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Maleficent hits $700 million at the worldwide box office

28 July 2014 2:02 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It may have been met with a mixed reception, but that hasn’t prevented Disney’s live-action Sleeping Beauty reimagining Maleficent from crossing $700 million at the global box office.

The Angelina Jolie-headlined fairy tale fantasy is currently sitting on $715,019,000 worldwide, making it the third biggest earner of the year behind Transformers: Age of Extinction ($966.4 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past ($739.5 million). In all, it’s the fifth film to reach the $700 million mark this year, with fellow Disney release Captain America: The Winter Soldier earning $713 million and Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sitting on $706.3 million.

Directed by Robert Stromberg, Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie (The Tourist), Elle Fanning (Super 8), Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Imelda Staunton (The Pirates! Band of Misfits), Miranda Richardson (The Hours), Juno Temple (The Dark Knight Rises), and Lesley Manville (Romeo and Juliet). Read our reviews here, here and here.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks about Self Empowerment

27 July 2014 11:57 PM, PDT | | See recent iCelebz news »

Maggie Gyllenhaal is a busy working mom.and she wouldn't have it any other way.

The actress, 36, covers Modern Luxury's August issue of Angeleno, where she gets candid about her happy home life with husband Peter Sarsgaard, 43, and their two daughters, Ramona, 7, and Gloria, 2.

"Being a parent, you have to sacrifice things, and you have to ask your kids to sacrifice things," says the star, who lives in Brooklyn. "If you are Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, you can have that power to say, 'Yes, I want to do that movie, but I need to wait until July,' but we don't. So both of us have had to sacrifice things we wanted to do many times. But that's what it means to be in a family and be in a relationship."

Over the years, Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard co-starred in two off-Broadway Chekhov adaptations. Was it the couple's goal to star in the same projects? »

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Box Office Report: Scarlett Johansson Powers Lucy to #1

27 July 2014 12:11 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The year of ScarJo continued in high fashion this weekend, with the action-thriller Lucy surpassing expectations and reaching the #1 spot at the North American box office. Taking in an estimated $44 million from 3,173 theatres, Lucy became the actor’s biggest opening for a non-Marvel film. That is also a larger opening than Salt ($36 million), which starred kick-ass heroine Angelina Jolie and opened in late July, 2010.

With Johansson receiving a lot of acclaim this year for her roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Her and Under the Skin, a lack of options for female moviegoers and a dazzling trailer, Lucy was expected to open at the top – but not to this extent. With competition from Hercules and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, mixed reviews and an R rating, an opening over $40 million is a big surprise.

Lucy is the fourth original film from Universal to open at #1 this year – after Lone Survivor, »

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How ‘The Avengers’ & ‘Lucy’ Turned Scarlett Johansson Into an Action Superstar

27 July 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Donning a dodgy Russian accent and a skin-tight, leather suit as “The Avengers’” Black Widow is reaping dividends for Scarlett Johansson.

The actress may have benefited more from her work on the Marvel movies than any other member of the superhero ensemble save for Robert Downey Jr., whose work as Iron Man transformed him into perhaps the biggest box office star on the planet. Evidence of Johansson’s raised profile was on display this weekend, as the actress powered “Lucy” to a $44 million debut, the third biggest female-driven action opening of all time.

First and second place belong to “Wanted” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” both star Angelina Jolie, who may have a worthy successor in the come-hither glances and gunplay department in Johansson.

“‘Avengers’ turned her into an action star and that’s part of the reason ‘Lucy’ had so much success,” said Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. »

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Weekend Box Office: Lucy Shines with $44 Million; Hercules Takes Second with $29 Million

27 July 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

2014’s summer box office got a rare ray of sunshine this weekend thanks to Lucy.  The sci-fi/action pic easily claimed first place with an estimated $44 million from 3,173 locations – the highest debut for star Scarlett Johansson outside of her Marvel Universe appearances.   Hercules had to settle for a second place, though the action/adventure’s estimated $29 million from 3,595 locations also beat expectations.  Title Weekend Total 1.  Lucy $44,025,000 $44 2.  Hercules $29,000,000 $29 3.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $16,400,000 $172 4.  The Purge: Anarchy $9,896,000 $51.2 5.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $9,303,000 $35.1 6.  Sex Tape $5,975,000 $26.8 7.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $4,600,000 $236.3 8.  And So It Goes $4,552,000 $4.5 9.  Tammy $3,400,000 $78.1 10.  A Most Wanted Man $2,717,000 $2.7   Full story after the jump. In this summer of marginal performers any film that opens significantly higher than expected is cause for celebration.  So break out the party hats for Universal’s Lucy, which managed to double its pre-release projections and make Hercules look like kind of a wimp in the process. Originally slated to open on August eighth, »

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Box Office: ‘Lucy’ Outmuscles ‘Hercules’ With $44 Mil.

27 July 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Scarlett Johansson overpowered Dwayne Johnson at the box office, as “Lucy” racked up $44 million compared to “Hercules’” $29 million bow this weekend.

It’s a big win for Johansson, solidifying her as an action star to rival Angelina Jolie. “Lucy” ranks as her largest non-Marvel opening, edging out 2009′s “He’s Just Not That Into You” ($27.8 million). It’s been a very good few months for Johansson, who scored critical raves for playing a sultry, Siri-like voice in “Her” and a conflicted alien seductress in “Under the Skin,” and made bank reprising her role as Black Widow in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Her bankability is beyond reproach and her street cred is beyond comparison,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “She can bounce gracefully between indie movies and esoteric movies and then rise to the top box office charts.”

Universal acquired “Lucy” for $40 million, which makes its opening »

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Johansson as 'Lucy' Rules Friday Box Office, But How Did 'Hercules' Fare?

26 July 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Though not exactly the kind of box office rebound that will solve the recent revenue plunge, two opening films showed signs of life yesterday. In the top two, Universal's "Lucy," with Scarlett Johansson in an action role, scored $17.1 million, while Paramount's "Hercules" with Dwayne Johnson took in just over $11 million. The Top 10 as a whole though showed the ongoing weakness: the $45 million total, despite three new wide releases, was no better than last Friday, and down 12% from last year. Johansson joins fellow actresses Angelina Jolie, Shailene Woodley, Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock in opening at number one within the last year. Playing a young woman on the run after someone plants superhuman-making drugs on her, it is by far the best opening for Johansson in the lead, though she has smartly enhanced her appeal by appearances in several Marvel blockbusters. The worrisome sign, though, is the poor C+ Cinemascore, so »

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'Lucy' Kills with $17.1 Million On Friday

26 July 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent news »

Based on Friday results, at least, the Summer box office slump seems to be drawing to an end this weekend.Sci-fi action movie Lucy opened in first place with an exceptional $17.1 million haul. Meanwhile, Hercules outperformed modest expectations, though it will probably still fall short of $30 million this weekend.Lucy's $17.1 million debut is significantly higher than Angelina Jolie's Salt, which took in $12.5 million on opening day in July 2010. More impressive is the fact that Lucy opened nearly on par with action sequels Taken 2 and The Bourne Supremacy (both around $18.4 million).The Scarlett Johannson flick did receive a poor "C+" CinemaScore, which suggests word-of-mouth will be mixed. Still, it's guaranteed to earn at least $43 million this weekend, and could wind up near $47 million.Playing at 3,595 theaters, Hercules opened to an estimated $11.05 million on Friday. That's roughly equal to the $10.6 million that last month's Edge of Tomorrow earned on opening day. »

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Gets Candid About Making Parental Sacrifices and Feeling Empowered at Age 36

25 July 2014 11:37 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Maggie Gyllenhaal is a busy working mom—and she wouldn't have it any other way. The actress, 36, covers Modern Luxury's August issue of Angeleno, where she gets candid about her happy home life with husband Peter Sarsgaard, 43, and their two daughters, Ramona, 7, and Gloria, 2. "Being a parent, you have to sacrifice things, and you have to ask your kids to sacrifice things," says the star, who lives in Brooklyn. "If you are Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, you can have that power to say, 'Yes, I want to do that movie, but I need to wait until July,' but we don't. So both of us have had to sacrifice things we wanted to do many times. But that's what it means to be in a family and »

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U.S. Majors Recover Box Office Ground in China in a Year of Solid Growth

25 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The U.S. majors enjoyed a big comeback at the Chinese box office in the first half of 2014, after stumbling in 2013 — but with the local B.O. growing by 25% over the same period in 2013, there’s enough upside for local filmmakers, too.

“China has been growing at this pace for the past five years,” says Y.C. Chu, g.m. of Hong Kong’s Emperor Motion Pictures. “We see no reason to think it will stop any time in the next five years, and if you have good cinemas, we can see growth continuing for seven years.”

Indeed, Emperor has redoubled its bet in the territory, recently diversifying from production, finance and distribution into mainland Chinese exhibition for the first time, inaugurating a 12-plex in the Guangdong Province city of Foshan just last month.

The Chinese box office delivered a cumulative gross of RMB13.6 billion ($2.2 billion) in the January to June period, »

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Release Date Set For Thriller ’71′ Starring Jack O’Connell

24 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

If there’s a British actor on the fast-track to huge success right now, then it looks like Jack O’Connell is undoubtedly the one to watch. After a stunning turn in Starred Up, he leads Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut Unbroken and has now been announced as a lead in the Belfast-set thriller ’71 from Studiocanal. 

Directed by Yann Demange, Jack O’Connell plays Gary Hook, a young British soldier accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the streets of Belfast. Unable to tell friend from foe, and increasingly wary of his own comrades, the raw recruit must survive the night alone and find his way to safety through a disorientating, alien and deadly landscape.

O’Connell leads the superb cast that includes Sean Harris (Deliver Us From Evil), Killian Scott (Calvary, Good Vibrations), Martin McCann (X Plus Y) and Charlie Murphy (Philomena). ’71 is the film feature directorial »

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Luc Besson Puts His EuropaCorp to the Test With ‘Lucy’

24 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The son of scuba-diving instructors, Luc Besson came of age exploring the depths of the ocean floor and inventing stories out of the debris he would find along the shore. Some 50 years later, he is still playing with rocks in the sand — only now his shoreline is the river Seine and his castle a 667,000-square-foot film studio called Cite du Cinema (literally Cinema City). Built from the shell of a 1930s thermal power plant in the Paris suburb of Saint Denis, the sprawling complex — which includes nine soundstages, a 500-seat auditorium and a full-service restaurant — is headquarters for Besson’s prolific production and distribution outfit, EuropaCorp, plus a host of affiliated vendors and two film schools.

On a recent Friday afternoon, despite a bank-holiday weekend in France, Cite du Cinema was a hive of activity as editors, sound mixers and visual effects artists readied two new EuropaCorp productions for their »

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A second stab at Golden Globe predictions

24 July 2014 9:37 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I was originally planning on waiting to take another look at the Golden Globe awards and my predictions for that precursor until the summer was over, but with the festival announcements in full swing, it seems like a nice time to approach these again. Next week brings new Oscar predictions on my part (also informed by the New York and Toronto Film Festival announcements), so this is a good way to bide our time until then. There’s certainly a bit of a separation between the two, so it’s a far cry from the same sort of predictions, as you’ve probably already gathered by now. The Globes and the Oscars are very different animals, to say the least. You can argue about the actual impact that the former has on the latter, but at the very bare minimum, it influences perception, so it must be reckoned with to some degree. »

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'American Horror Story: Freak Show': Finn Wittrock Cast In Horror Series

23 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

American Horror Story: Freak Show is adding All My Children actor Finn Wittrock to the all-star cast.

Finn Wittrock Joins 'Freak Show' Cast

Wittrock’s casting was announced by American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy on Twitter. “Thrilled to announce the very talented Finn Wittrock has joined the cast of Freak Show,” Murphy wrote.

Thrilled to announce the very talented Finn Wittrock has joined the cast of Freak Show!

Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 24, 2014

Murphy has previously worked with Wittrock on the Emmy-nominated HBO movie The Normal Heat, which starred Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer and Taylor Kitsch.

Aside from American Horror Story and A Normal Heart, Wittrock is best known for his arc on Showtime's Masters of Sex and appearing in 2014 flicks Winter’s Tale and Darren Aronofsky’s Noah. Later this year, Wittrock will be seen in Angelina Jolie’s directorial debut about Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, »

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Box Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ to Out Muscle ‘Hercules’

23 July 2014 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Hollywood’s hottest action stars will inject a shot of adrenaline into the moribund summer box office this weekend, when “Lucy,” Scarlett Johansson’s revenge thriller, hits screens.

Distributed by Universal, “Lucy” will unroll across 3,172 theaters this weekend and should shoot up an estimated $36 million. That would be a nice return on a $40 million budget and a sign that audiences don’t always need their on-screen mayhem to arrive pre-branded, pre-merchandised and plucked from venerable comic books or toylines. It’s the rare original film that looks ready to upend the steady stream of same-olds.

Film Review: Scarlett Johansson’s “Lucy

Sadly, “Lucy’s” main competition, “Hercules,” is looking less than godly. Paramount and MGM’s $100 million re-imagining of the old Hydra killer is on track to debut to roughly $25 million across 3,600 locations, which would be a scrawny showing given the high cost of the production.

Brett Ratner (“Tower Heist”) directs the film, »

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Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie To Marry… In New Movie

23 July 2014 11:05 AM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are finally going to get married – but don't break out your celebratory dances just yet, Brangelina fans.

The long-standing couple will tie the knot onscreen in their upcoming film, "By the Sea," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Brad, 50, and 39-year-old Angelina will play a married couple in the drama, and according to the trade paper, their characters' wedding will be a part of the movie.

Photos: Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt

Off-screen, news of the stunning couple's engagement broke in April 2012.

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Lana Del Rey: I "Slept With a Lot of Guys in the Industry"

23 July 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Lana Del Rey says she's slept with many guys in the music industry - Us Weekly Another singer faces a lawsuit for allegedly slapping a fan - HuffPost Celebrity Demi Lovato makes a big change - Gossip Girl Justin Bieber is reportedly the next Calvin Klein underwear model - Lainey Gossip Bindi Irwin opens up about losing her father, Steve - People Watch Chris Pratt expertly braid a woman's hair - BuzzFeed Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will marry in their new movie - Hollywood Reporter The Kardashians pose for a sexy swimsuit picture - TooFab Is The Rock's latest worth seeing? - Rotten Tomatoes Bradley Cooper and his girlfriend spark engagement rumors - Wonderwall This is why your favorite TV shows are so bleak - Cracked Source: Getty / Jeff Vespa »

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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Set to Marry in New Movie By the Sea

23 July 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Wedding bells are finally ringing for Brangelina—onscreen, at least. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to play a married couple in their new movie, By the Sea, their first onscreen reunion since 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the film on which they fell in love. A source told THR that the pair will be hitched onscreen, as they were in Mr. & Mrs. Smith almost 10 years ago. Other plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, but Universal Pictures chairman [...] »

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Set to Marry … Onscreen

23 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It's a plot detail that will launch a thousand magazine covers: When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie reunite for By the Sea, their first cinematic pairing since 2005's Mr. & Mrs. Smith, the famously unmarried duo will play a married couple. Universal, which bought worldwide rights to the drama that Jolie (UTA, Sloane Offer) wrote and will direct, is staying mum on details, but a source tells THR that the pair, who will produce, will be hitched onscreen. Photos Brad Pitt's 10 Highest Grossing Movies Pitt (CAA,

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‘Fight Club 2' Coming to Comics Courtesy of Book's Author Chuck Palahniuk

23 July 2014 1:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The movie “Fight Club” captured the imagination of a generation, with a twist ending few saw coming and even fewer can forget. Now, Chuck Palahniuk, the author of the 1996 book the film was based on, is returning to the characters he created for a comic book sequel. Published by Dark Horse Comics, which has been publishing official sequels to Joss Whedon‘s “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and “Firefly/Serenity” for years, “Fight Club 2” will be a 10-issue series illustrated by Cameron Stewart. Also read: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie to Star in Universal's Intimate Drama ‘By the Sea’ Palahniuk said in an interview. »

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