I spent the Christmas holiday at my grandparents' house in the Absolute Middle of Nowhere, Texas. I always love my time out there and it's awful hard to find stress in that setting but it's hell on the blog. Thankfully very little happens in Hollywood around Christmas and it doesn't look like I missed too much.
Ron Howard says Viggo Mortensen could be in for his adaptation of Stephen King's epic "Dark Tower" stories. As a excited if uncommitted fan of these stories, I don't think you could ask for a better lead in this case.
Christian Bale has signed on to star in "Nanjing Heroes," the "Schindler's List"-like events of a pre-WWII Chinese massacre at the hands of Japan. I know a tiny, TINY bit about this story and I must say, I'm a bit surprised it's taken this long to get a dramatization. Bale has to be an early favorite for Best Actor whenever this debuts.
The wonderful Natalie Portman is engaged and pregnant. I have always had a great admiration for Portman (not to mention a bit of a crush) and wish her all the best in this new phase of life. In other news, my pal Richard is currently in agony as Portman is officially off the market. Sorry, bro.
My friend at A Life in Equinox asks, "What Type of Film Critic Are You?" I believe I'm squarely in between option 1 and 2.
Marshall and the Movies his excellent "10 for '10" series with a look at his favorite film bloggers of the year. An excellent list for anyone looking to get deeper into movie blogging.
Weekend Box Office Results
1. "Little Fockers" - $45.08 million
2. "True Grit" - $24.85 ($36.07 million total)
3. "Tron Legacy" - $19.15 ($87.37)
4. "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" - $9.48 ($62.59)
5. "Yogi Bear" - $7.84 ($35.82)
6. "The Fighter" - $7.61 ($26.68)
7. "Tangled" - $6.42 ($143.69)
8. "Gulliver's Travels" - $6.31
9. "Black Swan" - $6.25 ($28.69)
10. "The Tourist" - $5.4 ($40.88)