Hugh Jackman didn't have to claw back to the top of the box office - Wolverine fans did that for him. (Source: 20TH Century Fox/MGN Online)
(RNN) – Fans addicted to college football are aware of the life and times of the reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
In a recent interview for ESPN the Magazine, writer and filmmaker Wright Thompson spent time with Manziel and his family, discussing the ups and downs of Manziel's swift rise to notoriety.
According to Manziel's father, Paul (call him Daddy Football?), one statement makes his 20-year-old son's fame clear.
"He ate Skittles, drank beer and won the Heisman," Paul Manziel said.
That's the recipe for any successful college student.
Paul Manziel also expressed concern about Johnny's psyche – the collegiate version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - between being Jonathan Manziel and Johnny Football. His parents are worried about his temper, and fear his underage drinking may be how he copes with rising stardom.
That fresh-faced freshman who won college football's highest honor seems long gone now, after Manziel's social media exploits placed him front and center this off season.
He's not a Boy Scout like Tim Tebow (sorry, ESPN).
Manziel is taking advantage of his celebrity. He needs to put on his big boy helmet and take the hits that come with youthful behavior.
'The Wolverine' claws to the top
As expected, the latest Wolverine movie debuted huge at the box offices. The film, starring Hugh Jackman in his recurring role, knocked the thriller The Conjuring out of the top spot.
Here is last weekend's top five, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):
The Wolverine (NR) $53,113,752
The Conjuring (1) $22,208,389
Despicable Me 2 (2) $16,424,135
Turbo (3) $13,740,247
Grown Ups 2 (4) $11,600,811
UPCOMING: July 31-August 2
2 Guns – Two high-level law enforcement officers (Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) are caught in a tight spot after a failed attempt to infiltrate a drug cartel. In the midst of trying to kill one another, they learn that both are working undercover and may have been set up. Also stars Paula Patton (Mrs. Robin Thicke), Bill Paxton and James Marsden.
The Spectacular Now – COOL INDIE FLICK ALERT - A hard-partying, popular high school senior (Miles Teller) who "lives in the now" falls for the shy girl (Shailene Woodley) with a bright future, and they figure out that opposites attract in a wonderful way. This throwback is in the spirit of those classic 1980s John Hughes movies, and was a big hit at the Sundance Film Festival. Teller is also a dead ringer for a young Ben Savage from Boy Meets World.
The Smurfs 2– In the sequel to the 2011 film, the Smurfs search the real world for the kidnapped Smurfette, who is in the hold of the evil sorcerer Gargamel. Also in play, Gargamel's newest creation – the Smurf-like Naughties, to harness the Smurfs' magical powers. It features Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and characters voiced by Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, George Lopez, Jonathan Winters and J.B. Smoove.
Backstreet's back for 20th anniversary with new album, tour
The first album I ever purchased was 1999's Millennium. I still listen to the album in its entirety.
The walls of my pre-teen bedroom were covered with Backstreet Boy posters from Bop and Tiger Beat. There may have also been some amateur fan websites made and fan fiction written where a certain pop culture columnist marries Nick Carter. Dare to dream.
The band is celebrating their 20th anniversary together with their eighth studio album, In a World Like This, released Monday. The album is their first from their group's own record label, K-Bahn/BMG. The album is also the first with the original lineup since 2006's Never Gone – Kevin Richardson rejoins the band after a six-year hiatus.
After listening to In a World Like This (pre-ordered with no shame), I have to admit, their maturity is refreshing and the 12-track disc is enjoyable, but it's not Millennium or Black & Blue. Fans shouldn't be looking for that.
On the upside, the Backstreet Boys have gotten increasingly sexy with age. The boys also received the 2,485th star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in April. There is no doubt they will add to the 130 million albums they've sold worldwide during their 20-year career.
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