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Here's a look back at the third weekend of December through the years: 5 Years Ago - 2005 King Kong swung into theaters with $50.1 million over the weekend (for a $66.2 million five-day launch), which was big but not commensurate with the hype, especially in light of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's larger opening the weekend before. In second, Narnia retreated 51 percent to $31.8 million, whle The Family Stone debuted to a solid $12.5 million in third. * Weekend Report: 'King Kong' Mighty But No Monster 10 Years Ago - 2000 What Women Want knew what audiences wanted, raking in $33.6 million. That was the highest-grossing December opening yet, topping Scream 2, and was the second highest-grossing ever for a romantic comedy, behind Runaway Bride. Dude, Where's My Car? started in second with a sweet $13.85 million, while How the Grinch Stole Christmas was right behind with $13.8 million in its fifth weekend. »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
Everywhere you turn, the holiday season is out in full force, from store decorations to the music on our iPods to right here on Buzz with our gift guides! But what would this time of the year be without movies to get us in the spirit? That's why we've created this fun faceoff game, which pits some of your seasonal film staples against each other. Do you prefer a classic like It's a Wonderful Life over a more recent fave like The Holiday? How about Love Actually vs. the teary The Family Stone? Click here to start playing, and have fun! »
Before you begin reading, make sure to remember these are based on the five-day weekend... not the three-day. That said, it was a close race at the top for the three-day as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 battled it out with Disney's Tangled, all of which I discuss below... Let's get to it. Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 4 Weeks In A Row Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Harry Potter managed to hold on, but not by much as the holiday weekend newcomer, Tangled, hung tough over the entire five days, which is really saying something. With Potter's estimated $76.3 million for the five-day weekend it brings its domestic total to $220.3 million.
Potter's three-day tally was $50.3 million, for a 59% drop, but that's to be expected for a film that opened with numbers placing it as one of the top ten openers of all-time.
As for predictions, »
- Brad Brevet
I hope everyone in the States had an excellent holiday and those elsewhere have enjoyed the last five days. I have obviously taken a bit of a break from regular posting, but those regular posts you expect continue to arrive.
Last week I only watched one film out of my regular rotation although I did catch a little bit of Elf and The Family Stone on television, but that was television viewing, which really doesn't count... does it? Other than that, I did want to mention to all of you that Michael Mann's second feature film, The Keep, which isn't available on DVD, is now available on NetFlix Instant Play. I have never seen it, but you can pretty much count I'll be discussing it on an upcoming What I Watched very soon.
Anyway, here's the one film I did watch...
- Brad Brevet
This weekend, Unstoppable rushes onto approximately 4,300 screens at 3,207 locations, Skyline strikes close to 3,100 screens at 2,880 locations, and Morning Glory wakes up on over 2,800 screens at 2,518 locations, though none are in the league of 2012 from the same weekend last year. Current top draw Megamind, which has over 7,000 screens at 3,949 locations, is well-poised for a sizable second weekend gross. Runaway train thriller Unstoppable marks the fifth teaming of star Denzel Washington and director Tony Scott, following Crimson Tide, Man on Fire, Deja Vu and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3. Though the attendance has waned with each movie, they all opened solidly, contributing to Mr. Washington's reputation as a consistent box office draw. With their train-related action, a comparison between Unstoppable and Pelham will be unavoidable: the latter debuted to $23.4 million on around 4,400 screens at 3,074 locations in 2009 and derailed at a relatively disappointing $65.5 million total. Unstoppable lacks a strong villain, a »
- Brandon Gray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We have an irrational love for Rachel McAdams, so forgive us if we fawn over her for a moment, we think she looked great at the premiere for her latest film last night. McAdams is currently starring in Morning Glory, which looks to be the kind of movie you and your parents will end up seeing together over Thanksgiving because while it stars McAdams and hot hot Patrick Wilson, it also has Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford to bridge the generation gap. (McAdams and Keaton already starred together in The Family Stone, and dammit if that’s one of those good-bad movies we can’t help watching that every time it’s on HBO.) While we love McAdams’ look on the red carpet, and we’re also kind of a fan of Diane Keaton’s leather dress, some of the other celebs look a bit wind-swept, no? (We’re looking at you, »
- Liz Black
Rachel McAdams was the center of attention last night at the NYC premiere of Morning Glory. She and costars Patrick Wilson, Harrison Ford, and Jeff Goldblum were on the black carpet after a long weekend of doing press at their junket - we talked with the four actors on Saturday, so stay tuned for video later this week! Rachel also chatted yesterday before heading into the screening, mentioning how awesome it was to reunite with Diane Keaton following their work together in The Family Stone. Their current movie is all about Rachel's character, Becky Fuller, as she figures out her work and life balance, and she said the struggle hit close to home. Rachel fit in a few days of press during a break from working on her new Terrence Malick project in Oklahoma with Ben Affleck, who was likewise able to have some time off. Patrick and Jeff, meanwhile, »
- Allie Merriam
Corinne Bailey Rae has revealed why she picked certain songs to appear on her upcoming The Love Ep. The January 25 release features several covers, including Bob Marley's 'Is This Love', Doris Day and Sly & The Family Stone's 'Que Sera Sera', Paul McCartney's 'My Love', Prince's 'I Wanna Be Your Lover' and Belly's 'Low Red Moon'. Rae told The Idolator that the Ep had a "good mixture" of song, adding: "I just thought about that song 'Is This Love' and how poignant it (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Fresh off a “controversy” over some scantily clad photos of Lea Michele and fellow Glee castmates Dianna Agron and Cory Monteith in this month’s GQ, there are now reports that she is eyeing her film debut in Garry Marshall’s (Pretty Woman) New Year’s Eve. This film is, of course, a pseudo-sequel to the star studded Valentine’s Day, which was a fairly massive box-office success earlier this year (the same can’t be said of its critical reception).
As we previously reported, the filmmakers behind Valentine’s Day were already planning a second film even before the first had hit theaters. Variety reports that Director Garry Marshall is expected to return, as well as screenwriter Katherine Fugate (The Prince and Me), and producers Mike Karz and Wayne Rice. New Year’s Eve is said to be set in New York City on December 31st (Fingers-crossed for an »
- Adam Chitwood
Win a copy of the Acclaimed Groundbreaking Films that Debut On Blu-ray Disc October 19, Featuring New High-Definition Transfers From The Original Camera Negative Supervised By Director Baz Luhrmann, Brand New Content And Never-Before-Seen Material.
Two of famed director Baz Luhrmann’s unconventional, poetic and mesmerizing films get the star treatment October 19, when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment debuts William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge! on Blu-ray Disc.
Flaunting a new high-definition transfer and spectacular picture-in-picture experience, both Blu-ray discs of the award-winning films boast new uncut footage, Bd-live: Live Lookup™ Powered by IMDb®, as well as a host of other never-before-seen material produced by Luhrmann and his creative team at Bazmark. And for first time ever, Moulin Rouge! includes an alternate opening sequence featuring the Cat Stevens hit “Father & Son”.
Widely credited with reinventing the modern movie musical, Moulin Rouge! exploded onto screens when it debuted in 2001. Celebrating »
- Marc Eastman
With a starring cast of Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella, it would be a shame if Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things never saw theaters. Thankfully Magnolia Pictures has acquired Jarecki’s follow-up to the acclaimed documentary Capturing the Friedmans (this is his first narrative feature) with an Oscar-tempting December release in mind.
All Good Things is inspired by the life of Robert Durst, the wealthy son of a New York real estate mogul: “Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found.” Hit the jump for the official press release.
- Brendan Bettinger
In the world of quality cable television, HBO is often known for their series, presenting well crafted, smartly written, and expertly acted programs. What may be less known to those of us without cable television, are their “made-for-tv movies.” I know that because I don’t have cable, my knowledge of HBO consists mostly of what is written about by the various blogs I follow, and what my friends are recommending to me.
I actually first heard about Temple Grandin, and the HBO film about her life, through NPR’s Fresh Air. The film was reviewed, several interviews with the real life Grandin were played, and I was immediately interested in seeking this film out.
Temple Grandin presents the life of the title character, a real life proponent for the acceptance and understanding of autism, as well as an innovator in the livestock world. We see Grandin experience life as a post-high school, »
- Ryan Gallagher
By his own account, Luke Wilson should never have become an actor. Growing up in Dallas, he wasn't active in drama; he did one play in high school, and the writer-director yelled at him for not taking things seriously. He was "forced" into his breakthrough role in the short film "Bottle Rocket" by its writers: his brother Owen and director Wes Anderson.And he has never, ever had a headshot. Wilson explains in his signature laid-back Southern drawl, "I was told many times, 'You need one, go get one!' And I could never bring myself to do it. I'd go into auditions, and I'd see a stack of a thousand of them, and I would tell myself, 'I may not get this job, but I know I'm not going to be in that stack.' "While it would be easy to resent Wilson for his subsequent success, he remains »
U.S. And Canada/Opening Wide Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: It’s tanking in the U.K., and now it gets a shot at tanking in North America. [trailer] review to come If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • Big Trouble in Little China (1986): In which Kurt Russell goes up against an ancient sorcerer without benefit of being able to Save Game. • The Mummy (1999): Lots of adventurous shifting sands in this one, too. • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001): An excellent example of why videogame movies are so boring while simultaneously being so loud. • Jarhead (2005): More buff Gyllenhaal as a modern-day warrior. No magical artifacts, though -- sorry. Sex and the City 2: Shoes, clothes, shopping, and general decadence. [trailer] review to come If you can’t make it to the multiplex, try: • some of Sex and the City (1998-2004): Apparently »
- MaryAnn Johanson
French actor Pierre Boulanger (2003's "Monsieur Ibrahim") is set to make his English-speaking feature debut in "Monte Carlo" from Fox 2000 and New Regency. In the comedy, Boulanger will play the love interest to Selena Gomez's character. Thomas Bezucha ("The Family Stone" and "Big Eden") directs as well as writing the screenplay with Maria Maggenti and April Blair based on the novel by Jules Bass. Selena Gomez, Katie Cassidy and Leighton Meester star as three American girls who travel to Paris and then end up heading for Monaco when one of them is mistaken for a spoiled princess. Andie McDowell also stars. Brett Cullen ("Lost," "Red Dawn" revamp) and Australian actor Luke Bracey ("Home and Away") play other love interests »
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Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures when it comes to gay movies? I like the good ones (to me anyway) like Ciao and Guys and Balls. But there are some I like where the dialogue is terrible and the acting is very questionable: Angora Ranch and An Angel Named Billy. So do you have any you are brave enough to admit to liking? — Ed, London, Ontario, Canada
A: Do I have any guilty pleasures?!
First, yes, there are a few micro-budgeted gay films where the acting and production values are questionable, but that are still worth watching. I’m willing to forgive a lot if I get some sense that the actors and producers believe in what they’re doing, if they created an unintentional comedy, or if there's full-frontal male nudity. »
- Brent Hartinger
Disney Channel star Selena Gomez will play one of the three lead roles in the female comedy "Monte Carlo" for Fox 2000.According to Variety, Leighton Meester is in talks for another one of the leads.Nicole Kidman, who may also take a supporting role, is producing with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. Tom Bezucha ("The Family Stone") will direct with shooting set to begin in May in Monaco, Budapest and Paris.Bezucha co-wrote the original script with Maria Maggenti. The newest rewrite was co-written by Bezucha and April Blair.The film is based on the book "Headhunters" written by Jules Bass.The story follows a group of young American women as they abandon a boring holiday in Paris and masquerade as wealthy women »
- Adnan Tezer
Selena Gomez ("Ramona and Beezus") has scored one of three lead roles in the comedy "Monte Carlo" for Fox 2000 says Variety.
- Garth Franklin
Disney star Selena Gomez has added yet another film role into her resume. Variety reported that the Alex Russo of "Wizards of Waverly Place" has been cast in one of the three lead roles in Tom Bezucha's young femme comedy "Monte Carlo".
Nicole Kidman was originally attached to star, but a rewrite from Bezucha and April Blair gives a younger spin to the story. The twist puts two of the characters in college and one just out of high school. Gomez will take on the youngest of the three.
While the 17-year-old actress has been added into the cast ensemble, Kidman who will serve as a producer along with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan is rumored to have a supporting role in the project. Another actress possibly taking part in the movie is Leighton Meester. The "Gossip Girl" star reportedly is in talks to join the cast.
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Bezucha (The Family Stone) is set to start shooting in May. The film is going to be shot in Monaco, Budapest and Paris.
Monte Carlo is based on the book, "Headhunters." It was written by Jules Bass.
Kidman was originally going to star in »
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