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Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Easy A’ hotter than Affleck, ‘Devil’ and wolves

HollywoodNews.com: You know it’s the fall season when the critics are embracing most of the wide releases.

Garnishing an 85% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes, Sony-Screen Gems teen comedy, “Easy A,” looks to score with young females. Similar to the mid ‘90s teen comedy hit “Clueless,” “Easy A” is based on a classic novel, “The Scarlet Letter.” “Easy A” follows a teenage girl who puts on rouse that she’s a tawdry chick in an effort to advance her social standing among her high school peers.

Critics love “Easy A” so much; they believe that leading gal Emma Stone’s star will soar following the film’s release. Box office analysts are bullish about “Easy A,” guessing that the film will notch the top spot with $20-$25 million. The film only cost Screen Gems $8 million.

Ben Affleck’s crime/drama “The Town,” another critic fav with a 93% fresh score looks to earn $15-$20 million. The Warner Bros./Legendary film, which cost $37 million, marks the multi-hyphenate’s second directorial effort. “Town” follows four criminals who are being hunted by a relentless FBI agent. Film touts an all-star cast of Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Jeremy Renner and Affleck.

The third wide entry this weekend is the M. Night Shyamalan production “Devil.” Universal didn’t screen the horror-thriller for critics, so at this point few have seen it giving it a paltry 46% rotten score. “Devil” follows Beelzebub’s shenanigans in an elevator full of people. “Devil” could earn a similar amount to “Town.” Universal snapped up “Devil” rights for $27 million from Media Rights Capital.

Family cartoon “Alpha and Omega” rounds out the big pics. Film was co-produced by Lionsgate and Indian animation studio Crest and is being shown in 3D. Despite critics panning this film about two wolves’ cross-country trip, the toon should bank $10 million with a 13% rotten rating.


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