With Christmas less than a week away, it's time to get pumped and anticipate all that is to come -- a delicious feast, holiday carols, office parties (free food!), family bonding, and presents galore! There's a reason it's called the most wonderful time of the year and personally I can't wait any longer to get the festivities in motion. So in the spirit of the gift-giving season, the editors of Hollywood.com thought it would be fun to decide what our favorite celebrities should get each other for Christmas. And with their insanely hectic schedules, I'm sure they'll be grateful for our help.
Gwyneth Paltrow Should Give Martha Stewart Her Cook Book
When she’s not acting, Gwyneth Paltrow spends her time writing on her website, GOOP, which gives us strict instructions on what to “make,” “go,” “get,” “do,” “be” and “see.” It guides us and teaches us how we can live more luxurious lifestyles, and Paltrow writes her newsletters under the impression she’s doing the world a big nice favor by helping everyone experience life the way she does. However, at times it seems like she doesn’t realize how few of us actually care which kind of cashmere is the best kind (and how useless a lot of her expertise really is), and so I would have Gwyneth give her new cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter,” to Martha Stewart, so Martha Stewart can take one look at it and give Gwyneth one of her infamous “are you kidding me with this?” glances and Gwyneth can realize she should relax a little bit with all the making, going, getting, doing, being and seeing. – Hannah Lawrence
Anderson Cooper Should Give Donald Trump The Giggles
Anderson Cooper made headlines this year for succumbing to uncontrollable laughter during a segment of his show on CNN. Footage of the incident immediately went viral, and the idea of someone so respected in his field suddenly losing control of himself because of a joke that HE made was completely wonderful. It brought a little bit of joy back into our lives! And so this Christmas, I would have Anderson Cooper give Donald Trump a tape of his laughing breakdown because Trump really needs to relax a bit and stop complaining about everything so much. And I suspect just one dose of Cooper laughing for a good two minutes straight will be enough for Trump to decide to lighten his daily load a bit, and go back to just telling everyone how he graduated from the Wharton School of Business when he didn’t. – Hannah Lawrence
Rob Lowe Should Give Angelina Jolie His Friendship
Not only is Rob Lowe an exceptionally handsome man, but he's also an accomplished writer. Earlier this year, the actor wrote a memoir "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," which describes the highs and lows of his personal and professional lives in a compilation of stories that he -- you guessed -- only tells his friends. It's actually a really interesting read as far as autobiographies go and something I would recommend to anyone who wants to get to know Rob a little bit better. And since Angelina Jolie recently admitted she's sort of lacking in the friends department, I would have Rob give her a copy of his book for Christmas, as a way to make her feel more closely connected to someone other than Brad. I mean, if I understand the title correctly, once you read Rob's stories, you instantly become his friend, right? And since J-Aniston lovers still think she's to blame for the downfall of Jen's marriage to Brad, I'd say she could use all the friends she can get. And what better friend to have than good old Rob! – Kelly Schremph
Charlie Sheen Should Give Justin Bieber A Goddess
Everyone will remember 2011 as the year of Charlie Sheen's epic meltdown. Sure, there's the royal wedding and that whole Kim Kardashian joke of a marriage, but nothing compares to Sheen's career-destructing tirade. So for this Christmas, I would have Mr. Sheen give Justin Bieber the one thing he once held in such high regard: a goddess. A few months ago, Bieber experienced his first-ever paternity lawsuit, making the pop singer realize just how sneaky and untrustworthy some women can be. So the goddess would be a perfect way to remind him that not all women are bad. In fact, some are loyal, constantly nurturing and even somewhat heavenly (I guess). And maybe this transaction actually happening! It would explain why Charlie was tweeting at Bieber to call him a few weeks back, causing him to accidentally post his cell number to the social media site. They were just trying to schedule the goddess drop off location. Mystery solved! – Kelly Schremph
Daniel Craig Should Give Kris Jenner a Clue
The actor was quoted railing against The Kardashian family in the January issue of GQ. He said, “I think there's a lot to be said for keeping your own counsel. You can't buy it back. You can't buy your privacy back. 'Ooh, I want to be alone. 'F**k you. We've been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta, and now you want some privacy?” Jenner responded with a publicized cry for his immediate apology. Craig would certainly give Jenner a clue (if it was possible), and explain that just because your family is famous from one amply-bottomed daughter's sex tape with Ray J, doesn't mean you are safe from completely valid opinions from people who are actually famous for a craft. –Kelsea Stahler
Jon Hamm Should Give Henry Cavill Dapper Don Draper Style Tips
Many of us had hoped that Jon Hamm would land the role as Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel, but alas Henry Cavill will don the super suit. And while Cavill has no shortage of good looks or charm, he’s still quite British and Superman is a quintessentially American hero. While those angered at Cavill’s Britishness will have to deal with it, perhaps Hamm could give Cavill a leg up on winning over any dissenters by taking a book out of his Don Draper-esque style guide. We all remember Cavill as the sexy playboy alongside Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ King Henry on The Tudors, but just imagine him waltzing onto the set of a Late Night show when Man of Steel hits theaters in 2013, promoting his latest role while looking like a modern day Don Draper. No one would be able to resist him. – Kelsea Stahler
Adele Should Give Demi Moore Her Album 21
Even though 21 debuted back in January, Adele continues to dominate 2011, picking up "Best of the Year" awards thanks to her soulful voice and collection of emotional tracks. The singer spun a bad break-up into music that people everywhere can't help but connect with—so much so, even the folks at Saturday Night Live owned up to their obsession. So what better way for Demi Moore to cope with her recent (and very public) divorce then a few uplifting jams courtesy of Adel?. Moore's never held back interacting with her fans and if there's anything the masses can relate to, it's the heartbreaking relatability of 21. – Matt Patches
RuPaul Should Give Kate Middleton Queen Advice
This year, the world fell in love with Kate Middleton, the daughter of former flight attendants who lived the real life fantasy of a Royal Wedding. While Middleton's a lovely lady with a keen fashion sense, I'd love to see her inject a little sass into the royal dealings when she becomes queen alongside her husband, Prince William. To help her out, I want RuPaul to package all the seasons of her show Drag Race into one how-to guide to school Middleton in what it takes to be a real queen. Boxing Day will never be the same. – Matt Patches
Tom Cruise Should Give Taylor Lautner the Keys to the Fighter Jet
Taylor Lautner is for all intents and purposes a young Tom Cruise. They're both handsome, always smiling, and, as far as the interviews lead us to believe, stuck somewhere between this world and one far, far away. So much does Lautner remind me of Mr. Cruise, that I think he should actually start taking the man's movie roles. Sure, he could ease into the mix by being Cruise's trainee in the next Mission: Impossible, or something like that. But I have a better idea: I think Tom should just give Lautner the keys to the fighter jet, prop the helmet on him, and call him Maverick. In other words, Tom should give Lautner his role in Top Gun. When they remake the movie...and obviously they're going to remake the movie...I think Tom should hand-write his recommendation for young Taylor Lautner to step in as the star of the film. Some might scoff at the idea, but it'd really be the next best thing to just...watching the original again. And maybe a little Robert Pattinson as Ice Man? No, no, that's going too far. – Michael Arbeiter
Hugh Jackman Should Give James Franco His Powers
In recent times, James Franco has made some unique choices in terms of what projects to take. From a role on General Hospital to teaching a class about himself, the young actor has made it very clear that he is striving to be a master of all fields, a creative visionary, the man who can do it all. But of course, this is impossible. No man on Earth has so much talent that he can excel at any task, no matter how extravagant or minuscule, no matter how commonplace or obscure. In short, nobody is perfect...except, of course, Hugh Jackman. There is literally--and I mean LITERALLY--nothing that Hugh Jackman can't do that wouldn't warrant a nationwide surge of applause immediately thereafter. And so, to the young ambitious Franco, who attempted to follow in Jackman's footsteps with a Hathaway-adjacent Awards Show hosting gig (albeit one that wasn't quite as celebrated), I implore Jackman to, at least for a little while, lend his powers away to Franco. Franco is a charming guy, and a good actor, but he longs to be so much more. You're the only one who can help him, Hugh. Just take some time off from serenading the gods, breathing life into the springtime and giving people everywhere a reason to get up in the morning. Give Franco your magical talents...just for a little while...and see how far he takes them. – Michael Arbeiter
"Hannibal" bit off much more at the box office than anyone thought it could chew, opening to a record-setting $58 million.
The R-rated thriller presented by MGM and Universal in association with Dino De Laurentiis captured first place with a head-spinning estimated $58.0 million at 3,230 theaters ($17,800 per theater).
"It is far and away the biggest R-rated opening ever -- beating $42.3 million on 'Scary Movie' (which opened via Miramax's Dimension Films last July 7-9)," MGM worldwide distribution president Larry Gleason said Sunday morning.
"It's the third biggest three days of all time. It's behind the three days of 'Lost World: Jurassic Park,' but that was a four-day weekend. That was $72 million. The next one was 'Star Wars: Episode One' (which did $64.8 million via 20th Century Fox the weekend of May 21-23, 1999). That was a three-day weekend. So we came in number two as far as three day weekends are concerned. Spectacular."
"Hannibal" also went into the record books as the biggest non-summer opening ever and as MGM's biggest opening.
Gleason pointed out that "Hannibal" is also off and running very successfully abroad. "It opened in Italy and is doing the same (terrific) business there," he said. "It's going to do about seven billion lira, which is about 8% of the U.S. (business). It's just really amazing -- almost $4 million. So the first two places, the U.S. and Italy, are opening to these record breaking numbers."
Asked where "Hannibal" could wind up domestically having opened so well, Gleason replied, "Well over $200 million. I mean, it can't do worse than that. It looks like it could do half a billion dollars worldwide."
The film's success will impact on both MGM and Universal, which is distributing it abroad. "It's a co-production. We have domestic. They have international. And it all goes into a single pot, so we split all of the profits from both places. It's a big benefit to MGM because we have domestic. Look, Universal (which supervised the film during production) gave us something good to work with. They've taken our campaign (created by MGM worldwide marketing president Gerry Rich and his team) and they're using the campaign around the world. It's a great compliment to MGM that both the foreign distributors and UIP that's distributing in the rest of the (foreign territories) are using the same campaign."
The blockbuster opening for "Hannibal" kicks off a much more active year for MGM than the studio has seen in a long time. "We're going to have almost 20 films in 2001, which is the biggest since the early '80s as far as numbers," Gleason noted.
Insiders had anticipated a $35-40 million launch for "Hannibal" with $37.5 million being the most widely circulated projection around town. The most venturesome Hollywood handicappers were whispering that, maybe, it would hit $40-45 million. If anyone was thinking $55 million-plus, they kept the thought to themselves. Clearly, MGM's marketing efforts made it this weekend's must-see movie for audiences across the country.
"Hannibal" will wind up doing significantly more box office business than its 1991 predecessor film "The Silence of the Lambs." "Lambs" grossed $130.7 million in its domestic release via Orion Pictures and did about $142 million in international theaters.
"Silence" won Oscars for best picture, director (Jonathan Demme), actor (Anthony Hopkins), actress (Jodie Foster) and adapted screenplay (Ted Tally).
Not surprisingly, "Hannibal" had the highest per-theater average for any film playing last weekend. Its estimated $58 million in ticket sales represents about 47% of the weekend's estimated $122.4 million total for key films (those grossing $500,000 or more).
Directed by Ridley Scott and produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis and Ridley Scott, "Hannibal" stars Anthony Hopkins and Julianne Moore. Its screenplay by David Mamet and Steven Zaillian is based on the novel by Thomas Harris.
Columbia and Intermedia Films' PG-13-rated romantic comedy "The Wedding Planner" fell one peg to second place in its third week with a still attractive estimated $7.8 million (-26%) at 2,726 theaters (-59 theaters; $2,861 per theater). Its cume is approximately $38.0 million.
"We had three of the top five," Sony Pictures Entertainment worldwide marketing & distribution president Jeff Blake said Sunday morning, pointing to Columbia's "Wedding" and "Saving Silverman" and Sony Pictures Classics' "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."
"'Wedding Planner' had a great hold," Blake pointed out. "It just keeps getting better. I think we'll get a Valentine's Day boost and a holiday weekend boost. This is starting to look like (it will have a domestic theatrical gross of) $60 million rather than what was already a profitable $50 million."
Directed by Adam Shankman, "Planner" stars Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.
Columbia's PG-13-rated comedy "Saving Silverman" from Village Roadshow Pictures in association with NPV Entertainment opened in third place to an okay estimated $7.4 million at 2,467 theaters ($3,000 per theater).
"'Saving Silverman' survived the onslaught (of 'Hannibal') pretty well," Sony's Blake said Sunday morning.
"It managed to do reasonably well in the face of such a huge opening. I think the long-term benefit for the picture is certainly there because hopefully we'll do close to the same next weekend with the holiday and it will certainly add up to another profitable picture for us. $22 million is what the picture cost, so I would certainly hope we'd have a chance to get to $30 million (in domestic theaters).
"We haven't necessarily made the headlines, but we've had a nice string of profitable pictures here with 'Wedding Planner,' 'Finding Forrester,' 'Snatch' and now 'Saving Silverman.' Hopefully, it'll keep going."
Directed by Dennis Dugan, "Silverman" stars Jason Biggs, Steve Zahn, Jack Black and Amanda Peet.
Sony Pictures Classics continued the very successful widening of its critically-acclaimed, PG-13-rated action adventure "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon." "Tiger" rose one peg to fourth place in its 10th week with a still hot estimated $5.12 million (-25%) at 1,204 theaters (+41 theaters; $4,252 per theater). Its cume is approximately $60.1 million.
"Tiger," which won Golden Globes for best director (Ang Lee, who also received a DGA nomination) and best foreign language film, is considered a major contender for Oscar nominations when they are announced Tuesday morning (Feb. 13).
Directed by Ang Lee, "Dragon" stars Michelle Yeoh and Chow Yun-Fat.
"We just surpassed one milestone," Sony Pictures Classics vice president, sales Tom Prassis said Sunday morning. "We broke the box office record for a foreign language film (beating Miramax's record of $57.6 million for 'Life Is Beautiful'). Now we're open for good things on Tuesday and we'll shoot for some more records."
Asked where "Tiger" could go in domestic theaters if it does as well Tuesday as some Hollywood handicappers think it will, Prassis replied, "I'd hate to speculate (but) the sky is the limit."
20th Century Fox's PG-13-rated drama "Cast Away" slid two rungs to fifth place in its eighth week with a still lively estimated $5.04 million (-33%) at 2,354 theaters (-292 theaters; $2,139 per theater). Its cume is approximately $209.7 million. "Tuesday (with its Oscar nominations) will be very important," Fox distribution president Bruce Snyder said Sunday morning. "Without (anything happening for the picture on) Tuesday, it looks like $225 million, and with (some major nominations on) Tuesday -- can't tell!"
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, "Cast Away" stars Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt.
Paramount's PG-13-rated teen appeal drama "Save the Last Dance" from MTV Films dropped two slots to s xth place in its fifth week with a slower estimated $4.8 million (-33%) at 2,506 theaters (-64 theaters; $1,914 per theater). Its cume is approximately $74.5 million.
Directed by Thomas Carter, "Dance" stars Julia Stiles and Sean Patrick Thomas.
USA Films' R-rated Oscar contender drama "Traffic" fell one peg to seventh place in its seventh week with a still-promising estimated $4.43 million (-30%) at 1,740 theaters (+160 theaters; $2,545 per theater). Its cume is approximately $71.0 million.
"Traffic," which won Golden Globes for best screenplay (Stephen Gaghan) and best supporting actor (Benicio Del Toro), is considered a likely contender in the Oscar race. Its director, Steven Soderbergh, is a Directors Guild nominee for both "Traffic" and "Erin Brockovich."
"We'll know better Tuesday, but we still have our sights set on the $90-100 million range with the right nominations," USA distribution president Jack Foley said Sunday morning.
"I'm going to try to add more prints this week, too. We added some prints this past week. I've got more theaters ready to go this week, and I think once we get the nominations under our belts, more exhibitors will come forth. I'd like to add as many (theaters) as I can."
Noting the importance of the upcoming Oscar nominations even in this weekend's ticket sales, Foley said, "Look at the top ten drops and then the drops below the top ten, and you'll see that the ones that are in play for the Academy are dropping in the 30%s for the weekend. Last year it was (only) in the 20%s and in the teens (but) 'Hannibal' cut into the market considerably. The others are (down) in the 40%s and more. So there is a bit of interest in the Academy stuff going on, and this week we should whittle down these drops even further."
Directed by Steven Soderbergh, "Traffic" stars Michael Douglas, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Dennis Quaid and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow's R-rated horror film "Valentine" plunged sixth notches to eighth place in its second week with a calm estimated $3.82 million (-62%) at 2,310 theaters (theater count unchanged; $1,654 per theater). Its cume is approximately $15.8 million.
Directed by Jamie Blanks, "Valentine" stars Denise Richards, David Boreanaz, Marley Shelton and Katherine Heigl.
Miramax's PG-13-rated romantic comedy drama "Chocolat," a contender for Oscar nominations, rose one notch in its ninth week with an encouraging estimated $3.1 million (-15%) at 1,148 theaters (-25 theaters; $2,700 per theater). Its cume is approximately $26.6 million.
Directed by Lasse Hallstrom, "Chocolat" stars Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin and Johnny Depp.
Rounding out the Top Ten this week was Buena Vista/Touchstone's PG-13-rated dark comedy "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" up one rung in its eighth week with an okay estimated $3.0 million (-18%) at 835 theaters (+26 theaters; $3,593 per theater). Its cume is approximately $20.8 million.
Directed by Joel Coen and written by Ethan Coen & Joel Coen, it stars George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and John Goodman.
OTHER OPENINGS There were no other significant openings this weekend.
SNEAK PREVIEWS There were no national sneak previews this weekend.
EXPANSIONS On the expansion front, this weekend saw no significant activity.
WEEKEND COMPARISONS Key films -- those grossing more than $500,000 for the three days -- took in approximately $122.44 million, up about 43.88% from the comparable weekend last year when key films grossed $85.1 million.
This weekend's key film gross was up about 26.36% from the previous weekend this year when key films grossed $96.9 million.
Last year, Dimension Films' second week of "Scream 3" was first with $16.32 million at 3,467 theaters ($4,707 per theater); and 20th Century Fox's opening week of "The Beach" was second with $15.28 million at 2,547 theaters ($5,998 per theater). The top two films one year ago grossed $31.6 million. This year, the top two films grossed an estimated $65.8 million.