Weekend Box Office And The Monday Must-Read.

A 3-D Reissue Of A 15-Year-Old Movie …
… ruled the box office this weekend. Proving that the Circle of Life — or at least Disney’s marketing machine — is still in effect, the “Lion King” roared big in theaters. Here’s the weekend by the numbers.

Name: Weekend: Total:
1. The Lion King (in 3D) $29.3m $29,3m
2. Contagion $14.5m $44.1m
3. Drive $11m
$11m
4. The Help $6.4m $147m

5. Straw Dogs (2011) $5m $5m
6. I Don’t Know How She Does It $4.5m $4.5m
7. The Debt $2.9m $26.5m
8. Warrior $2.7m $9.9m
9. Planet of the Apes $2.6m $171m
10. Colombiana $2.3m $33.3m

The Observer takes a look at our ongoing love affair with romantic-comedies and the remarkable durability of the genre, which is now eligible for Social Security and, quite possibly, a monument on The National Mall.

As always, here’s the nut graf:

Romantic comedies seem to take over where the fairytales of childhood left off, feeding our dreams of a soulmate; though sadly the Hollywood endings prove quite elusive in the real world. For many of my generation, Woody Allen’s Annie Hall was our introduction to onscreen dating and came as a great relief after the celluloid bloodbath prompted by Vietnam. Lines like “That sex was the most fun I’ve ever had without laughing” provided perfect tittering material for 15-year-old schoolgirls in Ireland – though we couldn’t understand why a cool woman like Annie would waste time on a geek like Woody Allen. After all, Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers and David Cassidy were yet to be snapped up! A decade or so later the Nora Ephron-scriptedWhen Harry Met Sally captured another zeitgeist moment when the romantic rogues so attractive in our teens began to lose their allure, and finding Mr Right instead of Mr One Night became an ambition. A few cataclysmic years later, Four Weddings and a Funeral summed up our emotional biosphere again, cowering in the shadow of the Aids epidemic and miserably attending the seemingly endless nuptials of the lucky few while desperately trying to keep the party going. And so it went on with poor old Meg Ryan breathing life into more Ephron scripts as we witnessed her bumpy dating experiences in real life.”

And in a gratuitous exercise in search-engine optimization, here’s the dress that Christina Hendricks was wearing at The Emmys last night:

Christina Hendricks on the Emmy Red Carpet Last Night.

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