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Entries by Scott Mendelson from 11/2009

This Is It Becomes the World's Highest-Grossing Concert Film in History

| Posted 11.01.2009 | Entertainment

No matter what Nikki Finke and the critics try to tell you, This Is It, now the highest-grossing concert film of all time in just five days, enjoyed a rock-solid debut,

HuffPost Review: A Christmas Carol: The 3D IMAX Experience (2009)

| Posted 11.03.2009 | Entertainment

Robert Zemeckis's artists and performers have partnered stunningly lifelike animation with at once astonishing and invisible 3D effects work, creating the illusion of living inside a movie.

HuffPost Review: The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

| Posted 11.06.2009 | Entertainment

The Men Who Stare at Goats is a flat and often dull drudge of a film, a low-water mark for most involved (it's George Clooney's worst film ever; yes, worse than Batman & Robin).

HuffPost Weekend Box Office in Review

| Posted 11.08.2009 | Entertainment

The festival-circuit darling Precious has debuted with $1.8 million on just 18 screens. Yes, that's $100,000 per screen for three days. That's the twelfth-biggest per-screen average of all time.

I'll Analyze It... With Science!

| Posted 11.09.2009 | Comedy


HuffPost Review: Precious (2009)

| Posted 11.10.2009 | Entertainment

Precious is a uniquely singular story. It does not aim to be the urban-plight drama to end all urban-plight dramas, but instead it focuses on one person and the people around her who shape her past and future.

HuffPost Review: 2012 (2009)

| Posted 11.14.2009 | Entertainment
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I went into 2012 expecting the worst. Roland Emmerich hadn't made a good movie since 2000, and his batting average was a pathetic 2/7 thus far. But the thing actually works.

2012 destroys the global box office as Precious expands and continues to impress. Weekend box office in review (11/15/09)

| Posted 11.15.2009 | Entertainment
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Roland Emmerich's 2012 almost made back its $260 million budget in just three days. The domestic opening weekend was a whopping $65.2 million and the...

The official Twilight Saga New Moon weekend box office comparison chart.

| Posted 11.18.2009 | Entertainment
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There will be no predictions, no guesses, and no analysis for the moment. We're just taking a second to do the cold math, using franchises that were ...

The Super-Awesome, Astoundingly Mathematical Weekend Box Office Prediction for Twilight Saga: New Moon!

| Posted 11.20.2009 | Entertainment

Based on my top-secret, patented box office estimation formula, I hereby state that Twilight Saga: New Moon will gross $81 million over its first three days. No... wait, it will actually gross $91 million!

Twilight Saga: New Moon Shatters Single-Day Record

| Posted 11.21.2009 | Entertainment

New Moon just grossed $26 million in just midnight and 3am showings, and it clocked $72 million in just the first 24 hours. Why do I feel like Tommy Lee Jones at the end of No Country For Old Men?

Weekend Box Office Review: Cedric Diggory Crushes Harry Potter -- Twilight Saga: New Moon Opens With $142 Million

| Posted 11.22.2009 | Entertainment

The audience for this huge weekend for Twilight was 80% female. So, if you looked anything like Robert Pattinson and were willing to tag along at the movies, there's a healthy chance you got laid over the last 72 hours.

Bella Is a Lousy Role Model, but Do We Only Care Because She's a Girl?

| Posted 11.24.2009 | Entertainment

What is worth noting is that all of these male characters are basically users and abusers of their friends, family, and lovers. Yet Bella is attacked in various circles because she allows herself to be abused and used.

Thanksgiving Weekend Box Office Review: Sandra Bullock Blind Sides New Moon

| Posted 11.29.2009 | Entertainment

Please, let's not turn this film's success into a The Blind Side vs. Precious debate, with alleged implications for Barack Obama and/or Sarah Palin in the next election cycle. Don't be that idiot.