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Screenwriters Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith, have been tapped by Universal to pen a modern-day version of the 1982 musical The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.  The 1982 version (based off the 1978 Broadway play of the same name) starred Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton as a town sheriff and madame who team up to stop a crusading TV personality from shutting down the local whorehouse.  According to Variety, the new version will include musical numbers, but Universal isn’t saying whether or not the remake will incorporate songs from the previous film.

Lutz and Smith have built a reputation for writing female driven comedies such as Legally Blonde, She’s the Man, The House Bunny, and The Ugly Truth.  They also wrote the adaptation of Janet Evanovich’s One for the Money, which, as we reported earlier this week, will star Katherine Heigl.

First Trailer for KILLERS Starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher

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Lionsgate has debuted the trailer for Killers, an action comedy starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl set for release this summer.  The basics: Heigl plays Jen, a computer tech vacationing in Europe where she encounters a shirtless and mysterious Spencer (Kutcher).  As romance ensues, Jen gets caught up in the dangerous world of Spencer who is, naturally, a “government-hired super assassin.”  Heigl is re-teaming with The Ugly Truth director Robert Luketic for the feature, which also co-stars Tom Selleck, Catherine O’Hara, and Martin Mull.

Check out the trailer after the break.

Weekend Box Office – FUNNY PEOPLE Tops a Soft Weekend with $23 Million

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The summer-weirdness continues as the weekend’s highest-profile release – director Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” – took first place and still managed to look like a bit of a loser.  Apatow’s star-packed follow-up to “Knocked Up” was a question mark to many box office analysts from the start.  On the one hand, it’s never a good idea to bet against an Apatow comedy; on the other hand, rumor had it that “Funny People” wasn’t that funny.  So what did it all mean in the end?  A respectable $23.4 million weekend take for the funny folks and another disappointing entry in Universal’s summer of regret…

Title Weekend Total
1 Funny People $23,440,000 $23,440,000
2 Harry Potter 6 $17,700,000 $255,463,000
3 G-Force $17,058,000 $66,461,000
4 The Ugly Truth $13,000,000 $54,481,000
5 Aliens in the Attic $7,800,000 $7,800,000
6 Orphan $7,250,000 $26,791,000
7 Ice Age 3 $5,300,000 $181,843,000
8 The Hangover $5,080,000 $255,776,000
9 The Proposal $4,848,000 $148,882,000
10 Transformers 2 $4,600,000 $388,101,000

Weekend Box Office – HARRY POTTER Falls to G-Force on its Second Weekend

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One week at number one was all “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” could manage after all.  The sixth installment in Warner Brother’s epic wizarding-world saga succumbed to the superior numbers of Disney’s “G-Force”, which opened this weekend to a total of $32.2 million from 3,697 theatres – including 1,603 in Digital 3D.  Falling over 61% in its second weekend, “Half-Blood” still pulled in a respectable $30 million – good enough for second place and to bring the film’s worldwide total above $457 million. “The Ugly Truth” earned a very solid $27 million in its first weekend from 2,882 locations – proving that audiences are still in the mood to spend lavishly on romantic-comedies, no matter how terrible and ill-conceived those comedies might be.  And bringing up the rear of this weekend’s new releases parade, Dark Castle’s “Orphan” earned $12.8 million from its 2,750 venues.

Title Weekend Total
1 G-Force $32,152,000 $32,152,000
2 Harry Potter 6 $30,000,000 $221,884,000
3 The Ugly Truth $27,000,000 $27,000,000
4 Orphan $12,770,000 $12,770,000
5 Ice Age 3 $8,200,000 $171,291,000
6 Transformers 2 $8,000,000 $379,090,000
7 The Hangover $6,465,000 $247,077,000
8 The Proposal $6,423,000 $140,086,000
9 Public Enemies $4,170,000 $88,096,000
10 Bruno $2,719,000 $56,516,000

Friday Box Office – HARRY Who? G-FORCE and THE UGLY TRUTH Top POTTER

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At this time last year the box office was still being dominated by one blockbuster release – something to do with Batman, if I recall.  The summer of 2009 has had nothing like the single-title excitement of “The Dark Knight”, however, and already in the last weekend of July the studios are throwing multiple, genre-specific titles at the screen to see what sticks.  Disney has the  CGI hamster action of “G-Force” out in both Digital 3D and standard versions and – if Friday’s opening day numbers are any indication – “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” may have a hard time holding on to the top spot against the cunning rodents.   Sony’s “The Ugly Truth” is playing well to the romantic-comedy crowd while producer Joel Silver’s “Orphan” seems to be courting the under-served “kids without parents are creepy” demographic.  “Half-Blood” did manage to cross the $200 million mark on its tenth day out so check back tomorrow to see if that magic can overcome “G-Force” for the weekend title…

Title Friday Total
1 G-Force $11,500,000 $11,500,000
2 The Ugly Truth $10,800,000 $10,800,000
3 Harry Potter 6 $9,300,000 $201,100,000
4 Orphan $4,900,000 $4,900,000
5 Ice Age 3 $2,600,000 $165,700,000

Exclusive: Gerard Butler Interview THE UGLY TRUTH

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The weekend “300″ came out, for whatever reason I was at the same nightclub as Gerard Butler. It was Sunday night and we were both at a club called Guys in Beverly Hills. At the time, he remembered me from the press junket, and for a little while I got to hang out with his group which included his brother and a number of other friends. They were all on cloud nine on hearing the news that “300″ had made so much money, and for a brief blip of time, I got to see what it was like to be in that world. I have to say, it was really cool.

Cut to a few days ago. For the first time since that night, I interviewed Gerard and I brought up that weekend and asked how his life has changed since “300″. Of course we also talk about his new movie “The Ugly Truth”, his next big action film “Gamer”, and he tells me some great stories about going to Brazil. It’s a great interview so take a look:

Katherine Heigl Exclusive Video Interview THE UGLY TRUTH – And we talk Steven Seagal!

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I always try to ask an unusual question. The reason is the monotony of press junkets. Imagine being asked the same question again and again and again for hours upon hours. After awhile, everyone looks and sounds the same. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to start saying the same thing over and over.

That’s where I come in.

Instead of repeating what has already been asked, if you’ve watched my many interviews on Collider, I always ask something different. With Katherine Heigl, I went back to early in her career….I asked her about Steven Seagal! Of course we also talked about “The Ugly Truth”, her new romantic comedy with Gerard Butler…

Director Robert Luketic Exclusive Video Interview THE UGLY TRUTH – Plus He Talks About his Next Two Films

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Opening this Friday is director Robert Luketic’s new movie “The Ugly Truth” starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. In the film, Katherine plays a romantically challenged morning show producer (Heigl) who gets teamed up with a hardcore TV personality (Butler) that’s always saying his thoughts on what men and women really want. And his speeches aren’t PG-13.

Anyway, after the jump you can see Robert talk about making the film and he also tells us about his two next projects – one is a hardcore action/comedy that also stars Katherine Heigl, and one is a secret project that has some part of it in Brazil. I’ll let him explain it to you:

Exclusive: Gerard Butler talks GAMER

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While Gerard Butler has been making a lot of romantic comedies since playing King Leonidas in Zack Snyder’s “300″, he’s about to return to the action genre in Neveldine/Taylor’s “Gamer”.  If you aren’t familiar with the name Neveldine/Taylor, they made “Crank” and “Crank: High Voltage”. Anyway, their next assault on humanity is “Gamer” and it gets released on September 4th. I can’t wait.

So at this weekend’s press junket for Gerard’s latest film “The Ugly Truth”, I made sure to ask him about returning to action genre with “Gamer”. You can see what he said about the film after the jump:

6 Movie Clips from THE UGLY TRUTH – Starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler

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Opening on July 24th is “The Ugly Truth” and it’s a romantic comedy starring Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler. In the latest chapter of the genre:

A romantically challenged morning show producer (Heigl) is hopelessly single. She’s in for a rude awakening when her bosses team her with Mike Chadway (Butler), a hardcore TV personality who promises to spill the ugly truth on what makes men and women tick.

While I always find it funny when Hollywood tries to sell a woman looking like Katherine Heigl being hopelessly single, I’m rooting for the film because of Gerard Butler. What can I say, after “300″ I’m a fan. Anyway, after the jump are six clips if you’d like to take a look.

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