Schmucks second to Inception at boxoffice

Schmucks second to Inception at boxoffice

Warner Bros.’ 3D comedy sequel “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” was out-clawed by two wide-opening rivals, but the studio’s leggy pedigree “Inception” finished at the top of the domestic boxoffice during the weekend.

Christopher Nolan-directed “Inception” collected $27.5 million to grab first place for a third straight frame and push cumulative coin for the Leonardo DiCaprio starrer to $193.3 million through its first 17 days. “Kitty” — the weekend’s priciest new release — proved surprisingly toothless, settling for a fifth place debut with just $12.5 million.

Paramount’s Jay Roach-helmed yuck-fest “Dinner for Schmucks” opened solidly with $23.3 million in second place. And Universal’s Zac Efron-toplined drama “Charlie St. Cloud” — a romantic fantasy for teens and tweens — bowed roughly as expected with $12.1 million in sixth place.

Two pics hitting their sophomore sessions posted relatively modest weekend-over-weekend declines: Sony’s action thriller “Salt,” starring Angelina Jolie, fell 47% from its opening tally to fetch $19.3 million in third place with a $70.8 million cume; Fox’s family comedy “Ramona and Beezus” slid from the top rankings on a 53% decline, to $3.7 million and a $6.3 million cume.

Focus Features’ dramatic comedy “The Kids Are All Right” expanded wide in its fourth frame — to 847 theaters from a previous 201 — and registered $3.5 million, or a sturdy $4,090 per venue. Boasting a $9.6 million cume, “Kids” will add about 100 more locations Friday.

Collectively, the weekend top 10 rung up $128 million, or 20% more than top performers in a comparable frame last year, Rentrak said.

Among limited bows this session, Sony Pictures Classics unspooled the period dramedy “Get Low” — starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black — in two New York locations and two in L.A. to gross $90,954, or an auspicious $22,739 per site.

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Finding a job on Twitter

Finding a job on Twitter

What if a little bird could help you with your job search? Well, it may not be the bluebird of happiness, but social networking and microblogging site Twitter can be one tweet job search tool.

Say What? As a career-minded woman youre always who embraces the latest technology trends such as Twitter, so you’ll definitely want to spend time at the site with an eye toward how it can lead to employment opportunities.

If you’re new to Twitter, you’ll first want to familiarize yourself with the basics of the site. Twitter, like other social networks, allows you to create a profile. Unlike other social networks, the profile isn’t in-depth.

In fact, that’s the beauty of Twitter: Everything is abbreviated. At Twitter, you’re limited to what you can say. Posts, known as tweets, must be 140 characters or less. You can, however, link to other sites, and many people use the site in this way.

The concept of Twitter is to post short messages, while getting people to follow what you have to say. You gain followers and you follow others. Okay, it all sounds fascinating, but what does any of this have to do with looking for a job? Plenty.

Think of Twitter as a platform, a soapbox, if you will, from which you can broadcast your message. In fact, the image here of a chick on a microphone is a good metaphor. And Twitter really can help you get the word out.

That word might be that you’re an expert in your field. By providing regular commentary about your industry or profession, you can establish yourself as a person in the know, and you will gain interested followers.

Your followers are now contacts, who have other contacts. If you tweet that you’re involved in a job search, particularly once you’ve established yourself as a legitimate professional, your contacts will likely offer assistance in the form of information and/or job leads.

Your tweets about a job search can also include links to your personal website or your LinkedIn profile. This, in turn, will provide people with easy access to your background. With a tweet and link, you can let others know how accomplished you are.

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Tarkan’s brand new album: “Adimi Kalbine Yaz”

Tarkan's brand new album: "Adimi Kalbine Yaz"

Turkish pop megastar Tarkan has said his brand new studio album of new material “Adimi Kalbine Yaz” (Write Down My Name into Your Heart) released on July 29th, 2010

Speaking to reporters at the Istanbul Atatürk Airport before leaving for Moscow for a special concert over the weekend, Tarkan said: “My upcoming album [will be] very enjoyable, very sweet, very warm. It will be released on July 29th for my fans.”

Tracklist of the album: Sevdanın Son Vuruşu, Acımayacak, İşim Olmaz, Kayıp, Öp, Adımı Kalbine Yaz, Sen Çoktan Gitmişsin, Usta-Çırak, Acımayacak Gurcell Club Mix, Adımı Kalbine Yaz Ozinga Club Mix, Sevdanın Son Vuruş Suat Ateşdağlı Mix, Öp Gurcell Club Mix, Sevdanın Son Vuruşu Kivanch K Mix.

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‘Salt’ can’t topple ‘Inception’

'Salt' can't topple 'Inception'

Angelina Jolie’s thriller can’t wrest Leonardo DiCaprio’s film from the top of the box office.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Inception” has won a battle of superstar action thrillers over Angelina Jolie’s “Salt” at the weekend box office. “Inception” remained the No. 1 movie for the second-straight weekend with $43.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Warner Bros. thriller featuring DiCaprio as leader of a team that sneaks into people’s dreams raised its 10-day total to $143.7 million.

Sony’s spy caper “Salt” debuted a solid No. 2 with $36.5 million. The movie stars Jolie as a CIA operative who goes rogue after she’s accused of being a Russian sleeper agent.

Coming in at No. 3 with $24.1 million was Steve Carell’s family hit “Despicable Me.” The animated comedy raised its domestic total to $161.7 million.

In a rare convergence of fresh ideas, the top three movies all were original stories, not sequels or adaptations of comic books, best-sellers, video games or other pre-existing material.

“Typically in summer, all we’re seeing are rehashes and sequels and reboots, whatever you want to call them,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box-office analyst for “To have original stories as the top-three films is a lesson to studios that maybe audiences are open to more originality in the summer and to perhaps not play it so safe, even though that goes against the grain of every fiber in every studio executive’s being.”

The weekend’s other new wide release, 20th Century Fox’s family comedy “Ramona and Beezus,” took in $8 million to finish at No. 6. The movie is based on Beverly Cleary’s children’s books about a teenage girl and her accident-prone little sister.

“Inception” hung in strongly in its second weekend, its total down just 31 percent from its $62.8 million opening. During the busy summer, top hits often drop 50 percent or more in the second weekend and rarely repeat as the No. 1 movie.

The film will quickly shoot past the $200 million mark at the domestic box office and has a good shot at topping $300 million, said Dan Fellman, head of distribution at Warner Bros.

Repeat business is accounting for a good share of “Inception” revenues as fans return to delve deeper into the labyrinthine story concocted by writer-director Christopher Nolan (“The Dark Knight”).

“There’s so much on the screen. It’s so original and so smart that it raises questions that I think can be answered in different ways if you see the movie multiple times,” Fellman said.

While young males usually make up the bulk of the action audience, women and older crowds were the core fans of Jolie’s “Salt.” Females accounted for 53 percent of viewers, while 59 percent of the audience was older than 25, according to Sony.

“What the movie really has going for it just a kick-ass performance by Angelina Jolie,” said Rory Bruer, head of distribution for Sony. “It just speaks well to the viability of our film for many weeks to come that you have such an incredible hold for ‘Inception,’ and we’re still able to open our picture. We coexisted really nicely.”

Overall revenues rose for the fourth-straight weekend as Hollywood continued to recover from a box-office swoon earlier in the summer. Receipts totaled $164 million, up 11 percent from the same weekend last year, when “G-Force” was No. 1 with $31.7 million.

1. “Inception,” $43.5 million.
2. “Salt,” $36.5 million.
3. “Despicable Me,” $24.1 million.
4. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” $9.7 million.
5. “Toy Story 3,” $9 million.
6. “Ramona and Beezus,” $8 million.
7. “Grown Ups,” $7.6 million.
8. “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” $7 million.
9. “The Last Airbender,” $4.2 million.
10. “Predators,” $2.9 million.

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Eight painless methods to save money

Eight painless ways to save money

It’s possible to spend a lot less money without making big lifestyle changes.

We all know how to spend less and sacrificing. To eat unless you buy fewer clothes to cut back on vacations, savings through sacrifice can be effective, but painful. So if you are looking for ways to save money, why not start with money saving tips that are relatively painless?

With a little imagination, you’ll find many ways to reduce expenses without making major changes to your lifestyle. To begin, here are eight ways painless to save money.

1. Get healthy: As someone who has struggled to stay healthy, I realize that eating healthily and staying fit is easier said than done. But for those who are in good shape, you can save lots of money on life insurance plans and individual health insurance. As a bonus, you’ll feel better and have more energy.

2. Rethinking Auto Insurance: Each year, a review of your auto insurance policy for potential savings. For example, consider increasing your deductible, which reduces premiums. For older vehicles, to evaluate whether you really need collision coverage, which covers damage to your car when your vehicle hits or is hit by another vehicle or object. And make it a habit to compare quotes car insurance per year, which can be done online in minutes.

3. Improve your credit score: Of all the ways to save money without pain, improve your credit score is probably the most important. From home loans and car loans, credit cards and auto insurance, a good credit score can save you a small fortune. Over a lifetime, the savings can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars.

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DVD Releases: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

DVD Releases: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo DVD

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the ruthless computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate.

When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger’s are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.

Millennium is based on the trilogy of books by Stieg Larsson and has sold over 21 million copies worldwide. Tragically, Larsson did not live to see the phenomenon his work has become as he died suddenly in 2004 soon after delivering the manuscripts to his Swedish publisher.

In Swedish with English subtitles. Based on the international bestseller by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in the gripping Millennium trilogy.

Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Peter Haber, Sven-Bertil Taube
Bcreenplay: Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg
Release Date: Friday April 16, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 6, 2010 (DVD)

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DVD Releases: The Losers on DVD

DVD Releases: The Losers on DVD

An explosive action tale of betrayal and revenge, The Losers centers around the members of an elite Special Forces unit sent to the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. But the team—Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar—soon find that they have become the target of a deadly double cross, instigated from the inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max.

Making good use of the fact that they are now presumed dead, the group goes deep undercover in a dangerous plot to clear their names and even the score with Max. They are joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda, who is more than capable of scoring a few points of her own.

Working together, when they’re not arguing amongst themselves, they have to stay one step ahead of the globetrotting Max—a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war for his own benefit. If they can take down Max and save the world at the same time, it’ll be a win-win for the team now known as The Losers.

Director: Sylvain White
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoë Saldana, Chris Evans, Idris Elba, Columbus Short, Oscar Jaenada, Jason Patric
Screenplay: Peter Berg, James Vanderbilt
Release Date: Friday April 23, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)

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DVD Releases: The Runaways on DVD

DVD Releases: The Runaways on DVD

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star in this music-fueled, coming of age story of the groundbreaking, all girl, teenage rock band of the 1970s—The Runaways.

Los Angeles 1975. Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning), two teenage valley girls with punk in their blood, meet and become the heart and soul of the seminal all girl band, The Runaways. Under the Svengali-like influence of rock impresario Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), the group evolves into an outrageous success and a family of misfits.

With its tough-chick image and raw talent, the band quickly earns a name for itself—and so do its two leads: Joan is the band’s pure rock ‘n ‘roll heart, while Cheri, with her Bowie-Bardot looks, is the sex kitten.

Director: Floria Sigismondi
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Tatum O’Neal
Screenplay: Floria Sigismondi
Studio: E1 Entertainment
Release Date: Friday March 19, 2010 (Theatrical)
Release Date: Tuesday July 20, 2010 (DVD)

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Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr’s secret wedding

Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr's secret wedding

The British actor and Australian supermodel marry in a private ceremony, their reps confirm.

Still no word about when and where they tied the knot, but in a statement released Thursday, Miranda Kerr, 31, has announced that it has canceled an appearance at the Australian Department store David Jones to celebrate.

“Dave Jones very kindly released me throughout this period so that we can celebrate an intimate ceremony and honeymoon together,” she said. “I am very much a part of the family of David Jones and I am very attached to my role. I am extremely grateful to David Jones have had this time to enjoy this special moment in my life.”

Kerr and Bloom, 33 – who have been dating for nearly three years – have announced their engagement in June

“We’ve been together for some time now and we’ve talked about, but when it really happened it was a total surprise, she told the Sunday Times of Australia early this month.

She declined to say when they planned the wedding. “We have family and friends around the world to decide which is sensitive,” said Victoria’s Secret model and David Jones. “We enjoy being engaged for the moment and will take our time to make plans. We’re both very private so it would be intimate and personal.”

Kerr denied that she was pregnant. “The rumors started when it became known, we were engaged,” she said. “We ignore them and enjoy this moment.”

But a few could be on the way soon,” she said. “I’ve always been very open about wanting to be a mother one day and I always thought Orlando would be a great dad,” she told the newspaper.

In 2008, she told Page Six magazine: “My ideal situation would be to live on a farm in a solar house with a hammock and a garden. When this is all over, it’s where I am. I always wanted children, so one day, perhaps, yes, it will happen.”

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