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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: August 3, 2010

Kick-Ass DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • After.Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Breakfast Club (25th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Bull Durham: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Charlie’s Angels: Blu-ray
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Escape from New York: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Fargo: i>DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • The Ghost Writer: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Humanoids from the Deep: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Kalifornia: Blu-ray

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Director Signed to New X-Men Project


X-Men: First Class, which is scheduled for a June 3, 2011 release, now has a confirmed director. Matthew Vaughn, best-known for bringing audiences the recent flick , is now part of the franchise. Vaughn’s other credits include Stardust and Layer Cake.

The flick will show audiences the story behind friends-turned-mortal-enemies Professor X and Magneto, played in past installments by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, respectively.

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Box Office Breakdown: Freddy Krueger a Theatrical Nightmare

Nightmare on Elm Street

Even though it’s a recurring dream, can still still scare up a few dollars.

Warner Bros.’ reboot of the horror classic clawed its way up to the top of the charts this weekend with a bloody good $32.9 million. Director Samuel Bayer’s first feature film more than tripled its nearest competitor while just falling shy of Freddy vs. Jason‘s $36 million open in 2003. (This installment did, though, top all other Elm street debuts.)

Meanwhile, it appears Brendan Fraser’s latest entry may have actually scared away audiences. , also starring Brooke Shields, only grossed $6.6 million over the last three days. Sadly, that amount was still higher than what Fraser generated in his last film…with Harrison Ford. (Extraordinary Measures unfolded to $6 million back in January.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Jennifer Lopez Needs a Back-up Plan

The Back-Up Plan

Jennifer Lopez’s recent performance at the box office - like her number at the American Music Awards - wasn’t exactly flawless.

, Lopez’s first major release since 2005, was not what moviegoers had planned for their few days off. The romantic comedy, which co-stars Alex O’Loughlin, earned a lackluster $12.2 million in ticket sales and a seat behind the five-week-old How to Train Your Dragon.

CBS Films did have one thing to brag about though: it’s movie performed better than any new wide release this weekend. (Granted, that isn’t saying much.) - an actioner featuring a large ensemble of actors - wrangled up a disappointing $9.4 million for fourth place. While that was enough to surpass last week’s champ, Kick-Ass, the two films were only separated by about $400,000. Meanwhile, Oceans, Disney’s nature documentary, landed in 8th place with $6.1 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Kick-Ass Saves Its Ass

Kick-Ass

had a hard time living up to its name this weekend.

Despite high expectations for the R-rated superhero entry, Matthew Vaughn’s film barely won the box office battle. In fact, it looked on Sunday like Lionsgate’s actioner would place second overall. Fortunately, the final numbers worked in Kick-Ass’ favor…but not by much. Less than $200,000 separated from this week’s chart topper.

Meanwhile, attendance at ‘s services was good enough to get the comedy a fourth place debut. Neil LaBute’s remake of the 2007 British film recovered most of its budget - it cost approximately $21 million to make - with its $16.2 million gross.

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 16, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Death at a Funeral (R): starring Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence, Tracy Morgan (directed by Neil LaBute)
  • Kick-Ass (R): starring Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Clark Duke (directed by Matthew Vaughn)
  • The City of Your Final Destination* (PG-13): starring Anthony Hopkins, Laura Linney, Charlotte Gainsbourg (directed by James Ivory)
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop* (R): starring Banksy (directed by Banksy)
  • Handsome Harry* (NR): starring Jamey Sheridan, Steve Buscemi, Mariann Mayberry (directed by Bette Gordon)

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Lionsgate Picks Up Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass finds a distributorMark Millar and John Romita Jr.‘s brutal, satirical comic book, Kick-Ass, turned quite a few heads last month when a clip from the film adaptation was showcased at San Diego Comic Con. One of those heads turned out to be the key to landing their U.S. and Canadian distributor, Lionsgate Films.

Director Matthew Vaughn has, with the help of his own company Marv Films and Plan B Entertainment, financed the film after studios turned it down (most likely due to prepubescent Hit Girl’s uber samurai-carnage).

Lionsgate, which aims to see a wide-release in 2010, beat out Universal, Paramount and Fox Searchlight (among others) for the rights.

Considering its proclivity towards violence (Saw, The Midnight Meat Train, Hostel: Part II) and eyebrow-raising material (Religulous, W.), I would say that Vaughn and company should feel safe in the company’s money-making arms.

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Mark Millar Already Plotting Kick-Ass Sequel

Kick-Ass sequel already in works

Despite the fact that Mark Millar has yet to finish neither the first arc of his Kick-Ass comic nor the film adaptation of it (he has so far only published six issues in thirteen months), the Scottish author already wants the sequel to shoot within two years.

Kick-Ass 2 is already being plotted out. We’re planning it, because all the actors are quite young and we have to make it relatively quickly. So we’ll definitely do that inside the next 18 to 24 months,” he told Sci-Fi Wire.

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Casting Corner: James McAvoy, Ben Affleck, Nicolas Cage

James McAvoy

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

It seems as if there isn’t a woman can’t romance. In the past few years, he’s been paired with Gillian Anderson, Keira Knightley, Anne Hathway and, of course, Angelina Jolie. Now the rising actor will be taking on his biggest chemistry challenge yet.

In Gnomeo and Juliet, McAvoy and Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) will voice characters in a CGI-animated version of the Shakespeare drama. But those looking for any Montagues or Capulets will be pleasantly surprised. In this version, the lovers will actually come from rivaling families of garden gnomes.

This film, co-produced by Elton John, will also feature music from the Lion King musician. The feature should be completed by 2010.

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