NEW YORK – Mandy Moore chases liberty, Charlize gains weight for "Monster," Eddie Griffin is not a perfect dad and "Big Fish" gets bigger in today's Foxlight.
Mandy Moore (search) is no Audrey Hepburn, but she's still the best thing about "Chasing Liberty," a very loose remake of Hepburn's "Roman Holiday." The New York Post gives it two stars -- calling the comedy formulaic and "feather light." The biggest leap of cinematic faith for me -- Mark Harmon is the president? In his second term? Mandy Moore can carry heavier roles and needs to start soon or she'll be another Alicia Silverstone. Boxofficeguru.com says the film will chase around $11 million.
Charlize Theron (search) calls herself "a salty girl" -- when it comes to snacking. She loves potato chips. Ordinarily, she'd have to watch what she eats, but Theron needed to gain 30 pounds to play real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster." Potato chips helped. She says she had a "secret stash" of chips with her at all times during filming. She also pigged out on doughnuts and anything drenched in cream or cheese.
Eddie Griffin (search) is the "anti-Cosby" in "My Baby's Daddy." Griffin says Bill Cosby was an OK dad for the 80s, but he can't relate to the image of the "perfect wife, perfect children" and "nobody smokes weed." Griffin says today's dads aren't perfect. He says he wanted to make a movie that shows how today's fathers do the best they can with what they've got. Experts say not that many dads will go see this film -- look for a weekend take of around $6 million.
Finally, "Big Fish" (search) goes wider this weekend. It should be called "Big Finish." The whole movie is the last five minutes.