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Casting Corner: Jennifer Garner, Kevin Spacey, Aaron Eckhart and More

Jennifer GarnerAaron Eckhart

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

Jennifer Garner: The former Alias star will be replacing mad fighting skills with carving skills in Butter. The political satire will feature Garner as a butter sculpture phenom in a Midwestern town. No director has officially been assigned to the project.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 3, 2009

Australia DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Ashes of Time Redux: DVD
  • Australia: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dead in 3 Days: DVD
  • I’ve Loved You So Long: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lake City: DVD
  • The Silence of the Lambs: Blu-ray
  • The Village Barbershop: DVD

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: February 17, 2009

Religulous DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

Nicole Kidman Not Proud of Australia Performance

Nicole Kidman in Australia

I guess we shouldn’t be expecting any nominations for this season.

In an interview with a Sydney radio station, the 41-year-old admitted she wasn’t proud of her performance in Australia. The insecurity about her work in the lavish production even forced the actress to quickly free her native country.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Say Yes to Jim Carrey

Yes Man

How will remember Winter Solstice 2008? As the weekend he placed second.

Prior to Friday’s premieres, number crunchers were already predicting a close race between headliners Jim Carrey and Will Smith. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., ‘s ultimate victory felt slightly hollow. The comedy’s $18.2 million gross was nowhere near the figures Carrey used to generate. (Bruce Almighty‘s premiere earned $68 million in 2003; Liar Liar took in $31.4 million in 1997.) Yes did, though, do better than 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane. (That film raked in $14.1 million during its open.)

Will Smith didn’t have much to celebrate over the last three days either. His latest film, , only took in $14.8 million. That’s a number almost unheard of in Smith-land. The drama, directed by Pursuit of Happyness’ Gabriele Muccino, was the actor’s lowest grosser since Ali. (That film earned $14.7 million when it debuted in December 2001.)

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Box Office Breakdown: The Day The Earth Stood Still Stands Tall

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Mediocre reviews couldn’t keep from vaulting into first place this weekend.

The sci-fi remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly earned $30.5 million over the last three days, more than doubling the take of its nearest competitor. Although Earth had the smallest debut for a #1 film since October 17th (when Max Payne grossed $17.6 million), the Fox feature only cost a reported $80 million to make. It was also the studio’s best open since Horton Hears a Who unfolded in back in March.

The only other new entries in this week’s Top Ten were Nothing Like the Holidays and . Holidays took in $3.5 million and scored itself a 7th place finish. Meanwhile, Milk - which had actually reached #10 before - reentered the charts at #9.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Festive Weekend for Four Christmases

Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon

Faced with little competition, last week’s #1 lived to see another win. took in $16.8 million over the last three days - a 46% drop from its first outing - to bring its cumulative total to $69.8 million. The comedy was only one of two films to pass the $10 million mark this weekend.

The only new entries in the Top Ten were and Punisher: War Zone. Despite a relatively small opening (it only hit 687 theaters), Cadillac averaged $5,015 per theater for a 9th place finish. Meanwhile, Punisher took in a disappointing $4.3 million, less than 1/3 of what the first film did in 2004.

Despite premiering at #22, was actually this weekend’s top performer. Ron Howard’s film earned a whopping $60,236 per screen average from only 3 theaters.

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Box Office Breakdown: Number One for Four Christmases

Four Christmases

Theatergoers still recovering from Thanksgiving had no problem getting into the Christmas spirit this last weekend.

Despite horrible reviews, - a holiday feature starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn - managed to pull in over $31 million over the past three days. (The comedy’s five-day total was $46 million.) That was enough to tame some hungry vampires and give Reese her best opening since Sweet Home Alabama. (The 2002 film had a $35.6 million debut.)

But even with Witherspoon and Vaughn’s combined wattage, Christmases still wasn’t the brightest spot on the box office tree. This weekend’s top performer was actually a political drama with a very limited release. Although it was only seen in 35 theaters, , starring Sean Penn and James Franco, found itself sitting in 10th place. The Gus Van Sant film also averaged $40,385 per theater…nearly $31,000 more than the laugher did per screen.

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In Theaters This Holiday Week (11/26)

Sean Penn in Milk

Here are some possible suggestions for your Thanksgiving weekend:

  • Australia (PG-13): starring Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham (directed by Baz Luhrmann)
  • Four Christmases (PG-13): starring Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall (directed by Seth Gordon)
  • Transporter 3 (PG-13): starring Jason Statham, Robert Knepper, Justin Rodgers Hall (directed by Olivier Megaton)
  • Milk* (R): starring Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin (directed by Gus Van Sant)
  • Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye!* (NR): starring Abhay Deol, Paresh Rawal, Neetu Chandra (directed by Dibakar Banerjee)
  • The Secrets* (R): starring Fanny Ardant, Ania Bokstein, Michal Shtamler (directed by Avi Nesher)

*limited and/or gradual release


Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron to Play Married Couple in The Danish Girl

Nicole KidmanCharlize Theron

Oscar-winning actresses and Charlize Theron will soon be giving the Academy a lot to talk about.

In The Danish Girl, the women will join forces to play a married couple from the 1920’s. Kidman, will take on the role of Einar Wegener, a Danish man who eventually became the world’s first post-op transsexual. Theron would star as Greta Wegener, Einar’s wife.

The screenplay, which was adapted David Ebershoff’s best-selling book, is based on the real-life story of two artists who fooled the public with their popular art. Although Greta typically painted females, Einar filled in for her one of her absent models one day. This event led to Einar’s later adoption of women’s clothing…and a woman’s body.

No release date has yet been announced for the indie film.

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