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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 7, 2010

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

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  • Being Michael Madsen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas: DVD
  • The Black Dahlia: Blu-ray
  • Forbidden Planet: Blu-ray
  • In Cold Blood: Blu-ray
  • Killers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lost in Space: Blu-ray
  • MacGruber: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Mars Attacks!: Blu-ray
  • The Player: Blu-ray
  • Stardust: Blu-ray
  • Solitary Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • That Evening Sun: DVD
  • THX 1138 (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Tommy: Blu-ray

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

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Choose Shrek Over Sex

Sex and the City 2

Shrek - not cosmopolitans - was what fans were buying this weekend.

Despite competition from two heavily-promoted features, an aging green ogre was able to hang on to his title for two weeks in a row. raised an additional $57 million during the Memorial Day frame to bring its domestic total to $146.8 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. proved that people can get tired of sex. Sex and the City 2 - which featured the return of Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) - couldn’t get past the bad reviews to even match the first film’s numbers. (Sex and the City opened to $56.8 million in May 2008.) The lovely ladies also couldn’t overpower Jake Gyllenhaal’s four-day haul. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wound up snagging second place with a $37.8 million debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: MacGruber IS a Bomb


Disappointment can come in all shapes and box office sizes.

may have earned nearly three times as much than its nearest competitor, but it wasn’t exactly a winner for Paramount or Dreamworks. The film, which grossed $70.8 million in ticket sales, become the first sequel in the Shrek franchise to open below the $100 million mark (and that’s with the help of higher 3-D prices). The comedy did, though, place fourth on the all-time animated debuts list behind Shrek the Third ($121.6 million), Shrek 2 ($108 million)  and The Simpsons Movie ($74 million).

Meanwhile, it appears will last just as long in theaters as he does in Will Forte’s sketches. Although the character is (supposedly) known for diffusing bombs, he actually helped deliver one this weekend. The latest Saturday Night Live-based comedy - also starring Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillippe - generated a mere $4 million this weekend. While that number seems (understandably) dismal, there is one positive thing to note: the film only cost approximately $10 million to make.

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In Theaters This Weekend: May 21, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Quote of the Day: Ryan Phillippe on Filming MacGruber

Ryan Phillippe, Will Forte, and Kristen Wiig in MacGruber

“I would inflict pain upon myself. I would dig my fingernail into my thumb, or I’d bite the inside of my cheek. That was really the only way because the guy’s [Will Forte] a maniac in the best possible way.”

- Ryan Phillippe, on working with SNL comedian Will Forte for action-comedy .

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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First Look: The Red Band Trailer for MacGruber

Films based on sketches are usually as uneven as the broadcasts themselves. Moments of hilarity are typically overshadowed by 60 other minutes of stupidity. So should we expect anything different from this venture?

In , Will Forte’s title character is assisted by SNL costar Kristen Wiig and Ryan Phillipe in his mission to locate a Russian nuclear warhead and enemy Dieter Von Cunth (Val Kilmer).

Like your movies sprinkled with date rape, upper decker and butthole jokes? Then this will be the perfect escape for you.

MacGruber opens April 23.

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Getting Into Character: Forte and Wiig in MacGruber

Will Forte and Kristen Wiig in MacGruber

Can find a way to survive when he’s given more than 10 seconds to try?

In the big screen version of the popular Saturday Night Live sketch (you can see some clips after the jump), Will Forte and Kristen Wiig reprise the characters who are always moments away from death. The movie, which is currently filming in New Mexico, is separate from a MacGyver adaptation that New Line is reportedly putting together.

Ryan Phillippe and Val Kilmer are also on board the Lorne Michaels-produced version. MacGruber is scheduled for a April 16, 2010 release.

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Remake News: The Orphanage, Twilight Zone and More

The Orphanage: One of the most haunting movies I’ve seen in the past few years is being given an English-language redo. The Orphanage, the 2007 Spanish film from director Juan Antonio Bayona, will now be in the hands of Larry Fessenden. Guillermo del Toro, the producer on the original project, will serve the same role on this version. Guillermo also assisted Larry with the new script.

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