7/29 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:23 am · July 29th, 2009

• Quentin Tarantino set to raise funds with special Chi-town screening of “Inglourious Basterds.” [Chicago Tribune] • Andrew O’Hehir on the lawsuit that could derailed the “Hobbit” adaptation. [Beyond the Multiplex] • In a tight economy, how do you decide what films deserve your hard-earned cash? [The Guardian]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Audiences accept Bullock’s ‘Proposal’

Posted by · 9:49 pm · June 21st, 2009

With absolutely nothing targeted towards the date crowd yet this summer, Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds took the stalest looking romantic comedy all the way to the top of the box office with $34.1 million. That’s far and away Bullock’s best debut as she’s used to figures in the high teens and then leggy runs […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Bad ‘Hangover’ for new openers and holdovers

Posted by · 1:11 pm · June 14th, 2009

After denying “Up” the bragging rights of a repeat at the top of the box office at the last minute, “The Hangover” has accomplished that feat itself. The R-rated comedy dropped a minuscule 26% to add another $33.4 million to the bank and give it a very real shot at $200 million-plus. That’s a benchmark […]

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Looking down the nose from across the pond

Posted by · 10:19 am · June 12th, 2009

Boy, the Brits sure are down on Hollywood this afternoon.  First and foremost, perhaps as an off-set to that “here come the franchises” piece linked in this morning’s round-up, David Thomson writes nearly 1,400 words before coming to his fairly reasoned thesis.  If you get through the painful film school lesson (and really, I love […]

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6/12 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:17 am · June 12th, 2009

(Wow…that week went by fast.) • Patrick Goldstein thinks the new “Shutter Island” trailer is overkill for those who don’t want everything spoon-fed. [The Big Picture] • More on the alleged misogyny of Lars von Trier. [CNN] • Shia LaBeaouf talks “Transformers” with John Hiscock. [Daily Telegraph] • Sarah Palin, the bold, the bright, turns […]

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*chirp* *chirp*

Posted by · 12:53 pm · June 11th, 2009

Wow, there is quite literally nothing worth discussing today.  This has been a pretty eventless two-week spread, actually.  I have no interest in writing about the baseless “G.I. Joe” speculation.  Nothing to offer the “Taking of Pelham 123” discussion because I’ve yet to make my way to a screening.  Nothing to say about the limited […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Dark clouds ‘Hangover’ Ferrell

Posted by · 11:57 am · June 7th, 2009

(6/8 UPDATE: Variety is reporting this morning that, in a rare occurrence, “The Hangover” topped “Up” once actual numbers rolled in.  “Final figures will show that ‘Hangover’ grossed $45 million from 3,269 runs,” Pamela McClintock writes. “‘Up’ should finish at $44.3 million to $44.4 million from 3,818 theaters.) “Up” has now joined “Paul Blart: Mall […]

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5/25 Web Round-up

Posted by · 9:07 am · May 26th, 2009

• Tom O’Neil chats up the actors of Broadways’ “God of Carnage.” [Gold Derby] • Noah Forrest gets wrapped up in the excitement of seeing “Drag Me to Hell” with an audience (a week or so after decrying the public movie-going experience). [Movie City News] • Indie filmmaker and noted script doctor John Sayles is […]

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