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

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

1 hour ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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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Watch Matthew McConaughey weep for joy at the new Star Wars trailer

1 hour ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Matthew McConaughey was moved to tears at the new Star Wars trailer... sort of.

A fan-made video, which blends together the new Force Awakens trailer with an emotional scene from Interstellar, sums up how Star Wars aficionados must have been feeling when the new trailer landed.

From the deep breaths to the laughter to the sobbing, McConaughey's reactions are perfectly in tune with the trailer.

By the time Harrison Ford delivers the trailer's final line, the True Detective star is weeping uncontrollably.

Judging by this video, we're not sure if McConaughey will be able to hold it together when the film opens in cinemas on December 18. »

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Greg Rucka confirmed as writer of Star Wars: The Force Awakens prequel

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

Greg Rucka has been confirmed as the writer of Marvel Comics' Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens prequel comic.

He will be joined by Avengers World artist Marco Checchetto on Star Wars: Shattered Empire.

The comic will be in canon, filling in the events between Return of the Jedi and Jj Abrams' upcoming sequel.

Rucka is known for his long relationship with DC and Marvel, writing titles including Detective Comics, Gotham Central and Punisher, as well as his recent Image Comics series Lazarus.

He was previously rumoured to be working on this Star Wars project.

Star Wars: Journey to the Force Awakens - Shattered Empire #1 will be released in September.

A new trailer for The Force Awakens debuted this week. »

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Marvel movies ranked from worst to best: Iron Man to Guardians of the Galaxy

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

It's hard to believe it now, but a decade ago the Marvel Cinematic Universe was merely a twinkle in Kevin Feige's eye. Today, McU offerings are blockbuster staples, with the likes of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and more providing film fans with thundering entertainment and a connected universe culminating in the Avengers movies.

With Age of Ultron on the horizon, we've gone back through the 10 Marvel films to-date to rank them all from worst to best. Read on to find out our verdict, then join the discussion in the comments below.

10. Iron Man 2 (2010)

If Iron Man was a savvy exercise in kick-starting a shared cinematic universe, then its sequel brought everything crashing back down with a sharp, painful thud. Overstuffed with new characters, multiple plot strands and far-too-much in the way of Avengers set-up, Iron Man 2 is a step down from its predecessor in practically every way. »

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Joss Whedon: ‘Making The Avengers is tough. I may die…’

5 hours ago | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The director of Age Of Ultron is getting out of the superhero game. But first he’s got to deliver another billion-dollar blockbuster. Will he survive it?

Related: Joss Whedon’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron – your pre-release intelligence briefing

The morning Joss Whedon picks up the phone to talk about Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he sounds as if the two years he’s devoted to writing and directing the hotly anticipated superhero sequel have left him a husk of a man, unable to discern real life from comic-book lore. “Reality, what’s that?” he mumbles. “Is that a thing? Is that what the kids are doing now? I work on the movie, go to sleep, work on the movie, go to sleep. When will I be ready to stop? About three months ago.”

I don’t really think about the fans. I think about what I want

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- Jonathan Bernstein

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‘Furious 7′ Leads Pack, ‘Mall Cop 2′ Bags $22M+, ‘Unfriended’ Logs In At No. 3

7 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

After three weekends in release Furious 7 is still No. 1 with a Friday box office haul of about $8M on a trek to a possible three-day weekend of $26.8M to $27.2M for Universal which is celebrating today its first ever $1B worldwide box office on a picture. That will put its domestic cume at around $292.6M. Meanwhile, Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 is, as expected, the No. 2 movie of the weekend, opening to a strong $7M Friday for a better than anticipated $22.5M weekend for Sony… »

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‘Married’s Kimiko Glenn Joins ‘Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires ‘Gueros’

8 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Kimiko Glenn, who has a recurring role on FX’s Married and appears in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black, has joined the Lionsgate feature Nerve, co-starring with Emma Roberts ​​and Dave Franco. Glenn plays the worried friend of a high school senior (Roberts) who’s enmeshed in an increasingly dangerous online game of dare. The project is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and produced by Allison Shearmur (Cinderalla). Her Orange Is The New Black character is… »

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Every Secret Thing trailer: Dakota Fanning caught up in kidnapping

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

Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Banks and Diane Lane find themselves caught up in a kidnapping investigation in the Every Secret Thing trailer.

The adaptation of author Laura Lippman's crime novel centres on two teenagers, Ronnie and Alice (Fanning and Australian actress Danielle Macdonald), who were sentenced with jail time for kidnapping a child when they were younger.

Dakota Fanning: 'I'm not going to flaunt my private life'

Shortly after their release from prison, another kidnapping takes place in their town, leaving the newly-freed Ronnie and Alice under suspicion once again.

Banks has been cast as the detective investigating the new kidnapping case, while Lane portrays Ronnie's over-protective mother.

Enough Said scribe Nicole Holofcener has adapted Every Secret Thing for director Amy J Berg (West of Memphis).

Every Secret Thing opens on May 15 in the Us and July 22 in the UK. »

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Batman v Superman unveils first official trailer: What does Twitter think?

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

After a turbulent 24 hours which saw the first full-length trailer leak online while Warner Bros fought to remove it, last night (April 17) director Zack Snyder unveiled the official trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on his Twitter page in all its high-definition glory.

DC movies are "edgier" than Marvel's, says Warner Bros chief

Digital Spy has rounded up the Twitter reaction to the official teaser trailer, including those of fans excited to see clips of Superman and Batman together on screen for the first time as well as those who are less optimistic about the pairing.

Overall, reaction to the trailer's release was mixed - while some people are willing to give the film the benefit of the doubt, others are less enthusiastic about how the movie will play out:

Oh my god Batman V Superman looks incredible, also pretty cool version of the dark knight score played »

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

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

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

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

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’

11 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 bigscreen.

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 Jon 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?

11 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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’

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

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)

12 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

12 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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

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

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

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

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

12 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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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