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DAILY NEWS for
Sunday November 30 2008

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What is the BEST Nicole Kidman film??

Moulin Rouge! - 24%
Cold Mountain - 21%
The Hours - 19%
Eyes Wide Shut - 14%
To Die For - 7%
OTHER - 12% (Birthday Girl, Dogville, Far And Away, Practical Magic, Birth, The Portrait of a Lady, Fur)

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TODAY'S POLL

What is the BEST Sean Penn Film?
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What is the BEST Sean Penn Film?
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Falcon and the Snowman
At Close Range
Colors
Carlito's Way
Dead Man Walking
U Turn
Sweet and Lowdown
I Am Sam
Mystic River
21 Grams
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DAILY NEWSNO SAG STRIKE PETITION SOARS

Wednesday's announcement by the leaders of the Screen Actors Guild that they will conduct a strike authorization vote next month -- raising the possibility of a strike as early as January -- has had the unintended effect of swelling the signature count on the "No SAG Strike" petition being circulated online.

Six days after the petition was posted at http://www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?DealNow, it contained 15,551 signatures as of 12 midnight. (It could not be determined how many of those signing the petition were actually SAG members.)

Meanwhile, the British trade publication Screen Daily, has published an editorial in which it observes that a strike would affect the movie business internationally.

"It is not unreasonable for Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg to point out that 'You can't use hard economic times as an excuse to sell out the future,'"

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The editorial says. "Well no. But the studios are also right to point out the foundations for that future have not yet been built and this is the wrong time to fight over the spoils."

The editorial concludes, "It is interesting that any strike will be timed to disrupt the annual awards ceremonies. They seem like a high-profile but easy target. But it says a lot that anyone takes as the soft option the opportunity to obstruct a showcase of the brilliance of cinema across the whole planet."

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MOVIE REVIEWS of all the TOP FILMS

AustraliaAustralia
dir. Baz Luhrmann
Starring
Nicole Kidman
Hugh Jackman
Quantum of SolaceQuantum of Solace
dir. Marc Forster
Starring
Daniel Craig
Judi Dench

Milk MovieMilk
dir. Gus Van Sant
Starring
Sean Penn
Emile Hirsch
Josh Brolin

The Secret Life of BeesThe Secret Life of Bees
dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring
Dakota Fanning
Queen Latifah
Jennifer Hudson
Transporter 3Transporter 3
dir. Olivier Megaton
Starring
Jason Statham
Natalya Rudakova
City of EmberCity of Ember
dir. Gil Kenan
Starring
Tim Robbins
Bill Murray

Four ChristmasesFour Christmases
dir. Seth Gordon
Starring
Vince Vaughn
Reece Witherspoon
TwilightTwilight
dir. Catherine Hardwicke
Starring
Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson
BOLTBolt
dir. Byron Howard
Chris Williams
Voiced by
John Travolta
Miley Cyrus

madagascar_2Madagascar 2
dir. Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Voices by
Ben Stiller
Chris Rock

Box OfficeBOX OFFICE
RESULTS

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Domestic
Box Office

the duchessThe Duchess
dir. Saul Dibb
Starring
Keira Knightley
Ralph Fiennes

DAILY NEWS

FOUR CHRISTMASES LEADS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

Holiday-themed comedy is paying off nicely for Warner Bros. and New Line, with Vince Vaughn-Reese Witherspoon comedy "Four Christmases" on track to win the Thanksgiving box office.

On Friday--a huge moviegoing day--"Four Christmases" grossed $13.2 million from 3,310 runs for a three-day cume of $28.2 million. Laffer is proving more of a crowd-pleaser than expected.

Perhaps the most watched wide release off the holiday is Baz Luhrmann's sweeping epic "Australia," from 20th Century Fox. The Hugh Jackman-Nicole Kidman starrer was up 96% on Thursday, and 30% on Thursday, indicating that the film is building interest among adult moviegoers, as with Luhrmann's previous films.

On Friday, "Australia" grossed $5.8 million from 2,462 runs for a three day cume of $11 million. Pic's performance is in line with Fox's expectations, even if it is only in fifth place at the holiday box office. Friday's day-over-day gain of 96% was the best among adult-skewing titles.

Adults aslo are turning out for Focus Feature's specialty opener "Milk." Gus Van Sant's Harvey Milk biopic is off to a strong start, grossing $498,086 from 36 runs on Friday for a per locaiton average of $13,836 and coming in No. 10 overall. "Milk," toplining Sean Penn, has earned $982,681 since Wednesday.

Family fare surged on Thursday. Disney's 3-D animated toon "Bolt" was up 150% over Thursday, grossing $10.8 million on its second Friday for a cume of $51.1 million. Film was up an impressive 54% over the previous Friday, when it opened.

"Bolt" tied with Summit Entertainment's "Twilight" for second place on Friday. "Twilight" jumped the $100 million mark in its 8th day in release, grossing $10.8 million from 3,425 runs for a cume of $104.

"Twilight" did decline a steep 70% over the previous Friday, but saw a 112% gain over Thanksgiving day.

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What is the BEST Sean Penn Film?
Please note that all fields followed by an asterisk must be filled in.
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What is the BEST Sean Penn Film?
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
The Falcon and the Snowman
At Close Range
Colors
Carlito's Way
Dead Man Walking
U Turn
Sweet and Lowdown
I Am Sam
Mystic River
21 Grams
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