'CLONES,' 'SPIDER-MAN' LEAD BOX-OFFICE TO NEW HEIGHTS
"Star Wars: Episode II -- Attack of the Clones" and "Spider-Man" continued to amass huge piles of cash over the Memorial Day holiday weekend and led the U.S. box office to another record performance.
"Clones" finished at No. 1 for a second straight week, grossing an estimated $61.2 million, to run its 12-day gross to $202.5 million. It reached $200 million one day faster than "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" in 1999.
"Spider-Man" took in another $36.5 million, to run its gross to $334.3 million after four weekends. It leapfrogged past "Independence Day," "Return of the Jedi," "The Lion King," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," and "Forrest Gump" into sixth place on the all-time list of U.S. blockbusters.
"Spider-Man" passed $300 million in a record 22 days. At the rate it's going, it may well pass the $400 million mark, which would take it past "Jurassic Park" and "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial" to make it the third-biggest U.S. box-office hit ever.
The new Al Pacino-Robin Williams thriller "Insomnia" opened in third place with $26.2 million. DreamWorks' new animated family picture "Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron" was No. 4 with $23 million. The new Jennifer Lopez thriller "Enough" was No. 5 with $17.5 million.
The top 12 movies grossed $194 million -- up an estimated 9 percent from last year's record-setting Memorial Day weekend, when "Pearl Harbor" opened at No. 1 with $75.2 million.
WYLE ON SLEAZE
Noah Wyle plays a sleazy kind of guy in the new Jennifer Lopez thriller "Enough," but he said his wife didn't mind too much seeing him onscreen as a creep who makes bets with his buddy on which one of them will be the first to score with Lopez' character.
"No," Wyle told TV Guide Online. "She likes the evil sides of me!"
TV viewers familiar with Wyle's work as Dr. Carter on "ER" might not even know he has an evil side. Wyle himself told TV Guide it made him a little uncomfortable too.
"There was a news story that broke in California a few years ago about a group of high school guys who called themselves 'The Rangers,'" he said. "They would allocate points for as many women as they could sleep with during the course of the school year -- which repulsed me to no end. But I thought, 'If (my character) had been in that school, he would've done those things. This is the type of man (he) would've become.'"
SPANISH 'DREAM TEAM'
According to a report in Daily Variety, writer-director Pedro Almodóvar ("All About My Mother," "Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!"), Antonio Banderas ("Spy Kids," "The Mask of Zorro") and Penélope Cruz ("Vanilla Sky," "Captain Corelli's Mandolin") are getting closer to a screen collaboration.
The paper said the three have reaffirmed their commitment to hook up for "Tarantula," a Spanish-language adaptation of the French novel "Mygale" by Thierry Jonquet.
Almodóvar is writing the screenplay. His brother and producer, Agustin Almodóvar, told Variety "Tarantula" will be his next movie if "the dates when Pedro completes the screenplay coincide with Antonio being free." Banderas has an opening in his shooting schedule in November.
"Mygale" is a story of revenge, set on a country estate in Spain around 2010.
POLANSKI TAKES TOP PRIZE AT CANNES
"The Pianist" -- Roman Polanski's film about a Polish pianist who manages to escape the Holocaust -- won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.
As a boy in Poland, Polanski survived the Nazis -- but his mother died in a Nazi camp.
The grand prize -- second place at Cannes -- was awarded to Finnish Aki Kaurismaki's "The Man Without a Past," the story of an amnesiac who remembers old lessons as he regains his memory.
Paul Thomas Anderson won the best director prize for "Punch-Drunk Love," which he wrote for Adam Sandler. Anderson shared the prize with Im Kwon-taek of South Korea, who directed "Chihwaseon," an account of the life of the 19th-century Korean painter.
Olivier Gourmet of Belgium won best actor for "The Son," and Kati Outinen of Finland won best actress for "The Man Without a Past." Paul Laverty won for best screenplay for "Sweet Sixteen," the story of a Scottish teenager from a tough background who sets out to design a "normal family life" once his mother is released from prison.
The Cannes jury awarded a special prize marking the festival's 55th anniversary to Michael Moore for his documentary "Bowling for Columbine," an examination of guns in the United States. The jury prize was awarded to "Divine Intervention," Palestinian director Elia Suleiman's humorous take on the serious issue of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.