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Weekend Box Office: Ralph Wrecks His Way To Number One

4 November 2012 1:48 PM, PST

Video games took center stage in theaters this weekend as a movie chock full of classic characters dominated the number one spot. Wreck-It Ralph was the easy champion with almost $50 million. While that was a nice boost for the box office after a sluggish October, it might not have been the debut the movie's producers had hoped for. With $62 million world wide for Ralph the movie is still well shy of its hefty $165 million price tag and substantial marketing budget. Denzel Washington's Flight came in for a landing at second place with just $25 million, an on-par total for a Washington headliner. The folks at Paramount are probably celebrating first class style. The movie's modest $31 budget leaves the entry in a solid financial spot. Kung Fu-ish newcomer The Man With The Iron Fists hammered its way only so far as fourth place with a sleepy $8 million bow in. It »

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This Rotten Week: Predicting Skyfall And Lincoln Reviews

4 November 2012 5:30 AM, PST

Let me be completely serious for just this one time in my whole life (and I promise I.ll never do it again): I feel a little odd writing about movie predictions after this past week. As a New Jersey resident and native son we are still living in an area dealing with no power, no gas, and a widely destroyed swath of real estate that.ll take years to rebuild. It's been a crazy week. But alas the movie world, and life, goes on so here we go. Couple of big flicks on the slate with Honest Abe and Bond...James Bond. Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at what This Rotten Week has to offer. Skyfall Look, I.m not much of a Bond fan. His particular brand of GQ nonchalance and »

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Wreck-It Ralph Is A Big Hit At Friday Box Office

3 November 2012 1:22 PM, PDT

After the many box office disappointments of last weekend, Hollywood was probably grateful to see things looking up last Friday, all led by yet another animated marvel from Disney. Wreck-It Ralph, released in both 2D and 3D, made $13.4 million on Friday-- which, for reference, is already more than the $12 million Argo brought in to win the weekend last week. It's now projected to make $50.2 million for the weekend, the biggest non-holiday opening ever for a Disney Animation title (as opposed to Pixar, also owned by Disney-- other titles include Tangled, Bolt and The Princess and the Frog). Opening in just over half the number of theaters as Wreck-It Ralph, Robert Zemeckis's adult-focused drama Flight also fared well on Friday, making $8 million, and on track for $23.6 million for the weekend-- a strong number that Deadline credits to Denzel Washington's significant star power among adult audiences. Those older crowd are »

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What One Man Did During Hurricane Sandy: Edited Himself Into Varsity Blues

3 November 2012 6:02 AM, PDT

As Hurricane Sandy blustered its way up the East Coast, New Yorkers were battening down the hatches, stocking up on bottled water, canned goods and booze, and in some cases evacuating from dangerous Zone A. By Sunday night, public transportation had shut down, and we all settled in for what could be several days without outside contact, power, or possibly access to the web. Basically, we prepared for the hurricane, and to go stir crazy. It was a frightening time where many of us took to Twitter and Facebook to keep in contact with friends and family. To pass the time as the wind howled and the tides rose, some of us watched movies online, giving Netflix Instant a major bump. Others played videos games, or blogged. And then there was one creative oddball in Queens who decided to take the time trapped inside to add himself to the ' »

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John Cusack Developing A Rush Limbaugh Biopic

2 November 2012 8:54 PM, PDT

There are plenty of outspoken liberals among the Hollywood elite, but few of them proclaim their political views as loudly as Chicago-native John Cusack. Which makes this recent movie news very, very, very, very weird (yes, it deserves four "verys") The Associated Press has learned from Cusack's production company, New Crime Productions that the actor is now developing a biopic about hyper hardcore conservative radio announcer Rush Limbaugh with the intention of starring in it. No details about the project's plot are revealed in the report, but Betty Thomas is attached to direct the movie and the company is "putting finishing touches on a script." Production is aiming to start next year. Thomas, who began her career as an actress, has mixed it up over the course of her long career, making movies like Doctor Dolittle, Private Parts, 28 Days, I Spy, and John Tucker Must Die. She most recently helmed »

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Jude Law Reunites With Naomi Watts In Werner Herzog's Queen Of The Desert

2 November 2012 8:36 PM, PDT

Jude Law and Naomi Watts haven't worked together since David O. Russell's 2004 film I Heart Huckabees, but now they're getting set for a reunion thanks to Werner Herzog. News out of the American Film Market says that Law is the latest actor to join the cast of Queen of the Desert, Herzog's upcoming biopic about Gertrude Bell. THR, which reported the casting news, doesn't say what role Law will be playing, but Watts is set to headline as Bell while Twilight star Robert Pattinson will portray the great T.E. Lawrence, a.k.a. Lawrence of Arabia. Bell was an archaeologist, writer and explorer who worked as an attache for the British Empire and was a major figure in the formation of the Middle East as we know it today. The film will be Herzog's first non-documentary feature film since 2009 when he released both Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call »

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Plot Description For The Twilight Zone Movie Revealed

2 November 2012 7:48 PM, PDT

The Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Twilight Zone movie project has had one hell of a time trying to make it through production. The project has been making its way through the Hollywood system since 2008, has undergone rewrites from Jason Rothenberg, Joby Harold, and Tony Peckham, and while it came close to getting made when Matt Reeves was hired to direct the film in October of last year, he ended up moving on to make Dawn of the Planet of the Apes instead. We have no idea if a new Twilight Zone movie will ever actually happen, but at least now we know what it will be about. As previously reported, unlike the last time Rod Serling's most famous television show got the film treatment the new movie will only tell one tale of terror and Vulture has apparently found out exactly what it is. Mentioned in a feature about how »

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Kristen Stewart May Join Ben Affleck In Con Drama Focus

2 November 2012 5:50 PM, PDT

The upcoming con drama Focus tells the story of a veteran con-man who finds himself in a complicated situation when he becomes romantically entangled with a young female grifter. Their time together is messy and disastrous, and causes complications when they meet up again in the future. Early last month we got word that Warner Bros. was talking to Ben Affleck about the male lead in the movie, but now it seems as though they.ve found his female counterpart . and it.s a name you.ll recognize. Variety has learned that Kristen Stewart is now in talks to join Affleck in Focus. The film will be the latest directorial effort from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who released Crazy, Stupid, Love last year. Originally Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone were going to reunite for the con artist film, but those plans didn.t pan out. According to the trade, »

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Allison Janney And Philip Baker Hall Join Jason Bateman's Directorial Debut Bad Words

2 November 2012 5:35 PM, PDT

Jason Bateman has a supporting group of actors now set to join him in the upcoming comedy Bad Words, which will also be the star's directorial debut. Allison Janney, Philip Baker Hall and Rohan Chand have all signed on parts in the movie, which follows a 41-year old high school dropout (Bateman) as he exploits a loophole so that he can compete in a spelling bee intended for children who are still in grade school. The Wrap, which has the news of the casting, says that Janney will be playing Dr. Bernice Deagan, the director of the spelling bee organization; Baker Hall will take the role of Dr. Bowman, the "head of the spelling bee group," and Chand will be Chaitanya, one of Bateman's fellow contestants. The site adds that Ben Falcone and Kathryn Hahn have also joined the cast, but doesn't say what roles they will be playing. Filming »

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The Muppet Christmas Carol Is Hitting Blu-ray For The First Time Next Week

2 November 2012 3:26 PM, PDT

It.s hard to believe The Muppet Christmas Carol is hitting its 20th anniversary this year. It.s definitely happening, however, and Disney is putting together a pretty nifty Twentieth Anniversary release that will mark the first time the film has been available on Blu-ray. The Muppet Christmas Carol will hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on November 6. Fans can purchase the release in a DVD, Blu-ray, or Blu-ray combo pack that will also include the DVD and a digital copy. If you opt for the DVD singles, the only extras will be similar to the ones that came with earlier releases. If you are hoping for new extras, Disney has put together a nice little set for the Blu-ray copies with several brand new segments to explore. The first is a .Disney Intermission. feature that will allow fans to .cluck along. with some holiday songs when the disc is »

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See All Of Imbd's Top 250 In Under 3 Minutes

2 November 2012 2:23 PM, PDT

Each year the Academy Awards attempts to pay tribute to the glories of the art and evolution of the film medium through montages - some good, some not so good. While the Academy must count some of the best editors in Hollywood among its number, its montages are more often forgettable than they are fun, and are much less worthy of going viral (the horror montage from 2010 with Twilight was particularly terrible). If they really want to attract younger demographics they need to marry the kind of love of cinema and vibrant enthusiasm that cinephile Jonathan Keogh does on his Youtube mashups. An incorrigible movie maniac, Keough has done mashups of 163 horror movies, and one of the Criterion Collection, and now he's made his most accessible mashup yet, pulled from IMDb's top 250.and then some. Check out his latest masterful movie montage below: The IMDb Top 250 is a list of »

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Newest Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe Recruited By Terrence Malick

2 November 2012 1:24 PM, PDT

Though Berenice Marlohe fills a lot of the traditional duties of the Bond girl in next week's new James Bond film Skyfall-- wearing fabulous dresses, being handy with a gun, appealing greatly to 007-- she adds some interesting new layers to the character as well, carrying with her an element of darkness that fits the movie's more serious moments. A French model-turned-actress, Marlohe showed off a lot of chops in her biggest acting role to date-- and it's no surprise that one of the industry's most legendary directors has now come calling. According to THR, Marlohe has joined the cast of Terrence Malick's next movie, currently shooting in Austin. She's far from the only cast member with experience in giant movies-- Michael Fassbender, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Natalie Portman are all on board already, meaning Marlohe is most definitely the new kid on the block. »

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Kim Basinger Joins Robert De Niro And Sly Stallone In Grudge Match

2 November 2012 12:33 PM, PDT

Imagine Rocky Balboa of Rocky I through V going up against Jake La Motta of Raging Bull. It's the kind of face off that only film fanatics might have dreamed up, and now it's on its way to becoming a reality. Well, it's becoming a movie anyway, as Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro have signed on to Grudge Match where the pair will play retired boxers who are urged to brawl in one final fight to settle an old score. Earlier this month, the project got the green light from Warner Bros. and added comedian Kevin Hart to the cast as a sure-to-be loud-mouthed fight promoter. Now Variety reports Kim Basinger has signed on to play "the woman caught in the middle" of De Niro and Stallone's showdown. This marks Basinger's first time working with either of these heavyweight leading men, and appears her most high profile project since »

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Saoirse Ronan To Star In Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel

2 November 2012 11:23 AM, PDT

With Wes Anderson returning to live-action film this year via the dazzling romance Moonrise Kingdom, critics and cinephiles have been fastidiously tracking any news on his follow-up The Grand Budapest Hotel. First came a wild range of casting rumors that included Johnny Depp and Angela Lansbury. But as the film drew closer to production.with us all still wondering what it would be all about.Anderson himself declared Depp was not involved, and news soon followed that Lansbury was out. Then shortly after Anderson regular Bill Murray leaked the film would shoot in Germany, Anderson emerged to reveal just a little more about his mysterious Grand Budapest Hotel, saying it would "mostly take place" in the late 1920s and was aim for a tone like Ernst Lubitsch's 1940 romantic comedy The Shop Around the Corner. At the time, Anderson had a confirmed cast that included recurring players Murray and Jason Schwartzman »

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Steven Soderbergh Is Ending His Career With A Bang In Trailer For Side Effects

2 November 2012 10:56 AM, PDT

Steven Soderbergh still swears he's heading into retirement, with the HBO Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra set to air next year, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. But first there's what will hopefully not actually be his final theatrically release film, Side Effects, which debuted its first trailer online today. Take a look below. It's very telling that the film is advertised as coming from "the makers of Contagion' rather than any other Soderbergh film. This seems like a gripping, potentially intense drama about the pharmaceutical industry, though it's pretty fascinating how much they manage to show us without it being really clear what the drug is that Rooney Mara is taking, why it becomes so dangerous, or how exactly everything goes so crazy after she takes it. Soderbergh probably doesn't deserve full credit for keeping the details at bay, but knowing he'll be the one unfolding the mystery »

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West Of Memphis Trailer Offers A Look At Amy Berg's West Memphis 3 Film

2 November 2012 10:28 AM, PDT

After making the film festival rounds throughout the year, Amy Berg's documentary West of Memphis will finally arrive in select theaters next month. The new trailer features footage from the trial that led to the conviction of three teenage boys found guilty for the murder of three children. As the trailer puts it, "It took 11 hours to find them guilty. It took 18 years to expose the truth." Written and directed by Amy Berg, co-written by Billy McMillin and produced by Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Damien Echols, West of Memphis is one of the more recent documentaries to explore the story of the West Memphis Three, a reference to the three teens (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley) who were convicted of murdering 8-year-old boys Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993 and the untold story behind the fight to bring the truth »

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To 3D Or Not To 3D: Buy The Right Wreck-It Ralph Ticket

2 November 2012 10:13 AM, PDT

Here.s one sure-fire way to wreck your Wreck-It Ralph theatrical experience: Save a few dollars and avoid screening the vibrant animated feature in 3D. As we.ve mentioned in past To 3D columns, digital animation traditionally lends itself to stronger conversion than a live-action filmed image. Perhaps because the visuals are rendered directly from the computers which create them, digital animation typically makes very good use of 3D technology, and Ralph is no exception. Director Rich Moore and his team make a series of decisions that contribute directly to the limitations of the 3D presentation, making Ralph one of the best 3D films I.ve seen in years. Let.s elaborate. Does 3D Fit? Better than you could imagine. Wreck-It Ralph essentially builds 3D storytelling into its premise by taking us through the glass screen of a traditional cabinet-style arcade game and into the virtual realm of a classic »

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Meet Tooth And Sandy In Rise Of The Guardians Clip

2 November 2012 10:09 AM, PDT

The biggest most mythical name attached to DreamWorks much-anticipated upcoming animated adventure Rise of the Guardians is undoubtedly Santa Claus, with the Easter Bunny and Jack Frost coming in close thereafter. Getting less attention in the film's dazzling marketing campaign thus far has been the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy.known affectionately as Sandy and Tooth by their friends and fellow guardians. But the latest look at the family friendly feature puts these lesser-acknowledged heroes in the spotlight, cluing us into who they are and what mighty powers they hold! Check it out below thanks to Yahoo: Alec Baldwin narrates the clip, though without the burly Russian accent he's given Rise of the Guardians' tatted up Santa, North. Instead, he lets his familiar and warm voice speak for the silent but not speechless Sandy (obviously voiced by no one) and Tooth (Isla Fisher). But he also gives us deeper »

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Middle Earth Takes Flight In Hobbit-Inspired Airline Safety Video

2 November 2012 8:52 AM, PDT

Part of the experience of flying is being brought through the safety instructions prior to take-off. Whether it's a video or an announcement done by the flight attendants, the speech about seat belts, emergency exits, life preservers and no smoking is pretty standard. Air New Zealand has found a more entertaining way to present the safety instructions to their flyers, with a video that turns the airline into Air Middle Earth! Instead of a video featuring happy, generic looking passengers buckling their seat belts and obeying the safety instructions, imagine a Middle Earth version of the flight, with a plane full of hobbits, elves, orcs, and dwarves. That's what Air New Zealand has done by partnering with Weta Workshop (the New Zealand-based special effects and props company used for Lord of the Rings and the upcoming Hobbit films) for a Hobbit inspired Safety video. Check it out below and keep »

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Operation Kino 87: A Flight To A Galaxy Far, Far Away

2 November 2012 8:47 AM, PDT

This week on Operation Kino, we were planning to review Wreck-It Ralph, which was screening in New York on Tuesday. but if you don't know what happened to keep us from that screening, well, we'll save the surprise for you. But we were all on high ground long enough to review Robert Zemeckis's Flight instead, and then jump into a conversation about this new Star Wars film that's happening, and whether it matters who directs it (and who that person might be). Plus a lightning round inspired by Wreck-It Ralph, then tidbits about Boy Meets World, more on the Disney-Lucasfilm deal, Cloud Atlas, and David's hurricane saga, in which he learns the hard way that bodegas cannot always save your ass. We end, as always, with your lightning round answers for dessert. Take a listen below and find your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can »

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