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Weekend Box Office: 'The Possession' Repeats At Top Of Box Office On Worst Weekend In Years

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2012 12:44 PM
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Box office trends exist for a reason, and this weekend only cements that September by and large sucks, box office-wise – this weekend saw the worst results in several years, with no movie cracking the $10 million mark and the whole top ten taking only $46 million in total, a 22% drop from the equivalent frame last year. It's not like studios can help it: the product just isn't very appealing for the general audience (although one wonders if "Gangster Squad" might have picked things up – the film was originally set to open this weekend before Aurora-mandated reshoots put it back to January). The profits aren't entirely too thrilling for Lionsgate, but they have effectively ruled a flimsy roost for four weeks straight with "The Possession" taking the top spot for the second weekend in a row with $9.5 million following two weeks of "The Expendables 2" dominance. We use the term "dominance" loosely.

In Theaters: 'The Words' May Be 'Branded' In The 'Cold Light Of Day,' So 'Keep The Lights On' For 'Beauty Is Embarrassing' And 'Hello I Must Be Going'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • September 7, 2012 5:53 PM
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As we transition into the unofficial start of autumn, the films take on a similarly seasonal tone, ranging from somber to bleak. Larceny, inebriation, lechery, and gore pepper this weekend’s releases, creating a veritable smorgasbord of tributes to deadly sinning. There’s also the odd comedy, sure, but even they seem to have dipped into the dark debauchery bucket for inspiration. But don’t fret too much, friends: if you’re starting to feel SADD, there’s always the IMAX/3D rerelease of your favorite childhood action flick to patron. Enjoy!

New Images Of Bradley Cooper & Zoe Saldana In 'The Words'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2012 1:25 PM
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"The Words" might not be the sexiest movie title in history, but what it lacks in name appeal, the film makes up for in casting. Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana lead a cast that also includes Olivia Wilde, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, J.K. Simmons, Ben Barnes and Nora Arzeneder. Not bad, right?

New Posters For 'Taken 2,' 'The Words' & 'Paddington'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 26, 2012 11:59 AM
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Fresh off the shadow-clad, seated brooding he was doing in the UK quad “Taken 2” poster, Liam Neeson is back again in the same sort of mood, along with posters for the Sundance flick “The Words,” and a children's book adaptation from the director of “The Mighty Boosh.”

'Gambit,' 'Seven Psychopaths' & 'The Words' Nab 2012 & 2013 Release Dates

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 7:37 PM
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It's release date madness today. You've got the cynical nostalgia cash-grab of "Jurassic Park" (which is coming out next summer in a 3D re-release, ca'ching!), you've got a Tom Cruise sci-fi film from the director of "Tron: Legacy" ("Oblivion" which is now dated for spring 2013) and now we've got three more films that finally have release dates attached to them.

Sundance: Dennis Quaid & Writer/Director Lee Sternthal Talk Shooting Digitally & Making 'The Words'

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 28, 2012 10:49 AM
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Dennis Quaid is as talented as his willing to tackle of variety of films. From big special effects blockbusters (“G.I. Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra”) to acclaimed dramas (“Far From Heaven,” “Traffic”) to carefully pitched dramedies (“In Good Company”), he’s shown a knack for moving skillfully from project to project, whatever it may be.

Sundance: 'The Words' Star Bradley Cooper Says He Wants To Direct & Talks Working Relationship With Co-Director Brian Klugman

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 27, 2012 5:59 PM
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“The Words” is a film divided between three stories, each one offering a possible reality to a situation that may or may not be the actual story and wrapped up in a tale about an author who steals another writer's work and gains fame. Writer/directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal didn't need to lift their material from anyone else, and spent the last ten years with their script trying to get it made until their longtime pal, Bradley Cooper, worked his way up the ladder in his career to help them get it in front of cameras. It's exactly the kind journey that makes for a Sundance success story.

Sundance: Ben Barnes Says He Was Initially Advised Not To Make 'The Words'; Reveals 'Seventh Son' With Jeff Bridges Starts In March

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 27, 2012 3:15 PM
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Depending on your point of view, in “The Words,” Ben Barnes is either a much younger Jeremy Irons, or Jeremy Irons is what Ben Barnes will become over time. The British actor that's captured the hearts of C.S. Lewis fans as Prince Caspian throughout the 'Narnia' series plays one of three central characters in the closing night film of the Sundance Film Festival. He pairs up with Nora Arnezeder playing a couple in one strain of the multi-level plot of the film (that had many tossing around comparisons to "Inception"), which also stars Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saladana and Olivia Wilde in the story of a writer who achieves success after passing off another author's work as his own.

"It's Going To Be Boring": Zoe Saldana Tells Lies About 'Star Trek 2' & Talks Drama 'The Words' At Sundance

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 27, 2012 10:01 AM
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Two hours after Zoe Saldana wrapped for the day on the set of J.J. Abrams' upcoming “Star Trek” sequel, she arrived in Park City, where her film “The Words” premieres at the Sundance Film Festival. It's a neat little microcosm for her career, which has seen in seemingly constant employment in the last few years, varying from little indie pictures to, well, the most successful film of all time, "Avatar."

Sundance: CBS Films Takes 'The Words,' Fox Searchlight Tames 'Beasts Of The Southern Wild' & More Acquisitions From Park City

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 23, 2012 12:21 PM
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