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Amanda Seyfried’s Icy Sex Scene

Peter Sarsgaard and Amanda SeyfriedAmanda Seyfried used a popsicle when pretending to give Peter Sarsgaard oral sex.

The blonde actress had to film the raunchy scenes with the actor in movie Lovelace - a biopic of infamous porn actress Linda Lovelace - and in order to make the sexual acts look convincing, she decided to use the icy treat as a prop.

"We were doing a sex scene where I was supposed to be going down on Peter Sarsgaard. We used a popsicle, and I had my arms covering the popsicle. It was footage that he was going to show the Deep Throat guy, to get her into the movie, to get her cast. I was laughing hysterically throughout. I couldn't stop laughing."

Amanda also says she's become more realistic as her career goes on as she knows Hollywood is a tough place to work in. Speaking about her first big movie, Mean Girls, she told Vanity Fair, "Back then I thought every movie that was made found an audience and things were all stars and butterflies, before I developed a relationship with this world."


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James Franco to Play Hugh Hefner?

James FrancoJames Franco is in negotiations to play Hugh Hefner in Lovelace.

The 127 Hours actor may portray the Playboy magazine founder in the movie starring Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace - best known for her starring role in porn movie Deep Throat - after passing on the opportunity to play her husband Chuck Traynor.

The role would be a cameo and only require one day of shooting, but talks have not yet been completed to find a date suitable for him, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A heavy-hitting cast including Sharon Stone, Peter Sarsgaard, Chris Noth and Juno Temple are already signed on to star.

Production on the project is already underway, with shooting in Los Angeles beginning last week. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are directing the picture.

James - who earlier this year put in a turn as presenter when he hosted the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway - has a number of movies coming up, including Wizard of Oz prequel Oz: The Great and Powerful and Spring Breakers.


Box Office Breakdown: Dreamy Numbers for Inception

Inception

Warner Bros. might have had difficulty marketing , but strong word of mouth, stunning visuals and Christopher Nolan’s reputation were enough to sell the film. The $160 million thriller opened to $62.8 million in weekend receipts, placing the film on top of all original projects out so far this summer. Inception also bested Leonardo DiCaprio’s previous debuts (including Shutter Island‘s $41.1 million) and Nolan’s earlier titles (outside of The Dark Knight).

, on the other hand, had a harder time conjuring up interest. The Disney remake grossed only $17.6 million since Friday ($24.7 million since Wednesday). That’s a considerable disappointment given the $150 million price tag, but overseas dollars will likely help the studio.

Meanwhile, a film that placed #12 on this week’s chart actually outperformed both Inception and Apprentice. , starring Annette Bening and Julianne Moore, had the best per screen average ($28,009) of any movie currently in theaters.

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Box Office Breakdown: Despicable Weekend for Eclipse

Despicable Me

It looks like Steve Carell will do just fine when he finally leaves Dunder Mifflin.

Neither vampires nor predators could keep Gru (Carell) and his minions from ruling the box office this weekend. - also featuring the voices of Miranda Cosgrove, Jason Segel and Russell Brand - overcame it’s title and delighted audiences to the tune of $56.4 million. Universal’s feature earned nearly enough to cover the film’s production cost ($69 million) and more than enough to push last week’s champ, Eclipse, down to second place.

Meanwhile, Fox’s , set its laser sights on the alien creature lovers out there. The sci-fi thriller, starring Adrien Brody and Topher Grace, fired up $24.8 million in ticket sales and a third place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Twilight Eclipses Competition

Twilight Eclipse

Summit Entertainment saw fireworks at the theaters this holiday weekend.

The four-day frame ended with hauling in approximately $83.6 million. Although the David Slade-directed installment easily dethroned reigning champ Toy Story 3, the sequel actually failed to surpass the previous outing. Last fall, The Twilight Saga: New Moon grossed $178.9 million over six days. Eclipse, on the other hand, only raised $176.3 million since opening last Wednesday.

Meanwhile, scathing reviews didn’t keep from raking up a sizable share of the box office pot. M. Night Shyamalan’s take on Nickelodeon series fought off critics to earn $51.8 million over four days. Overall, the $150 million production has totaled $69.3 million domestically since its Thursday debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: Woody, Buzz Top Sandler and Cruise

Toy Story 3

Despite increased competition from a number of A-list stars, easily cruised to another victory this weekend. The Pixar film added another $59.3 million to its total bringing its domestic gross to over $225 million.

Coming in second was , starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade and Rob Schneider. The comedy, which could have probably placed first on any other weekend, earned $40.5 million - the fourth best open in Sandler’s career. (The Longest Yard‘s $47.6 million from 2005 is still his best.) The movie also surpassed James’ last big hit, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, which premiered to $31.8 million in 2009.

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz found a box office win to be mission impossible. only fired up a mediocre $20.1 million ($27.4 million since Wednesday) and a third place finish. Keep in mind: Vanilla Sky, their last film together, debuted to $25 million back in 2001 - and that wasn’t even an action film.

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In Theaters This Weekend: June 25, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Grown Ups (PG-13): starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock (directed by Dennis Dugan)
  • Knight and Day (PG-13): starring Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard (directed by James Mangold)  **opens on June 23**
  • Dogtooth* (NR): starring Anna Kalaitzidou, Aggeliki Papoulia, Christos Passalis (directed by Giorgos Lanthimos)
  • Restrepo* (R): (directed by Tim Hetherington, Sebastian Junger)
  • South of the Border* (NR): (directed by Oliver Stone)
  • Wild Grass* (PG): starring Andre Dussollier, Sabine Azema, Emmanuelle Devos (directed by Alain Resnais)

*limited release


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 30, 2010

An Education DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • 3 Idiots: DVD
  • Afghan Star: DVD
  • Alice in Wonderland (Special Un-Anniversary Edition): DVD
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel: DVD, Blu-ray
  • An Education: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Baader Meinhof Complex: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Collateral: DVD, Blu-ray
  • I Sell the Dead: DVD, Blu-ray
  • IMAX: Under the Sea: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Killer: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sherlock Holmes: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Weapons of Self Destruction: DVD

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

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The 2010 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

Oscar statues

When you throw in an extra host, add five more Best Picture nominees, take away the Best Song performances and nominate two formerly married directors—what do you get? A night that will surely be talked about.

Although many believe the will end with very few surprises, the possibility of an upset is still too great to ignore. Will the box office champ (Avatar) win Best Film as well? Or will The Hurt Locker - or even Inglourious Basterds - take the prize? Is Jeff Bridges a shoo-in for Best Actor…or could BAFTA winner Colin Firth sneak past him? Will Sandra Bullock have to deliver another acceptance speech, or will Meryl Streep take home her first Oscar since 1983?

To find out if the ceremony ends in a world of Hurt or Up in the Air, stay tuned here for the live results!

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Casting Corner: Marion Cotillard, Tim Robbins and More

Marion CotillardTim Robbins

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

Marion Cotillard: The Nine beauty and fellow Academy Award winner Kate Winslet are in discussions for Contagion, a project from Steven Soderbergh. The film, already featuring Soderbergh fave Matt Damon and Jude Law, will have multiple storylines centered around the threat of a deadly disease. Shooting should begin sometime this year.

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