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Inglourious Basterds1. "Inglourious Basterds" ($38 million)
2. "District 9" ($18.8 million)
3. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" ($12.5 million)
4. "The Time Traveler's Wife" ($10 million)
5. "Julie & Julia" ($9 million)

It took at least a decade for Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" to emerge from the recesses of his mind and into movie theaters, but it seems the wait was well worth it. After a $14.3 million Friday debut and a $13 million Saturday, analysts are projecting a $38 million weekend for the World War II-era revenge flick, significantly higher than the $30 million best case scenario most experts predicted prior to the film's release. Read More...

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1. "Inglourious Basterds" ($14 million)
2. "District 9" ($5.8 million)
3. "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" ($3.6 million)
4. "The Time Traveler's Wife" ($3.3 million)
5. "Julie & Julia" ($2.7 million)

They say a basterd's work is never done, but Friday night's box office numbers makes it clear that a basterd's work is just beginning. Quentin Tarantino's long-awaited "Inglourious Basterds" opened in the top spot with a surprisingly large $14 million Friday evening, the biggest single-day opening for any of the acclaimed director's films. Prior to the weekend start, most projections pegged "Basterds" at a $30 million weekend at best, but that number has since changed to a likely $35 million. Read More...

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Inglourious BasterdsThis week brings yet another easy weekend screening for me. Especially since, unlike last week, I haven't actually seen the highly anticipated upcoming release in question.

It's been a long time since director Quentin Tarantino served up a proper feature. There was "Death Proof" of course, which formed one half of "Grindhouse," and a brief bit in "Sin City." But the last feature-length solo effort from Tarantino was "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," and that was in 2004. While the Bride's tale of bloody revenge was a blast, I'm looking forward "Inglourious Basterds"' World War II adventure. Maybe it's the Jew in me, but the premise of American soldiers brutalizing Nazis while spouting Tarantino dialogue sounds exactly like my idea of a good time at the movies.

Those who are not quite as fond of the "Pulp Fiction" director's work have some good options to choose from, among them last week's excellent "District 9," which is sure to repeat its solid weekend performance as word-of-mouth builds. Then there are the new releases... Read More...

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Robert RodriguezCowboy hat rockin’ movie master Robert Rodriguez is getting ready to unleash another children’s flick this August, something along the lines of his trippy kids’ films “Sharkboy and Lava Girl” and the “Spy Kids” trilogy. Much like those older films, “Shorts” is a fantasy adventure flick that aims to take children’s imaginations to unimaginable places.

“It’s a kid’s movie and it’s all about a wishing rock,” 13-year-old Jimmy Bennett, star of the “Shorts” and the young Captain Kirk in May’s “Star Trek,” explained. “People make wishes that go bad.” Read More...

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Leslie MannLeslie Mann is as known for her roles in comedies like “Big Daddy,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up.” She is also the wife of Judd Apatow and mother to their children, which probably helped her land roles in those latter two. It seems appropriate then that she’s starring in the upcoming family-friendly flick “Shorts,” for which a hot new trailer was recently unveiled. In the movie, she plays a soccer mom whose life is turned upside down by a magic rainbow rock, “Alice and Wonderland”-style.

“It’s a series of short films,” Mann explained. “It’s about a kid who finds a magic rock. And whoever is holding this rock, whatever they wish for, it will come true.” Read More...

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