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'Avatar 2' and Sequels Release Dates

'Avatar 2' and follow-up sequels' release dates revealed (image: Na'vi Sam Worthington in 'Avatar') Avatar, James Cameron's late 2009 (and early 2010) blockbuster that spearheaded the (currently dwindling) popularity of 3D movies, will have three sequels. Why exactly that has come as a surprise revelation for some is unclear. Sigourney Weaver, who for quite a while has been scheduled to return for the Avatar sequels, had already mentioned that there would be three movies, filmed concurrently much like Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Anyhow, James Cameron and Avatar distributor 20th Century Fox have announced that the three sequels will be released as follows: Avatar 2 (not to be confused with Avatar: The Last Airbender […]


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'Avatar 2' and Sequels Release Dates



'Mirror Mirror' 2012: Snow White Spoof Disappoints

April 3 update The Hunger Games passed the $250 million milestone at the North American box office on Monday, April 2, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Although Gary Ross' futuristic adventure tale reached that milestone one day after the studio had predicted, that's an impressive feat all the same. After 11 days, The Hunger Games has collected $253 million in the U.S. and Canada. Ignoring inflation, only six movies have reached $250 million at the domestic box office in 11 days or less. In addition to The Hunger Games, the others are: Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight in 8 days (Christian Bale / Heath Ledger / Maggie Gyllenhaal) David Yates' Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part […]


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'Mirror Mirror' 2012: Snow White Spoof Disappoints



'One for the Money' & 'The Devil Inside' Surprise

Debbie Reynolds, Katherine Heigl, One for the Money Jan. 28, '11, update: Forget Tuesday's Oscar nominations announcement: Liam Neeson's action vehicle The Grey, which will likely be totally ignored when the Oscar 2013 nominations are announced, will easily top the North American box office this weekend. After taking in an estimated (and better than expected) $6.2 million on Friday (as per Deadline.com), the Joe Carnaham-directed The Grey should reach anywhere between $17-20 million for the weekend. Also in the cast: Dermot Mulroney, Frank Grillo, and Dallas Roberts. The no. 2 spot will likely belong to the Julie Anne Robinson-directed Katherine Heigl comedy One for the Money, which has been overperforming possibly thanks to discount tickets offered by distributor Lionsgate. One […]


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'One for the Money' & 'The Devil Inside' Surprise



Worst Labor Day Weekend Box Office in Nearly Two Decades

Labor Day Weekend box office disaster: Helen Mirren thriller The Debt didn't help matters Sept. 8 update The Help was once again the no. 1 movie at the U.S. and Canada box office on Tuesday, Sept. 7, '10, grossing $1.34 million according to Box Office Mojo. The Help cast features Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Allison Janney, Cicely Tyson, Chris Lowell, and Mike Vogel. Writer-director Tate Taylor adapted Kathryn Stockett's bestselling novel. The Help was down 10 percent on Wednesday. That was the lowest drop-off rate on a day when every single top-twelve movie was down, most of them losing more than one fifth of their business. John Madden's The […]


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Worst Labor Day Weekend Box Office in Nearly Two Decades



Zach Galifianakis vs. Mel Gibson

Zach Galifianakis in 'The Hangover': Saying No to Mel Gibson? 'The Hangover 2': Zach Galifianakis vs. Mel Gibson? Zach Galifianakis may have been the reason for the cancellation of Mel Gibson's cameo in Todd Phillips' The Hangover Part II. The cameo was meant to be Gibson's first baby step into mainstream Hollywood moviemaking following his (latest) fall from grace, the result of various expletive-filled phone calls and accusations of battery. Galifianakis' involvement hasn't been confirmed, but at least that's how many in the media have interpreted his remarks to Comedy Death-Ray host Scott Aukerman. (The podcast transcript and comments below are from Anne Thompson's “Thompson on Hollywood”): “But a movie you're acting in, you don't have a lot of control […]


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Zach Galifianakis vs. Mel Gibson



'Resident Evil: Afterlife': Milla Jovovich Thriller Offers Further Proof Audiences Eager for Original Fare

Wentworth Miller, Shawn Roberts, Kacey Barnfield in Paul W.S. Anderson's Resident Evil: Afterlife Sept. 16, '10, update: Following a steep 20 percent drop on Wednesday, the North American box office was up slightly (+3.6 percent for the top ten films) on Thursday, Sept. 16, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. Every single movie among the top twelve was up compared to the previous day, though only one, Emma Thompson's Nanny McPhee Returns, gained more than 10 percent. Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and starring Milla Jovovich and Wentworth Miller, Resident Evil: Afterlife was the no. 1 movie for – in all likelihood – the last time, drawing $1.57 million on Thursday. Ben Affleck's The Town, the Emma Stone […]


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'Resident Evil: Afterlife': Milla Jovovich Thriller Offers Further Proof Audiences Eager for Original Fare



'Takers' & 'The Last Exorcism' Dead Heat?

Javier Bardem, Julia Roberts in Ryan Murphy's Eat Pray Love (top); Sylvester Stallone, The Expendables (bottom) Sept. 1, '10, update: It was bound to happen: on Tuesday, Aug. 31, the Julia Roberts-Javier Bardem-James Franco romantic drama Eat Pray Love earned more money than Sylvester Stallone's violent actioner The Expendables at the North American box office, according to figures found at Box Office Mojo. The Expendables has been doing surprisingly well on weekends, but on weekdays Eat Pray Love has been faring much better. This past Tuesday, however, was the first time the Ryan Murphy-directed drama actually beat – by a small margin – The Expendables: $1.057 million vs. $1.053 million. To date, The Expendables is by far the more successful […]


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'Takers' & 'The Last Exorcism' Dead Heat?



'Vampires Suck' Sinks & Tom Cruise $200 Million 'Flop'

Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz in James Mangold's action comedy-thriller Knight and Day Aug. 26, '10, update: Tom Cruise's vehicle Knight and Day was labeled a “belly-up flop” in the United States because it opened in late June with $20.1 million on its initial weekend (the spy caper had been out since Wed. that week). Not helping matters was Cruise's reputation as a Couch-Jumping Scientologist. Its run is almost over, Tom Cruise's “flop” has taken in nearly $76 million at the domestic box office. Not a bad figure, though a disappointment considering the film's $117 million production cost (not including marketing/distribution expenses). However, Knight and Day has scored $146.5 million overseas, where apparently people don't care about Cruise's religious beliefs […]


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'Vampires Suck' Sinks & Tom Cruise $200 Million 'Flop'





FILM ARCHIVES

'Ben-Hur' 1959 & 1925 on DVD: Charlton Heston & Ramon Novarro
'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner,' 'Bonnie and Clyde': 1967 Classics Academy Screenings
Olivia de Havilland Tribute
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Frank Sinatra Films
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'Metropolis' Poster: $850,000
Cannes Winner Alfredo Landa, Darth Vader Voice Actor Constantino Romero Die