Hopkins, Bullock Dealing With Crazy People This Weekend

'Bad Company,' 'Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood' hitting theaters.

Chris Rock, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Sandra Bullock and Liz Phair — could

this week's movie openings be any more eclectic?

"Bad Company" pairs the unlikely duo of Rock and Hopkins in a high-energy

action comedy ([article id="1455068"]click here for photos[/article] from the film). Rock plays a street hustler who's recruited by Hopkins to

finish an operation that Rock's CIA agent twin brother died working on (see

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Tang's Daddy = Box Office Gold?"[/article]). "Bad Company" was directed by Joel

Schumacher, whose credits include the last two installments of the "Batman"

franchise, "8MM," "Falling Down" and '80s teen-vampire classic "The Lost


The week's other big opening, "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood," is

about as far away from "buddy action picture" as a movie can get. Based on

characters created by author Rebecca Wells and directed by "Thelma & Louise"

screenwriter Callie Khouri, "Ya-Ya" traces a group of lifelong friends'

attempts to help a young playwright (Bullock) come to terms with her

mother's eccentric tendencies and complicated past. Ellen Burstyn, who

delivered a jaw-dropping performance as a mother with eccentricities of an

altogether different sort in "Requiem for a Dream," plays the role of

Bullock's odd parent. "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" also stars

Ashley Judd.

Both movies will go up against last week's big opener, "The Sum of All

Fears" as well as box office

mainstays "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones" and "Spider-Man."

"Cherish," starring Robin Tunney, Jason Priestley, "Saturday Night Live"

alumna Nora Dunn and rocker Liz Phair, will steer clear of the fray as it

eases into a small number of theaters. The low-key release is a dark comedy

about a woman, played by Tunney, who tries to build a new life for herself

after being placed on house arrest.

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