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In Theaters This Weekend: December 19, 2008

Yes Man

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My Advice for Waitress’ Keri Russell

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Drama, Comedy, Casting, Celeb News,

Ms. Russell:

Keri RussellI just recently watched the DVD of release of - you know, the movie you’ve been receiving all the acclaim and buzz for.  Let me first start off by saying that I thought you did an amazing job.  I was really happy to see you solidify your comeback since your heydey on Felicity.  (I’ll even forget that your critically panned exists.)

So now that I’ve gotten the compliments out of the way, I must now move on to the purpose of my note.  I read a very disturbing piece of news the other day and I’m hoping you will dispute the rumors. 

Please tell me it’s not true.  Please tell me you will not be starring in a comedy with .

Granted, (Hairspray) is slated to helm .  I understand the appeal.  But I’m begging you—don’t make an about face and go backwards with your career. 

If this film were on the dramatic end of the Sandler spectrum (like Reign Over Me, Spanglish or Punch-Drunk Love), you might have my support.  But playing the romantic interest in any Sandler comedy hasn’t really helped anyone.  Don’t align yourself with the of the world.  You’re better than that.  And how about ?  How did Click benefit her?  And does anyone remember role in Mr. Deeds?

You’ve already proven your comedic chops with your stint on .  Now it’s time to take advantage of the awards season hoopla.  Don’t tempt fate now by coming anywhere near a possible appearance.  Please.

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This Week on HD DVD and Blu-ray: September 25, 2007

Knocked Up Waiting Room

These are the high-def releases coming this Tuesday:

Blu-ray

  • Black Book (R)—starring Carise van Houten and Sebastian Koch; directed by Paul Verhoeven.
  • Gods and Generals (PG-13)—starring Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall and Stephen Lang; directed by Ronald F. Maxwell
  • Gothika (R)—starring Halle Berry, PenĂ©lope Cruz and Robert Downey Jr.; directed by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Memoirs of a Geisha (PG-13)—starring Ziyi Zang, Michelle Yeoh and Ken Watanabe; directed by Rob Marshall
  • Tekkonkinkreet (R)—voiced by Alex Fernandez (English version); directed by Michael Arias
  • Underworld (R)—starring Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy and Scott Speedman; directed by Len Wiseman
  • The Wild Bunch (R)—starring William Holden, Ernest Borgnine and Warren Oates; directed by Sam Peckinpah
  • Wyatt Earp (R)—starring Kevin Costner, Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman and David Andrews; directed by Lawrence Kasdan

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Couples With The Worst On-Screen Chemistry

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Lucasfilm Ltd., Casting, Lists,

Star WarsChemistry, schmemistry.  If you know people are going to be watching your movie anyway—does it really matter?  Whaddya say, ?

Film advertising company Pearl & Dean polled 3,000 British moviegoers to see which couples they felt had the worst on-screen chemistry.  Based on the results, it’s hard to say whether or not those opinions had any affect on the eventual box office receipts.  While I completely agree that Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen fizzled as secret-lovers, I don’t know that the movie’s storyline (or final numbers) could have improved with a different twosome.

Take a look at the poll results and see what you think.  Which couples would you add to this list?  Three pairings that come to my mind:  / Nick Nolte (I Love Trouble), Julia Roberts/ Brad Pitt (The Mexican) and Julia Roberts/ John Cusack (America’s Sweethearts).

  1. Natalie Portman & Hayden Christensen - Stars Wars: Episode II
  2. Jennifer Lopez & Ben Affleck - Gigli
  3. Keira Knightley & Orlando Bloom -
  4. Madonna & Adriano Giannini - Swept Away
  5. Catherine Zeta-Jones & Sean Connery - Entrapment
  6. Andie MacDowell & Hugh Grant - Four Weddings and a Funeral
  7. Kate Beckinsale & Ben Affleck - Pearl Harbor
  8. & - Eyes Wide Shut
  9. & -
  10. & - Titanic

FilmCrunch 055: Vacancy, Fracture, Little Children

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review the theatrical releases of Vacancy and Fracture, as well as the DVD release of Little Children in this episode of FilmCrunch.


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Box Office Breakdown:  Four More Days ‘Til Spidey…

Disturbia

With no big movie premieres last weekend (and yes, I am ignoring the fact that Next exists), I’m really not surprised to see that Disturbia once again took the top spot.  But we shouldn’t expect that film to be sitting pretty much longer.  With Spider-Man 3 about to spin its web at the end of the week, all bets are off.  But we still gotta hand it to young Shia—three times at #1 is an incredible feat for any movie these days.


1. Disturbia, Paramount, $9,023,835
2. The Invisible, Disney, $7,717,309
3. Next, Paramount, $7,133,049
4. Fracture, New Line, $6,814,714
5. Blades of Glory, Paramount, $5,164,364
6. Hot Fuzz, Focus, $4,876,867
7. Meet the Robinsons, Disney, $4,840,972
8. Vacancy, Sony Screen Gems, $4,112,502
9. The Condemned, Lionsgate, $3,807,595
10. Are We Done Yet?, Sony, $3,450,922


Box Office Breakdown: Bring On The Fuzz

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This weekend’s Top Ten saw the introduction of several new movies:  Fracture, Vacancy and In the Land of Women.  But no star-wattage combination (Gosling/Hopkins, Wilson/Beckinsale) could bring down the LeBeouf.

But that’s not to say Indy’s newest sidekick shouldn’t be worried.  Hot Fuzz, the latest movie from the makers of Shaun of the Dead, had an impressive debut—bringing in an average of $7000 per theater.  With Grindhouse already off the map, here’s how the rest of the contenders fared:


1. Disturbia, DreamWorks-Paramount, $13,010,778
2. Fracture, New Line, $11,014,657
3. Blades of Glory, DreamWorks-Paramount, $7,677,569
4. Vacancy, Sony Screen Gems, $7,603,376
5. Meet the Robinsons, Disney, $6,967,089
6. Hot Fuzz, Focus, $5,848,464, 825 locations
7. Are We Done Yet?, Sony, $5,181,426
8. In the Land of Women, Warner Bros., $4,712,341
9. Perfect Stranger, Sony, $4,104,808
10. Wild Hogs, Disney, $2,820,440


FilmCrunch 020: Click DVD Review

Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review the DVD release of Click in this episode of FilmCrunch.

Michael Newman is married to the beautiful Donna and they have two terrific kids, Ben and Samantha. But he doesn’t get to see them much because he’s putting in long, hard hours at his architectural firm in the elusive hope that his ungrateful boss will one day recognize his invaluable contribution and make him a partner. After staying up all night to work, a tired Michael becomes frustrated because he can’t even figure out which of his remotes will turn on the TV. Michael sets out to find the perfect device to operate all his electronic equipment and stumbles into the back room of a Bed, Bath & Beyond, where an eccentric employee, Morty, gives him an experimental one-of-a-kind souped-up gadget guaranteed to change his life. Soon Michael is master of his domain, turning on every appliance with the click of a button. But the device has more startling functions. It can somehow muffle the barking of Sundance, the family dog—and even more astoundingly, fast forward through an annoying quarrel with his wife. Michael is fascinated by his new toy and a little freaked out as well…

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FilmCrunch 019: The Last King of Scotland, Infernal Affairs, Click

In this episode, the FilmCrunch crew takes a look at The Last King of Scotland, Infernal Affairs, and the DVD release of Click.

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