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article image'The Best Man Holiday' arrives as world awaits 'Catching Fire'

By Tim O'Brien     Nov 14, 2013 in Entertainment
The roar of "Thor" still remains but the world awaits "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." In the meantime, it could be catch-up time at the box office.
"Catching Fire" is set for a big debut and very well could surpass "Iron Man 3" as the year's biggest opening. Its star, Jennifer Lawrence, is surely going to help it attract a wider audience as well. With her starring role and Oscar win in "Silver Linings Playbook," her appeal has grown. Not only do the young audiences know who she is, so do the older ones. Never mind that her wonderful performance in "Winter's Bone" landed her an Oscar nomination early on, it was "The Hunger Games" that ignited the fire.
To be able to appeal across all demographics is not easy, but this film has the potential. She is also starring in an Oscar-worthy film, "American Hustle." It opens in limited release on Dec. 15.
But, with a yawner of a new release schedule, this may be the time to check out those films still out. Or perhaps see a movie for the second time. It is also a great time to check out those award season hopefuls as they enjoy those slow roll outs.
As for this weekend, "The Best Man Holiday" is the follow-up to a 1999 film by Micheal D. Lee titled "The Best Man." An impressive cast includes Taye Diggs and Terence Howard, to name a few. It is a story of college friends who get back together. And get this, it is during the holiday season. It is the lone new wide release and will attempt to serve some comedy and drama before the arrival of "Catching Fire." Lee writes and directs this film.
Weekend
1. "The Best Man Holiday" - 2,000 theaters
2. "Charlie Countryman" - 15 theaters
3. "The Christmas Candle" - 5 theaters
4. "Nebraska" - 4 theaters
5. "12-12-12" - 2 theaters
Then there is "Charlie Countryman," a film that may not even be worth writing anything more than what is in this sentence. So, let's move on. "Nebraska" is in that award season banter. It stars Bruce Dern, who is getting raves, who, along with his son, take a trip to Nebraska. Why? Because they can. No, to collect some cash. It is a black and white film directed by Alexander Payne.
"The Christmas Candle" seeks to burn that holiday magic for those seeking to get in the spirit. It goes wider on Nov. 22.
A couple of big films got their release dates announced. Make no mistake about it, "Fifty Shades of Grey" had a casting snafu and will now be released on Feb. 13, 2015 (goes wide on Valentine's Day 2015). "Mission Impossible 5" will be released on Christmas Day 2015, while "Independence Day 2" is set for a July 1, 2016 timetable.
Meanwhile, Russell Crowe stars in "Noah." See trailers here. Also, many more trailers can be found here as well. Stay up with all the latest movie news.
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