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Box Office: 'The Hobbit' Holds Off 'Jack Reacher' & 'This Is 40'; 'Zero Dark Thirty' Starts Strong

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 23, 2012 12:04 PM
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'The Hobbit' what happened? You were supposed to be our hero. The “Lord Of The Rings” pictures, all released during the holiday period, had steady-to-muscular second weekend holds. But 'Hobbit,' you’re looking more like an average blockbuster, losing almost 60% of your audience. What’s going on? You were expected to dominate this frame like you did last weekend. Could it be that your mighty Cinemascore was inflated by the first-weekend Tolkien superfans? Could it be that your ad campaign simply emphasized the ties to the earlier films, implying less of an individual story and instead, “Yes, more of this”? Oh, 'Hobbit,' you’ve disappointed us greatly.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'This Is 40' & 'Jack Reacher' Are 'On The Road' At 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • December 21, 2012 5:21 PM
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Well folks, today is the Mayan Apocalypse, the official end of the Mesoamerican Long Count Calendar -- which doesn't sound so bad -- and, possibly, the world as we know it, which sounds pretty terrible. If we're all still here tomorrow (or tonight, for that matter), there is a delectable spread of filmic morsels on this weekend's menu. The latest Judd Apatow feature, Tom Cruise's new moody thriller, the first direct cinematic adaptation of Jack Kerouac's most famous work, and Kathryn Bigelow's second venture into modern warfare will grace the nation's silver screens, and we would encourage you to indulge where possible. So, toast the end of planet Earth while you tell us what you hope you'll be seeing in the comments section below. It probably wouldn't hurt to knock on wood or rub a rabbit's foot too. No, seriously: we really want to see "Gangster Squad" next year.

Review: 'The Guilt Trip' An Underdeveloped, Clichéd Road Trip Comedy Without Much Gas

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 20, 2012 6:40 PM
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There are at least two movies opening this holiday season which seem like they were stolen from the script vault at Touchstone Pictures, circa 1992. The first, "Parental Guidance," features the heavyweight one-two punch of Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, concerns grandparents outwitted by their grandkids, and could play snugly in a double feature alongside "Father of the Bride Part II." And opening this week is "The Guilt Trip," another movie that tries to wring guffaws out of a similarly super-tired idea (taking a cross-country road trip with your unbelievably stereotypical and annoying Jewish mother).

Watch: 2 Clips From 'The Guilt Trip' With Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 10, 2012 6:28 PM
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A musical about grubby looking people scrabbling around a France as an uprising brews, a genre mashup about slavery, a movie about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, a picture that is literally someone dying for two hours, another one about fracking, a film about the ups and downs of turning forty...yeah, you might want to rest your brain this holiday season and Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand are here to let you do just that.

Sony Confirms 'Zero Dark Thirty' For Wide Release In 2013; 'The Guilt Trip' Moves Up A Week

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 31, 2012 5:28 PM
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Aw, cheer up Sad Chastain. It's not so bad. While New York City and Los Angeles will be graced with Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" as planned on December 19th, as recent reports suggested, the rest of America will have to wait until 2013.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Guilt Trip' Starring Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 3, 2012 12:23 PM
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"This is definitely a story about a guy trying not to be really annoyed by his mother all the time," Seth Rogen told USA Today about "The Guilt Trip" that stars the "Pineapple Express" star alongside Barbra Streisand. And while that annoyance takes center stage in the first trailer for the film, overall it has a heartening, charming vibe that is hard to deny.

6 New Photos & Poster Of 'The Guilt Trip' Staring Seth Rogen And Barbra Streisand

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 2, 2012 3:33 PM
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In a moment of weakness, Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) asks his widowed mom (Barbra Streisand) to join him on a work-related cross-country road trek in "The Guilt Trip." That's all the premise is and it sounds rather paper-thin, but the first clip of the film released earlier this week was surprisingly charming. 

Watch: Barbra Streisand Can't Believe She's Spending A Week With Seth Rogen In 'The Guilt Trip' Clip

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2012 12:46 PM
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Right now, The Playlist team is at a divide with "The Guilt Trip." Half of us think it will be a movie to avoid this upcoming holiday season, while the other half see lots of comic potential in the pairing of Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen. And at least for this writer, this first clip places me in the latter camp.

First Look: Seth Rogen & Barbra Streisand Gearing Up For Their 'Guilt Trip'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 20, 2012 2:42 PM
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Awww, now that's one delightful duo. Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand aren't exactly two names you'd expect to see share top billing on any feature but the pair play mother and son in Anne Fletcher's upcoming road-trip comedy "The Guilt Trip."

'Now You See Me' Moves To March 2013, Robert Zemeckis' 'Flight' Gets November Release, 'Guilt Trip' Pushed To Christmas

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 10, 2012 6:51 PM
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Just when you thought it was all about 2013 now for the studios, the leftover holes in the 2012 film calendar are getting filled up quick. While many, including us, were generally expecting a 2013 picture, Paramount has announced that Robert Zemeckis' "Flightplan" (now just simply known as "Flight") starring Denzel Washington will land in theaters on November 2. Oscar-watch? Hmm, hard to tell and our gut says no, but this one does read more drama than actioner. It's got a fairly easy run, opening against teen movie "21 And Over" and Disney animation "Wreck-It Ralph," although 007 flick "Skyfall" follows the week after. Co-starring Don Cheadle, Brian Geraghty, John Goodman, James Badge Dale and Bruce Greenwood, "Flight" centers on an airline pilot (Washington) who saves a flight from crashing, but an investigation into the malfunctions reveals something troubling: his alcohol issues.

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