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Weekend Box Office: Inception Beats Dinner for Schmucks, Charlie St. Cloud

In its third go-round, Inception, buoyed by repeat business, continued to stave off all challengers, including the comedy Dinner for Schmucks, which scored a robust $23.3 million, and the Zac Efron weepy Charlie St. Cloud and animated sequel Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, which were both DOA. Anthony D'Alessandro does the numbers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • August 1, 2010 4:08 AM
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Robert Duvall, Due for Another Oscar, Talks Get Low

Robert Duvall, Due for Another Oscar, Talks Get Low
Get Low opens Friday, almost a year after its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was one of the few movies to pop out as a winner. Sure enough, Sony Pictures Classics scooped up the unpretentious rural drama, which showcases veteran actor's actor Robert Duvall in a finely-tuned performance as a taciturn bearded recluse who has been punishing himself for decades for what happened one mysterious night long ago.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 30, 2010 4:17 AM
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Charlie St. Cloud: Early Film Reviews

Charlie St. Cloud: Early Film Reviews
Charlie St. Cloud opens Friday; early reviews are ice cold on Zac Efron's return to pretty-boy form. The PG-13 weepy is "Lovely Bones Lite," reviewers write, a too-sentimental fantasy.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2010 8:12 AM
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Roberts Talks Eat Pray Love, Tucci Directs Streep, Galifianakis Comedies, Von Trier's Melancholia

- In this week's Eat Pray Love EW cover story, Julia Roberts reveals that she declined the option to have a spit bucket, preferring to actually eat all of the food during the Eat portion of the film set in Italy. The 7 to 10 pounds Roberts gained was exactly what her character needed to do before moving on to the praying and loving; an authentic rediscovery of her taste for life and abandonment of joyless eating (and living). As for Roberts' working relationship with director Ryan Murphy--a healthy one, since they're working together again --Roberts says "one of the things I love the most about Ryan is that he has a real legitimate answer for everything. There’s nothing that he hasn’t considered weeks before I’ve thought of the question."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 29, 2010 5:29 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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Toronto vs. Venice: Who Got What?

Toronto vs. Venice: Who Got What?
The Toronto International Film Festival announced fifteen galas and 35 special presentations Tuesday morning, including 25 world premieres. Among the auteurs debuting their films at TIFF are Robert Redford (The Conspirator), Michael Winterbottom (The Trip), Guillaume Canet (Little White Lies), John Cameron Mitchell (Rabbit Hole), Mike Mills (Beginners), Tony Goldwyn (Conviction), Mark Romanek (Never Le Me Go), George Hickenlooper (Casino Jack) and Andrucha Waddington (Lope).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 27, 2010 6:01 AM
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Mad Men's Manly Hamm in Movies, Braff's Garden State Follow-Up, Quinto Talks Star Trek 2

New York Magazine profiles Mad Men womanizer Don Draper - or rather, they profile the man who channels him: Jon Hamm. While many of us already know that Hamm is funny (SNL show-stealer) and manly (he grows a beard in two hours), New York wanted to find out just exactly what Hamm is worth. Word on the street (the side where agent, managers and publicists hang out) is that while Mad Men fans love him, there are still plenty of people who need to discover Hamm. With a handful of film roles coming up, including supporting roles in Ben Affleck's The Town and Judd Apatow's Bridesmaids, Hamm's range and accessibility is growing. While he may not be an overnight leading man, he has Clooney-esque better-with-age sex appeal and good looks that can bide him some time as a long term investment.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 26, 2010 5:30 AM
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Julie Taymor's The Tempest to Close Venice Film Festival

Julie Taymor's The Tempest to Close Venice Film Festival
The Venice International Film Festival announced Monday morning that Julie Taymor's The Tempest will close the fest, which runs September 1 through 11th. Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is the opener.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 26, 2010 3:26 AM
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Trailer Watch: De Niro and Norton Star in Stone

Writer-director John Curran (The Painted Veil, writer of The Killer Inside Me) has directed the new thriller Stone, which is is set for an October 2010 release. Edward Norton, who starred in The Painted Veil, co-stars with Robert De Niro. This is yet another Overture film which may or may not get the support it needs. Originally set for wide release, the film will go out October 8 in limited situations.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2010 5:04 AM
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Trailer Watch: The Social Network

Trailer Watch: The Social Network
Here's the new trailer for David Fincher's upcoming The Social Network, which opens the New York Film Festival. The story depicts nerdy Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) triumphing over business rivals and the rigors of becoming a billionaire.
  • By Cameron Carlson
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  • July 16, 2010 5:43 AM
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