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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Review

31 December 2011 2:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The sound of those rapid-fire, squeaky voices are enough to send some grown-ups running for the hills. Others will take a deep breath and prepare for the super-cute onslaught at the cinema – there has been a two-year respite after all. But once you’ve tuned into the inane Chipmunk banter, film three in the series, Chipwrecked, still manages to charm while thrilling the kids, what with its intrepid little adventurers and energetic musical numbers.

This time, Alvin (Justin Long on helium) and his band, The Chipmunks, including smart Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and gullible Theodore (Jesse McCartney), are on their way to some music awards with the Chipettes – Eleanor (Amy Poehler), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Brittany (Christina Applegate). They travel overseas via cruise ship with their weary guardian Dave (Jason Lee), and although have been warned numerous times to behave, end up accidentally going overboard and getting marooned in a tropical paradise. »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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Tom Cruise/MI4, Robert Downey Jr/A Game Of Shadows Have Estimates Revised Upwards: Box Office

27 December 2011 12:30 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, MI4 – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Paramount-distributed Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend, collecting $29.5 million — three million more than estimates released yesterday — according to revised studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Not to be left too far behind, 20th Century Fox also upped its estimates for Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by $2.5 million — to $20.26m. Ghost Protocol is expected to earn $46.21 million for the four-day weekend; A Game of Shadows $31.81m. For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, the three leaders at the domestic box office were Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane. Among »

- Zac Gille

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Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible 4 Easily Tops Box Office; Steven Spielberg/War Horse Overperforming?

25 December 2011 9:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Paula Patton, Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible IV As expected, Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol easily topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend. Ghost Protocol collected $26.53 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Cruise's latest was followed by Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $17.8 million (-55%) and Mike Mitchell's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, with $13.32 million (-42%). For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts/Jack Black's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Dean Parisot/Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane — the top three movies at the Us/Canada box office — took in a total of $55.4 million (approx. $68 million* today) from Friday to Sunday. As per studio estimates, »

- Zac Gille

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Tom Cruise/Mission: Impossible IV: Only Bright Christmas Light at North American Box Office

24 December 2011 12:38 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise remains the only bright light at the North American box office as 2011 comes to a close. According to early, rough estimates found at both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com, apart from Cruise/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, every mid-to-late December wide release is performing somewhere between "disappointingly" and "poorly." Among those are: Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, David Fincher/Rooney Mara/Daniel Craig's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mike Mitchell's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, and newcomer We Bought a Zoo, directed by Cameron Crowe, and starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson. It's true that Christmas is generally a relatively "soft" box-office holiday, but this year chances are it'll be softer than usual. Back in 2005, when Christmas »

- Zac Gille

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David Fincher/Rooney Mara/The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Has Good (Not Great) Opening Day: Box Office

22 December 2011 5:00 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tom Cruise/Ghost Protocol to Save North American Box Office: Mission: Impossible IV Overperforms on Wednesday Trailing Brad Bird/Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol was David Fincher's remake of Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara replacing Michael Nyqvist (featured in Ghost Protocol) and Noomi Rapace (featured in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). The Swedish-set American remake earned a good — though hardly outstanding — $5.06 million at 2,914 locations on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in North America, as per Box Office Mojo. The thriller's per-theater average was $1,738 — or about $850 less than Ghost Protocol's at 3,448 sites. Admittedly, the Tom Cruise actioner has the advantage of IMAX ticket-price surcharges. (All things being equal — including the fact that both Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander walk around hooded — the fewer the number of theaters, »

- Zac Gille

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Jason Lee Talks Getting Fit, Skateboarding With Son

22 December 2011 5:01 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

There's no secret to Jason Lee's slimmed down physique, apparently. On "The Late Late Show" (Weeknights, 12:37 a.m. Est on CBS), he cited cutting out beer and donuts and exercise as the solution to his weight gain of recent years.

"I dropped 35 pounds and got fit," he said. "I gave up a lot of junk and I started running ... like Forrest Gump."

Being in better shape has helped him with another passion as well. He's long been an avid skateboarding enthusiast and certainly being slimmer and more fit helps him with such a demanding sport. Now, he gets to act as teacher as well as participant. Lee has begun sharing his love of skateboarding with his son.

"Now my son is doing it, so I got to pass it onto him, which has been very cool," he said.

Lee can currently be seen on the silver screen in »

- Jason Hughes

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Eight Reasons to Spend the Holidays at the Movies

21 December 2011 1:44 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

Here's a preview of what's opening in theaters this holiday weekend, starting with Wednesday's premieres: the tense crime drama "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and the animated thrill ride "The Adventures of Tintin," along with the expanded release of "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol."

Opening on Friday is the delightful dramedy "We Bought a Zoo," starring Matt Damon," and the limited release of Angelina Jolie's directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey. »

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What to TiVo: Wednesday

20 December 2011 11:59 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 The Middle (repeat) 8:30 Suburgatory (repeat) 9:00 Modern Family (repeat) 9:30 Happy Endings (repeat) 10:00 Revenge (repeat) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat) 8:00 A Home for the Holidays With Martina McBride (new) 9:00 Criminal Minds (repeat) 10:00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (repeat) 11:35 Late Show With David Letterman (new, with guest Jon Huntsman) 12:37 Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guests Jason Lee and Felicity Jones) 8:00 The X Factor (new, season finale part 1) 9:30 I Hate My Teenage Daughter (new) 8:00 Who's Still Standing (new) 8:30 A Michael Bublé Christmas (repeat) 9:00 Harry's Law (repeat) 10:00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (repeat) 11:35 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Thomas Haden Church and Ernie Brown Jr.) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Louis C.K. and Paula Patton) 8:00 Gossip Girl (repeat) 9:00 Gaga by Gaultier (repeat) More shows to watch »

- BuzzSugar

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Movie Review Round-Up: Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

20 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

For the longest, I thought “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” was a direct-to-dvd deal. Apparently, not. But, the fact that “Chipwrecked” made it to the theaters shows that making these CGI chipmunks must be getting cheaper and cheaper to create. According to Rotten Tomatoes, this children-only film starring Jason Lee, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney, Matthew Gray Gubler, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate has a measly 14% rating, and audiences, surprisingly, gave it a 66% fresh rating. Here’s what the critics had to say: “Flails about in search of a creative reason to exist.”–Nick Schager, Village Voice “You usually have to go to an Adam Sandler movie…to see something »

- monique

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Box Office: December 16-18, 2011: Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

19 December 2011 10:34 AM, PST | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Three sequels reigned supreme. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows premiered in the top spot at the box office with $40 Million. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked premiered in Second Place with $23.5 Million. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiered in Third Place with $13 Million. New Year’s Eve was Fourth with $7.4 Million. The Sitter was Fifth with $4.4 Million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Young Adult, Hugo, Arthur Christmas, and The Muppets rounded out the top ten respectively.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The screenplay is by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, »

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‘Sherlock Holmes’ Underwhelms in Weekend Box Office

18 December 2011 4:47 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

It looks like Sherlock Holmes can’t solve the mystery of making more money with a sequel. Warner Brothers Pictures’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” earned a decent $40 million this weekend for the top spot, but it was far less than 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” of $62.3 million over that Christmas weekend. The new Guy Ritchie-directed Sherlock Holmes movie has actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law returning to their respective roles. In addition, the sequel features the notorious Sherlock Holmes facing his most well known adversary, Professor Moriarity (played by actor Jared Harris). Rising star Noomi Rapace also starred in the movie. Another follow-up movie also was a disappointment at the box office. Twentieth Century Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” was in second place with $23.5 million. The third film earned far less than 2009’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” with $48.9 million and 2007’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks” of $44.3 million. »

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked: Is the Movie Worth Seeing?

18 December 2011 3:22 PM, PST | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

In 2007, 20th Century Fox released the live-action Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, based on the venerable animated TV characters. Most movies based on TV characters are big flops but this one was a huge success. It grossed $217 million in North American box offices, $144 million overseas, and was the seventh highest selling DVD in 2008 -- earning more than $101 million.

To no surprise, a follow up movie was ordered -- 2009's Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel. Incredibly, that outsold the first one and grossed $220 million domestically and $224 million overseas. It's sold more than $70 million in DVDs.

This weekend, the singing rodents are back for a third movie -- Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked. It stars Jason Lee, David Cross and Jenny Slate. Justin Long, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate are among the voices. »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Robert Downey Jr/Sherlock Holmes 2, Chipmunks/Chip-wrecked: No Box Office Saviors

18 December 2011 2:10 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Noomi Rapace, Robert Downey Jr, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hasn't exactly "saved" the North American box office despite the estimated $40.02 million it earned (or rather, is earning) this weekend at 3,703 locations, including $1.25 million from Thursday midnight screenings. In fact, A Game of Shadows failed to shake things up because it earned slightly over $40 million. After all, the original Sherlock Holmes collected $62.3 million on Christmas weekend 2009 (admittedly, when people were out of school/work) and last week's predictions had A Game of Shadows bringing in anywhere between $55 and $60 million.

I'm not sure if many have used the word "flop" in reference to a movie that grossed $40 million over the course of three days. But unless things pick up dramatically next weekend and the following one — Monday as a holiday should help things some — A Game of Shadows »

- Zac Gille

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows tops box office with $40 million over Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Ghost Protocol

18 December 2011 2:55 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Box office topped by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $40 million. Warner Bros. Pictures' second installment in the Sherlock Holmes franchise finished off the weekend in first place, but was not impressive, averaging $10,807 per theater from 3,703 openings. The Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams starrer grossed $14.7 million on Friday, showing a solid hold on Saturday with $14.75 million, and Sunday estimates are at $10.57 million. Despite mediocre figures, the Guy Ritchie pic should hold well in its sophomore weekend. In second, Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked posted what it should have - $23.5 million from 3,723 venues. Pic directed by Mike Mitchell and catering to family viewers, averaged $6,312 per theater, with a voice cast including Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol pulled in a hefty $13 million from a mere 425 theaters, 300 of which were IMAX, »

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows tops box office with $40 million over Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Ghost Protocol

18 December 2011 2:55 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Box office topped by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $40 million. Warner Bros. Pictures' second installment in the Sherlock Holmes franchise finished off the weekend in first place, but was not impressive, averaging $10,807 per theater from 3,703 openings. The Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams starrer grossed $14.7 million on Friday, showing a solid hold on Saturday with $14.75 million, and Sunday estimates are at $10.57 million. Despite mediocre figures, the Guy Ritchie pic should hold well in its sophomore weekend. In second, Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked posted what it should have - $23.5 million from 3,723 venues. Pic directed by Mike Mitchell and catering to family viewers, averaged $6,312 per theater, with a voice cast including Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol pulled in a hefty $13 million from a mere 425 theaters, 300 of which were IMAX, »

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows tops box office with $40 million over Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Ghost Protocol

18 December 2011 2:55 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Box office topped by Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $40 million. Warner Bros. Pictures' second installment in the Sherlock Holmes franchise finished off the weekend in first place, but was not impressive, averaging $10,807 per theater from 3,703 openings. The Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams starrer grossed $14.7 million on Friday, showing a solid hold on Saturday with $14.75 million, and Sunday estimates are at $10.57 million. Despite mediocre figures, the Guy Ritchie pic should hold well in its sophomore weekend. In second, Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked posted what it should have - $23.5 million from 3,723 venues. Pic directed by Mike Mitchell and catering to family viewers, averaged $6,312 per theater, with a voice cast including Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris and Christina Applegate. Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol pulled in a hefty $13 million from a mere 425 theaters, »

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New Alvin Chipmunks 3 Chipwrecked Movie Delivered Good Comedy,Adventure & More

17 December 2011 7:49 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

New Alvin Chipmunks 3 Chipwrecked movie delivered good comedy,adventure & more. 20th Century Fox released their new adventure/comedy flick "Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwrecked" into theaters this weekend. I just checked it out,and I thought it was pretty good. It had a good plotline and some good comedy. The movie stars: Jason Lee, David Cross, Jenny Slate, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler, Jesse McCartney, Amy Poehler, Anna Faris,and Christina Applegate. In the flick, Alvin and the Chipmunks,along with the Chipettes went on a cruise with Dave to get to the international music awards. Unfortunately, Dave still couldn't get Alvin to stay under control and behave. The chipmunks kept causing incidents onboard the chip that put them in a position to nearly get kicked off. However,they wouldn't have to get kicked off because Alvin's latest stunt had them flying off the ship by hang gliders and kites. »

- Andre

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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – review

17 December 2011 4:04 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From the 1920s to the 1960s there were always novelty songs on the air and in the hit parade such as "Yes! We Have No Bananas" and "Mairzy Doats and Dozy Doats" and "Get Out of Here With Your Boom-Boom" (aka "The Thing"). In the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher picked Lita Roza's 1953 hit "(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?" as her all-time favourite single. Such innocent numbers were largely swept away in the 1960s by the second great wave of rock'n'roll.

One of the last novelty successes came when Ross Bagdasarian fiddled around with a tape machine and came up with the "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" at Christmas in 1958. Featuring three chirpily rasping woodland creatures subsequently christened Alvin, Simon and Theodore, the record became a massive hit. It launched a major industry involving radio, TV and the cinema and now managed by Bagdasarian's son, Ross. »

- Philip French

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Robert Downey Jr/Guy Ritchie/Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Way Behind Original: Box Office

17 December 2011 1:41 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Jude Law as Dr. Watson, Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Not unexpectedly, following its relatively weak Thursday midnight opening — $1.25 million at about 1,600 locations — the Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr period actioner Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is trailing its predecessor by a large margin. Whereas the 2009 Sherlock Holmes opened with $62.3 million on Christmas weekend (admittedly, when people are out of school/work), A Game of Shadows is expected to collect a mere $42.4 million at 3,703 locations — after grossing $16 million on Friday (including the midnight screenings) according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. So much for Sherlock Holmes 2 helping to save the North American box office from its current morass.

Now, the low forties figure isn't exactly good news for distributor Warner Bros. A Game of Shadows' budget is reportedly around $125 million, about one third more than that of the original Sherlock Holmes. »

- Zac Gille

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Video Interview: Talking 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' With Jason Lee

16 December 2011 11:41 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

The first time we saw the CGI chipmunks was in 2007 "Alvin and the Chipmunks" then came the "Squeakquel" in 2008 and now this holiday season they're about to unleash their grandest and most spectacular adventure, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked". This time around the vacationing Chipmunks and Chipettes have turned a luxury cruise liner into their personal playground until they become chipwrecked on a remote island. As the Chipmunks scheme to find their way home they discover that they're not alone. Jason Lee returns for a third time and admits it's always weird talking to little brown bean bags. He also talks about how this film is the biggest out of the three, how it was shooting in Hawaii, doing some stunt work, and if we'll see him in another Chipmunk film possibly singing and dancing next time. Check it out. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" is in theaters December »

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