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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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New Oscar host: Who will Brian Grazer choose?

9 November 2011 4:25 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Now that super-producer Brian Grazer has been named as a producer of this season’s Academy Awards telecast, the obvious question is: Who will he get to host? Oftentimes telecast producers reach out to performers they’ve worked with in the past. So who are the most host-worthy FOBs (Friends of Brian)? Let’s take a look:

Tom Hanks: The two-time Best Actor winner has collaborated with Grazer on four feature films (Splash, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons) as well as the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. He’s a respected Hollywood »

- Dave Karger

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Ltts Exclusive: Scott L. Schwartz Talks Charity And Children's Hospitals

11 August 2011 9:00 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career, and has appeared in films such as Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Voyager and many more. But Scott’s most cherished role is the “Ultimate nice guy” – he has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 12 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998.

He recently spoke with LookToTheStars.org’s Misty Griffey about his work with sick kids throughout the Us and Canada.

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Ultimate Bad Guy Does Good At Children's Hospital

3 August 2011 8:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Actor/producer/director Scott L. Schwartz recently worked on his next film in Cincinnati, Oh. While Scott was in town he visited the children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, as well as The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati, on behalf of the Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation.

Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Voyager, among other feature films. Scott L. Schwartz has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 12 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. He realizes the value and impact of making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special. Scott enjoys visiting pediatric hospitals and bringing what joy he can into the lives of every child he visits. »

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Ultimate Bad Guy Does Good For Sick Children

24 June 2011 5:30 AM, PDT | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Actor/Producer/Director Scott L. Schwartz is attending Texas Comicon in San Antonio, TX as a VIP guest star. While Scott is in town, he plans to visit the children at Christus Hospital on behalf of the Scott L. Schwartz Children’s Foundation.

Scott L. Schwartz is widely known as the “Ultimate Bad Guy” from his acting career including: Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, Starsky & Hutch, Spiderman, Fun With Dick And Jane, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Star Trek Voyager, among other feature films. Scott L. Schwartz has been visiting children’s hospitals worldwide for the past 12 years after losing his sister to lung cancer in 1998. He realizes the value and impact of making a lasting impression on children with cancer and how important it is to make each child feel special. Scott enjoys visiting pediatric hospitals and bringing what joy he can into the lives of every child he visits. They are always »

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Tmp Reviews : Mr. Poppers Penguins

23 June 2011 3:19 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

I’ll open myself up here a little bit and tell you I am a huge Jim Carrey fan. I usually love everything he does, and Fun With Dick and Jane is one of my all time favorite movies. He always finds a way to put his “charm” in everything and Mr. Poppers Penguins is no different. The film may have released a bit too early, noting that the entire movie takes place during Christmas, but it will be a surprise family favorite for many.

This movie’s original intention was probably purely for kids.  However they have found many ways to intrigue the whole family. Every line in the movie attempts to be a joke or lead up to a joke. The idea in essence is a great one, as many of the jokes do click and will make you laugh out loud. Other jokes, while some maybe funny, »

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Cameron Diaz Photos: Hollywood Hottie of the Week

22 June 2011 3:26 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Hottie of the Week” is Cameron Diaz. She is the star of the movie “Bad Teacher.”

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Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She became famous during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and There’s Something About Mary. Other high-profile movie credits include the two Charlie’s Angels movies and voicing the character Princess Fiona for the Shrek series. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.

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Diaz was born in San Diego, California, the younger daughter of Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), who worked for the California oil »

- Josh Abraham

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Nicholas Stoller On Set Interview The Muppets

20 June 2011 8:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

While many of you know Nicholas Stoller because he directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, he's also a screenwriter.  If you look over his IMDb profile, you'll see he wrote a few episodes of Undeclared, and contributed to the screenplays of Fun with Dick and Jane, Yes Man, Get Him to the Greek, Gulliver's Travels, and, most recently, The Muppets.  With Stoller being a lifelong fan of The Muppets and since he'd been working on the script with Jason Segel for years, when I got to speak with him on the set earlier this year, you could hear his excitement when talking about the project. During the interview, he talked about what it's like to be on set and watch Kermit deliver his dialogue, how much did the original show shaped the movie, the cameos, which Muppets did he want to make sure got in the movie, »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Midnight In Paris: Woody Allen's Biggest Box-Office Hit Since Hannah And Her Sisters

19 June 2011 3:54 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Alison Pill as Zelda Fitzgerald, Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris Jim Carrey's Mr. Popper's Penguins Box Office: Yes Man, Fun With Dick And Jane Level Following the addition of 94 theaters, Woody Allen's 2011 effort Midnight in Paris was down only 10% from last weekend according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard, among others, Midnight in Paris brought in $5.23m at 1,038 locations — Allen's widest release ever in North America. Though at no. 9 overall, Midnight in Paris' per-theater average was the fifth highest among the top twelve movies: $5,045, [...] »

- Zac Gille

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“Green Lantern” Opens with $52 million Weekend Box Office

19 June 2011 2:11 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: When is a $52 million three-day opening a genuine disappointment? Well, in the world of box office, all things are relative. And when it comes to opening weekend, the quality and estimated staying power has to be taken into account. Green Lantern debuted at number one this weekend with $52.6 million. On the surface, that’s the fourth-biggest DC Comics opening ever, and the second-biggest non-sequel DC Comics film (behind Watchmen’s $55.2 million). But like Watchmen, a seemingly glorious opening (a $55 million debut for a 2.5 hour R-rated superhero drama based on a cult property) is considered troubling due to fears about its staying power and overspending. Green Lantern cost about $200 million to produce, with another $150 million going towards marketing efforts. The film had a poor 2.4x weekend multiplier and earned only a B from Cinemascore. This does not guarantee that Green Lantern will follow Watchmen’s lightning-fast downward trajectory (the »

- Scott Mendelson

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Peter Bart & Cameron Crowe In Conversation At The Aero Theatre With Harold And Maude Screening

3 June 2011 5:54 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Book Signing With Peter Bart & Cameron Crowe

Sunday, June 12, 2011 – Harold And Maude

A book signing of Bart’s ‘Infamous Players: A Tale of Movies, the Mob (and Sex)’ will be at 6:30 pm across the street at Every Picture Tells a Story, followed by a screening at 7:30 pm of Harold And Maude and discussion with Peter Bart and Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe.

A film journalist and Paramount executive who played a key role in the production of numerous touchstones of the 1970s, Peter Bart has been an integral part of the American film industry for decades. Under his vice presidency of production at Paramount Pictures, such classics as Rosemary’S Baby, True Grit, Harold And Maude, The Godfather, Paper Moon and Fun With Dick And Jane (which Bart personally produced) came to be. Bart’s career in film journalism is on par with his studio record, as »

- Michelle McCue

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News Shorts: May 31st 2011

31 May 2011 8:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The first photos of Tom Hardy and Colin Firth in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the first photos of Robert Pattinson in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, and the first full image from Pixar's Brave.

Photos of Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand on the set of Rock of Ages, Will Smith shooting Men in Black III at Coney Island, and two more posters here and here for "Real Steel".

Alan Rickman has written a rather sweet letter expressing thank you to J.K. Rowling for allowing him to play Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" film series. There's also more character posters out this week including Neville Longbottom, Draco Malfoy and Voldemort.

"At least two of the actors from the recent sequel say that they're guess is Amsterdam as the location for a potential third film in "The Hangover" film series…" (full details)

"A tweet from 'The Wire' and 'Luther' actor Idris Elba »

- Garth Franklin

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Universal Developing Family Action Pic, Uglydoll & Secret Service Movie

28 May 2011 9:01 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Universal is currently working on three projects, two of which don't exactly interest us and a third which, if done properly, could be incredibly entertaining. The first film will be produced by Jay Roach (“Meet the Parents,” “Game Change”) and will be written by “Little Fockers” scribe Larry Stuckey. Being described as a “family action comedy,” the movie is about a couple who give up their exciting lifestyle to have children only to have the husband mix his wife and kids up in a search for a hidden icon. Dean Parisot (“Fun With Dick and Jane”) is in talks to… »

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Universal Picks Up Family Adventure Pitch With Jay Roach Producing

26 May 2011 3:41 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Universal has picked up an untitled action comedy pitch from screenwriter Larry Stuckey (Little Fockers). The plot centers on a man and woman who decide to put their adventuring behind them in order to start a family. However, when the droll of everyday life starts to kick in, the man sets out on a quest to find “a long-buried, fabled icon” with his family in tow, convinced they’re going on a family vacation. Stucky will write the script, and Jay Roach (Dinner for Schmucks) is on board to produce. Heat Vision reports that Dean Parisot (Fun With Dick and Jane) will direct the flick. While Stuckey’s resume doesn’t necessarily exert confidence, Roach is a skilled producer (if a little hit-and-miss) and Parisot is the man behind the comedy masterwork Galaxy Quest, so there’s hope yet. Roach is currently directing the HBO political drama Game Change, based »

- Adam Chitwood

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Mr Popper's Penguins: just another Carrey On in a suit

25 May 2011 6:33 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jim Carrey is back as – you guessed it – the workaholic corporate berk who finds redemption and pulls funny faces

Here's some good news: you don't need to watch Mr Popper's Penguins when it comes out. This is because, aside from anomalies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Number 23, Mr Popper's Penguin looks like it'll be identical to every single Jim Carrey movie ever made.

In fact, Mr Popper's Penguins looks like such a perfect crystalisation of all the various devices that Jim Carrey movies fall back on that one day film historians will use its trailer to describe his entire oeuvre scene by scene. Like so:

Scene one: Jim Carrey is a corporate berk

This is the premise of all Jim Carrey films. In Liar Liar he played a corporate lawyer berk. In Fun With Dick and Jane he played a corporate multinational berk. In Bruce Almighty »

- Stuart Heritage

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Blu-Ray Review: Jim Carrey Shines in ‘I Love You Phillip Morris’

7 April 2011 9:07 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – With all the creatively bankrupt, audience-repelling dreck clogging up theaters these days, it’s easy to see why a comedian would sign up for a challenging art house satire rather than pick up a fat, unearned pay check. Robin Williams delivered his best work in years in Bobcat Goldthwait’s “World’s Greatest Dad,” and now Jim Carrey adds to his streak of woefully underrated performances in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “I Love You Phillip Morris.”

First-time directors Ficarra and Requa may hardly seem like art house material, especially after helming the scripts for pictures such as “Bad Santa” and “Cats & Dogs.” Yet after a long delay, “Phillip Morris” was relegated to an extremely limited theatrical release, primarily for its decidedly risqué and uncommercial subject matter. In other words, the story is a gay romance that doesn’t portray its characters in a tragic light. The film is a flat-out comedy, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Scott L. Schwartz Lends His Support To Alive! Expo Green Pavilion

21 February 2011 3:30 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Actor/Producer/Director Scott L. Schwartz will lend his support to Patrycja Siewert-Towns and Kim Shimmel to benefit Project Green during the upcoming Alive! Expo Green Pavilion & Mix Media Luxury Lounge during Oscar week.

On Friday February 25 & Saturday February 26, Alive! Expo Green Pavilion & Mix Media Luxury Lounge and Project Green will return to Los Angeles for their popular Oscar extravaganza. Owners Kim Shimmel and Patrycja Siewert-Towns will host a weekend of eco-friendly awareness by offering you eco-products while presenting it with a flair for luxury. This year, along with Only You Can Save Energy and Fortunate Angels, the exclusive 2-day event will feature live entertainment, gifting, eco-education, celebrity photo studio, PSA station, gourmet snacks & beverages, cupcakes from My Delight CupCakery and much more! Music for the Lounge will be provided by Koffeehouse.

Scott L. Schwartz is most recognized as “Bruiser” from the popular films Ocean’s 11, 12 & 13, and from other work including: Starsky & Hutch, »

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