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Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Opens to $41 Million, Jonah Hex Flops

The early weekend box office reports are showing a record-breaking $41 million Friday opening for Toy Story 3, which is on track to gross $115-120 million for the weekend, and eventually seize the summer box-office crown. (Mubi posts a review round-up of weekend openers.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2010 8:40 AM
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The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Hits EW Cover

Prediction: as the Twilight craze peaks and heads toward its inevitable decline, EW and MTV and other outlets will seek to build another reliable hot topic. Next best thing, with the third book of a global hit trilogy hitting shelves and joining the other two on bestseller lists stateside, two of three foreign films playing well on U.S. screens and David Fincher's big Hollywood remake coming up: Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy. EW actually put The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo book on its cover this week (complete with rare interview from producer Scott Rudin). Expect the mag to go back to the well many times in the next few years: who will play Mikael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander? etc.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2010 7:12 AM
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Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed

Knight and Day: Early Reviews Are Mixed
I find myself rooting for James Mangold's Knight and Day, which functions better as a breezy summer popcorn rom-com than an action-packed chase movie, as Justin Chang of Variety points out:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2010 6:12 AM
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Cameron's Task Force Issues Oil Spill Report

James Cameron, in his recent round of interviews about the Gulf oil spill, said he had assembled an ad hoc task force of leading Woods Hole scientists, and so he did. Here's the result of their labors. Read it and weep. A video report is on the jump.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 11:31 AM
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Trailer Watch: Conviction Tugs at Tear Ducts

Trailer Watch: Conviction Tugs at Tear Ducts
Fox Searchlight is releasing the online trailer for Tony Goldwyn's R-rated Conviction today (below). This trailer will debut on E.T. tonight and hit theaters attached to the Duplass brothers' summer comedy Cyrus on Friday. The movie opens October 12.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 11:08 AM
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Media Watch: Hello Slake, Waters Has Bestseller, Florio Exits Conde Nast, LAT's Ulin Reviews Books

Ex-LA Weekly editor Laurie Ochoa still believes in print and has started her own alternative paper, damn it. It's a quarterly (for now) called Slake. And needless to say her husband, food critic Jonathan Gold, is in the first issue.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 10:20 AM
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Michael Feinstein's American Songbook Debuts This Fall on PBS

Classics crooner Michael Feinstein will make legions of music lovers happy this fall when he premieres a three-part series exploring the history of American popular music. The American Songbook will air October 6, 13 and 20 at 8 PM on PBS. This is my idea of heaven.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 8:01 AM
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This Means War Casting Saga, WGA vs. IMDb, Boyle directs Olympics, Fairy Tales are New Vampires

- McG can't make up his mind on casting vidgame-to-film This Means War. While Reese Witherspoon is set to play the femme at the center of a dispute between two spies--best friends turned enemies in this action-comedy--the two male leads are up in the air. In-demand Bradley Cooper has bailed on the role originally intended for Martin Lawrence, while Seth Rogen and Chris Pine were both reported as attached at some point. Now Vulture asserts that McG has offered his Terminator Salvation star Sam Worthington the lead. The Playlist, which has been tracking the This Means War casting saga, writes that Justin Timberlake was being considered for the film, and filmmakers may go to Colin Farrell if Worthington is a no-go.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 17, 2010 3:40 AM
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Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works

Knight and Day: Cruise/Diaz Original Action Comedy Works
No question that everyone gets that audiences are suffering sequel and remake overload. But Vulture's Claude Brodesser-Akner overstates the case that Hollywood is back to chasing originals when he cites a few anecdotal examples of recent studio buys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 3:00 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is by far my favorite of C.S. Lewis's Narnia books. I read it over and over. A trailer is scheduled to run before Toy Story 3 on June 18. This foreign one does not show Eustace, a great surly character who falls into a picture and accidentally joins Lucy and Edmund Pevensie on a sea journey to the edge of the world. Along the way Eustace has a character-changing encounter with a dragon. I have not been a fan of these movies, but I have a good feeling about this one--because it's a rip-roaring adventure yarn.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 17, 2010 2:48 AM
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