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In Theaters This Weekend: June 25, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Grown Ups (PG-13): starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock (directed by Dennis Dugan)
  • Knight and Day (PG-13): starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard (directed by James Mangold)  **opens on June 23**
  • Dogtooth* (NR): starring Anna Kalaitzidou, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis (directed by Giorgos Lanthimos)
  • Restrepo* (R): (directed by Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger)
  • South of the Border* (NR): (directed by Oliver Stone)
  • Wild Grass* (PG): starring Andre Dussollier, Sabine Azema, Emmanuelle Devos (directed by Alain Resnais)

*limited release


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First Look: Seth Rogen is the Green Hornet


Give a slimmed-down Seth Rogen a media empire, high-tech toys, an Asian sidekick named Kato (Jay Chou) and a hot blonde secretary (Cameron Diaz) - and what do you get? The latest adaptation .

In the Columbia Pictures film, Britt Reid (Rogen) gets a chance to play the superbad character who poses as villains in order to be the hero. The Michel Gondry-drected film also stars Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Benjamin Chudnofsky) as the nemesis and Tom Wilkinson (Jack Reid) as Rogen’s father.

Like what you see? Then take Seth’s hand and come with him on the adventure next January 14.

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Box Office Breakdown: Toy Story Still Has Game

Toy Story 3

The number “11” appears to be a good one for .

Although it’s been almost 11 years since we had fun with Woody and Buzz Lightyear, those classic characters were apparently anything but forgotten. This weekend’s long-anticipated debut of rang up $110 million, giving Pixar its 11th chart topper in a row. The sequel also surpassed all previous Pixar debuts (including The Incredibles’ $70.5 million from 2004) and became the second best animated opener of all time (right behind Shrek the Third‘s $121.6 million from 2007).

, on the other hand, was unfortunately cursed from the start. The comic book adaptation - starring Josh Brolin and Megan Fox - fired up a underwhelming $5.4 million. That performance was even more dismal than the debut of Megan Fox’s last film, Jennifer’s Body, which opened to $6.9 million in September 2009.

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Box Office Breakdown: A-Team’s Face Kicked by Karate Kid’s Foot

Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid

The battle of the ‘80s remakes was won by an actor born in 1998.

Despite featuring no actual karate and a Smith named Jaden, had no problem kicking up Will Smith-esque dollars this weekend. (I’m sure it had something to do with that Justin Bieber song.).  Sony’s remake of the 1984 classic surpassed early projections by rallying to a $55.7 million finish. The film’s debut means the 11-year-old star has already managed to outperform most of his father’s films. (I Am Legend opened to $77.2 million in 2007; Hancock premiered to $62.6 million in 2008.)

Meanwhile, Fox’s reboot of cranked out what could be considered a B-grade performance. The movie, which cost over $95 million to make (compared to Karate‘s $40 million), only rang up $25.7 million in its first three days. That’s barely above the figure Liam Neeson’s Taken earned in 2009 ($24.7 million) and nowhere near the debut Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel had with Valentine’s Day ($56.2 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Get to the Greek…and Shrek

Get Him to the Greek

Ashton Kutcher may have more Twitter followers than Diddy and Russell Brand combined - but that achievement wasn’t reflected at the box office this weekend.

Despite pirating the first 13 minutes of Killers, Kutcher was unable to generate enough interest to earn more than third place. The film - Katherine Heigl’s first since leaving Grey’s Anatomy - only rounded up a mere $15.8 million. (In other words, Ashton got about $3 from each of his Tweeps.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Choose Shrek Over Sex

Sex and the City 2

Shrek - not cosmopolitans - was what fans were buying this weekend.

Despite competition from two heavily-promoted features, an aging green ogre was able to hang on to his title for two weeks in a row. raised an additional $57 million during the Memorial Day frame to bring its domestic total to $146.8 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. proved that people can get tired of sex. Sex and the City 2 - which featured the return of Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) - couldn’t get past the bad reviews to even match the first film’s numbers. (Sex and the City opened to $56.8 million in May 2008.) The lovely ladies also couldn’t overpower Jake Gyllenhaal’s four-day haul. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wound up snagging second place with a $37.8 million debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: MacGruber IS a Bomb

MacGruber

Disappointment can come in all shapes and box office sizes.

may have earned nearly three times as much than its nearest competitor, but it wasn’t exactly a winner for Paramount or Dreamworks. The film, which grossed $70.8 million in ticket sales, become the first sequel in the Shrek franchise to open below the $100 million mark (and that’s with the help of higher 3-D prices). The comedy did, though, place fourth on the all-time animated debuts list behind Shrek the Third ($121.6 million), Shrek 2 ($108 million)  and The Simpsons Movie ($74 million).

Meanwhile, it appears will last just as long in theaters as he does in Will Forte’s sketches. Although the character is (supposedly) known for diffusing bombs, he actually helped deliver one this weekend. The latest Saturday Night Live-based comedy - also starring Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe - generated a mere $4 million this weekend. While that number seems (understandably) dismal, there is one positive thing to note: the film only cost approximately $10 million to make.

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In Theaters This Weekend: May 21, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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First Look: Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher

See that look in ‘s eyes? That’s the look of a woman who is out on the prowl. And in this case—Justin Timberlake is her target.

No - this is not a paparazzi photo of the two dancing at some night club. These scene is from , a film the former real-life lovebirds are shooting together. In the Jake Kasdan-directed comedy, Diaz plays a money hungry 7th grade teacher who sets her sights on Timberlake, a substitute who comes from a wealthy family.

“They have a shared sense of humor,” Kasdan told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s easy for them to be funny together. You know where the jokes are.”

So will Justin fall for her boozy charm…and will Jessica Biel have to booze it up before attending the red carpet premiere? Find out when Teacher debuts next year.

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The 2010 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

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Oscar statues

When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.

Although many believe the will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?

To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!

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