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Weekend Box Office: 'Lion King' Beats Back 'Moneyball,' Boy Brawler 'Abduction' To Keep #1 Slot

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 25, 2011 4:35 AM
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"Hakuna Matata!" proclaims Disney, discovering what amounts to an entirely new revenue stream. “The Lion King 3D” has taken the crown decisively for the second straight weekend with $22 million, amidst some otherwise heavy fall competition that was a lot buzzier and, without a doubt, more expensive. The original plan was to play the film for two weeks, but after ten days, it’s been far and away the biggest movie attraction, and the film will be extending its stay at the multiplexes which could add nearly $40 million to the coffers.

In Theaters: 'Abduction' Will Try To Kidnap The Box Office From 'Moneyball' & 'Killer Elite'

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • September 23, 2011 7:13 AM
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Greetings, earthlings. How is your September treating you? Pleased as punch that good movies are coming back? Well this week we have "Abduction" ahahaha, joke's on you! No but seriously, we have the smart baseball movie "Moneyball" that has made its way to the screen, by hook or by crook, despite the development hell it went through. And we also have the Statham-De Niro-Owen crotch-punching actioner "Killer Elite." It's a mixed bag this weekend at the 'plex!

Watch: More Boobs, Blood & Bullets In Red Band Trailer For 'Killer Elite'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 10:38 AM
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Well, "Killer Elite" opens tomorrow so we suppose this is one last ditch effort to get dudes interested in seeing Jason Statham, Clive Owen and Robert De Niro wasting some bodies rather than watching Jonah Hill work some Excel spreadsheets in "Moneyball" (we kid, the movie is great, go see it folks).

Review: ‘Killer Elite’ Offers Some Cheap Thrills But Not Much Else

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 21, 2011 2:04 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from TIFF.

TIFF '11 Review: 'Killer Elite' Offers Some Cheap Thrills But Not Much Else

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 9, 2011 7:21 AM
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"Killer Elite," the new Jason Statham/Clive Owen/Robert De Niro testosterone tsunami, claims to have been inspired by a true story, and goes about setting the action in the early 1980s as a way of justifying its supposed historical validity. The problem, of course, is that the movie is so silly, so two-dimensionally cartoonish, that you don't buy, for a second, that anything depicted actually took place (the 1991 book on which the film is based, originally sold as a "true adventure," has been debunked and similarly derided). As a junky action movie, it passes muster, but for the historical thriller it pretends to be, it fails miserably.

Lionsgate Spares Us Jason Statham Fatigue, Moves 'Safe' To March 2, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 2, 2011 2:28 AM
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Also 2 More Clips From 'Killer Elite'While it isn't yet recognized by the American Medical Association, Jason Statham Syndrome is a unique condition that in which sufferers of the rare disease are suddenly prone to running over rooftops, driving recklessly and shaving their head all in the belief that they are suddenly living in a Jason Statham movie. The affliction comes about from exposure to too many Jason Statham movies in a short period of time, and the folks over at Lionsgate have wisely decided to move the action star's next effort (no, not "Killer Elite"), the action pic "Safe" to 2012.

Two Shades Of Masculinity: Clips From 'Straw Dogs' & 'The Killer Elite'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2011 3:58 AM
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This September will find two very different men united by one common theme: kicking ass.

'Page Eight,' 'Alps,' 'Violet & Daisy,' 'Wuthering Heights,' Machine Gun Preacher' & More Go To TIFF

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Massive Slate Of Final Additions Includes 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Hysteria,' 'Damsels In Distress,' 'Sleeping Beauty,' 'Miss Bala' & Many, Many MoreTIFF has just dropped the final batch of films slated to hit Toronto next month, and you might want to pack some Red Bull before heading up north. The number of additions is staggering, so let's get right to it shall we?

Watch: Jason Statham Will Rescue Robert De Niro From A Sea Of Clichés In New 'Killer Elite' Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 3, 2011 1:00 AM
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"Game over." "Close it down." "You have no idea who you're messing with." "How did you get this number?" "Now the gloves come off." "You really are one crazy son of a bitch." Yep, those are just some of the wheezy lines uttered in the latest trailer for "The Killer Elite," a film that looks like it was cobbled together from bits and pieces of every third-rate 1980s action movie you've ever seen.

'Dream House' With Daniel Craig & Rachel Weisz Gets A Nightmarishly Bad Poster

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 5, 2011 1:14 AM
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Plus New One-Sheets For 'Killer Elite' & 'The Whistleblower'While we don't want to be that guy, necessarily, there are some films that start to look like disasters from miles away. No one sets out to make a bad picture, but sometimes fate conspires in the worst possible way, and a pile up of misfortune leads to something that, even months before release, is clearly fated for horrible reviews, worse box office and a quick trip to the bargain bin. Think "The Stepford Wives," "Bewitched," "The Invasion," or even films that Nicole Kidman wasn't in, like "Jonah Hex," "Bonfire of the Vanities," or, most recently "Mars Needs Moms" -- films reshot, recut and delayed until they made even less sense than they did before.

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