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Casting Corner: Jon Hamm, Billy Crudup and More

Jon HammBilly Crudup

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

Jon Hamm: The Mad Men star has been cast opposite Ben Affleck in The Town, a film that Affleck will also direct. Ben will play a career thief who becomes romantically-involved with a bank manager (Vicky Cristina Barcelona‘s Rebecca Hall). Unfortunately, an FBI agent (Hamm) hunting the criminal also has his eyes set on the same woman. Production starts this month in Boston.

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Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Casts a Big Win

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

After putting up with a frustrating delay, eager Muggles rushed to the theaters this weekend in droves. kicked off its extended debut with a record-breaking premiere ($22.2 million) at midnight Tuesday. The series’ sixth installment went on to earn $158 million over five days and officially became the biggest international opener of all time ($237 million).

Despite the numbers, there was one film Half-Blood could not beat: The Dark Knight. At this same time last year, the Batman sequel had also racked up $158 million in sales. But that film did it in only three days.

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Box Office Breakdown: Bruno Crawls His Way to #1

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Just like in the fashion world, one day was hot—the next day he was not.

Even though the comedy did well enough to place first this weekend, it appears the sexually graphic film may have turned some off. Ticket sales for the entry dropped 39% between Friday and Saturday, leading many to believe that negative word of mouth played a factor.

In total, Bruno piqued enough interest to raise $30.6 million over three days. While that gross beats Borat‘s $26.5 million debut, the 2006 film later went on to earn $129 million domestically.

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Box Office Breakdown: Transformers Melts Ice Age’s Hopes

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

This was one heated battle that left Ice Age out in the cold.

Only 24 hours ago, and the animated comedy were estimated to finish in a possible tie. But when the final numbers were computed, last Monday’s champ managed to keep its spot for another round. In just two weeks, the Paramount feature has managed to earn just under $300 million.

But had nothing to complain about. Even though it missed the #1 spot by less than $1 million, the threequel had the best per screen average of any entry in the Top Ten. In total, the movie earned $66.7 million over five days, just shy of what 2006’s Ice Age: The Meltdown grossed over only three days.

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Box Office Breakdown: Transformers Rises Above the Competition

Transformers: Rise of the Fallen

It’s not very often when “loud” and “mindless” are deemed good qualities. But in Paramount’s case, it was a recipe for success.

Over the past five days, did what most films have been attempting all year: It passed the $200 million mark. (Up just became the first 2009 film to hit $250 million.)

While the Michael Bay film is definitely on track to be one of the most successful entries this year (let’s not forget about Harry Potter), the sequel’s opening still takes second behind last year’s topper. During its opening run, earned $203.8 million domestically.

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In Theaters This Weekend: June 26, 2009

My Sister's Keeper

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

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Tom Cruise-Cameron Diaz Reunion Ahead

DescriptionVanilla Sky co-stars and Cameron Diaz are planning to reunite for the first time since their 2001 venture.

The two are in final talks to star in an action comedy for 20th Century Fox. The film tells the story of a secret agent (Cruise) and the single woman whose life he keeps disappearing from.

Walk the Line‘s is in line to direct the movie. The currently untitled film may find a place in theaters sometime next summer.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 12, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Taken DVD

  • Big: Blu-ray
  • Black Sheep: Blu-ray
  • Fargo: Blu-ray
  • Force 10 from Navaraone: Blu-ray
  • Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Blu-ray
  • The Grudge: Blu-ray
  • Licence to Kill: Blu-ray
  • The Man with the Golden Gun: Blu-ray
  • The Pianist: Blu-ray
  • S. Darko: A Donnie Darko Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: Motion Picture Trilogy: DVD, Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 27, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:
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Box Office Breakdown: The Incredible Hulk Pulls in the Green

The Incredible Hulk

It looks like ticket buyers are willing to give some things a second chance after all…

Despite horrible reviews for 2003’s Hulk, wary theatergoers turned out in big numbers for the latest big-screen version of . The newest rendition, starring Edward Norton and Liv Tyler, came in first place after earning $55 million during the past three days. While that total falls behind Ang Lee’s version (that movie debuted with $62 million), it did better than expected. The 2008 update had the best showing for any film over Father’s Day weekend (passing Silver Surfer‘s $58 million) and should also have a longer shelf life thanks to favorable word of mouth.

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