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Michael Bay to Direct Transformers 4?

Michael BayMichael Bay is set to return to the Transformers franchise. Despite the director previously claiming he would not be in the frame to direct the rebooted series, the success of the third film Transformers: Dark of the Moon - which took over $1 billion at the international box office - has persuaded him to think again.

According to NYMag.com's Vulture blog, Michael could begin shooting on the project, which will not be a prequel to the original three films starring Shia LaBeouf, in late 2012 following his work on revenge thriller Pain and Gain.

Although details are not known about the story, it is thought it will focus more on the canon of the series and delve into old characters. A source told the blog, "Regular people might not care about bringing out a character like Sentinel Prime. But believe me, fans of the series cared."

Jason Statham is reportedly being considered for the lead role in the fourth film, with active discussions taking part between him and studio Paramount.


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Box Office Breakdown: The Rite Exorcises a Win

The Rite

may not currently be up for an Oscar, but it does have an Oscar winner – and a box office win.

Anthony Hopkins’ first wide release since The Wolfman cut from its top spot this past weekend. The film, which debuted during (another) East Coast weather event, managed to shovel up $14.8 million in ticket sales.

, featuring action star Jason Statham, also found a place in the Top Ten. The film – a remake of a Charles Bronson movie – opened in third place with $11.4 million.

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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: Evil Takes Up Residence at Number One

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Who says the third time’s the charm?

—the fourth movie in that sci-fi series—topped the box office this weekend with franchise-breaking numbers. The movie, which was offered in 3D, had the best Evil debut to date. (Yes - higher ticket prices did play into this.) Afterlife‘s $26.7 million take surpassed the bar set by Resident Evil: Extinction in 2007. (That outing opened to $23.7 million.)

Since Resident was the only new wide release, the other notable events occurred outside the Top Ten. , starring Katie Holmes and Josh Duhamel, opened in limited release with a $45,527 debut. More importantly, the movie averaged $22,764 per theater—the best number for all films over the weekend. In comparison, I’m Still Here—featuring a disheveled Joaquin Phoenix—only had a $5,087 per screen average.

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Box Office Breakdown: The American Defeats Machete

The American

Although it lacked Jessica Alba, Lindsay Lohan and Robert De Niro, did have two things Machete didn’t: George Clooney and a box office win.

Despite only grossing $13.2 million over the weekend ($16.3 million since Wednesday), the Focus Features entry hit its target. The movie - which was produced for approximately $20 million - managed to top the Robert Rodriguez-actioner by less than $2 million. The American also became Clooney’s best opener - outside of any Brad Pitt-related project - since The Perfect Storm in 2000.

, based on a trailer included in the film Grindhouse, came very close to matching the earlier movie. The Danny Trejo starrer debuted to a modest $11.4 million—about $200,000 short of Grindhouse‘s premiere in 2007.

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Box Office Breakdown: Takers Takes the (Close) Win

Takers movie

Although early reports had in first place this weekend, the final numbers told a different story. When the dust finally settled on Monday, Lionsgate’s had squeaked out a slim lead. (Less than $200,000 separated the two films.)

Exorcism, though, did not walk away a loser. The movie “documenting” a priest’s final exorcism earned just over $20 million—and it only cost $1.8 million to produce. The PG-13 flick also surpassed The Unborn‘s 2009 debut ($19.8 million), though it did fall short of The Exorcism of Emily Rose. (That 2005 release opened to $30 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: The Switch Fails to Light Up

The Switch

Maybe a quick trip to Cougar Town is something Jennifer Aniston could use right now.

Days after blurting out the R-word on television, Aniston is dealing with another ding in her career: the box office disappointment. The Switch, co-starring Jason Bateman, produced only $8.4 million over the past three days while narrowly escaping eighth place. The good news? The movie raised slightly more than Jen’s Love Happens did back in September. The bad news? The comedy earned about $4 million less than Jennifer Lopez’s baby movie, The Back-Up Plan, did in April.

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Box Office Breakdown: Expendables Team Up Against Julia Roberts

The Expendables

For some people, eating, praying and loving is the way to go. For others, shooting and fighting is the preferred course of action.

, directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone, overpowered the competition this weekend with a $34.8 million finish. The combined star power of the cast – which included Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, and Jason Statham – helped land the actioner in first place while awarding Stallone his biggest debut to date.

Although fell in second with its $23.1 million take, the movie was by no means a disappointment. The Julia Roberts vehicle premiered on par with Julie & Julia’s $20 million kickoff last August. Meanwhile, Roberts earned her best opening numbers in 10 years (outside of the Oceans franchise).

Unfortunately for Michael Cera, it appears the world was simply working against The $60 million comic book adaptation only raked in $10.6 million over the past three days.

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In Theaters This Weekend: August 13, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Eat Pray Love (PG-13): starring Julia Roberts, James Franco, Billy Crudup (directed by Ryan Murphy)
  • The Expendables (R): starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li (directed by Sylvester Stallone)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (PG-13): starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (directed by Edgar Wright)

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

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Blu-rayHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • A Christmas Tale: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Evil Dead: DVD
  • The Green Mile: Blu-ray
  • Gremlins: Blu-ray
  • The Jazz Singer: 30th Anniversary Edition: DVD
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels: Blu-ray
  • The Mask of Zorro: Blu-ray
  • Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paper Heart: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Secondhand Lions: Blu-ray
  • Snatch: Blu-ray
  • Terminator Salvation: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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