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Box Office Breakdown: Twilight Eclipses Competition

Twilight Eclipse

Summit Entertainment saw fireworks at the theaters this holiday weekend.

The four-day frame ended with hauling in approximately $83.6 million. Although the David Slade-directed installment easily dethroned reigning champ Toy Story 3, the sequel actually failed to surpass the previous outing. Last fall, The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed $178.9 million over six days. Eclipse, on the other hand, only raised $176.3 million since opening last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, scathing reviews didn’t keep from raking up a sizable share of the box office pot. M. Night Shyamalan’s take on Nickelodeon series fought off critics to earn $51.8 million over four days. Overall, the $150 million production has totaled $69.3 million domestically since its Thursday debut.

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Marlon Wayans, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler Team for Richard Pryor Flick


(Warning: Explicit language featured in the clip above)

Chris Rock and are producing a new biopic focusing on the life of well-loved comedian Richard Pryor, who inspired countless comics during his career. Pryor appeared in films and on stage from the 1960s to his 2005 death, though he is best known for his ribald standup routines.

Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said details Pryor’s early life, rise to fame and his serious drug problems, which led to the famous “freebasing incident” of 1981. will portray Pryor in the flick, though the role was originally given to Eddie Murphy. Murphy passed on the movie due to “creative differences.” Rumor has it that Pryor himself, who passed away in 2005 at 65, wanted Mike Epps to play the role.

said that Marlon’s screen test was amazing, and Wayans himself stated “I’m ready” to play the part.

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Box Office Breakdown: Woody, Buzz Top Sandler and Cruise

Toy Story 3

Despite increased competition from a number of A-list stars, easily cruised to another victory this weekend. The Pixar film added another $59.3 million to its total bringing its domestic gross to over $225 million.

Coming in second was , starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider. The comedy, which could have probably placed first on any other weekend, earned $40.5 million - the fourth best open in Sandler’s career. (The Longest Yard‘s $47.6 million from 2005 is still his best.) The movie also surpassed James’ last big hit, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which premiered to $31.8 million in 2009.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz found a box office win to be mission impossible. only fired up a mediocre $20.1 million ($27.4 million since Wednesday) and a third place finish. Keep in mind: Vanilla Sky, their last film together, debuted to $25 million back in 2001 - and that wasn’t even an action film.

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Cinema Scene: AMPAS Invite for Sandler, Animated Movie for Trolls

Adam Sandler-What do Adam Sandler, Mo’Nique and James Gandolfini have in common? They all recently received invites from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

-Avatar may not have cleaned up at those Oscars, but it did win more than its share of Saturn Awards. The movie nabbed 10 prizes this week including Best Science Fiction Film.

-Should we be blaming or thanking The Smurfs for this? The Troll dolls, recently seen in Toy Story 3, will soon be the subject of their own DreamWorks Animation film.

-Looking forward to the Entourage premiere? If so, you should be happy to know executive producer Mark Wahlberg is still planning a big screen version of the HBO program.

-The only piece of robot memorabilia remaining from 1984’s Terminator is going up for auction. The “T-800 Terminator” metal arm is expected to fetch over $15,000.


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


Casting Corner: Patrick Dempsey, Drew Barrymore and More

Patrick Dempsey

Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Patrick Dempsey: Michael Bay has paged Dr. Shepherd for next year’s Transformers 3. Not much is known about Dempsey’s “darker character,” but the Grey’s Anatomy hunk will reportedly serve as Megan Fox’s boss. That’s probably all he needs to know.

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Jennifer Aniston May Pretend to Be Sandler’s Wife

Jennifer Aniston may play Adam Sandler’s wife in a new movie.

The Baster actress is reportedly in negotiations to star opposite the funnyman in romantic comedy. Plot details about The Pretend Wife - formerly known as Holiday In Hawaii - are being kept firmly under wraps.

Adam’s long-term collaborator Dennis Dugan is expected to direct the Happy Madison production, which is scheduled for release in February 2011.

Jennifer - who was married to Brad Pitt and dated a host of famous men - has previously admitted she wants to be more selective in her movie roles because the storylines seem to come true in her personal life.

“I’m trying to be more careful than I have been in the past about the titles of movies that I choose to be in. It’s funny - I kind of noticed something a couple years ago that there seemed to be this strange parallel to the movies I was doing and my life off screen,” Aniston joked earlier this year. “It started with, well, The Good Girl. Then that evolved into , followed by Derailed, and then there was The Break-Up. And then on the lighter side was Friends with Money.”


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 24, 2009

Angels & Demons DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Air America: Blu-ray
  • Angel Heart: Blu-ray
  • Angels & Demons: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Blood: The Last Vampire: Blu-ray
  • Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Four Christmases: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Frailty: Blu-ray
  • Funny People: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ghost in the Shell 2.0: Blu-ray
  • Gomorrah: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Imagine That: DVD

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First Look: Sandler, Spade, and Rock are Grown Ups


Adam Sandler’s latest film, , marks yet another reunion (nearly paralleling the story itself) with SNL veterans David Spade, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, and Rob Schneider. Oh, and for some reason, Salma Hayek signed up for this gig, too.

In the movie, Sandler meets up with his high school friends (Spade, Rock, Schneider, and Kevin James) during a July 4th weekend, where they discover some interesting things about their families (Schneider is married to an extreme cougar, James’s four year-old kid is still breast-fed). The comedy opens in theaters on July 25, 2010.

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Adam Sandler, Cross-Dresser

Adam SandlerThe papers have been inked, and will become the titular star in the new comedy Jack and Jill. Actually, cancel that. He’s the titular stars. That’s right…he’s playing both roles.

In the film, Jack and Jill are twins and the theme is romance. I’m already feeling kind of bad for the guy who’s playing Jill’s love interest…aren’t you?

The Happy Madison project is scheduled for a 2011 release.

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