|Title ||Weekend ||Total ||Analysis |
|Inception ||$27.5M ||$193.3M ||Powered by repeat viewings, a winner for 3rd straight week and already 7th biggest box office hit of 2010. |
|Dinner for Schmucks ||$23.3M ||$23.3M ||Only so-so reviews contribute to soft opening for this Carell-Rudd comedy. |
|Salt ||$19.2M ||$70.8M ||Modest Week 2 drop-off for fun Angelina Jolie thriller. |
|Despicable Me ||$15.5M ||$190.3M ||Still solidly in the Top 5 in 4th week. |
|Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore ||$12.5M ||$12.5M ||Insert cat and/or dog pun here. How about, "this movie was spayed and neutered!" |
Bomb of the Week: The Zac Efron experiment with drama went horribly wrong as Charlie St. Cloud had the indignity of earning less in its opening weekend than Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. Posted 08.02.10 by reelz
With the early reviews of director Jay Roach's new movie, Dinner for Schmucks, being mediocre at best, Paramount continues its marketing campaign for the movie by releasing two new clips that focus on the comedic pairing of Paul Rudd and Steve Carell. Based on the French movie The Dinner Game, which was itself based on a play called Dinner for Schmucks, the movie centers around a dinner party game in which the contestants compete with one another to see who can bring the biggest weirdo loser to the party. Check out the clips here >> Posted 07.30.10 by BrentJS
Hollywood's batting average remaking foreign films is about .500. When it takes on French farce it's about half that. How's this Americanized version of they darkly funny The Dinner Game (1998)? Consensus is Carell saves the day. Just barely.
Posted 07.29.10 by reelz
"...an uproarious odd-couple remake of Francis Veber's hit French farce The Dinner Game..."— Peter Debruge, Variety
"Though not as guffaw-rich as previous efforts by the talents involved, it comes close enough to the mark to please their fans..."— John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
"What makes the soufflé rise is the actors. Steve Carell is a comic wonder as the film's No. 1 schmuck."— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...a nice, safe comedy of tolerance and repentance — a subpar Carell-and-Rudd odd-couple buddy movie."— Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...Dinner for Schmucks is underdone sitcom fodder that forces a cast of exceptional and almost always adroit comedians to tough it out with irreparably bland and thoughtlessly broad material."— Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
Just how difficult has career advancement gotten in the 21st century? In Dinner for Schmucks — based on the French movie The Dinner Game — Tim (Paul Rudd) is desperate to get ahead in his career, but the only way to do so is to curry favor with his boss, who likes nothing better than to throw dinner parties where his execs bring along out-and-out idiots as their very special guests. Fortunately, Tim's found a perfect candidate in IRS employee Barry (Steve Carell). Unfortunately, that means Tim is going to be spending quite a bit of time with a guy whose intellectual engagement with the world doesn't rise much above giggling at monkeys on the TV.
We feel his pain. Hey, sometimes even the best of friends behave in ways that prompt a strong desire to be swallowed up by the earth. Moviemakers love capturing those "can I please disappear now?" moments and we quite enjoy watching them ... from a distance. Here are our 10 favorites. (Feel free to forward this to your friends, family, coworkers — anyone you'd like to send a message to.)
Top 10 "I Swear I Don't Know This Person" Movies Posted 07.28.10 by reelz
Paul Vasquez (Hungrybear9562) saw a double rainbow from his yard in Yosemite National Park and decided to grab his video camera to record the meteorological phenomenon. Interesting enough, but not the sort of thing set to become a YouTube hit, let alone one that inspires a song. The video's true value — and reason for its viral success — is this dude's reaction to seeing the double rainbow.
Here at Reelz, we're split. The cynics say it's a shrewd attempt at grabbing an audience, perhaps even an audition tape of sorts; while the romantics simply see a burly-man broken down to his rawest emotions by nature's beauty. One thing we can agree on is that odds are good Hungrybear9562's screen de plume might hint at a certain recreational habit. Which got us thinking it might be fun to do a little re-casting, especially given Hollywood's relentless release of sequels and remakes. Here, then, are 10 stoner movies we could totally see remade with a role tailored for Mr. Double Rainbow.
10 Movie Roles "All the Way" Perfect for Mr. Double Rainbow Posted 07.27.10 by reelz
Two hilarious new clips are out for director Jay Roach's (Meet the Fockers) latest comedy, Dinner for Schmucks. A remake of the French movie The Dinner Game, Schmucks follows Tim Wagner (Paul Rudd), a young executive who hopes to rise in the ranks by winning his boss' monthly dinner party contest, where the winner is the executive who brings the biggest loser with him as his dinner guest. Tim thinks he has found the perfect "schmuck" in sad-sack IRS agent Barry (Steve Carell) and attempts to earn his friendship so that Barry will accompany him to the party. watch both clips >> Posted 07.24.10 by BrentJS
This July could be called "Steve Carell month" considering the actor appears in two movies opening in four weeks: the currently playing Despicable Me, where Carell supplies the voice for supervillain Gru, and Dinner for Schmucks, which opens July 30, and finds Carell as Barry, an unintelligent man brought to an "idiot-off" dinner party by Paul Rudd. Director Jay Roach talked to Filmcritic about his "dream team" comedy ensemble for Schmucks, which includes Zach Galifianakis, Jemaine Clement, and Ron Livingston. Roach agreed that Carell could be considered the "LeBron James" of the group. Schmucks cast a slam dunk for Roach >> Posted 07.20.10 by Ryan
July's first big question (Which country will win the World Cup?) has already been answered, leaving us to ponder the second: Can two Steve Carell movies successfully open in the same month? With Despicable Me currently playing in theaters and already winning the top spot at the box office, Carell's other July movie, Dinner for Schmucks, hopes for similar success on July 30 ... and so the promotional clips keep coming. It's "back, schmack" in the latest clip >> Posted 07.13.10 by Ryan
Hot on the heels of the first clip from Dinner for Schmucks, the studio has released a second. In the movie, Tim Wagner (Paul Rudd) is a young executive who will do anything to climb the corporate ladder, including participating in his boss' monthly dinner party, at which the employees compete by bringing the biggest "schmuck" they can find to be their dinner guest. Here, Tim gets the third degree from Therman (Zach Galifianakis), an overzealous IRS employee and co-worker of Tim's chosen schmuck, Barry (Steve Carell). Posted 07.11.10 by BrentJS
Paramount Pictures has released a funny new clip from director Jay Roach's (Bruno) latest comedy, Dinner for Schmucks. The story revolves around a young executive (played by Paul Rudd) who hopes to climb in the ranks by winning at his boss' monthly dinner party game by bringing the biggest idiot to the gathering. In this clip, Barry (Steve Carell) shows why he is the perfect person to bring to the dinner party by asking embarrassing questions of a Swiss couple. WATCH THE CLIP >> Posted 07.09.10 by BrentJS