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Paramount Titles Going Blu-ray

Face/Off, John Travolta, Nicolas Cage

After declaring loyalty to HD DVD last year, Paramount has unfortunately been forced to switch gears thanks to the format’s demise.  Here are a few Blu-ray titles the studio now plans to release in the upcoming months:

May 20

  • Bee Movie, Face/Off, Next

June 3

  • Cloverfield, There Will Be Blood

June 24

  • The Spiderwick Chronicles

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2008 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

Assuming the ongoing doesn’t put a wrench into everyone’s plans, the 65th Annual ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, Jan. 13th. (The telecast will come just 9 days prior to the nominations.)

Here are the most notable omissions/additions in this year’s list of film honorees:
Atonement

(Click below for the full list of film nominees; click here for the TV nominations.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Jessica Alba Can’t Keep Audiences Awake

Awake

There’s nothing like a good snub to restore your faith in moviegoers. 

Although was the only new wide release this past weekend, discerning audiences kept it from succeeding by default.  (NOTE: Cute squirrels will always trump .)  The movie, also co-starring Star Wars’ , opened with a dismal $6 million - less than half of what Alba’s last stellar film, Good Luck Chuck, did.  (The latter opened at $13.7 million.) I wonder if this currently makes the most successful Jessica out there.

Aside from Awake’s entry, the rest of the Top Ten changed very little from last week.  refused to budge from its perch and earned another $16 million over the past three days.  Meanwhile, surged back up a notch, trading spots with holiday flick, .

Although the box office numbers were unspectacular overall, we can expect big changes in just a few days; that’s when New Line’s makes its debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Enchanted With Disney

Enchanted

Throw comedy, drama, animation, romance, sci-fi, hunky actors, pretty actresses, singing, dancing, kids and cute animals all into one film and you’ll get .  You’ll also have latest holiday success.

The film, starring -nominated actress , grossed nearly $50 million over the 5-day weekend ($34 million from Friday-Sunday).  Enchanted’s take places it behind 1999’s Toy Story 2 - the film with the largest Thanksgiving debut ever ($80.1 million).

Last week’s champion, , fell into 3rd place right behind another holiday opener, .  The movies took in $23.3 and $26.3 million, respectively, during the long stretch.

Although the sappy opened in a disappointing 7th place, the DVD release of this week should make actress - and her fans - feel a bit better.

 

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Box Office Breakdown: Fred Claus No Match for Jerry Seinfeld

Bee Movie

In a shocking turn of events, came buzzing back to life this weekend stealing the #1 spot from recent victor, Bee’s $25 million take also embarrassed the newest comedic entry, .

Although fellow ‘Frat Packer’ rang bells with November 2003’s Elf, couldn’t come close to matching his friend’s $31.1 million debut.  The news was especially surprising given Vaughn and director David Dobkin’s recent collaboration on 2005’s Wedding Crashers.  Could this mean Vaughn’s only appealing when he’s part of a larger comedic team?

Also noteworthy this weekend was the disappointing performance of Lions wasn’t expected to take in Mission Impossible-esque numbers, but the film did still boast , and actor/director .  As it was, the movie grossed less than any other Cruise-attached wide release in more than 20 years.  At least Streep can say this topical film debuted higher than her last attempt ().

, the only other new Top Ten entry, racked up ninth place.

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Oscar Buzz for Animated Films

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Animation, Family, Awards,

Academy AwardThe official nominees for the haven’t yet been selected, but twelve animated feature films are already up for consideration. Only three films out of the twelve submitted will receive actual nominations, and only then if submission procedures are correctly followed.

No more than sixteen movies may be considered in any one category, but films submitted to the Animated category may qualify for other nominations as well.  The year’s potential contenders include Bee Movie, , Meet the Robinsons, , Shrek the Third and The Simpsons Movie.

The Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday, January 22. 

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Box Office Breakdown: A Gangbusters Weekend for Washington, Crowe

American Gangster

Combine and star-wattage and you’re bound to get a hit.  But did anyone expect a $43 million debut for ?  Why did these Oscar-winners do so well when others have only done okay?  How did an R-rated film beat out an animated PG flick?  Why didn’t the movie’s long running-time (157 minutes) turn people away?

Gangster’s #1 spot was just one of the film’s many weekend achievements.  The movie also marked the biggest opening weekend for both lead actors (Russell’s Gladiator earned $35 million; Washington’s Inside Man grossed $29 million).  It also had the 2nd best debut for a drama in November (right behind 2002’s 8 Mile).

Unfortunately, all this good news was lost on comedian —the hardest working self-promoter of 2007.  Even though spent countless hours of airtime sucking up to its former Golden Boy, Seinfeld’s was stung with a 2nd place finish.  Although $38 million take is nothing to complain about, I expect next week’s will slide right in to become the week’s best-grossing comedy.

 

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In Theaters This Weekend (11/2)

American Gangster
  • American Gangster (R):  starring Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe (directed by Ridley Scott)
  • Bee Movie (PG):  starring Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger (directed by Steve Hickner, Simon Smith)
  • Martian Child (PG):  starring John Cusack, Amanda Peet (directed by Menno Meyjes)
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story (R):  starring Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon (directed by Goran Dukic)
  • Darfur Now* (PG):  starring Don Cheadle, George Clooney (directed by Ted Braun)

*limited or gradual release


Bee Movie: A Honey of a Flick?

Bee MovieFormer NBC golden boy , who lives on in syndicated sitcom glory every single day, will celebrate the release of his project this fall. Seinfeld co-wrote the script and lent his voice talent to the film, alongside co-star . Dreamworks, the company famous for the franchise, is behind the Bee Movie – a regular bee-meets-girl kinda thing. The bee in Bee Movie is Barry B. Benson (Seinfeld), who meets and becomes pals with a human florist (Zellweger). The impressive trailers have featured everything from animated clips to funny one-liners delivered by Seinfeld (in a huge bee costume) and director , and the Dreamworks association is promising. Could Bee Movie be enough to propel Seinfeld back into the celebrity A-list? Animated bees are funny, right?

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