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Weekend Box Office: Audiences Get Their Strings Attached To 'No Strings Attached'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 23, 2011 6:41 AM
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Not much news to report during this quiet January weekend. One wide release opened to numbers that a studio would expect given two publicity-heavy stars in January ($20.3 million). “No Strings Attached” matched industry expectations, bringing good news to all involved, though if you're the only wide release in a single weekend, you're really banking on at least $20 mil. Budget numbers on this film go from $25 to $35 million, but there were extensive reshoots and it couldn’t have been too cheap to get these two multi-tasking stars in the fold.

Weekend Box Office: 'Green Hornet' Nests At #1, 'Dilemma' Disappoints

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • January 16, 2011 6:55 AM
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This is how business works in Hollywood: you break records or else. "The Green Hornet" was a big ticket for Sony, opening at #1 as everyone expected. But that isn't enough for the film, which set the studio back somewhere between $90 (before reshoots?) and $140 million (after?). As such, simply making money wasn't going to do the film any good unless it totally dominated its Martin Luther King holiday weekend.

In Theaters: 'The Green Hornet,' 'The Dilemma,' 'Barney's Version,' 'Ong Bak 3'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • January 14, 2011 5:31 AM
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Screw Serious Cinema, It's Time for Some Laffs 'n Action Ah January, what a curious moviegoing month you are. You're the dumping ground for the studio dreck (long live Nic Cage's Festival of Wigs) because it's a time of AWARDS fever, with noms and screeners and Hollywood Foreign Press luncheons (and YOU get a Blu-Ray player, and YOU get a Blu-ray player!) up the wazoo. Hence the highly mixed bag of new releases we get every week. Some of these may benefit from the relative lack of competition, but it's pretty much a giant risk! The wide releases gambling this weekend are two comedies for those fans who are just SO tired of serious movies about heartbreak and family problems 'n shit. Seth Rogen's action comedy "The Green Hornet" hits screens after much speculation, skepticism, and a revolving door of talent (Cage's Jamaican accent NEVER FORGET), while Vince Vaughn and Kevin James bring the pain (and offensive jokes!) in the Ron Howard comedy, "The Dilemma." More serious minded comedy fans can catch "Barney's Version" in limited release and the true actionheads can geek out over Tony Jaa's sick moves in "Ong Bak 3."

Review: 'The Dilemma' Chooses Wacky Hijinks Over Intelligent Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 12, 2011 3:07 AM
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Overrated screenwriter Allan Loeb is curiously one of the most in-demand writers in Hollywood right now, and we're beginning to understand why. His screenplays tend to sell high-concept work which makes executives and producers feel good about themselves, but the actual execution undermines whatever originality and vigor the original premise may have had, keeping things safe for mainstream audiences to embrace without thinking too much, which makes studio heads happy. But if you look closer, Allan Loeb seems to be writing the same script over and over with entire plots hanging on one character struggling to tell somebody the secret he's holding. Exhibit 1: "The Switch" spent nearly half its running time with Jason Bateman agonizing over whether or not to tell Jennifer Aniston that it's actually his sperm she used to have a child. Exhibit 2: In "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" Shia LaBeouf could have avoided a world of hurt he had just been honest with his girlfriend, Carey Mulligan, about what he was doing with her Dad. Which brings us to Exhibit 3: "The Dilemma." Once again, a character grapples for the majority of the film's running time with a should I?/shouldn't I? situation, in this case it's whether or not to tell his best friend that his wife is cheating on him. Yes, "The Dilemma" is another one of those movies where you're going to wait for somebody to stop acting like an idiot and do what most normal people would do without hesitation. It's pretty painful.

'The Dilemma' Soundtrack Features The Black Keys, The Hold Steady, The Band & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2011 8:49 AM
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While we can't say we're too excited for Ron Howard's forthcoming infidelity comedy "The Dilemma" it does look like the folks over at Chop Shop Music have put together yet another carefully selected mix to make soundtrack enthusiasts pay attention.

Watch: Electric Cars Aren't Gay In The International Trailer For 'The Dilemma'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 5, 2010 2:21 AM
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While the battle for comedic free expression has been won on the back of a pretty dumb joke, the international trailer for Ron Howard's "The Dilemma" plays it safe and doesn't reference the "electric cars are gay" joke at all, but actually, surprisingly, did make us chuckle more than the first spot for the film did.

Electric Cars Will Continue To Be Gay, Ron Howard Keeping Joke In 'The Dilemma'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2010 2:23 AM
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Sometimes taking a stand means siding with a pretty lame joke, and such is the case for Ron Howard who in the name of comedic expression, will be keeping the "electric cars are gay" joke in his upcoming "The Dilemma."

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