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THIS VIRGIN'S GOT LEGS
The 40 Year Old Virgin saw enough action over the weekend to retain the No. 1 spot at the box office, screwing The Brothers Grimm in the process. Retaining nearly 80 percent of its opening-weekend audience, Virgin scored another $16.4 million to bring its 10-day total to $48.7 million. Grimm, meanwhile, debuted in second with a relatively weak $15.1 million. I say "relatively" because the weekend's other newcomers would have killed for half that coin. Underground spooker The Cave got buried alive at No. 6 with $6.2 million, while Undiscovered remained just that at No. 18 with $690,000.
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Heath Ledger: A Career Cut ShortNot long before 3:35 pm on January 22, 2008, the short life and promising career of actor Heath Ledger came to a sudden, tragic end. It was around this time that Ledger's housekeeper and his masseuse discovered the body of the Australian-born actor in the bedroom of the Broome Street apartment he'd been renting in lower Manhattan. Ledger was not yet 29 years old.News of Ledger's death came as a terrible shock to nearly everyone, even though it now seems the low-key, Oscar-nominated actor had bee (more…)
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Rain Man Paul Rudd Hits the RoadNot anxious to brave the roads this long holiday weekend? IFC has the perfect compromise: Wanderlust (premiering May 29 at 9 pm/ET), an original documentary detailing Hollywood's many and great road movies, with insightful commentary from such heavyweights as Dennis Hopper (Easy Rider), Alexander Payne (
CASH ON DELIVERYThe action sequel Transporter 2 delivered a No. 1 opening over the four-day Labor Day weekend box office with a better-than-expected $20 million, more than twice the original's debut haul in 2002. That pushed The 40 Year-Old Virgin into second place after two weekends on top. Adding another $16.6 million to the till, Virgin's total gross rose to $71.9 million and counting. Among other newcomers, Oscar shoo-in The Constant Gardener bowed strongly in third with $10.8 million while Nick Cannon (more…)
THE 40-YEAR-OLD BAZILLIONAIRETalk about getting lucky! Silver-screen Virgin Steve Carell is in negotiations to replace Jim Carrey in Universal's Bruce Almighty sequel for, oh, heaps more than the half a mil he raked in for his breakthrough flick. According to Variety, in Evan Almighty, the Daily Show vet will reprise his role of the news anchor he portrayed opposite Carrey in Bruce. Morgan Freeman is likely to play God again, but Jennifer Aniston is highly unlikely to sign on at all. Speaking of our old Friend….