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Weekend Box Office: 'The Grey' Sees Green, While Audiences Stay Away From The 'Ledge'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 29, 2012 12:14 PM
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Good ole’ dependable Liam Neeson. This is the third straight early-year period where the character actor turned badass leading man has scored a number one hit. While “The Grey” couldn’t pull in the same numbers as “Taken” or “Unknown,” it did top $20 million. Not a bad figure considering this was a much less commercial beast, with an R-rating, and it’s arguable that few leading men could have gotten a man-vs.-wilderness drama into an eight figure debut. This is distributor Open Road’s second ever release. Their first, last year’s “Killer Elite,” seemed like a surefire commercial proposition, but it pulled in half of what “The Grey” is looking to make on this opening weekend. You could argue this was a bait and switch, as the ads centered around spoiling, and misinterpreting, the film’s ending -- Cinemascore was a not-entirely-kind B-. But everyone got the opening they wanted -- this puts Open Road on the map, it gets Joe Carnahan out of Director Jail following “The A-Team” and it continues Neeson’s winning streak. Also worth noting: throughout each week in 2012 so far, the number one slot at the box office has been filled by R-rated fare.

In Theaters: Step Out With The 'Man On A Ledge,' Get Lost In 'The Grey' But Don't Spend 'One For The Money'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 27, 2012 6:35 PM
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Sundance, #sundance, SUNDANCE! 15 of your friends posted about Sundance! Retweet blah blah SUNDANCE! It's all anyone has on the brain this week. A welcome distraction from the travesty they call the Oscar nominations. Just when you think it's going to be a merry Oscar nominations morning, the Academy goes and rewards all the sappy sentimental crap and snubs its nose at anything remotely interesting and original. Too dark and icky! Showing your squareness, Academy.... Anyway, I don't want to talk about it, I'm still processing. Good thing we have all the shiny and new Sundance films to think about. Next year, next year my pretties.

Sam Worthington Reveals Why He Chose 'Man On A Ledge' & Says Early FX Footage Of 'Thunder Run' Looks "Spectacular"

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 27, 2012 5:13 PM
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It’s hard to believe that a little more than two years ago, Sam Worthington was a virtual unknown in Hollywood. Although the actor established a comfortable career for himself in his native Australia, until “Avatar” and “Clash of the Titans” came out, he was best known for being the guy that James Cameron entrusted to star in his $400 million vanity project, and everyone consequently wanted to work with. Since then, he’s become a Hollywood mainstay, jumping from blockbusters to independent projects, and remaining one of the most in-demand actors in the industry. And this week, he stars in “Man on a Ledge,” a film in which he plays a desperate, disgraced cop who steps out onto a precipice 220 feet in the air in order to let the world know how egregiously he was wronged.

'Man On A Ledge' Star Anthony Mackie Was "Excited Beyond Belief" To Play Jimi Hendrix In Paul Greengrass' Aborted Biopic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 24, 2012 6:17 PM
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Seeing the name Anthony Mackie in the opening credits is fast becoming a reassuring sign. Not necessarily of the quality of a movie -- we can't say we adored "Real Steel" or "What's Your Number," exactly -- but an indication that at least one good performance will take place over the course of the running time.

Review: 'Man On A Ledge' Steps Over The Edge Into B-Movie Ridiculousness

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 23, 2012 9:32 AM
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When Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) climbs out of a widow gets on the ledge of the Roosevelt Hotel, right in the middle of Manhattan, his life has so gone to shit you can believe he's ready to end it. Having recently escaped custody while attending his father's funeral, Nick has already spent two years in a jail for a crime he didn't commit, the theft of a valuable jewel. His appeals have run out and he's facing a considerable stretch at Sing Sing, narrowing his choices down to whiling in a cell block or splattered on a literal street block. But that suspension of disbelief only goes so far, because unless it's Gwyneth Paltrow lying on a gurney, few movies are gonna have the lead die this early on. So Nick's job is not to convince us, but the cops who have quickly flooded into the hotel and onto the street below, that he wants to kill himself. And so begins "Man On A Ledge," which starts off as a promising compact little thriller, but eventually unravels into something far more conventional and absurd.

Watch: 7 Clips From 'Man On A Ledge' Plus A Bunch Of New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 16, 2012 4:01 PM
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Will genre thrillers be the saving grace of the generally lackluster early winter box office? As far as this winter goes, Hollywood is sure banking on it. With "Contraband" taking the top spot last weekend and with "Haywire," "The Grey" and "Man On A Ledge" coming in the next couple of weeks, studios are hoping audiences are done with that arty, high brow Oscar stuff, and just want to be entertained for 90 minutes.

Sam Worthington Confesses He Gave A "Bland Performance" In 'Clash Of The Titans,' Promises An Improvement For Sequel

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 7, 2012 5:08 PM
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Sam Worthington, star of the new thriller “Man On A Ledge,” told The Playlist that the most important thing to improve upon in “Wrath Of The Titans,” the sequel to 2010’s “Clash Of The Titans,” was his own performance. “I wasn’t personally happy with my performance,” Worthington said Friday in an exclusive interview. “I didn’t think that I made a character. If you look at it, the way I play it, Perseus is a conduit for action – that’s all he was. He was a wrecking ball, he didn’t really have any personality, and it was a bland performance.”

Watch: Sam Worthington Steps Out In 'Man On A Ledge' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 6:51 AM
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Not to be confused with the other man standing on the edge of a building movie "The Ledge" that opened earlier this year starring Charlie Hunnam, Terrence Howard and Liv Tyler, "Man On A Ledge" takes a similar premise but drops the religious angle and goes strictly for B-movie thrills.

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