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Liam Neeson Cut from Hangover Sequel

Liam Neeson Nick Cassavetes

Liam Neeson’s cameo won’t be included in The Hangover: Part II after all. The actor was brought in to a play a tattoo artist, replacing actor Mel Gibson when the movie’s cast refused to work with him. Neeson was needed on set for a few reshoots (as the scene had already been filmed), but he was too busy on the set of Clash of the Titans 2 to work it in.

The Hangover: Part II is due in theaters in May, and director Todd Phillips just couldn’t wait. Actor/writer/director/poker player Nick Cassavetes will take on the role instead. Phillips says the scene is now finished, and viewers will see the Cassavetes version in theaters.

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Remake News: Laverne & Shirley, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and More


Laverne & Shirley: File this in the “Was He Kidding?” file. During a recent red carpet event for Valentine’s Day, director Garry Marshall said he may bring Laverne & Shirley to the big screen—with Jessica Biel and Jennifer Garner in the lead roles. “We’re gonna work on that,” the original show’s co-creator stated. “My sister Penny and Cindy are gonna have a guest cameo. They’re gonna walk “schlemiel, schlemazel”—or they’re gonna get tired in the middle and sit down.”

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Young Co-Stars Support Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz with Sofia and AbigailA-list actress Cameron Diaz was helped through the grieving process by her young co-stars.

The actress - who lost her father Emilio in April 2008 after he died of pneumonia while she was shooting the film My Sister’s Keeper  - said it was the kind words of Abigail Breslin, 13, and Sofia Vassilieva, 17, who provided the most comfort.

“Being able to go back to a great group of people, who were there and waiting for me, was a blessing. Those girls helped me. Nick Cassavetes, the director, was amazing, too. That’s the only way I was able to do it.”

Despite the tragedy, the 37-year-old beauty - who was given two weeks off after the production schedule was changed to help her grieve -  said she knew the “show must go on”: “If anyone knows what it’s like to lose a parent, and it happened very suddenly and very unexpectedly for me, you’re in shock.”

Her father’s death has also made her appreciate those around her a lot more.

“The most important thing I’ve found in my life is my family and friends. Your wealth in life is the people who you get to love and who love you back, and all the experiences that you get to have with those people throughout your life.”


Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Casts a Big Win

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

After putting up with a frustrating delay, eager Muggles rushed to the theaters this weekend in droves. kicked off its extended debut with a record-breaking premiere ($22.2 million) at midnight Tuesday. The series’ sixth installment went on to earn $158 million over five days and officially became the biggest international opener of all time ($237 million).

Despite the numbers, there was one film Half-Blood could not beat: The Dark Knight. At this same time last year, the Batman sequel had also racked up $158 million in sales. But that film did it in only three days.

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Box Office Breakdown: Bruno Crawls His Way to #1

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Just like in the fashion world, one day was hot—the next day he was not.

Even though the comedy did well enough to place first this weekend, it appears the sexually graphic film may have turned some off. Ticket sales for the entry dropped 39% between Friday and Saturday, leading many to believe that negative word of mouth played a factor.

In total, Bruno piqued enough interest to raise $30.6 million over three days. While that gross beats Borat‘s $26.5 million debut, the 2006 film later went on to earn $129 million domestically.

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Box Office Breakdown: Transformers Melts Ice Age’s Hopes

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

This was one heated battle that left Ice Age out in the cold.

Only 24 hours ago, and the animated comedy were estimated to finish in a possible tie. But when the final numbers were computed, last Monday’s champ managed to keep its spot for another round. In just two weeks, the Paramount feature has managed to earn just under $300 million.

But had nothing to complain about. Even though it missed the #1 spot by less than $1 million, the threequel had the best per screen average of any entry in the Top Ten. In total, the movie earned $66.7 million over five days, just shy of what 2006’s Ice Age: The Meltdown grossed over only three days.

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Box Office Breakdown: Transformers Rises Above the Competition

Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

It’s not very often when “loud” and “mindless” are deemed good qualities. But in Paramount’s case, it was a recipe for success.

Over the past five days, did what most films have been attempting all year: It passed the $200 million mark. (Up just became the first 2009 film to hit $250 million.)

While the Michael Bay film is definitely on track to be one of the most successful entries this year (let’s not forget about Harry Potter), the sequel’s opening still takes second behind last year’s topper. During its opening run, earned $203.8 million domestically.

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In Theaters This Weekend: June 26, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

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Casting Corner: Anne Hathaway, Nick Nolte, David Duchovny and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Anne Hathaway: The actress, who will soon be competing against Kate Hudson in Bride Wars, will reverse direction in The Opposite of Love. In the 20th Century Fox production, Anne will play a commitment-phobic woman who must deal with a marriage-minded boyfriend. Opposite is an adaptation of Julie Buxbaum’s best-selling book. Hathaway’s next film, Rachel Getting Married, opens in limited release on Oct. 3.

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