere, at an office park on Sand Lake Rd. and a doing some outdoor shooting at Lake Buena Vista, according to the production company. Attardi wrote, produced and directed the animated short “Once Upon a Christmas Village,” and got James Belushi and Tim Curry to do voice work for the film.
    Others in the “Numba One” cast include Jordan Ladd (“Grindhouse,” “Hostel: Part II:) and Peter Greene (“Pulp Fiction,” “The Cooler”), Arthur Nascarella and Christopher Backus.
    Backus was just in Orlando and environs filming “My Fair Lidy,” the drag show comedy. He is Sorvino’s son-in-law (He’s married to Mira Sorvino), which counts for something, right?

    ” This romantic-comedy of missing identity, insurance fraud and accidental deaths, set in a modern day New York/Miami mob environment, is a fast-paced tale of an insurance salesman getting accidentally caught up in the world of the mob…with a friendly nod to ‘Get Shorty’ and ‘Analyze This.’”

    Shooting a trailer is often a way filmmakers pull together something that will show studios, distributors and potential investors what they’re planning and what its potential might be.

    Having producers who include David Brookwell and Sean McNamara, who produced the spring’s sleeper hit, “Soul Surfer,” gives this project credibility, right off the bat. MCNamara also co-wrote and directed “Soul Surfer.”

    But hey, it’s a “romantic comedy.” I don’t see any female leads in the cast list. Might Mira be available? Keeping it in the family, as the wiseguys say?

    Movie Preview: Snow White and the Huntsman

    Posted: 11 Nov 2011 09:15 AM PST

    Here’s the first trailer to the Charlize Theron/Kristen Stewart/Chris Hemsworth version of the Snow White tale.

    And truthfully, it looks pretty good. It’s still “only” a fairytale, but the dark tone and stunning visuals, the scope of it, is striking to look at and biting and edgy.

    Could it be the one that works? Can’t imagine that both “Mirror Mirror,” directed by “Immortals” master Tarsem Singh and opening in March, and “Snow White and the Huntsman” (June 1) will both be worth seeing, but we’ll know soon enough.

    Today’s interview: Potter director David Yates

    Posted: 11 Nov 2011 06:48 AM PST

    He took the reigns for the last four of the Harry Potter pictures, putting his imprint on the series as it wrapped up.

    I first became aware of the work of David Yates through the British mini-series version of “State of Play,” a superior political thriller with — like the Potter films — an all-star cast.

    He’s in town this weekend for BluRay./DVD release celebrations. Anything you’d care to have me ask him? I’m looking for ideas. Comment below.

    Harry Potter actors appear at an Orlando WalMart tonight

    Posted: 11 Nov 2011 06:29 AM PST

    A number of members of the cast of the Harry Potter films, from Rupert Grint to Warwick Davis, Jason Isaacs and the guys who play the Weasley Twins as well as Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), taking part in a Wizarding World of Harry Potter celebration of the release of the final DVD/BluRay from the series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” That hits video stores today.

    Their big even is Saturday night at the Wizarding World, but Friday night — tonight — some of them are visiting a WalMart near the Universal Studios-Orlando theme park to sign copies of the video. Buy a BluRay or DVD, get them to sign it.

    Not sure who’ll show up at the store (Daniel Radcliffe isn’t in town this time), but here are details –

    When: 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, 2011,

    WHERE: Walmart

    8998 Turkey Lake Road

    Orlando, Fla.

    Movie Preview: Safe

    Posted: 11 Nov 2011 05:25 AM PST

    Jason Statham saves the children. This spring. In “Safe.”

    Actually, it’s one child, a ltitle girl with a gift for remembering numbers. Hunted by the mob(s), the crooked cops. Defended by The Transporter himself.

    This is a seriously kick-arse trailer for an action picture. Seems tailor made for Statham, like “Killer Elite” and a lot of other B-movies he’s made in recent years. Boaz Yakin “(Remember the Titans,” “Fresh”) directed and wrote “Safe.”