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Box office report: 'Die Hard' holds off 'Safe Haven' with $25 million; 'Beautiful Creatures' has ugly debut

17 February 2013 9:39 AM, PST

Bruce Willis’ return as John McClane, A Good Day to Die Hard, topped the box office over the Friday-to-Sunday period, but with a weaker-than-expected $25 million. Fox’s $92 million thriller, which also stars Jai Courtney (pictured, right), earned $8.2 million on Thursday, its first day of release, and after four days, it’s earned $33.2 million. That’s a substantially weaker start than 2007′s Live Free or Die Hard, which started with $33.4 million in its opening three-day weekend.

Die Hard’s middling performance isn’t a total surprise. This has been a remarkably tough winter for male-driven action vehicles, many of which star members of The Expendables. »

- Grady Smith

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Oscars: See the winners in Seth MacFarlane's college trophy handler search

16 February 2013 11:13 AM, PST

Oscar host Seth MacFarlane went in search of some college kids who thought they could change the movies, and is going to jumpstart their careers by handing them Oscars.

Of course, they’ll have to immediately hand them to someone else. But still …

It was part of a plan by Oscar producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan to recruit trophy handlers for the Feb. 24 show from a pool of aspiring filmmakers rather than just the usual assortment of models. The “Oscar Experience College Search” was a joint venture between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the college network MTVu. »

- Anthony Breznican

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Box office update: 'Die Hard' and 'Safe Haven' neck-and-neck on Friday with $7.2 million

16 February 2013 9:49 AM, PST

Bruce Willis’ John McClane has destroyed German dictators, faceless cyber-terrorists, and, most recently, trigger-happy Russians. But the action icon has never had to face anyone like Julianne Hough in Safe Haven — a weepy woman with windswept hair falling in love in the Outer Banks Nicholas Sparks-style. She, in fact, may be the most difficult adversary he’s ever tried to handle.

Over the past two days at the box office, Safe Haven at $16 million has slightly outgrossed A Good Day to Die Hard’s $15.5 million. The $28 million Relativity romance topped the chart on Valentine’s Day with $8.8 million, while Fox’s fifth Die Hard, »

- Grady Smith

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'Behind the Ballot': Film editors weigh in on their craft -- Video

16 February 2013 8:45 AM, PST

In this episode of ABC’s “Behind the Ballot” interview series, former EW writer Adam B. Vary sits down with four successful film editors to talk about how cuts and transitions — what one refers to as “the final rewrite” of a film — can make or break its awards season potential.

“I think your mind kind of works like a puzzle,” says Pamela Martin, who has edited films like Hitchcock, The Fighter, and Little Miss Sunshine. “It’s finding the right pieces of performances and weaving all the elements together to make it seamless.”

Watch the full interview with Martin, Lynzee Klingman »

- Grady Smith

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Casting Net: Jennifer Lawrence, together again with David O. Russell; Plus Quentin Tarantino

15 February 2013 5:44 PM, PST

• Academy Award-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence will team up again with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for his next film – a drama formerly titled American Bulls—. The film is about the 70s and 80s FBI sting operation Abscam, which exposed the corruption and misdoings of public officials, resulting in convictions for a number of members of Congress. Her Silver Linings Playbook co-star and fellow acting nominee Bradley Cooper is set to star the film as well, alongside Amy Adams and Christian Bale, both of whom worked with Russell on The Fighter. Best Director nominee Russell isn’t messing with the formula. »

- Lindsey Bahr

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'About Last Night' red band trailer: Kevin Hart steps in for a romantic remake -- Video

15 February 2013 12:48 PM, PST

Only 364 days until it’s Valentine’s Day again!! However will we pass the time?

By watching the trailer for this upcoming remake of About Last Night over and over again, of course. The original 1986 film — the title of which ended with an ellipsis that’s been nixed for the new version — starred Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Jim Belushi, and Elizabeth Perkins as four singles in Chicago who became two couples in Chicago. In the 2014 version, Kevin Hart and Regina Hall step in for Belushi and Perkins, while Michael Early and Joy Bryant take the places of Lowe and Moore. »

- Hillary Busis

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Oscars 2013: Spotlighting the documentary short film nominees

15 February 2013 12:45 PM, PST

The Oscar-nominated documentary shorts tend to be a little more sobering than the animated and live action shorts. These filmmakers are attempting to show current realities, no matter how difficult or unpleasant they might be. But there is also beauty amid the pain.

There’s the 15-year-old homeless girl who finds comfort in her art, the stoic and hard working canners in New York, the sick but brave Rwandan children treated by another country’s generosity, the Long Island cancer patients who lose all their hair but gain a lot more, and the retirement community residents who find moments of »

- Lindsey Bahr and Emily Rome

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Blacklisted screenwriter Richard Collins dies at 98

15 February 2013 10:39 AM, PST

A blacklisted screenwriter who later named names to Communist hunters during the McCarthy era has died in California. Richard Collins was 98.

His son, Michael Collins, tells the Los Angeles Times that Collins died Thursday of pneumonia in Ventura.

Collins was one of 19 writers and directors called by the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 in a probe of supposed Communist subversion in Hollywood. He wasn’t asked to testify but 10 who refused to answer questions about their beliefs were jailed in what has widely been called a witch hunt.

Collins was subpoenaed again in 1951 and identified more than 20 colleagues as Communist sympathizers. »

- Associated Press

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IFC Films picks up 'The Canyons,' starring Lindsay Lohan

15 February 2013 9:09 AM, PST

The Canyons, the already infamous Lindsay Lohan movie from the minds of writer Bret Easton Ellis and director Paul Schrader, has been acquired by IFC Films and will premiere day-and-date and on digital platforms in the early summer of 2013. Lohan stars as the girlfriend of a wealthy Hollywood movie producer — played by porn star James Deen — and their relationship ultimately devolves under dark and demanding sexual tension. “I am delighted our film has found an enthusiastic home at IFC,” Shrader said, in a statement. “We envisioned The Canyons as a multi-platform release from the beginning and no company knows that world better than IFC. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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'Two Mothers' trailer: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are (insert cougar joke here) -- Video

15 February 2013 8:29 AM, PST

Robin Wright and Naomi Watts star in Two Mothers as friends who each start a sexual relationship with the other’s son.

The joke has been made before, and it will be made again, but it’s hard to watch the trailer without humming a verse from SNL’s  ”Motherlover.”

Watch the Nsfw (two butts, also a lot of dramatic music over tender lovemaking) trailer below:

Read more:

Sundance 2013: Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are ‘Two Mothers’ with a sexy secret

Sundance 2013: The deal report

All-female cast for Jason Reitman’s ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’ reading  »

- Sarah Caldwell

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'Wreck-it Ralph' Blu-ray: Jane Lynch on her curves, stealing the guys' roles, and working with Harrison Ford on 'The Fugitive' -- Exclusive Video

15 February 2013 6:00 AM, PST

After four seasons as Sue Sylvester on Glee, Jane Lynch has gone from sitcom guest-star extraordinaire and comic dynamite in films like Best in Show and The 40-Year-Old Virgin to one of television’s most recognizable and celebrated actors, hosting the Emmys and Saturday Night Live. But way back when, she paid the bills with her clipped Midwestern voice, in numerous commercials and animated cartoons. “I made my living doing voiceovers, and getting an animated film was always the brass ring of being a celebrity,” says Lynch. “So now I’m just really grateful that I’m a celebrity and I get to do it. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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All-female cast for Jason Reitman's 'Glengarry Glen Ross' reading -- Exclusive

14 February 2013 6:26 PM, PST

Just picture this image with a pantsuit. And some nail polish on that finger.

Oh, and Parenthood’s Mae Whitman where Kevin Spacey is leaning.

Jason Reitman’s latest live stage-reading of an iconic movie script will replace the male dominated Glengarry Glen Ross with an entirely female cast, marking the biggest overall twist for one of his cinematic recreations since last year’s all black performance of Reservoir Dogs.

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive details on who else will take on roles from the 1992 film, why he wanted to replace Xy chromosomes with Xx, and we’ll also give »

- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: Chris Hemsworth to team up with Michael Mann; Plus Hugh Laurie confirmed for 'Tomorrowland', Marion Cotillard, and more

14 February 2013 6:12 PM, PST

Michael Mann (Collateral, Public Enemies) is set to direct Chris Hemsworth in his new thriller that Mann has been developing and writing for over a year. Between Hemsworth’s superhero  and fairy tale projects, we’re excited to see him team up with Mann, known for his realism and ability to elevate standard genre fare. The Australian actor will appear next with Olivia Wilde in Rush, the Ron Howard race car film, out this September. [Variety]

Tomorrowland has its villain, and it’s none other than House star Hugh Laurie, EW confirmed. The hush-hush project from Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Box office preview: 'Die Hard' gunning for No. 1 over holiday weekend

14 February 2013 5:36 PM, PST

It’s a double-holiday weekend at the box office, with Valentine’s Day on Thursday and President’s Day on Monday, and three films (A Good Day to Die Hard, Safe Haven, and Beautiful Creatures) are taking advantage of the five-day frame (Weinstein is also releasing Escape from Planet Earth on Friday). Here’s how the busy frame may play out over the Friday-to-Monday period:

1. A Good Day to Die Hard – $47 million

Five years after Live Free or Die Hard scored $134.5 million, Bruce Willis is back as John McClane in a fifth installment in the enduring action franchise — this time with random Cold War overtones! »

- Grady Smith

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'Beautiful Creatures' stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich on 'Twilight' comparisons and on-screen chemistry -- Exclusive Video

14 February 2013 1:46 PM, PST

Whether or not you have a date this Valentine’s Day, you can live vicariously through the mysterious Lena (Alice Englert) and charming popular kid Ethan (Alden Ehrenreich) of Beautiful Creatures, the latest supernatural teen romance based on a young-adult novel. The two leads visited the EW studio to talk about why their new movie, which is opening today, is not following in Twilight’s footsteps. Keep watching until the end for some outtakes from their interview, which perfectly captures Englert and Ehrenreich’s easy, goofy chemistry from the film.

Will you be seeing Beautiful Creatures this weekend?

Follow @EWStephanLee on Twitter. »

- Stephan Lee

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New trailer for 'The Host': Love conquers all, even aliens taking over your body

14 February 2013 1:08 PM, PST

As the new trailer for The Host tells us, the battle for Earth is ending. Aliens with glowing blue eyes are invading in really, really shiny chrome vehicles, and they need our bodies as hosts.

Saoirse Ronan has proven, in fare like Hanna, that she can play a believable action hero. She’ll be joining the ranks of The Hunger Games’ Katniss and Lena from Beautiful Creatures as an exceptional girl in love with a normal human – and Max Irons is just dreamy in his role. As for Diane Kruger, she just wants us to understand that Melanie is the »

- Amanda Taylor

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The EW Popularity Index: Which 2012 movies had legs at the box office?

14 February 2013 12:54 PM, PST

There’s no arguing who won the 2012 box-office: The Avengers smashed the competition, making $623.4 million. The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games, Skyfall, and Breaking Dawn Part 2 also recorded blockbuster grosses, and the executives responsible for these hits can pat themselves on the backs for delivering the goods, which in these cases did not come cheap. The top 10 movies on last year’s box-office list cost, on average, more than $175 million each to produce — and that’s before a dime was spent on the marketing of a film and all the other fine-print considerations that eat into the profits.

But »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain to grace Oscar stage

14 February 2013 7:24 AM, PST

The Oscar list of star-studded presenters continues to grow with the addition of nominees Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence — who are not fighting with each other, mind you — and Argo’s Ben Affleck.

Affleck received an Oscar in 1997 for his work co-writing Good Will Hunting. Chastain was nominated last year for her supporting role in The Help, and Lawrence was nominated in 2010 for her leading role in Winter’s Bone. This year, Chastain and Lawrence are rivals in the Best Actress category, while Affleck’s film is the current frontrunner for Best Picture.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC on Feb. »

- Samantha Highfill

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'Breaking Dawn': Check out a behind-the-scenes photo of Bella and Edward's nightmare wedding -- Exclusive

14 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, EW has an exclusive photo from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1. It’s a behind-the-scenes pic of Edward and Bella’s “first” wedding — you know the one where everyone ends up dead, but it turns out to be just a dream. Romantic, right? Check out the image below, and click on it for a larger version!

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 Extended Edition and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 are out on Blu-ray and DVD March 2.

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- Denise Warner

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'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage joins 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

13 February 2013 7:05 PM, PST

A superhero always pays his debts.

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is joining the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer tweeted the news tonight, although he did not specify which character the actor would play.

While we’re of the mind that the charismatic 43-year-old could play any badass he put his mind to, there are a few Marvel mutant characters that would match his diminutive height.

One would be Puck, a strapping adventurer who found his physical stature shrunk by mystical forces — making him smaller, but no less of a forceful fighter.

But it’s unclear whether the character, »

- Anthony Breznican

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