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Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Dominates 'The Help'; One Franchise Reaches Its 'Final Destination'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2011 4:27 AM
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All is forgiven between the public and the “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. This relationship seemed on the outs as soon as Tim Burton gave us Apebraham Lincoln a decade ago, but “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” has healed all wounds. While not keeping pace with that last Apeventure, 'Rise' has still taken only two weekends to cross $100 million at a much lower cost, a total no one at Fox was expecting. When the dust settles, this offering, which held well-enough to suggest strong word-of-mouth, will have outdistanced many of its genre companions from this summer, particularly those benefiting from the 3D price bump.

In Theaters: 'The Help' Has '30 Minutes Or Less' To Get To The 'Final Destination'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • August 12, 2011 2:04 AM
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Lady love Kathleen Walsh is out for the weekend, so you lovely bunch are stuck with me! The dog days of summer are behind us, and it's time for the August roundup: scrappy flicks and throwaway fare, needless sequels enlivened by adequate 3D that will nevertheless clean up at the box office. We just don’t know any better.

Ruben Fleischer Initially Thought '30 Minutes Or Less' Would Have A Darker, 'Fargo'-Esque Vibe

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 10, 2011 7:02 AM
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Filmmaker Talks Killing Off Characters & The Surprising Survivors Of This Action Comedy & MoreExclusive: Dwayne and Travis (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson), two lazy, but conniving white-trash layabouts, want to open up a tanning salon, but they're broke and Travis' dad (Fred Ward) is a millionaire who refuses to give his indolent son any money. A crazy and circuitous scheme is hatched: kill dad. Where will they get the money to hire an assassin? It's elementary: just force some nobody pizza boy (Jesse Eisenberg) to rob a bank by knocking him out and strapping a bomb to his chest.

Review: '30 Minutes Or Less' Is A Fun But Forgettable Conclusion To The Summer Of R-Rated Excess

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 5, 2011 5:31 AM
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Zipping along at a brisk pace -- albeit one that feels like it's rushing to be over -- featuring dueling bromance buddy tales from both protagonists and villains, and mostly amusing in its vulgar humor and gags, the "action"-comedy "30 Minutes Or Less," is entertaining, but ultimately only a mild effort in the mediocre R-Rated comedy sweepstakes that have dominated this season.

Interview: Aziz Ansari Talks About Getting Some Action In '30 Minutes Or Less'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 27, 2011 10:26 AM
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28-year-old Aziz Ansari has had quite the meteoric rise over the past two years since audiences first got a taste of his unique sense of humor in scene-stealing moments from “I Love You Man,” “Observe and Report” and, most notably, Judd Apatow’s “Funny People.” The Columbia, South Carolina native landed on the NBC series “Parks and Recreation” in 2010 and has, over the course of 46 episodes, created quite the memorable character in dapper, lady chasing Tom Haverford.

Watch: Green Band '30 Minutes Or Less' Trailer Still Delivers Big Laughs Without Red Band Raunch

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 22, 2011 6:44 AM
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Yes, this new trailer for "30 Minutes or Less" is pretty much the same deal as the red band version but it has enough new bits to make it worth your while, and certainly it's just as funny as its raunchier counterpart.

Watch: Hilarious Red Band Trailer For '30 Minutes Or Less' Brings A Bomb To A Gunfight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2011 7:47 AM
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After a couple of amusing trailers and clips for Ruben Fleischer's "30 Minutes or Less," Sony knocks it out of the goddamn park with this latest, lengthy red band trailer which delivers big belly laughs right from the raunchy opening gag.

Watch: First Clip From '30 Minutes Or Less'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 1:36 AM
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If the trailer for "30 Minutes Or Less" didn’t get you excited about what will likely be one of the funniest movies of the summer, this clip from the film will. Jesse Eisenberg plays Nick, a stoner pizza delivery guy who gets a bomb strapped to his chest by two wannabe criminals (Danny McBride and Nick Swardson) who tell him to rob a bank in nine hours or the bomb will explode. Freaked out by the threat of being blown up, Nick goes to the worst place possible: an elementary school to see his best friend, Chet (Aziz Ansari).

New Posters For Ruben Fleischer's '30 Minutes Or Less' & Tate Taylor's 'The Help'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • April 25, 2011 1:52 AM
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New posters have been unveiled for two upcoming releases due out this summer: Ruben Flesicher's action-comedy "30 Minutes Or Less" and Tate Taylor's period drama "The Help."

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