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

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

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 Exclusive: 'Jackrabbit' Filmmakers Release '80s-inspired Video Game

31 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The 2015 Indiewire Tribeca Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During Run of Festival According to "Jackrabbit" producer-turned-amateur-game-designer Joe Stankus, the idea to create a video game tied to the film came about by accident, as the result of a joke. The production didn't have any money in the budget to put towards a game. But, as Stankus told Indiewire over email earlier this week, "the more we talked about it the more we were interested in the idea." "Even though 'Jackrabbit' was a low-budget indie," he continued. "I felt the world Carleton [Ranney] created was so rich that it deserved to spread out a little and, given the thematic importance that arcade games play in the movie, it just seemed like the right thing to do." Set in a post-apocalyptic world where everyone is under constant surveillance, "Jackrabbit" tells the story of two young hackers »

- Shipra Harbola Gupta

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 2 Trailer & Poster: Rex Is Back And Darth Vader Fights The Jedi

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The Rebels are taking over Star Wars Celebration Saturday with a panel and world premiere of the first two episodes of the second season, which premieres later this year. To kick things off, they dropped a season 2 trailer, which you can see below. We’ll have more on Star Wars Rebels in the coming days, […]

The post ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 2 Trailer & Poster: Rex Is Back And Darth Vader Fights The Jedi appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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‘Furious 7′ Director James Wan Honored at Paradigm Bash

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The top tier of studio execs — plus Vin Diesel– showed up in force Thursday night to fete “Furious 7″ director James Wan on the eve of the blockbuster becoming the fastest film to top $1 billion in worldwide box office.

Paradigm Chairman and CEO Sam Gores hosted the bash at his home in Beverly Hills. Attendees included Warner Bros. topper Kevin Tsujihara, New Line’s Toby Emmerich, Lionsgate’s Rob Friedman and Sony Pictures’ Doug Belgrad; Neal Moritz, who’s produced all seven “Fast and Furious” films; and heavyweight producers Charles Roven, Mark Burg, Dan Lin, Mark Canton, Peter Safran, Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey.

Wan spoke briefly, singling out his longtime agent by saying, “Scott Henderson is the man.”

Prior to “Furious 7,” Wan co-created the “Saw” and “Insidious” franchises along with directing the surprise hit “The Conjuring.” Next up –he’s producing “Insidious 3″ and  returning  to direct “The Conjuring »

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Insidious Into the Further Adds a Physical Component to the 4D Experience

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Clearly 4D experiences are the hot new thing and while it is neat to feel like you’re in a fictional world, there generally isn’t all that much interactivity involved, so it’s a fleeting thrill. The Insidious Into the Further 4D Experience, however, takes a big step in the right direction by pairing the virtual reality component with a physical haunted house. In case you’re unfamiliar with the films, the series began with little Dalton Lambert (Ty Simpkins). He has the ability to astral project in his sleep, which means he can leave his physical body and travel to different places in astral form. Trouble is, one night Dalton travels too far and gets lost in a place called The Further, a dark realm filled with the tortured souls of the dead. Sound appealing? Well, that’s where the Insidious experience takes you. [complextv contentid="82aWxsdDqP-xw6ImfJGoGkMt9j63rKdF" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] [caption id="attachment_430527" align="alignright" width="360"] Image vis Focus Features.[/caption] »

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How Nightcrawler Will Be Different In X-Men: Apocalypse

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Just a couple months ago Dawn of the Planet of the Apes star Kodi Smit-Mcphee was announced as the new, younger version of Nightcrawler to show up in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Now, as further progress on the film is made, Smit-Mcphee has opened up on his character, and whether it will be different from Alan Cumming.s portrayal of Nightcrawler in 2003.s X2: X-Men United. The 18-year-old actor sat down with Superhero Hype to discuss his upcoming role in Bryan Singer.s Apocalypse and naturally the question came up on how much Alan Cumming.s last performance as the character would play into Smit-McPhee.s take. To which he answered:  I don.t try to avoid it, and I don.t try to keep it in mind. I just let things come naturally. Because it is the Marvel Universe and X-Men and there are a lot of people expecting »

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Director Ronni Thomas on Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens

1 hour ago | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

If you’re a fan of Victorian anthropomorphic tableaux then Walter Potter needs no introduction. For those not in the know (and in NYC), head over to this year’s Tribeca Film Festival where Walter Potter: The Man Who Married Kittens screens starting April 18th. This fascinating documentary short is the brainchild of Brooklyn filmmaker (and connoisseur of the strange) Ronni Thomas, who tackles his titular subject – an English taxidermist who died nearly a century ago after founding a museum dedicated to his whimsical and unsettling dioramas – via five modern-day Potter enthusiasts. From taxidermied cats having a tea and croquet […] »

- Lauren Wissot

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Alan Rickman on nearly turning down Hans Gruber role in Die Hard

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Alan Rickman has revealed he nearly turned down the role of Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Speaking to BAFTA (via The Guardian), Rickman said when he first read the script for the Bruce Willis film he thought: "What the hell is this? I'm not doing an action movie."

He added: "I didn't know anything about La. I didn't know anything about the film business… I'd never made a film before, but I was extremely cheap."

Speaking further on the film, Rickman said he admired the "progressive" nature of the film's script.

He said: "Every single black character in that film is positive and highly intelligent. So, 28 years ago, that's quite revolutionary, and quietly so."

During the same BAFTA talk he revealed the young actors in the Harry Potter film series Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were often replaced by "very small adult actors" during filming. »

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Friday Box Office Recap: 'Furious 7' Leads Again, 'Paul Blart' & 'Unfriended' Show Initial Strength

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As expected, "Furious 7" (Universal) led a lackluster Friday. Its $8.3 million haul bested two new wide releases, both topping expectations. Kevin James' "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" (Sony) overcame scathing reviews to place a close second at $7.3 million, while Universal's low-budget horror acquisition "Unfriended" was just behind in third at $6.8. The three films dominated the Top Ten total of just under $34 million, down from a Good Friday-boosted $46 last year. The disconcerting news is that all but one of last weekend's six best films dropped over fifty per cent from last Friday, including 56 per cent for "Furious 7," though at $210 million so far it remains a major success. The third wide opener, "Monkey Kingdom" (Buena Vista), the latest Disney animal-related documentary, placed fourth with $1,550,000. Their similar  "Bear" one year ago had a first-day gross of $2.3 million in 200+ fewer theaters, much better. Two »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Tribeca Review: 'The Adderall Diaries' Starring James Franco, Ed Harris, Amber Heard & More

2 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before there was James Frey, there was Stephen Elliott. Two years before Frey’s bestselling, Oprah-approved “A Million Little Pieces” hit shelves in 2003 (only to be notoriously debunked three years later), Elliott’s “A Life Without Consequences” arrived. A mish-mash of memoir and autobiography and fiction and imagination, Elliott’s book detailed his (or was it his? the details are muddy and they stay muddy) childhood experiences of abuse, deprivation, homelessness, and drug addiction. That not all of it was exactly true wasn’t the points— and, Elliott, who continues to write fiction and non-fiction, both on the printed page and on the web, doesn’t argue that — but it is the crux of Pamela Romanowsky’s “The Adderall Diaries,” the filmmaker’s feature film version of Elliott’s 2010 “memoir” of the same name. Read More: Amber Heard Joins James Franco's 'The Adderall Diaries' In “The Adderall Diaries, »

- Kate Erbland

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Mike Leigh's next project based on Manchester's Peterloo massacre

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mike Leigh has announced his next project is to be based on Manchester's Peterloo massacre.

Peterloo will be the directors first big screen project since 2014's Mr Turner.

In an interview with Screen International, he said: "There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre.

"Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford."

Set in 1819, the film will be based around the events where the British government invaded a peaceful protest in St. Peter's Field, Manchester.

The infamous attack left around 15 people dead and over 700 protesters wounded.

The film is currently in development with Film4.

Peterloo will see the BAFTA Award-winning director once again join up with the team behind 2014's Mr Turner with Georgina Lowe, Gail Egan and Helen Grearson all on board as producers.

Leigh is currently directing »

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Russell Crowe has ideas for a Jor-El prequel to Man Of Steel

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Russell Crowe has revealed he would be interested in starring in a prequel to Man Of Steel.

The actor who played Superman's father Jor-El in the film said he would like to see the "origins" of his character.

Speaking to MTV, Crowe said: "What sparked my interest once I saw how Zack [Snyder] was creating Krypton."

"I'd like to see what made Jor-El, Jor-El. What made him and Zod, who are folklorically friends, what split them apart."

Whilst no prequel is understood to be in the works, it would add in some gaps to the Warner Bros Cinematic Universe with some of those already set to be filled by the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck.

Cavill has already said he sees himself playing the superhero for "many, many years to come."

Watch the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice here:


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Hugh Jackman posts Pan teaser on Instagram

2 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Hugh Jackman has posted a teaser to Pan on his Instagram page.

The actor is playing Blackbeard in the Warner Bros Pictures film which is directed by Joe Wright.

Welcome! #PanMovie @PanMovie

A video posted by Hugh Jackman (@thehughjackman) on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:33pm Pdt

In the clip which gives the viewer a glimpse of Blackbeard's ship, the pirate is seen telling the young Peter Pan (Levi Miller) to "be brave" as he discovers Neverland.

The film co-stars Garrett Hedlund as Captain Hook, Rooney Mara, Amanda Seyfried and Cara Delevigne.

Pan changed release dates in December to avoid a clash with Ant-Man.

Watch a full trailer here:

Pan is now due for release July 24th. »

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Pee-wee Herman Is Back In This Adorable Pee-wee.s Big Holiday Set Photo

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Pee-wee Herman is back in his bowtie and sending smiles across the land. Comedian Paul Reubens put his familiar costume back on and even created an Instagram account to get the world excited for his reprised role in the new Pee-wee.s Big Holiday. And boy is it doing the trick, we can.t wait! My first Instagram post: A selfie by my pal @joemanganiello #PeeweesBigHoliday #PeeweeHerman A photo posted by Pee-wee Herman (@peeweeherman) on Apr 17, 2015 at 12:14pm Pdt The Instagram photo is Pee-wee's first and he had the help of newly cast Joe Manganiello to capture the adorable selfie. The True Blood star joined Pee-wee.s Big Holiday cast just last week, announced by Pee-wee himself. In his .My Log. post, Pee-wee admits that "The Secret Is Out!": Finally! I can announce the secret I.ve been carrying around with me for weeks: the coolest actor on the planet, »

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Bryan Singer: Lucas Till to return as Havok for X-Men: Apocalypse

3 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Bryan Singer has confirmed Lucas TIll is returning as Havoc in X-Men: Apocalypse.

The actor played the role in X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past and Singer announced via Instagram he would be reprising the role.

Welcome back #lucastill #xmen #XmenApocalypse #jamesmcavoy #michaelfassbender #jenniferlawrence #nicholashoult #rosebyrne How time flies! #XmenFirstClass

A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 17, 2015 at 1:57pm Pdt

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult are heading up the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse with Oscar Isaac as the villain Apocalpyse.

Rose Byrne and Evan Peters return from the previous two films with this instalment understood to be the final part of a trilogy.

Alexandra Shipp as Storm, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Angel, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Olivia Munn as Psylocke are all newcomers to the cast.

It will mean brothers Havoc »

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New Jurassic World Poster Proves Sharks Are Just Dino Food

3 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Ahead of Monday’s new trailer debut, Universal Pictures has released the second in a trio of new posters for Jurassic World that are being rolled out over the weekend. Yesterday’s one-sheet featured Bryce Dallas Howard squaring off with a very CG-looking dinosaur, while today’s poster takes a look at how things are faring underwater at the fully functional Jurassic Park. It's a pretty neat/terrifying preview of a species of dinosaur (the Mosasaurus) that's yet to be explored in the Jurassic franchise. I’ll be honest, though, I haven’t seen anything from the film that’s really stirred up much interest besides simple curiosity. It’s unfair to judge an effects-heavy blockbuster months out from release, but besides the fact that the Jurassic Park dinosaurs appear to look more realistic than the ones we’ve seen from Jurassic World, that first clip was full of stilted, »

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Cosplay: 100 Pictures from Star Wars Celebration 2015

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While walking around this year’s Star Wars Celebration at the Anaheim Convention Center I took pictures of all the people doing cosplay. While Star Wars conventions are usually loaded with a lot of Stormtroopers and Darth Vaders, there were a lot of other characters like Princess Leia, Admiral Ackbar, the Emperor, Han Solo, Queen Amidala, Rebel Fleet Troopers, C3P0, Bespin Luke Skywalker, Darth Maul, X-Wing pilots, Han Solo in Carbonite, Ewoks, Lando Calrissian, Muppets as Star Wars characters, and so many more. Check them out below. click on any image for high-resolution For more from Star Wars Celebration, click on the links below: New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Features Familiar Faces Star Wars The Force Awakens Costumes, Props, and Klyo Ren’s Lightsaber in High Resolution Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 17 Things We Learned from the Celebration Panel First Star Wars: The Force »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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Box Office: ‘Paul Blart’ Sequel Opens to $22 Million; ‘Furious 7′ Still No. 1

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Kevin James isn’t quite as fast as Vin Diesel at the box office but he’s not entirely out of the race this weekend.

Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” playing in 3,633 theaters, should open to a solid $22 million domestically. That’s slightly below the 2009 original comedy, which debuted to $31 million but still, better than the $16 million projections.

Universal’s “Furious 7″ will likely cruise to its third straight win with an estimated $26 million haul.

The racing blockbuster, directed by James Wan, just crossed $1 billion worldwide to become the fastest movie to ever reach the billion-dollar club. It should hit $300 million domestically next week.

Universal’s other release, low-budget horror film “Unfriended,” is logging in with $16.5 million this weekend. Not bad for a movie that cost over $1 million to produce.

Unfriended” tells the story of six teenagers who are terrorized by an anonymous person online. The project hails »

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Caption This: Arrow’s Oliver is Fed Up; Ray Palmer Meets The Flash

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When putting together our recaps over here on Collider TV, we've noticed that every week, episodic stills for some of our favorite shows end up being unintentionally hilarious, awkward, or just plain strange. So now on Saturdays, we'll be posting one (or two) of these images, and asking you to leave your best caption in the comments. For this first week, I honestly could not choose between The Flash and Arrow (which both provide a wealth of hilarious images), so in the spirit of their crossover this week, here's one for each: The Flash: Ray reveals himself to the gang (may require multiple thought bubble captions). [caption id="attachment_445047" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via The CW[/caption] Arrow: Ollie has had enough. [caption id="attachment_445049" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via The CW[/caption]

The post Caption This: Arrow’s Oliver is Fed Up; Ray Palmer Meets The Flash appeared first on Collider. »

- Allison Keene

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This Week In Trailers: Winning: Every Secret Thing, The Racing Life of Paul Newman, Saint Laurent, Aurora, The Seven Five

4 hours ago | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week […]

The post This Week In Trailers: Winning: Every Secret Thing, The Racing Life of Paul Newman, Saint Laurent, Aurora, The Seven Five appeared first on /Film. »

- Christopher Stipp

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