Sep 19 - Oscar contenders are making their play for audiences this fall but they will be competing with a wide variety of films including some high profile horror flicks. Bobbi Rebell reports.
TV AND WEB RESTRICTIONS~**MUST COURTESY COLUMBIA PICTURES FOR USE OF "IDES OF MARCH" AND "MONEYBALL" FOOTAGE WITH NO ARCHIVAL OR WIRELESS ACCESS AND NO RESALE MUST COURTESY UNIVERSAL PICTURES FOR USE OF "DREAM HOUSE" FOOTAGE WITH NO ARCHIVAL OR WIRELESS ACCESS AND NO RESALE / MUST COURTESY GK FILMS FOR USE OF "RUM DIARY" FOOTAGE WITH NO ARCHIVAL OR WIRELESS ACCESS AND NO RESALE / MUST COURTESY PARAMOUNT PICTURES FOR USE OF "PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3" FOOTAGE WITH NO ARCHIVAL OR WIRELESS ACCESS AND NO RESALE That's Brad Pitt starring in the much anticipated "Moneyball." The baseball movie is part of a slew of star-driven features being rolled out this fall in time for Oscar nominations. Reuters Entertainment Editor Bob Tourtellotte: SOUNDBITE: BOB TOURTELLOTTE, REUTERS ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR (ENGLISH) SAYING: "It's almost the usual suspects, if you will. George Clooney has a movie, "Ides of March" coming out. Johnny Depp is going to be out there in "Rum Diary" about Hunter S. Thompson. That will be his drama. The thing that you see about the fall season is that's the time when the studios begin to parade out their Oscar bait." In "Ides of March", George Clooney plays a presidential candidate and Ryan Gosling plays an idealistic staffer who learns quickly how dirty politics can be. And Johnny Depp takes a break from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" to become a down-and-out newspaperman in Puerto Rico in "The Rum Diary". Fall is the transition between summer blockbusters and the holiday season- this year is key. The box office is down about 4 percent from this time last year, and attendance is down about 6 percent according to Hollywood.com. Hollywood is also hoping audiences will show up to shake in their seats- with a slew of horror movies including "Paranormal Activity 3" released in time for Halloween. Also look for "Dream House" with Daniel Craig of James Bond fame. SOUNDBITE: BOB TOURTELLOTTE, REUTERS ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Always good for bringing people in. They want to get scared. They want to get excited. Horror movies are in; that's real important." REPORTER STANDUP: BOBBI REBELL (ENGLISH) SAYING: Finally, some familiar favorites for kids: already the re-released 3D version of the Lion King is tops at the box office... and look for "Puss in Boots" from Shrek later this season.