Four movies opened wide in the US last Friday, and all four of them went on to make decent money during the oh-so-critical weekend, ending a seven-week long box-office slump. Burn After Reading, the latest from the acclaimed Coen brothers Ethan and Joel (No Country For Old Men) took the top spot, followed by The Family That Preys, the latest from the incredibly prolific and popular Tyler Perry (Meet The Browns) who apparently made his best film yet…why don’t his films get released overseas? Finishing up the top 5 are the thriller Righteous Kill, the chick flick The Women and the apparently actually good The House Bunny, which is holding up very well in its fourth week of release. Last week’s number one however, Bangkok Dangerous, tumbled down to eighth place.
Tommy Lee Jones hasn’t been paid for latest Oscar winner No Country For Old Men, and he’s pissed. The 61 year old actor filed a lawsuit in San Antonio three days ago against Paramount Pictures, claiming they owe him over 10 million dollars. Jones was paid a reduced, upfront salary upon joining the film, but was promised compensation depending on the film’s profit. No Country For Old Men is of course viewed as one of the finest films of 2007, won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and made more than 160 million dollars worldwide, more than making up for its 25 million dollar budget.
Actor Sam Rockwell (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford) has revealed he will star in a new basketball drama from director James C. Strouse (Grace Is Gone). Not much is known about the film, except that Rockwell will play the alcoholic coach of a high school’s girl’s basketball team, and that he described the movie as cross between The Bad News Bears, Half Nelson, and Hoosiers.
I unfortunately missed Grace Is Gone in theaters, but it is widely believed to be one of last year’s best movies. Sam Rockwell will next be seen alongside Anjelica Huston (Martian Child) and Kelly Macdonald (No Country For Old Men) in Choke, based on a novel by Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club), which will be the directing debut for actor Clark Gregg (the When A Stranger Calls remake)