Samantha Bee gained international recognition for her recurring role as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" (1996-), baring the distinction of being the first "Daily Show" corresponde...
Dreamworks has its most successful animated non-sequel ever with Kung Fu Panda (Paramount). The newest movie from Jeffrey Katzenberg's animation house surged 17 percent on Saturday for a $23.4M second day. With a standard 25 percent drop on Sunday, Panda will finish the frame with a better-than-expected $60.95M.
Although the new movie, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu and David Cross, has fallen short of the all-time animated non-sequel openings of The Incredibles ($70.46M), Finding Nemo ($70.25M) and Monsters, Inc. ($62.57M), it will likely be No. 4 in this elite class, finishing just in front of Pixar's Cars.
ALL-TIME TOP 10 OPENINGS FOR DREAMWORKS ANIMATION
1. Shrek The Third: $121.6M
2. Shrek 2: $108M
3. Kung Fu Panda: $60M (estimated)
4. Shark Tale: $47.6M
5. Madagascar: $47.2M
6. Shrek: $42.3M
7. Over the Hedge: $38.5M
8. Bee Movie: $38M
9. Chicken Run: $17.5M
10. Antz: $17.1M
You Don't Mess with the Zohan (Sony) has proven to be a bit front-loaded, dipping three percent from opening day. That spells a $14.4M Saturday for the world's best known post-Zionist hairdresser, and the movie appears to have finished right at $40M for the weekend. This is slightly better-than-expected, and Zohan ranks as one of Adam Sandler's top five openings.
All-Time Best Adam Sandler Openings
1. The Longest Yard: $47.6M
2. You Don't Mess With The Zohan: $40M (estimate)
3. Anger Management: $42.2M
4. Big Daddy: $41.5M
5. Click: $40M
6. 50 First Dates: $39.8M
7. The Waterboy: $39.4M
8. Mr. Deeds: $37.1M
9. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry: $34.2M
10. The Wedding Singer: $18.8M
Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull (Paramount) got a nice 51 percent bump on Saturday, continuing to play as a flat-out family film. Saturday's haul will be an estimated $9.87M, and Crystal Skull should wrap the weekend with $22.83M or so.
Meanwhile, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte had a decent Saturday with a 11 percent increase from Friday's $7.3M. Sex and the City (Warner Bros) scored an estimated $8.1M Saturday, and it will likely finish its second weekend with $21.07M and a new cume about $1M shy of $100M.
The Strangers (Rogue), proving there is still room in the marketplace for a well-crafted R-rated thriller movie, scared up $3.53M on Saturday, and its second weekend will finish at about $8.78M. The low budget Liv Tyler-Scott Speedman genre pic will have a $37.14M cume by Monday morning.
Iron Man (Paramount) is proving very durable with another $3.24M Saturday and a likely $7.44M weekend. The film will have a new cume of $288.81M, and, at the moment, it appears that both Marvel's Robert Downey Jr. superhero debut and the new Indiana Jones are both headed for $310M in domestic box office.
Iron Man, Indiana Jones 4 and Kung Fu Panda will ultimately make Paramount the first studio ever to release $200M grossing movies back-to-back-to-back. Also, Kung Fu Panda will likely enable Paramount to pass $1 billion in domestic box office on or about June 20. That will be the fastest-ever for a Hollywood studio to reach the billion mark in a calendar year, 19 days sooner than the record set by Paramount last year.
REVISED THREE-DAY ESTIMATES
1. Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks): $60.95 million; $14,815 PTA; $60.95 million cume
2. You Don't Mess with the Zohan (Sony): $40 million; $11,571 PTA; $40 million cume
3. Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount): $22.83 million; $5,450 PTA; $253 million cume
4. Sex and the City (Warner Bros.): $21.07 million; $6,338 PTA; $99.06 million cume
5. The Strangers (Rogue Releasing): $8.78 million; $3,549 PTA; $37.14 million cume
6. Iron Man (Paramount): $7.44 million; $2,539 PTA; $288.81 million cume
7. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (Disney): $5.54 million; $1,809 PTA; $125.86 million cume
8. What Happens in Vegas (20th Century Fox): $3.35 million; $1,418 PTA; $72.18 million cume
9. Made of Honor (Sony): $790,000; $1,068 PTA; $44.67 million cume
10. Baby Mama (Universal): $787,000; $855 PTA; $57.91 million cume
Hollywood supercouple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones are getting ready for their court appearance in London later this month to testify in a court case over the use of their wedding photos, Reuters reports. The couple wed in a lavish ceremony at New York's Plaza Hotel in November 2000 and sold exclusive rights to the wedding pictures to Brit celeb mag OK! for one million pounds ($1.6 million). But rival mag Hello! beat them to the punch by publishing its own secretly taken photos of the ceremony. Douglas and Zeta-Jones claim Hello! invaded their privacy and confidentiality and caused distress because of the images' poor quality. Hello!, meanwhile, denies the allegations and claims it was offered the pics on the open market and was entitled to publish them. Zeta-Jones, 33, and Douglas, 58, are expected to appear in person for the full hearing on January 27.
About 200 people paid tribute Wednesday to Bee Gee member Maurice Gibb, who died Sunday at the age of 53. Maurice's twin brother, Robin, widow Yvonne and children Adam and Samantha were among the mourners at the private funeral at Riverside Funeral Chapel in Miami Beach, Fla., Reuters reports. Older brother Barry, 55, arrived an hour after the services with longtime family friend Michael Jackson, entered the chapel to pay their respects in private, and emerged about 15 minutes later. A family spokesman said that Barry was too distraught to attend the funeral.
Speaking of the pop oddity, The Associated Press reports that Michael Jackson is house shopping in South Florida and recently toured a 17,000-square-foot beachfront mansion on the market for $45 million. Nadine House, the real estate agent who represents the mansion's owners, said Jackson, with six bodyguards, arrived two hours late and seemed more interested in relaxing on the couch and watching a show about the Academy Awards than discussing a deal. The singer decided against the luxury dwelling and is expected to decide whether to buy a home in the area within the next few months.
A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of R&B singer Bobby Brown after he failed to appear in court Monday, AP reports. Brown's attorney says the singer will turn himself in Friday. Brown was due in court to face six-year-old charges of driving under the influence and other driving charges in Decatur, Georgia. The charges surfaced when Brown was arrested in Atlanta last November on charges of marijuana possession, speeding and having no driver's license or proof of insurance.
Mel Brooks, who has won virtually every show business award including an Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony, will publish his memoirs in 2004. According to AP, the book will be an "anecdotal memoir" of Brooks' five decades in the biz. "I have always been a huge admirer of my own work," Brooks, 76, said in a statement Wednesday. "I'm one of the funniest and most entertaining writers I know."
Gwyneth Paltrow, who starred in London's West End production of Proof last year, was nominated Thursday for one of Britain's top theater awards, Reuters reports. Paltrow faces stiff competition for best actress at the Laurence Olivier awards from Emily Watson, who was praised for her performance in Uncle Vanya. The awards will be presented in London next month.
HBO will provide the majority of the financing for the documentary on Deep Throat, the 1972 porn classic starring Linda Lovelace, for Imagine Entertainment, Variety reports. It's the first time the cable network has funded a documentary meant for theatrical distribution. HBO executive VP of original programming Sheila Nevins said Imagine co-chairman Brian Grazer "certainly didn't need to be doing a documentary, but we were so impressed by his passion." Grazer produced last year's Oscar-winner A Beautiful Mind starring Russell Crowe.
The WB TV network plans to revive The Gong Show, the 1970s television game show that featured amateur talent. A WB spokeswoman told Reuters the new show is close to signing a host and is looking for producers. The series has drawn renewed interest since the release of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which chronicles the life of Gong Show creator and host Chuck Barris.
Samantha Bee gained international recognition for her recurring role as a correspondent on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" (1996-), baring the distinction of being the first "Daily Show" correspondent of foreign citizenship. She was also featured in numerous films and TV series, most notably Woody Allen's "Whatever Works" (2008) and Jonathan Ames' HBO comic crime series "Bored To Death" (2009-2011). Bee also held another unique Daily Show distinction: she was the only correspondent on the program to be married to another correspondent, Jason Jones.<p>Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Bee was interested in pursuing drama from an early age; she traveled to Montreal to study theater at Canada's prestigious McGill University, and upon returning to Toronto after college, joined a succession of sketch comedy troupes, including Catch 21 and The Atomic Fireballs. While performing in The Atomic Fireballs, she managed to get on the radar of "The Daily Show" producers, who are always looking for fresh comedic talent to bring onto the program, and surely aware that Canada turns out an astonishingly high rate of comedians per capita.<p>Bee began her tenure with "The Daily Show" in 2003, and in her time with the series, explored numerous quirky and eccentric topics, such as the lack of Asian male stars in the porn industry (who knew?), the quizzical case of fossil fuel producers and distributors who claim to be environmentalists and the enervating reality of undecided voters in American presidential elections. Bee's style was characterized by her underhanded, subtle wit, which enabled her to mock interview subjects openly and directly without those subjects understanding that they were the target of her ridicule. (It probably didn't hurt that plenty of those interview subjects weren't exactly the sharpest thumbtacks in the box.)<p>However, Bee was not only confined to in-the-field segments; she often contributed to the program from inside the studios of "The Daily Show." In one recurring segment called "So You Want To Bee A " she informed host Jon Stewart of "easy" ways to get certain jobs, but with a mocking exaggeration, indicating that getting those jobs was hardly as easy as indicated. Bee also made a habit of playing off of her husband, correspondent Jason Jones, in various segments, oftentimes taking advantage of their marital status to poke fun at the institution of marriage, as they did when they interviewed gay newlyweds who had just been married in New York. While the legalization of gay marriage was certainly cause to celebrate for New Yorkers, Bee and Jones were able to hilariously point out all the frustrating aspects of life those married couples will now have to contend with. Bee also incorporated her personal life into her comedy on the program by featuring her pregnancy in various segments -- she had three children with Jones, all of which were born during her time at "The Daily Show."<p>Her noteworthy performances were not confined to that news satire, however. She featured in a recurring role on the HBO series "Bored To Death" as Renee, a lesbian who, along with her partner, steals Zach Galifianakis' sperm in order to have a baby. The role enabled Bee to expand upon the snarky, sarcastic persona she created for herself on "The Daily Show." Ironically, her next high-profile TV role enabled Bee to double back on her correspondent role on "The Daily Show;" in The Movie Network's series "Good God," Bee played Shandy Sommers, a conservative news anchor at an ultra-conservative news network.
"Sex with my first boyfriend was a little bit like learning how to put in a tampon, but only half as enjoyable!" -- from Bee's book I Know I Am, But What Are You?
"I was playing with my dollies at the time -- getting them ready for bed, putting their hair in pin curls -- when [my mother] tossed [a book] at me. It was this little red book. It wasn't a scientific book. It was just a book that described every sex act imaginable. And I was an avid reader so I opened up the book and I started reading and man, I had questions." -- from NPR, June 2, 2010
"It's really nice that they hired Jason because that makes it a lot easier on me because we have adult time together. Being at work is kind of like being on a date minus the S-E-X." -- from NPR, June 2, 2010
"I've spoken to a lot of lapsed Catholics since I wrote the book and we all had a crush on Jesus. I mean, he was really designed that way for young girls to find him sexy and attractive. ... I can instantly recall the guy who played Jesus in Jesus of Nazareth -- I mean, that was a really important part of it for me. I wouldn't have been interested in it at all if he hadn't had dazzling blue eyes and wonderful silky hair. I mean, would any of us?" -- from NPR, June 2, 2010
"The people I really feel sorry for are all the writers out there who wrote these outrageous comedic romps about a grossly unqualified person who goes on to become a Vice Presidential candidate in a hotly contested presidential race. With hilarious results. They must be so bummed." -- from The Onion A/V Club, Oct. 21, 2008