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Michael Brown
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Ok so last year we had...

9 ... 3D animated feature directed by Shane Anker, produced by Tim Burton

Nine ......... Musical directed by Rob Marshall.

This year we have.

1234 - american indie film

4321 - British indie film from the makers of Adulthood.

I've a headace over the last two allready.

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Chris Slycord
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Not the real name but the fake names on the cans...

Valentine's Day = Love Note
And then plain old From Paris With Love

At first I started tearing the latter onto the reels of the former then noticed that the soundtrack didn't match and I had more empty reels than I did reels on the platter.

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Michael Coate
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"Extreme Measures" (1996) and "Extraordinary Measures" (2010)

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Joe Elliott
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Death at a Funeral(2007) and Death at a Funeral(2010).

Oh wait, its the same movie, same script, just with black actors.

Good thing I'm not black or I would be insulted by this simple ruse.

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Sam Graham
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I went to IMDB to count how many "Pride and Prejudices" are out there, when I found a listing for "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", a feature starring Natalie Portman scheduled for 2011, which is based on a novel that really exists at Amazon.

Then I lost all interest.

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Martin McCaffery
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These can cause problems in the NetFlix line:

"Alien" and "Aliens" (gotta see them in the right order)

"Slacker"(Richard Linklater's first feature) and "Slackers" (2002 teen flick)

"Crash"(2004 the Academy Award Winner) and "Crash"(1996 the sicko film about cars)

"Working Girls" (1986 doc about prostitution) and "Working Girl" (the Melanie Griffith movie)

Of course, back in the glory days of porn there were lots of parody titles.

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Geena Phillips
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Pfft. Lightweights.

Last year, I had a Hindi movie titled Hero and a Telugu movie titled Heroes (and they were totally different films, mind you, not two versions of the same film, as often happens in Indian cinema) open on the same day.

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Jon Petersen
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About three years ago, I was playing The Host (Korean Moster movie) and The Hoax (Richard Gere vehicle) at the same time.

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Martin McCaffery
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Years ago we ran Kenneth Branaugh's Henry V followed the next week by Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.

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Jesse Skeen
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It's more interesting when movies with similar titles come out at the same time. There was "Big" and "Big Business", and the local twin theater showed both at the same time. My first year working at a theater we had "The Doctor" and "Doc Hollywood", and a lot of customers weren't sure which was the movie they really wanted to see.

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Jeremy Jorgenson
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Speed, One, Ransom all those titles have been used many different times (sometimes with an article in front of the word). But those are pretty basic words. Sometimes it's obviously that they are trying to trick the audience, we all know The Evil Dead from 1981, right? There's also a somewhat bizarre Japanese horror film called (in English anyway) Evil Dead Trap from 1988.

as for ones at the same time:

Live Free or Die (2006) got its limited theatrical release not long before Live Free or Die Hard (2007) did, right? I seem to remember some confusion existed about that.

Crazy Heart (2009) Crazy on the Outside (2010) and The Crazies (2010) all came out within about a month or two of each other. A Serious Man and A Single Man are both from 2009, and are both up for Oscars tomorrow (though, for different categories).

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Frank Angel
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2001
2010
2012

AND, I want to see them on a triple bill.

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Thomas Pitt
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Not strictly two movies, but I wonder how many people went to see James Cameron's "Avatar", thinking it was based on the TV cartoon of the same name?

Another example I can think of is "The Ring" coming out around the same time as the second "Lord of the Rings" movie.

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Jeremy Jorgenson
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quote: Thomas Pitt
Not strictly two movies, but I wonder how many people went to see James Cameron's "Avatar", thinking it was based on the TV cartoon of the same name?
Of course, The Last Airbender is also a movie coming out in July of this year.

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Mike Olpin
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A Single Man (2009)
A Serious Man (2009)

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