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Demi Moore Devastated to Lose Lovelace Role

Demi MooreDemi Moore was "devastated" to lose her role in Lovelace.

The Hollywood actress - who has been replaced by Sarah Jessica Parker in the role of feminist Gloria Steinem in the movie about real-life porn actress Linda Lovelace - is said to have cited a "personal crisis" as to why she pulled out of the movie appearance after being hospitalized last week, according to the film's producers.

Heidi Jo Markel - who is producing the motion picture with Jim Young and Laura Rister - told People, "It was a shock and a concern for all of us. We got a call from [Moore's representative] on Tuesday morning and said, 'There's been a personal crisis and we need to let you know that.' And we were clueless. We had no idea what it entailed. We just knew she was out, that there was probably a health concern, and to move on."

Demi was rushed to the Sherman Oaks Hospital last Monday evening where she was treated for exhaustion after suffering a seizure at a birthday party she was hosting at her home. But her director friend Patty Jenkins says the brunette beauty is now recovering: "I just saw her and she's doing great. I think she's doing much better than it's made out to be. Demi is awesome and so strong. I also hate when people make it a bigger drama than what is going on. She's great."


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Anne Hathaway: Best Actress for Hollywood’s Dollar

Anne HathawayIt looks like Saturday Night Live was smart to book Anne Hathaway for her second visit. According to Forbes, the actress is worth her money and more.

Anne, who has starred in large grossers including Alice in Wonderland and Get Smart, is estimated to bring in $64 in profit for every buck spent on her. That’s the highest amount for any female based on the magazine’s set of factors.

Hathaway’s relatively small paycheck helped her score this achievement.

Curious Case of Benjamin Button star came in a distant second. The Oscar winner only returns $27 per dollar.

Tying for third are Jennifer Aniston and . The romantic comedy staple and the Academy Awards fixture both pull in about $21 for each dollar.

Sex and the City’s is the next ranked star with $17 per dollar.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: October 26, 2010

Back to the FutureHere are some of the options available this week:

  • Alien (Anthology): Blu-ray
  • Back to the Future (25th Anniversary Trilogy): DVD, Blu-ray
  • Elf (Ultimate Collector's Edition): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lake Placid 3: DVD
  • Paths of Glory: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Santa Claus: The Movie: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Sex and the City 2: DVD, Blu-ray
  • South of the Border: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?: DVD
  • Winter's Bone: DVD, Blu-ray

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

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Sequel News: The Hobbit, Wimpy Kid and More


The Hobbit: Guillermo Del Toro’s exit from The Hobbit doesn’t necessarily mean an end for the prequels. Lord of the Rings’ Peter Jackson is now in talks to serve as both producer and director. It’s still hoped the two films can be released in 2012 and 2013.

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Box Office Breakdown: A-Team’s Face Kicked by Karate Kid’s Foot

Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid

The battle of the ‘80s remakes was won by an actor born in 1998.

Despite featuring no actual karate and a Smith named Jaden, had no problem kicking up Will Smith-esque dollars this weekend. (I’m sure it had something to do with that Justin Bieber song.).  Sony’s remake of the 1984 classic surpassed early projections by rallying to a $55.7 million finish. The film’s debut means the 11-year-old star has already managed to outperform most of his father’s films. (I Am Legend opened to $77.2 million in 2007; Hancock premiered to $62.6 million in 2008.)

Meanwhile, Fox’s reboot of cranked out what could be considered a B-grade performance. The movie, which cost over $95 million to make (compared to Karate‘s $40 million), only rang up $25.7 million in its first three days. That’s barely above the figure Liam Neeson’s Taken earned in 2009 ($24.7 million) and nowhere near the debut Bradley Cooper and Jessica Biel had with Valentine’s Day ($56.2 million).

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Get to the Greek…and Shrek

Get Him to the Greek

Ashton Kutcher may have more Twitter followers than Diddy and Russell Brand combined - but that achievement wasn’t reflected at the box office this weekend.

Despite pirating the first 13 minutes of Killers, Kutcher was unable to generate enough interest to earn more than third place. The film - Katherine Heigl’s first since leaving Grey’s Anatomy - only rounded up a mere $15.8 million. (In other words, Ashton got about $3 from each of his Tweeps.)

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Box Office Breakdown: Theatergoers Choose Shrek Over Sex

Sex and the City 2

Shrek - not cosmopolitans - was what fans were buying this weekend.

Despite competition from two heavily-promoted features, an aging green ogre was able to hang on to his title for two weeks in a row. raised an additional $57 million during the Memorial Day frame to bring its domestic total to $146.8 million.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. proved that people can get tired of sex. Sex and the City 2 - which featured the return of Aidan Shaw (John Corbett) - couldn’t get past the bad reviews to even match the first film’s numbers. (Sex and the City opened to $56.8 million in May 2008.) The lovely ladies also couldn’t overpower Jake Gyllenhaal’s four-day haul. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time wound up snagging second place with a $37.8 million debut.

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In Theaters This Weekend: May 28, 2010


Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Sarah Jessica Parker Game For Sex and the City Prequel

SJP as Patty Green in Square PegsSarah Jessica Parker wants to play Carrie Bradshaw in a possible prequel.

The 45-year-old actress insists advances in video technology would make it possible to play the journalist as a teenager, as depicted in creator Candace Bushnell’s latest book The Carrie Diaries.

“Who do I want to play teenage Carrie? I don’t know. Maybe they should use old footage of me. And in this new age of , what about a new 17-year-old S.J.?”

In the early 80s, Sarah Jessica was starring as Patty Greene in TV series Square Pegs and insists the character was a good representative of the early Carrie. “That might have been Carrie in high school,” she joked.

The actress - who has seven-year-old son James Wilkie and 11-month-old twins Marion and Tabitha with husband - recently admitted she plans to take her eldest child to see Sex and the City 2, but will take him out of the cinema during the raunchier moments.

“If I can manage to take him out for popcorn for two certain moments, I think he’s ready for it. He has too many questions, and he’s too clever for us to keep it from him. I wouldn’t say this movie is for seven-year-olds, but we’ll find a way of figuring it out.”


Sex and the City: Carrie Becomes a PC


Carrie Bradshaw’s Mac has become a staple of the character, as identifiable with as Manolo Blahniks. But all that’s going to change in the Sex sequel, where Carrie will become a PC. Hi, I’m astounded.

Carrie’s Mac became far more than a prop through the course of the six-season series. An entire episode (“My Motherboard, My Self”) was devoted to the device. It also played a large role in the two-part series finale, serving as a metaphor for Carrie’s true self. Now, all that’s being stripped away thanks to advertising agreements and (I suspect) studio interference.

Hewlett-Packard computers (and only HP computers) will be featured in the new movie. will also be featured in upcoming ads for the computer company. Carrie Bradshaw would never sell herself out for some extra movie-making money - remember how she flat-out rejected the Season 5 book cover mock-up? The switch is one that will be noticed only by die-hard Sexers, but it’s a jolting difference all the same.

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