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Box office preview: 'Mockingjay' to top 'Penguins of Madagascar' and 'Horrible Bosses 2'

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Two new films hit theaters this weekend—Penguins of Madagascar and Horrible Bosses 2—but they aren't likely to knock The Hunger Games out of the top spot. Not even cute birds and funny sequels can beat the power of the massive franchise—or the power of Jennifer Lawrence. Although The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 didn't do as well as previous Hunger Games films' opening weekends, it did open stronger than any other film this year with a weekend total of $121.9 million. And that alone sets it up for a strong second weekend, even up against two wide releases. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Meet Christian Grey's family in new 'Fifty Shades' photos

26 November 2014 1:24 PM, PST

Mr. Grey's family will see you now... The first Fifty Shades of Grey photos of Christian Grey's adoptive family were released today. Because nothing says Thanksgiving like the family-friendly Fifty Shades. The photos show "R.I.P" singer Rita Ora (in one, err, interesting wig) as Christian's sister, Mia Grey, Marcia Gay Harden as his mother, Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey, and Andrew Airlie as his father, Carrick Grey. Mark your calendars for the film's February 13 release date, and take a look at Mia above and mom and pops below:     »


- C. Molly Smith

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Chris Rock's Top Fives: The star of 'Top Five' ranks the best comedies, stand-ups, and movie cameos

26 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST

In his new movie, Top Five, out Dec. 5, Chris Rock plays a movie star whose already-fading career is about to crumble on the day he’s being interviewed by a savvy New York Times reporter ­(Rosario Dawson) about his comedy career, his ambitious new Oscar-bait movie about the Haitian revolution, and his imminent nuptials to a reality star. She accompanies him to his old neighborhood, where he and his friends kill time arguing about their top five rappers. “What are the normal ­conversations—not the contrived romantic-­comedy conversations—that happen when you get a bunch of old friends together? »


- Jeff Labrecque

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On that time 'Unbroken' star Jack O'Connell delivered a pizza... naked

26 November 2014 8:00 AM, PST

Unbroken, directed by Angelina Jolie, tells the true story of Louie Zamperini (Jack O'Connell)—who, among other things, survived 47 days adrift on a raft after his plane went down over the Pacific along with Russell Allen 'Phil' Phillips (Domhnall Gleeson) and Francis 'Mac' McNamara (Finn Wittrock). The actors went on an extreme diet for the two months before filming began, and found themselves with plenty to bond over once shooting got underway.  "The three of them were so hungry," says Jolie. "Every time I'd go and sit near them they were always talking about food." Gleeson says that they'd try »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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Kevin Smith to cameo in his own biopic

26 November 2014 7:52 AM, PST

Kevin Smith will make a cameo in the independent film celebrating his own rags-to-riches Hollywood story. Shooting Clerks is a crowd-sourced biopic of how Smith bankrolled his grainy $27,000 first film with maxed-out credit cards and became the darling of the Sundance Film Festival when Clerks debuted there in 1994. Smith gave the project his blessing when it was announced in February, and the filmmakers announced today that Smith will be part of the film. He'll also provide narration and play a small role as a Canadian reporter named Larkin Eve (an anagram for Real Kevin). The film, directed by Christopher Downie, »


- Jeff Labrecque

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EW gets down and dirty with the gang from 'Horrible Bosses 2'

26 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST

In 2011's Horrible Bosses, Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis), and Dale (Charlie Day) were hapless drones plotting revenge upon their sadistic overlords. But in the sequel (rated R, out Nov. 26), the trio go into business for themselves Their plans to mass-produce an all-in-one bathing apparatus—the Shower Buddy—go astray when a SkyMall-style marketer (Christoph Waltz) and his selfish son (Chris Pine) set them up for ruin. There's a kidnapping, a car chase, and the return of some familiar sinister faces: Kevin Spacey as the emasculating ex-boss, Jennifer Aniston as the sexually omnivorous dentist, and Jamie Foxx as "crime consultant" Motherf--er Jones. »


- Anthony Breznican

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Casting Net: John C. Reilly signs on for 'Les Cowboys'

25 November 2014 6:53 PM, PST

• John C. Reilly will star in Les Cowboys alongside Finnegan Oldfield and Francois Damiens. The film marks the feature debut of Rust and Bone scribe Thomas Bidegain. Bidegain co-wrote the script with Noé Debré. The story follows a father (Damiens) who, along with his son (Oldfield), goes in search for his missing daughter; she disappears after beginning to date a young, Muslim fundamentalist man. They turn to American headhunter (Reilly) for help. [Variety] • Sam Trammell (The Fault in Our Stars) has signed on for Three Generations. Gaby Dellal is directing the film, which stars Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning, and Susan Sarandon. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Jennifer Aniston chases pills with wine in 'Cake' trailer

25 November 2014 1:15 PM, PST

Jennifer Aniston is obsessed with Anna Kendrick in Cake—but not for the usual reasons. Aniston's character, Claire, has a problem with chronic pain and fixes that problem by taking pills. A lot of pills. She joins a therapy group full of others who experience chronic pain and becomes entranced with investigating one of the former group members, Nina (Anna Kendrick), who committed suicide. »


- Ariana Bacle

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Hacker group threatens to reveal Sony Pictures' 'top secrets'

25 November 2014 11:21 AM, PST

The Gop—not the Republican Party, but a group called Guardians of Peace—has hacked into Sony Pictures and is now threatening to reveal the company's secrets. Sony Pictures employees logged on to their work computers Monday only to find a desktop background featuring an image of an ominous red skeleton glaring back at them, according to an image obtained by Business 2 Community (above), along with a written warning: "We've obtained all your internal data including your secrets and top secrets," the note says. "If you don't obey us, we'll release data shown below to the world." »

- Ariana Bacle

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'Birdman' leads Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

25 November 2014 10:58 AM, PST

Birdman scored six Independent Spirit Award nominations, the most of any film, when the nods were announced today, but for the most part the Spirit Awards spread the love around. Boyhood, Nightcrawler, and Selma each got five nominations, while Whiplash, a source of buzz since its debut at Sundance, received four. Though most of these films have Oscar hopes, the Spirit Awards have also honor films that haven't made much headway in the awards conversation, despite critical praise. For instance, the John Lithgow-Alfred Molina film Love Is Strange was nominated for Best Feature, and received four other nominations, »


- Esther Zuckerman

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Can you beat the clock and solve the famous 'Imitation Game' crossword puzzle?

25 November 2014 9:33 AM, PST

In The Imitation Game, the World War II thriller about the top-secret braintrust that raced the clock to crack the German Enigma code, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) has an unusual technique to recruit high-iq talent: a crossword puzzle. In 1942, he published a particularly difficult puzzle in the London Daily Telegraph, and invited those who could complete it in 12 minutes or less to apply for a job with his mysterious government outfit. One of those who passed the test was Joan Clarke, played by Keira Knightley. »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Michelle MacLaren signs on to direct 'Wonder Woman'

24 November 2014 3:34 PM, PST

The most famous female superhero in the world is getting a female director. EW has confirmed the news, originally revealed by the Hollywood Reporter, that Michelle MacLaren has signed on to develop the Wonder Woman solo film. The character will first appear in 2017's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will introduce Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman alongside Ben Affleck's Batman, Henry Cavill's Superman, and various other superheroes we're too busy to list. Wonder Woman is currently slated for a June 2017 release. »


- Darren Franich

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(Updated) Find out where to watch the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' trailer this weekend

24 November 2014 11:21 AM, PST

Second Update: Disney officially unveiled a list of theaters that will screen The Force Awakens trailer this weekend. Phoenix, Arizona-Harkins, Tempe Marketplace Los Angeles, California-amc, Century City Los Angeles, California-El Capitan Irvine, California-Regal, Spectrum Irvine 21 San Francisco, California-amc, Metreon 16 San Jose, California-Cinemark, Oakridge 20 San Diego, California-Regal, Mira Mesa 18 Toronto, Canada-cpx, Younge & Dundas Vancouver, Canada-cpx, Riverport Denver, Colorado-amc, Westminster 24 Washington, D.C.-AMC, Tyson's Corner 16 Miami, Florida-Carmike-Parisan 20 Atlanta, Georgia-Regal, Atlantic Station Chicago, Illinois-Regal, City North Boston, Massachusetts-amc, Boston Commons 19 Detroit, Michigan-Cinemark, Showcase 20 Minneapolis, Minnesota-amc, Southdale Kansas City, Missouri-amc, Studio 30 New York, New York-amc, Lincoln Square 13 New York, New York-Regal, Union Square 14 Cleveland, »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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Frank Grillo talks Crossbones' return in 'Captain America: Civil War'

24 November 2014 10:44 AM, PST

Frank Grillo's role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened a big door. Although he was only in about half an hour of the film, there's already rampant speculation about his return as the villainous Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War. And no one's more pumped about it than Grillo, who loves the character. “[Winter Soldier] was only a taste of what’s to come with the next film, and I couldn’t be more humbled and excited,” Grillo said. “They just kind of called and said, ‘What kind of shape are you in? We’re going to need a body scan. »


- Samantha Highfill

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This is what Angelina Jolie does when she's nervous

24 November 2014 10:03 AM, PST

Angelina Jolie really, really, really wanted to direct Unbroken, the adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestseller. It's the true story of Louie Zamperini, the son of Italian immigrants who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and fought in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, when his plane went down over the Pacific. He survived the crash and spent 37 days adrift on a raft before Japanese troops took him to a Pow camp. There, he endured more than two years of near-relentless brutality. He survived that too, and went on both to forgive his captors and to run »


- Sara Vilkomerson

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'Pan' First Look: Hugh Jackman sports a very twirlable mustache as the villainous Blackbeard

24 November 2014 6:00 AM, PST

Hugh Jackman is indeed playing a villainous pirate in the upcoming Peter Pan origin story from Warner Bros., but here’s the hook: He’s not Hook. Pan (out July 17) takes the J.M. Barrie mythos and shuffles the deck, outfitting Jackman with a flying ship and a diabolical Vandyke as the dreaded pirate Blackbeard, whose men have been kidnapping young wartime orphans—including a certain Peter (Levi Miller, left)—from their beds. Meanwhile, Captain Hook is neither a captain nor behooked, but played by Garrett Hedlund as a dashing Indiana Jones-like figure. Says director Joe Wright, “This isn’t exactly the Neverland story you know. »


- Keith Staskiewicz

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