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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: Boy Wizard Trumps Batman As 'Deathly Hallows Pt. 2' Has All-Time Biggest Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 17, 2011 5:19 AM
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And so we have box office history.

Interview: 'Horrible Bosses' Director Seth Gordon Reveals The Original Ending Of The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 9, 2011 9:26 AM
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Also Talks Improv & The Influence Of 'Shallow Grave'If your job is making you feel murderous, there is perhaps no better cathartic experience at the multiplex this weekend than "Horrible Bosses." The comedy stars Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jamie Foxx, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Aniston and follows three friends, each dealing with an unbearable boss who is making their life hell, when they decide to do the unthinkable: they are going to kill their bosses. Enlisting the help of a "murder consultant" -- the appropriately named Motherfucker Jones -- the hapless trio sets out on their mission but of course, it's far more complicated than they ever could have imagined.

In Theaters: 'Horrible Bosses' Or 'The Zookeeper'? You Decide

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 8, 2011 6:39 AM
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Hello my summer chickadees, have your retinas grown back after the assault of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"? I'm peeping through protective lenses as I type my weekly missive to you. This weekend doesn't hold quite as much bombast in new releases, so if your addiction to explosions and CGI rears its head, you'll have to revisit some of our earlier summer releases. Or just take it down a notch with some low brow comedy. If you like your comedy R-rated, we have "Horrible Bosses." If you want to take a kid (or you have a massive head wound), check out "The Zookeeper" with the maestro of fat man physical comedy, Kevin James. There are also a few other new selections in theaters, or you may just have to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D.

Review: 'Horrible Bosses' Is A Middling, Generic Comedy That Murders Its Own Potential

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 6, 2011 7:29 AM
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A dark comedies, even a generic, mass-marketed studio confection like this week's "Horrible Bosses," offers the promise of, if not laughs then, at the very least, a kind of dangerous edginess that sets it apart from the bland and safe "Hall Pass"es of the world. Of course, should the conceit falter then you're left with something even worse than the pallidness of a mainstream comedy -- the bad aftertaste of tonal unevenness and missed opportunity. And, sadly, that's exactly what you get from "Horrible Bosses."

Watch: Red Band Trailer For 'Horrible Bosses' Reveals How A Men Seeking Men Ad Can Go Wrong

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 7:13 AM
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Will this be the summer remembered for comedy instead of superheroes? While we weren't particularly fans of "The Hangover Part II," the movie has been nothing short of a phenomenon, "Bridesmaids" has wildly overperformed and "Bad Teacher" has been Cameron Diaz's best movie at the box office in a long time. It seems America wants to laugh and if the early looks at "Horrible Bosses" are any indication, it should deliver the goods.

Money Mark, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready & More Tune Up 'Horrible Bosses'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2011 10:36 AM
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The upcoming comedy "Horrible Bosses" has a pretty outrageous premise -- three dudes decide to help each other kill their bosses. So appropriately, the soundtrack is going to be just as...eclectic.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'Mr. Popper's Penguins,' Plus New Clips From 'The Hangover Part II'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 20, 2011 12:57 PM
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Plus 2 Clips From 'Submarine' & TV Spots From 'Horrible Bosses'Another day, another batch of video footage goodness from upcoming comedy releases. Although goodness may be a stretch when it comes to the most substantial: the full trailer for the Jim Carrey vehicle "Mr. Popper's Penguins." A loose adaptation of the children's book classic, with "Mean Girls" director Mark Waters at the helm, the teaser didn't exactly look hugely promising, and if anything the full length version is worse, showing Carrey sleepwalking through the exact same dad-who-neglects-his-kids-because-he-works-too-hard beats as he was fifteen years ago in "Liar Liar." Just think: only a year ago, Noah Baumbach was going to direct this. [MSN]

Four New 'Horrible Bosses' Posters Ask: What Kind Of A-Hole Is Your Employer?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 19, 2011 10:38 AM
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Seth Gordon's office place comedy, "Horrible Bosses," should be one of your most anticipated comedies of the summer because it boasts an impressive cast: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Colin Farrell, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, SNL's Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and "Modern Family" star Julie Bowen.

Watch: Trailer for 'Horrible Bosses' Promises Some Twisted Summer Comedy Fun

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • May 11, 2011 8:42 AM
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And finally a non-Cannes related clip of the day. The highly anticipated trailer for New Line's "Horrible Bosses" finally dropped today and all signs point to a comedy classic. Or well... at least a comedy worth our $13 bucks. Directed by "King of Kong" director Seth Gordon (who also directed "Four Christmases" but we'll try not to hold that against him), who has a host of episodes for "Parks and Rec," "Community," "The Office," and "Modern Family" under his belt, the film boasts a script by Michael Markowitz, John Francis Daley ("Freaks and Geeks") and Jonathan Goldstein. It was on our Anticipated Summer Flicks list based on the hilarious script and talent involved, and the trailer doesn't disappoint.

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