Hollywood's Summer Ends with a Bang and a Whimper

Its the last weekend of summer — a time for Hollywood to scratch their heads in amazement that they fell for it again.

• Congratulations Hollywood! Following the new domestic record, 2009 was also history's biggest box office summer internationally, earning Tinseltown a nice $5.8 billion. Remarkably, insanely, the summer's highest international grosser was Fox's 3-D animation Ice Age : Dawn of the Dinosaurs. And if you can read that news and still think you know anything about "what works" with audiences, you are either crazy or Rupert Murdoch. (Variety)

• Squeezing into the crowded Oscar early buzz locales, the once aloof Telluride Film Festival this year will be a hot-spot of would-be contenders. Buzzed about pics An Education and The Road will be screening, along with the new film from indie darling Todd Solondz. Variety reports that rumor mill suggesting the new George Clooney/Ivan Reitman film Up In The Air may make a surprise unscheduled appearance. (Variety, Hitfix)

• Lionsgate has booked Tyler Perry will direct a screen adaptation of the 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. (The Wrap)

• Summer's final weekend will see a true clash of the titans at the box office as Gamer goes head to head with All About Steve. (LA Times)