What do you do when you have bored kids out of school for the summer but can't go on vacation because of gas prices? Escape to the movies instead. That, and the rave reviews Wall-E received pushed the animated film about an endearing robot to the top of the box office this weekend. Wall-E earned a huge $61 million, beating out Wanted, which nevertheless made a sollid $51 million, making it clear that audiences love to see Angelina Jolie wielding a gun and generally being a badass. Rounding out the top five were Get Smart, looking good at $20 million for the weekend and a two-week total of $77; Kung Fu Panda ($11 million, $179 million total) and The Incredible Hulk ($9 million, $115 million total). This week's must-see: Will Smith's superhero movie, Hancock, which has received mixed reviews, but should make it into the top 5 thanks to its universally loved star.
Walter Salles, who directed Gael Garcia Bernal in The Motorcycle Diaries, has been invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, which will mean, of course, that he will be able to nominate and vote for the Oscars. The Brazilian director, who first earned international acclaim for his 1998 movie Central Station and produced City of God, is now working on a film adaptation of the seminal beat novel, On the Road.
Another Robert Rodriguez project, another starring role for girlfriend Rose McGowan. This time its the Rodriguez-produced fantasy female warrior pic Red Sonja, the second film adaptation based on the Marvel comic book heroine. "Rose is
a pistol," gushes Rodriguez, who previously cast McGowan in an upcoming Barbarella remake. She's whip-smart, has attitude to burn, is sexy, extremely strong, yet has a vulnerable side that would surprise her closest friends. That description also fits Red Sonja." To which we can only add: yech.