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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
August 26

Entertainment News August 26 - TOP 3 News stories for Saturday

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AUDIENCES STILL FEELING 'SUPERBAD' “Superbad” continued to party on with moviegoers Friday, taking the day’s top spot at the box office with $5.7 million from 2,948 theaters. Through its first eight days, pic’s cume of $56.2 million is currently pacing 51% ahead of Judd Apatow’s 2005 late August laffer “The 40 Year-Old Virgin.”

“The Bourne Ultimatum” took the second spot at the B.O. yesterday with $3.7 million off 3,679. Playing into its fourth weekend, “Ultimatum’s” current cume of $176.4 million is currently 32% ahead of its previous installment “The Bourne Supremacy.” Lionsgate’s new entry “War” wrestled the third spot for $3.5 million off 2,277 locations.

Meanwhile, “Rush Hour 3” pushed its total cume past the century mark Friday to $100.2 million, taking fourth place with $3.4 million from 3,408 venues. “Mr. Bean’s Holiday,” the sequel to 1997’s “Bean,” placed fifth with $3.2 million at 1,714 theaters. Among other frosh wide releases on Friday, Weinstein Co. and MGM’s “The Nanny Diaries” nursed $2.7 million off 2,629 locales while the Yari Film Group’s “Resurrecting the Champ” rang up $538,000 from 1,605.

ANG LEE WON'T CUT HIS NC-17 RATED FILM

The MPAA thinks Ang Lee's "Lust, Caution" has too much lust, and it's cautioning moviegoers by branding it with an NC-17 rating. Distributor Focus Features said it won't edit the Oscar-winning Lee's follow-up to "Brokeback Mountain" or try to appeal the rating - which says that no one 17 and under will be admitted - creating potential distribution problems for its awards-season contender.

"Lust" follows a young Chinese woman in Japanese-occupied Shanghai during World War II who becomes the center of a plot to seduce and kill a married enemy collaborator. The trailer for the subtitled Chinese-language film shows lead actors Tony Leung and Tang Wei in various states of writhing passion.

The MPAA ratings board cited the film's graphic sexuality for its decision. A source said too many of the film's sex scenes violated the ratings board's unwritten rules (like the number of allowable pelvic thrusts, for example) to make an appeal possible. Sources who have seen the film said it contains at least three scenes - one a long montage - featuring multiple acts of aggressive sexual activity in different positions.

There's no full-frontal male nudity (the source of some NC-17 rulings when shown in sex scenes), but male-on-female oral sex, non-S&M restraints and several nontraditional sexual positions are depicted, conveying the aggression and emotional conflict between the main characters.

UNIVERSAL PICKS UP SCRIPT FROM HOT ACTORS

Universal Pictures has picked up "Renaissance Men," a comedy Rainn Wilson is co-writing with fellow actor Matt Ross. Wilson, who snagged his first Emmy nomination for his work on NBC's "The Office," also will topline and produce the feature with Jay Roach.

The story follows two down-and-out community theater actors who think they've accidentally killed a co-star. In a panic, they go on the lam and hide out in a Renaissance fair. Wilson has long been fascinated by "Ren fairs," attending them with his family during his teenage years, when he also played "Dungeons and Dragons" and fought with broomsticks and garbage-can lids in his backyard.

Wilson and Ross attended the same drama classes at the University of Washington, where Ross also took up fencing and swordfighting. Both eventually made their way south to Hollywood, where after bit parts in movies like "Almost Famous" and TV shows Wilson found success as apparatchik Dwight Schrute on "Office." Ross has appeared in such movies as "American Psycho" and "The Aviator" and is now gaining attention for his work on HBO's "Big Love," where he plays the villainous Alby Grant.

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