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Lucky Weekend for ‘Friday the 13th’

Jason Voorhees is still unstoppable. It was a bloodbath at the weekend box office when the remake of the 1980 horror movie “Friday the 13th” slashed its way to No. 1, earning $42.5 million in its first weekend in theaters, more than double the total of the No. 2 movie, “He’s Just Not That Into You.” Both are Warner Brothers pictures, though, so it was a lucrative weekend for the company. “He’s Just Not That Into You,” the romantic comedy with an ensemble cast including Ginnifer Goodwin and Bradley Cooper, made $20.3 million in it second week, for a total of $55.8 million to date, according to the box office tracking firm Media by Numbers. The action movie “Taken” (20th Century Fox), starring Liam Neeson, fell from second place to third, earning $19.3 million (for a total of $77.9 million to date). The new comedy “Confessions of a Shopaholic” (Disney), starring Isla Fisher, came in fourth with $15.4 million, and “Coraline” (Focus), the 3D animated feature based on a novel by Neil Gaiman, placed fifth with $15.3 million in its second week, up to $35.6 million to date.

Source: artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com

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Isla Fisher on Confessions …

Aussie actress Isla Fisher admits to having little in common with Rebecca Bloomwood, the garment-infatuated character she plays in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Bubbly Miss Bloomwood is an aspiring fashion journalist with dreams of landing a job at publishing powerhouse Alette (think: the fictional incarnation of Vogue), and her wardrobe reflects her dedication to all things sartorial. Unfortunately, so do her credit card bills. Tens of thousands of dollars in debt, Becks spends her days dodging a dogged creditor and toiling away at Successful Savings, a magazine which shares space in the same building as Alette. There she feigns investment aptitude and swoons for her rough-around-the-edges superior, Luke Brandon (Hugh Dancy).

With her hair perfectly coiffed and a form-fitting dress hugging her petite figure, Fisher bewitched journalists and sweetly smiled as she fielded questions about the film. Read on to learn about her newfound fashion discoveries and the one item she just can’t say “no” to in a department store.

What was your most fun fashion discovery while filming?

The most fun fashion discovery was [learning] to use a lot of color. I’m fairly conservative normally and I just felt like [costume designer] Patricia Field brought out the color in me. I now love to wear color.

People who haven’t read the book might think that this is a Prada-[esque] movie about conspicuous consumption, and hence couldn’t come at a worse time. But actually it’s a rehab movie about controlling conspicuous consumption. How do you view this movie with the zeitgeist and the fanbase that will see the film?

Well, obviously this movie was conceived during a different economic period and the lessons that Rebecca Bloomwood learns in the movie are those we have all been learning recently. So, it seems very topical. I’m proud of the responsible way that we handle it at the end of the movie, and in regards to the fanbase, it’s always been a comic dream of mine to attempt to seduce a man during a dance that is actually repulsive [as in one scene]. The opportunity of doing that arose during this movie and I embraced it.
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