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Weekend Box Office: 'Identity Thief' Returns To First; Stitches For 'Snitch'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • February 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So far, 2013 is trailing 2012 in box office receipts, allowing “Identity Thief” to celebrate the spoils of war. The comedy is slated to become the highest grossing film of 2013 within days (beating out “Django Unchained,” which is actually a 2012 release), and this weekend it romped over a couple of weak newcomers to reclaim the top spot at the box office.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Snitch' & 'Dark Skies' To Have A 'Stand Off'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • February 22, 2013 5:32 PM
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Oh thank heavens. Finally, it's Academy Awards weekend. On Sunday evening, we'll all tune in to watch a parade of the anoited in sparkly haute couture gowns and even sparklier diamonds hand out golden statues of little nude men. And groan and nod sagely and screech out, "I told you so!" as the winners are announced. And be utterly thankful that at long, long last the awards season is over.

Review: 'Snitch' A Big, Dumb Action Movie Masquerading As Important Social Drama

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 20, 2013 5:58 PM
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Dwayne Johnson, a wrestler-turned-actor formerly known as The Rock, is an oversized personality more befitting a cartoon than a live action movie. He's got a frame that can barely fit through a traditional doorway and an unparalleled ability to convey a host of emotions just in the way that he chooses to stand. His best performances (as a bounty hunter in "The Rundown" or a dogged federal agent in "Fast Five") have taken advantage of both his size and his willingness to manipulate his stature for the sake of the role (in "Southland Tales" his performance seems almost entirely based on Bugs Bunny). He's a physical performer unburdened by the tangled psychology that trips up most actors. However, in "Snitch," the dreary new "based on a true story" action movie about undercover drug informants, Johnson's physicality is restrained, neutered and muted. He's a comic book hero forcibly wedged into a postage stamp.

Watch: The Rock Meets Omar From 'The Wire,' Fights The War On Drugs In Trailer For 'Snitch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 1:40 PM
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In case Eugene Jarecki's recent documentary "The House I Live In" didn't get the message across: the war on drugs isn't working and is penalizing people with dranconian laws that do nothing to stop the trafficking and use of narcotics. But the war on drugs hasn't met the likes of Dwayne Johnson.

Michael Bay's 'Pain And Gain' Will Pump You Up Next Spring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 19, 2012 5:11 PM
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This is what you call the exception to the rule. While we just wrote that Paramount has basically waved goodbye to original ideas, everyone will point to Michael Bay's upcoming "Pain and Gain" and cry foul. But here's the thing -- this is basically a one for me/one for them gig to keep Bay happy and let him knock out something that doesn't involve robots before he goes and directs "Transformers 4" and makes the studio a kajillion dollars. Anyway, long story short, "Pain and Gain" has a release date and it's coming for you next spring.

Michael K. Williams Won't Be In 'Django Unchained' But Books 'Snitch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 3:00 PM
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Bummer! Though once mooted for the lead role that eventually went to Jamie Foxx, Quentin Taraninto has long had his eye on Michael K. Williams (aka Omar from "The Wire") for a role in "Django Unchained." The actor himself chatted up the prospect of starring in the movie, saying earlier this year that the director was writing a part for him and following that up shortly thereafter with the tease that his participation looked "good to go." But a long time has past since, with a ton of casting along the way and unfortunately, Williams won't be in the film.

Barry Pepper Joins ‘Broken City’ with Mark Wahlberg & ‘Snitch’ With Dwayne Johnson

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 14, 2011 11:24 AM
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For a minute back in May of 2000, it looked like Barry Pepper’s career was on life support after starring as Jonnie Goodboy Tyler in the stillborn L. Ron Hubbard sci-fi mega-flop “Battlefield Earth: A Saga of the Year 3000.” In the years since, John Travolta’s career has recovered (we’ve all seen and loved him in the rhyming double-feature of “Wild Hogs” and “Old Dogs”). Pepper has meanwhile established himself as one of the more reliable supporting players in movies, giving solid performances in films like “25th Hour,” “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” and last year’s “True Grit,” to name a few.

Susan Sarandon Is Going To 'Snitch' With Dwayne Johnson

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 27, 2011 5:56 AM
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The combination of words "Dwayne Johnson thriller" and "Susan Sarandon" isn't exactly something we would have expected, but the actress has never been one that is easily pinned down. She's a player with The Lonely Island crew, will appear in "I Hate You Dad" with Adam Sandler next summer, and is currently filming "Cloud Atlas" with The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer. So, starring in "Snitch"? Piece of cake.

Dwayne Johnson Goes Undercover In 'Snitch'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 12:56 PM
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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson knows that his bread is buttered on two different sides, and full credit to his agents, they know to make not either side gets dry. The former wrestler does boffo box office in kids fare like "The Tooth Fairy" or "Race To Witch Mountain," while he maintains his street cred jumping into action roles like "Faster" or the upcoming "Fast Five." So it's no surprise that the guy who is also going to be in "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island" has just signed on for another meat and potatoes actioner to balance things out.

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