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‘Furious 7′ Crosses $1 Billion at Worldwide Box Office

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Universal’s “Furious 7″ will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office Friday, becoming the studio’s first film to reach that milestone.

Furious 7″ has grossed $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and $273.7 million in North America after 15 days — making it the fastest movie to reach $1 billion. “The Avengers,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ had all crossed $1 billion in 19 days. Universal said the seven films in the franchise have totaled $3.392 billion in worldwide grosses.

Furious 7″ is directed by James Wan and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham and Ludacris.

It is the 20th film to take in $1 billion, with “Avatar” leading the list at $2.79 billion, followed by “Titanic” at $2.19 billion. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” had been most recent addition to the list last year with a $1.09 billion worldwide gross, which leaves it in 10th place. »

- Dave McNary

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Tribeca Review: Powerful 'Among the Believers' Reveals the Origins of Religious Extremism

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Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival Rarely are the origins of extremism obvious to those it affects throughout the world. For Americans, religious extremism is hardly a part of daily life. In Pakistan, however, the numerous madrassas around the country make for a tense and frightening way of life, and with the growing threats of groups like Isis and Boko Haram extending throughout the region, the setting of the so-called schools make for powerful documentary.  For "Among the Believers," directors Hemal Trivedi and Mohammed Ali Naqvi were granted unprecedented access to Maulana Aziz, a Muslim leader who runs The Red Mosque, an organization that trains children to devote their lives to holy war. Thousands of children out of his schools have pledged their allegiance to Isis. Aziz is not an intimidating presence physically, but his unwavering devotion and fear-provoking rhetoric give him an. »

- Casey Cipriani

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‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer Images: Let’s Over-Analyze the New Footage

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After a low-quality bootleg did the rounds twenty-four hours ago, Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. released a legit version of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. Having watched it a couple times a few ideas jump right out, so naturally it’s time for us to go frame-by-frame through the footage, grabbing dozens of Batman v […]

The post ‘Batman v Superman’ Trailer Images: Let’s Over-Analyze the New Footage appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Watch: First Trailer For 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Brings Two Comic Book Legends Together

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With a roadmap planned to 2020, and grand plans that include a two-part "Justice League" movie and more, Warner Bros. is throwing down hard with their DC slate. But it all starts with "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice." And with filming wrapped, the long post-production process and marketing campaign begins on the Zack Snyder directed film, and the first taste has arrived. What we know so far: Henry Cavill again suits up as Superman, with Amy Adams back as Lois Lane, while Ben Affleck puts on the cowl as Batman, with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and Jeremy Irons in the part of Alfred. But what of the plot? Not many hard details have surfaced, just rumors and chatter, while speculation swirls about which "Suicide Squad" members (if any) may pop up with that movie just opening a few months later. But let's not get »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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George Lucas Doesn’t Know Anything About the New ‘Star Wars,’ And That’s ‘Thrilling’

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

George Lucas hasn’t seen the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — he’s waiting until he can see the it on a big screen.

That’s one of the takeaways from the April 17 Tribeca Talk at the Tribeca Film Festival, which paired Lucas with fanboy extraordinaire Stephen Colbert. Among the tidbits: Lucas made “American Graffiti” on a dare, Steven Spielberg was one of the only early believers in “Star Wars” and — in a table-turning moment that saw Lucas doing the interviewing — Colbert doesn’t want to be the guy to take over from John Stewart.

Because Lucas is a bigscreen guy, he said he’s holding off on watching the new trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” until he can watch on it on something other than a phone or a computer. He mentioned the possibility of streaming it to his own bigscreen.

“I hope it’s successful. »

- Gordon Cox

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Batman V Superman Trailer: Is This Too Dark For Superman?

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Just one day after it leaked online, Warner Bros officially released the Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice teaser trailer for all of the world to see. Let me start off by saying that I.m still excited to see this film, and the trailer did an excellent job in conveying that it will be epic and action-packed. The Batman moments were spectacular. Ben Affleck exudes Bruce Wayne, both the regular and armored Batsuits looked impressive, and while we didn.t see him, Jeremy Irons. Alfred sounds great. The electronic voice was unusual, but hey, I.m sure people said the same about Christian Bale.s raspy voice in Batman Begins. However, the overall tone of this preview paints a bleak picture of what to expect, and when it comes to the other hero in the title, this feels too dark for him. Admittedly, we saw this coming. If you »

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Tribeca Film Review: ‘The Adderall Diaries’

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James Franco works so prolifically these days that he’s bound to repeat himself now and again: In “The Adderall Diaries,” for example, he chalks up his second performance this year as an emotionally and creatively blocked writer processing profound reserves of trauma. Sadly, Pamela Romanowsky’s jumbled, affected adaptation of Stephen Elliott’s autobiographical 2009 book is no more enticing a showcase for its producer-star’s wounded-intellectual side than Wim Wenders’s inert “Every Thing Will Be Fine.” As in that film, Franco’s cultivated impenetrability makes for a pain-ridden but peculiarly passionless experience, with multiple clashing subplots — on such insufficiently explored themes as parental abuse, uxoricide and masochism — obstructing an already opaque character study. A name-filled ensemble might attract boutique distributor attention to Romanowsky’s debut feature, though theatrical exposure will be minimal.

Via his production imprint Rabbit Bandini, Franco deserves credit for enabling and championing young female voices on the U. »

- Guy Lodge

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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Promotions Invade Target (Exclusive)

2 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With the May 1 release of Marvel-Disney’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” only two weeks away, dozens of promotional programs are kicking into high gear.

Products and promo campaigns tied to “Age of Ultron” and the superhero team — Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye — are ramping up at Acura, Dr. Pepper, Visa, Wyndham hotels, Harley-Davidson, Land O’Frost lunchmeats, Farmers Insurance, Hershey and the 1,800-store Target retail chain.

Target is selling 150 “Avengers” products, including 20 that are exclusive to the chain, including a voice-changer mask. Stores will have a giant Hulk on display — with eyes that follow shoppers.

“We are aiming these for fans, but as much for parents as kids,” noted Rick Gomez, senior VP of marketing. “We pride ourselves on doing original rather than cookie-cutter products.”

It’s a familiar path for Target, which has annual revenues of over $70 billion and has racked up more than 100 licensing partnerships, »

- Dave McNary

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Sony Attorney David Boies Warns Media After WikiLeaks Hacked E-Mail Rehash

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Breaking, With An Update: One day after Julian Assange and WikiLeaks announced it had indexed and cataloged all the e-mails that were stolen from Sony Pictures by computer hackers in a cyber hacking assault the U.S. government attributed to North Korea to put teeth in a threat to blow up movie theaters showing The Interview, attorney David Boies once again has put media on notice. A letter has been sent to media outlets appealing to them not to wallow in the ill-gotten… »

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Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ Set for Veterans Day 2016

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TriStar Pictures has slated Ang Lee’s military drama “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for release on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2016.

The “Life of Pi” director has tapped newcomer Joe Alwyn to star in the title role in the film, which is based on the Ben Fountain novel. Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund round out the cast.

Billy Lynn” will be co-financed by Jeff Robinov’s Fosun-backed Studio 8, together with Chinese distribution company Bona Film Group and Film 4.

The story centers on 19-year-old private Billy Lynn and his company, who survive a harrowing battle that’s captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour, culminating at the halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game — while facing an imminent return to the war.

The film is the first to be dated for Nov. 11, 2016.


- Dave McNary

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X-men: Apocalypse Adds Lucas Till; Independence Day 2 Brings Back Bill Pullman

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There’s been talk of Bill Pullman’s return as President Thomas J. Whitmore in Independence Day 2 for a while, but now it’s finally official - although technically he can’t be president anymore, right? Regardless, not only did Roland Emmerich announce Pullman’s return, but he also revealed that Judd Hirsch will be back as well. Hirsch played David’s (Jeff Goldblum) father Julius Levinson in the original. So now the list of returning cast members includes Pullman, Hirsch, Goldblum, Brent Spiner as Dr. Brackish Okun, the kooky scientist at Area 51, and Vivica A. Fox as Captain Steven Hiller’s (Will Smith) wife, Jasmine Dubrow. As for the newcomers, we’ve got Liam Hemsworth as President Whitmore’s son-in-law, Jessie Usher as Steven Hiller’s son (presumably an older Dylan Dubrow), Travis Tope as a character named Charlie, and Charlotte Gainsbourg and Joey King in unknown roles. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Deadline Studio @ Tribeca Film Festival Day Two: Olivia Wilde, Dakota Fanning, Theo James And More

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Day Two at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival started off with a visit from Olivia Wilde, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins and director Reed Morano of the family drama Meadowland, quickly followed by Nick Sandow (this time in the director's seat) and Vincent Piazza, who are promoting their mob pic, The Wannabe, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Photographer Drew Wiedemann had a full slate today, especially when the cast and crew of Emilie arrived… »

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Wes Craven Admits He Made This Mistake With Freddy Krueger

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Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare on Elm Street movies is one of the iconic horror movie villains of the 1980s, and while he was always recognizable, he went through a few aesthetic changes over time. There is, however, one that franchise mastermind Wes Craven wishes he hadn.t signed off on. Talking to the Hollywood Reporter about his involvement, or lack thereof, in MTV.s upcoming Scream revamp, and the network.s decision to change the Ghostface mask, much to the chagrin of fans, Craven compared it to the alterations made to Freddy.s charred look in 1994.s meta New Nightmare. While it.s a more streamlined look, possibly even more realistic, Craven wishes they had left it alone. He says: With Freddy [Krueger] and the New Nightmare, I felt that I probably should have stuck with the original face. [With Scream,] we just let Ghostface be Ghostface. It would »

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Arturo Castro Tags Along On ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Arturo Castro (Broad City) has joined the cast of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee’s feature adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel. It follows a group of servicemen sent on a "victory tour" after returning from combat in Iraq. Billy Lynn and his comrades will return to battle after the tour ends with a halftime show of a Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving Day. Castro will play Marcellino “Mango” Montoya, a steady and skeptical member of Lynn’s Bravo… »

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