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Marvel Studios’ space opera Guardians of the Galaxy continues to do well in China, and has now become Marvel’s third highest-grossing film behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3, surpassing this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office.
Guardians has now grossed $733 million worldwide, placing it in fourth place at the 2014 box office, behind X-Men: Days of Future Past, Maleficent and Transformers: Age of Extinction. It definitely stands a chance now of passing both Days of Future Past and Maleficent, which have grossed $746M and $757M domestically.
So much for the titular group of outlaws-turned-heroes being a “risky” bet for the studio, eh?
Guardians of the Galaxy sees Gunn directing a cast that includes Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie) as Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana (Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora, Dave Bautista (Riddick) as Drax the Destroyer, Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) as Rocket Raccoon, Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious 6) as Groot, »
- James Garcia
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez‘s charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez’s vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while the souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film’s events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends – should Maria (Zoe Saldana) choose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down with Diego Luna and Zoe Saldana »
- Haleigh Foutch
3rd Update, Sunday, 8:17 Am: Fury won both the battle and the war this box office weekend while newcomers The Book of Life is sitting above ground at No. 3 with about $16.6M to $17M and The Best of Me got bested by four other films to take the fifth spot with only $10M and change. More interesting this weekend is the specialty box office where several really quality pictures found their audiences such as Birdman which flew in with a whopping $103K per screen average for Fox Searchlight and New Regency (on a roll lately as they also have the No. 2 Gone Girl which just passed $100M). It marks the second highest per screen average of the year behind another fav, Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel ($202K), also from Fsl. Writer/director Ted Melfi’s St. Vincent which is in limited release, can also boast a strong $10K for »
- Anita Busch
Gorgeous and powerful. Ahead of Elle's annual Women in Hollywood Awards next week, the magazine has revealed its glossy covers featuring Elizabeth Banks, Jessica Lange, Annette Bening, Brie Larson, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Each actress will grace her own separate cover for the November issue, which honors their contributions to the world of film both on camera and behind the scenes. The coveted issue also will honor Jennifer Garner, Tina Fey, and Zoe Saldana. American Horror Story star Lange is this year's L'Oreal Paris Legend Award winner, while Larson [...] »
Brad Pitt’s World War II tank thriller Fury blew away the competition in its Friday debut, racking up $8.8 million at the box office and handily ending Gone Girl’s two-week run as the No. 1 movie in the country. The animated kids’ flick The Book of Life, meanwhile, showed a strong pulse in its first day in wide release, tallying $4.9 million. And the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tearjerker The Best of Me opened to a lackluster $4.1 million Friday, on track to come up short of pre-release expectations for its opening weekend. Fury rolls into multiplexes with an A- Cinemascore »
- Chris Lee
Pregnant celebrities - Zoe Saldana's due date has been revealed - the mom to be will give birth in eight weeks. The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' actress - who is expecting twin boys with husband Marco Perego - is ''feeling great'' but constantly hungry. She said: ''I still have a ways to go. We have maybe eight more weeks or something. I feel great. ''I'm hungry all the time! I have to say, nothing makes me happier than to see a pregnant woman eat. Especially in La!'' Tucking into a food tray provided by 'Late, Late Show' host Craig Ferguson, the 36-year-old beauty insisted she hadn't experienced any cravings during her pregnancy but had found food tastes better than ever. She told the presenter: ''You'd be surprised -- I'm just hungry. It feels good. Food just tastes so delicious. It really does. It's really good. You trick yourself, »
“Fury” opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday — ahead of two-time champ “Gone Girl” and newcomer “The Book of Life” — with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012’s “End of Watch” and scripted “Training Day.” The movie also stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.
Aside from Pitt’s star power, the $68 million production — backed by Columbia Pictures in association with Qed Intl. and LStar Capital — has the critics on its side, earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Last year, we tracked the budding relationships of several celebrities that were coupling up and showing Pda around the world. Many of the flings fizzled, but other pairs - like Amanda Seyfried and Justin Long, Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Alyssa Miller - are still going strong. Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy's Summer love resulted in a wedding, and Zoe Saldana is expecting twins with her Spring fling (and now-husband), Marco Perego! Cut to 2014, and there were plenty more new couples going public with their love. Khloé Kardashian found - then lost - a new boyfriend in rapper French Montana while Joseph Gordon-Levitt is currently getting cozy with Tasha McCauley, the cofounder and CEO of a robotics company based in Silicon Valley. There's also Joe Manganiello and Sofia Vergara, who have been spotted all over each other from coast to coast, and Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin, »
One of the unique fixtures of an opening weekend in Los Angeles, whether it's an art house release or a studio blockbuster, are filmmakers and sometimes stars popping their heads into a theater to see how their baby plays. Well, if you're going to a screening of the new animated feature "The Book of Life" in the Southland this weekend, there's a good chance you might see Jorge R. Gutierrez dropping by your theater. "Book" is Gutierrez's directorial debut and a project he's worked diligently to bring to the big screen for 14 years. The talented animator has received advice about handling the release from the film's producer, Guillermo del Toro, but Gutierrez jokes he's not listening to it. "He said don't read the Internet, don't read any reviews, like, don't look at the comments," Gutierrez says. "But I am a masochist, so I'm reading everything. And then this whole weekend »
- Gregory Ellwood
Guillermo del Toro’s vibrant animated comedy, “The Book of Life,” is a colorful celebration of life and culture directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez that tells the legend of Manolo (Diego Luna), a conflicted hero and dreamer. Manolo sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds to rescue his one true love, […]
- Sheila Roberts
Does digital data offer indicators that can be used to monitor marketing effectiveness and predict box office success even before awareness turns into intent? Moviepilot – which studies social data and box office trends – analyzes this weekend’s new movies across Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google (the methodology behind the numbers is laid out in the appendix below) over the seven days leading up to their release, when marketing campaigns should be at their peak.
Moviepilot Prediction: $32 million
“Fury” rolls into theaters this weekend armed with the mega star power of Brad Pitt, solid reviews and good social stats. The first of three World War II movies opening this season (the others being Angelina Jolie’s “Unbroken” and “The Imitation Game”), all with significant Oscar buzz surrounding them, “Fury” looks by far the most action heavy. Sony cleverly played this up in the social campaign by appealing to tank »
- Tobias Bauckhage
Update, Friday, 2:03 Pm: With matinee grosses tumbling in, it appears at the moment that The Book Of Life is headed to a $4M-$5.2M Friday night with most of its audiences sure to come in on family moviegoing Saturday and Sunday for Fox. Currently, that puts it in the $11.5M-$15M range for the three-day week. Likewise, the Brad Pitt war movie Fury — which is expected to win the weekend — will see its R-rated audience come in later this evening and tonight for Sony and Qed. Right now, it’ss tracking for a $8M-$9M+ Friday or a three-day debut in the $21M-$25M range. Word of mouth on this mostly positively-reviewed movie should help. The Best Of Me from Relativity, as previously noted below, is not expected to do much business and that is certainly the case in matinees. It may make around $3M-$4.5M today on track »
- Anita Busch
While Zoe Saldana may still be eight weeks away from giving birth, the pregnant actress could not be more excited to add the title of mother to her resume. "Thank you," the beaming mama-to-be gushed to Ellen DeGeneres after the television personality congratulated the actress on her pregnancy. Saldana, along with her Book of Life co-stars Channing Tatum and Diego Luna stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show to chat about the animated comedy, which hits theaters today, while also dishing on parenthood. "They're schooling me on what to expect," the soon-to-be mother said of Luna, who has a 6-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter, and Tatum, who is a dad to one-year-old »
The Lucky editor-in-chief offers up her best baby bump dressing tips!
As even the glowing Blake Lively pointed out to Et at her first red carpet baby bump appearance, "It's very different getting dressed with a watermelon as a stomach."
And she's not the only one dressing around watermelon stomach in Hollywood. Carrie Underwood, Zoe Saldana, Hayden Panettiere, Rachel Bilson, Shakira, Kelly Rowland and more are all expecting — it's a Hollywood baby boom!
Fortunately, we have Lucky magazine editor-in-chief Eva Chen -- who is expecting a baby girl herself this winter -- and she’s sharing with Et her best tips when it comes to dressing for two.
Pics: Blake Lively Shares First Pregnant Photos!
1. You Don’t Have to Wear Maternity Clothes: Seek out super comfortable and roomy tops from Forever 21 to pair with elastic-waist maternity jeans or maybe an oversized coat from Asos. And many designers are now offering maternity lines as well. "One of my favorite »
Now in theaters is Jorge Gutierrez's charming and visually stunning tribute to Dia de los Muertos, The Book of Life. The animated feature depicts Gutierrez's vision of the afterlife in which the celebrated and beloved spend eternity in the Land of the Remembered, ruled over by the beautiful and kind-hearted La Muerte (Kate del Castillo), while those souls beyond remembrance languish under the rule of the trickster Xibalba (Ron Perlman) in the Land of the Forgotten. The film's events are set into motion when the deities place a wager on the romantic fate of three childhood friends - should Maria (Zoe Saldana) chose to marry Manolo (Diego Luna), a good-natured musician, Xibalba will stop meddling in human affairs, but if she marries the rakish warrior Joaquin (Channing Tatum), Xibabla will take over as ruler of The Land of Remembered. I recently sat down for an exclusive video interview with »
- Haleigh Foutch
"The Book of Life" is a colourful, slightly macabre animated story that draws from Mexican culture and aesthetic style. Told as a story-within-a-story, this is a straight-up fairy tale that sees the protagonist go on a traditional heroic quest, with visits to the underworld, battles with raging beasts, and overcoming family expectations.
For a film that has significant events that take place in the underworld, this seems like a weird title.
Originally the film was called "Day of the Dead," which, frankly, is much more in keeping with the film's style. While granting that there are entire swaths of the audience that would be caught, um, dead taking their children to a film of that title, from both a narrative and aesthetic point of view it's a much more apt title.
What's with Mexicans and all this death stuff?
That seemingly offensive question is a rhetorical question that the film explicitly raises, »
- Jason Gorber
“Star Trek: Voyager” is back, in a way. The latest expansion for “Star Trek Online” features several of the characters, voiced by the actors who played them in the fourth expansion of the classic television franchise. See photos: ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ Premiere: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana Robert Picardo, Jeri Ryan, Garrett Wang, Ethan Phillips and Tim Russ return in character, with the story picking up 32 years after Voyager finished its journey home from the Delta Quadrant, as chronicled in the Upn series from 1995 to 2001. Missing from the reunion are Kate Mulgrew, as Star Trek's first female captain, »
- Jason Hughes
The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is »
- Jim Batts
Chicago – Unfortunately you can’t judge “The Book Of Life” by its cover. The movie draws on the fertile imagery of the Mexican “Day Of The Dead” to create its own animated world. The animation is excellent and the wooden characters seem to spring to life – but those performances are as wooden as a board.
Which also describes my feelings for most of this uninspired journey…bored.
The film doesn’t have the courage to go its own way, instead it uses the window dressing of its distinctive look to paper over a story that is firmly stuck in the material world of mediocrity. Trouble begins from the onset with an uninspired framing device involving grade school slackers touring a museum and learning about the Mexican cultural traditions – complete with a map showing Mexico with a giant bandito mustache. These modern characters seem to have been inspired by the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
World War II tank movie Fury will almost certainly take the top spot away from two-time winner Gone Girl this weekend. Meanwhile, The Book of Life and The Best of Me are also opening nationwide.Playing at 3,173 theaters, Fury stars Brad Pitt as the leader of an American tank crew making their way through Germany as the second World War draws to a close.With the exception of 2012's Killing Them Softly*which was an odd, dark crime drama*Pitt has been on a strong run lately as a leading man. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Inglourious Basterds and World War Z all earned over $120 million at the domestic box office, while Moneyball was one of the highest-grossing baseball movies ever with $75.6 million.World War II movies have a mixed track record, though the last few installments have done fairly well. Outside of Pitt's Basterds, the best comparison for »
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