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Box Office Breakdown: Toy Story Still Has Game

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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

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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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In Theaters This Weekend: June 4, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Get Him to the Greek (R): starring Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Sean Combs (directed by Nicholas Stoller)
  • Killers (PG-13): starring Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Catherine O’Hara (directed by Robert Luketic)
  • Marmaduke (PG): starring William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Owen Wilson (directed by Tom Dey)
  • Splice (R): starring Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chaneac (directed by Vincenzo Natali)

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Movie Review: Valentine’s Day


Predictably, Garry Marshall’s massacred its competition at the box office this weekend, grossing an estimated $52.4 million from Friday to Sunday. But does the all-star flick live up to its huge ensemble cast, banner director and shockingly high ticket sales? Let’s review.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 10, 2009

Up on Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Accidental Husband: DVD
  • Ballast: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Echo: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The General: Blu-ray
  • Godzilla: Blu-ray
  • Heat: Blu-ray
  • Ink: DVD
  • The Line: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Logan’s Run: Blu-ray
  • The Merry Gentleman: DVD
  • Monsters, Inc.: Blu-ray

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First Look: Trailer for Star-Studded Valentine’s Day


“Love is the only shocking act left on the planet.”

Throw a bunch of celebrities into a movie with interconnecting stories about romance and what do you get? Garry Marshall’s version of Love Actually.

In , Emma Roberts laughs at monogamy while her real-life aunt (Julia Roberts) laughs at Bradley Cooper’s admirers. Jessica Alba acts sad because she’s paired with a dog while the other Jessica (Biel) overacts because she’s paired with chocolates. Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher is responsible for the flattest delivery in the whole trailer.

So am I planning to watch this American knockoff? Yes…because I’m a sucker for a love story. Valentine’s Day his theaters on February 12.

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Baking Buff Rumer Willis

Rumer Willis and mother Demi MooreNewly turned 21-year-old Rumer Willis would much rather bide her time making pies than doing the Hollywood scene.

The Sorority Row actress, who is the daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, can’t resist her cravings for sugary baked goods, so she spends her free time in the kitchen.

“I just don’t care about fame. I have better things to do—like making pies. I love making pies. It all started when I went on a road trip with my boyfriend. We stopped off at this diner and had this strawberry and rhubarb pie, and I thought, ‘This is incredible. I’m going to learn how to make it.’ So I did.”

Rumer is so accomplished at baking, she even treats Demi and her stepfather Ashton Kutcher to their favorite pies.

“My mom likes either pecan pie or German chocolate, and I just made a coconut banana cream pie for Ashton. He liked that very much. It was gone in a matter of three days.”


In Theaters This Weekend: August 14, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Bandslam (PG): starring Gaelan Connell, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Aly Michalka (directed by Todd Graff)
  • District 9 (R): starring Sharlto Copley, Jason Cope, David James (directed by Neill Blomkamp)
  • The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (R): starring Jeremy Piven, Ving Rhames, David Koechner (directed by Neal Brennan)
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife (PG-13): starring Rachel McAdams, Eric Bana, Ron Livingston (directed by Robert Schwentke)

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Casting Corner: Simon Baker, James McAvoy, Christina Aguilera and More

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

Simon Baker: The Mentalist hunk has been added to an adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel. The Killer Inside Me, a tale about a sheriff turned murderer, will feature Baker as a attorney on the hunt for the killer (Casey Affleck). Jessica Alba will star as a prostitute while Kate Hudson will play Affleck’s girlfriend.

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