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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' reigns at Us box office- top ten in full

24 November 2013 3:10 PM, PST

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire dominated the Us box office over the weekend.

The Jennifer Lawrence-starring Hunger Games sequel knocked Thor: The Dark World out of the top spot on the chart by earning $161.1m.

Catching Fire's opening haul surpasses the previous record set by The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which earned $142.8 million in 2009.

Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Josh Hutcherson recently joked to Digital Spy that Lawrence's triumph at the Academy Awards earlier this year transformed her into an "Oscar monster".

"It's really sad to see her downward decline in personality in general, her awareness of other people's emotions," Hutcherson quipped. "She's become a real Oscar monster!"

Thor: The Dark World fell to second place with $14.1m, while The Best Man Holiday came in third with $12.5m.

The top five was rounded out by Vince Vaughn's comedy Delivery Man with $8.2 million and Free Birds with $5.3m. »


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'Star Wars Episode 7' open auditions held in London, Dublin

24 November 2013 12:30 PM, PST

Open auditions for two roles in Star Wars Episode VII have been held in London and Dublin this weekend.

Disney producers are looking for undiscovered talent to fill two major roles for the upcoming instalment of the sci-fi series.

They are looking to cast a "beautiful, smart and athletic" 17 to 18-year-old woman to play Rachel and a "handsome, smart and athletic" 19 to 23-year-old man to play Thomas.

Thousands of hopefuls turned out to audition at London's Twickenham Stadium and Dublin's Croke Park over the weekend (November 23 and 24).

Open auditions in Glasgow, Manchester and Bristol were held earlier this month.

UK casting agent Kate Bone told the BBC: "We are doing this to find someone who might not have necessarily gone to drama school. They don't have to have acting experience - just the right look and then we can see if there's any talent there.

"We don't want to leave any stone unturned, »


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'Saving Mr Banks': Would Pl Travers approve of the Walt Disney movie?

24 November 2013 1:30 AM, PST

Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is writer Pl Travers in Saving Mr Banks, a story recounting the tumultuous and highly emotional journey that brought Mary Poppins to the big screen.

Thompson reveals why she identifies so strongly with the "difficult" Travers, while Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson (playing her parents) admit to finding her a little bit overbearing.

Would she have approved of the film? Even star Thompson isn't so certain...

"I'm not sure. I think she would accept it and I think she might turn around and say, 'I was right. I was right all along.' I think she might feel vindicated, actually," she said.

"I think she'd also feel invaded because she was very, very private. In the end, contradictory, she also left everything she'd ever written to posterity. Now if you do that, that means at some point or other you'd want people to know. »


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'Saving Mr Banks' review: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson make Mary Poppins

24 November 2013 1:03 AM, PST

Director: John Lee Hancock; Screenwriters: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith; Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Giamatti; Running time: 125 mins; Certificate: PG

"Mary Poppins is the very enemy of sentiment and whimsy, she doesn't sugarcoat the darkness," bellows Pl Travers (Emma Thompson) to Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) during a script meeting as the House of Mouse tries to put together an all-singing, all-penguin-dancing version of the author's beloved novel.

Creative tension between Hollywood and writers is nothing new - Stephen King famously despised Stanley Kubrick's The Shining adaptation, while Alan Moore became so frustrated with movies based on his work he requested his name be removed from the credits entirely.

Saving Mr Banks peels back the curtain to go behind the scenes on the making of Disney's 1964 classic Mary Poppins. For Walt Disney, making a film out of this book represents a two-decade quest »


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Scott Porter on 'Friday Night Lights' movie: 'I have trepidation'

23 November 2013 7:40 PM, PST

Scott Porter has expressed uncertainty as to whether a Friday Night Lights movie will ever be made.

Fans of the football-themed drama have called for a big-screen continuation since the series ended in 2011, but star Kyle Chandler has said that a movie would be unnecessary.

Porter – who played star quarterback Jason Street – has now revealed to Parade that he feels some "trepidation" about a potential Friday Night Lights film.

"It's tricky for me because Jason's story ended so well," he explained. "At first, it was a kick in the gut to know that I'd be leaving the show in season three, but once I realised how they allowed Jason to leave the show, I understood."

Porter continued: "Out of every character on that show, you could almost fight to say that Jason won. He won at life and overcame so much. I think his future is pretty set in stone. »


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Daniel Radcliffe: 'I hope I die on a film set'

23 November 2013 5:21 PM, PST

Daniel Radcliffe has said that he would like to die on a film set.

The actor explained that growing up while shooting the Harry Potter movies led him to associate backlots with "immense comfort and familiarity".

"There's an assumption that people make where if you've grown up on a set, surely you must be tired of that or want to go somewhere else," he told The Guardian.

"But actually, I've never known anything but being on film sets and I love them. They are places of immense comfort and familiarity.

"I hope I get to die on one. Honestly. [Though] later rather than sooner," he added.

Radcliffe - who famously appeared naked on stage in Peter Shaffer's Equus and played an orphaned outsider in The Cripple of Inishmaan - can currently be seen in beat generation film Kill Your Darlings as poet Allen Ginsberg.

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Google Chrome users able to explore 'The Hobbit's Middle-earth

23 November 2013 1:32 PM, PST

Google Chrome has launched a journey through Middle-earth, inspired by the upcoming film The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Built in collaboration with Warner Bros, New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Chrome users can uncover the history of the story and its characters by navigating through interactive locations including Trollshaw Forest, Rivendell and Dol Guldur. More locations will be added in the next few weeks.

Google built the interactive experience with HTML, Css and JavaScript, as well as Web Audio Api and WebGL.

The company said that it is the first Chrome experiment designed to bring the 3D experience to mobile devices with high-end graphics cards.

"The rich audio effects and sound manipulation are delivered through the Web Audio Api, which is now supported on both Chrome for Android and Chrome for iPhone and iPad," Google's product marketing manager Christos Apartoglou said in a blog post.

"Although WebGL isn't supported on iOS, »


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Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska confirmed for 'Alice in Wonderland 2'

23 November 2013 10:44 AM, PST

Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska have been confirmed to star in Alice in Wonderland 2.

The pair, who played The Mad Hatter and Alice respectively in the hit 2010 film, will both reprise their roles for the sequel, says The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will be released on May 27, 2016 and will be directed by James Bobin, whose previous credits include 2011's The Muppets.

It has yet to be confirmed whether the rest of the original Alice in Wonderland cast will return for the sequel.

The first movie was a hit at box offices around the world, grossing a total of $1.02 billion in 2010.

Johnny Depp's career in pictures: »


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'50 Shades' movie: Eloise Mumford to play Anastasia Steele's roommate

23 November 2013 1:54 AM, PST

Eloise Mumford has joined the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The actress, who starred in ABC's The River, will play Kate - the roommate of lead character Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson).

Johnson will play innocent college graduate Steele who embarks on a relationship with mysterious billionaire Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.

Dornan was cast last month after Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam dropped out of the role.

True Blood star Luke Grimes will play Christian's brother Elliot, while Jennifer Ehle has been cast as Anastastia's mother.

Victor Rasuk from HBO drama How to Make It in America will play Ana's friend and classmate José Rodriguez.

Dornan and Johnson recently appeared as their characters for the first time in an Entertainment Weekly photoshoot.

Sam Taylor-Johnson is directing the film adaptation of El James's erotic novel, which is set to be released on Valentine's Day 2015. »


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13 of our favourite 'Dumb and Dumber' moments and quotes

23 November 2013 1:00 AM, PST

The long-awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber is set for release in November 2014, it was finally confirmed this week.

Dumb and Dumber To will have its cinematic opening on November 14, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprising their respective roles of Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne.

So in anticipation, we compiled 13 of the most side-splitting moments from the Farrelly Brothers' motion picture below:

"We got no food, we got no job, our pets' heads are falling off!"

Lloyd Christmas almost loses the plot when he returns home to discover that Harry's beloved parakeet Petee has been beheaded. After lamenting their lack of money, food and a pet with a head, he later Sellotapes Petee's head back on before casually flogging it to young blind Billy.

Little Filly

While sitting in a heart-shaped tub in a honeymoon motel en route to Aspen, Harry says to Lloyd: "I don't know Lloyd. These »


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'Walking Dead's Norman Reedus rumoured for 'The Crow' remake

22 November 2013 3:15 PM, PST

Norman Reedus is rumoured to be up for the Crow remake.

The Walking Dead actor is the top choice for the role of James, according to Schmoes Know.

The report also claims that The Twilight Saga's Kristen Stewart was considered for the part of Shelley before being passed over.

Luke Evans has already been cast in the starring role of Eric Draven in the new adaptation of James O'Barr's classic comic book series.

The Crow was previously adapted to film in 1994. Star Brandon Lee was famously killed in an accident on set.

Reedus was recently revealed to have turned down a role in Tomorrowland.

F Javier Gutierrez will direct the new version of the movie. »


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Spike Lee's 'Oldboy': New artwork unveiled

22 November 2013 3:06 PM, PST

Four new promotional images for Spike Lee's upcoming Oldboy remake have been released.

The artwork includes two references to the infamous hammer fight scene from Chan-wook Park's original film.

Based on Garon Tsuchiya's Japanese manga series, Oldboy tells the story of an advertising executive (played by Josh Brolin) who is mysteriously captured and kept in solitary confinement in a psuedo-prison.

After 20 years have passed, the man is set free without explanation and is given just five days to seek revenge on those who kidnapped him.

The tagline "Find the truth and make it hurt" is blazoned across one poster, whilst another shows tally marks on the back of Brolin's hand.

A third poster details the 20 years Brolin's character Joe Doucette spends trapped in a hotel-like room with a series of CCTV images.

The movie also stars Samuel L Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Elizabeth Olsen, whose character is »


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Alice in Wonderland 2, Jungle Book release dates announced by Disney

22 November 2013 2:43 PM, PST

Disney has announced release dates for a live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book and for the Johnny Depp-starring Alice in Wonderland 2.

The Jungle Book will bow first on October 9, 2015, and then the Alice in Wonderland sequel will follow on May 27, 2016.

Iron Man director Jon Favreau has been linked to The Jungle Book, and is also reportedly in line to oversee Disney's highly-anticipated Magic Kingdom movie.

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li's Justin Marks is writing the action-adventure film.

Disney previously released an animated Jungle Book - which featured the voices of Louis Prima and George Sanders – in 1967, and followed it in 1994 with a live-action version starring Jason Scott Lee.

Alice in Wonderland 2 will see Depp back as The Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska returning to play Alice, but The Muppets' James Bobin will be stepping in for director Tim Burton.

Linda Woolverton is attached to write the sequel, »


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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick's daughter to be Miss Golden Globe 2014

22 November 2013 1:18 PM, PST

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick's daughter Sosie Bacon has been chosen as Miss Golden Globe 2014.

Sosie is being tasked with the responsibility to assist during next year's ceremony and hand out trophies, the Hollywood Foreign Press has confirmed.

The 21-year-old has said that she is "so grateful" to be representing her famous parents at the gala.

Sosie commented: "As a young actress who is just beginning my career, it is truly an honour to be a part of such a special night in film and television.

"I can only hope to continue the legacy and tradition of Miss Golden Globe by following in the footsteps of my predecessors."

The young star made her film debut in 2005's Loverboy, and has since appeared in Sedgwick's series The Closer.

The Miss Golden Globe title is traditionally given to the child of a famous Hollywood actor or actress.

Last year's Miss Golden »


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'Girls' Adam Driver cast in 'Midnight Special'

22 November 2013 9:27 AM, PST

Adam Driver has been cast in Warner Bros' Midnight Special.

The Girls actor will join Joel Edgerton and Kirsten Dunst in the sci-fi drama, reports The Wrap.

Mud's Jeff Nichols will write and direct the movie, which will also feature his frequent collaborator Michael Shannon.

The film will centre on a man who goes on the run with his son when he realises that the boy has special powers.

Driver recently denied rumours that he was in line to play Nightwing in the Man of Steel sequel.

Nichols's other films are Take Shelter and Shotgun Stories.

Midnight Special is scheduled for release next year. »


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Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac' debuts Nsfw red band trailer - watch

22 November 2013 8:51 AM, PST

Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac has released a red band trailer.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stellan Skarsgård star in the erotic, two-film, five-and-a-half-hour epic.

Watch the trailer below (Warning: explicit content):

The film centres around Joe (Gainsbourg) a self-identified nymphomaniac who recounts her life story to Seligman (Stellan Skarsgård), a man who finds her beaten badly in an alley.

Uma Thurman, Stacy Martin, Jamie Bell, Connie Nielsen, Christian Slater, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Nicolas Bro, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Jens Albinus and Udo Kier also feature in the film.

Producer Louise Vesth revealed earlier this year that the drama will feature "groundbreaking" unsimulated sex scenes.

"We shot the actors pretending to have sex and then had the body doubles, who really did have sex, and in post we will digital-impose the two," she said. "So above the waist it will be the star and below the waist it will be the doubles. »


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'Man of Steel' sequel potential titles registered by Warner Bros

22 November 2013 8:46 AM, PST

Warner Bros has registered a host of domain names hinting at the title for its upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

The film, which will see Henry Cavill's Superman share the screen with new Batman Ben Affleck, is due to go into production next year for a summer 2015 release, but the studio is yet to confirm an official title.

According to Fusible, online brand protection company MarkMonitor has picked up several Man of Steel domain name variations hinting at sequel titles for the superhero blockbuster.

Possible names for the movie include Man of Steel Battle the Knight, Man of Steel Beyond Darkness, Man of Steel Black of Knight, Man of Steel Darkness Falls, Man of Steel Knight Falls, Man of Steel Shadow of the Night, Man of Steel The Blackest Hour and Man of Steel The Darkness Within.

Video: How Superman flies in 'Man of Steel'

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Kristen Wiig records 'duet' with David Bowie for 'Walter Mitty'

22 November 2013 7:58 AM, PST

Kristen Wiig has revealed that she has recorded a "virtual duet" with David Bowie.

The Bridesmaids actress has recorded a cover version of Bowie's classic 'Space Oddity' for her upcoming film The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

However, she was later told by producers that her vocals would be overlaid by Bowie's original voice.

"I just found that out a couple of weeks ago - I guess they talked to him and it's now a duet on the soundtrack," Wiig told news.com.au. "It's so weird. I have to pinch myself."

She continued: "It was really fun recording that. I can't even describe it, just singing that song. It's David Bowie and I'm such a huge Bowie fan. It was intimidating. I've caught the bug now. I want to go on tour!"

Wiig stars opposite Ben Stiller in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which centres on a timid »


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'12 Monkeys' TV remake: Noah Bean joins 'Nikita' co-star in Syfy pilot

22 November 2013 5:52 AM, PST

Nikita star Noah Bean has joined Syfy's remake of 12 Monkeys.

The TV adaptation of Terry Gilliam's 1995 movie will star Bean's Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford as Cole - the role played by Bruce Willis in the original film.

Bean and Željko Ivanek - both of whom also appeared on Damages - have both been cast in the pilot, Deadline reports.

The 12 Monkeys TV remake has attracted criticism from the original film's director Gilliam, branding the project "ridiculous" and "dumb".

"It doesn't have anything to do with me and no-one has contacted me," said the filmmaker.

"It's a very dumb idea. If it was going to be any good, it would have to be written by David and Janet Peoples, who wrote the film."

The pilot will start shooting later this month under director Jeffrey Reiner (Caprica).

> Rambo, Exorcist, Great Escape: 5 classic films headed for TV

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'Peep Show' star Rachel Blanchard joins 'Fargo' TV series

22 November 2013 5:18 AM, PST

Rachel Blanchard has joined the TV remake of Fargo.

The adaptation - in the works at cable network FX - will run for 10 episodes and is inspired by the Coen Brothers' 1996 movie.

Blanchard has been cast in the recurring role of Kitty Nygaard, according to Deadline.

Kitty is the sister-in-law of smalltown insurance salesman Lester Nygaard, played by Sherlock and The Hobbit actor Martin Freeman.

Dexter's Colin Hanks, Private Practice star Kate Walsh and Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk will also star in the Fargo TV series

The 37-year-old Blanchard is best known for her roles on Peep Show, Flight of the Conchords and the Clueless TV series.

> Fargo to be made into TV miniseries by FX

Watch a clip from Fargo below: »


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