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Inception set to fend off three box office rookies

Friday, July 30th, 2010

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Leonardo DiCaprio is set to remain king of the North American box office for a third weekend, despite the arrival of three new films led by the 3D sequel, “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore“.

DiCaprio’s dreams thriller “Inception” is likely to earn $25 million-$30 million during the three days beginning Friday. The Christopher Nolan saga boasts more than $167 million in domestic earnings entering the weekend.

Besides “Cats & Dogs“, new releases include Dinner for Schmucks, a comedy starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd, and the Zac Efron paranormal fantasy Charlie St. Cloud.

Both Inception and Cats & Dogs come from Warner Bros., which is expecting a 1-2 weekend. The first Cats & Dogs bowed in July 2001 with $21.7 million, and ended up with $93.4 million domestically. Expect Kitty Galore to open a bit higher but just below the weekend tally for Inception.

The $85 million live-action picture features talking animals voiced by James Marsden, Nick Nolte, Christina Applegate, Roger Moore, Neil Patrick Harris and Sean Hayes. Brad Peyton gets a first feature-directing credit on the Village Roadshow co-production.

Director, Jay Roach’s Schmucks should do best with younger men while topping $20 million through Sunday. The Paramount-DreamWorks-Spyglass co-production totes an estimated $55 million cost.

St. Cloud, the $44 million story of a young man (Efron) who can still see his dead younger brother, could woo as much as the midteen millions from young women. Burr Steers (Efron’s “17 Again“) directed the Relativity-Universal project.

In a notable expansion, The Kids Are All Right hits wide distribution for the first time, quadrupling to 847 theaters in its fourth weekend. Focus Features had planned to broaden the lesbian-themed comedy-drama to at least 500 locations but upped its expansion plans amid continued high screen averages and rave reviews. The film boasts a $6 million total.

In a limited bow, Sony Pictures Classics’ period dramedy Get Low — starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black — opens Friday in two New York locations and two in Los Angeles.

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Inception’s Chances Looking Good For Oscar

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Inception Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio poses with co-stars Marion Cotillard (R) and Ellen Page at the premiere of “Inception” at the Grauman’s Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California July 13, 2010.

Photograph by: Mario Anzuoni, REUTERS

Can “Inception” safely dream of Oscar glory? That’s one conundrum that will linger long after average moviegoers have stopped debating the ambiguities of Christopher Nolan’s twisty new thrill ride into the subconscious.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences failed to reward Nolan’s most recent movie, mega-grossing “The Dark Knight,” with a best picture nomination, though it collected eight other nominations. And though the producers, directors and writers guilds all nominated Nolan for that movie, the Academy didn’t. To date, Nolan has earned only one Oscar nomination, for his original screenplay for “Memento.”

The resulting outcry from “Knight’s” fans was so loud it influenced the decision last year to double the field to 10 nominees, with the Academy’s then-president Sid Ganis acknowledging, “I would not be telling you the truth if I said the words ‘Dark Knight’ did not come up.”

An “Inception” best picture nomination would be some compensation for the slight to “Knight,” but with nominations still six months away, “Inception’s” best picture prospects are a long way from a sure thing.

The Warner Bros. release cleared the first hurdle this weekend when it opened to a solid $60.4 million in North America. Oscar nominees don’t have to be box office blockbusters, but if Nolan’s fan base hadn’t shown up en masse, that would have damaged the movie’s chances.

Reviews have not been as ecstatic as those that greeted “Knight,” which scored an 82 out of 100 at As of Sunday, “Inception” was rated 76. The movie did get a key endorsement from hometown reviewer Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times who praised it for “expertly blending the best of traditional and modern filmmaking. If you’re searching for smart and nervy popular entertainment, this is what it looks like.”

But Leah Rozen, writing at, offered a caveat, saying the movie “proves more engaging to the mind and eyes than to the heart.” That could prove a potential stumbling block for Academy members, who vote as much with their hearts as with their heads.

Such other visionary movies as “2001,” “Blade Runner” and “The Matrix” all failed to earn best picture nominations, though they picked up nominations in other categories. On the other hand, it might be a good omen that Alfred Hitchcock’s “Spellbound,” his 1945 plunge into Freudian dream analysis and Dali-esque surrealism, earned best picture and director nominations. Also like “Knight,” “Inception” should prove competitive in a wide range of categories, and, with 10 slots to fill, that would help push it into best picture contention.

Its chances in the acting categories — where “Knight” brought the late Heath Ledger a best supporting actor trophy — are the most problematic. The “Inception” cast boasts impressive credentials: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page and Ken Watanabe are all previous nominees, and Michael Caine and Marion Cotillard are past winners. But, here, the actors are all working in service of the Rubik’s Cube plot, which rarely stops long enough to give them the sort of all-out dramatic scenes the Academy favors. And though DiCaprio could make a credible Oscar bid, he also could lose some votes to his companion performance this year as another man playing mind games in Martin Scorsese’s “Shutter Island.”

The rest of the key crew — several of whom also were nominated for “Knight” — all have to be considered contenders. Two-time Oscar winner Hans Zimmer performed the movie’s relentlessly driving score at the “Inception” premiere last week in Los Angeles, which could be the overture to a successful Oscar run. (Good omen No. 2: Miklos Rozsa’s classic score for “Spellbound” was an Oscar winner in its day.)

By cutting among three simultaneous dreams, film editor Lee Smith’s work harkens to the granddaddy of bravura editing, Cecil B. DeMille’s “Intolerance.” Even New York magazine critic David Edelstein, who found a lot to criticize in the film, said of Smith, “He’s all but sewn up this year’s editing Oscar.”

Now, it’s all a question of how the industry responds over the coming weeks and months. First reactions, which trickled in over the weekend, were for the most part upbeat. “I saw Inception last night & had a good time, but must admit it’s a bit trite & stilted. Still though, leagues above most drivel,” producer Ted Hope wrote to his Twitter followers.

In another tweet, director Edgar Wright, whose “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” hits theaters next month, joked, “Amazing stuff. May have fallen asleep, but really who could tell?”

And “Lost” executive producer David Lindelof, no stranger to mind-bending puzzlers, exclaimed, “I wish that someone would break into my dreams and give me an idea HALF as good as INCEPTION.”

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Monday, January 11th, 2010

Release date: Friday July 16, 2010
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Director: Christopher Nolan
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Screenplay: Christopher Nolan
Producer(s): Emma Thomas
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, Michael Caine
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Rating: Not yet rated
Available film art: Inception movie posters

The film is describe as a contemporary sci-fi actioner set within the architecture of the mind from “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan. Nolan wrote the original screenplay and hopes to shoot the sci-fi action film in the summer for a release during summer 2010.

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