Folks on the France set of John Travolta's One Night in Paris -- I mean, From Paris, With Love took a song from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack and made it literal. Only this time, the lyrics were "Burn, baby, burn! Auto inferno!" According to the AP, a suspicious fire caused the filmmakers to suspend shooting in "in one of the Paris area's toughest housing projects." Ten automobiles were turned into car-b-ques by vandals, and the movie's producers sound surprised that such a thing could occur. What did they think they'd get in the roughest projects in Paris? A welcome wagon filled with wine and cheese?
With the latest news (here, gleaned from an interview in Disney's in-house magazine) that Disney could possibly remake The Black Hole and/or 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, I have just one question: How many more of these remakes are possible? I mean, how many original cheesy Disney movies still exist that haven't yet been remade? ...No, really, I need to know how prepared I need to be, because it's starting to feel like when the world ends, the only things that will survive the apocalypse will be cockroaches and old Disney movies.
So, on a whim I decided to have lunch at celebrity hotspot the Ivy yesterday. That's right, I just hopped in my private jet and flew three hours for an overpriced salad. And it's a good thing I did, too, because I'm able to bring you a conversation I overheard between the canine star of Bolt and what I gathered was his agent. Seems the pooch is worried about being able to pull in big box office numbers for his bosses at Disney, and why wouldn't he be? He faces some stiff competition.
I know this will come as a huge shock to anyone who has been living under a rock for the past several months of Twilight mania, but I'll just spill it: The movie, based on a series of books for teens, did phenomenally well at the box office. Starting with sold-out midnight screenings on Thursday, it went on to make $70.6 million in its opening weekend, joining an elite group of films to become profitable in a matter of days, a boon for small film company Summit Entertainment, which made the movie on a relative dime ($37 million to make the movie, another $30 million in marketing). And it jumped ahead of last week's box office winner Quantum of Solace for the fourth-highest opening weekend this year.