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Box Office: Russell Brand Stays on Top

Russell Brand, ArthurUPDATE: Final numbers prove Sunday estimates were wrong. Get the updated -- and accurate -- box office results below.


Even Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman can’t compete with family-friendly Easter-themed animation. Hop has retained its number one box office position, and Portman’s lowbrow comedy flick suffered a dismal opening weekend.

Hop, which cost around $63 million to make, has already earned a cool $68.2 million from box office revenue ($21.7 million this weekend). Thanks to his new comedy flick, Russell Brand is in the top two positions on the box office list for the weekend. Arthur earned $12.6 million to gain the second top slot. His voice is behind the leading bunny in Hop, and Brand plays the title character in the number 2 flick.

Action flick Hanna just barely got pushed into third, earning $12.3 million in its opening weekend. Soul Surfer scored $11.1 million to lock down a fourth place opening. Insidious is still on the top five list (barely) with $9.7 million. Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride proved to be a dismal box office combination, earning a combined $9.5 with Your Highness to land in sixth place.

UPDATED: Hanna actually earned second place at the box office with $12.4 million. Arthur slid into third place with its $12.2 million box office take.

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James Franco: From Oscars to Oz

Wizard of Oz - James Franco

According to rumors, James Franco is in talks to star in Disney’s Oz: The Great and Powerful, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Robert Downey, Jr. was originally in talks to star in the new Sam Raimi flick, but we think Franco would be a great fit, too.

The movie focuses on a circus wrangler who gets caught up in a tornado that transports him to the magical land of Oz, where the citizens mistake him for a powerful wizard.

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2011 Academy Award Nominations

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statues

Academy Award winner Mo'Nique (Precious) and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' President Tom Sherak had the honor of announcing the nominees for the 2011 Annual Academy Awards early Tuesday morning.

The King's Speech lead all films this morning with 12 nominations total. True Grit came in second with 10 nods. Meanwhile, The Social Network and Inception both tied with 8 nominations.

Here are some of the noteworthy omissions and inclusions from today’s press conference:

  • Best Director: No Christopher Nolan (Inception). Seriously?? (Even James Cameron has to say something about that!)
  • Best Movie: No for Blue Valentine, yes for Winter's Bone and Toy Story 3 (also nominated in Animation category)
  • Best Actor: No Ryan Gosling (Blue Valentine)!!! Also, no Mark Wahlberg (Fighter), no Leo DiCaprio (Inception), no Aaron Eckhart (Rabbit Hole), no Paul Giamatti (recent Golden Globe winner for Barney's Version). Javier Bardem, though, gets a yes for Biutiful.
  • Best Actress: No Julianne Moore (The Kids are All Right), no Halle Berry (Frankie & Alice)
  • Best Supp. Actor: No Andrew Garfield or Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), but a big YES for Jeremy Renner (The Town) and John Hawkes (Winter's Bone)

You can find a list of the nominees from the major Oscar categories after the jump.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: January 4, 2011

MacheteHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Backdraft (Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Blade Runner (The Final Cut): Blu-ray
  • Camille: DVD
  • Case 39: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Catfish: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dinner for Schmucks: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Doctor Zhivago (Deluxe Edition): DVD
  • El Mariachi/Desperado: Blu-ray
  • Ever After: Blu-ray
  • Gone with the Wind: Blu-ray

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Don’t Let James Franco’s Grandmother Call You the P-Word


If you've been hesitant to watch 127 Hours because of that, you know, amputation scene -- this message from the Franco family is for you.

Over the holidays, James Franco's grandmother recorded a Funny or Die video for those who are a "little scared" to watch the film. Let's just say her choice of words isn't p-retty.

Hey. James -- maybe you can incorporate Grandma into your Academy Awards gig?

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations (Film)

The King's Speech

Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Blair Underwood helped kick off the 2010-11 awards season Tuesday morning by formally announcing the latest round of Golden Globe contenders.

In the film category, The King's Speech -- starring Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush -- lead all nominees with a total of six nods. (The Fighter and The Social Network tied for second with six each.)

Although the Academy Awards will not necessarily mirror the choices made by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, there were some notable inclusions/omissions in this year's list of Globe nominees:

  • Justin Timberlake did not earn an acting nomination for The Social Network.
  • Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were both recognized for their work in The Tourist, a movie that has been panned by critics. (BTW - they were nominated in the "Comedy" category.)
  • Speaking of Depp, he will be running against himself. (He was also nominated for Alice in Wonderland.)
  • Wall Street's Michael Douglas has now received another Golden Globe nod for his role as Gordon Gekko. (He won for Best Actor in 1987.)
  • Gwyneth Paltrow did not earn a nomination for her role in Country Strong.
  • 127 Hours was left out of the Best Movie category -- so was True Grit. (The Coen Brothers western received zero nominations.)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards -- hosted again by Ricky Gervais -- will air Jan. 16 on NBC.

(You can find the full list of nominees after the jump. Click here for the TV nominations.)

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway: New Academy Awards Hosts

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards, Celeb News,

Anne Hathaway and James Franco

For the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be going about as far away as Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin as you can get.

It’s been announced that Anne Hathaway and James Franco – two other Saturday Night Live hosting vets – have been asked to front the live event. This would be the second year in a row a pair of actors shared hosting duties.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 23, 2010

Eat Pray Love DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Beauty and the Beast (Two-Disc Diamond Edition): DVD
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman: Blu-ray
  • The Disappearance of Alice Creed: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Eat Pray Love: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Expendables: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Family that Preys: Blu-ray
  • The Hunting Party: Blu-ray
  • I'm Still Here: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Metropolis: Blu-ray
  • Strictly Ballroom (Special Edition): DVD
  • Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion: Blu-ray
  • Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: Blu-ray
  • Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married: Blu-ray
  • The Winning Season: DVD

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Megamind Opens Large with $46 Million

Megamind

Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis and Tyler Perry contributed to one of the largest November weekends in box office history.

– starring Ferrell, Tina Fey and Brad Pitt – topped the competition this weekend with a $46 million take. The animated comedy opened bigger than How to Train Your Dragon – another Paramount/Dreamworks collaboration – did in March ($43.7 million), but smaller than Despicable Me ($56.4 million) did in July.

Todd Phillips’ , featuring Galifianakis and Robert Downey Jr., also had an impressive open despite landing into second place. The movie, which grossed $32.7 million, had the largest premiere for any R-rated flick in November. (The movie bested the record set by Borat’s $26.4 million in 2006.) The film, though, fell behind The Hangover’s $45 million open in 2009.

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In Theaters This Weekend: November 5, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Due Date (R): starring Robert Downey Jr., Zach Galifianakis, Michelle Monaghan (directed by Todd Phillips)
  • For Colored Girls (R): starring nika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson (directed by Tyler Perry)
  • Megamind (PG): starring Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Tina Fey (directed by Tom McGrath)
  • 127 Hours* (R): starring James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Kate Mara (directed by Danny Boyle)
  • Beneath the Dark* (NR): starring Josh Stewart, Jamie-Lynn Sigler (directed by Chad Feehan)

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