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FLOP POP FIZZLE, The Obligatory Weekend B.O. Report: ‘Shutter Island’ Top Draw Once Again; ‘Cop Out’ And ‘The Crazies’ Follow With Soft Openings

February 28th, 2010 No comments

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Shutter Island was the top draw for the second week in a row, taking in another $22M, in what was a lackluster weekend at the box office. Things should perk up next week as Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, the first major 3D release since Avatar, will roll out. The Kevin Smith directed low brow comedy, Cop Out, debuted as a soft number two. Read more…

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VULTURE DROPPINGS OF THE WEEK: Olympic Sponsors

February 28th, 2010 No comments

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The Olympic games are a big deal. Huge. Astronomical. They represent the world’s finest athletes, competing on a stage that’s seen by millions upon millions of people whose eyes stay glued to the TV for the entirety of each game’s duration. Or so NBC hopes. Read more…

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THE WEEKEND MARQUEE: Kevin Smith Responds To Critics’ Pans Of ‘Cop Out’: “It’s A Funny Flick”; ‘The Crazies’ Hopes To Steal Thunder From ‘Shutter Island’

February 26th, 2010 No comments

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Even though Kevin Smith is no stranger to courting controversy in his work (the Catholic themed comedy Dogma and  Zack and Miri Make a Porno being prime examples); with his latest movie, Cop Out, a throwback to the buddy cop comedies of the 1980s such as 48 Hours and Beverly Hills Cop, he says he wanted to avoid it Read more…

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NBC’s New ‘Tonight Show’ Olympics Promo: ‘Back’ To Basics With Jay Leno

February 26th, 2010 No comments

The image of Jay Leno smirking while cruising in his car to The Beatles‘ “Get Back” isn’t going to win him any new fans. In fact, the lyrics, “Get back to where you once belonged,” are just so obvious and hamfisted. That isn’t going to make people forget about Conan O’Brien. If anything, it’s going to make people miss him. An angry parody of the promo, which surfaced immediately, is after the jump. Read more…

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Roger Ebert: A Man Transformed

February 26th, 2010 No comments

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This week legendary film critic Roger Ebert wrote a poignant essay of sorts in response to a recent Esquire profile on him. The article by Chris Jones, which appears in the most recent issue of the magazine, details what life has been like for Ebert since having his lower jaw removed due to the spread of thyroid cancer. He has undergone a series of operations since 2003, and, since 2006, he has not been able to eat or speak. One thing he has not lost, however, is Read more…

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Oscar Campaigning Gets Down And Dirty: ‘Hurt Locker’ Producer In Hot Water Over Email Blast

February 26th, 2010 No comments

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The fact that Inglourious Basterds is nominated for Best Picture probably had something to do with the reason that an art auction to support Haiti, which featured artwork inspired by the film, was organized in LA last week. Every year around this time the studios get creative with their Oscar campaigning and while the politics of convincing voters can get down and dirty, the trick is to Read more…

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Disney Vs. 20th Century Fox: Clash Of The 3-D Titans, Or ‘Alice’ In ‘Avatar’ Land

February 26th, 2010 No comments

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On March 5, Tim Burton‘s new off-the-wall CGI epic, Alice In Wonderland, opens on 3-D screens across the country. Disney has put a lot of marketing muscle behind the pic and has its hopes set high for box office glory. The only problem is that James Cameron‘s Avatar is still performing astonishingly well, thanks mainly to 3-D ticket sales. These premium tickets actually cost about $5 more than Read more…

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Matthew Goode And Anthony Hopkins Dish About Past Movies And The Hollywood Scene

February 25th, 2010 No comments

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When I first saw the ads for last January’s forgettable rom-com turkey, Leap Year, I was surprised to see Matthew Goode as the leading love interest to Amy Adams, who I wasn’t surprised to see. Goode was so, well, good in films like Match Point and, more recently, A Single Man. It seemed like Read more…

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Sign ‘O’ The Times

February 25th, 2010 No comments

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Katherine Bigelow receiving one of her many awards for The Hurt Locker.

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New ‘Runaways’ TV Spot

February 25th, 2010 No comments

Nothing says punk rock like Dakota Fanning and the girl from Twilight.

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