"Baby" box office

This past weekend’s top-10 movies, estimates provided by Media By Numbers: 1. Baby Mama$18.3 million 2. Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay$14.6 million 3. The Forbidden Kingdom$11.2 million 4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall$11 million 5. Nim’s Island$4.5 million 6. Prom … Continue reading»


It’s a done deal. Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has signed on to direct the movie adaptation of “The Hobbit,” author J.R.R. Tolkien’s “prequel” to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Del Toro is no stranger to movie fantasies, having … Continue reading»

Seen and reviewed

New movies in theaters this week … — “Baby Mama,” a motherhood surrogacy comedy starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. (Rated PG-13)— “CJ7,” an “E.T.”-like science-fiction comedy from “Kung-Fu Hustle” director Stephen Chow. (Rated PG)— “Harold & Kumar Escape From … Continue reading»

"American Idol" shockers

Brooke White looked absolutely shocked on Wednesday night when she wasn’t eliminated from “American Idol.” She wasn’t alone. After her start-and-stop-and-restart performance on Tuesday, yours truly had half-written a story about her going home before Wednesday’s show even began. On … Continue reading»