James Cameron’s “True Lies” Set For TV Remake. Before the blockbuster “Titanic” in 1997, James Cameron had the mega hit “True Lies.” Now, after another record-breaking hit in “Avatar,” the filmmaker will be bringing back “True Lies” in a TV adaptation. The action/comedy became a top-grossing film in 1994. It starred Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger as a seemingly normal suburban couple. Unbeknown to his wife Helen who believes her husband is just a computer salesman, Harry is leading a double life as a secret agent for the U.S. The film, considered one of the most expensive films ever made that decade, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Visual Effect. Curtis also won a Golden Globe for her role. According to our source, Cameron is set to produce a TV adaptation of the film. His Lightstorm Entertainment and 20th Century Fox TV are producing. Rene Echevarria will be the writer/showrunner and co-exec producer. The details are still unclear, though it is almost safe to say that they will be looking for other actors to play the roles of Schwarzenegger and Curtis. This is not Cameron’s first foray into television. He also co-created and exec produced “Dark Angel,” a Fox series that made Jessica Alba a star in 2000 to 2002
Leonardo DiCaprio Looking Forward To Fatherhood. A heartthrob to millions, Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo DiCaprio says he’s ready to settle down and would like to become a father in the near future. The actor, who has a penchant for dating supermodels, says that fatherhood is in the cards for him “in a few years or more.” In an interview with Le Matin newspaper, the “Titanic” star says he’s got what it takes to be a good dad. He says: “Do I want to be a father? Yes, but I think I have a few more years.” “That said, I don’t think I need to have children to play a father in the movies.”He adds, “This feeling is in me, I understand it completely.” DiCaprio will next be seen on the big screen opposite Ellen Page in “Inception.”
“Avatar” is on the cusp of toppling the domestic box-office record after leading all movies for a seventh straight week. James Cameron’s 3-D epic earned $30 million over the weekend, and its domestic total reached $594.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. That puts the film only about $6 million behind the domestic record set by Cameron’s “Titanic” in 1998 with $600.8 million. Earlier this week, the 20th Century Fox blockbuster passed “Titanic” for the worldwide box-office record. It has now crossed the $2 billion worldwide mark with $2.039 billion, easily beating the $1.8 billion made by “Titanic.” “You have to do a double take when you see these numbers,” said Paul, Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for Hollywood.com, marveling that “Avatar” decreased only 14 percent from the previous weekend. “James Cameron is the king of the box office hold.”
So close to the domestic box-office record, “Avatar” could pass “Titanic,” interestingly enough, on Tuesday — when Oscar nominations are announced. The film is expected to be nominated for best picture, as well as numerous other categories. Those nominations could mean an Oscar bump for “Avatar,” further propelling its gross. Whereas the sustained box-office performance of “Titanic” has typically been attributed to teenage girls seeing the film repeatedly, the demographics for “Avatar” are less clear. One draw for repeat business is surely the 3-D visual effects. “It’s everybody going repeatedly,” said Dergarabedian. “At first it was more of a fanboy experience, and then the word got out.” Analysts believe the lengthy run from “Avatar” is likely hurting the business of other films.Mel Gibson’s revenge-thriller “Edge of Darkness,” debuted this weekend with $17.1 million for Warner Bros., a respectable if slightly low total. Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros., called it a “solid opening.” “On a normal weekend, we probably would have had the number one film,” said Fellman, shrugging at the out-of-this-world competition from “Avatar.” “Edge of Darkness” had been widely seen as a test to whether Gibson can return to headlining a film, after eight years and damage to his image. The last movie he starred in was “Signs” in 2002. Four years later, he made anti-Semitic remarks during a drunken-driving arrest. But “Darkness” has received mostly good reviews. Fellman said the studio’s data showed approximately 70 percent of those seeing the film said they came to see Gibson. “It certainly marks an interesting return for Mel Gibson,” said Fellman. “When this film plays out, I think his star will shine a little brighter.”
Also in its first weekend of release was “When in Rome,” the Walt Disney romantic comedy starring Kristen Bell. It took in $12.1 million.
Many films will hope for a box-office boost from the Academy Awards after nominations are announced Tuesday morning. The Oscar effect, though, may be slightly different this year, since the academy has expanded best picture nominees from five to ten.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Avatar,” $30 million.
2. “Edge of Darkness,” $17.1 million.
3. “When in Rome,” $12.1 million.
4. “The Tooth Fairy,” $10 million.
5. “The Book of Eli,” $8.8 million.
6. “Legion,” $6.8 million.
7. “The Lovely Bones,” $4.7 million.
8. “Sherlock Holmes,” $4.5 million.
9. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” $4 million.
10. “It’s Complicated,” $3.7 million.
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