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'A Good Day to Die Hard' tops Us box office - top ten in full

17 February 2013 3:35 PM, PST

A Good Day to Die Hard has won the number one spot on the Us box office, knocking last weekend's number one film Identity Theft to second place with $23.43m.

The latest instalment in the popular Bruce Willis franchise managed to earn $25 million in its debut weekend, 25 years after the premiere of the original Die Hard film.

Nicholas Sparks romance Safe Haven also debuted strongly at number three with $21.43m, while animated family film Escape From Planet Earth came in at four with $16.06m in sales.

Horror rom-com Warm Bodies dropped from second place to number five with $9 million, but still managed to take in more than newcomer Beautiful Creatures, which came in at number six with $7.46m.

Side Effects slipped from third to seventh place with 6.307m, followed by Oscars contender Silver Linings Playbook in eighth place with $6.08m. Its total gross so far is $98.46m.

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Nicole Kidman: 'Grace Kelly portrayal is respectful'

17 February 2013 1:28 PM, PST

Nicole Kidman has defended her upcoming portrayal of Grace Kelly.

Kidman spoke out after the film was criticised as being "inaccurate" by members of the Monaco royal family, the Lancashire Evening Post reports.

Kidman stars opposite Tim Roth in the biopic Grace of Monaco which was directed by Oliver Dahan. It is scheduled for release in 2014.

Kelly married Rainer III, Prince of Monaco in April 1956 and became princess consort of Monaco. Kelly's children have described the film as "pure fiction", emphasising their non-participation in the project.

However, Kidman said: "I wanted to be respectful of her, her story and her essence so hopefully that will all come through."

She added: "It's exciting but at first it was daunting. At the same time I had studied her and felt a kind of tenderness towards her."

Kidman, 45, is currently promoting her latest film Stoker, which she described as "fun". It is released »

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Mariah Carey previews new single 'Almost Home' - listen

17 February 2013 12:21 PM, PST

Mariah Carey has previewed her new single 'Almost Home'.

The singer released a 30-second preview of the track, which is to be included on the soundtrack of Disney's Oz the Great and Powerful.

Carey unveiled the artwork for the single earlier this week, and the song will be released on full on February 19.

The American Idol judge also tweeted pictures of her romantic Valentine's Day celebrations with husband Nick Cannon. They included her enjoying a bubble bath and on a horse and carriage ride with Cannon in Central Park.

Oz the Great and Powerful has been written as the prequel to the story of The Wizard of Oz and stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz and Mila Kunis.

It is released in Us and UK cinemas on March 8.

Watch a trailer for the film below: »

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Harvey Weinstein: 'Jack Whitehall is the next big thing'

17 February 2013 8:00 AM, PST

Harvey Weinstein reportedly wants to make Jack Whitehall into a movie star.

The Miramax studios founder, who now heads The Weinstein Company, met the comedian through mutual friend James Corden and predicted that he will become a successful Hollywood actor.

"He's the next big British thing. I love Jack, he's so funny. He'd be great in movies," The Sun quotes Weinstein as saying.

A source added: "Harvey thought Jack was hilarious. He's spent a lot of time in England over the years, so he gets our sense of humour.

"He reckons Jack has got the whole package - looks, wit and acting ability. There isn't really anything like him over there at the moment. It's great news for Jack - Harvey's taste is impeccable."

Whitehall, who once auditioned to be Harry Potter, has moved into acting in recent years, starring in Fresh Meat and Bad Education.

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Morrisons buys 49 Blockbuster stores

17 February 2013 4:43 AM, PST

Morrisons has announced plans to buy 49 stores from film rental chain Blockbuster.

The supermarket will convert the shops into new Morrisons M convenience stores, mostly based in London and the South East as it looks to increase its market share there.

The shops were purchased for an undisclosed sum and will be acquired from the 164 Blockbuster stores closed by administrators Deloitte last week.

The most recent closures came in addition to the 160 stores already shut down after the chain entered administration last month, resulting in 1,560 redundancies so far.

Morrisons, which recently bought seven stores from failed camera retailer Jessops, said that the Morrisons M shops should be open by late summer and will create 1,000 jobs.

It has not made any formal commitment to retain Blockbuster staff, but said it "would be delighted if they wanted to apply for jobs at the new stores". »

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Bryan Singer 'corrects a few things'

17 February 2013 1:25 AM, PST

X-Men: Days of Future Past will "correct a few things" from the previous instalments.

Director Bryan Singer hinted that he will be changing parts of the series established since his departure after X2.

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When asked asked whether the time-travel story of the upcoming film would serve as a "reset" by HitFix, the Superman Returns filmmaker laughingly admitted that he would make some changes.

He declined to reveal what he wanted to get rid of, saying: "No, I shouldn't."

20th Century Fox's fifth X-Men movie will see the return of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Patrick Stewart in a tale that will apparently span two eras of the Marvel Comics setting.

Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage has become the latest actor added to the cast, with rumours linking him to the role of Sentinel inventor Bolivar Trask. »

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Comic-Con International 2013 sells out in 93 minutes

17 February 2013 1:05 AM, PST

Tickets for Comic-Con International 2013 have sold out within 93 minutes.

Passes for the San Diego event went on sale yesterday. The organisers tweeted that the four day passes had sold out 55 minutes into the process.

Saturday passes were gone after just over an hour, with the Friday passes selling out ten minutes later.

An hour and a half after ticket sales began the organisers revealed on Twitter that there were none left.

The waiting room for buying tickets is reported to have filled within minutes, effectively leaving a very narrow window in which there was a chance to attend.

Deadline reported complaints of various technical glitches on the site by would-be buyers.

2011's online ticketing process suffered several major errors before it was completed. The 2012 sale lasted under an hour.

Comic-Con International added that a "resale of returned badges may happen at a later date" upon announcing the end of the sale on Twitter. »

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Josh Brolin in new 'Sin City: A Dame to Kill For' on-set images

16 February 2013 8:42 PM, PST

New behind-the-scenes images of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For featuring Josh Brolin have been unveiled by Robert Rodriguez.

Rodriguez posted the two images on his Twitter account on Friday (February 15), showing his followers what goes on during the filming of the upcoming sequel.

"Here's bad ass Josh Brolin driving a Rodriguez-mobile. (A green box with a steering wheel bolted on)," the director posted of the first image.

Rodriguez then followed up with "a photo touch up" of the same image.

He posted: "And here's a quick photo touch up I do to set a tone for the actors. (Probably won't be raining in final movie)".

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is a sequel to 2005's Sin City, which starred Clive Owen, Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and the late Michael Clarke Duncan.

Alba, Willis, Dawson and Rourke will reprise their roles, appearing alongside »

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David Alan Grier joins CBS's new comedy pilot 'Bad Teacher'

16 February 2013 11:50 AM, PST

David Alan Grier has joined Bad Teacher.

CBS is adapting the 2011 hit movie of the same name, starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Justin Timberlake, into a new comedy pilot.

The pilot will focus on "a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcée who becomes a teacher to find her next husband", reports Deadline.

Grier will star as the school's principal, who was played by John Michael Higgins in the movie.

Grier is best known for his work on the comedy sketch show In Living Color, created by brothers Keenen and Damon Wayans.

He was also a celebrity contestant on Dancing with the Stars, leaving in the fifth week of season eight.

Watch a trailer for the Bad Teacher movie below: »

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Sacha Baron Cohen 'highest-paid British actor in Hollywood'

16 February 2013 6:33 AM, PST

Sacha Baron Cohen has been named the highest-earning British actor in Hollywood.

Cohen, whose films The Dictator and Les Misérables were released in 2012, earned £20 million ($31 million) last year, reports The Sun.

He made more than former British high earner Robert Pattinson, as well as Us stars Tom Hanks (£17 million) and Brad Pitt (£16 million).

However, the newspaper reports that Cohen did not make Forbes's Celebrity 100 list as he was not "considered famous enough".

Tom Cruise was named the highest earning actor by Forbes, with Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol contributing to a total £48 million ($74.5 million) pay check.

Watch a trailer for The Dictator below: »

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'Skyfall' train unveiled to mark Bond film's DVD release

16 February 2013 6:32 AM, PST

Skyfall star Naomie Harris attended the unveiling of the 'Skyfall' train today (February 16).

The train, an East Coast London to Edinburgh service, has been permanently renamed and reworked with promotional artwork from the Bond movie to mark its release on Blu-ray and DVD.

Harris joined producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, as well as writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, to reveal vehicle 91007 before boarding for its maiden journey.

Harris said: "This train is absolutely amazing and I'm so pleased to be part of the unveiling today. It says a lot about the success of Skyfall that it has become the first ever train to be named after a film in the UK."

The train goes into public use on Monday, February 18. »

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'Star Trek: The Video Game' making-of clip released - watch

16 February 2013 4:03 AM, PST

Star Trek: The Video Game has released a making-of clip online, giving fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Namco Bandai title.

Executive producer Brian Miller promises that the game will deliver "the ultimate co-op experience", with players taking on the roles of Captain Kirk and Spock.

"Kirk is this brash cowboy character, whereas Spock is the exact opposite - and when you break down Star Trek to those elements, you had to make a co-op game," he said. "There was no other game we could possibly make."

Star Trek: The Video Game is set within the same universe as Jj Abrams's movie reboot and its upcoming sequel but will tell an original story written by BAFTA-winning scribe Marianne Krawczyk.

Customers who pre-order the game will be granted access to the 'Elite Officer Pack', which features exclusive items and unique uniforms for Kirk and Spock.

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'X-Men: Days of Future Past': Peter Dinklage plays Sentinel creator?

16 February 2013 3:47 AM, PST

X-Men: Days of Future Past will star Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, it has been rumoured.

The Game of Thrones star has been connected to the inventor of the mutant-hunting Sentinel robots by MTV Geek's anonymous but "extremely reliable" source.

Reports of Dinklage's involvement in the Bryan Singer film surfaced earlier in the week, with speculation linking him to a role as one of the film's unknown villains.

He will join a cast that sees James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Patrick Stewart reprising their roles from previous films in 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise.

Mark Millar previously promised an appearance by the Sentinels in the upcoming movie.

The classic comic book storyline sees an older version of Kitty Pryde travelling into the past to avert her own dystopian future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is due to debut »

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10 excruciating chatshow appearances: Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan, more

16 February 2013 1:24 AM, PST

It hasn't been a great month so far for movie stars appearing on television talkshows. Last week saw a dual helping of A-list awkwardness on the UK circuit, beginning with Bruce Willis's less-than-thrilling appearance on The One Show.

The interview wasn't a bomb by any means, but Willis still saw fit to apologise for being a "boring" guest. He was wildly overshadowed, though, by Mark Wahlberg's apparently drunk appearance on The Graham Norton Show, during which he sat on Norton's lap, repeatedly interrupted fellow guest Michael Fassbender and generally made things a bit awkward.

Inspired by these two unfortunate events, Digital Spy looks back on ten of the very worst examples of movie stars appearing on chatshows.

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A double whammy from Tom Cruise, in what has to go down as either one of the best or very worst publicity trails in history. »

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Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, David O Russell reuniting for film

15 February 2013 5:27 PM, PST

Jennifer Lawrence has been cast alongside Bradley Cooper in a film to be directed by David O Russell.

The Silver Linings Playbook trio's forthcoming movie was previously named American Bulls**t, but is currently untitled.

Deadline reports that Lawrence will play the wife of co-star Christian Bale's character.

The movie, written by Eric Warren Singer (The International) and O Russell, centres on 1970s FBI sting operation Abscam. The operation, set up by a con artist, ultimately led to the conviction of several elected officials including a Us senator and five members of the House of Representatives.

Jeremy Renner, Amy Adams and Louis Ck also have parts in the movie.

Lawrence, Cooper and O Russell have all received Oscar nominations for Silver Linings Playbook. The writer/director visibly expressed shock at Lawrence losing out in the 'Best Actress' category at the BAFTAs recently.

The new film also reunites O Russell and Bale, »

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'Guardians of the Galaxy': Jason Momoa in talks for Drax the Destroyer

15 February 2013 3:05 PM, PST

Jason Momoa has reportedly entered negotiations for the part of Drax the Destroyer in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

The Conan the Barbarian actor was offered the part following a screen test on Wednesday (February 13), Latino Review reports, and is now said to be in talks.

Isaiah Mustafa, Dave Bautista, and Brian Patrick Wade all apparently also tried out for the role.

Momoa is best known for playing Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, and is currently starring in Bullet to the Head alongside Sylvester Stallone.

> 'Guardians of the Galaxy': Everything you need to know

Guardians of the Galaxy will begin shooting in June, and has already entered production.

Chris Pratt has been confirmed for the lead role of Star-Lord, following countless actors being linked to the part.

Pushing Daisies actor Lee Pace, who was previously in the running for the Star-Lord part, described the Marvel Studios film's script »

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'Sparkle' on DVD marks Whitney Houston's fifth and final film role

15 February 2013 10:03 AM, PST

Whitney Houston can be seen in her fifth and final film role - just 12 months after her death.

The superstar - who died just over a year ago - stars alongside Jordin Sparks in a remake of the 1976 musical Sparkle, which was inspired by The Supremes.

Centred around three singing teenage sisters who form a girl group in the Motown era, the film marks the final instalment in Whitney's career - and the debut of R&B/pop singer and American Idol winner Sparks as an actress.

Set in Detroit, Houston plays a veteran singer aware of the highs and lows of fame, and eager to protect her talented daughter from the pitfalls of celebrity.

The film is dedicated to Houston, who died three months after filming ended.

'Sparkle' is available on DVD now from Sony Pictures Entertainment. »

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'Star Wars Episode 7': Harrison Ford confirmed to return as Han Solo?

15 February 2013 8:41 AM, PST

Harrison Ford will reportedly return as Han Solo in Star Wars: Episode VII.

The actor has closed a deal to reprise his role in Disney's new trilogy, according to Latino Review.

The article does not state whether Ford's appearance would be a cameo or a more substantial part.

Disney is also planning a series of standalone spin-off movies based around individual characters, including Han Solo and Boba Fett.

Jj Abrams will direct Star Wars: Episode VII, while Michael Arndt is writing the script.

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> 'Star Wars': Frank Oz eager to play Yoda in solo movie

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'Les Misérables' soundtrack gets deluxe edition

15 February 2013 8:29 AM, PST

A deluxe edition of the Les Misérables soundtrack has been announced.

An extended version of the LP, which will feature an additional 22 songs, will be released on March 18.

The updated set will also include previously unseen photos and additional liner notes.

"As post-production on the Les Misérables film was extremely tight, with recording of the orchestra, final edit and sound mix having to be completed in only a few weeks from early October to mid-November to achieve the first screenings, there was only enough time to remix a limited number of tracks so that at least a highlights album could be released for the fans before Christmas," producer Cameron Mackintosh said.

"We are delighted with the success of that album and very pleased that we can now add 22 more tracks so that audiences can now enjoy at home a full representation of the film's powerful and emotional version of this great score. »

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Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck to present at Academy Awards

15 February 2013 7:02 AM, PST

Jennifer Lawrence, Ben Affleck and Jessica Chastain will be presenters at the upcoming Academy Awards.

The trio of stars will grace the Oscars stage at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24.

Lawrence and Chastain will be handing out awards on the same night that they are both nominated in the 'Best Actress' category, while Affleck's film Argo is up for 'Best Picture'.

Other presenters for this years Oscars include the cast of The Avengers, Meryl Streep, Octavia Spencer, Jean Dujardin and Christopher Plummer.

Adele will also be appearing to perform her nominated hit 'Skyfall', while Dame Shirley Bassey is making her first-ever appearance on the Oscars.

Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Richard Gere and Queen Latifah of Chicago will be reuniting on-stage as well.

Barbra Streisand is also lined up for her first musical performance on the Oscars since 1977.

Seth MacFarlane hosts the 85th Academy Awards, »

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