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Guardians Of The Galaxy Is Now the Highest Grossing Film of the Year, But for How Long?

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new 2014 box office champion.  After a stellar opening weekend and extremely solid legs in the following weeks, Marvel’s swell Guardians of the Galaxy now stands as the highest grossing film of the year at the domestic box office with a grand total of $262.1 million.  The year’s previous champion, fittingly enough, was Marvel’s other 2014 film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which totaled out at $259.7 million domestically.  Though Guardians’ worldwide total of $507.4 million is still eclipsed by The Winter Soldier’s $714 million take, the galactic film's international rollout will continue in the weeks to come, including a Chinese debut. Hit the jump for more on the Guardians of the Galaxy box office standing, why it’s unlikely to remain the champion, and an overview of the full domestic Top 10 of the year thus far. Though on paper Guardians of the Galaxy seemed like »

- Adam Chitwood

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Top 5: Joaquin Phoenix in Final Talks to Lead Doctor Strange, Whiplash, Warner Bros. Superhero Pics Are No Joke, Rosewater, Kirk Cameron’S Saving Christmas

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One of the best documentaries I've seen this year is the Netflix original The Battered Bastards of Baseball. Directed by brothers Chapman Way and Maclain Way, the doc premiered at Sundance back in January where Matt gave it a glowing review and debuted on Netflix last month where you can still instant stream it today. The film follows the Portland Mavericks, an independent baseball team created by actor and lifelong baseball enthusiast Bing Russell in 1973. In addition to being the only professional team in America to operate without a Major League affiliate at the time, the Mavericks held open tryouts and built a roster that was made up almost entirely of players who had long been forgotten by the world of organized baseball. The result was a team that played with a supreme chip on their shoulder that not only lead to wins but also record setting attendance numbers that stand to this day. »

- Jason Barr

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Dylan Everett Talks The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, Playing Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Loving the Wardrobe, and More

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The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story takes a nostalgic look back at the ‘90s TV show that changed the landscape of Saturday mornings.  Delving into the experiences of six unknown young actors who suddenly have the Hollywood spotlight shining brightly on them, it also exposes the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters.  With casting done by the original series’ casting director, Robin Lippin, the movie stars Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond, Julian Works as Mario Lopez, Alyssa Lynch as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, Tiera Skovbye as Elizabeth Berkley, and Taylor Russell McKenzie as Lark Voorhies. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actor Dylan Everett talked about how he came to be a part of the movie, not knowing that he had auditioned for the original series casting director, what he identified with in the script, »

- Christina Radish

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Box Office: Guardians Of The Galaxy Ends Summer As the Biggest Movie of 2014; As Above So Below Underwhelms as Weekend’s Only New Release

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Labor Day weekend is here, which means that this summer’s box office will soon be put out of its misery.  But before we close the book on a season of disappointment, we should take the time to praise the one unalloyed bright spot of the summer box office: Guardians of the Galaxy.  Last weekend, the Marvel title passed Transformers: Age of Extinction to become the highest grossing release of the season; and today GotG emerged as the biggest film of the entire year.  Guardians earned an estimated $3.8 million on Friday, bringing its domestic total up to $262.1.  That beats the $259.7 million final gross of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the April release that has made a mockery of the term “summer blockbuster” for the last four months. Hit the jump for this summer’s final Friday top five. Following its return to the top spot last weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Writer/Directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer Talk The Last Of Robin Hood, Developing the Story for Over 10 Years, Still Alice, and More

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From filmmakers Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, The Last of Robin Hood tells the story of aspiring young actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning) and her liaison with swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies man, Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline).  Their affair spanned the globe and was enabled by Beverly’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), until it all came crashing to an end in 1959, when it came to light. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, writer/directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer talked about what led them to this story, developing it for over 10 years, why they wanted to have Beverly’s involvement and blessing with the production, how special it was to develop a friendship with her, and why it was important to them not to be judgmental in telling this story.  They also talked about why their partnership works so well, how excited they are to take their next film, »

- Christina Radish

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The Knick: “Where’s The Dignity?”

23 hours ago

At some point I'm going to stop pointing out that what makes The Knick such an engrossing watch is Steven Soderbergh's direction, but we're not at that point yet.  Consider everything that Soderbergh's unique filmic sensibilities do to make The Knick different from other period or medical dramas, and you'll see that without that visual distinction, The Knick would still be good, but it might not be special.  The cast and the narrative are all great, but what brings it all together -- what makes it shine, and really stand apart -- is the direction.  Hit the jump for why "If he dies because of your horseshit, I will stab you in the throat with my father's Union Army sword." I am loving this show.  When it comes to The Knick, the acting, the writing, the soundtrack and the directing all meld together to create a really hypnotic hour, »

- Allison Keene

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Rumor: Is Amazon Bringing Back The Tick with Patrick Warburton?

29 August 2014 7:13 PM, PDT

We’ve already told you about The Greatest American Hero reboot this evening.  Now how about one for The Tick to go along with it?  It’s being reported that Amazon is moving forward with a new The Tick series with Patrick Warburton returning to play the title character. It all began with Ben Edlund’s comic back in the 80s, then The Tick got his own animated TV show after which Warburton portrayed the character in a live-action sitcom that wound up getting canceled after just nine episodes.  Hit the jump for more on what Amazon has planned for the show. According to People, Warburton has already signed on the dotted line and Edlund is also locked to write and produce the show, but there's not much more to it than that.  There's no mention of who’s involved besides Edlund and Burton or how far along Amazon is with the project. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Set Pictures Feature Henry Cavill as Clark Kent

29 August 2014 6:09 PM, PDT

We got a look at Ben Affleck in Bruce Wayne form a few weeks ago so how about some shots of Henry Cavill as Clark Kent to go along with them?  As long as Zack Snyder’s busy shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice out in public, bystanders will be snapping photos of the action and this time around, they caught some material that involves Clark Kent having a discussion with a woman in front of the Gotham City jail. Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Gal GadotJesse EisenbergAmy AdamsLaurence FishburneJason MomoaHolly HunterScoot McNairy and Jeremy IronsBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on May 6, 2016. Here are those new images, which include shots of Snyder on the set, one of Cavill as Clark Kent and another of the woman he talks to on the jail steps: »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Rumor: Charlie Hunnam Top Choice for Snake Plissken in Escape From New York Remake?

29 August 2014 5:12 PM, PDT

Yup, we’re still talking about that Escape From New York remake.  Folks have been trying to make this thing for years now, but after all this time, it doesn’t seem like they’ve gotten anywhere closer to actually making it happen.  However, if this new rumor turns out to be true, perhaps that could change soon. There’s a reporting floating around out there claiming that even though there’s still no director attached, Silver Pictures and StudioCanal are making moves and have their eye on Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens to portray the new Snake Plissken.  Hit the jump for more on the Escape From New York remake. The news comes from Starlog (via /Film) and the outlet claims to have a very trusted source close to the production.  According to that source, the film is currently in early pre-production and Snake Plissken isn’t the sole star of it. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Michael Bay Finds a Writer for Futuristic Vehicle Movie Cosmic Motors

29 August 2014 4:17 PM, PDT

Daniel Simon got his first big screen credit for his work as a vehicle designer on Tron: Legacy and ever since, he’s been adding more and more titles to his resume.  And it makes sense the guy’s getting more work.  Have you seen his book Cosmic Motors?  It’s absolutely loaded with incredible vehicle designs that he puts in a fictional realm called Galaxion, a place where futuristic concepts aren’t relegated to artwork, but actually exist. Clearly Michael Bay enjoys doing out-of-this-world things with cars on the big screen, so it should come as no surprise that he’s the one developing the Cosmic Motors movie.  Hit the jump to find out who Bay just recruited to pen the screenplay. According to Variety, Bay and Warner Bros. just hired Kyle Ward, the scribe behind Machete Kills and Agent 47, to write the Cosmic Motors screenplay.  Ward also »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Bring Back The Greatest American Hero

29 August 2014 3:32 PM, PDT

The Greatest American Hero was before my time and looking back at it now, it’s definitely dated and a little silly, but there’s no denying that the core concept has some serious potential, and perhaps now more so than ever.  We’ve got loads of superheroes on screen who have powers because they were injected with a special serum or bitten by a radioactive spider, but what if you just got hold of a suit that came with all the powers? Apparently Phil Lord and Chris Miller are into the idea because it’s being reported that the 22 Jump Street and Lego Movie duo are developing a Greatest American Hero reboot for 20th Century Fox.  Hit the jump for more on the project. According to Deadline, Rodney Rothman, who worked on the 22 Jump Street script, wrote the hour-long action comedy pilot and will serve as executive producer alongside »

- Perri Nemiroff

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Teaser Trailers and Images Highlight Monsters Both Living and Dead

29 August 2014 12:26 PM, PDT

Halloween is just around the corner, which means a new season of The Walking Dead is upon us.  While the show has gone through a number of creative changes behind the scenes, it appears that current showrunner Scott M. Gimple is poised to eclipse original showrunner Frank Darabont’s length of time in that position (assuming he makes it through Season 5 unscathed), as Gimple has held the role since he took over at the beginning of Season 4.  With a new batch of episodes on the horizon, AMC has unveiled a couple of The Walking Dead Season 5 teaser trailers as well as some high-resolution images to tide fans over until the show returns.  I bailed on the series midway through Season 3, but it remains one of the highest rated dramas across all networks and Twd fandom is as intense as ever, so I imagine these new teasers and images will be of interest to many. »

- Adam Chitwood

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Leviathan Trailer Offers a Striking Look at the Buzzworthy Cannes Winner

29 August 2014 11:49 AM, PDT

The first international Leviathan trailer for director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s (The Return) new film has landed online, giving us here in the States a look at what is certainly one of the most buzzed-about foreign films of the year.  Inspired by the Biblical Book of Job, the Russian pic mainly revolves around a dispute between a property owner and his mayor over a parcel of land in a small town, but Zvyagintsev uses the premise as an opportunity to dive deep into issues such as class, corruption, and faith.  Indeed, many have praised the film’s strong social criticisms of Russia itself, and the pic premiered to wildly enthusiastic reviews at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year where it took home the screenplay award.  It seems like a sure-fire Oscar contender in the Best Foreign Language Film race, but the question is will Russia submit the pic as its entry, »

- Adam Chitwood

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New Shaun The Sheep The Movie Trailer Moves to New Pastures

29 August 2014 10:08 AM, PDT

Aardman Animation has released a new Shaun the Sheep the Movie trailer for the upcoming spinoff of the studio’s Wallace and Gromit franchise.  The story finds the titular sheep becoming responsible for the Farmer being taken away from the farm, after which it’s up to Shaun and his fellow flock to travel to the Big City to rescue him.  I’m actually not terribly familiar with the characters myself as it’s been some time since I saw a Wallace and Gromit movie, but Shaun the Sheep the Movie appears to skew a bit younger in audience if I recall correctly.  Nevertheless, the pic looks to be a cute enough adventure story, and it’s always nice to see stop-motion animation on the big screen. Hit the jump to watch the new Shaun the Sheep the Movie trailer.  The film opens in the UK on February 6, 2015. Here’s »

- Adam Chitwood

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Jesse Eisenberg Talks About the Psychology of Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice

29 August 2014 8:44 AM, PDT

When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (perhaps it’s actually a spinoff at this point considering how many new characters there are) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was a lot of head scratching.  But I actually can totally see him in the role.  Leaving aside the completely arbitrary question of whether the character will have hair or not, Eisenberg has an intelligence that reads well onscreen not to mention the fact that he can really play entitled and angry.  Eisenberg recently spoke about the film and, while he couldn’t say much, what he did say makes me more confident than ever that he’s the right choice for the role.  In fact, I think his casting could potentially be the most interesting thing about the movie. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit under »

- Evan Dickson

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Over a Dozen New Gone Girl Images Show Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike’s Crumbling Marriage

29 August 2014 7:49 AM, PDT

Gone Girl is one of my most anticipated movies of the year, due in no small part to David Fincher being one of my favorite directors in addition to the fact that I really dig Gillian Flynn’s source material.  In addition to the images that hit yesterday, we’ve got 14 new pics from the film that take us a bit further inside the established aesthetic on display in the latest trailer, but do nothing to spoil the surprises of the piece. Hit the jump to take a look at the new Gone Girl images.  The film stars Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Carrie Coon, Kim DickensPatrick FugitScoot McNairyMissi PyleCasey WilsonEmily Ratajkowski, and Neil Patrick Harris.  Gone Girl will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival, and will open nationwide on October 3rd. Here’s the official synopsis for Gone Girl: »

- Evan Dickson

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Directors Joe and Anthony Russo Talk Agent Carter, the Advantages of a Shorter Season, the Extent of Their Involvement with the Show, and More

29 August 2014 7:39 AM, PDT

Though Marvel Studios’ first foray into television, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was a bit of a misfire, hopes are high for the studio’s next series.  Based on the Marvel One-Shot short film of the same name, Agent Carter will follow the exploits of Hayley Atwell’s titular character in the year 1946—just after Cap’s disappearance from The First Avenger—as she is marginalized while working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve) when the men return home from World War II.  It has a well-tested premise, a clear story trajectory, and most promisingly, the first season will consist of only eight episodes rather than trying to stretch the story out to 22 installments. While the show doesn’t premiere until midseason on ABC, bridging the gap between the S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus and spring premiere, Steve recently spoke with Captain America: The Winter Soldier »

- Adam Chitwood

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Kristen Connolly Talks Houdini, Researching the Relationship, Uncomfortable Corsets, The Whispers, and More

29 August 2014 7:28 AM, PDT

The two-night scripted mini-series Houdini (airing on History) is more than just the story of the world-renowned superstar who could defy death.  Harry Houdini (Adrien Brody) also engaged in espionage, battled spiritualists, encountered the greatest names of the era, performed some of the greatest feats ever seen, and was a loving husband to Bess (Kristen Connolly), his wife and right hand. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Kristen Connolly (who gives a terrific and emotionally layered performance, alongside powerhouse actor Adrien Brody) talked about how she came to be apart of Houdini, how she approached researching their relationship, finding her performance, how much the hair and make-up contributed, wearing such uncomfortable corsets, if she feels that Harry really valued Bess, and what it was like to work with Adrien Brody.  She also talked about signing on to do the upcoming ABC drama series The Whispers, about an unseen »

- Christina Radish

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Life Of Crime Review

28 August 2014 11:04 PM, PDT

[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Life of Crime opens today in limited release.] I’ve never read any of Elmore Leonard’s novels, and yes, I’m ashamed. But I know from the film adaptations of his crime novels that there’s a way to do them right and wrong. They have a confidence, a swagger, a sly wink, a braggadocio, and they’re smart. They have the talk for the walk, and some directors, most notably Quentin Tarantino with Jackie Brown (based off Leonard’s Rum Punch) and Steven Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, are smart enough to bring that confidence to the screen. Those films make the uninitiated feel embarrassed that they haven’t joined the club. Even with Daniel Schechter’s cautious adaptation of Life of Crime (based on the novel The Switch) the audience can hear the author's voice. Schechter’s direction is serviceable enough to not get in the way, he wisely trust his strong cast, accents the comedy, »

- Matt Goldberg

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MacGruber 2 Update: Will Forte Talks Script Progress and Promises, “If Somebody Will Let Us Do It, Then We’ll Do It”

28 August 2014 9:23 PM, PDT

Will Forte is asked about MacGruber 2 whenever he makes the press rounds to promote another movie.  Last we checked, Forte said he met with MacGruber director/co-writer Jorma Taccone and they hammered out "a really solid first act."  At a junket for Forte's new movie Life of Crime, Steve asked Forte straight up if the inquiries about a MacGruber sequel ever get old.  Forte responded graciously, saying "it is very exciting because it means that people liked the first MacGruber." Forte went on to provide a status update about where he and Taccone are in the script process and reiterated their commitment to making MacGruber 2---if somebody will fund it.  We'll have the full Life of Crime interview up next week, but hit the jump for Forte's  MacGruber 2 update. Here's the transcript: Collider: Does people asking you about a MacGruber sequel ever get old? Will Forte: No, it is »

- Brendan Bettinger

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