SUNDAY 10:00 a.m. (Pacific): As I first reported Friday afternoon, Hollywood is filled with happy executives this weekend as both Disney and Universal have enormous hits on their hands. Pixar has again demonstrated its animation prowess with the impeccably reviewed Wall-E (Disney). With critics falling all over themselves to anoint the movie as a masterpiece (97 percent Fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes and 92 percent Positive on MetaCritic), industry estimates prove that audiences are responding in a huge way as well. Wall-E has scored a meteoric $23.1M Friday (I reported $23M Friday night), although the movie will fall short of my Friday night 3-day projection of $66M. Instead of a Saturday boost, Wall-E was a bit front-loaded, actually dipping five percent Saturday to $22M or so. Still, with a revised three-day estimate of $62.5M, the Andrew Stanton-written and directed film becomes the all-time third-biggest Pixar opening.
ALL-TIME BEST PIXAR OPENINGS
1. The Incredibles - $70.4M opening
2. Finding Nemo - $70.2M opening
3. Wall-E - $62.5M opening (estimate)
4. Monsters, Inc. - $62.5M opening
5. Cars - $60.1M opening
6. Toy Story 2 - $57.3M opening (1st weekend wide)
7. Ratatouille - $47M opening
8. A Bug's Life - $33.1M opening (1st weekend wide)
9. Toy Story - $29.1M opening
This Chaplinesque story of planet earth’s last robot is unlikely material for a summer animation blockbuster, but this is Pixar. Wall-E also marks the big screen’s return of Oscar winning writer/director Andrew Stanton, who may have artistically outdone his brilliant 2003 animated classic Finding Nemo. If the three-day number holds, Wall-E will deliver the all-time 7th-best animated opening and the all-time No. 3 opening for an original non-sequel animated film.
ALL-TIME TOP 10 ANIMATED OPENINGS
1. Shrek The Third - $121.6M
2. Shrek 2 - $108M
3. The Simpsons Movie - $74M
4. The Incredibles - $70.4M
5. Finding Nemo - $70.2M
6. Ice Age: The Meltdown - $68M
7. Wall-E - $62.5M (estimate)
8. Monsters, Inc. - $62.5M
9. Cars - $60.1M
10. Madagascar - $47.2M
There is plenty of good news to go around this weekend as Universal has scored huge with Wanted, starring Oscar winner Angelina Jolie and quickly rising actor James McAvoy. With a strong R-rating, Wanted is aimed at grown-ups, especially men, and critics have been generally very positive (74 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and 64 percent Positive on MetaCritic). This high octane Matrix-style action film from Russian director Timur Bekmambetov grabbed a spectacular $19.17M on Friday, according to Universal (I reported $18.5M Friday night), and, after scoring another $17.55M Saturday (down 8 percent), it is likely headed for $51.11M by Monday morning. That will easily give Wanted the all-time best June opening for an R-rated movie, coasting past last year’s Universal comedy Knocked Up.
ALL-TIME TOP 5 R-RATED JUNE OPENINGS
1. Wanted - $51.1M (estimate)
2. Knocked Up - $30.69M
3 The Happening - $30.51M
4. Total Recall - $25.53M
5. The Rock - $25M
Universal will be thinking ‘franchise,’ and they should be. This completely original movie will have posted the all-time seventh-best opening for an R-rated movie.
ALL-TIME BEST TOP 10 R-RATED OPENINGS
1. The Matrix Reloaded - $91.77M
2. The Passion of the Christ - $83.84M
3. 300 - $70.88M
4. Hannibal - $58M
5. 8 Mile - $51.24M
6. Matrix Revolutions - $48.47M
7. Wanted - $51.1M (estimate)
8.Troy - $46.86M
9. American Pie II - $45.11M
10. American Gangster - $43.56M
And for Jolie, Wanted marks her best live action opening since 2006’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and it will likely be her all-time second-best opening.
ALL-TIME TOP 10 LIVE-ACTION ANGELINA JOLIE OPENINGS
1. Mr. & Mrs. Smith - $50.34M
2. Wanted - $51.1M (estimate)
3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - $47.73M
4. Gone in 60 Seconds - $25.33M
5. Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - $21.78M
6. The Bone Collector - $16.71M
7. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow - $15.58M
8. Alexander - $13.68M
9. Taking Lives - $11.45M
10. The Good Shepherd - $9.91M
Warner Bros has a solid grasp on the 3rd spot for the day and the weekend with holdover Get Smart. The PG-13-rated comedy managed an estimated $20M for the weekend for a new 10-day cume of $77M.
Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks/Paramount), with plenty of competition from Disney/Pixar's little robot, is holding up pretty well. Kung Fu Panda grabbed $3.5M on Friday, and it will likely reach $11.74M for the frame. With plans for a sequel underway, the Jack Black-voiced roly poly martial arts trainee will have generated just under $180M by Monday.
Unfortunately for Marvel, Incredible Hulk (Universal) appears to have taken another steep drop. The big green guy was down 58 percent from its second weekend to $9.22M. That would bring the new Hulk's domestic cume to just over $115M, making it difficult for Incredible Hulk to match the $134M that Ang Lee's Hulk generated 5 years ago. I am projecting about $128M-$132M for Marvel's second self-financed, self-produced movie.
Finally, I am told that Paramount’s disappointing Mike Myers comedy Love Guru has slipped out of the top five with a dismal $5.44M and a new total domestic gross of just over $25.32M.
REVISED THREE-DAY ESTIMATES
1. NEW! Wall-E (Disney) - $62.5M, $15,656 PTA, $62.5M cume
2. NEW! Wanted (Universal) - $51.1M, $16,100 PTA, $51.1M cume
3. Get Smart (Warner Bros) - $20M, $5,109 PTA, $77.2M cume
4. Kung Fu Panda (Dreamworks/Paramount) - $11.7M, $3,201 PTA, $179.3M cume
5. Incredible Hulk (Universal) - $9.2M, $2,755 PTA, $115.5M cume
6. Love Guru (Paramount) - $5.4M, $21,806 PTA, $25.3M cume
7. Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (Paramount) - $5M, $1,968 PTA, $299.9M cume
8.The Happening (Fox) - $3.8M, $1,551 PTA, $69M cume
9. Sex and the City (Sony) - $3.7M, $2,148 PTA, $140.1M cume
10. You Don't Mess With The Zohan (Sony) - $3.2M, $1,490 PTA, $91.2M cume
It was all about that jazz at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles tonight, as the Screen Actors Guild handed out its top honors in its annual ceremony. Miramax's musical spectacular Chicago emerged as the big winner, snagging the best cast performance award.
The musical's Renee Zellweger won best actress honors for her kewpie-doll murderess Roxie Hart, and Catherine Zeta-Jones was named best supporting actress for her vixen Velma Kelly. The very pregnant Zeta-Jones made it up to the podium and declared, "If I wasn't pregnant, I'd do it all over again!"
Of course, Zeta-Jones' chances may have been further enhanced by the absence of Meryl Streep's name on the list. In a rather embarrassing snafu, Sony Pictures submitted her name to SAG in the best actress category for her role in Adaptation rather than in the supporting category. Since Paramount Pictures had also submitted Streep's performance in The Hours for best actress honors, many felt the two cancelled one another out and cost her any nomination at all.
Streep still got honors from several of the winners, however, including Edie Falco, who won best actress in a drama series for her work in The Sopranos. As she came on stage, she took a deep breath, saying, "I just locked eyes with Meryl Streep--I need to collect myself for a moment."
Another admirer was Will & Grace's Megan Mullally, who, after winning the award for best actress in a comedy series, quipped "I am so busted! I was trying to tell Meryl Streep that I love her and I tripped on the stairs!"
Other film winners included Daniel Day-Lewis, who picked up the award for best actor for his performance as Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New York, and Christopher Walken, who won the award for best supporting actor for his turn as Frank Abagnale Sr. in Catch Me If You Can. The slightly disoriented Walken seemed a little surprised at his win, but joked, "We are all family and I hope we all work together--soon."
The evening's best acceptance speeches, however, belonged to the winners in the television categories, including James Gandolfini, who took home the best actor in drama award for his mob boss on The Sopranos. The burly actor, looking even more menacing with a full beard, made light of his recent contractual woes with HBO. "It's a great place to work!…Enjoy it while it's happening 'cause it can get weird later on," referring to the recent lawsuit he has filed against the cable channel for breach of contract.
The cast of Everybody Loves Raymond had a few things to say about Gandolfini's troubles as well. As they headed up on stage after winning the best TV comedy series ensemble, Ray Romano handed the mike over to co-star Brad Garrett, claiming "[Brad] never gets enough lines." Without missing a beat, Garrett admitted, "This is an exciting time for me because I'm going to be auditioning for the lead in The Sopranos next week." Then turning to his co-stars, he nervously asked, "Is [Gandolfini] laughing?…This is why they never let me talk."
Sean Hayes, who won for best actor in a comedy series for Will & Grace, hammed it up. "I'm completely shocked. I have nothing prepared. But now I can get these," lifting up his shirt to show markings for plastic surgery on his stomach. "They said I'd have six-packs in no time." All joking aside, Hayes got a little emotional, thanking his co-stars. "I wasn't that long ago I couldn't pay my rent. And now I can pay all of you guys' rent. Thank you."
Other television wins included HBO's Six Feet Under for best TV drama series ensemble,
William H. Macy for best actor in a TV movie/miniseries for TNT's Door to Door and Stockard Channing for best actress in a TV movie/miniseries for The Matthew Shepherd Story.
Tough guy Clint Eastwood received SAG's lifetime achievement award and was introduced by Romano, who freely admitted he thought it was a little odd that he was chosen as the person to introduce Eastwood, even though they "went way back."
Here's the complete list of nominees and winners:
Adrien Brody, The Pianist
Nicolas Cage, Adaptation
Daniel Day-Lewis, Gangs of New York--Winner!
Richard Gere, Chicago
Jack Nicholson, About Schmidt
Salma Hayek, Frida
Nicole Kidman, The Hours
Diane Lane, Unfaithful
Julianne Moore, Far From Heaven
Renee Zellweger, Chicago--Winner!
Chris Cooper, Adaptation
Ed Harris, The Hours
Alfred Molina, Frida
Dennis Quaid, Far From Heaven
Christopher Walken, Catch Me If You Can--Winner!
Kathy Bates, About Schmidt
Julianne Moore, The Hours
Michelle Pfeiffer, White Oleander
Queen Latifah, Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Chicago--Winner!
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Albert Finney, The Gathering Storm, HBO
Brad Garrett, Gleason, CBS
Sean Hayes, Martin & Lewis, CBS
William H. Macy, Door to Door, TNT--Winner!
John Turturro, Monday Night Mayhem, TNT
Actress in a TV Movie or Miniseries
Kathy Bates, My Sister's Keeper, CBS
Stockard Channing, The Matthew Shepard Story, NBC--Winner!
Helen Mirren, Door to Door, TNT
Vanessa Redgrave, The Gathering Storm, HBO
Uma Thurman, Hysterical Blindness, HBO
Actor in a Drama Series
Michael Chiklis, The Shield, FX
James Gandolfini, The Sopranos, HBO--Winner!
Martin Sheen, The West Wing, NBC
Kiefer Sutherland, 24, Fox
Treat Williams, Everwood, WB
Actress in a Drama Series
Lorraine Bracco, The Sopranos, HBO
Amy Brenneman, Judging Amy, CBS
Edie Falco, The Sopranos, HBO--Winner!
Allison Janney, The West Wing, NBC
Lily Tomlin, The West Wing, NBC
Actor in a Comedy Series
Sean Hayes, Will & Grace, NBC--Winner!
Matt LeBlanc, Friends, NBC
Bernie Mac, The Bernie Mac Show, Fox
Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Tony Shalhoub, Monk, USA
Actress in a Comedy Series
Jennifer Aniston, Friends, NBC
Kim Cattrall, Sex and the City, HBO
Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS
Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle, Fox
Megan Mullally, Will & Grace, NBC--Winner!
Ensemble in a Drama Series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS
Six Feet Under, HBO--Winner!
The Sopranos, HBO
The West Wing, NBC
Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS--Winner!
Sex and the City, HBO
Will & Grace, NBC
Cybill Shepherd, actress, model, spokeswoman, is giving new meaning to the term "tell-all." In her new Jerry Springer-style confessional, "Cybill Disobedience: How I Survived Beauty Pageants, Elvis, Sex, Bruce Willis, Lies, Marriage, Motherhood, Hollywood and the Irrepressible Urge to Say What I Think" (in stores today), the outspoken actress/model lives up (or down) to her rep.
To save inquiring readers the time of sifting through the tome's 294 pages, we've poured over the manuscript ourselves and highlighted the more lubricious moments below for quick reference and easy access. (Indexed by their corresponding page numbers, but of course):
Pgs. 43-44: Scene of deflowering with a Mick Jagger lookalike mop top named Mike at the nubile age of 15. Writes Shepherd of the experience: "I felt oddly detached from my first time, as if it were more a rite of initiation to be crossed off a list than a sexual epiphany." Scale of raciness: Low. Neither her age nor her subsequent disappointment in her first sexual experience constitutes any kind of revelatory surprise in this day.
Pgs. 47-48: A short (and essentially platonic) fling with upstanding Ivy Leaguer Joseph Graham Davis. Nicknamed Gray, the-then Columbia law student would go on to become the sitting governor of California, known as Gray Davis. Scale of raciness: High. Even though they never "did it," bedroom tales that involve a political figure still make for some jaw-dropping stuff. We put a call into Davis' office for comment, but they never got back to us. An oversight, we're sure.
Pgs. 49-50: A tepid account of two other trysts with college-age maletypes who were not and have never been famous or powerful. Scale of raciness: Low. Be warned, dear readers, this is the last sex-related entry until the fabled Bogdanovich affair some 30 pages later.
Pgs. 85-102: The aforementioned illicit affair with her "The Last Picture Show" mentor Peter Bogdanovich that began on, and outlasted, the film's shoot. Writes Shepherd of their first meeting: "The immediate attraction was so strong, I was flummoxed." Scale of raciness: Low. Despite the expository nature of the biography, this liaison is remembered with an exactitude and completeness that's strangely devoid of sexual details.
Pgs. 108-109: A rendezvous in 1972 with a pill-popping Elvis in his Graceland mansion where instead of "Love Me Tender," cunnilingus (yowza!) and an act of fellatio (hello!) were performed. Scale of raciness: High. Besides the innate humor in this whole scene, the incident also holds a mirror up to the somewhat sexist, peanut-butter-sandwich-chunking, drugged-up eccentric that the rock icon had become shortly before his death.
Pgs. 185-186: In the early 1980s, Shepherd came out of a post-divorce slump and had her first meaningful fling with "The Last Picture Show" co-writer and longtime friend Larry McMurtry. "Our friendship never faltered because we became sexual or because we stopped," writes Shepherd. Scale of raciness: Low. Frankly, not dramatic or titillating enough. And, anyway, does anyone even know (or care) who Larry McMurtry is? Pgs. 194-197: A menage-a-trois with two stuntmen subsequently known as "The Cybill Sandwich." This encounter is memorialized with an entire chapter -- dubbed, yes, "The Cybill Sandwich" -- and featuring excerpts such as: "'The Cybill Sandwich' turned out to be a positive sexual experience." Scale of raciness: Middling. Time's a changing -- a threesome just doesn't get the kind of head-shaking gasps that it used to.
Pgs. 203-204: The unconsummated sexual tension between her and co-star Bruce Willis on the set of "Moonlighting." Shepherd expounds, "[Bruce and I] never did finish what we started in private, but anytime we had a kissing scene, he stuck a big camel tongue halfway down my throat." Scale of raciness: Low. It would be infinitely more interesting if the Bruce Willis she was flirting with was the post-"Die Hard," Demi Moore-married mega-movie star.
Pgs. 214-215: A five-minute quickie with yet another one of her co-stars, this time Don Johnson, from the television movie "The Long Hot Summer." Scale of raciness: Middling. Yawn. The novelty is definitely wearing thin. We're just thankful that this is basically Shepherd's last conquest of the book. Besides, is it still news when somebody sleeps with Don Johnson?