The film was projected to take $9 million by BoxOffice.com. The movie is a messy brew that is a bit too slack to get all the way to actually being good, wrote Mark Olsen in the Los Angeles Times. Returning Films Among returning films, Universal Pictures Riddick, the science fiction film starring Vin Diesel, fell to third place from first with $7 million. The movie, the third in the franchise, stars Diesel as a bounty hunter, left for dead on a sun-scorched planet, who finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Instruction Not Included, the Spanish-language film from Pantelion Films and Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. (LGF) , placed sixth with $4.3 million. Starring and directed by Mexican TV star Eugenio Derbez, the movie chronicles the life of an unemployed playboy-turned-Hollywood stuntman who must raise a child by himself. Weekend revenue for the top 12 films rose 31 percent to $90.3 million from the year-earlier period, Hollywood.com said. Attendance year-to-date is down 1.9 percent, while revenue is up 1.4 percent to $7.9 billion. The following table has U.S. movie box-office figures provided by studios to Hollywood.com Box-Office. The amounts are based on gross ticket sales for Sept. 13 and Sept. 14 and estimates for today.
“I think when filmmakers are talented enough and skilled enough, they will be able to work wherever they choose to,” he said. “These great directors, who began their careers in Canada, are not just moving south of the border, but they are working across the border, back and forth,” Bailey added. “I think that’s going to be the future of Canadian filmmaking.” LAUGHS BRING DEALS Indeed, Canadian films have never looked stronger, and a healthy injection of big-name Hollywood stars is helping broaden that appeal, especially in the comedy genre. “The F Word,” which stars A-lister Daniel Radcliffe as a medical school drop-out who falls for an animator played by Zoe Kazan, was well-received by critics at the festival and CBS Films has already snapped up the U.S. distribution rights. A testament to the evolving local film industry, the crowd-pleasing, romantic comedy is unapologetically Canadian, with Toronto’s skylines and urban neighborhoods proudly on display. But it is also universally appealing, with a sense the story could take place just about any North American city. Moving west of Toronto, the resort city of Banff, Alberta plays a starring role in Jeremiah Chechik’s “The Right Kind of Wrong,” which features “True Blood” actor Ryan Kwanten as a struggling writer who falls for the bride on her wedding day. The formulaic rom-com failed to wow critics at the festival, but managed to nab a U.S. distribution deal with Magnolia Pictures. Other Canadian-helmed titles looking for an audience include “Devil’s Knot,” a dramatic retelling of the notorious 1993 West Memphis murders by Academy Award-nominated director Atom Egoyan, and Xavier Dolan’s new feature, “Tom on the Farm,” which has been lauded as his most “commercially viable” effort. ‘FRIENDS IN HOLLYWOOD ARE ENVIOUS’ For actor and director Don McKellar, who is at the festival with his third feature, “The Grand Seduction,” the goal has never been to make it in Hollywood, but rather to have the freedom to make the films he wants to make. “I tend to generate my owns things and I feel there’s more support for that up here,” he told Reuters.
Hollywood execs say Katherine Heigl is ‘difficult’ and ‘not worth’ working with: Biggest celebrity brat?
REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES) Actress Katherine Heigl poses at the premiere of the movie “Marley & Me” at the Mann Village theatre in Westwood, California December 11, 2008. The movie opens in the U.S. on December 25. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES)Reuters Next Slide Previous Slide Katherine Heigl has never thought of herself as America’s sweetheart. And apparently, neither has anyone else. According to an expose in The Hollywood Reporter, a handful of industry insiders all agree that the “Knocked Up” star is often too “difficult” to work with and ultimately, “not worth it.” That’s gotta hurt. SODAHEAD SLIDESHOW: The biggest celebrity brats of all time One insider elaborates on Heigl’s alleged diva demands: “She can cost you time every single day of shooting… Wardrobe issues, not getting out of the trailer, questioning the script every single day. Even getting her deal closed at Warners was hard. She hit that point of ‘no.'” The article even makes the case that Heigl’s difficulty has forced her off of Hollywood’s “A list” — making roughly $12 million on a given movie — and back onto the small screen. But is the former “Grey’s Anatomy” actress the biggest celebrity brat you can think of? Surely, there’s tons of divas in the industry. Kristen Stewart isn’t exactly the sweet girl-next-door.
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