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New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Foxcatcher,' 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1,' 'Tinker Bell' and More

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Director: Francis Lawrence Cast: Jennifer LawrenceLiam HemsworthJosh HutchersonJulianne MooreSam Claflin. Full cast + crew When it hit theaters, a lot of people complained that The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 felt like only half of a movie. And while that may be technically correct (Part 2 hits theaters on November 20, 2015), I just never understood why people were writing it off. It doesn't feel stretched thin. It doesn't feel compromised. It's a consistently intense story that roots you deep in the underground of the surprisingly engaging conflict between the oppressed and the oppressors of Panem. As someone who didn't really care for the first...

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- Peter Hall

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Stewart Joins Another Prestige Low-Budget Effort

11 hours ago | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Kristen Stewart joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project (photo: Kristen Stewart in 'Clouds of Sils Maria') This news bit has been everywhere online, but just in case you've missed it: History-making César Award winner Kristen Stewart has joined three-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams and two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern in an as yet untitled drama set in Montana and to be directed by Kelly Reichardt.* first broke the story last week (Feb. 27, 2015). If all goes as planned, Kristen Stewart will play a Boise lawyer, who, nervous after accepting a teaching position in a small Montana town, befriends a local woman auditing her class. Kelly Reichardt's usual partners Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project, which is supposed to consist of a series of vignettes. Also in the cast: James Le Gros (Point Break), Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), and Sara Rodier (The Future »

- Zac Gille

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Watch 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' at Home Now

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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 Foxcatcher (drama; Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo; rated R) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 (Ya action sequel; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Liam Hemsworth; rated PG-13) The Last of Robin Hood (drama; Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Susan Sarandon; rated R) Son of a Gun (action; Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites; rated R) Faults (thriller; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jon Gries...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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Patricia Arquette on Oscar Speech Fumble: ‘I Would Have Chosen My Words a Little More Carefully’

15 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When Patricia Arquette gave her now famous, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all” Oscar acceptance speech last month, it seemed as though she could do nothing wrong. Meryl Streep made a “you go, girl” gesture, Jennifer Lopez smiled from ear to ear and pretty much everyone else at the Dolby Theatre looked delighted. And then, everything changed. See photos: Oscars 2015 Winners: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, Julianne Moore (Photos) Asked to elaborate on her speech backstage, the newly minted Academy Award-winner fumbled her words. One line in particular ignited a tsunami-like backlash. “It’s »

- Itay Hod

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Who’s still overdue for their first Academy Award nominations/wins?

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Last year, I wrote a pair of pieces looking at the folks in Hollywood who were due for their first Oscar nominations or the their first wins. At the most recent Academy Award ceremony, two of those names got moved off of the list, so I wanted to take a look back and see who’s still on those lists and what they might have coming for us this year. I’ll update the lists with some new people next month, but for now…let’s go look at if the Oscars gave us some long overdue citations. If you were paying attention, you definitely noticed two of them. As a quick refresher for you all, here are the ten names that I had down as overdue for their first nods from the Academy: 10. Channing Tatum 9. Joseph Gordon-Levitt 8. Kevin Smith 7. Jennifer Jason Leigh 6. Jeff Daniels 5. Hoyte Van Hoytema 4. Steve Carell »

- Joey Magidson

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Film Review: 'Still Alice'

22 hours ago | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ It's impossible to pinpoint the first memory embezzled under Alzheimer's rampage through the tangled web of neurons and chemical pulses of the human brain. Since even the healthiest of minds can find itself prone to moments of absent-mindedness the illness looms large over all of us, especially in an ageing society that clings to individualism. In Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland's adaptation of Lisa Genova's novel Still Alice (2014) this increasingly prevalent fear is confronted head-on, sidestepping the well-trodden route of similar dramas and choosing to inhabit the deteriorating world of the sufferer, played in this instance by recent Academy Award winner Julianne Moore.


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Kristen Stewart joins Kelly Reichardt’s latest

23 hours ago | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from news that director Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves) was reteaming with her Wendy and Lucy star Michelle Williams on her new as yet-untitled film, it looks like Kristen Stewart is now set to join them.

Deadline has reported that Stewart, fresh from her famous win at the French Cesar Awards, will join the cast of the film, which has also added Laura Dern (Wild), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and James Le Gros (Justified) to its impressive ranks.

Written and directed by Reichardt, the film is “a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana.” Stewart will play “a young lawyer from Boise who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. Despite her nerves about teaching, she’s determined to prove to herself that she can do it. Soon after taking the job, Beth develops a close friendship with Jamie, a local »

- Scott J. Davis

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Fake Oscar Gets Prankster A-List Treatment and BMW During Academy Awards (Video)

23 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Winning an Academy Award can be a life changing experience — even if it is a fake one. Prankster Mark David Christenson and the crew at New Media Rockstars took to the streets of Hollywood armed with a fake Oscar during the telecast in effort to see if people would treat him differently if they thought he had won the prestigious award. His hypothesis proved to be correct, because he was stopped by passers-by who wanted their picture taken with the “winner.” Also Read: Oscars 2015 Winners: ‘Birdman,’ ‘Grand Budapest,’ Eddie Remayne, Julianne Moore (Photos) But that was only the beginning. Christenson used his. »

- Joe Otterson

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Eddie Redmayne invited to cameo on Neighbours after praising stars of show

3 March 2015 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Oscar winner calls actors who play Karl and Susan Kennedy ‘the greatest unsung acting duo in history’

Related: Halle Berry: ‘If an Oscar winner tells you they can pick out hits, they’re lying!’

After winning an Oscar, actors are given a rather short amount of time to utilise their moment in the spotlight and make some prime decisions as to what to work on next. Just ask Halle Berry. While it’s been pretty quiet so far from Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and Jk Simmons, best actor winner Eddie Redmayne has been difficult to avoid.

Related: Harold from Neighbours wants a good movie role before he dies. Write him one

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- Benjamin Lee

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Will Smith's Focus tops box office with $19.1 million

2 March 2015 12:51 PM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Will Smith's con-man caper Focus disrobed Fifty Shades of Grey at the box office, but the film's modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.

According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' Focus easily topped all competitors on a weekend with little competition at North American multiplexes. In second place was the Colin Firth spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service, which made $11.8 million in its third week of release.

After two weeks atop the box office, Fifty Shades of Grey continued its steep slide, landing in fourth with an estimated $10.9 million for Universal Pictures. Fifty Shades, which has made $486.2 million globally, fell just behind Paramount's The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which earned $11.2 million in its fourth week.

The weekend's only other new wide release, Relativity's horror film The Lazarus Effect, opened in fifth place with $10.6 million.

But the weekend was largely seen, »

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Box Office Weekend: Focus In the Lead, But Not Very Energetic

2 March 2015 8:29 AM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It is a slow week for new releases. After the smash opening weekend of Fifty Shades of Grey, the box office took a nose dive as Will Smith and his con artist comedy/drama Focus opened in first place with a fairly tepid estimated $19.1 million, a rough start to the $50 million budgeted film. In second, Kingsman: The Secret Service finds it has settled comfortably in second place for the third week in a row, earning an estimated $11.8 million. Counting its worldwide take, it has managed to pull itself into decent financial footing, while it is no match for The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, whose estimated $11.2 million puts it at nearly double its costs in domestic earnings alone, and Fifty Shades of Grey, whose worldwide $486.2 million (and estimated $10.9 million weekend) practically guarantees the rest of the franchise will follow, regardless of critical reception.

The Lazarus Effect would have had »

- Seth Paul

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Julianne Moore on Still Alice: 'The idea our inner self could be taken away is very frightening' - video interview

2 March 2015 4:52 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Julianne Moore, star of Still Alice, talks to Catherine Shoard about playing a character with early-onset Alzheimer's. The actor explains how talking to people with the disease helped shape her Oscar-winning portrayal of a university lecturer dealing with her diagnosis, calls for more funding and challenges the idea that Alzheimer's is an immediate death sentence. Still Alice is released in the UK on Friday Continue reading »

- Catherine Shoard and Paul Frankl

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​Box Office: Will Smith's Lost 'Focus' and the Oscars Effect

2 March 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The narrative going into this weekend was that "Focus" would mark a comeback of sorts for Will Smith. His first lead role since the career stumbling block two years ago that was "After Earth," "Focus" was supposed to be an easy lay-up for Smith, a sleek, star-powered caper comedy that would face little competition in the doldrums of February. Pundits predicted a debut in the low $20 millions.

Nonetheless, when the snow flurries cleared on Sunday, "Focus" hadn't even crossed $20 million; estimates had the film's weekend premiere scoring just $19.1 million. That's the first time, since Smith's Oscar-baiting prestige drama "Seven Pounds" in 2008, that he's failed to crack $20 million on an opening weekend. (Even "After Earth" pulled off a $27.5 million debut.)

With two relative flops in a row (three if you count his rare supporting role in last year's "Winter's Tale"), it's officially time for pundits to start wondering if Smith has »

- Gary Susman

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No second best for cross-cultural comedy

1 March 2015 7:04 PM, PST | | See recent news »

While some critics and cinemagoers may rate the sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as less witty and entertaining than the original, others would disagree.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel raked in $4 million last weekend, well ahead of the first edition.s $3.4 million in 2012.

The key question now is whether the second iteration of the adventures of hotelier Sonny (Dev Patel) and senior citizens played by Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy,. Ronald Pickup et al will have the staying power of the predecessor, which wound up with $21.4 million.

Achieving a multiple of more than six times the opening weekend may be a tall order for the Fox Searchlight film directed by John Madden.

Elsewhere, there wasn.t much of a post- Oscars bounce for the key winners as nationwide receipts eased by 5% to $12.1 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.

Fifty Shades of Grey continues to drop like a stone, »

- Don Groves

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Will Smith returns to the top as ‘Focus’ wins the weekend box office

1 March 2015 3:48 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Will Smith, star of numerous blockbusters over the course of his career, re-established his box office draw, as his latest feature Focus won the box office over the weekend, finishing with $19.1 million. The film marks Smith’s first prominent role since 2013’s After Earth, as he has been largely absent from the big screen since then, save for minor roles in Anchorman 2 and A Winter’s Tale. This is also Smith’s first no. 1 opening weekend since 2012’s Men in Black 3, adding to a number of commercial successes to the star’s credit in a filmography that includes Independence Day, Wild Wild West, and Hitch.

Barring the entry of Focus in the top spot, the weekend’s top 3 remained unchanged, as Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to the second and third spot respectively, finishing with a difference of less than a million, »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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'Focus' Pulls Off Minor Heist

1 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

While it didn't quite return Will Smith to his former box office glory, Focus (2015) still easily took the top spot on a quiet weekend at the box office.Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to second and third place, respectively, while The Lazarus Effect got off to a so-so start in fifth.Focus opened to $18.7 million this weekend, which is a bit lower than Crazy, Stupid, Love.'s debut (that's the last movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa). It ranks in the bottom half of Smith's movies; it is at least ahead of Seven Pounds ($14.9 million), though that movie's December opening held is back a bit. Seven Pounds wrapped up its run with $70 million, which is a number Focus is going to have a tough time matching.The lower-than-expected haul could be placed on Smith's shoulders: Mib 3 and After Earth »

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Weekend Box Office: Focus Banks Blurry Number One, American Sniper Just Misses The Mark

1 March 2015 11:19 AM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It was rough going this weekend for Will Smith's latest offering. Although the movie came in at number one, that was due to the slowness of the February box office doldrums than a massive audience turn out. At $19 million, Focus isn't the worst debut for a Smith headliner, but is more in line with his more thoughtful dramas like Seven Pounds or Ali rather than his thriller and action flicks which usually clear $40 million on opening weekend. Even the train wreck that was After Earth managed to open at $27 million. Horror films are almost always bankable, what with fake blood and bad acting always being cheap commodities in the Hollywood market. Even though The Lazarus Effect only made $10 million for a fifth place opening, the movie has already tripled its dirt cheap $3 million production budget. Thanks in no small part to Julianne Moore's Oscar win for best actress, »

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Will Smith's heist thriller Focus beats 50 Shades at Us box office

1 March 2015 10:05 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Focus has won the Us box office in its debut weekend at cinemas.

The Will Smith-Margot Robbie heist thriller earned $19.1 million, ending Fifty Shades of Grey's two-week run in the top spot.

Fifty Shades fell to fourth place with $10.9 million, adding to its total earnings of $147.7 million. The erotic adaptation stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who hosted Saturday Night Live last night.

Colin Firth's Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water are unchanged from last week.

Kingsman holds second place with $11.8 million and total earnings of $85.6 million, followed by The SpongeBob Movie in third place with $11.2 million and total earnings of $140 million.

The only other new release this weekend was Olivia Wilde's thriller The Lazarus Effect, landing in fifth place with $10.6 million. McFarland, USA slips to sixth place.

Still Alice, starring this year's Oscar winner Julianne Moore, moves up two to ninth place, »

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Box Office: ‘Focus’ Tops Weak Crop of Competitors With $19.1 Million

1 March 2015 7:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus” topped the weekend box office charts with $19.1 million, but the heist film didn’t make off with as much loot as many analysts expected.

The film had been projected to earn between $21 million and $23 million, so cue breathless stories about whether or not Will Smith’s fastball has lost some heat. The debate may be excessive. “Focus” shows the limits of star power generally, not Smith’s particularly.

Charisma lacks the punch it did 10 years ago, particularly given that advances in digital technology and the growth of fanboy culture mean films can’t just be films anymore to succeed at a high level. They must be events. Would “Focus” have performed better had George Clooney starred in it or Brad Pitt?

“With all big stars, it depends on the movie they’re framed in,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “If you put Will Smith in a »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: Will Smith's 'Focus' is a Little Off, but Still #1 Over Lacking 'Lazarus Effect'

1 March 2015 7:34 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Going into the weekend the only reported budget for Will Smith's Focus that I saw was $100 million. Well, either that was way off or someone is doing a little conning over their own as the reported budget is now only $50.1 million (I wonder what that extra $100,000 was for), which makes the lackluster opening a little easier to swallow. Opening with only $19.1 million, this one appears dead on arrival. Opening night audiences weren't too disappointed, giving the film a "B" CinemaScore, but in three weeks this one should be out of the top ten and will likely drop 53% or more next weekend.... On to the next one... Fifty Shades of Grey managed to eek out a fourth place finish, dropping 53% and a $10.9 million weekend, topping newcomer The Lazarus Effect, which came in with $10.6 million to go along with a nasty "C-" CinemaScore. Oh well, with a budget of $3.3 million this is already in the black. »

- Brad Brevet

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