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    ‘Real Steel’ delivers a box office knockout

    Posted: 08 Oct 2011 04:20 AM PDT

    “Real Steel” is exceeding some people’s expectations, rolling to a big Friday and a $27-30 million weekend. A big Saturday (it is kid-friendly enough to manage that) could push it higher. As I’ve said, it’s a real crowd-pleaser.

    Do people want to see a George Clooney political drama with Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Paul Giamatti? It’s only looking like an $11 million weekend. Easily the best reviewed movie of the weekend, it could get a Saturday boost.

    “Dolphin Tale” will be close to $50 million by the time the weekend is over.

    “Courageous” is holding about half its audience for a $4.5 million-5 million weekend. It’s barely on a pace, as I suggested at the outset, to do “Fireproof” numbers — $33-40 million. It will have to hold, week in and week out, maybe have a better Saturday and Sunday and clear $5 million to have a shot.

    Movie Preview: ‘Young Adult’

    Posted: 07 Oct 2011 09:00 AM PDT

    Well, let me re-post this trailer because, golly, Wordpress has eaten the one I posted a couple of hours ago.

    What did I say then? “Young Adult” is the new one, a holiday release, from Jason Reitman. It would seem to be a laugh-at-arm’s length film about that too-pretty-too-spoiled girl you loved to hate in high school (Charlize Theron), grown up and grumpy, coming home to steal her old boyfriend from the wife and little baby they just had together.

    There is a laugh-out-loud moment in this trailer. No, it’s not provided by Patton Oswalt (not a fan), who is in too many scenes from it for my taste.

    “Young Adult” opens in early December in limited release, rolling out everywhere as the month drags on.

    Word to the wise, starting a blog? Wordpress is one blog provider where you will be spending a LOT of time doing things over again because they glitch it into the ether. Happens half a dozen times  a month.

    Summit chickens out on previewing ‘Three Musketeers 3D’

    Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:57 AM PDT

    Truthfully, a 3D version of “The Three Musketeers” sounded, well, odd and a bit of a stretch.

    And the fact that the one filmmaker who could give Uwe Boll a run for the “Worst movie maker of the moment” money was behind it wasn’t confidence inspiring.

    But when I got word late last month to hold a date free for a preview of “The Three Musketeers 3D” I was surprised. Perhaps the director of several godawful “Resident Evil” movies, of “Death Race” and “Mortal Kombat” and “AVP” got it right.

    Now Summit has awakened, perhaps having seen the film or at long last having realized they hired Paul W.S. Anderson to direct the damned thing (they didn’t hire him, his project, they acquired it), they’ve canceled all previews of the picture nationwide.

    Bigstar takes aim at disgruntled Netflix customers with membership offer

    Posted: 07 Oct 2011 06:32 AM PDT

    Anybody using the alternative movie/video streaming service Bigstar? They’re angling for a piece of the action Netflix is losing with its higher prices and shrinking streaming library. Bigstar will sell you a membership for just$7.99 this month, if you can show them your cancellation notice from Netflix.

    Their regular annual membership fee is $34.99, so that’s a price break that makes them competitive. I don’t see any gadgets I have that are readily accessible through Bigstar (We go Wii in our house, but also watch stuff off a PC interface).

    Anybody sampled this company’s wares? First I’ve heard of Bigstar. Details on their deal are below.

    MIAMI, FL–(October 5, 2011) – BIGSTAR (, the one-stop destination for the best movies you demand, announced a special offer for the remainder of October where disgruntled Netflix customers can receive an entire year membership to BIGSTAR's expansive movie library for only $7.99 with proof of cancellation.  For a limited time, anyone who forwards a recent Netflix cancellation email to, will have instant access to stream movies, documentaries, international titles and TV episodes directly to a variety of internet-connected devices.

    “We understand how frustrating it is when a company raises prices for a service, especially in this economy," said BIGSTAR President and CEO Xavi Dalmau.  "We believe former Netflix customers will find BIGSTAR a very affordable destination to get their on demand fix for the best movies.  We welcome our new members and hope they enjoy the special one year deal we're offering for the same amount they were paying Netflix per month."

    With annual memberships starting as low as $34.99 – that's less than $3 a month – BIGSTAR has the lowest prices in the video-on-demand market.  Users have the ability to discover new releases, hard-to-find festival favorites and international movies by selecting the titles they love on an acclaimed list of internet-connected devices, including iPad, iPhone, Yahoo! Widgets (Samsung, Vizio, Sony TVs), Google Android, Roku Players, Palm WebOS, Vizio TVs, Samsung TVs, PopBox players and many more.

    Offer expires at midnight EST, October 31, 2011.  For more information or to sign up for a 30-day free trial of BIGSTAR movies, please visit