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Brad PittBrad Pitt says actors can longer expect to earn multi-million dollar salaries.

The 48-year-old actor insists Hollywood just doesn't have the cash to splash on its major stars at the moment due to the global financial crisis and the top actors must simply get used to the economic change. When asked if major stars could expect to earn $10 million per movie, he told the BBC, "Yeah, that thing died. That arithmetic doesn't really work right now ... that deal's not flying these days."

Despite the drop in salaries, Brad insists it is a really "interesting" time in Hollywood at the moment. The Killing Them Softly star insists the monetary challenges can bring the best out of the industry. "It's a really interesting time. A lot of the studios have been challenged because of the economic downturn as well so they've been betting on bigger, more tent pole kinds of things. At the same time that opens up a vacuum for really interesting new filmmakers to come in," he explained.

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Which movie character was the greatest in cinema? Which kiss continues to sizzle on screen, even 70 years later? ABC and People gave film buffs the opportunity to choose their favorites in 15 different categories, and some of the answers may surprise you. Did your favorite film make the Best in Film list?

More than 500,000 votes were tallied to determine the best comedy film, most romantic couple and many other categories. Keep reading to see the full results, and find out which epic film made the list three times!

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The Rite

may not currently be up for an Oscar, but it does have an Oscar winner – and a box office win.

Anthony Hopkins’ first wide release since The Wolfman cut from its top spot this past weekend. The film, which debuted during (another) East Coast weather event, managed to shovel up $14.8 million in ticket sales.

, featuring action star Jason Statham, also found a place in the Top Ten. The film – a remake of a Charles Bronson movie – opened in third place with $11.4 million.

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Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Mechanic (R): starring Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland (directed by Simon West)
  • The Rite (PG-13): starring Anthony Hopkins, Colin O'Donoghue, Alice Braga (directed by Mikael Hafstrom)
  • Biutiful* (R): starring Javier Bardem, Maricel Alvarez, Hanna Bouchaib (directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • From Prada to Nada* (PG-13): starring Camilla Belle, Alexa Vega, April Bowlby (directed by Angel Gracia)
  • Ip Man 2* (R): starring Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Simon Yam (directed by Wilson Yip)
  • Kaboom* (zzznr): starring Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka (directed by Gregg Araki)
  • When We Leave* (NR): starring Sibel Kekilli, Derya Alabora, Florian Lukas (directed by Feo Aladag)

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Secretariat DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • A Beautiful Mind: Blu-ray
  • Broadcast News: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Color Purple: Blu-ray
  • Enter the Void: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Blu-ray
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Nowhere Boy: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Open Season 3: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Red: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Saw: The Final Chapter: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Secretariat: DVD, Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the options for this week.

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No Strings Attached

Pair with a star from That 70’s Show and what do you get? A Top Ten film.

No Strings Attached – last weekend’s only new wide release – topped the box office with a $19.6 million bow. The film, which features Portman and Ashton Kutcher, gave Natalie – someone who has avoided romantic comedies -- her best debut since 2006’s V for Vendetta.

As for Black Swan, Portman’s film with 70’s Show actress – that film slipped one notch down to sixth place over the weekend. You can expect a possible boost for the thriller after Oscar nominations are announced Tuesday morning.

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Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • No Strings Attached (R): starring Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes (directed by Ivan Reitman)
  • The Company Men* (R): starring Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper, Kevin Costner (directed by John Wells)
  • The Housemaid* (NR): starring Jeon Do-yeon, Lee Jeong-jae, Youn Yuh-jung (directed by Im Sang-soo)
  • Mumbai Diaries* (NR): starring Prateik Babbar, Monica Dogra, Kriti Malhotra (directed by Kiran Rao)
  • The Way Back* (PG-13): starring Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan (directed by Peter Weir)

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Green Hornet

, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, brought in a lot green for Sony this weekend. Although the film came nowhere near its $110 million budget, Hornet did earn enough ($33.5 million) to make it the second-best grosser ever during the MLK Jr. holiday frame. (Cloverfield earned $40.1 million over its first three days in 2008.)

Despite the combined comedic forces of Vince Vaughn and Kevin James, turned out to be more of a non-issue. The Universal entry -- which cost $70 million to produce -- failed to even crack the $20 million mark. That's the worst debut for Vaughn since 2007's Fred Claus and the worst open for James ever (if you don't count the films he only voiced).

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Takers DVDHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Animal Kingdom: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Buried: DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Death Race 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Freakonomics: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Jack Goes Boating: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lebanon: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Naked Kiss: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Paper Man: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Shock Corridor: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Stone: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Takers: DVD, Blu-ray

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  • The Dilemma (PG-13): starring Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly (directed by Ron Howard)
  • The Green Hornet (PG-13): starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz (directed by Michel Gondry)
  • Barney's Version* (R): starring Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike (directed by Richard J. Lewis)
  • Burning Palms* (R): starring Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell (directed by Christopher B. Landon)

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