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Getting Into Character: Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria

Emily Blunt as a teenage Queen Victoria

From bowing down to the royal editor Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada, newly engaged Emily Blunt will now reign over England as a young Queen Victoria in the upcoming film, The Young Victoria.

The period biopic will focus on Victoria’s first ruling years, as well as her torrid relationship with Prince Albert, portrayed by Rupert Friend. Paul Bettany and Miranda Richardson also star.

Directed by newcomer Jean-Marc Vallée, the film is scheduled for limited release in the states on December 18th.

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Paul Bettany Leads a Double Life

Paul Bettany leads a “double life.”

The actor says that even though he is known for appearing in serious movies such as , he loves getting the chance to indulge in his childish side and is relishing doing his own stunts for Priest.

“There’s a sort of double life that I have as far as acting. I love making films like Creation about Charles Darwin, but I would be lying if I… The truth is when I was a kid my mom gave me a set of holsters, two holsters and guns and a cowboy hat. I ran around shooting things. And I suddenly thought, ‘Well, it’d be really nice approaching 40 to have a ball doing that,’” he said. “It feels even better because I have a bunch of friends who can put me on a wire and throw me up into the air.”

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Jennifer Connelly’s Dad Devastation

Jennifer Connelly and Paul Bettany in Creation

Jennifer Connelly came close to quitting Creation.

The actress was left devastated when her dad Gerard, who had been living with her, died of cancer on the first day of filming and admits only the support of her husband, co-star Paul Bettany, got her through making the movie.

“I was very close to my father. Without having Paul on set, I don’t know if I could have done it at all.”

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 23, 2009

Waltz with Bashir DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • The Code: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Inkheart: DVD, Blu-ray
  • My Dinner with Andre: DVD
  • Phoebe in Wonderland: DVD
  • The Pianist: Blu-ray
  • Pink Panther 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Waltz with Bashir: DVD, Blu-ray

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

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

Here are some of the options available this Tuesday:

The Secret Lives of Bees DVD

  • Bottle Shock: DVD
  • Clerks II: Blu-ray
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa: DVD, Blu-ray (avail. on Feb. 6)
  • Napoleon Dynamite: Blu-ray
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Office Space: Blu-ray
  • Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous: DVD
  • The Secret Life of Bees: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sideways: Blu-ray
  • Space Buddies: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno: DVD, Blu-ray

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

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences are Taken with Liam Neeson

Maggie Grace in Taken

While it would seem logical to find a female-oriented movie on top after Super Bowl Sunday, an action thriller proved there was more than enough testosterone to go around. , starring Oscar-nominee Liam Neeson, took in $24.7 million making it the second best opener ever during the same football period. (Last year’s Hannah Montana concert film grossed $31.1 million.)

Meanwhile, a romantic comedy starring an actual Oscar winner, failed to do what counterprogramming options are meant to do: score a touchdown. , starring Renee Zellweger and Harry Connick Jr., earned $6.7 million and a disappointing 8th place. (Apparently Academy Awards don’t guarantee future success.) The romantic comedy raked in about 1/2 as much as Zellweger’s Leatherheads did…and that’s saying a lot.

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Box Office Breakdown: New Life for Oscar Contenders

Slumdog Millionaire

Nominations? doesn’t need any stinkin’ nominations…

Although the 78-year-old was recently overlooked by the Academy, the actor/director still got some respect from the paying public. This past weekend, landed softly into third place and, most importantly, topped the actual Best Picture contenders.

But that’s not to say a nomination is pointless. Last week’s #10, Slumdog Millionaire, jumped 5 positions this week after nabbing 10 nods on Thursday. (It also bested Torino’s per screen average.) Meanwhile, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - thanks to 13 nominations - found itself reentering the Top Ten.

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In Theaters This Weekend: January 23, 2009

Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly to Play On-Screen Couple

Paul Bettany and Jennifer ConnellyPaul Bettany and , co-stars in A Beautiful Mind, will soon be reuniting for a new film. This project will mark the first time the real-life couple has worked together as an on-screen couple.

Creation, an adaptation of a Randal Keynes novel, will tell the story of Keynes’ great-great-grandfather, Charles Darwin. Bettany will play the man who eventually comes to question God’s role in life despite the views of his deeply religious wife (Connelly).

The film - which also features (The Tudors) and Toby Jones (Infamous) - begins production at the end of this month.

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