It was a reboot of a ’90s sci-fi cult classic up against an indie darling this weekend at the theaters.
Colin Farrell didn’t live up to the action-packed hype that Arnold Schwarzenegger gave the original “Total Recall” in 1990 (an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story). The remake, co-starring Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel, only brought in an estimated $26.5 million, allowing Christian Bale’s “The Dark Knight Rises” to remain atop the box-office for the third straight weekend with $36 million (and over $350 million in total domestic gross).
But, if futuristic flying cars and a three-breasted woman wasn’t your thing, there was also the indie “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” starring “Parks and Recreation’s” Rashida Jones and the “Saturday Night Live”-departing Andy Samberg as a couple who recently divorced but continue to stay friends. The film had an impressive take at the specialty box office with over $112,000 on four screens.
So… Let’s see if it’s blockbuster or low-budget that won the week.
Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel – “Total Recall”
There’s nothing Hollywood loves more than a comeback and it looks like Colin Farrell is trying to be the latest to go from super stardom to indie low key to back on the up and up?
Over at Grantland.com, the site looks back at the highs, lows and rebirth of Farrell’s Hollywood star. Farrell also talked this week on his workout regiment that is keeping his head clear of his pervious bad habits. Unfortunately, other outlets (e.g. Deadline.com) are using “Total Recall’s” second-place weekend to signify why Farrell is not a leading man capable of carrying a film.
For Jessica Biel it wasn’t her workout calendar that was the talk (though we wouldn’t mind if it was) but her wedding plans with Justin Timberlake. This week, we found out the location, but it sounds like Biel is in no rush to announce a date. However, what she will (and did) discuss is her love of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and how much she’d love to play TV reporter April O’Neil in the upcoming re-imagining/remake.
For Kate Beckinsale, it wasn’t the role she wants to play that was the topic of discussion, but the role she was offered. She revealed that husband and “Total Recall” director Len Wiseman originally wanted her to play the iconic (at least for teenage boys of the ’90s) three-boob prostitute in the movie but she politely declined (and somewhere a high school kid is crying).
Fear not, for there is a cat fight in the movie between Biel and Beckinsale.
Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg – “Celeste and Jesse Forever”
Focusing more on the present day, Rashida Jones’s “Celeste and Jesse Forever” has found some strong appreciation on the film festival circuit and was mostly praised by critics this week. Jones talked about her new role in the The Wall Street Journal. While Andy Samberg revealed a bit about his serious side for Hitfix. There’s also a pretty awesome interview with Jones in “Beyond Cinema” magazine if you can get your hands on their limited edition magazine.
And the winner is…
Though we too at WWTW love comeback stories and look forward to more of the new Colin, we loooove Rashida Jones and think “Celeste and Jesse Forever” is her best film yet!
Going away from the girl-next-door who’s typically cast as the straight opposite the wacky antics of a husband (“I Love You, Man”) or public official (“Parks and Recreation”), for “Celeste and Jesse,” Jones (who co-wrote the screenplay) gives us a different side as she plays a career-driven woman who’s recently split from her husband/best friend but still lives with him.
“I was for sure exorcising some demons. I was in a lot of pain when I wrote this movie — life stuff,” Jones told The New York Times about writing the script.
Not many of our favorite actors can take a sharp right turn and do a warts-and-all performance like this, so, if you didn’t already see it this weekend, check out “Celeste and Jesse Forever” and catch Rashida Jones as a leading lady.