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Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Dominates 'The Help'; One Franchise Reaches Its 'Final Destination'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2011 4:27 AM
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All is forgiven between the public and the “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. This relationship seemed on the outs as soon as Tim Burton gave us Apebraham Lincoln a decade ago, but “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes” has healed all wounds. While not keeping pace with that last Apeventure, 'Rise' has still taken only two weekends to cross $100 million at a much lower cost, a total no one at Fox was expecting. When the dust settles, this offering, which held well-enough to suggest strong word-of-mouth, will have outdistanced many of its genre companions from this summer, particularly those benefiting from the 3D price bump.

Drafthouse Films Pick Up Apocalyptic '80s Dance-Fight Flick 'The FP'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 1, 2011 5:18 AM
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Lawrence Kasdan's 'Darling Companion' & Dakota Fanning Vehicle 'Now Is Good' Find HomesUntil "Zoolander 2" happens, "The FP" is the closest we'll get to a whole movie about breakdance fighting and the film that created a buzz at SXSW this spring, now has a home.

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.

Chris Hemsworth Is A 'Shadow Runner' In Film Inspired By Killing Of Hamas Leader Mahmoud al Mabhouh

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 11:02 AM
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After proving he could wield the mighty hammer of "Thor" with wit and charm to spare (one of the few lively things in the otherwise kind of stodgy comic movie), Chris Hemsworth is springboarding into other films. He's got "Snow White And The Huntsman" on his dance card, a couple of completed movies waiting to be released ("Red Dawn," "Cabin In The Woods") and of course, he's already on to his next Marvel gig in "The Avengers" but it looks like he's stepping out of the fantasy/remake realm for his next role.

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

George Clooney's 'Ides Of March' Will Open The Venice Film Festival

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 21, 2011 1:01 AM
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We are all highly anticipating the fall festival season, and, for most of us, it couldn't get here sooner. The first big news of the season, is that George Clooney's newest directorial effort, "Ides Of March," will open the Venice Film Festival. Clooney will also star as a presidential candidate alongside man of the year Ryan Gosling as his head of media. Philip Seymour Hoffman will take on a supporting role as a campaign manager with Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood rounding it out, making the film's cast a star-studded one to watch.

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

Watch: 'Moneyball' Trailer Debuts Starring Brad Pitt & Jonah Hill

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 16, 2011 2:53 AM
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Update: Yahoo has dropped the official trailer, sans the hosts of "Entertainment Tonight." Check it out below.

The 'Salt' Sequel You Didn't Know You Wanted Is Happening, Kurt Wimmer Hired To Write The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 10:24 AM
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In the era of no-original-ideas Hollywood, even studio suits have to admit that rolling the dice on a "Salt" sequel seems a bit ludicrous. The Angelina Jolie spy film seems impressive when you look at the numbers -- just under $300 million worldwide -- but when you break it down, it looks less enticing. The film brought in $118 million domestic, just a shade over it's $110 million budget. Overseas, the film fared better with a $175 million haul. But is anyone really asking for a sequel? The film is all but a distant memory and that other Angelina Jolie spy movie from last year, "The Tourist," was met with even worse reviews than "Salt" and with both films opening at number two on their respective box office weekends, is banking on another big budget Angelina Jolie movie really the smart play here?

‘Easy A’ Director Will Gluck Signs Two-Year Deal With Sony Pictures

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 28, 2011 3:33 AM
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Few directors are as hot and in-demand right now as Will Gluck. He directed one of 2010’s most universally loved movies, “Easy A,” and launched the career of star Emma Stone into the mainstream spotlight.

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