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‘Avatar’ beats ‘Sherlock Holmes’ for No. 1 during record-breaking Christmas weekend

27 December 2009 1:36 PM, PST | | See recent Reel Loop news »

Without the hazards of northeast blizzards, Avatar, along with Sherlock Holmes and the sequel to Alvin and the Chipmunks, performed extremely well during a huge $263 million three-day weekend that was the largest ever for the U.S. box office.

James Cameron’s Avatar dropped off 3-percent from last week’s handicapped $77 million debut and earned another $75 million over the Christmas break, to not only squeak <snicker> past the opening of Sherlock Holmes, but to bring the 3D film to $212.3 million.

This weekend’s record breaking box office take trumped North America’s reigning biggest weekend from July 18-20, which premiered the Warner Bros. sensation, The Dark Knight, with $253.6 million.

Thanks to Avatar playing on mostly 3D screens, which also helps boost the film’s box office take with a higher priced ticket sales, the film left ample room for a good ol’ 2D movie to earn some money.

Robert Downey Jr.’s latest potential franchise, »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Avatar & Holmes Fight It Out for Biggest X-Mas Ever!

26 December 2009 | | See recent news »

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily has early estimates for yesterday's Christmas Day box office and it looks like there's a neck and neck battle between Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes , which is reporting an estimated $25 million for its opening day, and James Cameron's Avatar which took slightly less with $24 million on its second Friday. Based on those numbers and the normal Christmas weekend bump (with many people being off school and work on Monday), we might see the first weekend ever where two movies gross over $70 million. (The closest time in recent memory was when The Day After Tomorrow opened over Memorial Day against the second weekend of Shrek 2 , but the former ended up with less than $70 million over the three-day weekend.) We'll give a slight advantage to »

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Panopticon Is The End Of The World, Not A New Transformer

17 December 2009 6:14 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The Day After Tomorrow. Knowing. 2012. What do all of these movies have in common (other than being complete wastes of time and money)? They are all crappy thrillers where the protagonist learns of the coming apocalypse and, using that knowledge, tries to save the earth. All of them were also number one on opening weekend and considered financial successes. So you know what that means: we get another one. Producer of favorites like Doom, Imagine That, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Lionsgate are now producing Panopticon, the newest from director Peter Cornwell and writer Craig Rosenberg, according to Variety. The film follows a salesman (enter "everyman" actor here) who receives a "pre-recorded message to himself" telling him that he has to save the world from certain doom. Research finds that a panopticon is a prison designed by Jeremy Bentham »

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Review: Collapse

17 December 2009 6:58 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Documentary filmmaker Chris Smith and investigative reporter Michael Ruppert have a story to tell.  The truth here is as far beyond inconvenient as a modern BMW is beyond the pony express.  If there is ever a film that makes you want to bunker down with gallons of fresh water and a million cans of baked beans it is not The Day After, or even The Day After Tomorrow, it is Collapse.

Taking a more than a cue from Errol Morris and his Robert McNamara doc, The Fog Of War, Smith plants Ruppert in a chair and has him draw out the map of the world going to hell in a hand basket over the next decade, give or take a few years.  His picture is not a pretty one.  But it is compelling due to Ruppert's level-headed fanaticism on the subject (some might call it passion).  Peak Oil, economic derivatives, »

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Emmy Rossum to star in Showtime pilot

16 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emmy Rossum is set as the lead opposite William H. Macy in "Shameless," John Wells' drama pilot for Showtime.

Additionally, Allison Janney has signed on for a key recurring role, reuniting with her "West Wing" executive producer Wells. And Justin Chatwin has been cast in the pilot from Warner Bros. TV/John Wells Prods.

Based on the long-running British series by top U.K. TV writer Paul Abbott, "Shameless" revolves around the Gallaghers, a working-class Chicago clan dealing with the recession. The mother is Awol, and the alcoholic patriarch (Macy) usually ends up passed out on the living room floor, so their smart but unpredictable 18-year-old daughter Fiona (Rossum) is tasked with keeping her five younger brothers and sisters on the straight and narrow.

Janney plays a pivotal character that will become a love interest for Macy.

Chatwin will play Steve, a car thief who falls in love with Fiona. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Tobey Maguire's Next Role: 'Prisoners of Trebek' or Bilbo in 'The Hobbit'?

14 December 2009 11:15 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

In the tradition of great movies based on real game shows (Quiz Show; Slumdog Millionaire), Tobey Maguire is said to be producing and starring in a film called Prisoners of Trebek, based on a true story about a guy who found romance while attempting to master Jeopardy. Pajiba has the exclusive scoop on the project, which was scripted by The Hoax screenwriter William Wheeler and is being likened to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Producing with Maguire's company is Mark Gordon, who worked with Wheeler on The Hoax and regularly collaborates with Roland Emmerich (2012; The Day After Tomorrow).

The Kaufman connection could mean we should expect Alex Trebek to show up as himself in a surreal sort of comedy akin to Being John Malkovich. Or, Trebek could be more similar to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which also went behind the scenes of a game show in its biographical portrait »

- Christopher Campbell

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Roland Emmerich Has Way More Money Than You

9 December 2009 8:18 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Director Roland Emmerich better hope and pray his apocalyptic thrill-ride 2012 doesn't come true. That would only leave him two years to spend the reported $100 million dollars he'll be seeing as part of his directing deal (according to The Wrap). Emmerich signed a $20 million advance against 20% of the film's gross profits, which basically means he's now reached Scrooge McDuck levels of wealth. Time to move to Duckburg, Roland, and invest in a diving board so you can jump off and swim around in all your loot. He's not just rich, he's EmmeRICH.

While 2012 did well in the Us (not great, but very good with $149 million and counting), the toppling of buildings and exploding of cities apparently knows no language barrier, causing the film to rack up a staggering $450 million dollars in its current theatrical run overseas. While the movie hardly seems sequel-ready, Emmerich has made some noise about continuing the 2012 adventures-in-running-away-from-stuff-blowing-up as a television series. »

- John Gholson

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Hollywood vs. New York: Four Decades of Destruction

30 November 2009 11:50 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Goodie Bag has created a fantastic video called “Hollywood vs. New York”, featuring four decades of celluloid New York annihilation distilled into one musical montage. Watch the destruction now after the jump. List of movies featured in the video montage: A.I. Armageddon Cloverfield Deep Impact Escape From New York Gangs of New York Ghostbusters Godzilla I Am Legend Independence Day King Kong Knowing Men in Black II Planet of the Apes Spider-man The Day After Tomorrow The Siege The Day the Earth Stood Still The Incredible Hulk Watchmen When Worlds Collide X-Men Thanks to /Film reader Kirby F for the tip. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Preview: Brothers

27 November 2009 4:01 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

About ten years ago, three promising young actors were working to secure a place amongst the Hollywood A-list. Natalie Portman had finished her first major acting role, as Mathilda in Luc Bessons Leon. She would go on to make her major breakthrough in the Star Wars prequels. Tobey Maguire had small roles in respected films like The Cider House Rules and Wonder Boys, then also got his major break in a high budget franchise, winning the role of Spiderman. Jake Gyllenhaal came to public attention through his role in sleeper Indie hit Donnie Darko, then hit the big time through a combination of big budget popcorn in The Day After Tomorrow, and critically acclaimed drama in Brokeback Mountain. Next week in the Us, these three actors, firmly A-List, come together for Jim Sheridan’s brothers.

Brothers is a remake of Susanne Bier’s Danish film Brodre. Tobey Maguire plays Captain Sam Cahill, »

- Barry Steele

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Our Official 2009 Thanksgiving Movie Guide is Finally Here!

26 November 2009 8:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Every year, Hollywood releases a big batch of new movies on Thanksgiving week. And every year, we bring you this guide to help you choose the best movies to see this week with your family or friends. To help tackle this year's beefy line-up, our writer Marco Cerritos has put together a Thanksgiving Movie Guide. He made sure to see every last movie playing in theaters this week, even the bad ones, in order to provide all of you with a cinematic compass of sorts. If you're struggling to figure out what to see this weekend, then look no further! From Fantastic Mr. Fox to New Moon to Ninja Assassin to The Road, he covers it all. Read on! This is an alphabetized list containing 14 films that, as of today, are currently playing in most theaters. 2012 Marco's Rating: B- Directed by: Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) Starring: John Cusack, »

- Marco Cerritos

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Gyllenhaal: 'Paparazzi part of the job'

24 November 2009 6:42 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jake Gyllenhaal has admitted that being followed by the paparazzi is an inevitable part of being an actor. The Day After Tomorrow star and girlfriend Reese Witherspoon have become tabloid favourites since they began dating in 2007. Speaking to Extra, he said: "It's a little part of the job. There are days that are easier than others in terms of the funny guy jumping out of the corner somewhere. "It (more) »

- By Lara Martin

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Bloggers' Reviews: 2012

24 November 2009 4:51 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Here at Screenrush, we're all about getting voices heard. So, in the first of a series of features, we're giving you the chance to find out what's on the collective minds of the greatest bloggers the information superhighway has to offer.

This week, our friends from Movie Reviews By Captain D, Battle Royale With Cheese and Heyuguys give their verdict on Roland Emmerich's disasterific new flick, 2012...

Movie Reviews By Captain D

After the silly but fun Independence Day and bloated climate warning epic wannabe The Day After Tomorrow, Robert Emerich is back trying to destroy the planet again. In 2012, he chooses, rather than spaced out aliens or freaky weather conditions, the effect of a gigantic solar flare on the earth's core.

Click here to read on...

Battle Royale With Cheese

The end of the world - It is something that no one wants to come to pass in real »

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Son of Birthday Suits

24 November 2009 4:27 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Celebrating the cinematic personalities born on 11/24. Even if you're not cinematic, you're probably a personality. Wish yourself a happy one in the comments. There's no way there's been no Scorpios (or now) Saggitarians reading. Speak up when it's your big day!

Garret, Shirley and 'Izzy'

1913 Geraldine Fitzgerald actress (Wuthering Heights, The Mango Tree, Rachel Rachel)

1942 Billy Connolly, comedian, actor, 'Mr. Brown' (he who was beloved by Judi Dench) and 'Barry' (he who was poisoned by Michelle Pfeiffer)

1949 Manuel De Sica composer (The Garden of the Fitzi Continis), Son of Vittorio

1954 Emir Kusturica two-time Cannes winning Serbian filmmaker behind Underground & When Father Was Away on Business (Oscar nominee)

1964 Garret Dillahunt, terrific actor who has lately specialized in the skin-crawlingly creepy (The Road, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and the endearingly pathetic (No Country For Old Men and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) but a »


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New Moon Howls at the Box Office

22 November 2009 11:13 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Well, it worked for Titanic in 1997, so why not The Twilight Saga: New Moon in 2009? An audience over 80% female, half of whom were under 21, helped propel the second film in the planned four-film Twilight Saga to the third-highest grossing debut of all time behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3. Moon earned $140.7 million at 4,024 theatres across the country. In comparison, the film’s predecessor, Twilight, debuted this time last year with $69.6 million. Worldwide, New Moon has grossed $258.8 million. For those interested, look for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse to debut June 30 of next year. As for me, I count my lucky vampire bats that my girlfriend couldn’t care less about this series based on Stephanie Meyer’s quartet of novels.

In what may seem like a distant second place, sports-themed The Blind Side opened with $34.5 million for Warner Brothers, setting the record for the highest opening of any sports drama. »

- Dominic

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Watching 2012 in China

22 November 2009 1:47 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On opposite sides of the world, my 20-year-old college student daughter Nora and I both enjoyed 2012, which was more fun than I was expecting. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafted a truly global movie, starting off in a mine shaft in India and proceeding to blow up Yellowstone National Park and destroy the world’s most revered monuments, from the White House and The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to Brazil’s Christ The Redeemer. (Critics were mixed.) After its second weekend, the utterly implausible disaster E-ride has already racked up $268-million worldwide. “#1 Movie in the World!” reads the LATimes ad headline. Nora, studying … »

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'New Moon' Opens with Deafening Howl

22 November 2009 1:23 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

The Twilight Saga: New Moon dawned with a hot-blooded estimated $140.7 million on approximately 8,500 screens at 4,024 sites over the weekend, charting as the third highest-grossing opening behind only The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3 and the biggest of 2009. With the advent of New Moon, not to mention an excellent showing by The Blind Side, overall business surged 56 percent over the same weekend last year when Twilight and Bolt debuted and was the second-highest seen in history, behind the weekend that The Dark Knight opened.

On its opening day, New Moon shattered the records for opening day ($72.7 million) and midnight showings ($26.3 million), thanks to the rush of its fervent fan base. Just like its predecessor, Twilight, the supernatural romance fell over 40 percent Friday-to-Saturday and the Friday accounted for more than half of the weekend business. On each day, New Moon essentially doubled the grosses of Twilight, which is an incredible feat for a sequel, »

- Brandon Gray

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Geek Deal: Three Blu-Ray Movie Packs for $25

21 November 2009 1:39 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Amazon has some awesome deals on some select three Blu-Ray movie packs. Each of the listed packs below is only $24.99 each, and also comes with $5 credit towards select Amazon on-demand TV-Shows. That's basically $8.33 for each Blu-ray disc. Action Collection: Jumper, Transporter, Transports 2 Action Hero Collection: The Day After Tomorrow, I, Robot, The Terminator Hard Action Collection: Hitman, Street Kings, Man on Fire War Hero Collection: Behind Enemy Lines, Patton, Rescue Dawn Funny Guy Collection: Napoleon Dynamite, Office Space, Young Frankenstein Jock Collection: Dodgeball, Hoosiers, Rocky I always find it amusing how these three packs are grouped. They usually contain one or two good movies and a film you'd never ever buy. But at the price, it's probably still worth it for the two movies you do like. The Funny Guy Collection is probably the one exception, unless you're one of those people that hated Napoleon. »

- Peter Sciretta

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Watching 2012 in China

20 November 2009 1:47 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

On opposite sides of the world, my 20-year-old college student daughter Nora and I both enjoyed 2012, which was more fun than I was expecting. Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafted a truly global movie, starting off in a mine shaft in India and proceeding to blow up Yellowstone National Park and destroy the world’s most revered monuments, from the White House and The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel to Brazil’s Christ The Redeemer (Critics were mixed.) After its second weekend, the utterly implausible disaster E-ride has already racked up $268-million worldwide. “#1 Movie in the World!” reads the LATimes ad headline. Nora, studying … »

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2012 Featurette with John Cusack and Roland Emmerich

19 November 2009 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Sony Pictures just released another cool featurette with John Cusack and Roland Emmerich for the film “2012″ by director Roland Emmerich (All Quiet on the Western Front, Fantastic Voyage) and starring Thandie Newton (W.), John Cusack (Stopping Power, 1408), Amanda Peet and Danny Glover as President Wilson. Click Here for more photos, news and videos from 2012. Synopsis: Disaster movie maven Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow) crafts this apocalyptic sci-fi thriller following an academic researcher who opens a portal into a parallel universe, making contact with his double in an effort to prevent the catastrophic prophecies of the ancient Mayan calendar from coming to pass. According to the Mayan [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Director Roland Emmerich Give Us Something to Look Forward to in 2012

19 November 2009 6:53 PM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Judging by a short conversation with him, director Roland Emmerich doesn't seem megalomaniacal. In fact, he seems so down-home and unassuming, that you just want to grab him, a beer -- being the good German that he is -- and sit in rapt attention as he tells how he destroyed the world -- again. You see, Emmerich is the great manipulator who has ravaged cities and continents thanks to the wonders of cinema. He destroyed New York via his remake of Godzilla and had world's capitals blasted through an alien invasion in Independence Day. The 54-year-old former painter and sculptor has ravaged this planet in other ways; he even had it frozen under sheets of ice when he produced and directed The Day After Tomorrow. But now he's gone all out shuffling all the continents into the oceans; in »

- Brad Balfour

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