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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tops Four-Day Weekend With $94.4 Million

‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Tops Four-Day Weekend With $94.4 Million

February 17, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “Fifty Shades of Grey,” released by Universal over the weekend, pulled in an estimated $94.4 million through the Monday holiday. With a three-day haul of $85 million, the film became the biggest domestic February debut ever, outpacing th...

Spider-Man heads to Marvel Cinematic Universe before next solo film

Spider-Man heads to Marvel Cinematic Universe before next solo film

February 12, 2015


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By Gina McIntyre Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios, the iconic character will appear in an unspecified Marvel film before headlining a new installment in his own franchise for Sony, which will arr...

Time Traveler Weston Is Relieved The Time Is Finally Right For ‘Project Almanac’ To Come Out

Time Traveler Weston Is Relieved The Time Is Finally Right For ‘Project Almanac’ To Come Out

February 3, 2015


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By Roger Moore Tribune News Service (TNS) MIAMI BEACH — Ask actor Jonny Weston what he’s been up to while he’s been waiting for what could be his “big break” to  hit theaters. Go ahead. “Twiddling my thumbs,” he says, laughing. “I’ve been waiting what, a year and a half for (...

‘American Sniper’ Again Dominates Box Office; ‘Mortdecai’ Flops

‘American Sniper’ Again Dominates Box Office; ‘Mortdecai’ Flops

January 27, 2015


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By Saba Hamedy Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — “American Sniper” held down its No. 1 spot and crossed the $200 million mark at the domestic box office this weekend, surpassing three new releases including the Johnny Depp film “Mortdecai,” which proved to be a dud. Propelled by a ...

Scottish Director Dives Deep Into Genre For His Latest Film, ‘Black Sea’

Scottish Director Dives Deep Into Genre For His Latest Film, ‘Black Sea’

January 20, 2015


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By Roger Moore Tribune News Service (TNS) Kevin Macdonald has done his Roman Legion thriller (“The Eagle”), his sci-fi apocalypse (“How I Live Now”) and his political journalism thriller (“State of Play”). But what the Oscar-winning documentarian (“One Day in September”) really had a h...

Josh Gad and Kevin Hart team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer’

Josh Gad and Kevin Hart team up for ‘The Wedding Ringer’

January 15, 2015


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By Madeleine Marr Miami Herald (TNS) MIAMI — Interesting factoid: The guy who voiced Olaf, the snowman who pines for summer in “Frozen,” grew up in the Sunshine State. Josh Gad was born and raised in Hollywood, Fla., and wouldn’t mind a few shout-outs when he’s in town. The 33-year-old acto...

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

‘Fifty Shades’ Director Sam Taylor-Johnson Finds R-rated Sweet Spot

January 12, 2015


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By Rebecca Keegan Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sam Taylor-Johnson had been working in secrecy for months when she finally got an opportunity to play footage of her new film for a fresh-eyed viewer — Beyonce. The London-born director is making one of the most anticipated movies of 2015, an adaptation o...

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Creates Fun For The Entire Family

‘Penguins of Madagascar’ Creates Fun For The Entire Family

December 2, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) From their first appearance in “Madagascar,” Skipper, Kowalski, Private and Rico have been committing grand theft scene stealing. The four lovable, military-minded penguins became an instant fan favorite with their can-do attitudes. Finally, the Penguins ...

15 New Films You’ll Want To See This December

15 New Films You’ll Want To See This December

December 2, 2014


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) Nazis! Ghouls! Orcs! Kim Jong-un! Creepy hunters with sexist leers! What would the holiday movie season be without them? It’s the rush to the finish line, and the start of serious campaigning for awards season kudos, as 15-odd titles make their way to ...

On Movies: John DuPont, wrestling, tragedy

On Movies: John DuPont, wrestling, tragedy

November 18, 2014


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By Steven Rea The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS) “Foxcatcher” is director Bennett Miller’s chilling evocation of the real-life story of John Eleuthère du Pont, the Newtown Square, Pa., multimillionaire who operated a wrestling training center at his Foxcatcher Farm in the 1990s and who, on a J...

Mark Wahlberg Is A Chance-Taker; One Of His Biggest Is ‘The Gambler”

Mark Wahlberg Is A Chance-Taker; One Of His Biggest Is ‘The Gambler”

November 16, 2014


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By Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) In 2003, Mark Wahlberg walked into the Santa Monica offices of HBO with an idea for a series. He’d already had acclaimed turns in admired movies — “Boogie Nights,” “The Basketball Diaries,” “Three Kings” — but hadn’t broken through as...

Hollywood Film Awards And Dubious History Land In Prime Time

Hollywood Film Awards And Dubious History Land In Prime Time

November 14, 2014


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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (MCT) Two years ago, Quentin Tarantino sheepishly walked onto the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s ballroom to collect a Hollywood Film Awards screenplay prize for his gonzo western “Django Unchained.” The movie wouldn’t arrive in theaters for nine more we...

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