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Paul Bettany Has No Movie Formula

Paul BettanyPaul Bettany believes that making a good movie is about guess work.

The British actor - who has starred in films including A Beautiful Mind, The Secret Lives of Bees and Iron Man - believes there is no guaranteed way to make a successful film, and he admits many people were surprised at the success of his latest work Margin Call.

"I've never seen more shocked faces. Because nobody could quite believe it had come together so well. I thought it was bright and well-written, which is rare, and it was 17 days of filming so I just thought, 'This is a good punt.' It's just proof that you never know. People are always trying to work out the formula for making a movie that is well-regarded, but it's like looking at f**king tea leaves."

Paul stars alongside Demi Moore, Zachary Quinto and Kevin Spacey in the movie, and he admits it "changed" him because it showed him how professional a set could be: "This movie changed me in that it reminded me of all the reasons why I first became an actor. I can't make movies that I don't care about any more."


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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 10, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 29, 2010

The CraziesHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Crazies: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Creation: DVD
  • Don McKay: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Everlasting Moments: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hot Tub Time Machine: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Kill Switch: Blu-ray
  • The Leopard: DVD
  • New York Confidential: DVD
  • Night Train to Munich: DVD
  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightening Thief: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Predator (Ultimate Hunter Edition): Blu-ray

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: May 11, 2010

DaybreakersHere are some of the options today:

  • Daybreakers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Edge: Blu-ray
  • Edge of Darkness: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hang ‘Em High: Blu-ray
  • High Anxiety: Blu-ray
  • History of the World: Part I: Blu-ray
  • The Karate Kid: Blu-ray
  • The Karate Kid II: Blu-ray
  • Legion: DVD, Blu-ray
  • M: Blu-ray
  • The Magnificent Seven (Collection): Blu-ray
  • The Man in the Iron Mask: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Dear John Brings Down Avatar

Amanda Seyfried in Dear John

Dear John—And they didn’t think we could do it. Take that, blue people! XOXO, Savannah

After an exhausting seven weeks at #1, found itself in entirely new territory: sitting back at #2. Although the film had broken nearly every record in the history books (and padded another $22.9 million to its domestic total), the 20th Century Fox feature ended its win streak nine weeks shy of E.T.‘s mark.

Taking the lead from James Cameron was the latest weeper from author Nicholas Sparks. - starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried - was the counterprogramming winner during Super Bowl weekend. The romantic drama earned an impressive $30.5 million and came narrowly close to besting the record set during the same sports frame in 2008. (That was when Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour generated $31.1 million.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Has the Edge Over Mel Gibson

Edge of Darkness

Despite success in recent years as a director, Mel Gibson hasn’t been seen in front of the cameras in quite some time. Unfortunately, he couldn’t have picked a worse weekend to make a return.

Gibson’s new film, , debuted to a respectable $17.2 million over the past three days. While that may - may - have been enough for a first place finish at any other time, the Warner Bros. feature brought in approximately half as much as that other film.

, with its $31.3 million take, is now approximately $10 million shy of officially taking the domestic crown from Titanic. (The 20th Century Fox film finally become the worldwide leader during the past week.) If the sci-fi extravaganza remains at #1 for

nine more weeks,

it’ll officially tie E.T. for that record.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Just Hours Away from Worldwide Record

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Avatar

Are we there yet?

Despite six weeks of chart-topping numbers, still hasn’t brought down the Titanic. Yes - the movie did finally surpass The Dark Knight on the domestic charts. And yes - the 20th Century Fox feature is now the top international earner at $1.29 billion. But James Cameron’s earlier blockbuster is still slightly ahead - by approximately $2 million - as far as worldwide receipts are concerned. (Monday’s ticket sales should change that for Avatar.) The 3D-adventure is also approximately $49.1 million shy of becoming the domestic king of the world.

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In Theaters This Weekend (1/22)

Extraordinary Measures

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Extraordinary Measures (PG): starring Harrison Ford, Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell (directed by Tom Vaughan)
  • Legion (R): starring Paul Bettany, Lucas Black, Tyrese Gibson (directed by Scott Stewart)
  • Tooth Fairy (PG): starring Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Billy Crystal (directed by Michael Lembeck)

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In Theaters This Weekend (12/18)

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Avatar (PG-13): starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver (directed by James Cameron)
  • Did You Hear About the Morgans? (PG-13): starring Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sam Elliot (directed by Marc Lawrence)
  • Crazy Heart* (R): starring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell (directed by Scott Cooper)
  • Nine* (PG-13): starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard (directed by Rob Marshall)

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