• Analysts are expecting War of the Worlds to drop 50% in its second weekend - so if Fantastic Four grosses more than $32 million, it wins...
  • ...unless, as its disasterous New York premiere would indicate, the film is cursed. After a torrential downpour delayed the Liberty Island-set festivites for more than an hour, the projector broke ten minutes in. Finally (horror of all horrors) Jessica Alba had to ride a regular boat with regular people.
  • Dreamworks has bought a script by Allen Loeb, called Things We Lost in the Fire, for Sam Mendes to produce.
  • Brian Lowery says, "Wedding Crashers' real secret is that despite flashes of nudity, crudity and mockery of women's raging hormones at the first sight of a trousseau, at its core it's just a big pushover with the heart of a chick flick."
  • Meanwhile, Joe Leydon isn't surprised that "Fantastic Four plays like a typical "genesis story" designed to kick off a potential franchise." Plus, "there is a rushed and slipshod feel to large swaths of pic, along with tell-tale signs of last-minute reshooting, recutting and rethinking."