Baby Mama Gets Custody of the Box Office
Tina Fey is so hot right now—and so are the comedies at this weekend's box office. The SNL alum's latest comedy Baby Mama opened to the number one spot at the box office this weekend, beating out Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay by $3 million. Judd Apatow's latest, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, slipped to #4 but still brought in a respectable $11 million. Not bad for a flick with no big stars and a first-time director. We hope Will Ferrell's agent is working overtime, because it looks like with all these new comedy stars on the scene his career is in danger. Might be time to go full-frontal, Will!
Mimi's Ready for Her Close-Up
Mariah Carey brought her svelte self to the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend for the world premiere of her new indie film Tennessee. In the flick, Mimi plays a diner waitress who leaves her dead-end job and abusive relationship to go on the road with a couple of younger guys. If you're thinking Mariah's going to have another Glitter-bomb on her hands, think again. Says Variety columnist Liz Smith: "This is a natural, effortless performance. Nothing grand or showy. I think she just wants to be a good little actress, who can connect emotionally with an audience; to make people love her in a different way."
Peter Jackson Passes the Torch to Guillermo del Toro
It's official! After months of speculation, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson announced he has hand-chosen Mexican director Guillermo del Toro to helm The Hobbit series. Jackson will executive produce the films, which will be shot back-to-back in New Zealand. Del Toro will move to New Zealand later this summer—as soon as he puts the finishing touches on Hellboy II—to begin working on the films with Jackson. We knew del Toro was gifted after seeing Pan's Labyrinth, and now he's going to be in the big leagues where he belongs.