Quentin Tarantino has a new all-time boxoffice hit. “Inglourious Basterds” passed “Pulp Fiction” this weekend with over $109 million in U.S. tickets sold. “Basterds” has also made $83 mil in its overseas release so far. It’s also the first $100 million movie for the Weinstein Co. The movie, which features Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Christoph Waltz in a a talked-about Oscar-certain performance, has legs! It could finish its theater run with $300 million worldwide. Wunderbar!
… Jennifer Hudson, hot off her VH-1 Divas duet with Stevie Wonder, goes into the studio this week to record with Rod Stewart for his new album. They’re remaking the Jerry Butler–Betty Everett hit “Let It Be Me,” sources say. Looks like Rod’s theme may be R&B hits … Hudson would be wise to put all these duets and special performances on one CD. She wowed MusiCares earlier this year with Neil Diamond’s “Holly Holy,” and then commanded Michael Jackson’s memorial service at the Staples Center with “Will You Be There.”
CBS’ “Guiding Light” is now gone after 72 years. The last show was on Friday. The cast did its best, but Procter & Gamble gave them a cheap send-off. There weren’t even any clips from the past! Oh well, P&G has whittled itself down from more than a half-dozen soaps to just one. I’d love to read their corporate strategy report about how to get out of the business. Anyway, P&G now sets its sights on “As the World Turns.” And then there will be none.