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Weekend Box Office: 'Breaking Dawn' Does $140 Million, Still Sucks Uncontrollably

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 20, 2011 12:41 PM
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Summit was either being coy or having a bit more faith in humanity than everyone else by projecting "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One" to open lower than "New Moon." No such luck, humankind -- the lethal siren song that is Stephenie Meyer's ignorance scored again, with "Breaking Dawn" grabbing $72 million on Friday, beginning an opening weekend that, after final estimates, could even surpass the series' best.

Watch: New TV Spot For 'Immortals' Suggets Real Men Don't Watch 'Twilight'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2011 2:06 PM
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If you go to the movie theater this weekend, you may see something that surprises you. People. After a few weeks of waning, sagging box office numbers, the R-rated, 3D "Immortals" arrived last weekend and performed well beyond expectations to take the top spot. Unfortunately, they're up against the Twihards who are expecting to power 'Breaking Dawn' to well over $100 million in ticket sales and likely meaning a precipitous second week drop for "Immortals." Eager to keep from falling too hard, "Immortals" has conjured up a brand new spot aimed at one demographic only: men.
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Weekend Box Office: 'Immortals' Scores Biggest Relativity Opening; 'Jack And Jill' Tumbles Into #2

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 13, 2011 11:58 AM
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In Theaters: 'J. Edgar' Investigates 'Jack and Jill' & 'Immortals' For Crimes Against Cinema

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • November 11, 2011 5:47 PM
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11/11/11! Did you make a wish? I was writing this column at 11:11 a.m. and missed it by one minute. Oh well, I don't much go in for that superstitious stuff, but I hope all your 11:11 wishes and hopes and dreams come true. This weekend at the theater is a weird mix of prestige and flat out horrible crap. For every "J. Edgar," you get a "Jack and Jill;" for every "Melancholia," there's an "Immortals." What are you gonna do?!

Review: 'Immortals' Makes For Thrilling Art Installation, Not So Much A Movie

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 10, 2011 7:04 PM
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Post-Fall Film Festival Season: Five Movies We're Still Eagerly Awaiting

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 19, 2011 4:22 AM
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And Five We're Worried About/DreadingWith the Toronto International Film Festival now over, the dust is beginning to settle on 2011 and we're moving into the final stage of the fall movie season. Many, if not most, of autumn's Oscar season big hitters have now been revealed, leaving principally commercial fare, and a few prestige-y films that are rushing towards completion. As ever, the benefits of opening your Christmas presents early is a mixed bag; it means that we're able to firmly recommend some big fall films, movies like "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Shame" and "We Need To Talk About Kevin." It means we can also tell you to be wary of the likes of "W.E." and "Butter."

Watch: New 'Immortals' Loudly Tries To Convince You To See The Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 8:42 AM
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Man, we hope that along with the 3D glasses we're getting some earplugs, because if the finished product is anything like the new trailer for "Immortals," this thing is gonna be loud.

Empire Big Screen '11: First Footage From 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' Is Flat-Out Terrific

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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Plus Glimpses Of 'Contraband,' 'The Raven' & 'Immortals'After a mixed summer ("Fast Five" and "Bridesmaids" performed well over expectations, "Cowboys and Aliens" well under them), it's interesting to see where Universal goEs from here, considering recent changes in management and all. They've got a fairly strong commercial line-up heading into the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, and gave punters a first look at many of those films in London's O2 arena as part of the Empire Big Screen event.

'Immortals' Use Of 3D Enhances Storytelling, Yet Director Tarsem Doesn't Believe In Its Longevity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2011 2:20 AM
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Comic-Con '11: After Sony’s "The Amazing Spider-Man" presentation Friday afternoon, Comic-Con attendees appeared to have relatively few other films or properties to get excited about. But Relativity Media maximized the potential of their upcoming sword-and-sandal opus "Immortals" with a panel featuring cast and crew members as well as a presentation of some footage which, as one colleague put it, felt about perfect for screening in the convention’s centerpiece showroom, whether or not its charm translates to commercial success down the road.

Comic-Con '11: Henry Cavill Calls 'Man Of Steel' One Of The "Best Scripts I've Ever Read"

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 24, 2011 1:26 AM
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While during the "Immortals" panel in Hall H at Comic-Con 2011, lead actor Henry Cavill remained relatively quiet and stayed mostly mum on his upcoming role of a lifetime as Superman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," he did allow that the story is "one of the best scripts I’ve ever read.”

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