In advance of this week’s rather fetching and intriguing (500) Days of Summer, Movieline basically crushes on Zooey Deschanel, and tallies up her work as a long-lashed, eye-batting, idealized romantic counterpoint to a roster of mopey, quirky, vulnerable young men whose paths to self-actualization travel through her. Shared Darkness wholeheartedly endorses this crush; Deschanel is the bee’s knees.
Sacha Baron Cohen‘s Brüno topped the weekend box office, pulling in $30.6 million in its debut, including a $4 matinee ticket from my father, who apparently (somehow!) fell asleep, because he couldn’t remember any of the bits I queried him about when we spoke Sunday evening and he said he didn’t like the film. Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen jostled for second place, with the former coming out on top; the third film in the animated series raked in $27.6 million, pushing its two-week total to $119.7 million. The clamorous Transformers sequel, meanwhile, rang up another $24.2 million in ticket sales, and has now grossed just over $339 million.
Rounding out the top 10 were Public Enemies ($13.8 million, $66.2 million overall); The Proposal ($10.6 million, $113.9 million overall); The Hangover ($9.9 million, $222.4 million cumulatively); weekend debut I Love You Beth Cooper ($4.9 million); Pixar’s Up ($4.7 million, $273.8 million in total); My Sister’s Keeper ($4.3 million, $35.9 million cumulatively); and The Taking of Pelham 123 ($1.5 million, $61.4 million overall).