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Casting Corner: Kat Dennings, Uma Thurman and More

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

Kat Dennings: The Nick and Norah actress is one of the latest additions to Thor, Kenneth Branagh’s feature about the mythological god of thunder. It’s believed Dennings will work alongside Natalie Portman as Jane Foster’s assistant. Meanwhile, Stuart Townsend (Fandral), Ray Stevenson (Volstagg the Valiant) and Tadanobu Asano (Hogun the Grim) have been tapped to fight with the title character (Chris Hemsworth). Filming will begin early next year.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 1, 2009

State of PlayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Braveheart: Blu-ray
  • Bring It On: Fight to the Finish: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Girl Next Door: Blu-ray
  • Gladiator: Blu-ray
  • High Crimes: Blu-ray
  • M*A*S*H: Blu-ray
  • Monster: Blu-ray
  • Sin Nombre: DVD
  • State of Play: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sugar: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tennessee: DVD

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: June 23, 2009

Waltz with Bashir DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • The Code: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Inkheart: DVD, Blu-ray
  • My Dinner with Andre: DVD
  • Phoebe in Wonderland: DVD
  • The Pianist: Blu-ray
  • Pink Panther 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Waltz with Bashir: DVD, Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Wolverine Claws Its Way to the Top

Wolverine

Despite a growing list of hurdles (leaked footage, swine flu, mediocre reviews), proved it was a force to be reckoned with last weekend. Although it failed to surpass X-Men: The Last Stand (that 2006 entry debuted at $122.9 million), the Fox feature trounced the competition with an $85.1 million open. In other words, Wolverine earned over $20 million more than the other Top Ten entries…combined.

Sitting far back in second place was , Matthew McConaughey’s attempt to bring a little muscle into the box office. The romantic comedy, costarring Jennifer Garner, grossed $15.4 million on the weekend before Mother’s Day. (That’s less than a million more than what Made of Honor pulled in at this same time last year.) Meanwhile, last Friday’s only other wide release, Battle for Terra, raked in a disappointing $1.1 million for a 12th place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Drawn to Obsessed

Obsessed

It was a battle between two stars at the box office this weekend.

After back-to-back roles in music-related dramas, Beyonce Knowles proved she could deliver without having to sing a note. , a thriller produced for approximately $20 million, pulled in nearly $29 million for a 1st place finish. The film, also featuring two NBC stars (The Office’s Idris Elba and Heroes’ Ali Larter), more than doubled last week’s champ, 17 Again.

Meanwhile, an Academy Award winner and an Iron Man joined forces for a surprising fourth place finish. , costarring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., didn’t even cross the $10 million mark. Although it was once considered as a pre-Oscars release, the film’s debut grossed less than last week’s nominee-filled entry, State of Play.

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Box Office Breakdown: 17 is the Lucky Number

17 Again

may be cute, but he’s no Hannah Montana.

This weekend the Disney veteran got a chance to prove his worth in his first starring role. And though he managed to hit #1, Efron pulled in approximately $8.6 million less than Miley Cyrus did last week. The premiere of 17 Again also opened to $18.3 million less than High School Musical 3 did last October. (Then again, those two family-friendly films were a bit more accessible with their G-ratings.)

Russell Crowe, in the meantime, had far much more to groan about. The Oscar winner found his new movie, , sandwiched in between the two tween idols. The thriller, costarring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, earned nearly $10 million less than the age-reversal comedy for a second place finish.

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 17, 2009

State of Play

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 7, 2009

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Doubt DVD

  • 2010: The Year We Make Contact: Blu-ray
  • Above the Law: Blu-ray
  • American History X: Blu-ray
  • Bedtime Stories: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Collateral Damage: Blu-ray
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Donkey Punch: DVD
  • Doubt: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Final Destination: Blu-ray
  • Fly Away Home: Blu-ray
  • I.O.U.S.A.: DVD
  • John Q: Blu-ray
  • Not Easily Broken: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Point of No Return: Blu-ray

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First Look: Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck in State of Play


In State of Play, Russell Crowe stars as an investigative reporter (Cal McCaffrey) who is tasked with covering the murder of a congressman’s mistress. Ben Affleck plays Stephen Collins, the U.S. Congressman who also has old ties to McCaffrey. The movie which once had Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the two lead roles was directed by Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland).

Matthew Michael Carnahan (Lions for Lambs), Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton), Billy Ray (Breach) and Paul Abbott (the writer of the original BBC series) all share writing credits on the big-screen adaptation.

- also starring Rachel McAdams, Helen Mirren and Jason Bateman - opens April 17, 2009.

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Memorable Moments from the Unmemorable Academy Awards

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards, Celeb News,

Jon Stewart, Academy Awards

Last night’s Best Actor categories were as predictable as the Best Actress races were surprising.  Yesterday’s ceremony was also as disappointing as it was routine.

For months now, we’d been hearing about several plans being orchestrated for the .  If the writers’ strike was still in effect, the producers swore the telecast would continue with packages that celebrated Oscar’s 80-year history.  Interestingly enough, even with the scribes back at work, the show was still horribly written and crammed with unnecessary fillers.  (Even I could have penned ‘the always Fantastic…Jessica Alba’.)

As it was, the winners appeared to have been given less time last night to accept their awards than ever.  (Which may or may not have been a good thing.)  But did really need to rush his lovely speech to his mother?  Did the organizers have to reshow the previous awards presentations?  Did the AMPAS President really need to waste time explaining how the selection process is done??

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