Autumn comes to the box office

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ON SCREENS: "Almost Famous" appeared almost invulnerable. The expected big fall movie launch is based, autobiographically, on writer/director Cameron Crowe's life as a rock journalist.

Up until recently, the Hollywood Stock Exchange, the Internet entertainment stock market game, placed the movie as high as H$47. But since Sept. 1, the flick's dropped to the mid-H$30s level. HSX levels predict U.S. box office sales, and H$40 translates to $40 million in box office receipts over the movie's first four weeks of release.

Morgan Freeman will reprise his role as a detective in "Along Came a Spider," a prequel to the 1997 serial killer-hunter movie "Kiss the Girls." "Spider" has been a steady performer, and looks to pull in box office dollars comparable to "Almost Famous."

Fishing for an surpise hit, "Bait" and Jamie Foxx could be the hook. Mr. Foxx stars as a prisoner being paroled and used as bait to recover stolen money. The movie has more than doubled its H$ value since June, But Mr. Foxx's StarBond hasn't bolstered the health of the movie, as his price isn't close to its 52-week high.

"Duets" could sing a sad Italian opera tune if HSX is any indicator. Bruce Paltrow will direct daughter Gwyneth in this comedy-drama about three mismatched couples who travel the countryside in the world of karaoke hustling. "Duets" price dropped half of its value two weeks ago to the paltry $9 level, and is only recovering just a bit.

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