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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 Saga: Eclipse Early Reviews: Best of Three

Twilight Saga: Eclipse Early Reviews: Best of Three
Now that two positive trade reviews are in on Twilight: Eclipse, I can weigh in as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 28, 2010 2:08 AM
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Longest Screen Kiss: Elena Undone Beats Hitchcock's Notorious

One way to get attention is to break a record.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 24, 2010 4:42 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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Bullock Reunites with Reynolds on Action Comedy Most Wanted

Sandra Bullock knows what she's doing. Tired of all the crazy tabloid crap, she's moving the conversation on to kissing Scarlett Johansson on MTV and possibly co-starring with her husband Ryan Reynolds on a new comedy, Most Wanted. Looks like she's following my career advice and getting back to work. This is not only good news for Bullock and Reynolds, but for Universal Pictures' beleaguered current management team.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2010 8:03 AM
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Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia

Memorial Day Bloody Box Office Duel Pits Femme Sex and the City 2 vs. Male Prince of Persia
For the first time ever, this Memorial Day Weekend could mark the first-ever number one chick flick, predicts TOH box-office numbers cruncher Anthony D'Alessandro, who interviews distribution chiefs from Warners and Disney about their expectations for the four-day holiday.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • May 27, 2010 2:47 AM
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LaBeouf Goes Indie in Mandate's The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman

Commercial director Dante Ariola will direct Shia LaBeouf in action romance The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman for Mandate Pictures. Matt Drake wrote the original Black List script, which is produced by Bona Fide Productions' Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger (Little Miss Sunshine, Little Children) and Wonderful Films' William Horberg (The Kite Runner). Mandate is pushing toward a fall 2010 shoot and Lionsgate will sell foreign territories at Cannes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2010 6:11 AM
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Dreamgirls Condon Strong Choice to Direct Twilight: Breaking Dawn

Finally, Summit Entertainment is confirming what we already had heard: that Dreamgirls director and last year's Oscar co-producer Bill Condon will direct the fourth film in the series, Breaking Dawn. This is by far the trickiest--and thickest-- of the four Stephenie Meyer novels, and the film world has been watching with bated breath for any news, posting stories on directors who were under consideration, much less hired. Summit is not confirming whether or not the novel will be adapted into two films or one, or Condon's rumored involvement in a fifth installment.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 28, 2010 5:39 AM
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Breaking Upwards: Wein and Lister Jones Give DIY Primer

"Nothing is better than five weeks of word of mouth in a movie theater."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2010 9:15 AM
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Oscar Momentum: Bright Star vs. Young Victoria

Oscar Momentum: Bright Star vs. Young Victoria
In the Oscar derby, what went wrong with Bright Star, which earned one Oscar nomination (for costume), and right with Young Victoria, which grabbed three?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 3, 2010 3:40 AM
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