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Winona Ryder: I Wasn’t Pretty Enough for Movies

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Casting, Celebrity Gossip,

Winona RyderWinona Ryder was told she wasn't "pretty enough" to be an actress.

The 41-year-old actress - whose movie credits include Heathers and Edward Scissorhands - said she was discouraged from pursuing a movie career when she first started out by a casting director who felt she wasn't photogenic enough.

" was in the middle of auditioning and I was mid-sentence when the casting director said, 'Listen, kid. You should not be an actress. You are not pretty enough. You should go back to wherever you came from and you should go to school. You don't have it.' She was very blunt - I honestly think that she thought she was doing me a favor," she told Interview.

However, the Iceman star wasn't deterred from her dream career and credits her parents for giving her the confidence to "be unique."

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VIDEO: Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie Comes to Life… Again

Tim Burton brings one of his early short films, Frankenweenie, to life once more in his full-length remake of the same name.

The film centers on young Victor Frankenstien, who attempts and soon succeeds in bringing his animal companion -- aptly named Sparky -- to life, only to face some serious consequences (as anyone flirting with life and death always discovers).

Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, and Martin Landau star in the animated Disney film, due in theaters October 5, 2012.

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Box Office Breakdown: The Rite Exorcises a Win

The Rite

may not currently be up for an Oscar, but it does have an Oscar winner – and a box office win.

Anthony Hopkins’ first wide release since The Wolfman cut from its top spot this past weekend. The film, which debuted during (another) East Coast weather event, managed to shovel up $14.8 million in ticket sales.

, featuring action star Jason Statham, also found a place in the Top Ten. The film – a remake of a Charles Bronson movie – opened in third place with $11.4 million.

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Box Office Breakdown: Portman Scores with Kutcher and Kunis

No Strings Attached

Pair with a star from That 70’s Show and what do you get? A Top Ten film.

No Strings Attached – last weekend’s only new wide release – topped the box office with a $19.6 million bow. The film, which features Portman and Ashton Kutcher, gave Natalie – someone who has avoided romantic comedies -- her best debut since 2006’s V for Vendetta.

As for Black Swan, Portman’s film with 70’s Show actress – that film slipped one notch down to sixth place over the weekend. You can expect a possible boost for the thriller after Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning.

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Box Office Breakdown: No Dilemma for The Green Hornet

Green Hornet

, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, brought in a lot green for Sony this weekend. Although the film came nowhere near its $110 million budget, Hornet did earn enough ($33.5 million) to make it the second-best grosser ever during the MLK Jr. holiday frame. (Cloverfield earned $40.1 million over its first three days in 2008.)

Despite the combined comedic forces of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, turned out to be more of a non-issue. The Universal entry -- which cost $70 million to produce -- failed to even crack the $20 million mark. That's the worst debut for Vaughn since 2007's Fred Claus and the worst open for James ever (if you don't count the films he only voiced).

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Box Office Breakdown: Weak Showing for Country Strong

Country Strong

Gwyneth Paltrow's appearances on Glee, the Country Music Awards and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon couldn't help her film's performance at the box office.

Country Strong's first week in wide release strummed up less than $10 million over the past three days. The good news? The film only cost approximately $12 million to produce. In comparison, True Grit -- another film in its third week -- finally rode past Little Fockers for a first-place finish.

Meanwhile, Season of the Witch, the only other new entry in the Top Ten, fired up $10.6 million. That was enough to give the Nicolas Cage feature a third place debut.

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Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

True Grit

Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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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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Sequel News: 300, Scream and More

300

300: It appears progress has finally been made on a possible 300 follow-up. Frank Miller has already completed a draft of the next graphic novel which may or may not be adapted.  At this time, no director or screenwriter have even been attached to the project. It’s also not known whether the storyline would serve as a prequel or a sequel. (Since death played heavily in the first.) The 2007 feature earned $107 million domestically.

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Winona Ryder Confirms Heathers Sequel

Christian Slater and Winona Ryder in Heathers

As a fellow Veronica, I couldn’t think of anything more exciting.

Earlier this year, it was announced that Heathers, the 1988 cult classic, was being adapted for the stage. Now it’s looking as if a sequel will be produced as well.

In an interview with Empire, confirmed that there is a plan to bring Veronica Sawyer and Jason “JD” Dean back to the big screen. “Whatever you hear, there is a sequel in the works. I swear to God,” she revealed to the magazine. “But for some reason the writer Dan Waters and director Michael Lehman don’t want to talk about it. I’ve been wanting to do a sequel forever. There is a story, and Christian [Slater] has agreed to come back as a kind of Obi-Wan character.”

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