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Pitt's 'Button' tops Aussie box office

30 December 2008 1:52 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Brad Pitt's romantic drama The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button has topped the Australian box office chart. Keanu Reeves's sci-fi remake The Day The Earth Stood Still enters at two, while Adam Sandler's latest comedy Bedtime Stories charts at three. Last week's number one Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa falls to fourth and Baz Lurhmann's epic Australia slips to fifth. The top ten in full: 1. (-) The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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9 Movie Trailer

28 December 2008 11:00 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Check out the latest teaser trailer from the Tim Burton produced animated film “9″ by director Shane Acker (The Hangnail) and starring Jennifer Connelly (The Day the Earth Stood Still), Elijah Wood (The Legend of Spyro), Crispin Glover (Alice in Wonderland) and John C. Reilly. Synopsis: 9 takes place in a world parallel to our own, in which the very legacy of humanity is threatened. A group of sapient rag dolls, living a post-apocalyptic existence find one of their own, 9 (Elijah Wood), who displays leadership qualities that may help them to survive. The conflicted, but resilient group includes 1 (Christopher Plummer), a domineering war veteran; 2 (Martin Landau), an aged inventor; [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Box-Office Oracle: Dec. 25 - Dec. 28, 2008

24 December 2008 11:20 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

#1 movie predicted correctly: 0 Weeks in a Row For the record these are four day totals. So if you're going to weigh in with a comment try to rock some four day comparisons. 1. Bedtime Stories I gotta take Bedtime Stories because the kids rule this weekend. Since '03 the Sandman (Adam Sandler) has had six $100m+ films. This one will be no different, even if it's not meant for you and me. Estimate: $42.2 million 2. Marley and Me It might do okay on Thursday and Friday... but eventually word will get out. It always does. You can run all the happy ads you like, it's not going to keep this sinking ship going. Estimate: $25.8 million 3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button That running time is going to hurt it. Plus some people (like me) are going to be bored by it. So yeah, it's the typical Oscar film, long on concept... short on box office power. »

- Laremy Legel

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In the meadow, we can pan a snowman

24 December 2008 9:04 AM, PST | blogs.suntimes.com/ebert | See recent Roger Ebert's Blog news »

You better watch out You better not cry You better have clout I'm telling you why Two Thumbs Down are comin' to town He's making a list,

Checking it twice;

Gonna find out whose

movie was scheiss.

Sandy Claws is comin' to town.

He sees you when you're (bleeping),

He knows when you're a fake

He knows if you've been bad or good

So be good for cinema's sake!

With little but scorn

and pounding of drums,

Rooty toot hoots

and rummy tum thumbs

Sandy Jaws is comin' to town

As I dream back over many happy years of movie going, some of my favorite lines from old reviews dance in my head like visions of sugarplums. Good movies, bad movies, doesn't matter, just so the line dances. I thought I'd share them in the holiday spirit. Curiously, most of the lines come from movies so bad I didn't want a refund, »

- Roger Ebert

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'Twilight' takes UK Christmas top spot

24 December 2008 7:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Vampire romance Twilight has landed the UK box office top spot. The cult movie beats DreamWorks' Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Vince Vaughn's comedy Four Christmases to the festive number one. Keanu Reeves's sci-fi project The Day The Earth Stood Still falls to fourth. Elsewhere, Matthew Broderick's children's animation The Tale Of Despereaux debuts at five. The top ten in full: 1. (-) Twilight - £2,508,422

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- By Alex Fletcher

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'Twilight' takes Xmas UK top spot

24 December 2008 7:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Vampire romance Twilight has landed the UK box office top spot. The cult movie beats DreamWorks' Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Vince Vaughn's comedy Four Christmases to the festive number one. Keanu Reeves's sci-fi project The Day The Earth Stood Still falls to fourth. Elsewhere, Matthew Broderick's children's animation The Tale Of Despereaux debuts at five. The top ten in full: 1. (-) Twilight - £2,508,422

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- By Alex Fletcher

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Twilight Tops British Box Office Charts

24 December 2008 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Vampire movie Twilight has shot to the top of the U.K. box office charts, biting off an impressive $3.7 million (GBP2.5 million) in its opening weekend.

The teen film, about a girl who falls in love with a vampire, pushed last week's number one, sci-fi movie The Day The Earth Stood Still, to fourth place.

Animated movie Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa came in second with takings of $2.7 million (GBP1.8 million), ahead of festive comedy Four Christmases, which made $1.6 million (GBP1.1 million).

Rounding out the top five was children's adventure movie The Tale of Despereaux, starring Matthew Broderick. »

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Box Office Says “Yes” to “Yes Man.” "The Wrestler" posts big numbers.

22 December 2008 12:18 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Jim Carrey enjoyed a top spot at this weekend’s box office chart with Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Yes Man” scoring $18.1 million on its debut.  The Peyton Reed comedy including Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby and Danny Masterson, opened in 3,434 venues at an average of $5,288 per theatre. This marks the sixth highest opener for Carrey, falling under: 1.       Bruce Almighty ($67.9 million) 2.       Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who ($45 million) 3.       The Truman Show ($31.5 million) 4.       Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events 5.       Me, Myself & Irene The Grant Nieporte written “Seven Pounds” starring Will Smith and helmed by “The Pursuit of Happyness” helmer Gabriele Muccino, finished with a higher per-theatre average than “Yes Man.” Drama pulled in $16 million from 2,758 venues at an average of $5,801. In related news for “Seven Pounds,” Mr. Nieporte was kind enough to email one our writers, praising his review of the film saying “Can't thank you enough for »

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Box Office: Moviegoers Say 'Yes' to Jim Carrey

22 December 2008 12:17 AM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

The Warner Bros comedy 'Yes Man,' starring Jim Carrey,debuted at No. 1 at the box office this weekend with $18.2 million, studio estimates showed Sunday.   The film, also starring Zooey Deschanel and Terence Stamp, is the story of man whose life is going nowhere until he signs up for a self-help program based on one simple covenant: that he says "yes" to everything. Coming in second place was Will Smith's 'Seven Pounds,' which made an estimated $16 million in weekend earnings. Smith stars with Rosario Dawson and Woody Harrelson Sony's movie about an IRS agent with a fateful secret who embarks on an extraordinary journey of redemption by forever changing the lives of seven strangers. In third place was Universal Pictures' 'The Tale of Despereaux,' which made an estimated $10.5 million. The movie – featuring the voices of Matthew Broderick, Frances Conroy, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Kline, »

- TheInsider

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Votd: Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm

22 December 2008 12:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Two ferns and two of the greatest men of their generation, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and Between Two Ferns‘ Zach Galifianakis, sit in the dark and cut a slab of funny magic. Excerpt:

Zg: You are in The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Hamm: Yes. [nods]

Zg: Why?

Hamm: That’s a good question.

Sure, you might have seen it already, watch it again. And write a letter to AMC demanding that Galifianakis get a small role on Mad Men as Peggy’s new one night stand. And that concludes this installment of Slashfilm’s Video of the Day.

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- Hunter Stephenson

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Yes Man Nods In $18.2 Million At U.S. Box Office

21 December 2008 3:01 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Jim Carrey's new comedy Yes Man has climbed its way to the top of the U.S. box office, taking in $18.2 million (GBP12.1 million) in its opening weekend.

The film, co-starring actress Zooey Deschanel, follows Carrey's character as he challenges himself to say "yes" to everything for an entire year.

Will Smith and Rosario Dawson weighed in with $16 million (GBP10.7 million) to take the second spot for their new drama Seven Pounds, which also made its debut at the weekend.

Debuting at number three is Matthew Broderick's animated mouse movie The Tale of Desperaux, taking in $10.5 million (GBP7 million).

Slipping from the top spot to number four is Keanu Reeves' sci-fi flick The Day the Earth Stood Still, which took in $10.2 million (GBP6.8 million), which rounded out the top five just before Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn's holiday comedy Four Christmases, taking in $7.7 million (GBP5.1 million). »

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Keanu Reeves Talks Cowboy Bebop

21 December 2008 8:42 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Keanu Reeves recently spoke to MTV, updating us on the progress of his latest live-action passion project Cowboy Bebop.

The project appears to be perfect for Reeves, who loves his anime but also holds a special place for the Sci-Fi genre. Having done films like A Scanner Darkly, Constantine, The Matrix, and the recent The Day The Earth Stood Still, it seems fitting for him to embody the role of Spike Spiegel.

The Japanese television series follows a group of bounty hunters in the year 2071, traveling on the their spaceship “the Bebop.” Spike and Jet Black pilot their way through the universe collecting bounties and adding new members to the Bebop crew. The anime has earned creditable success across the globe, so the hopes (and stakes) are high.

 

Reeves revealed a bit about the projects status and as well as some thoughts on the upcoming adaption. He explained “we’ve got the rights, »

- Carl Lee

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Weekend Movie News Wrap Up: December 21, 2008

21 December 2008 8:39 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

It’s Sunday and therefore it’s Weekend Movie News Wrap Up time.

This week:

Baz Luhrmann gets Gatsby; Brian Helgeland adds Salt; Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise believe that four times is a charm and Parmount Pictures finally get to know Jack!

 

Box Office

It was the battle of the A-Listers at the box office and against all odds Jim Carrey captured the top spot with Yes Man. A weekend take of $19 million should ensue. Will Smith had to vacate his usual number one position and settle for the runner-up place with Seven Pounds. The drama should make around $15 million this weekend. The Day The Earth Stood Still crashed and burned this weekend dropping a mighty 75% and grossing just $10 million. It looks like the Keanu Reeves film will have to make its coin back on DVD. Not good. You hear that Fox?

Four Christmases grossed another $8 million helping the »

- Niall Browne

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Weekend Box Office Report: December 19 to 21: Snowed Out

21 December 2008 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Box office geeks everywhere were very curious to see how this weekend would play out. It isn’t often that two giant stars open movies the same weekend. Only one can debut on top and no one wants to take the runner-up spot.  In the end though, it would appear that Mother Nature was the big winner this weekend. With most of the eastern portion of North America covered in snow, the big showdown between Jim Carrey and Will Smith got lost in the blizzard. In fact, the only casualty the weather can’t be blamed for is the steep 66% drop of The Day the Earth Stood Still. That’s merely a reflection of how bad it is.   Carrey’s Yes Man actually came out on top, but just barely.  Smith’s Seven Pounds actually took in a higher per screen average, signaling that there was a higher demand for his film. »

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Misery’s Kathy Bates loves our company on Fangoria Radio tonight!

19 December 2008 12:58 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Deck the halls with bones and horror! Fangoria Radio is skipping the chimney and coming straight through your speakers for some holiday fear and festivities. Tonight’s show (airing on Sirius Xm Stars satellite radio, Sirius channel 102/Xm channel 155, from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., with a repeat immediately after) will get your heart racing faster than last-minute shopping, with an Oscar-winning actress just one of the guests joining hosts Dee Snider and Debbie Rochon:

Kathy Bates (pictured) terrified audiences and snagged that Academy Award with her starring turn in Misery, and also visited Stephen King territory in The Stand and Dolores Claiborne; she’ll recall those experiences and talk up her role in the new remake of The Day The Earth Stood Still

David Zayas, who’s Angel Batista on Showtime’s Dexter and a font of genre enthusiasm, will tell us what our favorite TV serial killer »

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Keanu Reeves Talks Cowboy Bebop

18 December 2008 11:31 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Talking to MTV, “The Day The Earth Stood Still” star Keanu Reeves’ love of the hit anime series “Cowboy Bebop” and his desire to work on an adaptation of the project has come to light. When asked about it recently Reeves said “We’re trying to do that. [...] It’s got a Western quality, a Western film noir aspect to it,” Reeves, on why exactly he loves the franchise, says “It’s got so much style to it, and that’s part of its appeal. That kind of Old West, bordertown, low-tech science fiction aspect.” The project is currently being put together by producer Erwin Stoff, who’s spent the last two decades working almost exclusively [...] »

- Costa Koutsoutis

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Keanu's Cowboy Bebop

17 December 2008 1:13 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Keanu Reeves wants to spike his hair and hit the spaceways -- he's keen on making a live-action flick based on the popular jazz-influenced gunslinging anime series Cowboy Bebop. The project is currently set up at Fox (where Reeves is dismantling the globe in The Day The Earth Stood Still) and has an undisclosed writer already at work condensing the episodes into a functional film structure. Cowboy Bebop takes place in a future where the lawless solar system is regulated by bounty hunters. »

- Dave Davis

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'Earth Stood Still' claims UK top spot

17 December 2008 3:36 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Keanu Reeves's latest sci-fi project The Day The Earth Stood Still has topped the UK box office chart. Scott Derrickson's remake of the 1951 classic topples DreamWorks' Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, which falls to second. Elsewhere, Brendan Fraser's fantasy movie Inkheart debuts at four, while romantic musical Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi charts at five. The top ten in full: 1. (-) The Day the Earth Stood Still - £2,752,132

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- By Alex Fletcher

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Discuss: For Your Razzie Consideration

16 December 2008 10:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

As the season marches on, 'for your consideration' ads litter the trades and various awards analysis websites. However, there aren't nearly enough campaigns for the year's worst performances.

You have your obnoxious kids (Jaden Smith in The Day The Earth Stood Still, Logan Lerman in Meet Bill). You have your touched individuals who straddle the line between functional and, ahem, 'full retard' (Sophie Okonedo in The Secret Life of Bees, Omar Benson Miller in Miracle at St. Anna, David Morse in Hounddog). You've got your guys that give 'insane' a bad name (Jason Butler Harner in Changeling, Donny Osmond in College Road Trip), and you've got your girls that give English a bad name (Ahney Her in Gran Torino, Natalya Rudakova in Transporter 3).

Oh, and then there's just about the entire cast of The Happening. (If I had to pick just one person, though, I'd go with the gardener »

- William Goss

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'Earth' has a gravitational pull

15 December 2008 12:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

After this weekend, 20th Century Fox's "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and Paramount/DreamWorks' "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" are the strongly positioned favorites that will draw the most moviegoers to overseas multiplexes during the holidays.

While nowhere near record proportions for a wide 90-territory kickoff, "Earth" grabbed the No. 1 slot in 35 of those markets, tallying a sturdy $39.2 million from 7,715 screens. The U.K., Russia, Spain, Italy, Taiwan, Belgium, Holland and Sweden were among the key countries that welcomed the remake of the 1951 sci-fi classic at the top of the boxoffice charts. Russia was the film's top backer with $5.9 million from 721 screens, followed by the U.K. ($4.1 million from 466), France ($3.3 million from 606) and Spain ($3 million from 464).

"Earth" came in second to "Madagascar 2" in France, Germany ($2.8 million from 804 screens) and Mexico ($2.9 million from 1,121).

"Madagascar," the animated offering about zoo animals returning to their jungle habitat, grossed $32.4 million from 5,028 screens in 38 territories. »

- By Hy Hollinger

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