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Weekend Box Office: Expendables Pulls Men, Eat Pray Love Gets Women

Both Sylvester Stallone and Julia Roberts marked their best openings in years with a boost from a raft of action stars in The Expendables and femme fans of the Elizabeth Gilbert bestseller Eat Pray Love, respectively. Comic-book youth film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World stumbled out of the starting gate. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 15, 2010 4:19 AM
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Franzen's Freedom Hits Time, Bought by Rudin, Early Reviews

Jonathan Franzen's having a good week. Nine years in the making, his new novel Freedom: A Novel grabs rave reviews, the cover of Time ("The Great American Novelist") and is acquired by producer Scott Rudin (who bought his last book, National Book Award-winner The Corrections, which has yet to be turned into a movie; David Hare and Stephen Daldry were once attached).
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • August 13, 2010 11:32 AM
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September Issues Star Women in 40s, Witherspoon's Peggy Lee Biopic, Casting Hunger Games Franchise

- On the covers of this year's top September issues--the fattest and most important fashion magazines of the year--are established actresses in their 40s, who editors are counting on to sell as many magazines as possible. These glamour icons are out-dressing and out-charming their twenty-something and thirty-something peers (one exception is Vanity Fair's Lady Gaga cover). September Vogue (whose cover models' age average over the past year is the highest at 34.5) features Halle Berry (44 this weekend); Harper's Bazaar went with Jennifer Aniston (41); and Elle boasts Julia Roberts (42).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 10, 2010 5:29 AM
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Casting News: Adams On the Road, Grace and Pearce, Tony Scott does Grisham, Road To Purgatory

- Amy Adams is building up quite a resume of juicy roles. She's joining Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart in Walter Salles' Jack Kerouc adaptation, On the Road; she plays the junkie-mother-of-two. Her other roles include: a bartender who dates Mark Wahlberg in David O. Russell's The Fighter, a manic depressive in the upcoming adaptation of Jacki Lyden's novel Daughter of the Queen of Sheba, and an attorney-turned-housemaid in the comedy The Undomestic Goddess (based on the Sophie Kinsella bestseller).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 5, 2010 5:29 AM
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Women in Hollywood: Salander vs. Gilbert, Bullock Is Forbes #1, Rom-Com Actresses, Lady Gaga

- Two literary characters--Lisbeth Salander and Elizabeth Gilbert--built huge fan bases of women book lovers well before the characters hit the big screen. Fans eagerly await the news of who David Fincher will cast as Salander in the English-language version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (and subsequent sequels); the Swedish originals starred Noomi Rapace. And author Elizabeth Gilbert is days away from watching herself portrayed by Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 4, 2010 5:02 AM
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Bullock and Carell on Abstinence Teacher, Morgan to Replace CNN's King, Cairo Time's Clarkson

-Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (teamed with LMS producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa) are back on board to direct the adaptation of Tom Perrotta's book The Abstinence Teacher. The project had been stalled after Warner Independent Pictures was shuttered. Production Weekly has posted Sandra Bullock and Steve Carell as attached to play a Middle American divorced sex ed teacher and her daughter's born-again soccer coach, respectively. That should help this attractive package to finally get made.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2010 3:48 AM
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Old Spice Launches New Star, Fincher's Final Four, Mulligan Considers Horror, Carell Raised by Wolfs

Isaiah Mustafa, the Old Spice guy who revived a deodorant brand, is launching a career as a movie star (or at least A YouTube phenomenon). With roles in the Aniston/Bateman flick Horrible Bosses (a cop), Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf (both releasing next year), and a guest spot on NBC's Chuck, this man's life is about to change even more. Mustafa spoke with THR about the luck of booking the Old Spice commercial, his dream to be on SNL (he was "in love with Mr. Bill"), his current vegan-cleansing diet, and whether he is truly a ladies man: "No, I'm not one of those guys. If a woman is into me, it usually takes me a while to figure that out. She has to hit me over the head with it." But he certainly knows what women want...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 28, 2010 3:49 AM
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Lawrence Goes Mainstream, Hardy vs. Pine, Crowe in Noyce's Dirt Music, No Sex and The City 3

-Jennifer Lawrence - star of Sundance jury winner Winter's Bone - will be entering the mainstream. She takes on Mystique in 2011's X-Men: First Class, followed by the horror film House at the End of the Street in 2012. The film follows a just-moved-in teen who discovers that she and her mother (Elizabeth Shue) live across the street from the site of a double murder; they befriend the surviving son (Max Thieriot) who still lives there. According to THR, House at the End of the Street hopes to be to Psycho what Shia LaBeouf's 2007 Disturbia was to Rear Window. The film will begin shooting next month at the end of a street in Ottawa.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 27, 2010 5:29 AM
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Halle Berry Does Comedy, Bill Murray Speaks

- Though she has several projects in the pipeline, Halle Berry has been absent from the big screen for a few years. Her last movie was 2007's largely unnoticed, yet well-reviewed Things We Lost In The Fire, from Danish director Susanne Bier (Brodre). Berry played a grieving widow drawn to her late husband's drug addict friend, played sympathetically by Benicio del Toro.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 22, 2010 5:00 AM
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Pascal Talks Girl with Dragon Tattoo Casting and R Rating

In a wide-ranging conversation with The Wrap's Sharon Waxman, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal reveals her direction for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 19, 2010 7:45 AM
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