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Fantastic Four Wins Over Uk Audiences


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Comic book adaptation THE Fantastic Four has gone straight to the top of the UK box office, knocking animation caper MADAGASCAR off the number one spot.

The action movie, starring Jessica Alba, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis and Chris Evans, took an acceptable $6.3 million (GBP3.5 million) in takings over the weekend (22-24JUL05), only two weeks after hitting the number one spot in the US box office.

Other new entries in the UK chart included Jennifer Connelly's horror film Dark Water at five and Will Ferrell's sports comedy KICKING AND SCREAMING at eight.

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Connelly Made Suicide Pact As A Child


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Dark Water actress Jennifer Connelly once made a suicide pact with her childhood companion - a stuffed monkey.

The Oscar-winning star, who wed her husband Paul Bettany dressed in black, admits she explored the dark side of life as a child and frequently thought about death.

She recalls, "I was a bit macabre. I remember writing him (the monkey) a letter, saying, 'If you go, if your head gets torn off in an aeroplane - you know, in security when you go through the X-ray thing - I'll go with you. I can't survive without you."

12/07/2005 09:15

Blockbusters Score As Fantastic Four Opens Big In Us


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It has been another great week for America's summer blockbusters - the top three films have combined to bring in $97.5 million (GBP54.1 million) at the box office.

Comic book adaptation Fantastic Four has crashed into first place with a $56 million (GBP31.1 million) opening, while previous number ones WAR OF THE WORLDS and Batman BEGINS refuse to leave the top three.

Tom Cruise's alien invasion film made an additional $31.3 million (GBP17.4 million) in its second week on release to fall to second, while the latest Batman movie has topped $170 million (GBP94.4 million) with a third week tally of $10.2 million (GBP5.66 million).

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Connelly's Real Life Floods Get Her Ready For Horror Film


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Jennifer Connelly had a heightened sense of fear while making horror movie Dark Water because she feared director Walter Salles was setting off floods in her own home.

The actress plays a terrified mum constantly fighting a sinister flooding in an eerie New York apartment building, and it didn't take much preparation for her to get into her role because she was facing the same problems for real.

She says, "It was very suspicious. Walter Salles, the director, came over to our house for a meeting before we did the film and then he left and a few days later our house flooded.

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Connelly Reveals House Hunting Nightmare


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Jennifer Connelly lived in a cramped New York apartment for 10 years because she refused to pay "ridiculous" prices for a more fitting family home.

The actress insists she'd still be holed up in her tiny home if it wasn't for the fact that her British husband Paul Bettany kept banging his head on the ceilings and her son KAI kept complaining that he didn't have enough space.

The Oscar winner says, "I think New York City is expensive. I think it's hard to find an apartment in Manhattan. I lived in the same apartment for 10 years. I got to a point where I thought, 'I really should move,' but I'd spend a week looking at stuff and I'd get disgusted.

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Connelly's Wet Nightmare On Dark Water Set


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Oscar-winner JENNIFER CONNELLY suffered for her art on the set of new horror movie Dark Water as freezing water was plunged on her every day.

The actress admits she had to demand a hot tub was brought onto the set early on in the filming because she couldn't stop trembling.

She says, "It was a bit distracting. I tend to roll with the punches and go with things but it got to a point where I had Silly Puddy in my ears to protect my ear drums.

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Connelly Spooked By Horror Film Location


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The New York location of Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly's new horror movie Dark Water gave her the creeps after she discovered it once was a mental asylum.

The actress knew Roosevelt Island was a "special place" after visiting the place on a school field trip with her son Kai, but she had no idea it had such a creepy past.

She says, "I had a sense of what it was like there. The apartment building we shot in was interesting... I learned about it while we were there.

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Connelly Overcomes Horror Film Fears With Movie Festival


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Actress Jennifer Connelly overcame her fear of horror movies by watching back-to-back spooky classics with her husband - as she prepared for her scary new thriller Dark Water.

The Oscar winner knew she'd have to face her fears when she signed up to play a young mum fighting an apartment building's spooks in the Walter Salles film.

So she turned off all the lights in her New York apartment and sat through one terror ride after another, clutching husband Paul Bettany's hands.

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Bettany Starts The Countdown To Da Vinci Code


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British movie star Paul Bettany is getting ready for his role as DA VINCI CODE villain SILAS by dying his hair a platinum blond.

The DOGVILLE star showed off his new hairdo at the New York premiere of his wife Jennifer Connelly's new movie Dark Water on Monday night (27JUN05) and the OSCAR-winning actress admits she's bracing herself for her husband becoming a menacing albino for the film.

She says, "They're still looking on hair and make-up tests."

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