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weekend box office: Ice Age, Ice Age, baby

Holy glaciation, Batman! Ice Age 2: The Meltdown brings in $70.5 million? Who knew so many people were interested in global warming?

Or maybe it’s just that everybody really does love Raymond, despite his insecurities? (Not me: I haven’t seen the flick… though I guess I’ll have to now.) As Ray Romano, who supplies the voice of Manny the mammoth, tells the Chicago Sun-Times:

So what happens when your hit series is gone forever?

“I’ll tell you exactly what happens,” says Ray Romano. “You go to see your therapist. I’m not even kidding here. I went to see this therapy guy when the show was ending.

“I was stupid and happy at the time, but this therapist said, ‘Ray, You will want to start coming twice a week after the show ends.’
“I kept saying why, but didn’t realize it was going to be that hard,” Romano admits. “To be honest, three or four months after we wrapped I felt like I had lost a family member. I was grieving. There was a void. My body was used to the energy and the rhythm of nine years on a hit series.

“I was in this Raymond bubble for almost a decade and then suddenly it all went away. Everyone went away.”


Spike Lee’s Inside Man comes in at number two this week, taking in $15.7 million. But this popular film skirts the still-touchy issue of interracial romance, as a piece at CBC.ca notes:

Regardless of Inside Man’s commercial success, Lee and Washington’s discomfort with the interracial action blockbuster is evident throughout. Screenwriter Russell Gewirtz mocks the Caucasian female lead with her very name, Madeline White; cast members hiss the name of Foster’s character as if it were a curse. Lee and Gewirtz attempt to get around the ritual neutering of the male black lead by having Washington talk dirty to his wife on the phone; he tells her to expect “Big Willie and the twins” just as soon he deals with the bank robbery.

Will lovely Denzel ever get some onscreen action with a white chick? Plenty white chicks — this one included — would readily volunteer for the job…

[box office results via Yahoo! Movies]

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