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Third Twilight Saga Eclipses Midnight Opening Record

The latest iteration of the Twilight franchise, Eclipse, busted the series' own record for midnight box office hauls. The vampire teen film opened last night at 4,000 venues, raking in an estimated $30 million, $3.7 million over New Moon, according to Summit.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 30, 2010 6:16 AM
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Twilight Eclipse Sets Sights on Spider-Man 2 July 4th Weekend Record

What's going to happen this July 4th weekend? Moviegoers are going to wake up and recharge the box office, thanks to the potent power of the Twilight franchise, writes Anthony D'Alessandro, who digs deep into the Twilight numbers. Yes, Eclipse, the third Twilight Saga installment, could challenge Spider-Man 2's $180.2 million opening record, set back in 2004.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 29, 2010 7:22 AM
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Cruise vs. Cruise, Kimmel Rides Zipline, Knight and Day B.O.

Compare the real Tom Cruise doing stunts on Jimmy Kimmel -- and the fake Tom Cruise below. @TomCruise is all over Twitter with his blog posts. Not missing a trick. (Again, I think he should pull back on trying to get people's attention.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 29, 2010 1:10 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Clobbers Newbies Grown Ups, Knight and Day

Winning the weekend box office is about want-to-see. Audiences of all ages were compelled to check out Toy Story 3, which combines the magic of Pixar with beloved characters returning in a sequel that makes grown men cry. Moviegoers could wait for Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups and Tom Cruise's comeback bid Knight and Day, which try as they might, Twentieth Century Fox marketers could not turn into a must-see. Anthony D'Alessandro does the studio numbers, while Peter Knegt does the indies.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 27, 2010 3:54 AM
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Academy Won't Move Up Next Oscar Show; Here's Why

Academy Won't Move Up Next Oscar Show; Here's Why
Just because the topic of moving the Oscars up to January was raised at Tuesday night's board of governors meeting of the Motion Picture Academy doesn't mean that it could happen this year. It couldn't. And the Academy has issued a statement to that effect:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 23, 2010 8:44 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Toy Story 3 Breaks Disney/Pixar Record, Jonah Hex D.O.A.

After a rousing $41 million Friday, universally praised Pixar sequel Toy Story 3 racked up an estimated $109 million three-day weekend, a record, reports Anthony D'Alessandro. That makes Pixar's unbroken string of blockbusters 11 for 11. The western Jonah Hex was dead on arrival.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 20, 2010 4:06 AM
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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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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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Trailer Watch: Luke Wilson Porn Dramedy Middle Men Opens August 6

Paramount picked up George Gallo's internet porn origin story Middle Men after the hard-R film closed February's Santa Barbara Film Festival--but the filmmakers had to supply their own prints and ads (the new norm). The movie follows the meteoric ascendency of businessman Jack Harris (Luke Wilson) after he realizes that people will pay for online porn. The movie's winding narrative is populated by Russian mobsters, a porn star love interest, and James Caan as a conniving lawyer. Here's Variety:
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • June 16, 2010 8:54 AM
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Raimi Goes to Oz, Jesus Henry Christ, Feds Approve Box Office Trading, Somewhere Trailer

- The acting power house duo of Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon, the under-appreciated The Damned United) and Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine) is joining Dennis Lee's Jesus Henry Christ, reports Variety. The comedy is based on Lee's 2003 Oscar-winning student film of the same name, but as The Playlist points out, its plot resembles Sundance hit The Kids are All Right, which boasts its own power house trio (Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo): children search for biological truth. With Lee's lack of hits (his first feature Fireflies in the Garden hasn't been released, and Rotten Tomatoes 25% isn't a good sign), and The Kids are All Right's high profile, this feature needs Sheen and Collette to reinvent the wheel.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 15, 2010 3:53 AM
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