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Never Count Out Basterds—or Sandra Bullock


Never Count Out Basterds—or Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt enjoyed what most movie stars don’t: A happy Labor Day.

During Hollywood’s weakest long weekend of the year, Bullock managed a respectable, $14 million Friday-Monday debut for the critically trashed All About Steve, while Pitt’s Inglourious Basterds marched toward $100 million with a $15 million four-day take.

The Final Destination, last weekend’s 3-D-boosted champ, was this weekend’s champ, too, with $15.4 million, Exhibitor Relations reported.

More results, plus how Tron outplayed Gamer:

• All About Steve will finish third, not second as projected Sunday, per Exhibitor Relations. The romantic comedy flip-flopped with Inglourious Basterds, which moved up a spot.

• Third place or second place, All About Steve didn’t bomb, despite a Tomatometer reading on Rotten Tomatoes of 5 percent. Yes, 5 percent. Just so you know, if you turn on a camera and film a wall and/or make The Dukes of Hazzard, you can rate a Tomatometer reading higher than 5 percent.

• Arguably even stranger but true, All About Steve made more money at each of its theaters than any movie in the Top 10.

• Maybe goodwill did it? All About Steve not only starred Bullock, hot off The Proposal, but Bradley Cooper, hot off The Hangover.

• To be sure, All About Steve isn’t exactly a career highlight for Bullock. It’s her lowest-grossing debut for a wide-release movie since 2002’s Murder By Numbers.

• Only one Quentin Tarantino movie has ever blown past $100 million. At $95.2 million after three weekends, Inglourious Basterds looks to soon join Pulp Fiction.

• From Friday-Sunday, Gerard Butler’s Gamer scored $9 million, Box Office Mojo said, which, given an average ticket price of $7.18, works out to about 1.2 million tickets sold. In 1982, Tron scored a $4.7 million Friday-Sunday debut, which, given a then-average ticket price of $2.94, works out to about 1.6 million ticket sold. Game over.

• Even if you add in Monday’s grosses, which are expected to bring Gamer up to $11.2 million, Tron still outsold its video-game descendant.

• Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will make $1 million through today, Paramount Pictures estimated, and will join Hollywood’s exclusive $400 million or more club. Once Revenge of the Fallen’s membership is confirmed, there will be only nine members.

• District 9, the little sci-fi movie that could, broke $100 million, with a $9 million Friday-Monday.

• Of the weekend’s new movies, Mike Judge’s Extract was, as Exhibitor Relations’ Jeff Bock put it, “the best-reviewed film that did the worst.” It’s expected to gross $5.5 million Friday-Monday.

• On the upside of being down, Extract is now projected to finish ninth, not 10th.

• The long and the short of it: G-Force fell out of the Top 10 after six weekends and a $114.6 million run, through Sunday; Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock fell out of the Top 10 after one weekend, and a $6 million run, also through Sunday.

• The summer box office estimates held. This now-concluded beach season will go down as the highest-grossing—and one of the weirdest. While revenue was up (thanks, 3D!), attendance was down. While August was surprisingly hot, thanks to G.I. Joe and District 9, Bock said, June and July were surprisingly cool.

• Perhaps nothing symbolized the summer’s split personality more than Terminator Salvation. The movie grossed $371 million worldwide; its producers filed for bankruptcy.

Here’s a look at the holiday weekend’s top-grossing films based on Friday-Monday estimates as compiled by Exhitor Relations:

1. The Final Destination, $15.4 million
2. Inglourious Basterds, $15 million
3. All About Steve, $14 million
4. Gamer, $11.2 million
5. District 9, $8 million
6. Halloween 2, $7.01 million
7. Julie & Julia, $7 million
8. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, $6.7 million
9. Extract, $5.5 million
10. The Time Traveler’s Wife, $5.46 million

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Sandra Bullock poised for first Oscar

Sandra Bullock poised for first Oscar

Sandra Annette Bullock (pronounced /?b?l?k/; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress who came to fame in the 1990s, after roles in successful films such as Speed and While You Were Sleeping. She has since established her career with films such as Miss Congeniality and Crash, which received critical acclaim.

In 2007, she was ranked as the 14th richest female celebrity with an estimated fortune of $85 million. In 2009, Bullock starred in the most financially successful films of her career, The Proposaland The Blind Side.

Bullock was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role as well as receiving an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination for her role as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

Early life

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, Virginia, the daughter of Helga D. Meyer, a German opera singer and voice teacher, and John W. Bullock, a voice coach and executive from Alabama. Bullock’s maternal grandfather was a rocket scientist from Nuremberg, Germany.

Bullock lived in Nuremberg until age twelve, where she sang in the opera’s children’s choir at the Staatstheater Nürnberg. She frequently traveled with her mother on her opera tours, and lived in Germany and other parts of Europe for much of her childhood. She is fluent in German. Bullock studied ballet and vocal arts as a child, taking small parts in her mother’s opera productions.

Bullock attended Washington-Lee High School , where she was a cheerleader, participated in high school theater productions and dated a football player. She graduated in 1982 and enrolled in East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. She left East Carolina during her senior year in the spring of 1986, only three credits short of graduating, to pursue an acting career. She moved to Manhattan to pursue auditions and supported herself with a variety of odd jobs (bartender, cocktail waitress, coat checker, etc.)

Bullock later completed her coursework at East Carolina University.

After 20 years, Sandra Bullock is finally thinking of herself as a good actress. And Hollywood seems to agree.

Bullock, best known for romantic comedies like “Miss Congeniality” and “Two Weeks Notice,” initially balked at portraying a real person in the drama “The Blind Side” but the role brought Bullock her first Oscar nomination on Tuesday.

Long a popular favorite, Bullock’s change of gear in “The Blind Side” has brought her a slew of honors, including a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award.

Now the 45-year-old actress stands on the brink of winning the movie industry’s highest honor for her performance as a wealthy, strong-willed Christian mom who takes a homeless black high school football player into her family.

“Who would have thought after all these years that I would be experiencing this moment now … I certainly didn’t,” Bullock said in a statement.

She thanked the movie’s director, John Lee Hancock, and producer, Gil Netter, and the other Oscar-nominated actresses who include veterans Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren.

“My time with them these past few months has meant more to me than anything,” Bullock said.

Bullock has said she was terrified at the thought of playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, the blond Memphis mother whose true story is the basis of “The Blind Side.”

“I didn’t know how to approach it or what I could bring to it so I just kept saying, ‘No this is not going to work for me,'” she said in an interview promoting the movie last year.

She changed her mind only after meeting and getting to know Tuohy.

Bullock took time away from acting a few years ago, saying she never really considered herself an actress “because I never thought I was good enough.”

But during that break she met motorcycle maker Jesse James, who she married in 2005, and started saying “no” to mediocre roles.

Then came “Crash,” the drama about bigotry and race in Los Angeles that won the best picture Oscar in 2006 and showed off Bullock’s serious side.

Last year brought mixed blessings. She had another popular romantic comedy, “The Proposal,” which made $314 million at the worldwide box office, and “The Blind Side,” which has earned a surprise $237 million U.S. box office hit. But she also starred in the dismal “All About Steve,” which this week earned Bullock a Razzie nomination as the worst actress of 2009.

Can Bullock be voted both the best and worst movie actress of the year? She will have to wait until the Oscar ceremony on March 7 to find out.

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