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'The Purge' Opens Friday to Five Times Its Budget; 'Much Ado' Opens Strong Limited

"The Purge," the first film from horror producer Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "Insidious") to be released by Universal, grossed almost $17 million on Friday (including Thursday night late shows), more than five times its reported $3 million production cost, to be the dominant #1 film for the day.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 8, 2013 3:11 PM
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Weekend Preview: Delightful 'Much Ado About Nothing,' Unfunny 'Internship' and More

Joss Whedon's jazzy, black-and-white version of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" is going down smooth as silk with reviewers. The film, which Whedon shot at his Santa Monica home in a 12-day period before "Avengers" post-production began, is easily the critical winner for the weekend.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 7, 2013 3:01 PM
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Review: 'The Internship' Stars Vaughn and Wilson in Profoundly Unfunny Google Comedy

Isn’t it just so ironically hilarious that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson come off as such unwanted guests in “The Internship,” Shawn Levy’s divided-generations and generation-dividing comedy? Not really. In the film, which for some reason co-stars Rose Byrne, the “Wedding Crashers” duo play unemployed, overage cadets aboard the Google mothership, trying to get jobs at America’s No. 1 place to work (according to Fortune magazine). As any proctology patient will attest, even the most unfunny experience has something to teach us. In the case of “The Internship” it’s how truly polarized the generations seem to be.
  • By John Anderson
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  • June 2, 2013 4:43 PM
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