To prove the theory that readers prefer good news to bad news, the report that Natalie Portman will go nude in her next role received several thousand more page views than the subsequent report debunking said rumor; James Cameron envisions some new projects in trilogy form; "Pirates" sequel broke two box-office records.
In other news, Jamie Foxx tries his hand at producing; AMC now offers lower prices for morning movies; Jamie Foxx forces Michael Mann to change the ending of Miami Vice; and Jackie Chan has his own drunken shenanigans. Read on for details.
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James Cameron Talks Trilogies
While we all sit with bated breath and wonder when we’ll get to see a new movie from James Cameron, the guy’s hard at work cooking up new trilogy ideas. While attending a "Pirates 2" screening at Disney World, the mega-successful filmmaker discussed the possibility of doing his new projects as three-parters.
"Pirates of the Caribbean" Sequel Loots Record-Breaking $55.5M on Friday
It looks like this summer will come away with a mark in the record books, if estimates hold. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest," the sequel to 2003’s surprise smash hit "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," grossed $55.5M on Friday, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. It’s the biggest single-day gross ever, besting the $50M single-day debut of last year’s "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
Box Office Wrapup: "Pirates" Shatters Industry Records With $132 Million Take
Box office records were shattered by Johnny Depp and his companions this weekend as the much-anticipated adventure sequel Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest exploded into theaters with the biggest opening weekend in Hollywood history. Former champ Superman Returns was hit hard and fell sharply in its second weekend. However, Pirates managed to expand the overall marketplace with most holdovers not suffering large declines. For the first time in box office history, the top ten smashed through the $200M mark.
Marion Ravenwood to Return in Indiana Jones 4?
The lovely Karen Allen was on hand at a New York screening of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" last week, and (of course) someone asked her if she had any involvement whatsoever with the 4th Indy flick that we’ve been waiting 400 years for. And, yes, she did have an answer.
Natalie Portman Will Do Naked in Next Film
This one’s for all you Portman pervs out there — the erstwhile Queen Amidala is set to go fully nude in her upcoming pic "Goya’s Ghosts," in which she plays the persecuted muse of Spanish painter Francisco Goya.
Portman Party Pooper: Natalie Won’t Be Nude
After a few exhilarating days of hopeful speculation, the dreams of "Star Wars" fanboys everywhere have been crushed as Natalie Portman will not, repeat not, appear nude in her political period piece, "Goya’s Ghosts." Sorry, guys.
Check Out the Pirate Chow Yun-Fat!
With the sugar high of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest" still coursing through your veins, you just might want a peek at "Pirates 3" villain Chow Yun-Fat. Well, we found one. (Two, actually.)
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