Thor Weekend Box Office Expected to Pound the Competition

Thor, the Marvel Studios movie take on the mythical god and comic book superhero staring Chris Hemsworth, is expected to pound the competition with its weekend box office take. Although Thor will probably not make it to the $86.2 million take from the debut of Fast Five last weekend, predictions are that it will bring home up to $70 million for Marvel Studios from the weekend box office.

Chris Hemsworth & Natalie Portman in 'Thor' - Marvel Studios

Of course, Thor does not have a lot of strong competition over the weekend besides Fast Five, now in its second week. The only two relatively large releases are both wedding comedies — Something Borrowed and Jumping the Broom. Neither is really likely to appeal that much to that big guy demographic. They are probably THRILLED to have an excuse to see Thor instead of having their girlfriends drag them to one of those sappy chick-flicks.

So far, Thor reviews have been decent on the whole, which is actually pretty high praise for a superhero movie. Still, it’s not exactly rocket science and it does also star Natalie Portman, who is one of Hollywood’s most wanted woman these days. Black Swan to No Strings Attached to  Thor, that girl certainly does pick the oddest movies…

Thor will undoubtably take the top spot at the weekend box office, followed by Fast Five at somewhere around $35 to $40 million. Something Borrowed and Jumping the Broom will battle it out, but we’re giving a slight edge to Something Borrowed. The G-Rated Rio will likely take the number five spot with its strong draw for the family with small kids crowd.

Anna Paquin and Kristen Bell Will Scream 4 You

True Blood star Anna Paquin and Veronica Mars star Kristen Bell have both signed on for cameo roles in Wes Craven‘s upcoming Scream 4 horror sequel. The Scream film franchise is well known for placing big name stars in cameo roles. Drew Barrymore, for example was gruesomely murdered at the beginning of the original Scream movie.

Anna Paquin on TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
Anna Paquin on TRUE BLOOD (HBO)

Scream 4 is currently filming in Michigan and is scheduled to be released in theaters next April. Scream franchise alumni Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and David Arquette are also on board for the film, along with newcomers Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere and Adam Brody.

We just can’t wait to see what Wes Craven does to our beloved Sookie Stackhouse in Scream 4. We’d especially love it if she turns out to somehow be on the evil side of things, instead of a hapless victim. Although we do know from True Blood that Anna Paquin does pack a wallop of a scream in that tiny body!

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The Other Guys a Nightmare for Inception at Weekend Box Office

The Other Guys put a sleeper hold on Inception at the weekend box office, knocking the dreamy thriller out of first place after a three week run at the top.

Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in THE OTHER GUYS
Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell in THE OTHER GUYS

The Other Guys, starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, opened this weekend with an estimated $35.6 million in ticket sales. Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, fell to second place with $18.6 million with a total of $227.7 million earned so far in the U.S. and Canada.

Rounding out the top five at the weekend box office were Step Up 3D with $15.5 million, Angelina Jolie‘s Salt with $11.1 million and Dinner for Schmucks at $10.5 million.

Inception still remained the number one box office film abroad over the weekend, bringing the film’s international earnings to an estimated $250 million so far.

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Oscar-Winning Actress Patricia Neal Dead at 84

Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal, 84, died Sunday at her home in Edgartown, Massachusetts. Neal received a Best Actress Academy Award in 1964 for her role as housekeeper Alma in Hud opposite Paul Newman. She was also nominated for an Oscar in 1968 for The Subject was Roses, but lost out to co-winners Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand.

Patricial Neal in THE FOUNTAINHEAD
Patricial Neal in THE FOUNTAINHEAD

Patricia Neal began her film career in 1949 at the age of 21 starring with Ronald Reagan in John Loves Mary. She starred in such films as The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Fountainhead.

Neal suffered a series of strokes in 1965, a year after winning the Best Actress Oscar for Hud. She was left paralyzed and unable to speak, but eventually recovered enough to return to the silver screen.

Her role in The Fountainhead was the beginning of a three year romance for Neal with co-star Gary Cooper. Cooper was married at the time and refused to leave his wife. Neal revealed later in a 1988 memoir that she became pregnant with his child and had an abortion.

Neal later married Charlie and the Chocolate Factory author Roald Dahl, with whom she had five children. They divorced after 30 years of marriage in 1983.

Although an official cause of death was not given, Neal was reportedly suffering from lung cancer when she died, according to People.

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‘The Blind Side’ Creeps Up on ‘New Moon’ in Weekend Box Office

Twilight: New Moon scored number one at the box office again this weekend, but faced stiff competition from the Sandra Bullock starring feel-good film The Blind Side. New Moon continued its box office domination over the weekend, coming in first with $42.5 million in ticket sales. The real story, however, was the meteoric rise of Warner Bros. The Blind Side.

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The story of a Southern woman who adopts a homeless youth and supports him pursuing his athletic dreams was a major hit at the box office, raking in $40.1 million. Just a few million more and The Blind Side would have pulled off a major coup at the box office.

The end of the world disaster film 2012 rounded out the top three films, with Old Dogs and A Christmas Carol finishing off the top three. The much hyped action flick Ninja Assassin failed to even break the top five, recouping only $13.1 million of the film’s $40 million budget so far.

The question is, can New Moon hold on for yet another week in the number one spot? Should be interesting to see how next week’s list pans out.

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Swiss Say Hell No to Releasing Roman Polanski on Bail

Roman Polanski will just have to enjoy the cold concrete of a Swiss jail a bit longer. On Tuesday, the Swiss Justice Ministry denied an appeal from Polanski to be released on bail pending extradition to the U.S.

Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski

Ministry spokesman Folco Galli said there was too high a risk Roman Polanski would flee Switzerland if he is released from custody. Considering he’s basically been running from the law for 30 years, we’re thinking that’s a pretty wise decision.

Polanski pleaded guilty in 1977 to having “unlawful sex with a minor” after drugging and sexually assaulting then 13-year-old Samantha Geimer. Before sentencing, Polanksi fled from the U.S. to escape possible jail time for his crime. The Oscar-winning director was arrested on Sept 26 at the Zurich airport on his way to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Zurich Film Festival.

Polanski is continuing to appeal for his release and fighting extradition to the U.S. Over 100 celebrities and film industry workers from around the world have signed a petition in support of Polanksi’s plea for freedom.

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Fifth Twilight Film in the Works?

Despite a titillating announcement by new Twilight cast member Boo Boo Stewart that a fifth Twilight film is in the works, fans shouldn’t hold their breath.

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Boo Boo Stewart (no relation to Kristin Stewart) told Access Hollywood he had been signed on to do three Twilight films as teenage werewolf Seth Clearwater. If you count Eclipse and Breaking Dawn as two… well, that would imply either the final Twilight book would be split in two, or a totally new film is planned.

booboostewart1Unfortunately, according to RadarOnline.com, Boo Boo Stewart may just be confused. Unidentified sources reportedly told the site “it is absolutely not true” a fifth Twilight film is forthcoming at this time.

Twilight author Stephanie Meyer has reportedly expressed interest in having the final book, Breaking Dawn, split into two films – along the lines of what’s being done with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So you never know, Boo Boo might just have a bit of clairvoyance in addition to his newly found werewolf skills.