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Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Nut Job (animated family comedy; voices: Will Arnett, Liam Neeson; also available in 3D; rated PG) Philomena (Oscar-nominated drama; Judi Dench, Steve Coogan; premieres 4/15; rated PG-13) The Bachelor Weekend (comedy; Andrew Scott, Amy Huberman; pretheatrical release premieres day and date with the Tribeca Film Festival; not rated) The Invisible Woman (drama; Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas; rated R) Patrick...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Judi Dench stars as an Irish woman who wants to find the son she gave birth to as a teen sent to live in a convent; Steve Coogan co-stars as the posh journalist who wants to write a story about her journey.
Why We're In: Based on a true story about Philomena Lee's travels to find her long-lost son, this is a sweet drama with moments of levity, thanks to the chemistry between Coogan and Dench.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? Ah, yes. Another tale by Lars von Trier about tormented love, sex, and religion! Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson play newlyweds who are forced into some rather extreme circumstances after he's paralyzed while working on an oil rig.
Why We're In: This tragic tale gets the full Criterion treatment, including select »
- Jenni Miller
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” has reached yet another milestone.
The quirky dramedy has passed the $100 million mark at the worldwide box office to become director Wes Anderson’s highest-grossing movie to date. Although it took over a month to meet the lofty goal, the film has only been in wide release since March 28. “Budapest Hotel” has now expanded to 1,467 locations, making it Anderson’s second widest release behind “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” which showed in 2,300 theaters.
Even though the film has earned more than any other Anderson pic ($103.8 million), it’s a distant third behind “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Royal Tenenbaums” in terms of domestic gross. “Budapest Hotel” has made a whopping 62% of its gross overseas, only behind “The Darjeeling Limited’s” 66% share.
“Royal Tenenbaums” is the auteur’s second most successful film with a $71 million worldwide gross.
“Budapest Hotel” also broke the record for the highest-grossing limited live action debut of all time. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Pine, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
Apparently, last summer there was talk about Penelope Cruz taking a role in Sam Mendes’ follow up to Skyfall. This week in things we hope are true, a French magazine has found proof(?) that the actress will be in the movie. Sony put her name alongside Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris on a release update that included Bond 24. It’s possible that it was an administrative error, but if it wasn’t, how mother-effing great is that news?
Given the franchise’s grittier, more character-driven take since Casino Royale and its ability to attract a well-respected director like Mendes, it’s no surprise that they are finding higher caliber actresses willing to play Bond girls. And no offense, Denise Richards, but Academy Award winner Cruz is a major upgrade. She has done her best work in smaller films, working with directors like Ridley Scott, Woody Allen, and her old friend Pedro Almodovar. »
- Mily Dunbar
The first big box office battle of the pre-Summer Movie Season will take place this weekend when family favorite Rio 2 takes on Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Consider it the opening salvo in the war for box office supremacy that will unfold every weekend from here on out. Studios are putting out tantalizing TV spots for upcoming movies and touting the favorable reviews of critics in spots for movies already in theaters in an effort to attract your attention (and dollars). We know you don't have the time to watch enough TV to catch all of the spots and make an informed decision about what to watch, so we've gathered the latest spots here for your viewing pleasure. Pass the popcorn!
Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is the foremost researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, working to create a sentient machine that combines the collective intelligence of »
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Remember back in June when Penelope Cruz was rumored for Bond 24? A production source later said the rumor was totally false, however, the French site Premiere recently spotted her name on a Sony release update, and it's for Bond 24. Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomi Harris are also listed on the update (no surprise there), however it's odd Cruz's name is on it, and not Chiwetel Ejiofor, who we recently found out is being considered for the villain in the latest »
- Jesse Giroux
News Simon Brew 11 Apr 2014 - 07:24
Rumours started swirling that Penelope Cruz may be a candidate for a role in James Bond 24 last summer, but at that time, nothing really seemed to come from them. However, there's now fresh evidence that Cruz may indeed by boarding the new 007 adventure.
It came via Premiere magazine in France, who spotted her name in a new release update from Sony. In it, Cruz was listed alongside Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes in the movie. It's posted a picture of said update on its website, here.
Back in the summer of last year there was some talk of Penelope Cruz securing a role in Sam Mendes' developing follow-up to Skyfall. While no more was heard in the immediate weeks and months following, Cruz has now once again been linked to Bond 24, via what seems to be a credible source. The French Premiere magazine has spotted her name next to Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris on a Sony release update.If that's accurate, and not just an admin cock-up within Sony's PR, it marks a pleasing casting symmetry with Skyfall, which starred Cruz' husband Javier Bardem as the villainous Silva.As a Bond-girl - whatever that now means in these slightly more enlightened Bond days - Cruz would be an unusually high-profile choice, and the first Oscar-winner to take such a role (Halle Berry won her Academy Award post-Bond). But she's picking her roles carefully lately, »
Back in June, Yahoo reported that actress Penélope Cruz was rumored to play the next Bond Girl in Bond 24, although that report was debunked just a few weeks later. As it turns out, that initial report may have been true after all, with Premiere France spotting the actress' name on Sony's recent release schedule update, where she was listed next to confirmed stars Daniel Craig (007/James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny).
If it turns out to be true, Penélope Cruz, who turns 40 later this month, will be the oldest Bond girl in franchise history. Her husband Javier Bardem portrayed 007's nemesis Silva in 2012's Skyfall. Back in October, we reported that Kate Upton and Helen Flanagan were in contention for the coveted role, but we haven't heard anything else regarding their involvement since then. There is also a new report from Aftonbladet.se that »
This isn't the first time we've heard Penelope Cruz's name associated with Bond 24. Back in June of last year, a source for Yahoo! Movies informed the site that producers were in negotiations with the Spanish actress for a role in the next Bond installment. A few weeks later, a source for Us Weekly shot down those rumors. Now it appears as though Yahoo! Movies was actually right. "The eagle-eyed folks at France's Premiere magazine noticed that in a recent release schedule update from Sony, Penelope Cruz was listed in the cast alongside Daniel Craig , Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris." - blogs.indiewire.com If true, this would be rather interesting from the standpoint, Cruz is married to Javier Bardem. He played Skyfall's antagonist, Raoul Silva. Bond 24 will be directed by Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), from a screenplay written by John Logan. The cast will include: Daniel Craig »
Sometimes it pays not to follow the recipe. Marketing brainstorms have helped Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” grow impressive box office, with different strategies building on each other like the layers of a Dobos torte. Fox Searchlight co-toppers Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley credit the filmmaker’s unique visual style and meticulous attention to detail. “ ‘Budapest’ allows you to immerse yourself in a completely different world,” Utley tells Variety, noting five elements that have made the film a hit.
1) Anderson’s World
The director’s eye for detail is a merchandiser’s dream. “Budapest” features a collection on eBay, a partnership initiated by actor and frequent Anderson collaborator Waris Ahluwalia (whose own fashion label is House of Waris). Auction items range from bow ties and moustache wax to promotional materials from the pic. Some are selling out, including copies of “The Society of the Crossed Keys,” Anderson’s »
- Andrew Stewart
"Star Wars: Episode 7" isn't the only franchise around town working hard to keep details under wraps. "Bond 24" is gearing up to shoot this summer, and with reports last week that Chiwetel Ejiofor was being considered for a villain role, now another big star has come into the casting mix. The eagle-eyed folks at France's Premiere magazine noticed that in a recent release schedule update from Sony, Penelope Cruz was listed in the cast alongside Daniel Craig , Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. Is it a mistake? Perhaps, and let's not forget that as early as last summer, rumors swirled that Cruz would be joining the film (following her husband Javier Bardem's turn as the villain in "Skyfall"). We're sure confirmation or denials or (more likely) silence will come down from on high soon enough. But any rate, casting does seem to be moving along in earnest. Aftonbladet (via Bleeding »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A reader sent me a link to Timothy May's Intercut.net review of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel and it's a treat of a read. After breaking down the particulars of the plot and characters, May gets deeper into the nuts and bolts of Anderson's filmmaking style as well as the similarities and, more importantly, differences between his lead characters over the course of time. In referring to Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave and his penchant for honesty, which separates him from previous Anderson leads such as Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) in Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaum (Gene Hackman) in The Royal Tenenbaums, who share a "singular notion of culture, class, and decorum", but the latter two are also liars. Why does this matterc Well it matters when it comes to what the character is fighting for and what he stands for as a man. May then writes: »
- Brad Brevet
Following the news from earlier today that Universal Studios Hollywood is opening their Fast & Furious: Supercharged attraction in 2015, the theme park has also announced that The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will open at the Hollywood park in 2016. Check out the first image below, then read on for more details.
It's official! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ is coming to @UniStudios Hollywood in 2016! pic.twitter.com/CKb7V6qrsj
— Universal Studios (@UniStudios) April 8, 2014
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter opened at Universal Studios Orlando in 2010. The theme park had previously confirmed that the attraction was coming to Universal Studios Hollywood, although it wasn't known exactly when until now. We reported back in January that the Orlando attraction is adding Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express.
Inspired by the magical world created by J.K. Rowling and brought to life in the Warner Bros. films, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter »
The 42-year-old actress, who was recently rumoured to be involved in a possible Beetlejuice sequel, looked elegant in a flowing cream dress and simple black blazer as she attended the event hosted by Vogue at the Cinema Society.
The star posed with and embraced Nighy and the show's writer Sir David Hare on the red carpet.
Ryder plays Melanie Fall, a businesswoman with a secret, in the BBC original drama from Oscar-nominated writer Hare.
Meanwhile, Nighy reprises his role of ex-MI5 operative Johnny Worricker in the follow-up to 2011 thriller Page Eight.
Sources for The Wrap claim that director Sam Mendes is aiming very high with his casting for the villain in the next James Bond movie. They’ve been informed that Mendes’s top choice is Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), who was just nominated for an Academy Award, and whose star in Hollywood is the highest its ever been. With his powerhouse performance in 12 Years A Slave, Ejiofor- who’s been working in films since for almost 20 years- finally reached the A List. He would be a big “get” for the Bond franchise.
The report is quick to point out that Ejiofor has not yet entered negotiations, and there’ve been no formal talks. But amongst other actors that have been contacted for the role, they think Mr. Ejiofor is the frontrunner being eyed for the part.
Ejiofor would join Mendes and Daniel Craig, who are set to return for »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
I've recently been circling around the idea of actually getting a tattoo. If I get one, it will be my first. But I've been thinking about some of the tattoos that I've seen in the movies over the years, and I started looking them up online to remind myself of what they looked like. I would never get a tattoo that I saw in a movie, it'd have to be an original design, but I was looking for a little inspiration.
While going through all the movie tattoos that I could think of, I decided to put together a list of some of the most memorable tattoos have been featured on the big screen. Here they are in no particular order.
How many of you forgot about how badass McConaughey was in this dragon slaying action film?! He sported some crazy cool tattoo art in it. »
- Joey Paur
According to The Wrap, the actor is the frontrunner to play the next villain in the upcoming Sam Mendes-directed James Bond film.
Daniel Craig will once again play the dashing superspy for the 24th installment of the British franchise, while Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are all set to return as well.
Photos: 007's Lucky Ladies: James Bond's Babes Over The Years
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier has debuted in the number one spot at the Us box office.
It surpasses the previous April record set by Fast Five, which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011.
Dystopian thriller Divergent slipped to number three and took $13m in ticket sales, bringing its total in the Us and Canada to $114 million since its release on March 21.
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