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Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Will Open The Venice Film Festival

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 21, 2011 1:01 AM
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We are all highly anticipating the fall festival season, and, for most of us, it couldn't get here sooner. The first big news of the season, is that George Clooney's newest directorial effort, "Ides Of March," will open the Venice Film Festival. Clooney will also star as a presidential candidate alongside man of the year Ryan Gosling as his head of media. Philip Seymour Hoffman will take on a supporting role as a campaign manager with Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood rounding it out, making the film's cast a star-studded one to watch.

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

Watch: 'Moneyball' Trailer Debuts Starring Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 16, 2011 2:53 AM
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Update: Yahoo has dropped the official trailer, sans the hosts of "Entertainment Tonight." Check it out below.

The 'Salt' Sequel You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Happening, Kurt Wimmer Hired To Write The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 10:24 AM
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In the era of no-original-ideas Hollywood, even studio suits have to admit that rolling the dice on a "Salt" sequel seems a bit ludicrous. The Angelina Jolie spy film seems impressive when you look at the numbers -- just under $300 million worldwide -- but when you break it down, it looks less enticing. The film brought in $118 million domestic, just a shade over it's $110 million budget. Overseas, the film fared better with a $175 million haul. But is anyone really asking for a sequel? The film is all but a distant memory and that other Angelina Jolie spy movie from last year, "The Tourist," was met with even worse reviews than "Salt" and with both films opening at number two on their respective box office weekends, is banking on another big budget Angelina Jolie movie really the smart play here?

‘Easy A’ Director Will Gluck Signs Two-Year Deal With Sony Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2011 3:33 AM
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Few directors are as hot and in-demand right now as Will Gluck. He directed one of 2010’s most universally loved movies, “Easy A,” and launched the career of star Emma Stone into the mainstream spotlight.

Columbia Pictures Snags Kathryn Bigelow's Seal Team 6 Film; Set For Fall 2012 Release

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2011 3:22 AM
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No Mention Of Joel Edgerton Starring In The FilmSince late last year, director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal have been hard at work on black ops thriller, the details of which, at the time, were being kept under wraps but was rumored to be about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Those rumors turned out be true but when the Al Qaeda leader was suddenly killed a few weeks ago, it was reported that Boal a former investigative reporter, shifted his research and resources and was already rewriting with a section covering the 40 minute firefight that resulted in Bin Laden's death. Even more, Aussie actor Joel Edgerton was said to be a frontrunner for the untitled film -- also referred to as "Kill Bin Laden" -- but once, again word quieted. But not for long.

Weekend Box Office: 'Pirates 4' Scores Biggest Global Debut Of All-Time Despite Being A Shitty Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 22, 2011 5:37 AM
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  • 17 Comments
This weekend, Disney pooled their resources with Jerry Bruckheimer and produced an insta-blockbuster. Apathy is the name of the game with “Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” which scored the biggest bow of 2011 despite being a piece of shit that grossed lower in its opening frame than its two predecessors. “Dead Man’s Chest” and “At Worlds End” both cracked $100 million in their first domestic weekend, but even with the elevated 3D pricing, “Pirates 4” couldn’t cross nine digits.

Sony Lands Foreign Rights To 'Django Unchained' In Bid To Court Will Smith For Lead Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2011 5:50 AM
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How badly does Quentin Tarantino want Will Smith? He's willing to give him the world to make it happen.

Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

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