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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 18, 2009

Hannah Montana: The Movie DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Go: Blu-ray
  • The Golden Boys: DVD
  • Hannah Montana: The Movie: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Husbands (Extended Cut): DVD
  • Julia: DVD
  • The Last House on the Left: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Last Starfighter (25th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Play Time: Blu-ray
  • Surveillance: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Tyson: DVD, Blu-ray

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Lindsay Lohan Replaces Katie Holmes

Lindsay LohanNo, Linds isn’t hooking up with Tom Cruise…but she is stepping into the movie role recently vacated by his wife. Lohan will take on the female lead in The Other Side, a role which received heavy input from , who was all set to take on the project.

David Michaels, who will direct the film, said he and Holmes shared many ideas and discussions while Cruise worked on Valkyrie. Funding for the flick fell off for a while, however, and finally Holmes had to bow out of the project. She went on to Broadway and All My Sons.

This left the door open for , whom I guess got the role because of her very wide availability (it’s been a while since Linds had any film work). She’ll join a cast that includes Jason Lee, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, Woody Harrelson and Giovanni Ribisi.

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Casting Corner: Simon Baker, James McAvoy, Christina Aguilera and More

Simon BakerChristina Aguilera

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

Simon Baker: The Mentalist hunk has been added to an adaptation of a Jim Thompson novel. The Killer Inside Me, a tale about a sheriff turned murderer, will feature Baker as a attorney on the hunt for the killer (Casey Affleck). Jessica Alba will star as a prostitute while Kate Hudson will play Affleck’s girlfriend.

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Box Office Breakdown: Rambo Outgunned by Spartans


Although was hoping to end the series on an up note, it appears the actor/writer/director will just have to settle for second place.  Many had expected the fourth installment would come away with the weekend’s spoils, unfortunately the aging action hero was overpowered by a group of toga-clad warriors.

It should be said though that had an extremely narrow victory.  The spoof of 2007’s edged out the action flick by just $300,000.  But a win is still a win, right?  The satire also had the best per screen average of any movie in the Top Ten ($7104).

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Box Office Breakdown: Cloverfield Attacks the Charts


Final numbers for the three-day weekend revealed what many had suspected: toppled New York and the competition.  The strong numbers were a result of smart marketing.  In addition to the eerie trailers, the film debuted in January - usually a fairly quiet month for decent films.  Cloverfield’s $46 million take has already covered the movie’s budget (estimated at around $25 million).  That dollar amount also earned the flick the title for best MLK and January opener ever.

Although raked in $20 million less than the horror flick, had nothing to cry about.  Thanks to more strategic marketing - this time by - the film was able to take advantage of those looking for something less dark.  Dresses was originally scheduled to debut last week but was repositioned so it could open during the busy weekend.

Unfortunately, female focus on the romantic comedy didn’t help the female-filled .  The movie - co-starring , and - cashed out in 8th place.  This makes two disappointing debuts in a row for the Clan (the first being Tom’s ).  Let us not forget that Katie opted to do this film instead of the for her post-Tom movie return.  Come to think of it, maybe it was for the best.  I could just hear Tom telling us now that if he had known Heath was doing drugs, he would have cured Ledger himself.

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In Theaters This Weekend (1/18)

27 Dresses

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

  • 27 Dresses (PG-13):  starring Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman (directed by Anne Fletcher)
  • Cloverfield (PG-13):  starring Michael Stahl-David, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman (directed by Matt Reeves)
  • Mad Money (PG-13):  starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes (directed by Callie Khouri)

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Suri Cruise: Prepped for Stardom

Suri CruiseShe was famous before she was ever born, but that’s just the beginning of the story when it comes to , the daughter of and . Mom Katie took the tyke to see Knut (you remember, that fluffy little polar bear) at the Berlin Zoo, which of course prompted photos. Knut dominated the media and even became a celebrated children’s book…so where will this polar bear obsession lead next? Where else but Hollywood and the film industry, which is reportedly already interested in turning little Knut’s life into the next big flick. Suri Cruise is also being considered to voice the role of the bear, a pretty mean feat considering the two-year-old child probably isn’t even fully potty-trained.

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Tom Cruise: No Longer a Hot Ticket

Tom Cruise in Valkyrie has been steadily losing the favor of public opinion. All the couch-jumping, weird Scientology associations and media hype about his marriage with is starting to have an effect on his power, once a mighty thing. The much-hyped Lions for Lambs did not bring in the expected sales, and in Hollywood you’re only as good as your last picture.

According to MSNBC, insiders are losing faith in Cruise’s once-guaranteed popularity. His high salary, coupled with sluggish movie sales, are helping to hammer home the fact that the fans are just no longer interested in Cruise – unless, of course, he’s being featured in a tabloid. Valkyrie, an upcoming flick featuring Cruise, is already getting bad press. A trailer was “leaked” on the Internet, and instead of being met with hopeful buzz, it has suffered a much more negative fate.

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Break-Up Report:  Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams

LedgerWilliams In surprising couples news, actors Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger have called it quits after three years together.  (Those betting on Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise to be the first major post-Dawson’s breakup better pay up).  The Oscar-nominated actors met on the set of Brokeback Mountain back in 2004.  The couple, often rumored to be secretly married, have a young daughter together. 

Ledger is currently filming The Dark Knight—the highly-anticipated sequel to Batman Begins—in which he will star as ‘The Joker’.

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