A Very Merry Record-Shattering Box-Office Christmas! "Avatar" Remains on Top with $75 Million 


Hollywood celebrated a merry Christmas with shattered box-office records! Moviegoers spent the weekend enjoying high-profile releases. The estimated $278 million box-office take broke the previous record of $253 million set in July 2008 when "The Dark Knight" was released.

For a while, at least on its opening day, "Sherlock Holmes" was poised to take the box-office crown earning a record Christmas day debut of $24.9 million.

But James Cameron's "Avatar" regained its audience over the weekend, topping the box office with merely a 3 percent drop from its opening weekend. The sci-fi flick earned $75 million for the No. 1 crown!

Meanwhile, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law must settle for the No. 2 spot. Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" opened with a very impressive $65.4 million box office take.

"Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" took in $50.2 million on the weekend, and $77.1 million since it opened Wednesday. Also opening strongly was "It's Complicated" starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin from director Nancy Meyer. The Universal romantic romp had a solid debut of $22.1 million settling at No. 4.

Oscar contender films also did very well at the box office. "Up in the Air" starring George Clooney grossed $11.8 million (total $24.5 million) while "Nine" earned $5.5 million in 1408 theaters.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box Office films for Christmas weekend:

1. "Avatar," $75 million.
2. "Sherlock Holmes," $65.4 million.
3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel," $50.2 million.
4. "It's Complicated," $22.1 million.
5. "Up in the Air," $11.8 million.
6. "The Blind Side," $11.7 million.
7. "The Princess and the Frog," $8.7 million.
8. "Nine," $5.5 million.
9. "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" $5 million.
10. "Invictus," $4.4 million.

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Top 10 Best Films of 2009! Did Your Favorite Movie Appear On My List?  


From big blockbusters to small independent films, they all earned a slot in my Top 10 Best Films of 2009 list. My requirements are simple – did the film entertain? Provoke? Cajole? Will I remember the movie years from now? I’m happy to report that the films that entertained, provoked, and cajoled me can all be found on my list. And yes, I’ll remember these movies for years to come.

Here’s my list of the Top 10 Best Movies of 2009, from No. 10 to the best of the best! And there's also a fun TOP 10 video made just for you! Read More...

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Latest Movie Reviews: "Sherlock Holmes," "Nine," "It's Complicated" 


It's that time of the year when studios cram the Christmas weekend with lots and lots of movies! Not only do we have to overindulge with eating, we can also overindulge with watching movies.

This weekend, "Sherlock Holmes," "Nine," "It's Complicated," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" are going to try to topple "Avatar's" No. 1 position. But I think James Cameron's masterpiece will remain the king of the box-office weekend.

"Up in the Air" also goes in wide release (Check out my movie review of "Up in the Air" here, and my interviews with director Jason Reitman, and cast Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick right here).

Here's my movie reviews of "Sherlock Holmes," "Nine," and "It's Complicated." Have fun! :happy



Here more info from Yahoo on the films we discussed:

"SHERLOCK HOLMES"

Robert Downey Jr. brings the legendary detective to life as he has never been portrayed before. Jude Law stars as Holmes' trusted colleague, Watson, a doctor and war veteran who is a formidable ally for Sherlock Holmes. Rachel McAdams stars as Irene Adler, the only woman ever to have bested Holmes and who has maintained a tempestuous relationship with the detective.

Genres: Action/Adventure, Thriller, Adaptation and Mystery
Running Time: 2 hr. 9 min.
Release Date: December 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic material including violence, disturbing images and a scene of suggestive material.
Distributors:
Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution

"NINE"

SYNOPSIS
Famous film director Guido Contini reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion while balancing the numerous women in his life.

Drama, Musical and Adaptation
December 25th, 2009
Rated PG-13 for sexual content and smoking.
STARRING
Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Stacie 'Fergie' Ferguson and Judi Dench
DIRECTED BY Rob Marshall

"IT'S COMPLICATED"

Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has - after a decade of divorce - an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable - an affair.

Genres: Comedy and Romance
Running Time: 1 hr. 58 min.
Release Date: December 25th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for some drug content and sexuality.
Distributors:
Universal Pictures

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Trouble in "Clash of the Titans" Paradise? Why Are They Reshooting? 


The fantasy-adventure "Clash of the Titans" is set to open in three months, but they're going back to reshoot! Actor Sam Worthington revealed that director Louis Leterrier, Legendary Pictures, and Warner Bros. all agreed to shoot more scenes to make the film more epic, and turn it into gasp, 3-D!

Worthington told the LA Times that:

"We're going to be going back and shooting more scenes for it, they cut loose with some money so we can add to it...We're going to be shooting more scenes in January, so we're going to be right up against it -- the movie comes out in March."


So new money means new filming? Or is this a sign that Warner Bros. didn't like the cut they saw of "Clash of the Titans?" Or is the studio just setting their sights higher for the film?

Let's have Worthington explain:

"There were some creaky parts but they are the parts that we knew were creaky and that we knew were going to be creaky going into it. The studio is also letting us add some gods and scenes. And they're talking about making the movie a 3D film."


I hope Leterrier and company get this right! I love Greek mythology, and I totally dug the original "Clash of the Titans" starring Harry Hamlin. And honestly? I didn't quite fancy the trailer of the remake. It didn't make me go giddy with excitement!

And why are they not showing Medusa yet? Or Pegasus?

In case you haven't seen the trailer of "Clash of the Titans," here it is:



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Taylor Lautner to Star in "Vision Quest" Remake? Really? 


Alright y'all, just because Taylor Lautner displayed his abs in "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" doesn't mean he can fill Matthew Modine's shoes in "Vision Quest."

E! News told us that the 17-year-old actor "could wind up playing an updated version of Modine's character in the still-in-development film, which counts Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment (and "Twilight" and "New Moon" fame) as producers. We hear that Richard Munic has penned a screenplay that is "very faithful" to the original film."

Apparently, Taylor already saw the script and very excited about it! One source said, "It's very much in line with his athleticism. His character is someone who's striving for greatness."

But neither a rep for Lautner or Warner Bros. respond to a request for comment from E! News.

Okay, again I ask Hollywood, why remake? Can't they just leave a movie alone? Is there no more creativity left?

"Vision Quest" wasn't really a masterpiece, but it boasted a memorable plot where Modine played a high school wrestling star who falls head over heels in love with Linda Fiorentino. The best part? The film showcased a very young ingenue named Madonna! She played a pub singer and the soundtrack featured her songs "Gambler" and "Crazy For You." Ah, the 80s..this news makes me nostalgic for the 80s Madonna, so here's "Crazy For You" as seen on "Vision Quest."



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