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Moulin Rouge Tops Decade List

Moulin Rouge

Baz Luhrmann’s has been voted Best Film of the Decade in a poll conducted by LOVEFiLM.

The 2001 musical - which starred Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman - topped a survey of 150,000 movie fans, narrowly beating Batman epic and British zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead.

Two movies from the franchise - Fellowship of the Ring (#4) and Return of the King (#6) - also made the list.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 31, 2009

Slumdog MillionaireHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • An American in Paris: Blu-ray
  • The Chronicles of Riddick: Blu-ray
  • Ghosts of Mars: Blu-ray
  • Gigi: Blu-ray
  • Marley & Me: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Pitch Black: Blu-ray
  • Seven Pounds: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Slumdog Millionaire: DVD, Blu-ray
  • South Pacific: Blu-ray
  • Tell No One: DVD, Blu-ray

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

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Box Office Breakdown: Nicolas Cage Bests Julia Roberts

Knowing

It was a battle between two Oscar winners this past weekend - one in (Julia Roberts) a well-received drama and the other (Nicolas Cage) in a critically panned thriller.

You can guess how this ended.

, a film about a bunch of seemingly random numbers, found itself hitting all the right ones over the past three days. The Summit Entertainment project earned $24.6 million and a first place finish. The debut - a nice rebound from Cage’s showing with Bangkok Dangerous - also gave the actor his sixth best premiere ever.

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Box Office Breakdown: Watchmen Loses to Race

Race to Witch Mountain

Win or lose, this weekend’s box office race was a success for at least one person: .

Last week, the actress saw her movie, , sitting at the top of the pack with a hefty $55 million. Unfortunately, the film’s strong start quickly turned into a disappointing ride. In just seven days, the comic book adaptation fell a whopping 67%. Nevertheless, a $17.8 million gross was still good enough for a 2nd place finish.

Meanwhile, another Gugino feature, , was having a nice time on Earth. The Disney remake’s $24 million surprised many industry watchers for its solid lead over Watchmen.

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Box Office Breakdown: Watchmen Finally Gets Its Time to Shine

Watchmen's Rorschach

When is a $55.7 million weekend considered a slight disappointment?

  • When the film is the only new major release that weekend.
  • The movie involves superheroes.
  • The story is based on a popular graphic novel.
  • The project has received a significant amount of attention due to a lengthy court battle.
  • The director earned more for his last film. (300 grossed $70.9 million over its first three days back in 2007.)
  • The R-rated film features plenty of gore and nudity.
  • It cost between $120-$150 million to make.

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Box Office Breakdown: Tyler Perry Surprises the Jonas Brothers

Madea Goes to Jail

Back in February 2008, Hannah Montana grossed a record $31.1 million during its first weekend. Now, just over a year later, the Jonas Brothers can say they pulled in less than 1/2 as much.

Although there were high hopes for , the musical trio was unable to match the work of dual personalities. (The movie even played in twice as many screens as the Miley Cyrus version.) As it was, the teen heartthrobs were only the second biggest draw this weekend. The good news? The boys did have the best per screen average of any entry in the Top Ten.

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Woody Allen Snags Freida Pinto

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Casting, Upcoming Releases,

Freida Pinto

Now that Slumdog Millionaire has been sanctified by the Golden Globes and the Oscars, it’s officially the best movie of last year. But really now, last year is already over. So which movie might be the best this year…or next?

’s doing all he can to secure talent for his upcoming flick - and he’s going for the best. Slumdog Millionaire’s , who made a splash in her lacy blue gown at the Academy Awards, has signed on to the currently untitled Allen project. Pinto, in fact anything associated with 2008’s Best Picture, is the current toast of Hollywood and there is no doubt many more projects will soon come her way.

The actress will be joining Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins on the set. The film will be Pinto’s first since Slumdog Millionaire.

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Box Office Breakdown: Madea Sets Record for Lionsgate

Madea Goes to Jail

While Slumdog Millionaire was making news for India, Tyler Perry was busy breaking records for his studio.

The latest installment in Tyler Perry’s franchise surpassed all expectations this weekend. , with its $41 million premiere, was the box office’s biggest opener since November’s Twilight. It was also the best debuter for Lionsgate…ever. (October 2006’s Saw III was the previous topper at $33 million.)

Unfortunately, Friday the 20th didn’t go as well for Friday the 13th. After only one week on the charts, last weekend’s record breaker dropped a frightening 81% to 6th place.

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The 2009 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

The Oscars

After a year away from live Oscars coverage, I’m thrilled to be back for the 2009 Academy Awards.

Even though Dark Knight‘s snub will probably keep a number of viewers away (how many can honestly say they’ve seen The Reader?), I’m eagerly anticipating several moments from this evening’s broadcast.

Will Heath Ledger’s family bring the house to tears? Is Mickey Rourke going to make the producers wince? Will the cameras pan to Brangelina after Jennifer Aniston’s presentation? Are Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron really (really?) going to do a song and dance number?

To find out if this will be the year of the Slumdog or the underdog, stay tuned here for the live results!

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Box Office Breakdown: Friday the 13th Slashes the Holiday Competition

Friday the 13th

Twelve turned out to be a lucky number for good old #13.

Blood-thirsty audiences helped push into the record books this holiday weekend. (There’s no better way to spend a Valentine’s Day than scared in your honey’s arms.) The franchise’s twelfth installment scared up $43.6 million over the last four days to become the top horror opener of all time. Friday also had the second best showing ever for a President’s Day weekend debut. (Ghost Rider pulled in $52 million in 2007.)

The horror film wasn’t the only newsmaker this February. , this week’s sixth-place finisher, added on another $13.8 million to officially break the $100 million mark. (The comedy currently stands at $112.3 million.) That’s the first time a January opener has ever done that.

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