Entertainment behind the scenes
On a day when many couples mark the year’s big romantic occasion with dinner and a movie, industry watchers expect the horror film “Friday the 13th” to cut down the competition and rule the box office on the picture’s opening weekend.
Romantic movie offerings are limited this Valentine’s Day weekend. There’s the irony-laced romantic comedy “He’s Just Not That Into You” with an all-star cast that includes Jennifer Aniston, Ben Affleck, Drew Barrymore and Scarlett Johansson. That movie enjoyed a big debut last weekend with $27.5 million at U.S. and Canadian box offices. At the other end of the spectrum is romantic comedy “New In Town” with Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., which has faltered at the box office since its Jan. 30 opening, making only $14.4 million worldwide. And after those two movies, the only other wide-release movie likely to interest the date crowd is “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” which mainly centers on a young woman’s relationship with her credit card, but also weaves her romance with a wealthy man into the storyline.
As it turns out, horror could be a good option for Valentine’s Day dates. Online ticket seller Fandango surveyed customers and found that 53 percent of those interested in seeing “Friday the 13th” say they would take a date to the movie.
With Valentine’s Day coming up on Saturday, many movie fans will be looking for a good romance film to spark their own love life. But not all movie couples can convince fans they belong together, either on-screen or off.
Online ticket seller Fandango conducted a poll of customers buying tickets for February movies, asking people about their favorite and least-liked romantic movie pairings. On Tuesday, Fandango released a top 10 and worst 10 list.
For months, it has been speculated in celebrity magazines that film and television star Jennifer Garner, who is married to Ben Affleck, is pregnant with the couple’s second child. Although she or her representatives have never confirmed her pregnancy, Garner was in Los Angeles doing interviews for Disney’s “Baby Einstein” products and it was obvious just by looking at her that she was.
Wearing a short, floral print sun dress during an interview with Reuters, Garner could not hide her baby bump.
Jennifer Garner, who last appeared on screen as an adoptive mother in the teenage-pregnancy comedy “Juno,” is said to be expecting her second real-life baby with husband and onetime co-star Ben Affleck.
There’s no official word from either star’s publicists on recent online gossip about a Garner pregnancy, which has been fueled by recent photos of the actress in loose-fitting tops. But Usmagazine.com reports that her close friend and former “Alias” co-star, Victor Garber, confirmed that Garner is with child. And the magazine quotes an unnamed source as saying, “She is five months pregnant. They are very happy.”