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‘The Roommate’ leads soggy Super Bowl box office

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6 (Reuters) – “The Roommate,” a low-budget thriller that received a unanimous thumbs-down from top critics, opened in the top spot at the weekend box office in North America, as the studios braced for the annual sales hit from Sunday’s Super Bowl.

According to studio estimates issued on Sunday, “The Roommate” earned about $15.6 million in its first three days, equivalent to its production budget and in line with expectations.

“Sanctum,” a 3-D underwater adventure produced by James Cameron, followed at a distant No. 2 with $9.2 million.

Last weekend’s champion, the Anthony Hopkins thriller “The Rite,” tumbled to No. 6 with $5.6 million.

The top five was rounded out by the Natalie Portman romantic comedy “No Strings Attached,” down one at No. 3 with $8.4 million; Oscars front-runner “The King’s Speech,” up one to No. 4 with $8.3 million; and the superhero adaptation “The Green Hornet,” down one at No. 5 with $6.1 million.

“The Roommate” stars “Gossip Girl” actress Leighton Meester as an unhinged college student in a story reminiscent of the 1992 thriller “Single White Female.” Released by Sony Corp’s genre arm Screen Gems, “Roommate” was panned by all the top critics surveyed on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that aggregates reviews.

Women under the age of 21 accounted for about two-thirds of the audience, the studio said. This demographic is the least likely to be watching the Super Bowl, the year’s biggest television event in the United States.

Overall sales tumbled, reflecting both the studios’ annual capitulation to the Super Bowl and a recent paucity of hits. The top 12 films grossed $75 million, down 18 percent from last weekend, and down 24 percent from the year-ago period, according to box office analysts at Hollywood.com.

“Sanctum” was released by Universal Pictures, which is 51 percent-owned by Comcast Corp. “No Strings Attached” was released by Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom Inc. “The King’s Speech” was released by the Weinstein Co, which is privately held. “The Rite” was released by Warner Bros Pictures, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

Barney’s Version, Incendies lead Genies race

Barney’s Version earned a leading 11 nominations for Canada’s Genie Awards on Tuesday, including a best actor nod for Paul Giamatti, who potrays the titular Barney Panofsky. (Sabrina Lantos/eOne Films)

Barney’s Version and Incendies, two of the most prominent films on the Canadian film landscape last year, lead the nominees for the 31st Genie Awards.

Director Richard J. Lewis’s cinematic adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s final novel led with 11 nominations for English Canada’s top movie honour, including recognition of Paul Giamatti’s turn as the titular Barney Panofsky (best actor) and Dustin Hoffman as his father, Izzy (best supporting actor).

“There’s nothing sweeter than applause at home. This is not just a Canadian movie, it’s a movie about Canadians,” producer Robert Lantos, for whom Barney’s Version was a longtime labour of love, told CBC News after the announcement.

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Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed drama Incendies was right behind with 10 nominations. A darling of the 2010 film festival circuit, the searing family drama is based on the stage play by Wajdi Mouawad and tells the story of two siblings exploring their late mother’s mysterious past.

Selected Genie nominees:

Best picture: 10½; Heartbeats; Barney’s Version; Incendies; Splice.

Directing: Xavier Dolan, Heartbeats; Richard J. Lewis, Barney’s Version; Vincenzo Natali, Splice; Podz, 10½; Denis Villeneuve, Incendies.

Supporting actor: Martin Dubreuil, 10½; Dustin Hoffman, Barney’s Version; Alexis Martin, Route 132; Callum Keith Rennie, Gunless; Rossif Sutherland, High Life.

Supporting actress: Sonja Bennett, Cole; Anne-Elizabeth Bossé, Heartbeats; Minnie Driver, Barney’s Version; Terra Hazelton, Fubar II; Mary Walsh, Crackie.

Adapted screenplay: Barney’s Version; High Life; A Shine of Rainbows; Les sept jours du Talion (Seven Days); Incendies.

Original screenplay: Route 132; 10½; Grown Up Movie Star; Defendor; The Trotsky.

Documentary: La belle visite (Journey’s End); In the Name of the Family; Last Train Home; Leave Them Laughing; You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 days inside Guantanamo.

Score: Brendan Canning, Trigger; Pasquale Catalano, Barney’s Version; Jonathan Goldsmith, High Life; Keegan Jessamy & Bryce Mitchell, At Home, By Myself … With You; Sook-Yin Lee, Buck 65 & Adam Litovitz, Year of the Carnivore.

Song: What’s Wrong With That?, Buck 65 (Year of the Carnivore); Already Gone, Mary Milne (The Trotsky); Tender Steps, Cherie Pyne (Crackie); West End Sky, Mark Sasso, Casey Laforet & Stephen Pitkin (Grown Up Movie Star); There’s No Place Like Christmas, Paul J. Spence (Fubar II).

A complete list of nominees is available on the Genie Awards website.

Incendies, Villeneuve’s follow-up to his powerful Montreal Massacre film Polytechnique, is also one of five nominees for best foreign film at the 2011 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Other titles that earned multiple Genie nominations include Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi thriller Splice, Xavier Dolan’s contemporary love story Heartbeats (Les amours imaginaires) and Jacob Tierney’s teen comedy The Trotsky.

Barney’s Version and Incendies will provide stiff competition for the coveted best picture category. Their competition includes Heartbeats, Splice and the dark Quebec drama 10½, directed by Daniel Grou, also known as Podz.

The five best picture nominees are also reflected in the best director category, with Lewis, Villeneuve, Dolan, Natali and Podz all vying for the honour.

Quebec films in the spotlight

In addition to Giamatti’s performance in Barney’s Version, which was filmed partly in Montreal, the other best actor nominees are largely also featured in Quebec films.

Montreal favourite Jay Baruchel is in the running for his star turn in The Trotsky, as is 10½‘s child star Robert Naylor and François Papineau for Louis Belanger’s French-language road movie Route 132. Rounding out the category is Timothy Olyphant, who leads a quartet of junkies-turned-bank-robbers in the Gary Yates crime comedy High Life.

The race for best actress sees both Trigger stars Molly Parker and the late Tracy Wright in contention for the prize, along with Lubna Azabal for Incendies, Rosamund Pike for Barney’s Version and Tatiana Maslany for Grown Up Movie Star.

The filmed-in-Toronto blockbuster Resident Evil: Afterlife was named winner of the Golden Reel Award, presented to the title with the year’s biggest take at the box office. The fourth installment of the popular zombie saga also set a box-office record, becoming the most successful production in Canadian feature film history.

“I make pictures that are pretty relentlessly commercial and the academy voters generally don’t vote for very big commercial successes except in the technical categories, as they’re called,” said Don Carmody, Resident Evil‘s producer and a six-time winner of the Golden Reel honour.

“It’s the bigger award for me to stand at the back of the theatre and to hear an audience react — to hear them laughing or to hear them screaming or jumping or something like that — than for me to be standing on stage accepting a trophy.”

The 2011 Claude Jutra Award for outstanding achievement by a first-time filmmaker will go to Jephté Bastien, who made his directorial debut with Sortie 67, a drama exploring a young man’s attempt to escape the world of Montreal street gangs.

“By all accounts, this has been a fantastic year for Canadian cinema,” academy CEO Sara Morton said in a statement.

Slated for live broadcast on CBC-TV, the Genies gala takes place the evening of March 10 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

Sci-fi thriller Splice, starring Adrien Brody, left, and Sarah Polley was among the top Genie nominees announced Wednesday. (E1 Films)

A Deeper Look: Are Black Women In Entertainment Secretly Being Pressured To Lose Weight?

It was on The Oprah Winfrey Show’s final season when American Idol sensation Jennifer Hudson sat one on one with Oprah and revealed to the world how many pounds she actually lost.

Neither Oprah nor the packed studio audience could believe Hudson when she uttered the number “80.”

The singer lost 80 lbs using a personal Weight Watchers Leader. “I didn’t expect to go as far as I did,” the soon to be 30-year-old singer told People StyleWatch. Hudson went from a size 16 to a size 6! But, she isn’t the only starlet in Hollywood that made a drastic weight change.

There’s a list of African American women in Hollywood who are suddenly shedding a lot of pounds. Consider these actors/singers: Jill ScottJordin SparksMarsha Ambrosius and Raven Symone. All these women were once full-figured.

Could it be that Black women in entertainment are being compelled to loss weight? Or could it be that a thinner frame enhances an artist’s image and may boost album sales? Perhaps it’s just a choice that these women make, the idea of wanting to look good and build self-confidence.

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Peter Jackson updates Comic-Con crowd on ‘The Hobbit’

AN DIEGO — Peter Jackson says he’s nearly a quarter of the way through his long, long shoot for his two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

Jackson told an audience at the Comic-Con fan convention Friday that he just finished the first 60 days of production and is on break before resuming for 200 more days of shooting.

“So almost there,” Jackson joked during a panel alongside Steven Spielberg, where they previewed footage of their action tale “The Adventures of Tintin.” Spielberg is directing “Tintin,” Jackson producing.

Jackson said he’s enjoying “The Hobbit” far more than he thought he would after directing a similar long shoot on Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“The Hobbit” is a prequel reuniting many of the same characters from “Lord of the Rings.

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Auditions: Clutch Time Dancers

Pro basketball is coming to Corpus Christi in January 2013!  Steve Haney, former counsel for NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Dominique Wilkins, will bring the Corpus Christi Clutch to our city as part of the new league.  Auditions for the Corpus Christi “Clutch Time” dancers will be held Nov. 17th at Flex Fit Gym in Corpus Christi, Texas, at 2 p.m.

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