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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.

Review: Katherine Heigl's 'One For The Money' Isn't Worth A Dime

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • January 28, 2012 8:41 AM
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"One for the Money" brings Janet Evanovich’s beloved heroine Stephanie Plum to life on screen, a ditzy would-be bounty hunter who succeeds only in endangering the lives of anyone near her and dismissing the intelligence of audiences. Adapted from the 1994 novel of the same name, the story finds the down-on-her-luck Stephanie (Katherine Heigl) in desperate need of money. Out of options, she turns to her sleazeball cousin Vinnie (Patrick Fischler), who runs a bail bond business unoriginally named Vincent Plum’s Bail Bonds. He reluctantly sets her up as a bail recovery agent, figuring she’ll soon tire of the endeavor and find herself a more appropriate line of work. But Plum instead sets her sights on the biggest score, both professionally and personally. Turns out the highest-stake target is a former vice cop wanted for murder who also just happened to leave Ms. Plum high and dry after taking her virginity in high school. Hell hath no fury and blah, blah, blah...

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.

A Slew Of New Oscar-Bait Pics Hit The Web (And ‘One For The Money’ Sneaks In There Too)

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 16, 2011 1:02 PM
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As the Oscar season heats up, studios always get stills of their contenders up onto the web, creating buzz, allowing readers to say, “Oh, so that’s what it’ll look like,” and this year is no exception.

Watch: Katherine Heigl Basically Remakes 'The Bounty Hunter' With 'One For The Money' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 24, 2011 11:52 AM
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Katherine Heigl has never been one to push the boundaries of her acting. Ever since "Knocked Up" -- her first major big screen stint outside of her starmaking turn on "Grey's Anatomy" -- she has excelled at playing well-dressed, but frosty bitches in one film after another with a mostly successful score card. Not counting "Knocked Up," which was sold on the Apatow brand, Heigl had a major high with the $200 million worldwide "The Ugly Truth," and even supposed "failures" like "Killers" or "Life As We Know It" wound up making around $100 million each worldwide anyway. So clearly, there are people who love to see Heigl do her thing. But will they like her with a Jersey accent?

'Rum Diary' Poster Raids The Liquor Cabinet; 'One For The Money' One Sheet Hopes You Buy Heigl

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 7, 2011 9:59 AM
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A couple of fresh new one sheets from two films that have been sitting around waiting to be released.

Lionsgate Schedules Katherine Heigl's 'One For The Money' With A January 27, 2012 Release Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 24, 2011 2:55 AM
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It looks like Katherine Heigl just got Nic Caged. Her upcoming murder-mystery comedy "One For The Money" was previously set for a summer debut of July 8th. It was then moved to June 3rd where it would have squared off against "X-Men: First Class," but Lionsgate then wisely decided that trying to go toe-to-toe with the tentpole behemoth was a bad idea and finally pulled the film off the calendar altogether. Well, it now has a new date, and it's in the wasteland of early winter programming.

Katherine Heigl's 'One For The Money' Doesn't Bank On Beating 'X-Men,' Pulled From Release

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • March 17, 2011 9:38 AM
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It's only been a couple of weeks since Lionsgate announced it would move Katherine Heigl's "One for the Money" out of a July 8th release date to an earlier date of June 3rd. Reasons for doing so included not wanting to release against Sony Pictures' "The Zookeeper" and Warner Bros.' "Horrible Bosses;" both are comedies that would directly compete with the Janet Evanovich novel-based murder mystery-comedy. In moving to an earlier date, producers only lined the film up against Fox's expected smash hit "X-Men: First Class." Though at first they probably thought the two films were different enough to draw their respective audiences, it looks like the studio isn't going to play chicken any longer.

It's Katherine Heigl vs X-Men; 'One For The Money' Moves To June 3rd To Fight 'First Class'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2011 2:25 AM
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Generally speaking, the more an actor's career goes on, the more beloved they become: witness Kirk Douglas at the Oscars this past weekend, or the continuing work of Betty White. Over time, an actor becomes so familiar to audiences that they start to feel almost like part of one's family. Even when someone falls by the wayside for a few years, affection can be maintained for them -- hence the popularity of 'where are they now?' type features. Of course, this doesn't work for everyone -- for instance, take the case of Katherine Heigl.

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