Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, Miramax, Lionsgate, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, Adaptation, Documentary, Drama, Horror, Music, Period, Romance, Sequels, Comedy, Home Entertainment, Lists, New Releases
Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this Tuesday:
- Atonement: Blu-ray
- The Boys are Back: DVD
- Bright Star: DVD
- Fame: Blu-ray
- I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell: DVD
- Little Ashes: DVD
- Michael Jackson’s This Is It: DVD, Blu-ray
- Paris, Texas: DVD, Blu-ray
- Pride & Prejudice: Blu-ray
- Saw VI: DVD, Blu-ray
- St. Trinian’s: DVD
- Surrogates: DVD, Blu-ray
- Tennessee: DVD
- Whip It: DVD, Blu-ray
Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Disney, Fox Searchlight, MGM, Paramount, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Animation, Documentary, Family, Independent, Music, Political, Remakes, Romance, Science Fiction, Comedy, Sports, Box Office, Lists
Depending on how you look at the numbers, the winner this weekend was either Couples Retreat or Paranormal Activity.
In the comedy corner, we have a Peter Billingsley-directed film that earned $35.3 million and a first-place finish. The movie - which combined the efforts of Vince Vaughn, Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman - pulled in the best numbers for any Columbus Day weekend entry ever. It also gave Vaughn his 2nd best opening behind The Break-Up.
Meanwhile, on the horror front, Paranormal Activity made a huge splash despite being in limited release. The Blair Witch-esque movie scared up a shocking $49,000 per screen average. It also raked in nearly 500 times more than its budget. (It only cost less than $16,000 to produce.)
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Disney, Fox Searchlight, MGM, Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Independent, Music, Political, Romance, Sequels, Comedy, Box Office, Lists
Watch out, vampires…there’s still life in the other undead.
Although he was previously known as a director for Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ruben Fleischer now has a new title: box office champ. This past weekend, Ruben saw his first major feature, Zombieland, attack the competition with a $24.7 million debut. The movie - which only cost approximately $24 million to make - had the highest open for any zombie-themed flick since Dawn of the Dead in 2004.
Meanwhile, another director had an entirely different result with her debut feature. Whip It, a roller derby comedy helmed by Drew Barrymore, rolled into 6th place finish with only $4.7 million. (When your film’s been topped by Pixar entries from 10+ years ago, there might have a problem.) Hopefully in a few more weeks, the Ellen Page vehicle will at least cover its $15 million production tab.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: FOCUS, Disney, IFC Films, Fox Searchlight, Lionsgate, Sony, Warner Bros, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Sequels, Comedy, Sports, Thrillers, Lists, New Releases
Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:
- Capitalism: A Love Story** (R): starring Michael Moore (directed by Michael Moore)
- The Invention of Lying (PG-13): starring Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill (directed by Ricky Gervais, Matthew Robinson)
- Toy Story/Toy Story 2 in 3D (G): starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, John Ratzenberger (directed by John Lasseter)
- Whip It! (PG-13): starring Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis (directed by Drew Barrymore)
- Zombieland (R): starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone (directed by Ruben Fleischer)
Roller derby is “scary as s**t” to Drew Barrymore
The 34-year-old actress’ new movie Whip It, which she directs and stars in, is about the roller skating contact sport, and she admits she had no idea how brutal the sport could be.
Just because you’re too scared to attempt roller derby doesn’t mean you can’t sound bad ass.
For the upcoming release of Whip It, Fox Searchlight has created a tool that will let you create your own derby persona. The results generated are meant to fall in line with the names used in the movie (Smashley Simpson, Dinah Might, Malice in Wonderland, Bloody Holly, Eva Destruction).
What title was randomly selected for me? Whiskey Terror. (Although I’m personally not a fan of the drink, I’m pleased with the outcome.) To build your own alter ego, just click here.
Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut premieres on October 9.
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Could 2009 be the year Drew Barrymore is finally taken seriously?
Although the actress has starred in a number of successful projects, the 34-year-old made people take notice earlier this year with her portrayal of Little Edie in Grey Gardens. (She just received a Lead Actress nomination for that performance today.) Now she’s months away from directorial debut.
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There’s a reason why they say you should never date a co-worker…
Nearly a month after breaking up with Drew Barrymore, Live Free or Die Hard‘s Justin Long has reportedly dropped out of his next film. The actor, who had been dating the free-spirited actress for about a year, was scheduled to star in Whip It!, Barrymore’s directorial debut.
According to E!, Long chose to back out of the movie shortly before shooting was scheduled to begin. The 30-year-old is supposedly still too “distraught” by the break-up to work under Barrymore. (Apparently some actors can’t separate their emotions from their work.) Unfortunately, distancing himself from the roller derby film won’t necessarily help Justin avoid Drew. The two still have to promote He’s Just Not That Into You later next year.
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