The Hangover1. "The Hangover" ($10.4 million)
2. "Up" ($8.8 million)
3. "The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3" ($8.3 million)
4. "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" ($3.0 million)
5. "Land of the Lost" ($2.9 million)

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Michael CunninghamWhen you think of the horror genre, the first words that come to mind probably aren't Pulitzer Prize, Virginia Woolf or the Great American Novel. Along those same lines, if you were to picture the last person to ever write a horror movie, it might be Michael Cunningham. He's the author who penned the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "The Hours," which nabbed a bunch of Oscar nominations and a gold statue for Nicole Kidman.

According to Variety, Cunningham has penned a slasher flick called "Beautiful Girl" that had numerous studios clamoring for the rights. Read More...

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Justin TherouxYou might not immediately recognize the name of Justin Theroux, but you certainly know his face and his work. As an actor he's appeared in tons of films, including "American Psycho," "Mulholland Drive," "Zoolander" and "Miami Vice." He also recently made headlines behind the camera, co-writing "Tropic Thunder" and writing the script for "Iron Man 2." Now he's set to direct his first feature film for Universal Studios, a comedy entitled "Chief Ron."

According to Variety, "Chief Ron" was written by Jordan Roberts and is based on the true story of Chief Ronald A. Roberts, also known as Sachem Golden Eagle of the Western Mohegans. Roberts claimed to be the descendant of a Mohegan chief, and the leader of a lost tribe of Native Americans living in Granville, New York. He then used his heritage in order to try to open a casino on "tribal land." Read More...

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Diane LaneI admit it, I'm a sucker for a good animal movie. They can be about dogs, horses, lizards, penguins or anything else with sub-human intelligence and I'll happily watch it. Then I'll claim I've got something in my eye in order to maintain my hard-hearted reputation when the tears start to flow. So the idea of a movie about the famous Triple Crown winner Secretariat fills me with all kinds of nostalgia for my horse-loving youth, and the fact that it's attracted such a classy actress as Diane Lane makes me hope for the very best.

Variety reports that Lane is set to star in Disney's "Secretariat," a film that will portray the story of the horse and his owner, Penny Chenery. While Secretariat was born to be a champion, Chenery was thrust unexpectedly into the world of horse racing. Read More...

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Bradley CooperSometimes, you can believe everything you hear -- or read, in this case. A month after Bradley Cooper confirmed himself for "The A-Team," then quickly backtracked, we learn that The Hollywood Reporter reveals that he is in "official talks" to play Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck in Joe Carnahan's remake of "The A-Team." You can still play the skeptic if you like, but I think the third time's the charm on this particular bit of news. Particularly since Faceman is the perfect character for Cooper: handsome, popular with the ladies and hustler for the team.

Cooper's not the only member of team that's been potentially recruited, as Variety is reporting that Liam Neeson is negotiating his own place in "The A-Team," as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith, the team's head honcho and tactician. Neeson is reportedly working out "money issues" with Fox, and as he's fresh off the solid streak of "Taken," "Chloe" and "The Clash of the Titans," he is certainly entitled to play a little hardball. Don't you think? Read More...

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'James Franco'What's one way you can ensure a 4.0 at NYU's directing program? Take a page out of James Franco's script and take the lead role in your professor's film. While I am kidding about such a move getting you good grades in film school, or that Franco would even need to do such a thing, at least the core of the story is true. According to Variety, Franco will be starring in the indie drama "In Praise of Shadows," which will be directed by his NYU professor, Jay Anania.

"Shadows" is the story of a man named William Vincent (Franco), who returns to New York after four years in exile from the city. The journey that brings him home is strange and curious, and his goal is a simple and romantic one: he wants to save the woman he loves from a crime syndicate. Almost sounds like a tale from Franco's "Spider-Man" universe, doesn't it? Read More...

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Javier BardemI know a lot of women who would love to eat, pray and love with Javier Bardem... and just about as many who would run away from him screaming thanks to his terrifying turn in "No Country for Old Men." But surely, if there's any actor who can convince women he doesn't wield a captive bolt gun, it's the Oscar-winning Bardem. He'll get his chance with the big screen adaptation of novelist Elizabeth Gilbert's globe-trotting memoir, "Eat, Pray, Love." Variety reports that he has joined star Julia Roberts in the self-discovery drama.

Roberts will play Gilbert, who decided that the cure for her depression -- fed by a recent divorce and rebound romance -- was to travel around Italy, Indonesia and India. "Eat" was the result of her global exploration and inner soul-searching... and naturally, she found a little real life romance too. That's where Bardem comes in, as a fellow named Felipe who Gilbert meets and falls in love with on the final stage of her journey. Also along for the ride is Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins, who will play a Texan that Gilbert meets and befriends while hanging out at an Indian ashram. Read More...

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Jake Gyllenhaal"Brokeback Mountain" stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway may renew their vows again onscreen and indulge in "Love and Other Drugs" for director Ed Zwick ("Defiance"). Don't led the title lead you to believe that Gyllenhaal and Hathaway are in for a psychedelic head-trip; "Love" is instead a critique of the pharmaceutical industry.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie is based on Jamie Reidy's humorous memoir, "Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman." A salesman for Pfizer in the 1990s, Reidy, who will be played by Gyllenhaal, was the Jerry Maguire of the prescription drug world. As the story goes, he gets involved with a woman suffering from Parkinson's disease, played by Hathaway. THR says their romance will play out against the "political and social context of the time." Read More...

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UPWhile Friday night audiences were hungry for R-rated raunchiness, and propelled "The Hangover" to the top spot with a take of $16.5 million, box office analysts were predicting that a family-themed flick such as "Land of the Lost" -- which reviews describe as surprisingly family-unfriendly -- might overtake it with Saturday grosses. It was "Up" that triumphed over all, smacking "The Hangover" down to the #2 spot. Saturday saw Disney/Pixar's latest bring in another $44.2 million dollars at the box office, meaning it will probably end the weekend with a firm grasp on the #1 spot.

"The Hangover" may have lost out to Pixar's flying house fable, but it is enjoying a strong opening nonetheless. The Vegas escapade has now brought in $43.2 million, making it the third highest opening for an R-rated comedy, behind only last year's "Sex in the City" and "American Pie 2" in 2001. Read More...

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It looks like Friday night audiences enjoy a raunchy comedy before heading out to start working on their own future hangovers. Variety reports that Warner Bros' "The Hangover" brought in $16.5 million on its first day out, making it the second-best opening take for an R-rated comedy, and a personal best for director Todd Phillips. Like any good party, it's not relying on star power, but is enjoying a solid buzz of positive reviews and enthusiastic word-of-mouth.

"The Hangover" eclipsed Will Ferrell's "Land of the Lost," which opened to only $7.2 million, placing it at #3, behind Pixar's "Up." The re-imagining of the classic '70s Sid and Marty Krofft-spawned TV show opened to mixed reviews, with many of the negative observations focused on how family unfriendly the movie really is. Parents are still bringing their chldren to "Night at the Museum" Battle of the Smithsonian" however, which is riding close to "Lost" with Friday earnings of $4.5 million. Read More...

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