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'Avatar' leads way as holiday box office breaks record

28 December 2009 7:01 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

The 2009 Christmas weekend broke the record for the biggest domestic box office weekend in history. According to Variety, revenues for the weekend topped out at $280 million, beating the $260 million earned the weekend "The Dark Knight" opened in July 2008.Domestic ticket sales for 2009 went past the $10 billion mark for the first time ever.20th Century's 3D James Cameron film "Avatar" won the weekend in its second weekend of release with $75 million for a domestic cumulative of $212.3 million. Warner Bros.' Robert Downey Jr.-Jude Law film "Sherlock Holmes," opened in second place with $65.4 million, which is a new record for a film opening on Christmas weekend. "Meet the Fockers" previously held the record at $46.2 million.Fox.s »

- Adnan Tezer

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Sherlock Holmes takes on Avatar in record weekend at box office

28 December 2009 8:55 AM, PST | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Guy Ritchie'S action-hero reinvention of Sherlock Holmes this weekend took on James Cameron's sci-fi epic Avatar at the box office. So who came out on top?

When it opened on Friday, Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law, found all the clues for success with $24.9million in the USA compared with Avatar's $23.5million on the same day. But the case wasn't closed and it didn't hold the No1 spot.

The weekend has ended with Avatar taking $75million in North America and $145million overseas, bringing its total earnings so far to $212million in North America and $403million overseas - a global total of a staggering $615million in just 10 days.

But Sherlock is still celebrating - the film took $65million on its weekend debut in North America, the biggest Christmas weekend opening of all time Stateside. The previous record-holder was Meet the Fockers at $46million.

Together, Avatar, »

- David Bentley

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New Weekend Box Office Record Led by Avatar

27 December 2009 8:34 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

It was a Christmas to remember for movie studios as the all-time weekend box office record fell behind the might of James Cameron's Avatar, Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and the encore performance of those high-pitched Chipmunks based on early estimates.

Avatar led the way for its second straight weekend win with a cool $75 million from Friday through Sunday, a mere 3% drop from its opening weekend and a domestic tally of $280 million and counting. Factor in overseas business and Avatar is already at $617.3 million with $800 million to $1 billion not out of the question.

Another Fox entry, Alvin and the Chipmunks 2: The Squeakquel, beat the original's bow of $44 million by opening to $50.2 million and third place. A third film in the franchise is expected to be announced barring a catastrophic collapse heading into New Years.

Warner Bros. was hoping Sherlock Holmes could dethrone Avatar but will gladly take the $65.4 million opening and second place, »

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: It has been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan, who started it as a household name with the label of a modern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Six

27 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Last Airbender

Opens: July 2nd 2010

Cast: Noah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, Jackson Rathbone, Dev Patel

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Summary: A live-action film based on the Nickelodeon animated TV series. In a fantastic world where civilisation exists as four great empires, a reluctant young child sets out on a perilous journey to restore balance to a world torn apart by war.

Analysis: Its been quite the decade for M. Night Shyamalan who started it as a household name with labels of a moodern-day Hitchcock thanks to the likes of "The Sixth Sense" and "Signs". Today he's considered more of a one-trick pony and in some cases a punchline due to rampant stories of egomania run wild and a series of much derided onscreen flops like "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening".

Thus 'Airbender' marks a potential return to form for the helmer. An adaptation of the hit cartoon series »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

17 December 2009 11:42 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can »

- Garth Franklin

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Blu-Ray Review: Mega-Hit ‘The Hangover’ Drunk on Comedy Success

17 December 2009 9:54 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “The Hangover” is arguably the most successful comedy of all time (only a few dollars below “Meet the Fockers” that would probably disappear if you adjust for inflation). The comedy that proved that star power and sequelitis don’t have to drive every Summer movie was wildly beloved by audiences and fans of the film have been given a Blu-Ray release drunk on the film’s success and loaded with special features, including an unrated version of the movie itself.

Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

The best thing about “The Hangover” is the undeniably clever set-up: three guys have such an out-of-control bachelor party in Las Vegas that they lose the groom. What happened the night before? The film opens with the revelation that groom Doug (Justin Bartha) is missing and then Todd Phillips’ comedy flashes back to the preparations in the city of sin. Doug’s buddies include a sleazy schoolteacher »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Everybody's Fine' Too Cloying to Feel Authentic

3 December 2009 9:40 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Everybody's Fine seems tailor-made for those with big hearts, small brains, and a wad of tissues in their pockets. Despite a solid cast and strong source material, this remake of a 1990 film from Cinema Paradiso director Giuseppe Tornatore quickly devolves into a mess of treacle and tears.

In the comedy-tinged drama, recently widowed Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) has lost touch with his grown children Amy (Kate Beckinsale), Rosie (Drew Barrymore), Robert (Sam Rockwell), and David (Austin Lysy), particularly since the death of his beloved wife. When everyone fails to show up for a family event at his home, Frank decides to head across the country to surprise each of his sons and daughters.

A trip to New York finds artist David absent from his downtown apartment, and Frank's other visits don't go much better. He is quickly shooed away from Amy's Chicago home, and his arrival in Robert's Denver doesn't last much longer. »

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Exclusive: Robert De Niro and Kirk Jones for 'Everybody's Fine'

1 December 2009 9:10 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

For his roles in such '70s and '80s classics as Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull and Goodfellas, Robert De Niro has been revered as the master of Method Acting. But of late he has been more closely associated with animated family fare (The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Shark Tale), thrillers that failed to deliver thrills (Hide and Seek and 15 Minutes) and slow plodding dramas (City by the Sea and Men of Honor). Even his recent reunion with Al Pacino in Righteous Kill failed to spark with audiences.

For much of this decade, many De Niro-led films have neither ignited the box office nor drawn critical kudos. But there have been a few notable exceptions. As Frank, the curmudgeonly soon-to-be-father-in-law in Meet the Parents, De Niro struck gold. The sequel, Meet the Fockers, raked in almost $280M in international ticket sales. And What Just Happened? »

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Here's A Bit On 'Hangover 2'

1 December 2009 1:55 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Here's what director Todd Philips had to say about the upcoming "Hangover 2." Hint - not much:Phillips, who’s currently shooting the road-movie comedy "Due Date," with Robert Downey Jr. and "Hangover" star Zach Galifianakis, says he’s midway through working on the script for the "Hangover" sequel. Though he’s keeping the plot under wraps for now, he promises "The Hangover 2", which will reunite the trio of Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Galifianakis, won’t simply rehash the stag-party-disaster formula of the first film. “What people loved about The Hangover was not Las Vegas or the bachelor party but these three characters,” Phillips says. “I think you can take those characters and put them in other situations, and you don’t need the sell of Vegas and a bachelor party and all that other stuff.” I dunno Mr. Philips, I think people Do want a rehash. That's just how people are. »

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I was a teenage Frankenhooker!

1 December 2009 10:09 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

With her pale blue eyes and long blonde (sometimes black) hair, striking Kathleen Gati is one of Hollywood's busiest character actresses. From her ruthless slaver in Trade to Desperate Housewives, Gati really gets around.

You've heard her sultry voice in The Devil's Rejects and seen her protect Jack Bauer as Anya Suvarov the first lady of Russia on "24".(She even lets the gun-toting hero storm the Russian Embassy!) So what is the polished, beautiful actress doing in Frankenhooker?!?

Frankenhooker, the notorious New York horror/comedy from twisted Big Apple filmmaker Frank Henenlotter (Basket Case), is a loose re-telling of the Mary Shelley classic. A failed med student vows to re-build his dismembered girlfriend out of Times Square prostitutes.(This is before Disney and Broadway teamed up to clean up Times Square!) When he goes trolling for tramps, the lovely Gati is one of his first targets.

"Ohhh, Frankenhooker," giggles Kathleen Gati. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Pat Jankiewicz)

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Everybody's Fine trailer: Meet the De Niro family hugfest

24 November 2009 8:20 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Robert De Niro, the godfather of actors, goes on a journey to unite his fictional family using the gift of expression. Anna Pickard analyzes that

It has been a while since the sight of the man often referred to as one of the most powerful actors of his generation has inspired anything but trepidation - or a sudden fear that this is that sequel to Meet the Fockers you've read about.

It isn't, don't worry.

Yes, it is Robert De Niro, but this film isn't Little Fockers, so it's fine. In fact, it's Everybody's Fine.

It is about a man. A man going on a journey. A journey with some choice cinematography photography, by the looks of it.

That is not why he is going, however. It is not merely for the purpose of looking small and lonely against bleached, wide, sweeping urban canvases.

He is a man who, we learn quite artfully, »

- Anna Pickard

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: November 22, 2009

22 November 2009 1:11 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

This week:

The box office Twi-Hards With A Vengeance as New Moon breaks records; Dustin Hoffman may not be in the next Fockers movie after all; Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan are just A Couple of Cops; Robert Pattinson will romance some older ladies (control yourselves) in Bel Ami and Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender say Eyre we go again to another Bronte adaptation.

 

Summit Entertainment and Stephanie Meyer must have been popping champagne corks all weekend with the truly outstanding grosses for their Twilight sequel New Moon.

After grossing a scorching $26.27 million from midnight screenings on Friday the film went on to take $72.7 million for a record opening day – beating The Dark Knight’s $67 million. To put things in context the first film in the Twilight saga scored $36 million on it’s first day and banked $69 million for the weekend.

The Robert Pattinson/Kirsten Stewart film should have a »

- Niall Browne

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Hoffman Out of 'Little Fockers'?

20 November 2009 10:39 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Entertainment Weekly

Those of you looking forward to seeing Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand reunite as Bernie and Roz Focker, you may have to just rent Meet the Fockers again. It’s looking like Hoffman isn’t returning to the third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise. Sources tell EW.com that there has been strife between Hoffman and the studio over the size of the part, the scheduling of the days on set and other difficulties.

Read more at Entertainment Weekly. »

- Brent Lang

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Is Dustin Hoffman out of 'Little Fockers'?

19 November 2009 6:30 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Those of you looking forward to seeing Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand reunite as Bernie and Roz Focker, you may have to just rent Meet the Fockers again. It's looking like Hoffman isn't returning to the third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise. Sources tell EW.com that there has been strife between Hoffman and the studio over the size of the part, the scheduling of the days on set and other difficulties. Hoffman had tentatively agreed to appear in what was to be a very funny cameo at the end of the film. That seems to have now fallen apart, »

- Nicole Sperling

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Harvey Keitel Joins Robert De Niro in Little Fockers

13 November 2009 1:14 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Are there no good dramatic roles left in Hollywood? Harvey Keitel has signed on to star in Little Fockers opposite Robert De Niro, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Remember the '70s, when Keitel and DeNiro were starring in edgy, challenging movies like Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver? Now, both seem to be confined to less-than-original comedies. Thankfully, at least DeNiro has a role in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming Machete.

And how about Dustin Hoffman? Is a possible appearance in Little Fockers the best he can expect? We recently overheard the tour-guide of a museum refer to Hoffman as "the guy from Meet the Fockers." Our thoughts: Anyone who knows Hoffman only from that movie should immediately be sent home with copies of The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, and Little Big Man.

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Link | Posted 11/13/2009 by Rich Z

Dustin Hoffman | Harvey Keitel | Martin Scorsese | Robert DeNiro | Little Fockers | Taxi Driver »

- Rich Z Zwelling

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Harvey Keitel joins DeNiro in 'Little Fockers'

12 November 2009 6:13 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Harvey Keitel has signed on to join the cast of Universal and Tribeca Prods.' "Meet the Fockers" sequel. Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson are returning. Jessica Alba and Laura Dern have recently been added to the cast. Paul Weitz is directing the film, which is under the working title of "Little Fockers." Keitel will play a contractor employed by Stiller's character. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jane Rosenthal and Jay Roach, who directed the first two films in the franchise, are producing. »

- Adnan Tezer

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Harvey Keitel Joins Robert De Niro in Little Fockers

12 November 2009 12:13 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harvey Keitel has joined the cast of Universal and Tribeca Production’s tentatively-named “Little Fockers”, the latest “Meet the Fockers” sequel. The film, the latest in the “Meet The Parents” franchise, stars series regulars Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Owen Wilson, and Blythe Danner, as well as newcomers Jessica Alba, and Laura Dern. Keitel is slated to play a contractor hired by Ben Stiller’s character. This would be the third “Parents” movie, after 2000’s “Meet The Parents” and 2004’s “Meet The Fockers”. Paul Weitz (”In Good Company”) is directing the film. Stay tuned to Shockya.com for more “Focker” news. By Costa Koutsoutis (Source; The [...] »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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Harvey Keitel is Now Part of the 'Focker' Franchise

12 November 2009 2:52 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

One of the most annoying things about throwing yourself knee deep into movies a little later in life is all the catching up involved. It's endlessly frustrating to know I have seen all but one of Paul Weitz's films and still haven't seen everything from Spielberg or even Scorsese. What's even more frustrating is I am expecting to receive About a Boy from Netflix in the next couple of days, which will complete my viewing of the Paul Weitz-directed filmography. Of course, that's my fault for not renting The Sugarland Express or Bringing Out the Dead, but after seeing the lame Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant and American Dreamz before that, I needed to see why so many people kept telling me to see About a Boy just so I can mark it off my list and be done with Weitz. That is until he unleashes the »

- Brad Brevet

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