Tuesday, February 24, 2009

BUZZ: Madea Takes #1, Watts & Pinto in Woody's Next Film, Derek Leaving "Grey's," and more

• Although Tyler Perry's lucky streak is still going strong, since Madea Goes to Jail debuted at #1 with $41 mil, critics still aren't as impressed with him as his fans are. Fired Up, however, predictably opened with a mediocre $6 mil at #9. With the lack of new films in theaters, surprise hit Taken jumped up one spot to #2 with $95 mil, animated masterpiece Coraline moved up two spots to #3 with $53 mil, and the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire climbed up four spots to #5 with $98 mil. On the flipside of things, conspiracy thriller The International freefell after its second week to #10 with an embarrassing $17 mil. Friday the 13th may have opened big in its first week, but it dropped dramatically to #6 with $55 mil. Rom-coms He's Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic came in at #4 with a healthy $70 mil and at #7 with $28 mil. While Paul Blart: Mall Cop is on its way out at #8 after 6 weeks with $121 mil, The Pink Panther 2 exited the top 10 with a disappointing $29 mil and Push was shoved out with a meager $25 mil.

• Rumored Shrek 4 Plot: "Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumplestiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumplestiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love."

• Since Woody Allen managed to get the much-deserving Penenlope Cruz her first Oscar, ladies are gunning for a role in his next picture. The International's Naomi Watts and Slumdog Millionaire's Freida Pinto are rumored to be in his next untitled film with Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins.

Emily Blunt is officially not starring in Iron Man 2, opting for the comedy Gulliver's Travels instead.

Chiwetel Ejiofor is rumored to be joining Angelina Jolie in her Salt spy thriller.

• There's a wild rumor going around that a Superman Returns sequel--not reboot--is in the works and its called Superman Unleashed. Doesn't that sound like a horror movie?

• Megatron is rumored to be in the Transformers sequel even though Michael Bay said he wasn't.

• "Grey's Anatomy": After Derek is informed in a deposition--no doubt concerning the recent death of his latest pregnant patient--that more of his patients have died than survived, he decides to quit. But don't worry, he's not leaving the series. In other news, Richard's wife will try to mend his relationship with Bailey, and Izzie's interns will unknowingly diagnose her illness.

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