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Adrien Brody’s Movie Depression

Adrien Brody in The PianistAdrien Brody was "seriously depressed" for a year after making The Pianist.

The 39-year-old actor - who, at 29, became the youngest person to win the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the drama - admits playing a Polish-Jewish musician in the World War II film took its toll because he had immersed himself so deeply in the role.

"It was all consuming. For a good year after, I was probably seriously depressed. There were severe transitions that I put myself through physically and emotionally... I shot it when I was 27, and that was my real awakening and entrance into adulthood, that responsibility, and awareness of my own good fortune that I had taken for granted," said Adrien, who lost a substantial amount of weight for the film.

The Detachment star - who began acting when he was 13 years old - thinks he was mature and sensible from a young age because being an only child meant he had to take responsibility for his actions: "I think it forced me to be mature, because I had to be accountable when I came home. I couldn't run off and blame it on my brother or sister. I had to be accountable."


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Adrien Brody Sues to Stop One of His Own Movies


Academy Award-winning actor Adrien Brody is suing Hannibal Pictures, for whom Brody worked with two years ago to film Giallo. In the lawsuit filed last week, Brody sought to stop the release of the horror film. (The DVD hit stores yesterday.) His claim? The producers still owe him $640,000.

It’s too bad the film has been available in rental stores since September 7. “He should have gone to Blockbuster and picked it up,” quipped Martin Barab, a lawyer for the defense. The lawyer acknowledged that Brody has only received $960,000 of his $1.5 million fee.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 19, 2010

PredatorsHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Agora: DVD
  • Apocalypse Now (Two-Disc Special Edition): Blu-ray
  • Apocalypse Now (Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition): Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mirrors 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Moulin Rouge!: Blu-ray
  • Predators: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Psycho (50th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (35th Anniv. Edition): Blu-ray
  • Romeo + Juliet: Blu-ray

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

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 12, 2010

How to Train Your Dragon DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Arn: The Knight Templar: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Darjeeling Limited (Criterion Collection): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Hangover (Extreme Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • How to Train Your Dragon: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • I Am Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Jonah Hex: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • Leaves of Grass: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Magician (Criterion Collection): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Red Dragon: Blu-ray
  • Sex and Lucia: Blu-ray
  • Three Kings: Blu-ray

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

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 5, 2010

The Karate Kid on DVD/Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Beauty and the Beast (Diamond Edition): DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • The Exorcist (Extended Director’s Cut): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Grindhouse (Special Edition): Blu-ray
  • The Human Centipede: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Karate Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last of the Mohicans (Director’s Definitive Cut): Blu-ray
  • Mad Max: DVD/Blu-ray Combo
  • The Maltese Falcon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Mission: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Robocop (Trilogy): Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 21, 2010

Robin HoodHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • American Beauty: Blu-ray
  • Calvin Marshall: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Charade: DVD
  • The Experiment: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ondine: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Peacemaker: Blu-ray
  • Robin Hood: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Secret in Their Eyes: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Secret of Moonacre: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Stomp the Yard: Homecoming: DVD, Blu-ray
  • (Untitled): DVD, Blu-ray

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

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Box Office Breakdown: Inception Holds (Off) the Salt

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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Box Office Breakdown: Dreamy Numbers for Inception

Inception

Warner Bros. might have had difficulty marketing , but strong word of mouth, stunning visuals and Christopher Nolan’s reputation were enough to sell the film. The $160 million thriller opened to $62.8 million in weekend receipts, placing the film on top of all original projects out so far this summer. Inception also bested Leonardo DiCaprio’s previous debuts (including Shutter Island‘s $41.1 million) and Nolan’s earlier titles (outside of The Dark Knight).

, on the other hand, had a harder time conjuring up interest. The Disney remake grossed only $17.6 million since Friday ($24.7 million since Wednesday). That’s a considerable disappointment given the $150 million price tag, but overseas dollars will likely help the studio.

Meanwhile, a film that placed #12 on this week’s chart actually outperformed both Inception and Apprentice. , starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, had the best per screen average ($28,009) of any movie currently in theaters.

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Box Office Breakdown: Despicable Weekend for Eclipse

Despicable Me

It looks like Steve Carell will do just fine when he finally leaves Dunder Mifflin.

Neither vampires nor predators could keep Gru (Carell) and his minions from ruling the box office this weekend. - also featuring the voices of Miranda Cosgrove, Jason Segel and Russell Brand - overcame it’s title and delighted audiences to the tune of $56.4 million. Universal’s feature earned nearly enough to cover the film’s production cost ($69 million) and more than enough to push last week’s champ, Eclipse, down to second place.

Meanwhile, Fox’s , set its laser sights on the alien creature lovers out there. The sci-fi thriller, starring Adrien Brody and Topher Grace, fired up $24.8 million in ticket sales and a third place finish.

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 9, 2010


Need a way to cool off from the high temperatures? Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Despicable Me (PG): starring Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Miranda Cosgrove (directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud, Sergio Pablos)
  • Predators (R): starring Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace (directed by Nimrod Antel)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire* (R): starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Annika Hallin (directed by Daniel Alfredson)
  • Grease Sing-A-Long* (PG-13): starring John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing (directed by Randal Kleiser)

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