Funny People1. "Funny People" ($23.4 million)
2. "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" ($17.7 million)
3. "G-Force" ($17.1 million)
4. "The Ugly Truth" ($13 million)
5. "Aliens in the Attic" ($7.8 million)

Moviegoers continued to flock to "Funny People" on Saturday, helping to boost the film to $23.4 million and putting it squarely in the middle of some studio controversy. Nikke Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily is crowing that this is the first "soft" weekend of the summer, and that the comedy is yet another flop for the troubled Universal Studios. Read More...

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Funny People1. "Funny People" ($8.6 million)
2. G-Force" ($5.8 million)
3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" ($5.4 million)
4. The Ugly Truth" ($4.4 million)
5. Aliens in the Attic" ($2.8 million)

Friday audiences were flocking to spend some time with "Funny People," as Judd Apatow's latest currently hold the #1 box office spot with $8.6 million, a slightly bigger opening than Apatow's previous hits "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin." "Funny" isn't racing out of the gate as a big Sandler blockbuster, but it's actually the biggest R-rated opening the former "Saturday Night Live" star has ever had. Read More...

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Captain BloodIt's clearly a sci-fi oriented Friday, and I think we probably have Comic-Con to thank. On the heels of the "Alien" prequel announcement comes an offbeat bit of news that sends a pirate into orbit. According to Variety, Michael and Peter Spierig ("Daybreakers") will be directing a remake of the 1935 pirate film "Captain Blood" for Warner Bros. Rather go all Jack Sparrow on us, they're sending this particular pirate of the Caribbean into the final frontier.

The story of "Captain Blood" is a long way from Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean." It follows an Irish doctor with the rather gruesome name of Peter Blood who finds himself wrongly accused and imprisoned. He decides that piracy is a better option, and he joins with a French buccaneer named Levasseur. Together, they happily raid and pillage until the Frenchman comes between Blood and his lady love, Arabella Bishop. Cue the duels and swashbuckling! Read More...

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AliensOne of the more unsettling stories of the past few months was the news that Fox was planning a prequel to the classic and battered "Alien" franchise. Everyone, including the studio, was squeamish about the idea unless Ridley Scott himself came back to direct. That seemed pretty unlikely since the director never touched the franchise after its 1979 debut. Apparently movie miracles do happen, as Fox and "Alien" fans have gotten their wish.

Variety reports that Scott is now officially attached to helm the prequel, and Jon Spaihts is set to write the script. It was Spaihts who apparently lured the director back to the franchise, and he had a little help from actor Keanu Reeves. Read More...

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Ron HowardSure, we all want another installment of Jason Bourne. A fourth film is being written as we speak. But who says every spy movie has to star Bourne or his aging rival, James Bond? After all, "Bourne" creator Robert Ludlum penned a ton of exciting espionage thrillers, and any one of them would make for a good time at the movies. Luckily, Universal agrees. The studio is dusting off their Ludlum collection to bring us "The Parsifal Mosiac" with Ron Howard in place to direct, Varietyreports.

If adapted right by David Self ("Road to Perdition"), "Mosiac" holds the promise of an agents and assassins-fueled thrill ride. The story follows a tormented U.S. spy named Michael Havelock. He loves fellow spy Jenna Karasova, who is executed after being uncovered as a KGB double agent. Haunted by the tragedy, Havelock abandons his life of espionage and tries to go civilian. Things are going fine until he encounters Jenna again while kicking around Europe. Cue the chase, explosions, action sequences and double crossing. Read More...

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Russell CroweThere isn't a Russell Crowe movie that I won't watch. I confess to not only owning "A Good Year" but watching it multiple times simply because I occasionally need a trip to the French wine-country with a stern Australian. I've already pre-bought my ticket to Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood," and now I can check the calender days off for Crowe's latest, "The Next Three Days."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Days" actually has Crowe taking a break from Universal and his director friend Scott. The actor will team up with Paul Haggis ("Crash") and Lionsgate for this remake of the 2008 French thriller "Pour Elle." Read More...

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The LoraxAnimated movies seem to be bigger than ever as studios scramble for classic books to turn into big budget 3D and CG animated properties. While it's generally agreed that few have managed to meet the level of Pixar, the animated offerings from DreamWorks and Universal are getting better and better. So I'll hold out hope that Universal will do right by their adaptation of Dr. Seuss' classic tale "The Lorax."

"The Lorax" is an extremely sad story of environmental destruction at the hands of "the Once-ler," who ignores the warning of the Lorax and chops down the magical Truffula forest in order to produce a goofy garment called "Thneed." Destruction and pollution rain down on the area, forcing its quirky residents to flee until only the Once-ler's ruined factories remain. Read More...

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Charlize TheronI was going to begin this by noting what a political turn Charlize Theron's career has taken in recent years. A scan of her IMDB page reveals that she's always favored roles with some message-driven weight to them, and that the comedic and romantic selections are really pretty rare. Well now you can consider the status quo maintained.

Theron will be keeping to her political roots with a starring role in "Florence of Arabia." Variety reports that the actress/producer acquired the rights to the satirical novel, written by Christopher Buckley, to be developed under her Denver and Delilah Films banner. Read More...

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Jon HammJust about every woman alive is in love with Jon Hamm, and I'm certainly no exception to that rule. The wait between "Mad Men" seasons is very long, so it's wonderful to see him getting steady feature film work, developing into a leading man in his own right. But to put Hamm in a romance? Well that's just every woman's dream come true, right?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hamm is set to star alongside Ben Affleck and Rebecca Hall ("Frost/Nixon") in "The Town," a romantic thriller to be directed by Affleck himself. "The Town" is based on Chuck Hogan's novel "Prince of Thieves," but don't look for any Kevin Costner antics here. This isn't Hogan's first time making news in recent months. The vampire book that he co-wrote with "The Hobbit" director Guillermo del Toro hit shelves at the beginning of June, to a positive reception from critics and average Joe/Jane readers alike. Read More...

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The Secret of NimhOne of my weirdest obsessions as a wee lass was Don Bluth's 1982 animated film "The Secret of NIMH." I must have watched it dozens of times on television and was impressed enough by its humble rodent cast to read the book it was based on. If you've never seen it -- or read Robert C. O'Brien's book, "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" -- you should.

"NIMH" is the story of a widowed field mouse named Mrs. Frisby (renamed Mrs. Brisby in the film) who is faced with an enormous problem for such a fragile little animal. She has a sick child who she must evacuate from their home in a farmer's field before its plowed. To do so, she needs the help of a group of highly evolved field rats who live nearby. When she enlists their assistance, she discovers that they need her just as much as she needs them. Read More...

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