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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Edge of Darkness’ And ‘When In Rome’ No Match For ‘Avatar’ Winning Streak

January 31st, 2010 No comments

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The studios should consider holding off on releasing any new movies until Avatar is safely out of theaters, since it has consistently wiped out the competition since it was released in December. After seven weeks at number one, it’s officially the highest grossing movie ever made. This week’s crop of new releases, which included Mel Gibson‘s $80M dollar comeback vehicle Edge of Darkness and the romantic comedy When In Rome, were no match Read more…

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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE WEEK: Oprah’s ‘Big Get’ Interviews

January 29th, 2010 No comments

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No matter how loyal or dedicated an audience can be for a TV show, if it stays on the air long enough, viewers will change and some will move on. It’s something that the producers  of Oprah’s long running talk show have made their mission to fight. Executive producer Sheri Salata, told the Huffington Post:

When you’ve been on the air for 24 years, our greatest challenge as producers is what are we going to do now that hasn’t been done before? How do we take it up a notch?

They have taken it up a notch, reclaiming their place in pop culture by scoring “big get” interviews that are guaranteed Read more…

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THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: Mel Gibson’s ‘Darkness’ Takes On ‘Avatar’

January 29th, 2010 No comments

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The title for Mel Gibson‘s first starring vehicle since Signs in 2002, Edge of Darkness, could also describe the public perception of him since his 2006 arrest for drunk driving. Although four years have passed, memories of his widely reported tirade, which included his use of anti-semitic slurs and calling a female sergeant “sugar tits”, have not faded away. Overcoming his reputation may be an impossible task, but Gibson is giving it a try. He’s been a good sport about poking fun at his image, even at the Golden Globes, when host Ricky Gervais introduced him, saying: Read more…

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‘Wall Street 2′ Trailer

January 29th, 2010 No comments

The surprising thing about the trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is that it actually manages to make the movie look promising and not like a desperate grab for audience acceptance by director Oliver Stone after a string of flops including Alexander and World Trade Center. Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar winning role as Gordon Gekko and Shia Lebeouf is the new Charlie Sheen. For his sake, let’s hope the similarities end there. Also, what’s with the logo at the end that looks straight out of a promo ad for Monday Night Football?

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J.D. Salinger: 1919 – 2010

January 28th, 2010 No comments

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J.D. Salinger died peacefully in his home in Cornish, New Hampshire yesterday at the ripe old age of 91. Although only a few of his novels were published, they were enough to cement his legend. When you write The Catcher in the Rye, 1951, you don’t have to write anything else. Alas, he did. Nine Stories and Franny and Zooey appeared in the next decade and have since become Read more…

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ABC Cancels ‘Ugly Betty’ Because Of Unfashionable Ratings

January 28th, 2010 No comments

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The Colombian telenovela Soy Betty, La Fea that served as the inspiration for Ugly Betty ended with the main character’s transformation into a glamorous bombshell. For the ABC series, which is struggling in its fourth season, both creatively and in the ratings, that transformation will be coming sooner rather than later. After it had the misfortune of being shuffled to the deadzone of the Friday night lineup, it’s being canceled for the age old reason that Read more…

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HEY, I THINK I SEE A CELEBRITY!: All Chi-Town Sightings, Week of 1/18

January 27th, 2010 No comments

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From time to time celebrities do step out of LA and New York to venture over to the windy city! They’re not always A-list, but what the heck, we’ll take what we can get. This week’s sightings:

  • Jersey Shore cast members The Situation, Pauly D, Snooki and J-Woww finally made good on their slew of canceled Chicago appearances from last week, stopping by RiNo on Sunday night. In an interview with Red Eye, J-Woww said she is shocked by the Read more…
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‘Avatar’ And The Current 3-D Craze: Is This The Future of TV And Cinema?

January 27th, 2010 No comments

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In his Oscar speech for Titanic in 1998, James Cameron (seen above dipping into his own product) declared himself “King of the World.” Some would argue that he’s been re-elected, seeing as his new film, Avatar, has become the highest grossing movie of all time (booting Titanic out of the water), not adjusted for inflation — the real honor belongs to Gone with the Wind. I beg to differ. It’s 3-D technology that is actually Read more…

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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Avatar’ Holds Back ‘Legion’; Comes Close To Sinking ‘Titanic’ Box Office Record With $1.836B Worldwide Total

January 25th, 2010 No comments

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None of the new releases had what it takes to break Avatar ‘s stronghold on the box office. The blockbuster 3D epic took in another $36M, bringing its current worldwide total to $1.836B and closer to surpassing Titanic‘s record as the highest grossing movie of all time. Before the movie’s release in December director James Cameron had expressed concern over Read more…

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‘Hope For Haiti Now’ Raises An Estimated $58M For Earthquake Victims

January 23rd, 2010 No comments

Celebrities make great canvassers, don’t they? I think they should get together more often for solving the world’s problems. When I worked for Save The Children, and there was no huge disaster at the time, it was hard to get anybody to let me say one word. But when Reese Witherspoon does it, it’s another story. One telethon a week for various causes would do wonders. Just an idea.

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