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It's no surprise that the one-two punch atop this weekend's box office chart was the second weekend of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (with an estimated $41.4 million) and the debut of family cartoon "Rio 2" (estimated at $39.0 million), but the real drama lay in the fate of the No. 3 movie. That was horror film "Oculus," which rode a wave of positive buzz and even critical kudos to a third-place debut estimated at $12.0 million, enough to beat this weekend's other new wide release, Kevin Costner's sports-management dramedy "Draft Day" (No. 4 with an estimated $9.8 million).
Much of the credit for success of "Oculus" will go to producer Jason Blum (whether he deserves it or not), since Blum is by default the leading auteur in horror movies today, even though he doesn't write or direct them. As a producer, he's hit on a formula that turns micro-budgeted horror movies into profitable franchises, »
- Gary Susman
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
For a very specific demographic, the ultimate news was just announced: Lindsay Lohan will appear on Watch What Happens Live! The episode will air next Thursday, April 17, EW has confirmed.
Fans of the show know this has the potential to be quite the memorable episode. Not only is the live program proudly booze-soaked (a tradition they will obviously (right?) forgo for the evening), but the program’s cheeky charm thrives on Cohen asking the guests just-this-side-of-inappropriate questions. »
- Erin Strecker
Praise be to the holy trinity of Marvel: Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt. Are we supposed to believe that it's purely coincidence that the three hottest superheroes in the McU just happen to be named Chris? Please. Marvel needs to get their hands on more Chrises and transform them into some cut up, beefcake super studs. Start your search here, Marvel casting department: Chris Pine What You Know Him From: Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, that movie with Denzel Washington where they're on an unstoppable train (it may have been called Unstoppable), not Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Who He Could Play: The new Hawkeye, once Jeremy Renner ages out of the role (which will be sooner »
Washington, Apr 5: Chiwetel Ejiofor has apparently become a favorite for film-makers to play villain in the next Bond movie.
According to The Wrap, the Oscar-nominated actor is being targeted to play opposite Daniel Craig as James Bond's nemesis in the 24th instalment of the spy movie franchise.
- Diksha Singh
After scoring big with Javier Bardem as its last Bond villain, MGM and Sony may be targeting another Oscar-nominated actor to play 007′s nemesis in the next James Bond pic. Sources tell Variety that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in Sony and MGM’s next installment in the James Bond series. No offer has been made yet and scheduling would still have to be worked out but sources insist he is the front-runner for the job.
The studio had no comment.
Plot details are unknown at this time. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce with John Logan penning the script. The plan is start production in the summer in order to meet the pic’s release date of Nov. »
- Justin Kroll
The gallery of James Bond villains is adding another Oscar nominee: Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The Wrap reports that the "12 Years a Slave" actor is in talks to join "Bond 24" as the main villain. Director Sam Mendes is returning to helm the movie after guiding "Skyfall" to critical acclaim and $1.1 billion at the box office worldwide.
Daniel Craig is set to reprise his role as Bond, with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw all returning as M, Moneypenny, and Q, respectively. Producers are still searching for a new Bond girl and a Scandinavian love interest for the dashing spy.
Since starring in "12 Years a Slave," Ejiofor has been busy; he recently wrapped "Z for Zachariah" opposite Chris Pine and Margot Robbie, and is set to appear in "Triple Nine" with Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson, and Aaron Paul.
Production on "Bond 24" should begin this fall, with an unknown release date. »
- Kelly Woo
Entertainment Geekly is a weekly column that examines pop culture through a geek lens and simultaneously examines contemporary geek culture through a pop lens. So many lenses!
Hollywood only makes action movies now. Hollywood doesn’t really make action movies anymore. Both of those statements can’t be true, and yet, they’re both basically accurate. It is very rare for Hollywood to release a major non-Oscar bait motion picture that doesn’t feature at least one and usually fifteen sequences where our conventional definition of “action” happens. “Action”: Gunfights, swordfights, bow-and-arrow fights, car chases, car crashes, car chases that flip into crashes, »
- Darren Franich
The story stars Patrick Wilson as a chauffeur whose new ride is a devious billionaire (Chris Pine). Their night together leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also star.
Universal had planned a wide release but essentially dropped the movie soon after scheduling it. The film's producer Jason Blum has now spoken about the release date incident and says there is a chance it could end up at Toronto this year. He tells Collider:
"What happened with it was that all of the movies that we make, we don't announce and date them wide until they're finished. We got ahead of ourselves with Stretch and dated the movie.
The movie »
- Garth Franklin
I was incredibly bummed when Joe Carnahan's Stretch was pulled from the calendar. I'm a huge fan of the director (The Grey was my favorite film of 2012), and Stretch has a catchy premise: Patrick Wilson plays a chauffeur who picks up a difficult and devious billionaire, played in a cameo by Chris Pine. As the night goes on, their interaction leads to increasingly dangerous encounters. Jessica Alba, Brooklyn Decker, Ed Helms, and Ray Liotta also appear in the film. The movie was supposed to have a wide release, but Universal concluded it would be unwise to spend $20 million to $40 million to distribute the movie, so they dropped it. Yesterday, we spoke with producer Jason Blum for his new film, Oculus, and he also provided an update on the status of Stretch, and when we might finally see the film. Hit the jump for more. Collider: It was so disappointing »
- Matt Goldberg
Based on a book by Anonymous, the story centers on a murderer called The Red Mohawk who has the head of a skeleton. A French edition titled “Psycho Killer” was published in October by Sonatine Editions in Paris.
Maguire and Matthew Plouffe are producing with Milchan.
Anonymous also penned “The Book With No Name,” “The Eye of the Moon,” “The Devil’s Graveyard” and “The Book of Death” — a series centered on the Bourbon Kid, a teenager who becomes a supernatural serial killer after drinking tainted alcohol.
Material Pictures’ other projects include Henrik Ruben Genz’s “Good People,” which stars James Franco; “Pawn Sacrifice,” with Ed Zwick directing Maguire and Liev Schreiber; and “Z For Zachariah,” starring Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Margot Robbie.
Milchan was an exec producer on “The Wolf of Wall Street »
- Dave McNary
Hailed as "a superb action thriller" (Scott Mantz, "Access Hollywood") and "taut, tense and terrific" (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio), the thrill-packed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is called into action on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 10, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Delivering "a new beginning for the Tom Clancy thriller fan" (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is "a terrific reimagining" (Dan Casey, Nerdist) of the legendary hero's evolution from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. "Kevin Costner and Chris Pine are awesome together" (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com) as a CIA veteran and a new recruit who uncover a terrorist plot to devastate the United States. Directed by and also starring Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest "smart, intense, exciting and very entertaining" (Scott Mantz, "Access Hollywood") adventure from the director of Thor.
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack »
Disney can show you the world. Shining. Shimmering. Splendid. And given the mid-show standing ovation for “Friend Like Me” at every performance of Broadway’s Aladdin and the oohs and aahs of the young children who witness the literal magic carpet ride the show depicts, it’s safe to assume that Disney has its latest long-runner. (Now whether it can ever unseat The Lion King as the fourth longest-running show ever is another question.) In other news this week, Chris Pine and Lauren Ambrose will be taking on Sam Shepard’s lovers-in-squabble drama Fool for Love for three weeks in Williamstown, »
- Jason Clark
At the second annual Rebels With a Cause gala on Thursday in La, there were plenty of amazing groups getting rebellious together. Isla Fisher and her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen, had fun with Jonah Hill; Pharrell Williams's wife was mildly overshadowed by his newest hat; and Chris Pine made his first postarrest appearance with friend Anna Kendrick. However, the most exciting duo was John Stamos and Bob Saget, who had another laughter-filled Full House reunion. Elsewhere in the TV realm, January Jones showed off a bold and sweet look that is the complete opposite of her TV persona Betty Draper's style. Though, with the premiere of Mad Men's final season less than a month away, we'll be seeing her in '60s mode again in no time. View Slideshow › »
- Alyse Whitney
New York -- After a 12-year absence, Chris Pine will return this summer to the Williamstown Theatre Festival, starring opposite Lauren Ambrose in a revival of Sam Shepard's two-hander Fool for Love. Directed by Daniel Aukin, the 1983 play is a volatile match between two former lovers holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert as they tear each other apart over the many failings of their relationship while struggling to understand whether they can live apart. The production runs July 24 through Aug. 3 on the Nikos Stage. This year's Williamstown lineup also includes
- David Rooney
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
The movie goes back to the beginning of Jack Ryan’s career, re-imagining his rise from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. He uncovers a Russian plot to crash the U.S. economy with a terrorist attack.
Kenneth Branagh also directed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, hot off his success helming Thor. This thriller didn’t get quite as good a reception, though. Shadow Recruit garnered mixed reviews from both critics and moviegoers. Richard Roeper called the movie “the very definition of an Ok thriller.” And the film earned $50.3 million in theaters, »
Lookin' good, Chris Pine! While appearing at a New Zealand court to plead guilty to a DUI charge on Monday, the 33-year-old Star Trek stud looked super sexy while sporting a rugged beard. Pine looked cool, calm and collected while arriving to an Ashburton courthouse in blue jeans, a white shirt and a blue sweater with dark sunglasses. The scruffy star sported a slicked-back hairdo with some new long facial hair. Pine even flashed a smile for the camera and took time to pose for pictures with fans who were gathered outside the court. Upon leaving court, Pine reportedly told his fans, "It's all good guys. It's all going to be okay." Pine was arrested on Mar. 1 after driving home »
Scarlett Johansson calls Dylan Farrow's essay "irresponsible" - Us Weekly See Tom Hiddleston as a sexy vampire with Tilda Swinton - Et Shailene Woodley doesn't believe in finding "the one" - People Miley Cyrus rolls a joint in the studio - HuffPost Celebrity How different does the Lost cast look after a decade? - Lainey Gossip See Ariana Grande's new neck tattoo - Gossip Girl Watch Joel McHale roast a camera guy - BuzzFeed Chris Pine was fined a surprising amount for his DUI - Hollywood Reporter Demi Lovato slams Lady Gaga for her vomit-filled performance - TooFab How did the Veronica Mars movie do at the box office? - Rotten Tomatoes Does Bruce Jenner's hair look like Jared Leto's? - Wonderwall Watch La news anchors handle the earthquake on live TV - The Frisky Source: Getty / Jeff Vespa »
- Alyse Whitney
Washington, March 17: Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to a charge of drunken driving in a New Zealand court.
The Ashburton District Court has suspended the 'This Means War' actor's New Zealand driver's license for six months and has fined him 79 dollars, Us Magazine reported.
Pine had been pulled over by the police on March 1 after he attended a party to mark the end of filming of 'Z for Zachariah' and according to Fairfax Media, he had admitted to consuming four vodka drinks. (Ani) »
- Rahul Kapoor
Source: Getty/ Mike Coppola Today coanchor Savannah Guthrie is married and pregnant! She is currently four months along. Congratulations! Amanda Seyfried unknowingly brought a small knife onto an airplane, and she sent a message to the Tsa about it. Tyler the Creator was arrested in Austin, TX, over the weekend for allegedly inciting a riot at a show at SXSW. Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell are still very much a couple and busy doing couple things, like going to the Dominican Republic for a wedding. See Nikki's picture below. Source: Instagram user nikki_ferrell Investigators are looking into the pilot and copilot of missing flight MH370. The copilot is believed to have told air traffic control that everything was "all right" when the plane first started to divert from their course. Meanwhile, the media is linking the pilot with an opposition party leader in Malaysia, but some believe that »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
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