Headlines: 3/11/11

Tomei, Parker wanted for indie dram-com Married and Cheating Variety describes Marisa Tomei and Sarah Jessica Parker as “in early talks” for the indie comedy/drama focusing on the problems of three married couples. (6:45 pm) Because The Fighter needed more human irritant Dicky Ecklund Behold, DVD-ready deleted scene of Christian Bale gnawing on the scenery. (read…)

Watercooler: True Grit’s a legit hit, will Oscar notice? Also: No Country for the Bluebeard Lebowski Apocalypse of Oz Redux

It’s official and it happened faster than I predicted it would. Riding a strong weekday performance and an estimated 2nd weekend that dropped less than 2%, True Grit is Joel and Ethan Coen’s all time highest grossing film with nearly $87 million and counting. It should blow through my outside prediction of $100 million by (read…)

Watercooler: True Grit’s a hit, Illusionist falls short (for me)

. The Coen Bros. at the Box Office Title Total Box Opening Box Theaters Opening Day No Country for Old Men $74,283,625 $1,226,333 28 11/9/2007 Burn After Reading $60,355,347 $19,128,001 2,651 9/12/2008 O Brother, Where Art Thou? $45,512,588 $195,104 5 12/22/2000 The Ladykillers $39,799,191 $12,634,563 1,583 3/26/2004 True Grit* $36,068,000 $24,850,000 3,047 12/22/2010 Intolerable Cruelty (read…)

Watercooler: Black Swan stays strong, The Fighter does OK, How Do You Know bombs. Also: catching up with movies I’ve missed

Black Swan is an art house hit. Can it cross over? With an estimated $12.2 million, The Fighter (review) performed respectably at the box office after jumping from 4 screens to 2,503 this weekend. That’s hardly the feel good breakout film the advertising so desperately wants you to believe it is or the kind I (read…)

AFI Fest: The Fighter (2010)

A confident looking Mark Wahlberg took to the stage last night at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to introduce the world premiere of his film The Fighter to an eager AFI Fest audience, the likes of which he joked he hadn’t seen since his days with The Funky Bunch. Almost willing the audience to love the film, (read…)

AFI Fest 2010 Secret Screening Announced: World premiere of Russell’s ‘The Fighter’

I was hoping against hope the secret screening would be True Grit, but this will do. Here’s this morning’s press release: AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THE FIGHTER AS ITS SECRET SCREENING Free Tickets Available at 10:00 a.m.; Screening Tonight at 9:30 p.m. LOS ANGELES, CA, November 9, 2010  AFI (read…)

Poster: The Fighter

Everyone appears to be much more pleased with the extended trailer for The Fighter that ran during last night’s episode of Mad Men than they were with the first one. I’m guessing people will be pleased with this simple, stylish and dignified poster for same. Directed by David O. Russell from a screenplay based on (read…)

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