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    Sunday
    Sep192010

    Weekend Box Office: September 17-19

    Courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

    1.  The Town - $23.8 million

    2.  Easy A - $18.2 million

    3.  Devil - $12.5 million

    4.  Resident Evil: Afterlife - $10.1 million

    5.  Alpha and Omega - $9.2 million

    6.  Takers - $3 million

    7.  The American - $2.7 million

    8.  Inception - $2.015 million

    9.  The Other Guys - $2 million

    10.  Machete - $1.7 million

    For once, a good weekend at the box office.  Ben Affleck's crime thriller The Town easily topped the weekend box office with $23.8 million.  With excellent reviews and a solid B+ from Cinemascore, the movie should play well as the fall movie season gets into gear.

    Easy A, starring Emma Stone, also had a great first weekend, opening with $18.2 million.  Another film with positive reviews and an even better Cinemascore rating than The Town (an A-), the teen comedy should also hold up well in the next few weekends to come. 

    One the downside, Devil, the monster-in-an-elevator horror film produced by M. Night Shyamalan (whose name actually got the audience booing when I saw the trailer for this a few weeks ago) didn't impress anyone with just $12.5 million.  Don't expect this to become a Halloween classic anytime soon.

    Last week's champ, Resident Evil: Afterlife, took its expected 62% drop (yikes), falling to fourth place with just $10.1 million.  However, that probably won't stop them from making another one.

    The weekend's other new release, the animated family film Alpha and Omega (where the hell did this movie come from?), rounds out the top five with $9.2 million. 

    The usual suspects filled out the rest of the top ten:  Inception continues to do well, bringing its total gross up to $285 million.  It's doing even better overseas, where it has grossed $468 million.  Wow.  Will Ferrel also still has plenty to be happy about, seeing The Other Guys remain in the top ten for another week with another $2 million.

    Takers and The American continue to do steady business, and Machete seems to be making a quick exit from the top ten, barely beating out Eat Pray Love for the tenth spot this weekend.

    Next weekend, we'll have some more family film competition with the release of Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, and we will find out if greed is indeed still good as Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opens in theaters

    Friday
    Sep172010

    Paranormal Activity 2 Poster

    On the heels of some truly bizarre hidden footage discovered on their official website earlier this week, Paramount has now released the official poster for Paranormal Activity 2, which was revealed on Fandango earlier today:

    It kinda looks exactly like the poster for the original film...just with a new picture.  I see they're also continuing their "Demand It!" campaign (I'm not entirely sure if that's necessary this time around) for fans who would like to see the new movie early.  The studio is planning advanced screening parties in 20 different cities for the sequel on October 20, so if you're desperate to see it two days earlier than everyone else, just go to Eventful.com to demand your city get a screening.

    If you're content with just looking for easter eggs in the poster, there are a few:  if you look in the mirror on the left-hand side of the photo, the baby is missing from the crib, the dog's tail is in a different position, and it looks like the rug under the crib is missing. 

    What the hell that all means, I have no idea (and is this really "the most anticipated horror event of the year"?).  But it's been a damn clever marketing campaign so far, and it looks like they're hopefully taking real strides to keep this from being another Blair Witch 2.  I think it's odd they haven't even announced a cast yet - the only one currently listed on IMDB is Katie Featherston

    Paranormal Activity 2 opens in theaters on October 22nd.

    Friday
    Sep172010

    Kate Beckinsale Joins Contraband

    Uber Goddess Kate Beckinsale has signed up for a new film which makes me happy, and it looks like a smaller type of thriller which may garner her accolades in the same way "Snow Angels" and "Nothing but the Truth" did.

    It's a remake of an Icelandic thriller "Reykjavik-Rotterdam" that I admit I am unfamiliar with although I have heard of "Jar City" another of the authors novels that was made into a movie. The remake was actually announced around a year ago with Mark Wahlberg locked as the lead, Latino Review has the scoop.

    About a year ago, it was reported that Mark Wahlberg has come on board to star in "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," a remake of an Icelandic thriller that has been set up at Working Title.  Baltasar Kormakur who starred and produced the original film will direct the Wahlberg version.

    The name of the remake is now known as "Contraband."

    I also just learned from my sources that Kate Beckinsale will star opposite Wahlberg in the film. 

    The plot centers on a security guard and former alcohol smuggler on the Iceland-Netherlands route who is tempted back into illicit business by a dubious friend after encountering financial problems. The original, which Oskar Jonasson directed, was Iceland's submission for the 2009 foreign-language Oscar race and won five of that country's film awards. Aaron Guzikowski, the writer behind 2009 Blacklist spec "Prisoners," is penning the script.

    Trailer for the original:


    Friday
    Sep172010

    The Roommate Trailer

    Here we have the trailer for a film everyone has been buzzing about....ok that's a lie unless you are among the teen girl set as it stars Leighton Meester (The one from Gossip Girl that isn't Blake Lively) and Minka Kelly (Very pretty but who?).

    It's basically a revamp of early 90's thriller "Single White Female" with a college twist and in fairness it looks solidly made and will probably do well as a bit of time passing fun when it hits cinemas next February.

    Check out the trailer below of head over to Yahoo.Movies for the HD version.

     

    Friday
    Sep172010

    TBS Debuts "Conan" Teaser Poster

    Conan O'Brien. I can't wait to see that lanky manchild misfit back on the airways again. His quirky jokes and mannerisms always leave me in stitches. I may not be part of "Team Coco", or team anything for that matter, but the guy is funny. Let's just leave it at that. It's not like we are debating the death penalty or abortion. Check out the poster featuring Conan and his owl friend below. Good thing George Lopez OKed the move. Nope.

    Friday
    Sep172010

    Dru Struzan & Jefferey Weissman: "We're Going Back" 

    We’re going back ... spanning november 5th 2010 to november 12th 2010, you can join fellow back to the future fans re-create marty mcflys week in 1955 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of back to the future! the biggest back to the future event ... IN HISTORY! By the fans, for the fans, with all proceeds going to team fox for Parkinson's research.

    Friday
    Sep172010

    "Voltron" Concept Art Surfaces

    I have to say when I first heard about a "Voltron" flick being in development, all I could think of is "Transformers". We've already see this guys, you were beaten to the punch...a day to late and all that. After seeing the below concept art sent to the good guys over at JoBlo along with the mediocrity that was "Transformers 2", I'm game for "Voltron". He can defend my universe any day.

    Friday
    Sep172010

    "Pinocchio" To Come Alive For Warner Bros.

    The Brothers Warner along with Dan Jinks Co. are set to puppeteer a live action version of "Pinocchio" according to The Trades. Dan Jinks will produce the feature through his company and Bryan Fuller has been given the opportunity to write the script. Fuller worked on ABC's weirdo tv show "Pushing Daises" and has sort of a cult following due to "Wonderfalls" and "Dead Like Me".

    Jinks was reportedly inspired by Burton's live action take on "Alice In Wonderland, "I think we've found a fresh approach that's going to be very entertaining." I have to say I really like this idea. I can see a film which features a nice balance of darkness, wonder, and comedy. I'm assuming the studio is going to do this one in 3D and find themselves crushed by giant wads of cash. I don't know about you, but I am really liking Tom Wilkinson as Gepetto right now.

    Friday
    Sep172010

    TNT Orders 2nd Season Of "Memphis Beat"

    TNT is ordering a second helping of its hit series MEMPHIS BEAT, starring Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) and Alfre Woodard (Three Rivers).  TNT has ordered 10 episodes for the second season of the series, which also stars DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow).  The show is slated to return in 2011.

    MEMPHIS BEAT premiered June 22 and quickly established itself as one of the summer’s hottest shows.  In its first season, MEMPHIS BEAT averaged 4.7 million viewers and ranked as one of ad-supported cable’s Top 5 new series of the summer and the #1 Tuesday series among adults 25-54.  MEMPHIS BEAT was created by Liz W. Garcia (Cold Case) and Joshua Harto (The Dark Knight).  The series comes to TNT from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television. 

    Friday
    Sep172010

    New Due Date Trailer

    Comingsoon.Net Via iTunes has the new trailer for this Robert Downey Jr and Zach Galifianakis headlined comedy, directed by Todd Phillips, featuring Michelle Monaghan and Jamie Foxx.

    This is the best of the three trailers shown so far mainly because it shows Monaghan's character thus giving some context to Downey's character's plight, however he still comes across like a douche and Galifianakis character seems more like a caricature, perhaps the lack of funny in these trailers is because the movie is R rated and the best gags can't be shown?

    Due Date opens on Novermber 5th and you can check out the trailer below.