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Weekend Catch-Up: Holiday B.O., Harry Potter Review, Brennan, Klein R.I.P., Andreessen Fun

Weekend Catch-Up: Holiday B.O., Harry Potter Review, Brennan, Klein R.I.P., Andreessen Fun

After a lazy holiday weekend, I herewith share with you my gleanings of what’s been going on.

At the boxoffice, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs battled nasty reviews to virtually tie with holdover Transformers:ROTF over the five-day holiday weekend. UPDATE: Transformers 2 barely won the weekend with a preliminary $42.4 million over Ice Age‘s $41.6 million in slightly fewer runs.

Public Enemies proved that Depp as Dillinger is a solid b.o. draw. Sandra Bullock vehicle The Proposal dropped only 31% and has grossed $94.2 million. Kathryn Bigelow’s intense Iraq thriller The Hurt Locker continued strong in limited release. So far agitprop Food Inc. is outperforming costume romance Cheri.

Here’s the first eight minutes of The Hurt Locker.

Todd McCarthy favorably reviews the sixth Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The most grown-up and thrilling of the bunch, the film will be one of the highest-grossing of the year, he predicts.

Here’s the trailer.

Cynthia Littleton tributes The Hollywood Reporter’s late international reporter Steve Brennan.

Marc Andreessen is starting a venture capital fund. UPDATE: All Things Digital talks to him about going to the dark side..

Beleaguered The Weinstein Co. is pushing its animated feature Escape from Planet Earth back to 2011, reports the LAT.

Beatles and Rolling Stones manager Allen Klein died at age 77 after fighting Alzheimer’s.

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