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Box Office: Rio Trumps Scream Sequel

Bloody carnage just doesn’t compare to animated fun… at least, not this weekend. Rio soared to the top of the box office results, earning $40 million during its opening weekend to leave all the horror flicks and feelgood films in the dust (by more than $20 million).

Scream 4, the highly-anticipated and long-awaited sequel, opened in the number 2 position. The star-studded horror flick earned $19.3 million over the weekend, far below expectations. Hop fell to third place with its $11.2 million weekend take.

Soul Surfer is down to fourth place, earning $7.4 million, and Hanna fell to fifth with $7.3.

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Box Office: Russell Brand Stays on Top

Russell Brand, ArthurUPDATE: Final numbers prove Sunday estimates were wrong. Get the updated -- and accurate -- box office results below.


Even Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman can’t compete with family-friendly Easter-themed animation. Hop has retained its number one box office position, and Portman’s lowbrow comedy flick suffered a dismal opening weekend.

Hop, which cost around $63 million to make, has already earned a cool $68.2 million from box office revenue ($21.7 million this weekend). Thanks to his new comedy flick, Russell Brand is in the top two positions on the box office list for the weekend. Arthur earned $12.6 million to gain the second top slot. His voice is behind the leading bunny in Hop, and Brand plays the title character in the number 2 flick.

Action flick Hanna just barely got pushed into third, earning $12.3 million in its opening weekend. Soul Surfer scored $11.1 million to lock down a fourth place opening. Insidious is still on the top five list (barely) with $9.7 million. Natalie Portman, James Franco and Danny McBride proved to be a dismal box office combination, earning a combined $9.5 with Your Highness to land in sixth place.

UPDATED: Hanna actually earned second place at the box office with $12.4 million. Arthur slid into third place with its $12.2 million box office take.

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Emma Stone Signs on to Spider-Man Reboot

Emma StoneSony Pictures has confirmed that, as suspected, Emma Stone (Easy A) will be among the cast of the new —though not in the expected role.

Stone will star as blonde Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s other love interest.

As previously reported, the role of Parker will be filled by (who may currently be seen in The Social Network), and so far no Mary Jane Watson has been cast.

Next up for Emma: an October 23 appearance on Saturday Night Live.

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No Facebook Marketing for Facebook Movie


If you’ve seen of the ads for the upcoming movie, it probably wasn’t while you were commenting on your friend’s status update.

That’s because Sony has decided not to promote - an unflattering tale about the creation of Facebook - on the popular site at all.

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Sony, Miramax Feeling the Strain of Recession

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It isn’t just middle America that’s been affected by the severe economic crisis. Even one of the nation’s most successful ventures, the cinema, is feeling the budget crunch. Some of Hollywood’s biggest names are suffering, as more movie patrons find they can no longer afford box office prices.

is laying off their employees, eliminating around 6% of their current workers. According to a memo given to employees of the company, “the decision to take this step was difficult. But it’s being done in the context of a strategy designed to help us safeguard our competitiveness and chart our own course through these troubled waters.”

Miramax is also struggling in the dangerous economic climate, and sources suggest that the company could be closing its doors for ever in 2011. Six movie projects are still in production, but upon their completion Disney could opt to sell the label.

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Spider-Man 4 Canceled, Franchise Restarted

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A sticky situation has just been wiped clean.

Spider-Man 4, already delayed to due to script disagreements, has just been scrapped altogether.

Even though a fourth Spidey film will be produced, neither Sam Raimi nor will be involved with the project. Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have chosen to reboot the series and bring the story back in time. The superhero will now experience his awkward high school years once again.

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Joss Whedon Was Serious About Terminator Bid

Joss Whedon, self-proclaimed mastermindWhen I read Joss Whedon‘s open letter (seen in full after the jump) to the Terminator owners (putting down a $10,000 bid for the rights), I laughed so hard that I actually didn’t think that the Dollhouse creator penned it himself.

Up against moguls like Sony Pictures and Summit Entertainment (the folks behind the very profitable Twilight franchise), Whedon barely seems to stand a chance as he waves his meager $10,000 offer around—was he serious at all? Turns out that the geek extraordinaire hasn’t wanted money this badly “since they auctioned off frames from The Little Mermaid.”

When asked if he finds his bidding laughable, Whedon remarked, “What do you mean, funny?! You think $10,000 is funny?! Here’s the thing: It’s not a slam on The Terminator. I love The Terminator. That part’s totally true. So you know what, never hurts to ask.”

To much of his fans’ surprise, the writer-director claims that he doesn’t just like the series because his former co-worker Summer Glau was on the television series: “I loved the movies, even the later movies. I loved the mythology. I loved the TV show [The Sarah Connor Chronicles]–like, really loved. Not for pretend. And not just because of [star] Summer [Glau].”

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Michael Jackson Rehearsals to Become a Feature Film

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UPDATE: According to reports, Sony and AEG Live have set the release date for Halloween week: Friday, Oct. 30.

Sony is looking to purchase the 80-plus hours of rehearsal footage to create a new movie on the King of Pop. The footage, which was shot while the singer was working on his London act, is currently owned by AEG Entertainment.

According to Variety, the rights could easily cost $50 million.

If all goes well, the new movie might be released before the end of the year.

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Is Maguire Gearing Up for Two Spidey Sequels?

Tobey MaguireHad you asked me last year whether I saw another Spider-Man in ‘s future, I would have easily said “No.” Thank goodness, I didn’t put any money down on that.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the chances of Maguire of participating in two more sequels are actually quite strong. Maguire and director are reportedly very close to sealing new deals with Columbia Pictures.

This news comes months after a premiere date was announced by the studio. Back in June, producer Laura Ziskin said she would like to see a fourth installment in theaters on Memorial Day 2011.

Assuming casting is determined soon, Columbia may opt to schedule back-to-back productions as early as fall 2009.

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Quantum of Solace Gets a Date Shift

Quantum of Solace

Who knew Harry Potter’s departure would have such repercussions?

When Entertainment Weekly produced last week’s Fall Movie Preview edition (the one with that bespectacled wizard on the front), I don’t think they anticipated having such outdated information. Unfortunately, Warner Bros.’ decision to move to July 2009 has set off a series of schedule changes.

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