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First Look: Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp in The Tourist

+ (another) “Sexiest Man Alive” = box office heat.

Later this year, Brad Pitt’s significant other can be seen with in The Tourist, a thriller directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others). In the film, Angelina plays an Interpol agent who purposely ropes in an American tourist (Depp) into her game of mistaken identity. (Of course, I doubt she really had to try that hard.)

opens on December 10—right in the middle of the busy holiday season.

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Box Office Breakdown: Expendables Team Up Against Julia Roberts

The Expendables

For some people, eating, praying and loving is the way to go. For others, shooting and fighting is the preferred course of action.

, directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, overpowered the competition this weekend with a $34.8 million finish. The combined star power of the cast – which included Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, and Jason Statham – helped land the actioner in first place while awarding Stallone his biggest debut to date.

Although fell in second with its $23.1 million take, the movie was by no means a disappointment. The Julia Roberts vehicle premiered on par with Julie & Julia’s $20 million kickoff last August. Meanwhile, Roberts earned her best opening numbers in 10 years (outside of the Oceans franchise).

Unfortunately for Michael Cera, it appears the world was simply working against The $60 million comic book adaptation only raked in $10.6 million over the past three days.

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Box Office Breakdown: Victory for The Other Guys

The Other Guys

Will Ferrell is no longer stuck in the Land of the Lost.

After stinking up the theaters last summer with his science fiction remake, Ferrell has rebounded nicely with . Sony’s buddy-cop flick opened to $35.5 million over the weekend, giving the funnyman his second highest debut ever. (Talledega Nights rang in $47 million in August 2006.) The comedy also performed well for Mark Wahlberg. It was his best outing since Planet of the Apes’ $68.5 million kickoff in 2001.

Unfortunately, 3-D screens and So You Think You Can Dance plugs couldn’t push further up the charts. The $40 million film only grossed $15.8 million in ticket sales while coming in lower than the first two installments. (Step Up premiered to $20.7 million in 2006 while Step Up 2 the Streets opened to $18.9 million in 2008.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Dinner for Schmucks Comes Up Short

Dinner for Schmucks

Fans aren’t quite ready to wake up from the dream just yet.

Despite competition from Steve Carell, Zac Efron and cute animals, managed to continue its reign over the box office. The Christopher Nolan film - which is nearing the $200 million mark - added another $27.5 million to its total and became the third entry of the year to three-peat. (Alice in Wonderland and Shrek Forever After also had three wins under their belts.)

Warner Bros.’ win meant leftovers for . The Paramount comedy, which cost in the neighborhood of $60 million to produce, only brought $23.5 million to the table.

Meanwhile, narrowly beat out Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore for fifth place. The two entries were separated by approximately $100,000.

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Box Office Breakdown: Inception Holds (Off) the Salt


So remind me again - why exactly did Tom Cruise drop out of ?

The thriller Cruise was once attached to fired up $36 million over the past three days - nearly $15 million more than Knight and Day did just four weeks ago. (That movie, by the way, just fell out of the Top 10 after only four weeks.) Salt‘s numbers, though, did not match Angelina Jolie’s previous actioners (e.g. Wanted, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Tomb Raider). The Sony film also failed to boot Inception out of first place.

Meanwhile, , the weekend’s only other new wide release, failed to even cross the $10 million mark. But Beverly Cleary lovers shouldn’t feel bad - the adaptation only cost about $15 million to produce.

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 23, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Ramona and Beezus (G): starring Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett (directed by Elizabeth Allen)
  • Salt (PG-13): starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schrieber, Chiwetel Ejiofor (directed by Philip Noyce)
  • Countdown to Zero* (PG): (directed by Lucy Walker)
  • Farewell* (NR): starring Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, Willem Dafoe (directed by Christian Carion)

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Elizabeth Taylor Movie Role Up for Grabs

Elizabeth Taylor, Richard BurtonThe tumultuous, romantic relationship between film icons Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton (who were wed twice) will be the subject of a new film based on the book Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and the Marriage of the Century.

Some of the material for the book was offered by herself, who provided love letters written to her by Burton and an unpublished first draft of Taylor’s 1965 autobiography.

The part of Taylor is one of the best movie roles to come along in a long, long time - and all of Hollywood is chomping at the bit to get involved. Sources say that Angelina Jolie and are both interested in the role. Clive Owen, Colin Farrell and Russell Crowe are all eager to play the part of Richard Burton.

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VIDEO: Angelina Jolie Addresses Cleopatra, Maleficent, Scarpetta Roles

Given her packed household, it’s understandable why anyone would question all the rumors surrounding Angelina Jolie’s career. Could she really be attached to play Cleopatra, Sleeping Beauty‘s and Kay Scarpetta?

In an interview with MTV, the Salt actress said she would happily welcome a collaboration. “I would love to,” Jolie said about Maleficent. “It’s all new and being discussed, but I loved her when I was a little girl. She was my favorite. The chance to work with [Tim] would be just extraordinary.”

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Angelina Jolie Wanted Mr. and Mrs. Smith Sequel

Mr. and Mrs. Smith wanted to star in a Mr. & Mrs. Smith sequel, but there was no original plot idea. The actress, who met Brad Pitt on the set of the 2005 movie, admits she and the actor had considered reprising their roles as married assassins but were not happy with any of the potential storylines they were presented with.

“People have tried to come up with a sequel. And it’s strange: do we have kids in the movie? We’ve thought about that, but it becomes personal now that we actually have kids. And if we work on it, we pull from our own life, which is funny to us, but you feel strange sharing too much. We did ask somebody to look into Mr. & Mrs. to see if they could crack a sequel, but there wasn’t anything original. It was just, Well, they’re going to get married, or they’ve got kids, or they get separated. Never great.”

The Salt star, however, admitted she would love to work with Brad again, but doesn’t think people would want to see them play a couple:

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Tomb Raider Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is being lined up to play Lara Croft.

The star is reportedly top of the producers’ list to portray the adventuring archaeologist in a new Tomb Raider movie.

“Kim is wanted to play a far more comic-strip version of Lara, which would be shot in 3-D and aimed at a teen audience,” a source revealed. Kim currently has limited acting experience - only starring in TV show Beyond the Break and CSI:NY.

Angelina Jolie - who played the videogame star in two movies, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and sequel Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - is also said to be in consideration for the movie, along with Transformers beauty .

Another reality star has thrown her name into the running: The Hills star Heidi Montag previously expressed her desire to portray Lara Croft on the big screen: “I want to be blonde tomb raider, I’m better with guns than both Angelina and Megan Fox put together!”