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Box Office Breakdown: Dawn Treader Sails Past Depp, Jolie

Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader sailed to a first place finish this weekend despite a lackluster start. The latest C.S. Lewis adaptation – which was produced for an estimated $145 million – earned only $24 million in domestic sales. That figure is $31 million less than Prince Caspian’s debut and approximately $41 million below The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’s premiere.

Landing into second place was The Tourist, which rang in a disappointing $16.5 million. Although the film boasted two big A-list stars (Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie), the thriller turned in Depp’s smallest open for a wide release since 1999’s The Astronaut’s Wife.

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 3, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

  • The Warrior's Way (R): starring Jang Dong-gun, Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston (directed by Sngmoo Lee)
  • The Assistants* (NR): starring Joe Mantegna, Jane Seymour, Stacy Keach (directed by Steve Morris)
  • All Good Things* (R): starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan (directed by Andrew Jarecki)
  • Bhutto* (NR): (directed by Jessica Hernandez, Johnny O'Hara)
  • Black Swan* (R): starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel (directed by Darren Aronofsky)

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Joaquin Phoenix: P. Diddy, Others in on the Documentary Hoax

Joaquin Phoenix’s I’m Still Here is still making waves, and most movie reviewers are still scratching their heads. Phoenix scored plenty of huge headlines when he purportedly walked away from his acting career to pursue rap, but it was his David Letterman appearance that really got people talking.

Ben Stiller famously impersonated Phoenix at the Oscars, appearing on stage in a full beard to poke fun at Joaquin’s rugged look. But Phoenix says that Stiller, along with several others who appeared in the pseudo-documentary, was in on the joke.

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Mila Kunis Talks Sex (Scene) with Natalie Portman

Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman did not, despite the rumors, drink tequila to loosen up for their sex scene in Black Swan. Kunis says the rumor is “false.”

“There was no tequila!” She exclaimed when People caught up to her during an event held last week. “I don’t think we could have done that scene if we were intoxicated.”

Doing the scene was difficult for the actresses, who are friends off-camera. Mila Kunis says that sex scenes are “never comfortable, same sex, opposite sex, it’s never comfortable.”

Kunis began preparing for her role in Black Swan a year ahead of time, undergoing rigorous ballet training. She lost twenty pounds, which made her look “like Gollum from Lord of the Rings!” But it’s unlikely the male viewers who see her in the film will find cause for complaint.

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VIDEO: Natalie Portman in Black Swan Trailer


Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis play rival ballerinas in , but this film isn’t made for little girls.

The dark thriller revolves around a New York ballet company which is staging a performance of Swan Lake. Portman’s character is picked to dance the lead role, but the arrival of a new dancer (Kunis) creates new tension and competition.

Kunis stretches her villain chops in the flick, which will be released December 1.

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First Look: Natalie Portman as the Black Swan

Natalie Portman in Black Swan

The Wrestler‘s Darren Aronofsky focuses his sights on a completely different stage for his upcoming film .

In this thriller from Fox Searchlight, stars as Nina, a prima ballerina in New York who has been chosen to star in a production of Swan Lake. The pressures of the role plus the arrival of a new dancer (Mila Kunis) lead to the film’s psychological twists and turns.

Swan - also starring Winona Ryder, Barbara Hershey and Vincent Cassel - has just been selected to open the Venice Film Festival. It will debut in the US later this year.

You can see another pic of Portman in character after the jump.

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Cinema Scene: Joss Whedon Helms Avengers, Del Toro’s Haunted Mansion

Joss Whedon-Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Joss Whedon officially announced at Comic-Con that he will be directing The Avengers. The superhero film is scheduled for a May 4, 2012 release.

-According to Will Arnett and show creator Mitch Hurwitz, the Arrested Development movie is still going to happen. I guess I’ll believe it when I see it?

-Lionsgate finally blinked. Saw 3D, originally scheduled to debut on Oct. 22, has been pushed to Oct. 29 - one week after Paranormal Activity 2 premieres.

-A Hobbit-less Guillermo del Toro is focusing on his next project. He is now planning to produce, write and possibly direct a scary version of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion.

-Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, has been chosen to open the 67th Venice Film Festival. The festival opens September 1.


This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 23, 2010

Fantastic Mr. Fox DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • The African Queen: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Bigger Than Life: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Blind Side: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Brothers: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Damage: DVD
  • Days of Heaven: Blu-ray
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Red Cliff: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The T.A.M.I. Show (Collector’s Edition): DVD
  • Toy Story (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Toy Story 2 (Two-Disc Special Edition): DVD/Blu-ray combo
  • Yojimbo & Sanjuro: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: February 2, 2010

Zombieland DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Adam: DVD
  • Amadeus (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Amelia: DVD, Blu-ray
  • An American in Paris: Blu-ray
  • Casablanca: Blu-ray
  • The Departed: Blu-ray
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Blu-ray
  • Gangs of New York (Remastered): Blu-ray
  • Gigi: Blu-ray
  • The Godfather (Coppola Restoration): Blu-ray
  • The Godfather Part II (Coppola Restoration): Blu-ray
  • The Last King of Scotland: Blu-ray
  • Love Happens: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Maid in Manhattan: Blu-ray

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Box Office Breakdown: Avatar Stifled by Blizzard

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How big could ‘s debut really been? Thanks to a blizzard, we may never know. James Cameron’s first feature in 12 years pulled in approximately $77 million this weekend, enough to win first place but slightly lower than expectations. The movie, which was produced for around $310 million, never reached its full potential due to weather conditions on the East Coast.

As it was, the movie came in behind 2007’s I Am Legend for the best December opener ever. (The Will Smith film debuted to $77.2 million.) The 3D entry also ranked sixth - behind Star Trek, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and New Moon - for domestic debuts this year.

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