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Pennsylvania high Iron Man 2
school student latest eyes record as blockbuster season begins
booted off Idol                                                                                 LOS ANGELES: Superhero sequel
                                                                                           Iron Man 2 is eyeing a box office assault
                                                                                           on Batman on friday as Hollywood’s
                                                                                           summer blockbuster season gets under
                                                                                           way aiming for another record-breaking
                                                                                           year.
                                                                                                A follow-up to 2008’s surprise hit
                                                                                           Iron Man, the marvel franchise about a
                                                                                           billionaire      arms-dealer-turned-crime-
                                                                                           fighter, played by robert Downey Jr., is
                                                                                           tipped as an outside chance to set a new
                                                                                           opening weekend record.
                                                                                                To do so, Iron Man 2 would need to
                                                                                           depose Batman blockbuster The Dark
                                                                                           Knight, which earned 158.4 million dol-
                                                                                           lars on its North American debut in 2008
                                                                                           as fans flocked to see the late Heath Led-
                                                                                           ger in his final full film role.
                                                                                                Jeff Bock, chief analyst at Exhibitor
                                                                                           relations box-office tracking firm, said he
                                                                                           believes Iron Man 2 could run The Dark
                                                                                           Knight close.
                                                                                                “it’s the question everyone is asking,”
                                                                                           Bock told AfP.
                                                                                                “Iron Man 2 is not only the first out
                                                                                           of the gate for blockbuster season but it’s
                                                                                           probably the most anticipated film of the
                                                                                           summer as well.
                                                                                                “We may be talking about the big-
                                                                                           gest box office opening in history if it can
                                                                                           knock that bat out of the belfry. it’s defi-
                                                                                           nitely going to be close.”
                                                                                                films adapted from superhero char-
                                                                                           acters such as Spider-man, The incred-                           Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Robert Downey Jr. are shown in a scene from, Iron Man 2. (AP)
                                                                                           ible Hulk, Wolverine and Batman have
                                                                                           become a staple of Hollywood’s summer          which has a realistic chance of breaking     Sex and the City 2, based on the popu-       pher Nolan’s science fiction thriller “in-
                                                                                           season in recent years as studios seek to      the one-billion-dollar barrier, according    lar HBO television series, The A-Team        ception,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio
                                                                                           exploit franchises with a built-in audi-       to Bock.                                     and Predators, an action film inspired by    and due for release in July.
                                                                                           ence.                                              Among the other films expected to        the science fiction franchise about dread-       “’inception’ has a lot of mystery sur-
                                                                                                However Iron Man 2 is a rarity this       do big business is Dreamworks Anima-         locked aliens first launched in 1987.        rounding it,” said Bock. “We all know
                                                                                           year because it is the only superhero film     tion’s Shrek Forever After, hyped as             Other highlights of the summer in-       that Christopher Nolan makes amazing
                                                                                           of the summer, Bock said.                      the last installment in the films about a    clude the screen return of Julia roberts     films. it sounds like it is going to be a great
                                                                                                “Superhero films have taken over          lovable green ogre, and Toy Story 3, the     in Eat, Pray, Love, and the action movie     summer movie.”
                                                                                           from sequels as the biggest thing in Holly-    long-awaited “threequel” of the success-     The Expendables, which reunites Sylves-          Last year, the summer box office sea-
                                                                                           wood,” he said. “in that sense, it’s a good    ful Pixar Animation films.                   ter Stallone and Dolph Lundgren in a tale    son - which stretches from may to early
                                                                                           time to be in the Iron Man business. The           As ever, sequels and remakes are ex-     about mercenaries attempting to over-        September - earned a record 4.17 bil-
                                                                                           timing is set up perfectly.”                   pected to drive the earnings over the sum-   throw a South American dictator.             lion dollars although overall ticket sales
                                                                                                Iron Man 2 is one of only a hand-         mer. As well as the “iron man,” Shrek and        One of the most talked about films of    decreased by 4.2 percent compared with
                                                                                           ful of films to be released this summer        Toy Story films, upcoming films include      the year is Dark Knight director Christo-    2008. -AP
In this publicity image released by Fox, Aaron Kelly performs on the singing com-
petition series American Idol, Tuesday, April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP)



                                                                                                                                                                                       Die Hard not dead yet:
                      LOS ANGELES: Aaron Kelly won’t be doing it his way on Amer-
                 ican Idol anymore.
                      The sheepish 17-year-old high school student from Sonestown,
                 Pa., was eliminated Wednesday from the fox singing competition.


                                                                                                                                                                                       New script in works
                 Kelly, the ninth season’s youngest finalist, received the fewest viewer
                 votes following his lukewarm interpretation of frank Sinatra’s “fly
                 me to the moon” on Tuesday’s Chairman of the Board-themed per-
                 formance show.
                      “i’ve had a great time,” he said following his dismissal.
                      Joining him in the bottom two was personal trainer michael “Big                                                                                                      LOS ANGELES: John mcClane’s                  There’s no word yet on the new proj-
                 mike” Lynche, 26, from Queens, N.Y. Lynche, who was unanimously                                                                                                       string of bad luck may not yet be over.      ect’s story line, but former fox executive
                 rescued by the show’s judges three weeks ago, wowed the panel with                                                                                                        Hitman screenwriter Skip Woods is        Alex Young (Unstoppable) is producing.
                 his soulful rendition of The Way You Look Tonight.                                                                                                                    in negotiations with 20th Century fox to         Woods has co-written several high-
                      in recent weeks, Lynche has remained consistent, while Kelly                                                                                                     take a crack at a new Die Hard script. The   profile projects for fox, including X-Men
                 struggled with the song selection.                                                                                                                                    New York cop known for consistently be-      Origins: Wolverine and the forthcoming
                      Before the elimination, outrageous pop star Lady Gaga, outfitted                                                                                                 ing in the wrong place at the right time     TV-series adaptation The A-Team. He
                 in a fishnet body stocking and temporarily covered by a black veil,                                                                                                   has already survived four run-ins with       also wrote the original screenplay for
                 performed her song “Alejandro” with a troupe of throbbing topless                                                                                                     terrorists, traitors and psychotic loose     Swordfish.
                 male dancers. Harry Connick Jr., who served as this week’s mentor,                                                                                                    cannons of one stripe or another.                Bruce Willis, who plays mcClane, has
                 later crooned “And i Love Her” before accompanying the five final-                                                                                                        in his last outing, Live Free or Die     several projects moving toward release -
                 ists on a medley of his tunes.                                                                                                                                        Hard, written by mark Bomback and di-        Sylvester’s Stallone’s The Expendables
                      The other contestants remaining in the singing competition are                                                                                                   rected by Len Wiseman in 2007, mcClane       and the action comedy “red” - and then
                 24-year-old musician Crystal Bowersox of Toledo, Ohio; 24-year-old                                                                                                    battled Web terrorists to $378 million in    a late-summer production start on the
                 paint sales clerk Lee Dewyze of mount Prospect, ill.; and 27-year-                                                                                                    worldwide grosses - 20 years after pitch-    video-game adaptation Kane & Lynch.
                 old musician Casey James of fort Worth, Texas.                                                                                                                        ing Hans Gruber out a broken window at           After that, he’s free to dig out the
                      Next week, the four finalists will be mentored by singer-actor                                                                                                   fox towers. The studio sees another in-      stubble, filthy T-shirt and beleaguered
                 Jamie foxx and will perform cinema-themed songs. -AP                                       FILE - Screen garb from the Live Free or Die Hard                          stallment as a strong bet.                   wisecracks. -reuters




Tarantino                                                                                                                                    US director
to head Venice film festival jury                                                                                                            Gus Van Sant wins Stockholm film award
                     MILAN: The Venice film festival says Quentin             making style, work as a character actor in such moves              STOCKHOLM: Organizers of the Stockholm film festi-          Sant’s depiction of an alternative America “is a celebration
                 Tarantino will head the jury that will award the coveted     as ‘Sukiyaki Western Django,” films that have launched         val say director Gus Van Sant has been named the winner         of film art,” adding that his films have been a part of the an-
                 Golden Lion at this year’s festival.                         and relaunched acting careers and his dedication to            of this year’s visionary award, hailing him as one of modern    nual festival throughout its 20-year history. Van Sant’s films
                     The festival called the director “one of the major       young filmmakers in his work as a producer.                    cinema’s greatest American filmmakers.                          include Good Will Hunting and Milk.
                 creative figures in contemporary cinema” in an an-                Tarantino has directed such films as Inglourious              Van Sant is expected to visit Stockholm in November to           The visionary award is one of the festival’s most pres-
                 nouncement of his appointment on Thursday. it runs           Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. The festival says        pick up the award - a 16-pound bronze horse.                    tigious prizes. Previous winners include Wong Kar Wai, Wes
                 from Sept. 1-10.                                             Tarantino is “perhaps the only American auteur to be               festival director Git Scheynius said Thursday that Van      Anderson and Terry Gilliam. -AP
                     The festival cited Tarantino’s highly original film-     adored world wide like a rock star.”- AP



                                                                                                                                             Elizabeth Perkins exits Weeds, lines up film role
                                                                                                                                                 LOS ANGELES: Elizabeth Perkins is trading in her role       Alvin and the Chipmunks, is at the helm of “i Hop,” a tale
                                                                                                                                             as a conniving mom in Weeds for a big-screen turn as an-        of an out-of-work slacker (James marsden) who accidentally
                                                                                                                                             other mother figure in I Hop, a live-action/CG-animated         injures the son of the Easter Bunny (voiced by russell Brand)
                                                                                                                                             comedy.                                                         and must take him in as he recovers.
                                                                                                                                                 Perkins is ending her five-year run on the Showtime se-         Perkins will play marsden’s exasperated mother in the
                                                                                                                                             ries, for which she has earned three Emmy nominations for       illumination Entertainment/Universal production.
                                                                                                                                             supporting actress in a comedy series as well as two Golden         I Hop will be her first movie since 2005’s Must Love
                                                                                                                                             Globe nominations.                                              Dogs. Perkins also is developing a comedy series as a starring
                                                                                                                                                 Tim Hill, who directed the live-action/animation hybrid     vehicle for herself. -reuters




                                                                                                                                             Leno takes shot at Conan O’Brien in monologue
                                                                                                                                                 NEW YORK: The late-night television wars are alive and          Leno took a shot at O’Brien when he joked about a sup-
                                                                                                                                             well.                                                           posed facebook page kept by faisal Shahzad (fY’-sul shah-
                                                                                                                                                 Jay Leno took a swipe at Conan O’Brien in his mono-         ZAHD’), the man accused of planting a car bomb in Times
                                                                                                                                             logue Tuesday, two days after O’Brien’s interview with 60       Square. The camera panned over the fake page to groups
                                                                                                                                             Minutes aired on CBS.                                           that Shahzad was a member of, and one of them was Team
                                                                                                                                                 O’Brien told the newsmagazine that, if he were in Leno’s    Coco.
                                                                                                                                             shoes, he would not have taken back the Tonight show perch          That’s the name taken by a group of O’Brien fans angry
                                                                                                                                             the way Leno did from him.                                      at his treatment by NBC. -AP
                 FILE - Director Quentin Tarantino, nominee for best director for Inglourious Basterds, arrives at the nomi-
                 nees luncheon for the 82nd annual Academy Awards in Beverly Hills, California Feb. 15, 2010. (Reuters)

				
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