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Weekend Box Office: 'Contagion' Infects Box Office In Year's Weakest Overall Frame

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 11, 2011 4:30 AM
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It looks like “Contagion” lived up to its name, landing at number one with $23 million and sapping the rest of the lineup of its health, creating one of the genuinely weakest weekends of the year. The Steven Soderbergh thriller, loaded with familiar faces, benefited from a savvy ad campaign and a few IMAX engagements to deliver what should count as a big opening by September standards.

Weekend Box Office: Three Straight Weeks At #1 For 'The Help'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 4, 2011 3:53 AM
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There are all sorts of qualifiers to this summer becoming the most financially robust in box office history. Chief amongst them are both the inferior product, but also the illusion of 3D prices, which do an excellent job of covering up the consistently-dropping attendance numbers. In other words, money is money, inflated or otherwise, and not enough people balked at the enhanced prices, even though a number of 3D films loudly flopped this summer.

In Theaters: 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark,' 'Our Idiot Brother,' or 'Colombiana'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • August 26, 2011 7:29 AM
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Ah, the dog days of August. Used to be that this month was just another typical dumping ground for films that withered on the vine, but it in recent years, it's expanded a bit to swallow up some of the summer blockbuster fare crowded out of May-June-July. But the last weekend in August? Yeesh. Kids are going back to school, college students are back on campus, and everyone's depressed because summer's ending. That psychological breakdown attempts to explain the box office offerings for this weekend. Katie Holmes gets scared in "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark," Sundance comedy "Our Idiot Brother" takes advantage of the roomy playing field, and B-action flick "Colombiana" does the same. If you're not soaking up the last dregs of summer out of doors this weekend, or battening down the hatches on the East Coast with the arrival of Hurricane Irene, here are the releases available at your multiplex or art house.

Review: 'Colombiana' Is An Exploitation Actioner Devoid Of Thrills & Humor

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 25, 2011 7:28 AM
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"Colombiana," an ornately florid title for a hopelessly pedestrian Euro-trash action movie, has been marketed and sold around various images of its comely star (Zoe Saldana) brandishing firearms while in her underwear. As far as exploitation hooks go, it's about as old as the format itself, and just as dependable. But "Colombiana," with its rapid-fire editing, humdrum supporting cast, and choked knot of superfluous subplots, doesn't have the thematic incisiveness of an exploitation movie, or the playfully go-for-broke, hands-in-the-air sense of naughty impishness.

Zoe Saldana Says 'Colombiana 2' Could Happen If You Go See The Movie This Weekend

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • August 25, 2011 3:21 AM
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Actress Says She'll Sign On To James Cameron's 'Avatar' Sequels, Sight UnseenIn the past two years Zoe Saldana has become a force to be reckoned with in more ways than one: she helped J.J. Abrams resuscitate the "Star Trek" franchise as the lone female in the film’s boys' club, commanded the screen as the literal warrior princess Neytiri in James Cameron’s blockbuster game changer, ”Avatar," and now takes center stage as an ass-kicking assassin in "Colombiana," due Friday. Two of the three films already have sequels in the works – "Star Trek" is scheduled to start shooting later this year, and Cameron promised two more "Avatar" films arriving in 2014 and 2015. But speaking to the press on Wednesday, Saldana indicated she wouldn’t mind if her latest film became the next in her growing series of franchises.

Watch: Zoe Saldana Swims With Sharks & Kneecaps A Baddie In New 'Colombiana' Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2011 8:36 AM
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While Angelina Jolie or Charlize Theron seem to get the few scripts in town requiring a kick-ass female lead, it boggles our mind that Zoe Saldana doesn't rank just as high as her colleagues. Ably showing in "Avatar" and "The Losers" (where she was pretty much the only thing worth watching) that she can deliver action chops just as well as her male counterparts, we're at least glad she's going to get a full film to showcase her stuff, even if it's in the likely-to-not-be-so-good "Colombiana."

Watch: Harrison Ford Growls In Clip From 'Cowboys & Aliens' While Zoe Saldana Lights Up 'Colombiana'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2011 6:29 AM
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A couple of clips for some movies coming your way very soon, so let's get crackin'.

New 'Colombiana' Poster, Release Date Moved Ahead A Week To August 26th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 24, 2011 5:34 AM
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If you've watched the three "Transporter" movies and "Taken," you know Luc Besson's formula well by now. A dude has a mission, some obstacles are put in his way, and he dispatches with them while remaining unflappable and deadly. It's a premise that has banked huge dollars at the global box office, so no surprise that Besson is sticking to it. But for the next film to come out of the Europa machine, the mega-producer is putting a new spin on a familiar story.

Watch: 'Colombiana' Trailer Does Its Best To Pretend It's Not The Sequel To 'The Professional'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2011 6:57 AM
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Last summer it was reported that not only was there a completed script for "The Professional" sequel titled "Mathilda" -- that follows Natalie Portman's character, now grown up -- but that everybody wanted to make it. But unfortunately, superproducer Luc Besson can't control anything and with the rights out of their hands the possibility of that film is pretty much dead. So what to do? How about make it anyway and just call it "Colombiana"?

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