SUNDAY CENTS: Phenom ‘Activity’

Posted by · 5:46 pm · October 11th, 2009

The number one movie at the box office this weekend was Universal’s “Couples Retreat” with $35.3 million. That’s the ninth-biggest October debut in history and the biggest total ever tallied on this particular weekend of the year, but it’s not the biggest success story of the weekend. Not by a mile. No other films were […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Zombie’ lands at the top

Posted by · 12:46 pm · October 4th, 2009

Fox may not be able to get teens excited about horror comedy but Sony sure can as “Zombieland” debuted with an impressive $25 million and the number one spot.The studio  makes a killing off these types of relatively low budget genre titles (“Obsessed”, “Lakeview Terrace”) and you have to hand it to the marketing department […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Great ‘Balls’ on fire

Posted by · 10:57 am · September 27th, 2009

America lined up for seconds as “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs” topped the box office for the second weekend in a row, dropping only 19% to $24.6 million. That’s a fantastic hold for the only family film out in the market and makes $100 million a very real possibility, if not a formality. It […]

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9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:54 am · September 25th, 2009

• Pete Hammond suggests Steven Spielberg as Oscarcast producer. [Notes on a Season] • Steve Pond likes the idea, tries to turn over some news as to who might have been tapped, comes up with nothing. [The Odds] • Kyle Buchanan chats with “Coco Before Chanel” star Audrey Tautou. [Movieline]

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THE LONG SHOT: Making the 10 work for you

Posted by · 9:01 am · September 23rd, 2009

*This is the first installment of “The Long Shot,” a new weekly Oscar column from Guy Lodge here at In Contention. At some point last week, I snapped at a commenter for rather benignly suggesting that, with the clarity granted certain contenders by the festival season, we could now call 7 of the newly expanded […]

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TORONTO: ‘Whip It,’ ‘Valhalla Rising’

Posted by · 12:42 pm · September 17th, 2009

More from the fest… “Whip It” (***) Skinny Milly Miller.  I remember that name from the roller derby shows on Saturday afternoons in the 1970s. My grandfather loved sports of any kind and when there was nothing else, it was roller derby he would watch, and invite me to do so with him. I loved […]

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Previewing the 34th annual Toronto fest

Posted by · 7:25 am · September 4th, 2009

In less than a week I will kiss my wife and kids goodbye and head into Toronto, about 50 miles away, for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Twelve years ago my wife and I found it makes no sense for me to attend the festival for 16 to 18 hours and then try to […]

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‘Whip It’ poster

Posted by · 11:51 am · August 25th, 2009

(Courtesy: MTV)

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Herzog, Moore, Coens plan a stop at TIFF

Posted by · 11:05 am · July 28th, 2009

Some exciting announcements out of Toronto today (still no “Road”).  The festival is shaping up to be very, very cool this year. The film I am most excited about, announced today, is Werner Herzog’s remake “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” with Nicolas Cage in the role that Harvey Keitel made legendary. No in […]

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‘Whip It’ trailer, starring Ellen Page, lots of chicks

Posted by · 8:33 am · July 16th, 2009

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