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5 Summer Box Office Takeaways: Marvel Rules, China Rises and Stars Matter

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The summer box office sputtered to a close, down 15% from last year’s record breaker. Domestically, it was the worst showing for Hollywood in nearly a decade.

To be sure, there were massive hits such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” but this year’s crop of blockbusters was puny compared to last summer’s lineup, a batting order of heavy-hitters that included “Iron Man 3,” “Man of Steel” and “Despicable Me 2.”

Despite the gloomy results, there are valuable lessons and takeaways to be gleaned from a popcorn season that never really popped.

1.) Stars Still Matter

Yes, in an age of superhero films it appears to have become increasingly irrelevant who wears the cape or mask, but matching the right actor with the right material is still a recipe for success. “Maleficent” got to $750 million globally on the strength of Angelina Jolie’s name. The »

- Brent Lang

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20 Little Known Facts That Will Make You See Famous Actors Differently

5 hours ago | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

It’s easy to think you know an actor through the characters that they play, or even to assume you know something about an actor by the sheer fact that they’re an actor. Particularly when someone is often type-cast, it can sometimes be hard to swallow when you find out something that changes how you see a big name. For instance, when a huge star like Tom Cruise became an insane scientologist, or when you find out that awesome badass action-star Vin Diesel has been an avid Dungeons and Dragons fan for 20 years, or even the knowledge that Pam and Jim aren’t a couple in real life (weep), can change your perspective on an actor you took for granted as their character(s).

Sometimes our favourite actors’ rise to fame has been shaky, unintended, or even baffling, such as Danny Trejo’s movement from drug counselor to world-class badass. »

- Hannah Spencer

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3 of the Greatest Book to Movie Adaptations

5 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Hodgson on his three greatest book to movie adaptations…

American Psycho

Author, Bret Easton Ellis.

Screenplay, Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner.

Upon its original publication in 1991, American Psycho was marred by controversy, and it’s no surprise considering one of the chapters is called ‘Killing Child at Zoo’, which was sensibly not included in the film. The satire focuses on Patrick Bateman, a cold blooded narcissistic ‘yuppie’ who spends his days listening to Phil Collins in his plush Wall Street office, but spends his nights brutally murdering prostitutes and homeless people. Harron & Turner were set with the tough task of portraying the comedic elements of the book whilst keeping it’s gruesome themes.

And they nailed it. From the opening credits of blood-like condiments dripping across the screen, to the famously ambiguous ending, it is easy to tell that they truly understood what Ellis was trying to say. And through »

- Gary Collinson

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Nicole Kidman On Love: 'I've Been To Hell & Back'

31 August 2014 11:44 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Nicole Kidman endured a very public divorce from Tom Cruise (after an 11-year marriage) back in 2001.

Now past the pain and happily married to Keith Urban, who she wed in 2006, the actress said she and the country music superstar are happier than ever and going strong.

"Keith always says, 'We're lucky we met late in life,'" the 47-year-old beauty told Net-a-Porter's The Edit magazine in a new interview. "'The sadness of that is we can't have six kids together, but the greatness of that is [we are ...

Copyright 2014 by NBC Universal, Inc. All rights reserved.

This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. »

- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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Summer Box Office 2014: What Went Wrong?

31 August 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Remember last summer, when movie industry insiders as lofty as Steven Spielberg and George Lucas were predicting that it would take only a couple of megaflops to bring Hollywood's entire blockbuster-driven business model crashing down? Indeed, there were a number of such flops last summer, and yet there were enough big hits offsetting those failures to wind up with a record-breaking summer, worth $4.85 billion.

This summer? Also a number of megaflops, but not as many successes to balance them out. As a result, the summer winds to a close with a total of $3.77 billion, down a full 22.2 percent from last summer. It's the lowest-grossing summer since 2005; adjusting for inflation, it's the worst since 1992. The numbers are so bad, they're likely to make Hollywood executives wonder: are Spielberg and Lucas's dire predictions finally coming true?

For perplexed box office observers, here's a question-and-answer guide to what happened this summer, and what »

- Gary Susman

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Kathy Griffin Goes Nude for Als Challenge Video

31 August 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

Kathy Griffin just stepped up to the challenge ... and left her clothes at home!The comedian is the latest celebrity to accept the Als Ice Bucket Challenge, debuting her video on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Friday night.But Griffin's came with a twist.The 53-year-old was dared to do it absolutely naked by buddy Suze Ormon and Kathy didn't back down -- shooting her video completely in the buff. She also enlisted some famous friends to dump the ice-filled water over her head, as both Aj McLean from the Backstreet Boys and "Parks and Recreation" star Aubrey Plaza assisted with the production.Check out the video above.Griffin is one of many stars who have brought attention to the cause. So far, celebs like Hugh Jackman, Tom Cruise and even a Superman suit-wearing Henry Cavill have made videos as well.See more videos here -- and check out more soaked stars below. »

- tooFab Staff

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Nicole Kidman Levels Tom Cruise; Looks Fab Doing It (pics, video!)

30 August 2014 3:03 PM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Nicole Kidman puts her marriage to Tom Cruise in its place in a surprisingly candid interview in The Edit, and looks damn good doing it showing off fall clothes for Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Dkny. Kidman, 47, has been an A-list star since her breakout role in the 1989 thriller “Dead Calm.” But that doesn’t mean she hasn’t lived through her own personal hell, namely her 1990 to 2001 marriage to Cruise [...] »

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Suri Cruise Reunites with Lost Chihuahua

30 August 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It looks like Suri Cruise's once-missing Chihuahua is truly one lucky puppy. Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's 8-year-old daughter reunited with her pup, Honey, on Wednesday with the help of the aptly named Lucky Puppy Rescue and Retail. The recently adopted pooch reportedly escaped from a friend's yard in Beverly Hills on Sunday and was not wearing a collar because she was taking a dip in the pool. According to TMZ, Suri and family feared the worst as little Honey was lost in an area known to have coyotes. On Wednesday, Lucky Puppy posted a Facebook photo of Honey »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd, @kathyehrichdowd

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12 lessons we learned from 2014's summer movies

30 August 2014 7:05 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

What a summer at the movies! The galaxy got guarded. The future days went past, like some sort of extinct age. The planet of the apes stopped rising and started dawning. Our stars had a fault. And also: Lucy!

Hollywood had a rough season at the box office in summer 2014, with overall box-office receipts falling precipitously from last year’s flurry of mega-grossers. Going into this weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy, the highest-grossing film at the summer box-office, has earned about $256 million–which would have made it the fifth highest-grossing movie of summer 2013.

Word on the street says that 2014 was »

- Darren Franich

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8 Reasons It's Time to Let the Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston Feud Die

28 August 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's time, everyone. We know it's so easy to bring up what happened between Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston whenever anyone talks about them or writes about them. But, c'mon. This feud or rivalry or whatever you want to call it with Jen and Angelina needs to be dead and buried. Why? Glad you asked: 1. It's been nine years. Yep. It's been nine years since Brad and Jen divorced. As in almost a decade. Why are we still talking about something that happened nearly a decade ago? Well, we did just bring up Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch in 2005 because he was so in love with Katie Holmes. But that was for nostalgia's sake. Also, that was an insane »

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The Simpsons top 50 episodes

28 August 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...

Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”

Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »

- louisamellor

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Details For ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ Blu-ray, DVD & Limited Edition Blu-Ray 3D Steelbook

27 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

One of the finest reinventions of the action/thriller time-travel genre this year is definitely Edge Of Tomorrow and if you missed it at the cinema then have no fear, as we’ve got all the details of the upcoming home entertainment release – as you want this in your collection!

Live. Die. Repeat. Edge Of Tomorrow Available On Blu-ray 3D™ Blu-ray™ & DVD Limited Edition Blu-ray 3D Steelbook On 13th October 2014 Exploding Onto Digital HD On 29Th September Live, Die, Repeat when Edge Of Tomorrow arrives onto Digital HD on 29th September and Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD and Limited Edition Blu-ray 3D™ & Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Steelbook on 13th October, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. & Mrs. Smith), Edge of Tomorrow stars Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Edge Of Tomorrow was directed by Liman »

- Dan Bullock

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Top Five Movies of the Summer

26 August 2014 11:48 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Owen with his top five movies of the summer…

5. Godzilla

Celebrating 60 years of destruction, the King of the Monsters made his return to the big screen in this American reboot to the classic series. Godzilla saw Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen as a husband and wife duo who are trying to reunite after The Big G shows up and starts tearing through cities chasing after alien-like creature M.U.T.O.

Director Gareth Edwards clearly loved the classic Godzilla movies from the character’s 50s and 60s heydays as the movie was a call back to those films. It had a slow, methodical pace and it focused on the human characters and their dramas while Godzilla fought in the background as the ever looming presence and metaphor for nuclear war. Sadly, the movie only takes our fifth spot here as the human element (including »

- Gary Collinson

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Film Review: 'The November Man'

26 August 2014 9:52 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Twelve years. That's how long it's been since Pierce Brosnan last portrayed James Bond on the silver screen. That history, where he played the iconic British agent for four films, is what the producers of The November Man are hoping will draw you to their movie. Even the tag line, "A spy is never out of the game" is meant to convey the idea that "he's back!" Much of the promotional work for the film centers around "Look! It's Pierce Brosnan, back as a spy!" even though it has little to do with the movie. The idea that his character, Peter Devereaux, was ever "out" of the spy world and returns to it is barely emphasized in the actual film. It's clear this is all about Brosnan. And to really drive that point home, they even cast a former Bond Girl to run around with him through exotic locales. 

The »

- Mario-Francisco Robles

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Directors' Trademarks: Steven Spielberg

26 August 2014 5:30 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.

No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history. 

Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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News Bits: Uncle, Foxcatcher, Dark, Mission

26 August 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

The latest issue of Empire Magazine sports the first two official photos from Guy Ritchie's upcoming big screen adaptation of the 1960s TV series "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. Click here for both.

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher," about the unhealthy relationship between Olympian wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and eccentric billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell), is still one of the year's potential awards favourites. At one time though, the film could have looked quite different.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Miller admits that in the early stages of assembling the film back around 2006/2007, he had considered Ryan Gosling and Bill Nighy for the leads and had also talked to Heath Ledger.

Out of the Dark

Vertical Entertainment has taken U.S. rights to Participant Media's supernatural thriller "Out of »

- Garth Franklin

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Katie, Suri New Home Tragedy - Holmes Daughter Suri Cruise Loses Dog

26 August 2014 9:38 AM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Katie, Suri New Home Tragedy - Suri Cruise has lost her dog. The devastating news comes just weeks after Katie and Suri moved from New York to Los Angeles after she splashed out a reported $3,795,000 on a new mansion in Thousand Oaks. The eight year old – the daughter of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes – has been left devastated after her new Chihuahua Honey disappeared in Beverly Hills, and a $1,000 reward has been put up for the safe return of her pet pooch. Sources have told TMZ that Suri was with Katie, 35, at the time her four-legged friend went missing when they were visiting their friend, and the crafty canine is said to have made a break for it out of the front gate. Houses in the area were told about the dog's disappearance and 50 reward posters were erected in the area a desperate attempt to find the »

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'Mission: Impossible 5' Video: Tom Cruise Performs Rooftop Stunt

26 August 2014 7:39 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Production for Christopher McQuarrie's highly-anticipated action sequel Mission: Impossible 5 is in full swing, and now the behind-the-scenes footage is starting to pour in. This latest set of videos feature Tom Cruise and actress Rebecca Ferguson performing some rooftop stunts as they jump off the Vienna Opera house. They were reportedly shooting on set until 4 am Sunday night. Watch as they both jump off this roof in their full harnesses.

Mission: Impossible 5 is not only taking advantage of shooting on top of the Vienna Opera house, it will also be the first movie to ever shoot inside of Great Britain's Houses of Parliament. The franchise has become well known for shooting in unique locations, such as Vatican City in Mission: Impossible III and the Burj Khalifa tower in Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.

Mission Impossible 5 - Picture From Set http://t.co/SIz7T7qaj1pic.twitter.com/YBmewLxKgY »

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Shooting begins on M:I5

25 August 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions top brass said principal photography has commenced on the fifth instalment in the Tom Cruise franchise.

Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie took a break from their schedule to record an ice bucket challenge in support of Als.

Filming on Mission: Impossible 5 will take place in Vienna, Morocco and London. Drew Pearce and McQuarrie co-wrote the screenplay with Will Staples.

Cruise produces through Tom Cruise Productions alongside Jj Abrams and Bryan Burk through Bad Robot. Skydance ProductionsDavid Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger will serve as executive producers.

Simon Pegg returns as Benji, Jeremy Renner as Brandt and Ving Rhames as Luther. Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson join the cast.

The fourth installment in the franchise scored the biggest hit so far after it opened in December 2011, grossing more than $694m worldwide.

The franchise kicked off in 1996 and to date has amassed approximately $2bn worldwide.

The film is »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye Could Appear In 'Captain America 3'; A New Rumored Name Surfaces For 'Dr. Strange'

25 August 2014 2:32 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Jeremy Renner is going to be very busy for the next year. The actor has started shooting “Mission: Impossible 5” with Tom Cruise and director Christopher McQuarrie (he’s still part of the team even though it wasn’t properly announced) and next summer he’ll be shooting the fifth, as-yet-untitled ‘Bourne’ movie for a summer 2016 release. There’s also one more project for potentially coming down the pike for Renner in 2015. “There are rumblings of [a Hawkeye appearance in] ‘Captain America 3,’ ” he told Collider this week, “I don’t know what’s going to happen there. I’ve got to find the time, man. I’m trying to stay home and I can’t.” Scheduling is probably going to be his only issue. If you’ll remember interviews with Kevin Feige during the rollout for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” earlier this year, the Marvel studio chief said Hawkeye was one of »

- Edward Davis

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