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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: December 8, 2009

Julie & Julia DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • The Alphabet Killer: Blu-ray
  • The Cove: DVD
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Ultimate Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer: Blu-ray
  • Julie & Julia: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Moonlight Serenade: DVD
  • Public Enemies: DVD, Blu-ray
  • While She Was Out: Blu-ray
  • World’s Greatest Dad: DVD, Blu-ray

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

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Box Office Breakdown: G-Force Teams Up on Harry Potter


Let’s face it: Daniel Radcliffe may be cute, but guinea pigs are cuter.

Despite earning $78 million last weekend, could not keep up the magic. The sequel fell to second place after earning a still impressive $29.5 million take over the past three days. Overall, the film has raked in $220 million to date and a delayed opening in IMAX theaters this Wednesday - Transformers 2 had been taking up room - should give the film another boost.

So what could possibly scoot the wizards out of first place? Rodents. Disney, which has already seen The Proposal and Up premiere on top this summer, earned another victory with the debut of . The comedy about a bunch of whiskered CIA operatives roped in $31.6 million over the weekend, just enough for a close win.

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Box Office Breakdown: Harry Potter Casts a Big Win

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

After putting up with a frustrating delay, eager Muggles rushed to the theaters this weekend in droves. kicked off its extended debut with a record-breaking premiere ($22.2 million) at midnight Tuesday. The series’ sixth installment went on to earn $158 million over five days and officially became the biggest international opener of all time ($237 million).

Despite the numbers, there was one film Half-Blood could not beat: The Dark Knight. At this same time last year, the Batman sequel had also racked up $158 million in sales. But that film did it in only three days.

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Box Office Breakdown: Bruno Crawls His Way to #1

Bruno crawling

Just like in the fashion world, one day was hot—the next day he was not.

Even though the comedy did well enough to place first this weekend, it appears the sexually graphic film may have turned some off. Ticket sales for the entry dropped 39% between Friday and Saturday, leading many to believe that negative word of mouth played a factor.

In total, Bruno piqued enough interest to raise $30.6 million over three days. While that gross beats Borat‘s $26.5 million debut, the 2006 film later went on to earn $129 million domestically.

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Box Office Breakdown: Transformers Melts Ice Age’s Hopes

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs

This was one heated battle that left Ice Age out in the cold.

Only 24 hours ago, and the animated comedy were estimated to finish in a possible tie. But when the final numbers were computed, last Monday’s champ managed to keep its spot for another round. In just two weeks, the Paramount feature has managed to earn just under $300 million.

But had nothing to complain about. Even though it missed the #1 spot by less than $1 million, the threequel had the best per screen average of any entry in the Top Ten. In total, the movie earned $66.7 million over five days, just shy of what 2006’s Ice Age: The Meltdown grossed over only three days.

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Movie Review: Public Enemies

Public Enemies

What better holiday weekend cinematic fare than having guns, explosions, and the incredible acting skill of Johnny Depp?  Right?  Well, you’ll get all of the aforementioned in , however, all three do not make this movie as great as you would like. Public Enemies is a story about notorious bank robber, John DIllinger (Depp) and his love for Billie Frechette played by Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard and the impossibility of that love, all things considered.  Dillinger was Public Enemy number one to the United States, but also other crime syndicates, considering the heat his actions brought to the forefront.

Overall, the movie is only okay, but at times it seemed a bit too slow and if you’re the type that gets nauseous with shaky camera scenes, be forewarned.  Understand, this is a Michael Mann-directed film, so there will be a lot of pore-revealing close-ups, which actually humanizes the actors, and handheld type shots.  The acting is good, particularly from Depp, Cotillard, and , who does a way better job than he did in The Dark Knight.  In any case, the problem with the movie is that it didn’t strike a good mix between the love story and the bad deeds of Dillinger or establish certain characters and why we should care for them.

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In Theaters This Holiday Weekend: July 1, 2009

Johnny Depp in Public Enemies

Here are some possible suggestions for your 4th of July weekend:

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Jimmy Cagney: The First Public Enemy

Public Enemies, starring and Christian Bale, isn’t the first gangster flick Hollywood has made and it certainly won’t be the last. Detailing the 1933-34 efforts of the FBI to thwart Depression-era criminals John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd, the movie will take viewers into the massive manhunt and the rampant crime that marked this period of American history. Stories of these legendary criminal figures and others (Bonnie and Clyde is one good example) have long lit up the silver screen.

The very first Public Enemy list was created in 1930, the term coined by Frank J. Loesch. At the top of the list was notorious gangster Al Capone. This became the start of the Public Enemy Era, but it also became the start for a much more benign era in Hollywood: .

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Will Christian Bale and Johnny Depp Face Off?

Christian BaleJohnny Depp

, the director credited with bringing one of the most buzzed about matchups to the big screen, may be set to do it again.  Thirteen years after and squared off (briefly) in 1995’s Heat, another electrifying pair is in talks to do the same.  With any luck, you may soon be seeing with at a theater near you.

Bale, 33, and Depp, 44 - arguably two of the most respected and exciting actors working today - have been named as possibles for , the adaptation of a Brian Burrough’s book.  The film would pit Depp, as notorious bank robber John Dillinger, against Melvin Purvis (Bale).  Purvis was the FBI agent who eventually brought the notorious bank robber down in 1934.

If all goes as planned, the two actors will begin production with Mann later this winter.

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