Has Will Ferrell lost his magic touch? One
of the most bankable actors in Hollywood had a disappointing weekend at
the box office with Semi-Pro, which took in just $15 million in its
first three days of release—that's the lowest opening ever for a Will
Ferrell movie. Ouch! In better news, Vantage Point, starring dominicana
Zoe Saldana, kept the pace with a healthy $13 million in its second
week of release, and Oscar glory has renewed interest in our best
friend-o Javier Bardem, whose No Country for Old Men took in an
additional $4 million in its 17th week in theaters.
Mark Wahlberg has joined the cast of Cocaine Cowboys, a feature film chronicling a Vietnam war veteran's transformation into a major cocaine dealer with strong ties to Pablo Escobar and the Medellin drug cartel. The role of Escobar hasn't been cast yet, but we're willing to bet Javier Bardem and Benicio del Toro are on the short list. Peter Berg (The Kingdom, Friday Night Lights) is attached to direct.
Speaking of Marky Mark, looks like he'll be going from Medellin, Colombia to Rio de Janiero, Brazil, meeting up with Charlize Theron, Seth Green and Mos Def for The Brazilian Job, a sequel to their 2003 heist flick The Italian Job. No word on what Charlie Croker and his team plan to steal this time around, or what they'll be driving when they do.
Keep an eye out for these names: Fernando Eimbcke, Amat Escalante and Gerardo Naranjo. According to Daily Variety, they're poised to become the new power generation of Mexican filmmakers with major cross-over potential, taking over the reigns from the current golden trio of Alfonso Cuaron, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu and Guillermo del Toro. Eimbcke's film Duck Season has won awards around the world, while Escalante's Sangre was a favorite at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Naranjo is best known for his Drama/Mex, produced by Gabriel Garcia Bernal.