Sunday, January 11, 2009

BUZZ: "Gran Torino" beat "Bride Wars," "Slumdog" Big Golden Globe Winner, "Mad Men" Returns, and more

• Opening nationwide, Gran Torino took over the top spot with $29 mil, bringing its grand total to $40 mil and kenneling Marley and Me to #4 ($124 mil). The first chick flick of the year, Bride Wars, debuted at #2 with $21.5 mil, while The Unborn, a critically butchered horror film, came in at #3 with $21 mil. The drama Not Easily Broken opened at #9 with close to $6 mil and not much critical-loving. While Seven Pounds teeters at #10 with $67 mil, Doubt and The Day the Earth Stood Still free-fell out of the top 10, retiring with $23 mil and $77 mil. Defiance actually won the per theater gross spot, even though its only accumulated $300,000 so far. Perhaps that'll change when its given a wider release this weekend.
• Over the weekend, rumors were circulating that Russell Crowe was peeved that producers were demanding for him to lose a lot of weight to play Robin Hood, so he took it out on Sienna Miller, cast as Maid Marian, because she would've made him look older. I personally think that that was the best firing speech I've ever heard, "I'm sorry sweetie, but you're too beautiful to stand next to me."
• Even though Matthew Weiner won't be getting the $10 million he requested to continue the "Mad Men" series, there will be a new season this summer.

Golden Globe Highlights:
Awards: Sunday night, several worthy candidates went home with a Golden Globe. I'm ecstatic that Slumdog Millionaire won Best Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Drama; that Heath Ledger won Best Supporting Actor; that Kate Winslet kicked ass by winning both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama; that "Mad Men" got the respect it deserved with a Best TV Drama award; that "30 Rock" was the series of the evening, taking home Best Actor for Alec Baldwin, Best Actress for Tina Fey, and Best Comedy. But I was totally astonished that Colin Farrell won Best Actor in a Comedy for In Bruges, because countless people have been raving about the reincarnations of Robert Downey Jr. and Mickey Rourke, who actually won Best Actor in a Drama, but Farrell completely flew under the radar. And Anna Paquin scoring a Best Actress in a Drama Series for "True Blood" over Kyra Sedgwick was mind-blowing. Click here for more of the winners.
Best Breakdown: Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) won for Best Comedy Actress and nearly lost her shit after Tom Hanks, Robert Downey Jr., and Meryl Streep bolted out of their seats to shake her hand as she walked to the stage.
Funniest Presentation: Ricky Gervais repeated what he told Kate Winslet on his series "Extras," which was that all she had to do was a Holocaust movie in order to win an award, and he was right.
Worst Presentation: Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl") ruined Rainn Wilson's funny bit with her lame comic timing.
Most Embarrassing Moment: Demi Moore made her daughter Rumer nervous by screaming out "I love you baby" when she was announced as Miss Golden Globe--a glorified position for Hollywood children that involves them carrying the award out onto the stage--but then she topped it off by using her stage time to tell her that she was proud and not to hunch.
Random Observation: Ha! Someone made Colin Farrell get a hair cut, but no one told Vincent Kartheiser ("Mad Men") he needed to take that homeless beard off his face.
Best Speech: Tina Fey for Best TV Comedic Actress, "And if you ever start to feel too good about yourself, they have this thing called the Internet...and you can find a lot of people there who don't like you. And um...I'd like to address some of them now." Even Hugh Laurie ("House") was laughing.
Odd Speech Moment: It wasn't weird that Mickey Rourke thanked his dogs for keeping him company. It was weird that people laughed because they didn't think he was serious. He was most certainly serious.
Worst Dressed: America Ferrara in Oscar de la Renta
Best Dressed: Olivia Wilde ("House") in Reem Acra

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