J.J. Abrams' Manhattan-based monster drama Cloverfield earned a colossal $41 million at the box office this weekend, giving it the largest-ever January opening and Paramount's tenth-biggest debut in the studio's history.
While we were near the film's set on the southwest corner of Central Park, a random crew member handed us something interesting: a call sheet for "day 33 of 33" of shooting that appears to give away Cloverfield's ending — and alternate ending!
Yesterday we told you about the trailer for the new J.J. Abrams–produced monster movie, which features shaky camera-phone footage of the Statue of Liberty's head getting blown off. (Maybe the monster is some kind of enormous John Rambo!) Today the trades jump on the story, with few results, while the movie blogs continue their yeoman's work of digging into Cloverfield's viral marketing campaign.
Ryan Gosling Joins Lovely Bones:Ryan Gosling will play the murdered girl's father in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, joining the already-cast Rachel Weisz. We're throwing up our hands; Jackson seems determined to make a really good movie and damn the box-office consequences. God bless him.
Ratner on Hef: Director Brett Ratner will direct Playboy, a biopic of Hugh Hefner, for Universal. Brian Grazer's Imagine will produce, and John Hoffman is writing. Ratner's first-ever visit to the Playboy Mansion last week convinced the aging Hef that the auteur behind Rush Hour was the man to tell the story of Playboy's part in the cultural revolutions of the sixties. We just hope Ratner remembers to put boobs in it! [Variety]