Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Puss’ is Top Cat, ‘Tintin’ Wows Overseas, Justin Timberlake Going Folk?

Movie News in 60 Seconds: ‘Puss’ is Top Cat, ‘Tintin’ Wows Overseas, Justin Timberlake Going Folk?

Oct 31, 2011

Puss in Boots

'Puss' Tops U.S. Box Office: Audiences preferred animated hijinks over a horror prequel, sci-fi thrills, and a rum-soaked Johnny Depp this weekend. Puss in Boots topped the box office charts with an estimated gross of $33.2 million, easily topping holdover Paranormal Activity 3 ($18.5 million), In Time ($11.8 million), Footloose ($5.3 million), and The Rum Diary ($5.1 million) with Johnny Depp. (Movie City News)

'Tintin' Foreign Box Office: While North Americans wait impatiently, overseas audiences have already voted with their wallets. Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn earned an estimated $55.8 million in 19 markets this weekend, making it the box office champion overseas. (Thompson on Hollywood)

You Know What’s Cool? Singer turned actor Justin Timberlake could become a folk singer. He’s been offered a lead role in the upcoming period movie by Joel and Ethan Coen, Inside Llewelyn Davis, set in the early 60s folk music scene. He would be teamed with Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan. (Variety)

Killer vs. Killer: Recently announced as the titular star of Sean Penn’s The Comedian, Robert De Niro will take on a more deadly role in Killing Season. He’ll play a military veteran who’s retired to cabin in the woods until he’s visited by John Travolta, “a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge.” (The Wrap)

Que Sera, Sera: Academy Award-nominated actress Doris Day will receive the Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s Career Achievement Award. Day is probably best-remembered for a trio of romantic comedies with Rock Hudson -- Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, and Send Me No Flowers -- as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s remake of his own The Man Who Knew Too Much. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Iranian Actress Released From Prison, Escapes Lashes: Actress Marzieh Vafamehr, who was sentenced in Iran to one year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in a movie with her head uncovered, has been released on appeal. She appeared in 2009‘s My Tehran for Sale, which remains banned in Iran. (The Guardian)

I Just Do Whatever He Says: Actress Hilary Swank has fired her manager after receiving heavy criticism for making a paid appearance at the birthday party for Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov, who has been accused of brutal, widespread human rights violations. Swank thanked former manager Jason Weinberg when she won an Academy Award for Million Dollar Baby in 2005. (The Independent | Deadline)

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