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'The Lone Ranger': Watch the new Super Bowl trailer -- Video

3 February 2013 3:10 PM, PST

Disney aired a new trailer for The Lone Ranger before the Super Bowl kick off show.

This Bond-ified version — did you see the scene on the train? — of the popular western stars Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp, and Bellatrix Lestrange … I mean, Helena Bonham Carter. Watch the new spot below!

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Johnny Depp’s ‘The Lone Ranger’ gets a moody new poster »


- Denise Warner

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Box office report: 'Warm Bodies' alive and well with $20 million; Sly Stallone's 'Bullet' misfires

3 February 2013 10:56 AM, PST

Young women drove Summit’s zombie-themed romantic comedy Warm Bodies to the top spot at the box office over Super Bowl weekend, while Sylvester Stallone’s Bullet to the Head got tackled, leaving the action icon with the worst debut of his career.

Warm Bodies, which was financed for about $35 million, earned an estimated $20 million from 3,009 theaters in its first three days. No, that’s not a Twilight-sized number, but no one was expecting Warm Bodies to be the same sort of blockbuster. Sure, they’re both about romances between a teenage girl and an undead boy, but the Isaac Marion »


- Grady Smith

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'Wreck-It Ralph' wins big at Annie Awards

3 February 2013 6:38 AM, PST

Walt Disney’s video-game romp Wreck-It Ralph has won top animation honors at the Annie Awards.

The comedy hit about a video-game villain who wants to turn hero was named best animated feature at Saturday night’s Annies, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society. Wreck-It Ralph won out over a field that included Brave, Frankenweenie, ParaNorman and Hotel Transylvania.

With a voice cast led by John C. Reilly, Wreck-It Ralph dominated the film categories, also winning Annies for director Rich Moore, voice co-star Alan Tudyk and for its music and screenplay.

Among live-action films, The Avengers won »


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Ben Affleck wins Directors Guild Award for 'Argo'

2 February 2013 4:55 PM, PST

Some people can win for losing.

Ben Affleck claimed the Directors Guild of America Award for Argo on Saturday in Hollywood’s latest thumb-in-the-eye to the small group of filmmakers in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who failed to nominate him for an Oscar.

“I worked really, really hard to become the best director I could be, by putting in as hours as I can, and banging my head against a wall, berating myself, lying to myself about whether it’s going to work,” Affleck told the crowd, never mentioning the snub. “Basically, I got to a »


- Anthony Breznican

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Box office update: 'Warm Bodies' warms up the chart with $8.1 million on Friday

2 February 2013 10:25 AM, PST

Its main star may be a dead guy, but Summit’s new release Warm Bodies exhibited nothing but life in its first day at the box office.

The zombie-themed romantic comedy (zom-rom-com?) easily topped the chart on Friday with $8.7 million. Last year, the teen superpower adventure Chronicle earned $8.6 million the Friday before Super Bowl Sunday and finished the frame with $22 million. Since Warm Bodies, which is based on the popular novel by Isaac Marion, already has a built-in following, it’s likely that it will be more frontloaded and finish the weekend with about $20 million. Still, that’s a tremendous »


- Grady Smith

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Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to play mathematician; Plus Emily VanCamp, Elizabeth McGovern, more

1 February 2013 4:32 PM, PST

Sherlock fans, get excited: Benedict Cumberbatch is circling the role of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game – the well-regarded Black List script from Graham Moore. Alan Turing was a British logician and mathematician who made major contributions to the fields of computer science, artificial intelligence, and cryptology. His efforts and inventions proved especially useful in breaking Axis codes during WWII, but after the war, Turing faced criminal prosecution for being gay and later committed suicide. Leonardo DiCaprio was previously attached to the role, but backed out this past fall. [Deadline]

• Revenge’s Emily VanCamp is currently in talks to star opposite »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Ed Koch endorsed 'How to Survive a Plague' despite being portrayed as its villain

1 February 2013 3:43 PM, PST

Former New York City mayor Ed Koch, who is portrayed as a villain in this year’s Oscar-nominated AIDS documentary How to Survive a Plague, may have had a change of heart regarding HIV/AIDS before his death Friday morning, according to Survive a Plague’s director David France.

During his three terms as mayor, from 1978-1988, Koch was among many high-profile lawmakers, including President Reagan, who did little to nothing to stop the disease’s spread, France says. “He was one of the most vehement obstacles to any sort of rational response to the mushrooming epidemic.”

Yet when Survive a Plague premiered last year, »


- Jon Barrett

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Seth MacFarlane serves up a martini for James Bond in Oscars promo

1 February 2013 12:54 PM, PST

Seth MacFarlane, what a lucky guy. He scores a gig hosting the Oscars and a job making drinks for James Bond. Or at least, he briefly plays bartender in a commercial that promotes the Academy Awards’ planned tribute to the British spy.

Following up his first round of commercials promoting the Oscars, in this latest ad, MacFarlane appears opposite Pierce Brosnan’s Bond from 1999′s The World Is Not Enough with the help of a little computer magic.

Warning, humorless Bond fans: MacFarlane’s irreverent humor in the following ad may break down your image of 007 as a constantly cool and suave. »


- Emily Rome

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Mark Wahlberg and CGI costar Ted to present at the Oscars

1 February 2013 8:49 AM, PST

The total Seth MacFarlanification of this year’s Academy Awards telecast is nearly complete. The Family Guy creator is hosting the ceremony Feb. 24, where Norah Jones will also perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” an Oscar-nominated original song MaFarlane co-wrote for his summer comedy hit Ted.

Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Ted star (and two-time Oscar nominee) Mark Wahlberg will present an award on Oscar night — alongside the animated bear who gave that film its name, who is voiced, naturally, by MacFarlane. “We are happy to make it possible for Mark and Ted »


- Hillary Busis

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Robert Downey Jr. on 'Iron Man 2' flaws, China fizzle -- Exclusive interview (Part 4 of 5)

1 February 2013 6:53 AM, PST

On the last day of postproduction work on Iron Man 2, I caught up with Jon Favreau over on the Fox lot. He was sick, haggard, weary, frustrated and emotionally singed. The movie was a grueling experience because the script was a work in progress (or perhaps a work in triage). Favreau told me he felt like El Cid that day, which has to be one the great quotes I’ve ever gotten from a filmmaker: “I feel like I’m finishing this one the way El Cid finished the war, strapped onto his horse by his men and sent into battle dead. »


- Geoff Boucher

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Casting Net: Jim Carrey turns to crime in comedy 'Loomis Fargo'; Plus Jeremy Renner, Frank Langella

31 January 2013 6:41 PM, PST

Jim Carrey has signed on to star in the upcoming comedy heist film, Loomis Fargo. Inspired by true events, the press release announcing the news says the story follows a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with a girl to steal nearly $20 million. The film will be directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey (Up All Night).

Jeremy Renner will produce and star in the upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The Pulitzer Prize winner was known for uncovering the CIA’s involvement in »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Casting Net: Jim Carrey turns to crime in comedy 'Loomis Fargo'; Plus Jeremy Renner to portray journalist Gary Webb

31 January 2013 6:41 PM, PST

Jim Carrey has signed on to star in the upcoming comedy heist film, Loomis Fargo. Inspired by true events, the press release announcing the news says the story follows a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with a girl to steal nearly $20 million. The film will be directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey (Up All Night).

Jeremy Renner will produce and star in the upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The Pulitzer Prize winner was known for uncovering the CIA’s involvement in »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Watch the Super Bowl trailer for Brad Pitt's zombie thriller 'World War Z'

31 January 2013 5:50 PM, PST

With the June 20 release of its big-budget post-apocalyptic zombie thriller World War Z still months away, Paramount is ramping up the publicity machine another notch with a new 30-second trailer set to air during the Super Bowl. Adapted from Max Brooks’ 2006 bestselling novel, director Marc Forster’s film stars Brad Pitt as a Un researcher trying to save his family and the rest of not-yet-zombiefied humankind from a rampaging global zombie pandemic. The Super Bowl spot is essentially a shorter version of the trailer the studio released last November with a few new shots, but if you can’t wait »


- Josh Rottenberg

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Rachel McAdams rom-com 'About Time' gets new release date

31 January 2013 4:59 PM, PST

Rachel McAdams’ upcoming time travel romantic comedy, About Time, is doing some of its own leaping across the calendar. Universal announced on Thursday that the film, originally slated for a May 10, 2013 opening date, will now launch in limited release on Nov. 1, 2013 opening nationwide on Nov. 8, 2013.

In About Time, Mary (McAdams) falls in love with Tim Lake (Harry Potter actor Domhnall Gleeson), a man who learns that he, like his father (Bill Nighy), has the ability to travel through time. When an unfortunate time travel incident re-writes history to erase Mary and Tim ever meeting, he has to win her heart all over again. »


- Emily Rome

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Box office preview: 'Warm Bodies' to tackle 'Bullet to the Head' over Super Bowl weekend

31 January 2013 4:40 PM, PST

It’s Super Bowl weekend, and that means the box office is about to get sacked.

Since much of the American moviegoing public will will be glued to the tube on Sunday to watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers, box office receipts are expected to plummet, though some brave souls will venture out to see this week’s new wide releases: the zombie romance Warm Bodies and Sylvester Stallone’s shoot-em-up Bullet to the Head.

Here’s how the slow frame may play out:

1. Warm Bodies – $18 million

After five Twilight movies, Summit Entertainment (now owned by »


- Grady Smith

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'Behind the Ballot': Oscar makeup and hairstyles

31 January 2013 3:35 PM, PST

In the second episode of ABC’s video series “Behind the Ballot,” EW’s Anthony Breznican sits down with several makeup artists to discuss the tricks of their trade — and just how hard it is to get a wig to look natural.

Watch the video below and check out Oscars.go.com for more!

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‘Behind the Ballot’ video series launches »

- EW staff

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Duncan Jones to direct 'World of Warcraft' film

31 January 2013 1:51 PM, PST

They say it can’t be done. That a great movie can’t be made from a popular video game. Andrzej Bartkowiak’s Doom proved disastrous. Mike Newell’s Prince of Persia was an expensive misfire. Peter Jackson’s Halo never got off the ground. But now the world’s biggest MMORPG (that’s massively multi-player online role-playing game for you n00bs) is getting an adaptation.

Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Duncan Jones would direct a live-action World of Warcraft film, based on Blizzard Entertainment’s unbelievably successful gaming universe, which was launched in 2004 (ten years after the 1994 release »


- Grady Smith

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SXSW Film Festival: Check out the trailer for role-playing game indie-comedy 'Zero Charisma'

31 January 2013 1:43 PM, PST

One of the more intriguing films listed in this year’s just-announced South By Southwest Film Festival lineup is  Zero Charisma. Why? Well, partly because it’s an indie-comedy about role-playing games (and it’s not every day you get to see one of those). And partly because it’s directed by Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham, who worked as, respectively, the director of photography and the editor on the excellent 2009 Troll 2 documentary Best Worst Movie. (Zero Charisma is also exec produced by Best Worst director and producer, Michael and Lindsay Stephenson.)

Below, you can read the official synopsis »


- Clark Collis

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Chris Pine learns the secret handshake as 'Jack Ryan' -- Photos

31 January 2013 1:30 PM, PST

As Tom Clancy’s legendary Jack Ryan, Chris Pine is boldly going where no man has gone before — except Alec Baldwin…and Harrison Ford…and Ben Affleck. (But who remembers The Sum of All Fears anyways?) Thus far, we haven’t seen much from Pine’s Jack Ryan, which is still filming. But in case you’re feeling desperate for your next Ryan fix (he did look good on that motorcycle), here are two new images (courtesy of USA Today) of Pine in character, including one featuring Kevin Costner as Ryan’s mentor. (Irony alert: Costner was initially offered the »


- Tara Fowler

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‘Sound City,’ ‘Before Midnight’ join SXSW Film lineup

31 January 2013 12:01 PM, PST

Austin is set to burn up and tear up the silver screen in March. The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) announced the full slate of films for the fest Thursday, adding a special Burning Love event and the Dave Grohl documentary Sound City to the lineup, amongst a slew of other films and digital projects from indie filmmakers and major stars alike.

Joining already announced films including The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Spring Breakers, and the Evil Dead remake are over 100 films, from Sundance hits Prince Avalanche and Before Midnight to Maladies with James Franco and Catherine Keener.

“We have an incredibly unique environment, »


- Laura Hertzfeld

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