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Casting Corner: Liam Hemsworth, Sigourney Weaver and More

Liam HemsworthSigourney Weaver

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

Sigourney Weaver: She’s already taken on ghosts, aliens and Saturday Night Live—so now it’s time for Weaver to tackle her latest challenge: vampires. In Amy Heckerling’s Vamps, Weaver will actually reign as the queen over two young vampires (Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter) who, unfortunately, find love - and potential mortality - while enjoying New York’s nightlife. Shooting may begin next month.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 21, 2009

Frost/Nixon DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Arctic Tale: Blu-ray
  • Frost/Nixon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hellraiser: Blu-ray
  • Notorious: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sin City: Blu-ray
  • The Wrestler: DVD, Blu-ray
  • X-Men: Blu-ray
  • X2: X-Men United: Blu-ray
  • X-Men: The Last Stand: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: New Life for Oscar Contenders

Slumdog Millionaire

Nominations? doesn’t need any stinkin’ nominations…

Although the 78-year-old was recently overlooked by the Academy, the actor/director still got some respect from the paying public. This past weekend, landed softly into third place and, most importantly, topped the actual Best Picture contenders.

But that’s not to say a nomination is pointless. Last week’s #10, Slumdog Millionaire, jumped 5 positions this week after nabbing 10 nods on Thursday. (It also bested Torino’s per screen average.) Meanwhile, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - thanks to 13 nominations - found itself reentering the Top Ten.

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Box Office Breakdown: Mall Cop Rolls Over Clint Eastwood

Kevin James in Mall Cop

Mall Cop? Mall Cop?

As strange as it may sound, Kevin James just took down Clint Eastwood, Notorious B.I.G. and a serial killer to become the current box office champ. ‘s $40 million take was the second biggest ever for a January opener. (Cloverfield took in $46.1 million at this same time last year.) The comedy was also partially responsible for giving the industry its largest MLK weekend of all time.

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 16, 2009

Hotel for Dogs

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Lil Kim Unhappy with Notorious New Film

Notorious MovieLil Kim isn’t too happy with the film Notorious, and I’m not referring to Hitchcock’s 1946 joint. The diminutive singer will be characterized in an upcoming biopic of rapper Notorious B.I.G. - she says in a “false portrayal.”

, Derek Luke, Anthony Mackie, Naturi Naughton and Antonique Smith will star with newcomer Jamal Woolard, who plays the title role in the flick. Currently, Notorious is scheduled to hit theaters on the 16th of January. But Lil Kim says the movie is sensationalized, as films are wont to be.

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Box Office Breakdown: Leatherheads Sacked by Competition

Nim's Island

Despite ‘s role as actor and director, Hollywood’s powerful A-lister still couldn’t get his film all the way to the end zone.

, also starring John Krasinski and Renee Zellweger, came up short this past weekend found itself in third place.  Although it looked like the football film was going to fare much better, Nim’s Island made a last minute score to snag second place.  Previous winner, 21, made it two weeks in a row even with a $10 million loss.

The only other new film to enter the recent Top Ten was .  The film adaptation of the Scott Smith book scared up just over $8 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: 21 Cashes In

21 Movie

Apparently it takes a movie about gambling to finally bring down a family-friendly film.

This past weekend, won big at the tables and brought in over $24 million dollars.  The movie - the third Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey have starred in together - survived less than stellar critical reviews to cash in over $9000 per theater.  (That average was tops for any move in the Top Ten.)  The new box office champ also pushed Horton and its $17.7 million into second place.

Further down the list, once again proved that audiences are not interested in purchasing tickets for pics about the war.  Is it because these films are far too political, or do people simply need a more light-hearted theme to escape with?  Whatever the reason, Loss entered the charts in a disappointing 8th place.  The Ryan Phillippe vehicle did earn a respectable $3500 screen average though.

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Box Office Breakdown: Tyler Perry Produces Another Hit

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns

This past Easter weekend, Tyler Perry proved once again that he has the Midas touch.  Although his latest venture, Meet the Browns, only came in second, the film bested ! with its per screen take.  Perry’s film averaged $10,011 per theater—thousands better than Horton‘s performance ($6208).  The latter movie was also showing in twice as many locations.

But the Dr. Seuss adaptation wasn’t the only film to snare a prize away from the writer/actor/director.  - a small feature from The Weinstein Company - entered the Top Ten with an impressive $10,414 average.  While Browns was being shown on 2006 screens, Moon was showing on only 266.  The movie, co-starring America Ferrera, wound up being the top domestic scorer ever for a Spanish-languaged film.

In other chart news, Owen Wilson’s debuted at #4 while another Asian horror remake, Shutter, took in $10.5 million for a third place finish.  Films booted out of this week’s Top Ten were , Doomsday, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

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In Theaters this Weekend (3/21)

Drillbit Taylor

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