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Friday Box Office: 'Thor' Strong, Not Mighty, 'Last Vegas' Lures Boomers, '12 Years' Passes $12 Million

Adding to its stellar first-week overseas haul of more than $150 million, "Thor: The Dark World" is grabbing more than half of Friday's Top 10 box office take. With $31,633,000 (including Thursday night shows) already in the till the Marvel/Disney sequel will score an easy #1 for the weekend. However, the film is unlikely to cross $100 million for the weekend. Indeed the number won't even be a record for the Veteran's Day holiday.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 9, 2013 1:33 PM
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Watch Richard Curtis Talk 'About Time,' Bridget Jones Sequel, 'Love Actually,' Mr. Bean and Pulling Back from Directing (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

British writer-director Richard Curtis talks his third film "About Time," a romantic comedy, time-travel movie and family drama all in one, starring Bill Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson as a father and son, as well as the great films Curtis helped to create with Working Title, from "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," starring Hugh Grant, to "Mr. Bean" and "Bridget Jones Diary." Will he direct again?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 28, 2013 4:28 PM
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Romantic Comedies Are Not Dead: A Richard Curtis Retrospective (VIDEO)

"Love Actually"
Ahead of the New York Film Festival debut of "About Time," the latest film written and directed by romantic comedy master Richard Curtis, here is a video "retrospective" of his work.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 28, 2013 2:04 PM
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Review Roundup: Richard Curtis' 'About Time,' Starring McAdams and Gleeson, Is Snuggly Sweet and Blandly Reassuring

The first reviews have arrived for "About Time," directed by Richard Curtis ("Love Actually"). While critics aren't finding much of originality or zing in the time-traveling romantic comedy starring Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson, they cede that the film is as comforting and reassuring as a) rice pudding (per Variety), b) a quilt (per the Telegraph), and c) "a big sloppy hug from a stranger" (per the Times). More below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 9, 2013 11:59 AM
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Trailer Watch: Phillip Noyce's Malaria Drama 'Mary and Martha,' Starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn UPDATE

UPDATE: A new teaser trailer has landed for Australian director Phillip Noyce's "Mary and Martha," starring Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn as mothers who form a bond over the loss of their sons to malaria. Watch below.
  • By Sophia Savage and Beth Hanna
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  • March 19, 2013 2:30 PM
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