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Holdovers "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2" ruled the box office on Friday, while the new Johnny Depp sci-fi film "Transcendence" experienced a system crash -- trailing behind fellow newcomer "Heaven is For Real." Marvel's "Captain America" continued its reign as box office champ, commanding another $9.5 million. Its domestic total stands at a heroic $184 million. It should earn in excess of $25 million for the weekend, placing it past the $200 million goal, and leaving the 2011 original in the dust. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson star. The animated sequel "Rio 2" flew to $9.2 million for No. 2, rising its domestic haul to a hearty $62 million. It will likely earn around $23 million through Sunday. Proving that the recent success of "God's Not Dead" was no fluke, the release of the faith-based "Heaven Is For Real" -- coinciding with Easter weekend -- was blessed with a suprisingly huge $7.8 million in Friday. »
- Dave Lewis
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
Sneak Peek more pages from Marvel Comics' "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" graphic novel prequel, "Captain America: Homecoming", written by Fred Van Lente, with illustrations by Tom Grummett and Mark Bagley:
"What brings 'Steve Rogers' back to tour his old Brooklyn neighborhood? Hint: It’s not just the milk shakes!
Plus: Reprinting the first appearance of Cap’s #1 wingman, the high-flying 'Falcon'..."
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders and Sebastian Stan.
Hasbro's "Captain America" The Winter Soldier" 'Shield Storm' 10-Inch electronic action figure, in the likeness of actor Chris Evans, from the upcoming sequel to "Captain America: The First Avenger", is available January 2014:
"...the 'Captain America: »
- Michael Stevens
Tom Hardy delivers a mesmerising solo performance in this week's Locke, holding attention for the duration as the only actor on screen. Steven Knight's car-bound thriller is the latest in a long line of films that have zeroed in on one character and offered the lead an opportunity to flex their acting chops.
The Hollywood veteran barely utters a word in Jc Chandor's nautical survival drama, but his performance as a man battling nature and his sinking yacht is still devastatingly effective. The ending leaves a note of ambiguity, but up until that point this has been a clear-eyed drama about doing what needs to be done when things go bad.
James Franco (127 Hours)
Based on Aron Ralston's ordeal trapped beneath a boulder in the canyons of Utah, »
Review Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00
By his own admission, Tom Hardy is a man who sometimes veers between - and enjoys - overacting and underacting. For Locke, however, he doesn't have that luxury. Instead, it's a concentrated 85 minutes of acting and character we get here, in a compulsive thriller set, basically, on the British motorway system. People have already called it Hardy's best performance, and there's little evidence throughout Locke's running time to disprove the theory.
Locke is a single actor in a single (moving) location piece, not unlike Buried (with Ryan Reynolds) and All Is Lost (with Robert Redford). The single location in this case however is a car, as Hardy's Ivan Locke leaves his place of work where he's supervising the following morning's arrival of hundreds of trucks carrying concrete, »
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has passed $500 million (£297 million) in its worldwide box office gross.
It has currently grossed over $502 million (£299 million), including $167 million (£99 million) in the Us and $335 million (£199 million) in other territories, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
This includes $80 million (£48 million) at China's box office alone.
Captain America: The First Avenger grossed a total of $370 million (£220 million) - $193 million (£115 million) outside the Us.
2012's Avengers is currently the third-highest grossing international film of all time.
Captain America 2 breaks record at Us box office: top ten in full
Disney and Marvel Studios are celebrating another huge success for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the latest Phase Two offering Captain America: The Winter Soldier crossing the $500 million mark at the global box office. The Chris Evans-headlined solo sequel is currently sitting on $502,272,687, which puts it ahead of previous McU releases The Incredible Hulk ($263.4 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($370.6 million) and Thor ($449.3 million), with Iron Man’s $585.2 million haul fast approaching.
The release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already helped to make the Marvel Cinematic Universe the highest-grossing franchise of all-time domestically, and with $6.173 billion in the bank globally so far the superhero series will also overtake the James Bond franchise ($6.198 billion) to climb to second world-wide behind the box office behemoth Harry Potter ($7.709 billion).
- Gary Collinson
The global arm of AMC Networks is readying plans to launch the Sundance Channel in the UK.
Screen’s sister publication Broadcast understands that AMC/Sundance Channel Global is in carriage negotiations with pay-tv platforms including Sky, with a view to launching in 2015.
The plans follow parent firm AMC Networks’ $1bn (£600m) acquisition of Chellomedia, which operates around 40 channels around the world, last year.
The company is home to major global programme brands such as Mad Men and The Walking Dead.
Its channels include AMC, which aired Breaking Bad in the Us, female-skewing WEtv and comedy network IFC. It has been keen to establish a presence in the UK for some time and a number of sources have told Broadcast that it has now selected the Sundance Channel as its first launch.
The drive is being led by Harold Gronenthal, executive vice-president of programming and operations at AMC/Sundance Channel Global, who has been »
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo
I’ve really come to admire what Marvel and their Marvel Studios have been doing over the past few years. Not only do I admire them for the big picture plan they have with their movies and tying them all together, but I admire them putting thought into what they’re putting out. A bulk of the credit can go them for restoring the faith in the value of the comic book movie (the rest can go to that other guy, you may have heard of him…Chris Nolan). And while we heap praise on them, we must also be keenly aware that they had some involvement in the hole they had to crawl out of some years back. But the Marvel universe is a good one now, »
- Craig Dietz
Robert Redford isn't optimistic that the Obama administration will make progress on enacting climate change legislation. "Am I disappointed in the outcome? Somewhat, not entirely," the actor told The Hollywood Reporter. "You have to look at what [President Obama's] up against. There’s never been a more paralyzed system to try to work with." Redford spoke to THR on Saturday after a press conference unveiling a fossil fuel divestment, climate action model at Pitzer College, where he is a trustee. The conservationist elaborated that his waning faith in politics stemmed in part from increased partisan sniping. He described revisiting archival footage
- Alexa Girkout
"Rio 2" flew to the top of the box office on Friday, narrowly beating Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." The animated sequel picked up $12 million on its first Friday night, while "Captain" earned another $11.9 million. "Rio 2" will likely earn around $45 million for the weekend, significantly ahead of 2011's "Rio," which debuted to $39.2 million, and ultimately made $143 million in North America. It features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, and more. Now in its second week of release, "Captain" -- starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson -- will likely earn around $42 million over the next three days. The Marvel sequel's domestic total currently stands at a hefty $129.5 million. It will have no trouble topping the original film's total domestic gross of $176 million. Relativity's low budget horror film "Oculus" has already earned back its estimated $5 million production budget, after scaring up $4.9 million last night. »
- Dave Lewis
News team…assemble! …What’s that? Oh, right, we’re not talking about Ron Burgundy and his anchormen friend this week, we’re talking about The Avengers! Ok, just one of the Avengers in his latest solo picture: Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (Of course, as Josh found out, Captain America isn’t actually the Winter Soldier. Oh well.) This week, Josh and Gabe are joined by Marvel aficionado and TV.com contributor Andy Daglas to talk about this new entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford. So yes, it’s a big episode full of discussions of dudebros, high-fiving at action movies, and co-star reunions. Oh, and there’s talk of post-credits scenes, because Josh couldn’t resist. And you shouldn’t resist either….to download this episode. (Obviously.)
The post Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 139: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier »
- Josh Spiegel
It's rare that Peter Travers reaches back in time to highlight a film on At the Movies, but he's got a good reason for this unprecedented move. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which opened last week, is already the biggest movie to ever hit theaters in April and it'll likely take the top spot at the box office for the second straight weekend.
(Cbr) Former Disney animator Cyril Pedrosa has sold the movie rights to his graphic novel "Three Shadows" to FilmNation Entertainment, Variety reports. His Disney credits include "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and "Hercules". Published in the United States in 2008 by First Second, "Three Shadows" centers on three shadows that have come for the son of couple Louis and Lise, who flee their home on a journey to the ends of the Earth in order to escape death. FilmNation’s current releases include "All Is Lost" starring Robert Redford, "Nebraska" starring Bruce Dern and "Saturday Night Live" alum Will Forte, and Jonathan Glazer’s "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson. Other upcoming projects on FilmNation’s plate are "The Good House" with Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro starring; "The Rules of Inheritance" starring Jennifer Lawrence and "A Tale Dark and Grimm" directed by Henry Selick. »
- Steve Sunu, Comic Book Resources
“One time Atticus said you never really knew a man until you stood in his shoes and walked around in them; just standin’ on the Radley porch was enough. The summer that had begun so long ago had ended, and another summer had taken its place, and a fall, and Boo Radley had come out.”
The Wildey Theater in Edwardsville, Il (just outside St. Louis) will be hosting two screenings of the beloved, Oscar-winning 1963 classic To Kill A Mockingbird on Thursday May 15th at 3pm and at 7pm. They’re calling the event Memories of Mockingbird: An Evening with “Scout”.
Mary Badham, the actress who played Scout in the film will be attendance to answer questions and sign autographs. Guests will hear Badham’s perspective on the impact of this important film and have an opportunity to meet and get a “Selfie with Scout.” Ms Badham was just ten years »
- Tom Stockman
With Captain America: The Winter Solider currently the number one movie around the world, it’s finally time to share some of the filmmaker interviews that get into the spoilers of the film. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a regular TV interview with directors Joe and Anthony Russo where they talked about being comic book geeks, the difficulty of balancing the Marvel sequel's action with the character moments, if they read the message boards or comments sections to get an idea of what the fans wanted to see, whether they fought over any ideas, Captain America 3, and more. You can watch that interview right here. However, the day after that interview, we sat down in their hotel room for an extended conversation that got into specific plot points from The Winter Soldier. During this interview they talked about how much of the story came from Marvel, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
(Cbr) Warning: This post contains spoilers for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier". Months before "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", the Marvel sequel was making headlines for an odd reason — namely, rumors that claimed Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce was secretly the Red Skull. Of course, with the film now in theaters, audiences know that no such twist occurred. Redford’s Pierce had Hydra ties, yes, but that’s where his connection to the late Johann Schmidt ended. “We did hear that rumor,” Anthony Russo, who directed the film with his brother Joe, told io9.com. “Fans are always trying to tie everything back to the mythology, and sometimes it’s good to subvert expectations. We wanted a very grounded villain for this movie: Redford as a top level bureaucrat. He’s sort of the Henry Kissinger for this generation, who’s gone bad. That felt like that fit more into »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
The glut of American superhero films that continue to dominate the Us box office have proven time and again to provide a rich and repeated diagnoses of post-9/11 American power. Whether showing an empowered Spider-Man triumphantly swinging between NYC buildings, depicting Bruce Wayne going all Patriot Act to save Gotham from being subsumed in terror, witnessing Iron Man privatize the defense industry, or simply blowing up iconic buildings ad nauseum, these films have served – sometimes with surprising depth – as startling funhouse mirrors for 21st century values, sentiment, and fears as they bear upon the politics and iconography of armed defense and homeland security. But no other film in this endless cycle of cinematic behemoths has explored with such clarity and precision the larger paranoia-industrial complex as Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Marvel Studios’ Iron Man series has been remarkably consistent in depicting the essential complicity of a domestic for-profit defense sector that benefits wholesale from the circulation »
- Landon Palmer
Anthony Bourdain has traveled to all sorts of exotic places over the past couple of years, with none as important as where he’s taken CNN itself.
Bourdain’s Parts Unknown series, a culinary travelogue, swiftly became the network’s top-rated series since debuting last April, a bright spot at a place that was in a severe dry spell before the missing Malaysian plane kicked up ratings. A new eight-episode season begins Sunday at 9 p.m. Edt.
Bourdain explains his team’s strategy with typical coarseness: “We are constantly asking ourselves, first and foremost, what is the most up thing we can do next week? »
- Associated Press
With his debut feature Honour – starring Paddy Considine and Aiysha Hart – out now in cinemas across Britain, we had the distinct pleasure of discussing the project with the film’s writer and director, Shan Khan.
The film tackles the themes of honour killing, as we delve into the life of a young girl (Hart), victim of her own family, who seek is murdering her for bringing shame upon their family – hiring the fascist bounty killer (Considine) to see the job through.
Where do you feel honour sits with the rest of contemporary British thrillers?
We’ll, I’d like to think it sits right at the top, but unfortunately that would be wishful thinking on my part. I’m glad that people are seeing it as a thriller and not seeing it as an issue-based movie, so that’s a really good thing; a great big tick, because it’s »
- Gary Green
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