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Weekend Box Office: 'The Help' Defeats Tepid Newcomers And Hurricane Season For Another Week At #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 28, 2011 4:37 AM
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Usually, studios will look for any possible reason to blame the weather for a film’s poor box office showing. Heat waves only mean audiences will seek the air conditioning of a theater, at least when something exciting is playing. And people will withstand non-apocalyptic snowstorms simply to get away from the cold while enjoying the blockbuster of their choice. But there aren’t a whole lot of options when almost half of a movie’s proposed locations are under siege by a vicious hurricane. Many large chains didn’t even bother to stay open during Irene’s reign, meaning that these quiet end-of-August releases could find no traction heading into the typically-comatose Labor Day weekend.

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: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Is Light On Scares & A Minor Effort From Producer Del Toro

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 22, 2011 10:59 AM
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Originally written back in 1998 for Miramax, “Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark” has had quite a long road to the big screen. Scribes Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins (“Mimic,” “Dragonslayer”) adapted the film from a 1973 made-for-TV movie as a vehicle for del Toro to direct but the project was shelved after numerous rewrites failed to satisfy the studio. Del Toro moved on to direct “Mimic” for Miramax instead which ended up being a disastrous clash of egos between the filmmaker and Bob Weinstein. The producer demanded so many changes that del Toro eventually disowned the film.

Guillermo Del Toro Says PG-13 Is The Refuge Of Cowards

  • By Cory Everett
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  • August 10, 2011 2:46 AM
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How The Weinsteins Messed With 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' & More From The Filmmakers On The Horror RemakeOn Monday night, the Film Society Of Lincoln Center hosted a screening of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” as part of their Film Comment Selects series. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film is a remake of a 1973 made-for-TV film about a young couple being pursued by malevolent creatures in a spooky old house they’ve inherited. The new version swaps in Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes as interior decorators renovating an old house and gives Pearce’s character an 11-year-old daughter, Bailee Madison (“Brothers”), who ends up the subject of most of the torment.

Guillermo Del Toro Says He Wants ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’ To Scare Your Kids Silly

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • July 27, 2011 3:15 AM
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The Director Talks About Finding New Talent At Comic-Con, His Fear Of Repeating The Mistakes Of 'Mimic,' What Still Scares Him & More Guillermo del Toro is a likable guy, plain and simple. He’s a fan first, as he will quickly tell you, and eager to discuss anything he's got going whether it's acquisition for his Bleak House man cave (his collection of stuff is so big he needed a second house to hold it) to the next project he’s directing or producing.

Comic-Con '11: Nicolas Winding Refn Says Getting His Cast Together For 'Drive' Was "Like Sex"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 21, 2011 11:02 AM
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Panels and press conferences are pretty straightforward: get together the cast and crew, show some footage and answer some questions. But the folks at FilmDistrict had a bit of a light bulb "Eureka!" moment, deciding to pair up their films "Drive" and "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark" in one panel and let two very chatty folks in Nicolas Winding Refn and Guillermo Del Toro share the stage and the result was one of the most entertaining panels of this still young Comic-Con, providing enough quips and quotes to fill a phone book. So here are some of the highlights.

Lionsgate Somehow Gets 'Boardwalk Empire' Star Paz De La Huerta Naked For 'Nurse 3D' Poster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 14, 2011 1:37 AM
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Seriously, We're Shocked. Plus A Really, Really Boring Poster For 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Paz De La Huerta is, it seems, a very good actress, with fine taste. The 26-year-old New Yorker has been acting for over a decade: she appeared as a child in "The Cider House Rules" and "The Object Of My Affection," and has since cropped up in "A Walk To Remember," "Fierce People" and "Choke," among others, while she had the lead in Gaspar Noe's "Enter The Void," and reached real exposure as Steve Buscemi's mistress Lucy in the Martin Scorsese-created HBO series "Boardwalk Empire." But it's hard to ignore the fact that, at this point, de la Huerta is best known for her willingness to get her kit off.

L.A. Film Fest Review: 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark' Can't Conjure Up The Scares

  • By James Rocchi
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  • June 29, 2011 2:43 AM
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In the 1970s, there was a number of made-for-television horror movies and among the best remembered were "Salem's Lot," "Burnt Offerings" and "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Of the last film, modern horror master Guillermo Del Toro has referred to it as "the scariest movie (he's) ever seen." If one were to watch it today, they'd scoff at that sentiment as the pacing is weird and the monsters are silly. But anyone could look back at the stuff that gave them the chills as kids with new, more cynical eyes, however, what Del Toro is trying to do as producer and co-writer of this new remake is to get all of us to feel what we felt as kids again. Whether or not he succeeds is another story.

Watch: 3 Creepy Clips From The Guillermo Del Toro Produced 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2011 8:17 AM
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We've really been digging the trailers so far for the Guillermo Del Toro produced "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark," and while reviews have been mixed from the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend where it played, we're keeping the flame alive that this will be worth some genuine chills.

Watch: Chilling, Atmospheric U.K. Trailer For 'Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2011 11:05 AM
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Finally, emerging out of the Miramax fiasco and heading to cinemas thanks to FilmDistrict, the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror flick "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" is on the way and you know what? It actually looks like it's going to pack some good scares in a film that doesn't have anyone being tortured or was made for $1 million dollars and shot with a handheld camera.

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