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Isla Fisher Replaces Amanda Seyfried in ‘Now You See Me’

Isla FisherIsla Fisher is set to replace Amanda Seyfried in Now You See Me.

The Wedding Crashers actress - who is currently filming Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby - will reportedly soon begin talks with director Louis Leterrier to appear in the thriller after Jennifer's Body star Amanda dropped out of contention, Variety reports.

The film sees Mark Ruffalo play the leader of an FBI team assigned to track down a gang of magicians known as the Four Horsemen who pull off bank raids during their performances and distribute the proceeds through their audiences. Isla is in line to play Henley, an illusion builder who helps the criminals pull off their tricks. Also starring in the film are Social Network actor Jesse Eisenberg as leader of the gang, Morgan Freeman, who plays a former illusionist who has been shunned by other magicians for revealing how their tricks work, and Melanie Laurent, who stars as a federal agent.

Edward Rucourt and Boaz Yakin have written the script for the movie, while Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will produce. Filming on Now You See Me is scheduled to begin in January.


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Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Breaks Franchise Record

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set a new record for the franchise this weekend – without the help of any 3-D prices.

The penultimate film in the series took in a magical $125 million, beating the previous mark set by 2005’s Goblet of Fire (which debuted to $102.7 million). The movie, which more than doubled what the other Top 10 entries did combined, also found itself ranked sixth on the all-time openers list.

In comparison, Paul Haggis’ did about 5% of what Harry Potter accomplished. That’s the smallest open for Russell Crowe since 2006’s A Good Year.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 16, 2010

Here are some of the options available this week:

The Last Airbender Blu-ray

  • Avatar: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Best Worst Movie: DVD
  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Disney's A Christmas Carol: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Extra Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Kids are All Right: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Airbender: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lightkeepers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lottery Ticket: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Metropolis: DVD
  • Open Season: Blu-ray 3D
  • The Polar Express: Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray combo
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Megamind is Unstoppable

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Denzel Washington and Chris Pine could do nothing but watch Megamind speed past them at the box office.

Despite an early lead for the action film, Unstoppable lost a bit of steam. The movie, which opened to $8.1 million on Friday, slowed to a $22.7 million take and second place-finish by Monday. Of the five films Tony Scott has directed Washington in, this movie – also starring Chris Pine – debuted in the middle of the pack.

Two other wide releases found themselves perched in the Top 10 this weekend. Universal’s sci-fi entry, , dialed up $11.7 million for fourth place. Meanwhile, Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, produced $9.2 million ($11.8 million since Wednesday) – enough for fifth place.

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Box Office Breakdown: Megamind Opens Large with $46 Million

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Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Tyler Perry contributed to one of the largest November weekends in box office history.

– starring Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt – topped the competition this weekend with a $46 million take. The animated comedy opened bigger than How to Train Your Dragon – another Paramount/Dreamworks collaboration – did in March ($43.7 million), but smaller than Despicable Me ($56.4 million) did in July.

Todd Phillips’ , featuring Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr., also had an impressive open despite landing into second place. The movie, which grossed $32.7 million, had the largest premiere for any R-rated flick in November. (The movie bested the record set by Borat’s $26.4 million in 2006.) The film, though, fell behind The Hangover’s $45 million open in 2009.

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Box Office Breakdown: Saw Franchise Ends with a Win

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The Saw franchise, which has been churning out annual entries since kicking off in 2004, introduced a new twist to the latest October entry. That visual element, plus a calendar shift, helped Saw 3D take first place over the holiday weekend.

Despite the $22.5 million debut, Saw 3D – the seventh and final film in the series – didn’t exactly end the series with a bloody bang. The horror flick had the fifth-best open in the entire franchise -- and that's including the higher ticket prices. (Only the 2004 original and 2009’s Saw VI – which was pitted directly against Paranormal Activity – did worse.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Paranormal Activity Takes Over Theaters

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Combine a mysterious baby and a barking dog with a $3 million budget – and what do you get? Horror’s biggest opener to date.

, Paramount’s follow to last year’s surprise hit, scared up a record-breaking $40.7 million over the pre-Halloween weekend. The film not only took first place away from Jackass 3D, it edged past Friday the 13th for the scream title. (That 2009 remake debuted to $40.6 million in February 2009.)

Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood’s , which expanded from a limited release, also made entry into the Top 10. The Matt Damon-starrer settled into fourth place with a $12 million take.

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Box Office Breakdown: Jackass Kicks Competition’s Ass

Although the next Saw film isn’t due until October 29, many theatergoers saw pain inflicted in 3D this past weekend.

The premiere of Jackass 3D, a film based on the former MTV series, has already broken franchise and box office records since debuting three days ago. The documentary, which was produced for $19 million, earned a shocking $50.3 million -- approximately $21 million more than 2006’s Jackass: Number Two (and $28 million more than 2002’s Jackass: The Movie).

Paramount’s entry also bested previous October openers. Up until recently, Scary Movie 3’s $48.1 million from 2003 had been the figure to beat.

Meanwhile, Red generated what could have been first-place sized numbers on any other weekend. The action film starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren rang up $21.8 million -- enough for second place.

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In Theaters This Weekend: October 15, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Jackass 3D (R): starring Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O (directed by Jeff Tremaine)
  • Red (PG-13): starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich (directed by Robert Schwentke)
  • Carlos* (NR): starring Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Nora Von Waldstatten (directed by Olivier Assayas)
  • Carmo, Hit the Road (NR): starring Fele Martínez, Mariana Loureiro, Seu Jorge (directed by Murilo Pasta)
  • Conviction* (R): starring Sam Rockwell, Hilary Swank, Juliette Lewis (directed by Tony Goldwyn)

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 14, 2010

Prince of Persia DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • Delicatessan: Blu-ray
  • Jacob’s Ladder: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD
  • Just Wright: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Letters to Juliet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Blu-ray
  • Monster House: Blu-ray 3D
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?: DVD
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Seven: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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