A terrorist attack is played out through multiple perspectives in the high-octane political thriller Vantage Point which leads the four-pack of new openers which also includes three small comedies. Sony will score its first number one hit since October with this star-driven actioner which boasts a cast that features Dennis Quaid, Forest Whitaker, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Fox, and William Hurt. The PG-13 pic has the biggest marketing and distribution push of any new release this weekend so a comfortable lead over its competitors should be expected. None of the actors are guaranteed box office sensations, but together they equal one big bankable A-lister.

Adults will make up the primary age group and appeal seems strong to both males and females. The intriguing style of the film will make it stand out from the crowd, although fellow action options Jumper and Fool’s Gold will provide some competition. Plus many adults will be preoccupied with their last chance to see the Oscar nominees before Sunday night’s big show. The five Best Picture candidates banked $14M over Presidents’ Day weekend. Vantage Point should play to the same folks that came out for other star-driven non-special effects action and suspense pics from this time of year like Sahara ($18.1M), The Interpreter ($22.8M) and Premonition ($17.6M). Attacking over 3,000 locations, Vantage Point could open to about $21M this weekend.


Vantage Point

Jack Black and Mos Def star in the video store comedy Be Kind Rewind playing two men who recreate top Hollywood movies after their tapes get damaged. The PG-13 film from New Line comes from acclaimed French director Michel Gondry who after Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Science of Sleep has built up his share of fans on this side of the Atlantic. A marketplace full of new comedies will split that crowd so Rewind will have to rely on fans of the director and stars to come out. Jumper and Vantage Point will also take mainstream moviegoers out of the picture. Breaking into roughly 800 theaters, Be Kind Rewind could bow to about $3M.


Mos Def and Jack Black in Driving Miss Daisy, er, Be Kind Rewind

Larry the Cable Guy returns for more blue collar humor in the Lionsgate comedy Witless Protection opening on Friday. The standup comedian plays a small town sheriff that kidnaps a woman in FBI custody for a road trip to solve a case. Rated PG-13, the pic has the goal of establishing the funnyman as a box office draw, but if the grosses of his last two films are any indication, this one will be gunned down quickly. Two years ago, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector debuted to $6.9M while last year’s Delta Farce slumped by half to a $3.4M bow. Diminishing returns could again be in order especially since Witless will not be released as wide. Opening in 1,333 locations, Witless Protection might collect about $3M this weekend.


Larry the Cable Guy and Jenny McCarthy in Witless Protection

After many delays, MGM releases the comedy Charlie Bartlett which stars that iron guy Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, and Anton Yelchin as the title character. The R-rated film tells of a private school kid who becomes an underground shrink and pill pusher in public school. Teens are a core component of the target audience, but the restrictive rating will keep many of them out. The marketing push has not been strong and a lack of starpower and excitement will keep the grosses low. Juno‘s brand of high school fun in its 12th weekend could see a bigger audience. Entering about 1,000 theaters, Charlie Bartlett may debut to around $2M.


Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey, Jr. in Charlie Bartlett

Fox’s sci-fi actioner Jumper should take a big jump down this weekend. Word-of-mouth is not all that great and Vantage Point will steal away much of the action crowd. Look for a 50% drop to about $13.5M which would give the Hayden Christensen flick $57M in eleven days.

The Spiderwick Chronicles got off to a solid start last weekend as the only major offering for families and with no new kidpics entering the scene, a smaller decline is assured. Sophomore drops for Disney’s own Presidents’ Day weekend films from the past two years were 37% for Bridge to Terabithia and 21% for 2006’s Eight Below. Spiderwick could fall in between with a 30% fall giving Paramount $13M for the frame and $44M after eleven days.

Following a potent debut, Step Up 2 The Streets will suffer a sizable drop. The dance sequel may lose 45% of its take and gross $10M pushing the eleven-day cume to $42M. Warner Bros. should see its comedy adventure Fool’s Gold drop by 35% to around $8M. Total would climb to $54M.

LAST YEAR: Spending its second weekend on top, Sony’s Ghost Rider starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage fell hard but still pulled in $20.1M to top the box office over Oscar weekend. Jim Carrey gave horror a chance with The Number 23 and debuted in second with a solid $14.6M bow. The New Line release eventually grossed $35.2M and was the first of many thrillers in 2007 that marked major Hollywood stars doing their first scary movies. Disney’s Bridge to Terabithia slipped one spot to third with $14.2M in its sophomore frame. Fox’s comedy Reno 911!: Miami debuted in fourth with $10.3M representing half of its eventual $20.3M final tally. Fellow comedy Norbit rounded out the top five with $9.8M in its third session. Opening at the lower rungs of the top ten were the Billy Bob Thornton drama The Astronaut Farmer with $4.5M and the slave trade drama Amazing Grace with $4.1M from a more limited release. Totals reached $11M for Warner Bros. and $21.3M for Goldwyn/Roadside Attractions.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

It made a billion dollars and I can’t remember talking to ONE person who actually liked it. But you knew it was coming. The ball is rolling on another Night at the Museum.

And I’d be willing to bet that’s what they call it, too: "Another Night at the Museum." Because that’s what passes for clever these days.

OK, I’ll put the sarcasm away. According to Dark Horizons, screenwriters Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon (who have Balls of Fury on the way) have confessed: Yes, they’ve started in on the sequel’s screenplay. Then again, Night at the Museum was a pretty big step up from their other screenplays. Shield your eyeballs and then scan those credits. Yep, the same guys who co-created the hilarious Reno 911! and The State — also co-wrote Taxi, The Pacifier, Herbie: Fully Loaded, and Let’s Go to Prison. I’m not sure if Ben Stiller is signed yet, but that shouldn’t be a problem. That guy will do just about any flick for a paycheck. (And how the heck did the Reno 911! movie turn out so rotten?)

Having said all that, the Balls of Fury trailer did make me chuckle a few times — about five months ago. But back to the main issue: Another Night at the Museum? Who’s up for that? Be honest. The first flick didn’t gross $250 million by itself.

Source: Dark Horizons

Moviegoers rallied behind the star-driven comedy "Wild Hogs," which raced to number one at the North American box office, zooming past all expectations from Disney. Meanwhile, Viacom saw less-than-stellar debuts from its serial killer drama "Zodiac" from Paramount Pictures and the southern fried saga "Black Snake Moan" from arthouse unit Paramount Vantage. Overall, the box office remained healthy and surged well ahead of last year’s performance.

Buena Vista powered its way to an estimated $38M in opening weekend sales for its road comedy "Wild Hogs," delivering the largest March debut in history for a live-action film. The PG-13 pic starring Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence, and William H. Macy as four middle-aged men on a motorcycle adventure averaged a stellar $11,561 from 3,287 theaters. It was the year’s second biggest opening after "Ghost Rider‘s" $45.4M bow two weeks ago. According to studio research, 54% of the audience was actually female. Travolta’s everlasting sex appeal, Allen’s pull with moms thanks to his many Disney flicks, and the cast’s appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last week probably contributed to the solid turnout by women. The stars also allowed the film to tap into different audience segments.

"Wild Hogs" posted the best opening ever in March for a non-animated film and the third biggest overall. The only movies to debut better in this month were the "Ice Age" flicks of 2002 and 2006. It also gave Travolta the biggest opening by far of his career, beating the $23.5M of 2005’s "Be Cool," and the second best bow for Allen after the $57.4M bow of 1999’s "Toy Story 2." As expected, "Hogs" was slammed by critics but reviews are practically irrelevant for a star-driven comedy like this. This is a crowdpleaser, not a criticpleaser. Audiences make their decisions based on if they think they will get a good laugh or not and Buena Vista’s marketing push was indeed solid. Though the overall weekend gross was strong, what was even more encouraging was the significant Friday-to-Saturday boost of 49% which is rare for any new release. A journey into nine-digit territory seems likely.

Debuting far back in second place was the serial killer pic "Zodiac," with an estimated $13.1M from 2,362 sites. Averaging a respectable $5,546 per theater, the R-rated film from director David Fincher played to an older audience as two-thirds of the crowd was over the age of 25, according to studio research from Paramount. Males and females were evenly represented. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., and Mark Ruffalo, "Zodiac" follows the investigation behind one of California’s most notorious murderers from the 1960s and 70s. The $65M film fared better than last fall’s murder mysteries set in the Golden State, "The Black Dahlia" and "Hollywoodland," which debuted to $10M and $5.9M respectively.

Reviews were overwhelmingly positive for "Zodiac," but its 160-minute length may have cut into its grossing potential. Plus when factoring in ticket prices increases over the years, it can be estimated that "Zodiac" sold the fewest opening weekend tickets of any of Fincher’s films. Admissions were roughly the same as for "Fight Club," which bowed to $11M in 1999. The studio is hoping that good word-of-mouth can carry the film in the weeks ahead.

After leading the pack for two full weeks, the Johnny Blaze flick "Ghost Rider" fell to third but only dropped 43% for an estimated $11.5M gross. Sony’s Nicolas Cage starrer has taken in $94.8M in 17 days and should become the first new release of 2007 to break the $100M barrier. Disney’s "Bridge to Terabithia" also held up well dipping 39% in its third adventure to an estimated $8.6M. Cume stands at $57.9M.

Jim Carrey‘s thriller "The Number 23" fell from second to fifth place in its sophomore scare and collected an estimated $7.1M. Down an understandable 52%, the New Line title has taken in a semi-decent $24.7M in ten days and looks headed for a $35-38M finish.

Eddie Murphy‘s latest comedy "Norbit" enjoyed the smallest decline in the top ten and dipped 34% to an estimated $6.4M for a $83M sum. Fellow laugher "Music and Lyrics" dropped just 36% to an estimated $4.9M giving the Hugh GrantDrew Barrymore pic $38.7M to date.

Paramount Vantage bowed its Samuel L. JacksonChristina Ricci drama "Black Snake Moan" and collected an estimated $4M from 1,252 theaters. Averaging a mild $3,208, the debut was half the size of writer/director Craig Brewer‘s last film "Hustle & Flow," which opened in July 2005 to $8M from 1,013 theaters on its way to $22.2M and an Oscar. Jackson has witnessed many of his headlining vehicles struggle at the box office including "Freedomland," "The Man," and even "Snakes on a Plane," which despite hitting the top spot, grossed much less than expected given its media hype last summer.

The Fox comedy "Reno 911!: Miami" tumbled 64% in its second weekend to an estimated $3.8M for a ninth place finish. The R-rated pic has grossed $16.4M in ten days and should conclude with roughly $20M. Rounding out the top ten was the FBI thriller "Breach" with an estimated $3.5M, off 42%, for a $25.4M total.

Three smaller films dropped out of the top ten over the weekend. The slave trade drama "Amazing Grace" dipped only 26% in its second weekend to an estimated $3M. With $8.2M in ten days, the Samuel Goldwyn/Roadside Attractions period pic may find its way to $15-18M. The Billy Bob Thornton flop "The Astronaut Farmer" grossed an estimated $2.2M, down 52%, and put its sum at an embarrassing $7.7M. Look for a $11M final.

Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry comedy "Daddy’s Little Girls" fell 53% to an estimated $2.3M in its third frame and upped its cume to $28.4M. By comparison, the distributor saw stronger 17-day grosses of $44M and $55.7M respectively for the director’s last two films, "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea’s Family Reunion." "Daddy’s" should end its run with $30-33M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $100.8M which was up a stunning 30% from last year when "Madea" stayed at number one with just $12.6M; but off 4% from 2005 when "The Pacifier" debuted on top with $30.6M.

Source: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage ruled Oscar weekend with his skull-on-fire motorcycle actioner "Ghost Rider," which held steady at number one in North America for the second straight time. Moviegoers delivered different verdicts to the handful of new releases led by the Jim Carrey thriller "The Number 23," which fared best and debuted in second place. Overall, the top ten was about even with the corresponding weekends from the last two years.

Dropping 57% from its powerful opening weekend, "Ghost Rider" took in an estimated $19.7M over the weekend and pushed its ten-day tally to a sensational $78.7M. The big-budget Sony actioner adapted from the popular Marvel comic book series suffered a decline similar to that of 2003’s "Daredevil," which sank 55% in its second frame after an explosive bow over Presidents’ Day weekend. That super hero flick captured 68% of its domestic total in the first ten days. "Ghost Rider" is so far following the same path which means a final gross of $115-120M seems likely.

Comedy guru Jim Carrey took a stab at horror with his new psychological thriller "The Number 23" and saw moderate results with a $15.1M launch, according to estimates. Playing in 2,759 theaters, the R-rated film averaged $5,476 per location for New Line. Critics were brutal to the scary pic, but the opening fared better than those of most of Carrey’s previous non-comedies.

Disney’s "Bridge to Terabithia" dropped 40% in its sophomore adventure and pulled in an estimated $13.6M in ticket sales. The PG-rated fantasy has banked an impressive $46.2M in ten days and may be heading for around $75M overall.

Fox saw a not-so-arresting debut for its cop comedy "Reno 911!: Miami," which opened in fourth place with an estimated $10.4M. The R-rated feature adapted from the moderately successful Comedy Central series averaged a mild $3,849 from a wide release in 2,702 theaters. By comparison, openings for other recent R-rated comedies based on popular television properties include $26.5M for "Borat" and $29M for "Jackass: Number Two," both of which bowed at number one.

Eddie Murphy‘s comedy "Norbit" dropped 42% to an estimated $9.7M in its third weekend raising its total to $74.7M for Paramount. Warner Bros. followed with its own comedy "Music and Lyrics," which pulled in an estimated $8M in its sophomore weekend. Down a reasonable 41%, the Hugh GrantDrew Barrymore pic has taken in $32.1M in 12 days and could be headed for the $50M mark.

Universal’s "Breach" dipped 41% in its second weekend to an estimated $6.2M. With $20.5M in ten days, the FBI thriller in on course for a $35M total. The Tyler Perry comedy "Daddy’s Little Girls" lost half of its audience in the second weekend just like the director’s last two February comedies. The Lionsgate release grossed an estimated $5.3M, down 53%, and has taken in $25.6M. Both "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Madea’s Family Reunion" made about 75% of their total grosses in the first ten days so a $35M final for Girls seems likely.

A pair of new releases rounded out the top ten. Warner Bros. saw a dismal opening for its Billy Bob Thornton drama "The Astronaut Farmer," which grossed an estimated $4.5M from 2,155 locations. Averaging a poor $2,093 per theater, the PG-rated film earned mixed reviews from critics.

Goldwyn’s historical slave trade drama "Amazing Grace" enjoyed a solid bow with an estimated $4.3M from only 791 sites for a respectable $5,442 average matching "Ghost Rider’s" per-theater average to the dollar. Reviews were mostly favorable.

Four films dropped out of the top ten over the weekend. The runaway smash "Night at the Museum" collected an estimated $2.2M in its tenth weekend and upped its total to $241.7M putting it at number 44 on the list of all-time domestic blockbusters ahead of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," which made $241.4M in 2002. "Museum" fell 41% this weekend and should go on to reach around $246M domestically and over $500M worldwide.

Universal’s Diane Keaton comedy "Because I Said So" grossed an estimated $2.9M, down 44%, putting its cume at a decent $38.4M. A final gross of $43-45M seems likely. Sony’s thriller "The Messengers" grossed an estimated $1.6M, tumbling 58%, for a $33.4M cume. The $16M production should conclude with a healthy $35M. MGM’s "Hannibal Rising" has grossed about $26M to date and should end its run with only $30M.

The top ten films grossed an estimated $96.7M which was up 1% from last year when "Madea’s Family Reunion" opened at number one with $30M; but off 2% from 2005 when "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" debuted on top with $21.9M.

Source: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

Following a busy holiday weekend when five new releases opened nationwide, the crowded marketplace will now face another four new films invading multiplexes everywhere.

Jim Carrey tries out the horror genre in "The Number 23," TV comedy comes to the big screen in "Reno 911!: Miami," Billy Bob Thornton longs to be in outer space in "The Astronaut Farmer," and more frights pop up in "The Abandoned." Overall ticket sales should simmer down after the record Presidents’ Day holiday weekend led by "Ghost Rider" which will fight to keep its box office crown. Meanwhile, aging Oscar contenders will compete over last-minute biz ahead of Sunday’s Academy Awards which will bring some drama of its own.

After tackling comedy, drama, super hero flicks, and kids movies, Jim Carrey explores his darker side in the new psychological thriller "The Number 23." The Riddler reteams with his "Batman Forever" director Joel Schumacher in this R-rated story about a man obsessed with a book that seems to reveal mysteries about his own past. Virginia Madsen co-stars. Older teens and young adults will make up the target audience here and many in the horror camps will come out of curiosity too. The title is strong and the marketing has been solid so "23" will be able to make a serious challenge for the top spot. Jim Carrey’s starpower will be put to the test once again since this is not a "Bruce Almighty" or "Liar, Liar" situation. Actually, "23" might post one of the best openings of his career for a non-comedy. Maybe if it opens big, he’ll be cast in one of the next twenty-three "Saw" films. Opening in over 2,500 locations this weekend, the new Carrey film may end up grossing $23M – $2M – $3M.


Jim Carrey goes whacko due to "The Number 23."

After making a mint on "Borat," Fox looks to another raunchy comedy for some income. "Reno 911!: Miami" finds the cast of the popular Comedy Central series hitting the road to Florida for a national convention. The R-rated pic will play almost exclusively to fans of the show which while successful, is not really a runaway smash so the potential could be limited. Trailers and commercials actually look funny so a slightly wider crowd may come in. Though "23" could not be more different of a film, it will still offer plenty of competition for older teens and young adults. Moviegoers paying top dollar for a ticket are more likely to try out a Jim Carrey film, even if he’s testing out a new genre. By not screening for critics and releasing the film in the most theaters of any new release this weekend, Fox is basically hoping that those who have seen the show will come out and give this one a try. Steep declines in subsequent weeks are assured. But for the opening frame, a debut in 2,702 venues could lead to a weekend tally of around $14M for "Reno 911!: Miami."


Our favorite careening cops are ready to take on Miami.

Billy Bob Thornton plays an ex-astronaut who tends to his farm in the aptly-titled "The Astronaut Farmer" from Warner Bros. The PG-rated film co-stars Virginia Madsen who pulls double duty this weekend playing the wife to both a bad santa and a grinch. The former Mr. Jolie sells more tickets when he’s not the anchor of a film, so it could be a rough ride this weekend. Appeal to teens and young adults seems weak as the turnout could come from older adults who may also bring with them younger children thanks to the rating. With the violence of "Ghost Rider" and the debut of a trio of R-rated pics, there could be an opportunity with the family crowd. That is, if they already have seen "Bridge to Terabithia." The marketing push has not been too loud so don’t expect a high altitude here. "The Astronaut Farmer" opens in over 2,000 theaters on Friday and may find itself with about $8M.


Billy Bob has the right stuff in "The Astronaut Farmer."

Hitting theaters on a pitstop to what could be solid DVD revenue, the horror film "The Abandoned" enters the marketplace as the weekend’s other new scary movie. The R-rated film tells the story of an American woman who finds terror in Russia when she sets out to find her birth parents. Obviously, opening against Jim Carrey’s new spookfest will hurt the grosses for "The Abandoned." If it were a PG-13 film aimed at teenage girls, it could have been another story, but those over the age of 17 who want a fright will be thinking "23." Lionsgate is only launching "The Abandoned" in about 1,250 locations so a mild $3M gross could result.


No reviews, and no other photos for "The Abandoned."

Last weekend, Nicolas Cage enjoyed a record-breaking Presidents’ Day opening with "Ghost Rider" which grabbed $45.4M over the three-day portion of its holiday bow. The Marvel super hero flick opened much like 2003’s "Daredevil" which launched on the same frame and suffered a 55% drop on the sophomore session. "Ghost Rider" should see similar results as it also attracted much of its fan base last weekend and is facing the same level of competition that the Ben Affleck actioner saw in its second attack. Look for "Ghost Rider" to burn up another $20M which would lift its ten-day tally to $79M.

Disney’s "Bridge to Terabithia" should enjoy a better hold since there is little new competition for its family audience. A 30% decline would give the PG-rated fantasy around $16M for the weekend and a solid $48M after ten days. Aside from crossing his fingers for an Oscar, Eddie Murphy will see another sizable drop in sales for his comedy "Norbit." A 45% fall would give the Paramount release a $9M frame bumping the cume to $74M.

LAST YEAR: Tyler Perry‘s comedy "Madea’s Family Reunion" opened atop the charts with a powerful $30M debut for Lionsgate. The hit flick found its way to $63.3M. Holdovers rounded out the top five with Disney’s "Eight Below" dropping a spot to second with $15.9M in its sophomore frame. The Steve Martin remake "The Pink Panther" took in $11.1M and was followed by "Date Movie"’s $9.1M and the $7.2M of "Curious George." Opening to poor results were the animated film "Doogal" with $3.6M and New Line’s "Running Scared" with $3.4M. Final grosses reached only $7.6M and $6.9M, respectively.

Author: Gitesh Pandya, www.BoxOfficeGuru.com

This week at the movies, we’ve got wacky cops ("Reno 911!: Miami"), numerological tension ("The Number 23," starring Jim Carrey), a rocket man ("The Astronaut Farmer," starring Billy Bob Thornton), and a haunted house ("The Abandoned"). What do the critics have to say?

On the small screen, the "COPS" parody "Reno 911," with its incompetent lawmen, zany situations, and absurd fashions, is good for its share of laughs. In the multiplex? Critics say "Reno 911!: Miami" is a slightly less arresting proposition. The gang heads to Miami to break up a terrorist plot on spring break; hilarity ensues. Sketch comedy is often on shaky ground when moved from the tube to the big screen, and a few of the critics say "Reno 911" is no exception; they feel the film has some good laughs but ultimately runs out of steam. Others say that fans of the show will get exactly what they want. At 55 percent on the Tomatometer, "911" is a call you have to make for yourself. (Check out an interview with "Reno 911" cast members by RT’s own Jen Yamato.)


"Reno 911!: Miami," invoking the spirit of "Baywatch Nights."

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the number 23, visions of Michael Jordan dance in my head. (Or perhaps former Red Sox first baseman Brian Daubach.) Director Joel Schumacher and star Jim Carrey want the titular figure to be synonymous with psychological intrigue, but the critics say it’s more like the law of diminishing returns. Carrey stars as a man whose wife (Virginia Madsen) has given him a pulp novel that appears to be about his life, and he subsequently becomes fixated on the number 23, which seems to turn up everywhere he goes. The pundits say "The Number 23" is incomprehensible and overly busy, draining the film of suspense. At 11 percent on the Tomatometer, you may want to subtract "The Number 23" from your list.


The tomatometer of "Pet Detective" minus the tomatometer of "When Nature Calls" equals …23!

Here’s a high concept for you: "Field of Dreams" in orbit. Sound ridiculous? Well, cynics be darned; critics say "The Astronaut Farmer" is a heartwarming fairytale, an inspirational family film that seems out of place in contemporary Hollywood. The movie tells the tale of a former astronaut (Billy Bob Thornton) who, facing foreclosure on his farm, dreams of building his own rocket against all odds. The pundits say "The Astronaut Farmer" is a heartwarming ride, featuring a strong sense of its Midwestern locale helmed with an unpretentious, pleasant directorial touch by the Polish brothers. At 78 percent on the Tomatometer, "The Astronaut Farmer" may be worth a ride.


"I sure do like them french fried potaters, mmm hmmm."

It appears that the people behind "The Abandoned" have, ahem, abandoned it, since it wasn’t screened for critics. The film tells the story of a woman who returns to the house where she was born in a remote part of Russia; horrifying events ensue. Get a search party together and Guess that Tomatometer.

Also opening this week in limited release: "Starter for 10," a Britcom about a working class kid at a posh university, is at 86 percent; "Glastonbury," a rockumentary about England’s most venerable music festival, is at 73 percent; "Cocaine Angel," a harrowing no-budget indie about a few days in the lives of Florida addicts, is at 60 percent; "Amazing Grace," about William Wilberforce’s 20 year struggle to end slavery in the British Empire, is at 55 percent; and "Gray Matters," a rom-com about a brother and sister expanding their romantic horizons starring Heather Graham, is at 20 percent.


Morrissey waxes poetic about his comatose girlfriend in "Glastonbury."

Finally, props to FernandoDANTE and alwaysforevernow for coming the closest to guessing "Ghost Rider"’s Tomatometer of 27 percent. Get your respective motors running, and then, subsequently, head out on the highway.

Recent Jim Carrey Movies:
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27% — Fun With Dick and Jane (2005)
71% — Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
93% — Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
49% — Bruce Almighty (2003)
42% — The Majestic (2001)

Recent Billy Bob Thornton Movies:
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27% — School for Scoundrels (2006)
46% — The Ice Harvest (2005)
45% — The Bad News Bears (2005)
79% — Chrystal (2004)
82% — Friday Night Lights (2004)

What did the stars of "Reno 911!: Miami" have to tell us when they sat down to chat (in character) about their upcoming movie? Read the whole outrageous interview, if you dare, for the fine officers’ thoughts on inter-office romance, restraining orders, how Hollywood has changed them, their Oscar picks, and more!

Nobody wears short shorts like Lieutenant Jim Dangle of the Reno Sheriff’s Department. Unfortunately, three minutes into our interview with him earlier this month in San Francisco, his shorts got the better of him, and painfully so. With that auspicious start, RT had a most stimulating talk with three of "Reno 911!"’s most recognizable faces — Lt. Dangle (Thomas Lennon), Deputy Trudy Wiegel (Kerri Kenney-Silver), and Deputy Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant) — to let them set straight the salacious record of their police department, as "documented" in the Comedy Central series "Reno 911!" and this Friday’s big-screen release, "Reno 911!: Miami."

**The following interview contains mature language and content.


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RT: What sort of misrepresentations are you worried about coming across in the movie?

Lt. Jim Dangle: A lot of our interactions with each other have been cast forward as if…

Deputy Travis Junior: We’re a bunch of horny retards.

Dangle: Yeah, as if we’re all constantly walking around with a boner, trying to get the other one into some sort of erotic tickle bath.

Deputy Trudy Wiegel: In other words, I think we’re afraid of accuracy.

Dangle: No, no, no…

Junior: Yes.

Dangle: Yes.

[At this point in the interview, Dangle gets himself tangled…in his signature short shorts. Laughter and concern ensue.]


Dangle gets in a tangle during our interview

RT: How relaxed are the admissions requirements to become a cop in Reno?

Dangle: Very relaxed. Crystal Methamphetamine is sweeping the region, and we need every warm body we can get to fight it. Our new requirements are three push ups (girl push ups are acceptable), one set of monkey bars, and a brief, multiple choice psychological profile. (Sample question: DO YOU FANTASIZE THAT YOU ARE THE ANGEL OF DEATH?) It’s pretty easy stuff. Our drug testing is also a lot looser. A history of shrooms, weed and whippets is no longer an automatic disqualification. So as long as you don’t think you’re the Angel of Death and can do monkey bars, you’re solid.

RT: Ok, so what’s up with you and Officer Jones?

Dangle: You know how sometimes two friends, one friend will…jump out of the showers nude, and will do like a "I’m a little Pokemon" dance for the other one? And one misinterprets it…that’s what I did, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I jumped out nude, I had a three-quarter erection — which was totally coincidental — and I was pretending to be a little Pokemon and I thought he would find this funny. Now it turns out, you can’t account for everybody’s sense of humor. Some people have different senses of humor.

Junior: So the three quarter was accidental, and yet you were the Pokeman.

Dangle: Now see, this is how they twist my words around, and it’s now coming off inappropriate. When the fact is it was very funny if you were there.

RT: Right.


Dangle and Junior find a familiar face in roller skates in Miami

Dangle: That’s our relationship, is he filed a…

Junior: Restraining order.

Dangle: Pfft. They call it that.

Junior: You have to stay 50 feet away when you’re off duty.

Dangle: They call it that.

Junior: There are so many restraining orders between different members of our department, that they’re gonna have to build like a 300 yard morning briefing room so we can all go in at once.

Dangle: [Looks across the room] Trudy’s violating one right now.

RT: Before the movie you were kind of reality TV stars, but now that you’ve gone Hollywood how have your lives changed?

Dangle: Certainly name recognition.

Junior: When you’re a law enforcement officer and you drive around, people tend to show their respect by shoutin’…

Dangle: "Hey, f****t!"

Junior: Yeah, or "F**k you, a**hole!"

Trudy: Sometimes they throw s**t at you.

Junior: And now it’s definitely changed…


All eight of Reno’s finest (Johnson’s in the rear)

Dangle: "Hey Dangle, you’re a f****t!" Which means they must know a little bit more about me than before.

Trudy: "Hey Trudy, you f***in’ retard!" Then I get hit.

Junior: So it’s name recognition, it’s getting out there —

Dangle: — name recognition, combined with hate speech.

Junior: Yeah.

Dangle: We used to get the hate speech before, but now, we know who they’re talking to. It feels…more specific.

RT: Your movie comes out around Oscar time, so what are each of your Oscar picks? Junior, last year were you a "Brokeback" guy or a "Crash" guy?

Junior: What’s that? I missed both of those.

Trudy: They’re films, feature films.

Dangle: I tried to get you to come to "Brokeback" with me, remember that’s the one —

Junior: –yeah, you kept saying it was a good cowboy movie…

Dangle: Best cowboy movie ever!


The Reno Sheriff’s Department on beach patrol

Junior: No, we got a video store, a two dollar video store, in Reno. We don’t get a lot of first-run movies. We usually get Oscars from four, five years ago. And I tend to miss those.

Trudy: Yeah, I just saw "Beaches," and it was incredible! It’s definitely gonna win an Oscar.

Dangle: "As Good As It Gets" — has this one just come out or has that one been out for a while? My goodness, it was a wonderful, splendid film.

We’ve got a two dollar movie theatre that’s mostly used by winos as a sort of "jack off" palace. I’ve been a couple times this year, and I tried to sit through "Finding Neverland" — it just came out here — but there was so much tugging going on around me that it was hard to concentrate. That Depp is a remarkable piece of work, though. I wouldn’t mind.

RT: Have you and Junior seen "Night At The Museum," and what did you think of it?

Dangle: I’m not really into "Art House" type movies like that.

Click here to read about Trudy’s baby, Dangle’s shorts, and lots more from our "Reno 911!" interview!

Comedy Central’s hit faux reality show, “Reno 911!,” is hitting the big screen as the dysfunctional squad of law enforcers find themselves at a police convention in Florida. When a terrorist plot puts 2,000 of the nation’s best cops out of commission, Reno’s finest find themselves unlikely heroes charged with policing the streets of Miami.

RT caught up with Deputy Trudy Wiegel, Deputy Travis Junior, and Lieutenant Jim Dangle (AKA series co-creators Kerri Kenney-Silver, Robert Ben Garant, and Thomas Lennon) during their San Francisco press stop to promote “Reno 911!: Miami” — where they hoped to set the record straight about the film, which the officers fear paints the Reno Sheriff’s department in an unfavorable light.

During our exclusive chat, we found Trudy, Dangle, and Junior to be most amiable and candid (“Reno 911!” fans: Trudy speaks about the baby!); more than anything, they want the world to know that they’re not, well, quite as dumb as their TV show and film make them to be (though minutes into the interview, Dangle caught himself in an uncomfortable position thanks to his signature department-issue police shorts).

Read on to hear about the “Reno 911!” office dynamics (multiple restraining orders), their Oscar picks (“Beaches”), career hopes, and TONS more “Reno 911!” related tidbits!

**Disclaimer: The following article contains mature language and content.


Deputy Junior, Jen Yamato, Lt. Dangle, Trudy Wiegel

RT: How’s San Francisco treating you all?

Dangle: Fantastic. It’s the capital of the world! —

Trudy: — technically, I think Beirut is the capital of the world —

Dangle: — I don’t know if it’s because I’m in my uniform, with the moustache, and the shades, and the highlights, but the people have been really treating me like a hometown boy.

Trudy: Well you have hometown advantage here.

Dangle: Yeah, I kinda do. This is my peeps.

RT: Have you been to San Francisco before?

Dangle: Oh my goodness gracious yes. If not the number one thing about living in Reno — the proximity to here.

RT: What sort of misrepresentations are you worried about coming across in the movie?

Dangle: A lot of our interactions with each other have been cast forward as if…

Junior: We’re a bunch of horny retards.

Dangle: Yeah, as if we’re all constantly walking around with a boner, trying to get the other one into some sort of erotic tickle bath.

Trudy: In other words, I think we’re afraid of accuracy.

Dangle: No, no, no…

Junior: Yes.

Dangle: Yes. You know, it – ow! [writhes in his seat] Son of a b****, I actually just hurt my balls.

Junior: You alright? Want me to call somebody?


Dangle encounters a wardrobe malfunction during our interview…

Dangle: — really badly! I’m alright, I’m alright.

Trudy: Should I get the concierge?

Dangle: I leaned forward and…son of a b****!

Junior: We have a bonafide injury.

Dangle: Aagh. That very seldom happens…it paints us obviously to look dumber than we are, when the fact is, we are…

Junior: Hard working civil servants…

Dangle: Hard working civil servants! And, for our force, we’re the eight that we show!

Junior: Oh, them other nimrods…there’s a very steep drop off between the eight deputies –

Dangle: There’s not just eight of us.

RT: So in reality the Reno Sheriff’s department is much larger?

Dangle: Oh, there are more members of the Reno Sheriff’s department. There’s Ugly Ray. Uh…

Trudy: He only has half a face.

Junior: Self-inflicted wound.

Trudy: The half that he does have is attractive.

Junior: Yeah, if you look at him from the right side, he don’t look bad.

Dangle: We got a guy, Rick, who talks through a [motions to his throat], he lost his larynx…

Junior: Chain smoker. Really gives folks the giggles because he has to put the lil’ device up to the loudspeaker to bark at people over the intercom on the car…

Trudy: Yup, and he’s doing that while smoking a cigarette…

Dangle: We got Donna, who was one of those Thalidomide babies. She’s uh…sweet as pie, but she looks…unfortunate.

Junior: Yup…of unfortunate build.


The Reno Sheriff’s Department, on patrol in “Reno 911!: Miami”

RT: So the eight of you were really the most photogenic ones?

Dangle: We’re the really really camera-ready fun, smart ones.

Junior: We’re the crack —

Dangle: — the A-Team. You really don’t wanna meet Donna, Rick and…we have other ones.

RT: How relaxed are the admissions requirements to become a cop in Reno?

Dangle: Very relaxed. Crystal Methamphetamine is sweeping the region, and we need every warm body we can get to fight it. Our new requirements are three push ups (girl push ups are acceptable), one set of monkey bars, and a brief, multiple choice psychological profile. (Sample question: DO YOU FANTASIZE THAT YOU ARE THE ANGEL OF DEATH?) It’s pretty easy stuff. Our drug testing is also a lot looser. A history of shrooms, weed and whippets is no longer an automatic disqualification. So as long as you don’t think you’re the Angel of Death and can do monkey bars, you’re solid.

RT: There’s one thing everyone wants to know: what is up with Dangle and Trudy, after the events of Miami?

Trudy: Well you saw what happened in Miami, and his watch is still caught in my privates. Not the whole watch, just links. We had to remove the timepiece, and two of the links —

Dangle: — just the two of the links, they broke off there.

Trudy: I carry a letter when I go through airport security.

RT: Did the night end there?

Dangle: Pretty much after the watch got caught in the pubes, that was about it.

Trudy: Well, that’s what you think, ’cause you passed out.

Dangle: I passed out. What did you do?!

Trudy: I had a great time.

Dangle: Oh dear Jesus. Huh.

Trudy: No, it was mostly just singing…and lightly touching.


The fearsome threesome of Trudy, Junior, and Dangle

Dangle: You didn’t take JPEGs of this I hope, did you?

Junior: Oh, you haven’t seen her MySpace page?

Trudy: I took sketches though, and I scanned them.

RT: Trudy, do you see a future for you and Dangle, or are you moving on?

Trudy: If there is a future for me at all, I’d be surprised. I’ll just be happy to make it to tomorrow morning.

RT: Well, Lt. Dangle I know you have a history with women.

Dangle: I was briefly married to Deb —

Junior: — it was a porking of convenience —

Dangle: It was a porking of convenience. Deb was the heiress to a vacuum cleaner fortune. When I met her, she — I thought — had about six months to live; she was way beyond morbidly obese.

Junior: Big girl.

Dangle: Some f***er goes and invents stomach staples, the gastric bypass, and she’s still kickin’! Not that I have anything against her. [Pause] Or wish her dead.

We never had sexual relations; at the time –

Trudy: She wasn’t capable!

Dangle: No, it was never consummated. Because she was not capable.

Trudy: You couldn’t get to the parts.

Dangle: No, you could get to her parts…

Trudy: You just couldn’t get out.

Dangle: You would have been pinned.

Junior: Huh.

RT: Under the folds…

Dangle: That would have been a sort of a Donner Pass that you’d never get out of.

RT: Ok, so what’s up with you and Officer Jones?

Dangle: You know how sometimes two friends, one friend will…jump out of the showers nude, and will do like a “I’m a little Pokemon” dance for the other one? And one misinterprets it…that’s what I did, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I jumped out nude, I had a three-quarter erection — which was totally coincidental — and I was pretending to be a little Pokemon and I thought he would find this funny. Now it turns out, you can’t account for everybody’s sense of humor. Some people have different senses of humor.

Junior: So the three quarter was accidental, and yet you were the Pokeman.


Deputy Travis Junior (Robert Ben Garant)

Dangle: Now see, this is how they twist my words around, and it’s now coming off inappropriate. When the fact is it was very funny if you were there.

RT: Right.

Dangle: That’s our relationship, is he filed a…

Junior: Restraining order.

Dangle: Pfft. They call it that.

Junior: You have to stay 50 feet away when you’re off duty.

Dangle: They call it that.

Junior: There are so many restraining orders between different members of our department, that they’re gonna have to build like a 300 yard morning briefing room so we can all go in at once.

Dangle: [Looks across the room] Trudy’s violating one right now.

RT: Is that why Junior’s sitting in the middle?

Junior: I’m a buffer state.

RT: Before the movie you were kind of reality TV stars, but now that you’ve gone Hollywood how have your lives changed?

Dangle: Certainly name recognition.

Junior: When you’re a law enforcement officer and you drive around, people tend to show their respect by shoutin’…

Dangle: “Hey, f****t!”

Junior: Yeah, or “F**k you, a**hole!”

Trudy: Sometimes they throw s**t at you.


Deputy Trudy Wiegel (Kerri Kenney-Silver)

Junior: And now it’s definitely changed…

Dangle: “Hey Dangle, you’re a f****t!” Which means they must know a little bit more about me than before.

Trudy: “Hey Trudy, you f***in’ retard!” Then I get hit.

Junior: So it’s name recognition, it’s getting out there —

Dangle: — name recognition, combined with hate speech.

Junior: Yeah.

Dangle: We used to get the hate speech before, but now, we know who they’re talking to. It feels…more specific.

RT: Your movie comes out around Oscar time, so what are each of your Oscar picks? Junior, last year were you a “Brokeback” guy or a “Crash” guy?

Junior: What’s that? I missed both of those.

Trudy: They’re films, feature films.

Dangle: I tried to get you to come to “Brokeback” with me, remember that’s the one —

Junior: –yeah, you kept saying it was a good cowboy movie…

Dangle: Ah, best cowboy movie ever!

Junior: No, we got a video store, a two dollar video store, in Reno. We don’t get a lot of first-run movies. We usually get Oscars from four, five years ago. And I tend to miss those.

Trudy: Yeah, I just saw “Beaches,” and it was incredible! It’s definitely gonna win an Oscar.

Dangle: “As Good As It Gets” — has this one just come out or has that one been out for a while? My goodness, it was a wonderful, splendid film.

We’ve got a two dollar movie theatre that’s mostly used by winos as a sort of “jack off” palace. I’ve been a couple times this year, and I tried to sit through “Finding Neverland” — it just came out here — but there was so much tugging going on around me that it was hard to concentrate. That Depp is a remarkable piece of work, though. I wouldn’t mind.

RT: Have you and Junior seen “Night At The Museum,” and what did you think of it?

Dangle: I’m not really into “Art House” type movies like that.


Dangle and Junior find Reno local Terry in Miami

RT: Do you all have any favorite cops from TV?

Dangle: I’m a bit of an Adrian Zmed buff.

Junior: Who’s that?

Dangle: Adrian Zmed? “TJ Hooker?”

Junior: A foreigner?

Dangle: It has nothing to do with his racial background. I go off looks.

RT: Who’s your celebrity crush?

Trudy: I have a bit of a crush on Clay Aiken. He’s a super-hunk! And, he has a voice like an angel. And an ass like a Greek god.

RT: By the way, where’s your baby?

Trudy: He’s in the car. But don’t worry, I cracked the windows open a bit and left him some crackers and a Dr. Pepper.

RT: So guys, is the cop thing a long-term career?

Dangle: Oh dear, I hope not.

Junior: I don’t know if we’re qualified to do much else.

RT: Trudy, what message would you give to little girls who want to grow up to be policewomen?

Trudy: Don’t do it. Pick a profession that pays, like prostitution or professional volleyball player.

I’m hoping to go back into yogurt sales someday, if they’ll have me. And if you’re listening, TCBY, I would love to come back.

Junior: They asked her to leave.

Trudy: They asked me to leave.

Junior: It was another pube-related kind of an incident…

Trudy: Yeah, another restraining order.


Trudy and Deputy Raineesha Williams on beach patrol in Miami

Dangle: I think I’d be good as, you know, atmosphere, in pictures…you look at me, and I add a level of plausibility to any scene, in either feature films or the sort of soft core pornography market.

Junior: Do they have background extras in soft core pornography?

Dangle: Oh goodness gracious, certainly. Oh my goodness, where’ve you been?

Trudy: That’s how Ron Jeremy started.

Junior: I guess I don’t see the high budget ones.

Trudy: You just stand in the back and let your balls hang out.

Junior: Oh, you could do that! You do that all the time.

RT: Do you ever find yourself falling out of your short shorts?

Dangle: Once in a while, we have what we call a little security breach…less and less in the winter, when I go into a sort of semi-hibernation state. Or “turtling,” as we call it. But in the summer, yeah it happens. What do you want me to do, apologize for it? I apologized to that Boy Scout troop that it happened in front of!

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