Archive for May, 2011

‘The Hangover II’ opens to £10m at UK box office

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011
Ed Helms in 'The Hangover: Part II'

The Hangover Part II has topped the UK box office with a £10 million opening.

The comedy sequel, which sees Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms’s characters head to Bangkok, welcomed impressive ticket sales thanks to a Thursday release and screenings on Bank Holiday Monday.

The Hangover Part II‘s £10 million total is the second highest debut of 2011, behind Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and easily outpaces the £3.1 million opening for The Hangover in 2009.

Last week’s number one movie On Stranger Tides falls to second spot, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 is a new entry at three, Thor slips to number four and Fast & Furious 5 rounds out the top five.

Elsewhere, the extended Bank Holiday break proved fruitful for 3D family animation Rio, which climbs a place to number six.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) The Hangover Part II – £10,409,017
2. (1) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £4,757,411
3. (-) Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules – £1,476,720
4. (3) Thor – £335,103
5. (2) Fast & Furious 5 – £322,506
6. (7) Rio – £300,865
7. (4) Insidious – £208,313
8. (6) Hanna – £148,339
9. (5) Attack the Block – £142,919
10. (8) Water for Elephants – £129,143

Pitbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack keep singles No.1

Sunday, May 29th, 2011
Pitbull: 'Give Me Everything' ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer

Pitbull has retained pole position on the UK singles chart with latest offering ‘Give Me Everything’.

The US rapper fought off competition from former chart-topper ‘The Lazy Song’ by Bruno Mars and the climbing ‘I Need A Dollar’ by Aloe Blacc to keep his Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer team-up at number one for a second week.

Gliding into the top five for the first time this week is Romanian singer Alexandra Stan, whose ‘Mr Saxobeat’ advances nine places from 14, while The Saturdays celebrate their ninth Top 10 hit in just three years with ‘Notorious’ at eight.

Further down, the Swedish House Mafia just sneak into the top sellers with ‘Save The World’, up from 11 to ten.

The Top 10 in full:
1. (1) Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer: ‘Give Me Everything’
2. (2) Bruno Mars: ‘The Lazy Song’
3. (4) Aloe Blacc: ‘I Need A Dollar’
4. (3) LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock: ‘Party Rock Anthem’
5. (14) Alexandra Stan: ‘Mr Saxobeat’
6. (5) Chris Brown ft. Benny Benassi: ‘Beautiful People’
7. (9) Snoop Dogg ft. David Guetta: ‘Sweat’
8. (-) The Saturdays: ‘Notorious’
9. (8) Lady GaGa: ‘Judas’
10. (11) Swedish House Mafia: ‘Save The World’


Muppet trailer spoofs ‘The Hangover II’

Friday, May 27th, 2011
The Muppets has spoofed The Hangover Part II with its latest teaser trailer.

Following on from the recent ‘Green With Envy’ video, Disney has released a new promo dubbed ‘The Fuzzy Pack’. The clip, which features Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, recreates the first trailer for the Hangover sequel.

The Muppets centres on Gary (Segel) and Amy (Mary) as they attempt to raise $10 million in order to save the Muppet Theatre from the clutches of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper).

The movie opens in the US on November 23 and February 17, 2012 in the UK. The Hangover Part II is in cinemas now.

Katy Perry was bullied at school over breasts

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
Katy Perry

Katy Perry has claimed that she was always bullied at school because she had big breasts from a young age.

Perry said that she was often called names because of her figure, and pointed out the irony of now being thought of as a sex symbol.

“In middle school they called me ‘over the shoulder boulder holder’,” Perry tweeted. “Now they call me hot.”

Despite the fact that she was teased, Perry previously admitted that she had often prayed to have big breasts.


‘Pirates 4’ breaks UK box office record

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011
Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides has topped the UK box office on its first weekend on release.

The 3D adventure sequel, starring Johnny Depp and Penélope Cruz, debuts with an impressive £11.6 million to end Thor and Fast & Furious 5‘s recent domination of the top ten.

Boosted by a Wednesday release, On Stranger Tides posted the biggest box office opening of 2011 and is Disney’s fourth-largest opening ever in the UK. Its £11 million gross is also more than the rest of the top ten combined.

Worldwide, the Pirates sequel has pulled in $256 million (£159 million), passing the record set by Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in 2009.

Elsewhere, the chart sees new releases Blitz and Win Win enter at numbers nine and ten respectively.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – £11,634,860
2. (2) Fast & Furious – £587,617
3. (1) Thor – £528,701
4. (4) Insidious – £451,139
5. (3) Attack the Block – £355,232
6. (5) Hanna – £286,997
7. (7) Rio – £284,085
8. (6) Water for Elephants – £266,345
9. (-) Blitz – £266,148
10. (-) Win Win – £155,463

Pitbull takes No.1 spot on UK singles chart

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Rapper Pitbull performing on the Music Plaza stage during Mardi Gras

Rap star Pitbull has collected his first UK number one single as a lead artist with ‘Give Me Everything’, while Lady GaGa has dominated the rest of the chart with four songs in the top 20.

The 30-year-old climbed three places to bounce Bruno Mars and ‘The Lazy Song’ from pole position with his Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer collaboration. He previously topped the charts in April as a featured vocalist on Jennifer Lopez track ‘On The Floor’, which is at ten this week.

Meanwhile, GaGa celebrates becoming the first female artist since Ruby Murray in 1955 to place four tracks in the upper half of the rankings, a feat also achieved by legendary artists Frankie Lane, John Lennon and Michael Jackson – the latter of which scored five top 20 hits after his death in 2009.

The highest placing of GaGa’s entries this week is Born This Way promo single ‘The Edge Of Glory’, a non-mover at six, and ‘Judas’ follows just behind it after ascending from 11 to eight.

The Top 10 in full:
1. (4) Pitbull ft. Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer: ‘Give Me Everything’
2. (1) Bruno Mars: ‘The Lazy Song’
3. (2) LMFAO ft. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock: ‘Party Rock Anthem’
4. (9) Aloe Blacc: ‘I Need A Dollar’
5. (5) Chris Brown ft. Benny Benassi: ‘Beautiful People’
6. (6) Lady GaGa: ‘The Edge Of Glory’
7. (3) David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj & Flo Rida: ‘Where Them Girls At?’
8. (11) Lady GaGa: ‘Judas’
9. (8) Snoop Dogg ft. David Guetta: ‘Sweat’
10. (7) Jennifer Lopez ft. Pitbull: ‘On The Floor’


Latest ‘Green Lantern’ trailer launches

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Warner Bros. have released a new trailer for the upcoming superhero epic Green Lantern.

Unlike the previously released trailers which have mainly focused on the character of Hal Jordan, played by Ryan Reynolds, the new trailer is aimed at those who are unfamiliar with the character.

Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, who stars as the Green Lantern Tomar-Re, the trailer explains the origin of the Green Lantern Corps and their leaders, the Guardians of Oa.

The film also stars Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Angela Bassett, Tim Robbins, and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Stephen King: ‘Lindsay Lohan could play Carrie’

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
Lindsay Lohan

Stephen King has claimed that he is open to having Lindsay Lohan play the titular role in a planned Carrie remake.

It was revealed today that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, writer of Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark, is to bring a new adaptation of King’s classic horror novel to the big screen.

When asked for his thoughts on the project, the 63-year-old author expressed doubt that Brian De Palma’s 1976 flick could be outdone, but appeared excited by the prospect of seeing Lohan star.

He told Entertainment Weekly: “I’ve heard rumblings about a Carrie remake…who knows if it will happen?


‘Thor’ still on top at UK box office

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011
Thor poster

Marvel’s Thor has spent its third consecutive weekend at the top of the UK box office.

The 3D fantasy epic, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, again charts ahead of Fast & Furious 5, while Joe Cornish’s directorial debut Attack the Block pulls in an impressive £1.1 million in third place.

Horror movie Insidious and Hanna complete the top five.

Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon’s romance Water for Elephants dips two spots to number six, while Rio holds its place at number seven.

Elsewhere, romantic comedy Something Borrowed is at number eight, with Priest and Arthur occupying ninth and tenth place respectively.

The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (1) Thor – £1,360,418
2. (2) Fast & Furious 5 – £1,155,540
3. (-) Attack the Block – £1,133,859
4. (3) Insidious – £963,963
5. (5) Hanna – £821,081
6. (4) Water for Elephants – £695,631
7. (7) Rio – £592,142
8. (6) Something Borrowed – £489,848
9. (8) Priest – £202,483
10. (9) Arthur – £151,755

Hugh Bonneville for ‘20,000 Leagues’ sequel

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011
Hugh Bonneville

Hugh Bonneville has signed up to the sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.

The Downton Abbey star will play Captain Nemo in the second film, who teams up with President Ulysses Grant to combat a menace at sea, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

It has been described as a steampunk project, which means it could feature old versions of contemporary technology.

Horror director Pearry Teo is helming the 3D venture. He is best known for The Gene Generation and Necromentia.