Tattle: 'Words,' 'Carter' get Lorax'ed

Halle Berry, with the man who is to become her third hubby, French actor Olivier Martinez.
Halle Berry, with the man who is to become her third hubby, French actor Olivier Martinez. (DAVID LIVINGSTON / GETTY IMAGES)
Posted: March 12, 2012

WHEN THE preliminary box-office numbers are announced each Sunday, Hollywood likes to put a positive spin on them, even if the week's top movie is an oven-roasted turkey.

This week, however, the discussion really was about which movie was the bigger bomb?

The contestants were "John Carter" and "A Thousand Words."

"John Carter" cost an astronomical $250 million - remember when Disney said that it was no longer going to make big-budget movies? - and there were hopes that it would jump-start the box office for the summer tentpole releases and kick off a franchise.

"A Thousand Words," from the director and star of "Norbit" and the writer of "Jack and Jill," would have made major news had it been a hit. Critics needed only one word to sum it up.

So which did a bigger belly flop?

"Words" grossed just $6.4 million for the weekend, against a budget of $40-$70 million, depending on which source you believe.

"Carter" grossed $30.6 million over the weekend in the U.S. and Canada, but that number was salvaged by an overseas gross of more than $100 million.

Meanwhile, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" repeated at No. 1 and is the top-grossing movie so far this year, with $121 million.

Unlike Truffula Trees, Dr. Seuss remains a renewable resource.


* According to the Miami Herald, Olivier Martinez has confirmed his engagement to Halle Berry.

Halle will say "I do" for the third time. This will be Olivier's first trip down the aisle.

But probably not his last.

* TMZ.com reports that Jay-Z and Kanye West have settled a suit over their song "The Joy."

Syl Johnson sued the didactic duo last fall for using an unauthorized sample of his song "Different Strokes."

Syl has previously gone after Michael Jackson, Jefferson Airplane and Cypress Hill for copyright infringement, probably the only time in history those three acts will appear in the same sentence.

* TMZ, which may be the only gossip news service that still works Sundays, also reports that the late Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, wants to change her name to drop the Brown and go by Kristina Houston.

* In case you missed it, E!'s "Fashion Police" is now a full hour on Friday nights. Filmmaker/comic-book scribe David Tischman and Tattle may be the only straight men who watch it, but host Joan Rivers remains a force of nature - and when did Kelly Osbourne become so appealing - on one of the meanest, foulest, funniest shows on basic cable.

* Finally, Lindsay Lohan is listening to us.

The former teen starlet has recently been spotted again with red hair as opposed to the platinum-blonde locks that made her look like a weary hooker.

Now, if she would sign on for a sitcom, we could concentrate on giving our career advice to another lost celeb.

* It's a scene replayed at countless displays around the country. A young girl stands behind a table full of boxes of cookies and cajoles passersby into spending $3.50. Or more likely, her mother does.

But as reported by London's Daily Mail, in the tony Brentwood section of Los Angeles, 7-year-old Leni Briatore stood behind her table in front of the local supermarket. Next to her was her mom, superdupermodel Heidi Klum.

In the sales game, that is known as an unfair advantage.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

Email gensleh@phillynews.com

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