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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

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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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Celebrity Double-Take: SATC 2’s Noah Mills and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine

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For today’s installment, we have Sex and the City 2 hunk Noah Mills on the left and Maroon 5 singer on the right.

Something tells me would have been more than happy to work with either of these two men.

(Make sure to check out more of our Celebrity Double-Takes here, here and here.)


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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Sarah Jessica Parker and Her 48 SATC2 Costumes

Carrie Bradshaw

Believe it or not, has 48 costume changes in Sex and the City 2.

The actress - who reprises her role as glamorous journalist in the movie sequel - admits she changed outfits so many times, more than 10 were lost to the cutting room floor.

“I think I have about 48. We started off with 60 and I think scenes were cut and scenes didn’t make it. So I think between scenes being cut prior to shooting and us not being able to find a good enough reason to change clothes on camera, which is what I would do if they would let me, I think we end up in high 40s.”

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