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Weekend Box Office: 'Argo' Takes Top Slot As 'Cloud Atlas' And Other New Releases Crash & Burn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2012 12:48 PM
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In one of the weakest weekends of the year which may yet get weaker thanks to the oncoming Frankenstorm (stay safe, East Coasters), the only real winner was Ben Affleck's "Argo." It's rare for a movie to make it to number one several weeks into release, but the actor/director's political thriller has had outstanding word of mouth, and though it dropped a touch more than its record-breaking hold last weekend, managed to rise up to the top with a $12.4 million haul. It's still the second-lowest number one of the year, but for a third week of release, still very strong numbers, and the film should carry on steaming towards $100 million, though the competition is going to be fiercer in the next few weeks.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Cloud Atlas' & 'Chasing Mavericks' Ride The Wave Of New Movies In Theaters

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • October 26, 2012 4:58 PM
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Here at The Playlist, we regularly express a variety of opinions in reviews, columns, and features, and now we'd like to encourage that opportunity among you, our faithful readers. We're launching a new format for "In Theaters" (let’s call it version 2.0), in which we’ll provide short summaries of the critical reactions to new releases so that you can easily determine your favorites in the bunch. We would love to hear any and all remarks about the films you'll be investing your hard-earned cash in (or not) each weekend. So, please, comment away!

Review: Not So 'Fun Size' Doesn't Know The Audience It Wants

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2012 9:58 AM
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While you can debate the merits of "The O.C.," "Gossip Girl" and "Chuck," it can't be argued that writer/producer Josh Schwartz knows how to zero in on a target audience and cater to them specifically and successfully. Generally, his most lucrative milieu is in providing tweenage girls lukewarm TV soap operas, where beauitful people, get into rich people trouble, usually accompanied by high fashion and hip soundtracks. So it's easy to see why Nickelodean Movies were eager to harness his skills for an "Adventures In Babysitting" meets "Superbad" picture presumably for that demographic. But the resulting movie hardly approaches the pleasure of those films, with a result that is so tonally off balance, that it feels like the result of too many meetings with executives trying to figure out how to make a four-quadrant hit.

Watch: New Clips From 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 22, 2012 11:43 AM
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This morning we have a pair of clips from two wildly different films: an Oscar contender dealing with addiction and a film from a tween-friendly studio. Check them both out below.

All The Songs In 'Fun Size' Including Passion Pit, Beastie Boys, Carly Rae Jepsen & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2012 11:23 AM
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A wild night out needs to be accompanied by an appropriate soundtrack, and while the tunes compiled for "Fun Size" won't go down in history as one of the all time greats, it should turn some younger ears on to a least a few decent tracks.

New Clip & Photos From 'Fun Size' Beg The Question: Will Audiences Come Out For A Movie Starring Victoria Justice & Jane Levy?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 3, 2012 3:40 PM
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Some people just can't handle Halloween! Deeep. A teen comedy centered on a high school senior, Wren (Victoria Justice), who is eager to distance herself from her dysfunctional family by going off to college, Paramount's "Fun Size" actually focuses first on Halloween night. Wren gets stuck babysitting her little brother on Halloween, the same evening when the hottest guy in school is throwing a party. Omg!

New Images: 'The Way, Way Back' With Steve Carell & Sam Rockwell; 'Not Fade Away,' 'Flight' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 24, 2012 5:17 PM
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So what happens when you win an Oscar? Your long-developing project gets the kick in the pants it needs to get made. And that's just what happened for "The Descendants" writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. Originally set for director Shawn Levy ("Real Steel") in 2007, "The Way, Way Back" was first delayed by the WGA strike of that year, and was stuck in limbo before finally coming back to life last fall. After the pair took home an Oscar for the screenplay for "The Descendants," everything started moving fast, and with a pretty great cast on board.

First Image Of Saoirse Ronan In 'How I Live Now' Plus New Images From 'Here Comes The Boom' & 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2012 1:22 PM
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Yes, we realize all these films couldn't be more different, but they are images nonetheless from some upcoming movies and there's gotta be at least one you're curious about...

Watch: Trailer For High School Comedy 'Fun Size' Starring Victoria Justice & Jane Levy

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • June 29, 2012 9:43 AM
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Victoria Justice is finally getting her first movie! And, if you're young enough to know her from Nickelodeon shows like "Zoey 101," "iCarly" or tele-movies like "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf" this is exciting news! Either that, or you're a big fan of Josh Schwartz, who created "The O.C." and "Chuck" and is making his directorial debut with "Fun Size," another coming-of-age, high school comedy.

Johnny Knoxville & More Round Out Cast Of 'Fun Size'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 1, 2011 8:29 AM
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Are you the parent of some tweenagers who desperately want to see "The Hangover Part II" but aren't yet old enough to see the raunch of the film? Not to worry, something more age appropriate is around the corner.

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