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Casting Corner: Marion Cotillard, Tim Robbins and More

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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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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: November 24, 2009

Angels & Demons DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Air America: Blu-ray
  • Angel Heart: Blu-ray
  • Angels & Demons: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Blood: The Last Vampire: Blu-ray
  • Cujo (25th Anniversary Edition): Blu-ray
  • Four Christmases: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Frailty: Blu-ray
  • Funny People: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ghost in the Shell 2.0: Blu-ray
  • Gomorrah: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Imagine That: DVD

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 29, 2009

Monsters vs. Aliens DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Away We Go: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Dark Crystal: Blu-ray
  • Filth and Wisdom: Blu-ray
  • Fireproof: Blu-ray
  • The Girlfriend Experience: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer: Blu-ray
  • Labyrinth: Blu-ray
  • Management: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shrink: DVD
  • Snakes on a Plane: Blu-ray
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003): Blu-ray
  • The Wizard of Oz (70th Anniversary Edition): DVD, Blu-ray

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

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 22, 2009

Observe and Report DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Battle for Terra: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Hot Fuzz: Blu-ray
  • Lymelife: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Observe and Report: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shaun of the Dead: Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation Motion Picture Collection: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection: DVD
  • Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: DVD, Blu-ray

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Casting Corner: Zach Galifianakis, Connor Cruise and More

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

Zach Galifianakis: The Hangover scene stealer has been invited to have Dinner for Schmucks. The comedy focuses on the “most pathetic” person to ever be included in a weekly dinner. Galifianakis will sit alongside Steve Carell and Paul Rudd in this Jay Roach-directed film.

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Box Office Breakdown: Number 1 for District 9

District 9

may not have have any big name stars and it may not be based on a story everyone knows, but it does have something no other film has this Monday: a first place finish.

Over the weekend, the R-rated actioner landed on Earth safely with over $37 million in ticket sales. The sci-fi entry also raked in one of the best per screen averages ($12,251) of any film currently in in theaters. (Sony Pictures Classics’ averaged $13,240 while in limited release.)

In the non-alien department, cornered the romantic genre with an $18.6 million total. Meanwhile, Vanessa Hudgens proved she’s nothing without her better half. The Disney star’s new film, Bandslam, failed to even crack the Top Ten. The teen comedy barely managed to gross over $2 million.

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Rogen and Gondry Find Their Kato

Jay Chou to portray KatoNearly a month after losing Stephen Chow, Green Hornet director Michel Gondry and crew have found someone to fill in the sidekick’s shoes: Asian pop star-turned actor Jay Chou.

And boy does he have shoes to fill out! “It’s an overwhelming experience to take on a role made famous by Bruce Lee. I won’t try to be Bruce Lee’s Kato—I will try to bring my own interpretation to the part,” Chou said.

Even with Chou trying hard to bring his own style to the character, it may not be that difficult considering he’ll receive some help working from a script written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (who doesn’t love what these two come up with?), based upon George W. Trendle’s series.

Speaking of co-stars, Rogen and Gondry seem to have no doubt about the decision: “Jay is incredibly unique and charming and fights like a wild dog! When I filmed him next to Seth, they had such great chemistry,” Gondry said.

The film is scheduled for release next summer.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Drawn to Funny People

Funny People

When you combine the talents of , Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow, a 1st place finish shouldn’t shock you. A $22.7 million haul? That is surprising.

Despite earning enough to displace G-Force for the weekend’s top spot, failed to bring the movie house down. The 144-minute length dramedy pulled in the lowest gross for any #1 entry this summer. While the film did better than any of Sandler’s dramatic efforts, it didn’t fall line with his comedic outings.

On the other hand, Rogen and Apatow had more reason to be pleased with the box office results. The Universal pic gave Seth his best debut since 2007’s Superbad. Meanwhile, Funny fell right in between The 40-Year-Old Virgin ($21.4 million) and ($30.7 million) for Judd.

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Seth Rogen Calls Katherine Heigl a Hypocrite

Knocked Up

If you thought Katherine Heigl was only alienating the people she works with in television, you’d be wrong. It seems the actress’ big mouth has irked her coworkers in film as well.

In a 2007 interview, the Knocked Up star gave a surprising interview to Vanity Fair about the Judd Apatow comedy. Instead of praise for her box office hit, Heigl called the film “a little sexist.” “It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I’m playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you’re portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie,” she stated.

Needless to say, her costars weren’t exactly thrilled by her comments.

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In Theaters This Weekend: July 31, 2009

Funny People

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • Aliens in the Attic (PG): starring Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins, Austin Butler (directed by John Schultz)
  • The Collector (R): starring Josh Stewart, Madeline Zima, Michael Reilly Burke (directed by Marcus Dunstan)
  • Funny People (R): starring Adam Sandler, Seth Rogen, Leslie Mann (directed by Judd Apatow)

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