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Box office report: 'Captain America' crosses $200 million in its third week

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It’s a great day to be a Marvel superhero: Captain America: The Winter Soldier took the No. 1 spot for the third weekend in a row, earning $26.61 million this holiday weekend, allowing it to cross that magical $200 million finish line. For comparison’s sake, this sequel — directed by Anthony and Joe Russo — has already outearned 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger, which ended its run with $176.65 million.

What’s the real takeaway from all this? That for all the idle chatter of audience superhero fatigue, no one is going to be putting away the spandex just yet. It will be »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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'The Hateful Eight': Quentin Tarantino says he's still working on the film

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The Hateful Eight isn’t dead after all.

Quentin Tarantino vowed to kill the project – a Wyoming-set, post-Civil War western — when the script was leaked in January.

“I’m going to publish it , and that’s it for now,” the director said at the time. “I give out to six people, and if I can’t trust them to that degree, then I have no desire to make it. I’ll publish it. I’m done. I’ll move on to the next thing. I’ve got 10 more where that came from.”

But at an all-star reading of The Hateful Eight script on Saturday, »

- Amber Ray

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New 'Godzilla' trailer: See the monster roar -- Video

19 April 2014 10:50 AM, PDT

Legendary and Warner Bros. having been offering teases for the new Godzilla film for months, but we haven’t gotten a good look at the latest incarnation of the monster itself — until now.

In a TV spot unveiled Friday, the headliner makes a glorious appearance, unleashing that iconic Godzilla roar. Oh, and there’s tons of people fleeing the destruction the monster leaves in its nuclear disaster-tinged wake. Take a look:

Godzilla stars Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Ken Watanabe. The film hits theaters May 16. »

- Amber Ray

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Box office update: 'Captain America 2' brings in a heroic $9.57 million on Friday

19 April 2014 10:01 AM, PDT

Apparently, it’s hard to keep a good soldier (and movie!) down: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in an estimated $9.57 million for Disney/Marvel on Friday night, keeping it in the top spot for its third week in release. The movie — directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans as the ever-likeable Steve Rogers — has been well-received by critics and audiences (it has an A Cinemascore) and is on pace to cross the magic $200 million mark this weekend.

Another holdover from a previous weekend, Rio 2 — which sees those chatty blue macaws (voiced by Anne Hathaway and »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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Casting Net: Max Greenfield to star in dramedy 'Hello My Name Is Doris'; Plus more

18 April 2014 5:26 PM, PDT

New Girl’s Max Greenfield will reunite with They Came Together co-writer David Wain for his upcoming comedic drama Hello My Name Is Doris. According to Greenfield, who spoke to The Wrap about the upcoming project, the film will focus on Doris, an older woman who must start anew after her mother passes on. When Doris meets a younger man, she believes him to be the answer to finding a new life for herself in the city. [The Wrap]

• Ronnie Gene Belvins (Joe) has joined the cast of Phil Claydon’s (Vampire Killers) upcoming genre film Crawlspace. Belvins will play Ray Walsh, »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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'Animal': Horror film's first full trailer and poster -- Exclusive Video

18 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

“For me it is a classic horror film in the sense that there is screaming, and it’s gory, and the killings are so amazing,” says rapper and actress Eve about her new film, Animal. Well, that does tick many of the crucial horror film boxes.

In addition to Eve, Animal stars Keke Palmer, Amaury Nolasco, Parker Young, Joey Lauren Adams, Elizabeth Gillies, Paul Iacono, Thorsten Kaye, and Jeremy Sumpter, and concerns a group of friends being pursued by a blood-thirsty predator. The film is directed by Brett Simmons (The Monkey’s Paw) and written by Thommy Hutson (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy »

- Clark Collis

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Tribeca Film Festival: Husband-wife duo Ryan Piers Williams and America Ferrera team up for 'X/Y'

18 April 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Despite the age-old trend of real-life couples teaming up for films, actor/director Ryan Piers Williams insists that wife America Ferrera wasn’t the obvious choice as the lead for his film X/Y.

“I didn’t write the role with her in mind, and I didn’t know whether I wanted to cast her, honestly,” says Williams of his second feature film, following 2010’s The Dry Land. “When America expressed interest in playing the role, I was really surprised and excited by that.”

Ferrera — who recently starred in biopic Chavez – adds that when her husband of nearly three years »

- Nina Terrero

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Alice Cooper is 'Super Duper' in new Tribeca documentary -- Exclusive Video

18 April 2014 8:05 AM, PDT

Before Alice Cooper the shock-rocker of the 1970s, there was Alice Cooper the band. And before Alice Cooper the band, there was Vincent Furnier. The son and grandson of Christian ministers, Furnier was an aspiring artist who idolized Salvador Dalí. But once the Beatles showed him that rock and roll was an even greater canvas, he embarked on a long, strange trip of a career that would make him loved and loathed, but impossible to ignore. “We were all art majors, and the Beatles came along and gave us a vehicle, and the vehicle was rock and roll,” says Cooper, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Steven Spielberg joins religious drama 'The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara'

18 April 2014 7:57 AM, PDT

Steven Spielberg’s already-full plate just got a little more crowded: The celebrated director is currently developing a religious drama titled The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara.

Spielberg may not direct the drama, according to Variety – but he does plan to have a hand in producing. The Oscar winner is currently wrapped up in two potential projects that may take precedence over Edgardo: Robopocalypse and another historical drama, Montezuma.

The film would be co-produced by DreamWorks and the Weinstein Co and the script, based on David Kertzer’s nonfiction book, comes from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner. Kertzer’s book tells »

- Andrea Towers

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'The Immigrant': Marion Cotillard finds hardship in America -- Video

18 April 2014 7:07 AM, PDT

Marion Cotillard plays a Polish immigrant who comes to America full of hope — and stays as a prostitute — in The Immigrant. 1920s America: what a time!

The film, directed by James Gray, was met with glowing reviews at the 2013 Cannes festival. It follows the story of Cotillard’s Ewa, who struggles to find the American dream while working for a pimp (Joaquin Phoenix) as a magician (Jeremy Renner) tries to help set her free.

The Immigrant comes out May 16. Watch the trailer below: »

- Ariana Bacle

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Facebook campaign asks for crew boycott as 'Midnight Rider' production resumes

18 April 2014 6:41 AM, PDT

A new Facebook campaign urging crew in the Los Angeles area to boycott work on Midnight Rider has launched just days after news broke that the film would resume production, following an on-set train crash that killed assistant camera operator Sarah Jones in February.

The page — titled “I Refuse to work on Midnight Rider! For Sarah!!!” — asks for L.A.-based crew to boycott work on the Gregg Allman biopic. The group page, created on April 15, now includes more than 1,000 members.

“This group is for people who Refuse to work on the show that was responsible for the death of Sarah Jones. »

- Nina Terrero

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Wally Lamb's 'Wishin' and Hopin' is headed to the big screen

18 April 2014 4:17 AM, PDT

For the first time ever, Wally Lamb is getting the big screen treatment! Lamb’s bestseller Wishin’ and Hopin’ is being made into a feature film set to shoot in Connecticut this summer.

With a screenplay written by John Doolan, Wishin’ and Hopin’ is a Christmas story set in the 1960s in the fictional town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, and more specifically, St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School. The book follows a young boy, Felix, as he attends Catholic school and learns about life and culture from a Russian student and a substitute teacher, among others.

The film will be directed by Colin Theys. »

- Samantha Highfill

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Clint Eastwood's 'Jersey Boys' trailer: The rise and fall of the Four Seasons -- Video

17 April 2014 5:47 PM, PDT

Beloved Broadway musical Jersey Boys gets the big-screen treatment this summer, and the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s film adaption of the Tony winner aims to tell the story of the rise and fall of the hit 1960s quartet the Four Seasons. Watch the trailer below:

Fans of the hit Broadway musical will no doubt recognize some familiar faces among the cast: Eastwood tapped Broadway castmember and Tony winner John Lloyd Young to play Franki Valli. Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda, both of whom performed in various tours of the musical, play Bob Gaudio and Nick Massi, while Boardwalk Empire »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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Casting Net: Michael B. Jordan to star in CIA thriller 'Men Who Kill'; Plus, Chris Pine, more

17 April 2014 5:38 PM, PDT

• Fantastic Four’s Michael B. Jordan has signed on to star in Twentieth Century Fox’s Men Who Kill. Specific details for the film are being kept tightly under wraps, but the upcoming project is being described as a “CIA thriller.” [Deadline]

Star Trek’s Chris Pine is in talks to star in Disney’s upcoming period drama The Finest Hours. Directed by Million Dollar Arm’s Craig Gillespie, the upcoming drama is based on the true story of how two oil tankers and their crews got caught in the middle of a Nor’easter storm that hit the New England »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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Joss Whedon's 'In Your Eyes': Watch the gripping first three minutes before Tribeca -- Exclusive Video

17 April 2014 2:27 PM, PDT

Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Avengers) puts a supernatural twist on the timeless boy-meets-girl storyline for In Your Eyes, which he wrote and executive produced. Now, you can watch the first three minutes of the film before it premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend.

Starring Zoe Kazan (Ruby Sparks) and Michael Stahl-David (Cloverfield), In Your Eyes takes place in the winter and tells the story of Rebecca, a soft-spoken doctor’s wife living on the East Coast, and Dylan, an ex-con struggling to make a fresh start in New Mexico, who somehow find themselves inexplicably and metaphysically connected. »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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Box office preview: Johnny Depp's 'Transcendence' heads for an Earth-bound debut

17 April 2014 1:43 PM, PDT

Johnny Depp is back in theaters this weekend for the first time since last summer’s The Lone Ranger – but his $100 million sci-fi thriller Transcendence isn’t the only movie with a shot at the box office crown. There’s strong competition from both last week’s champ Captain America: Winter Soldier and the animated Rio 2, which could get an additional boost from kids who aren’t school-bound on Good Friday. The inspirational Heaven Is for Real and the profane A Haunted House 2 are also in the running.

Here’s how the weekend could go:

1. Rio 2 »

- Adam Markovitz

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Director Zack Parker on his unforgettable thriller 'Proxy'

17 April 2014 1:37 PM, PDT

Seeing director Zack Parker’s new thriller Proxy will undoubtedly represent two of the most unforgettable hours you spend in the cinema this year — if, that is, you can get past the first five minutes. In the film, Alexia Rasmussen plays a heavily pregnant woman named Esther who loses her baby as the result of a brutal beating, which takes place in the aforementioned opening minutes, and subsequently befriends another bereaved mother called Melanie (Alexa Havins) at a grief support group. But is Melanie quite what she seems? And, for that matter, is Esther?

We can’t tell you any »

- Clark Collis

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Patrick Stewart has a secret past in Tribeca movie 'Match' -- Exclusive Video

17 April 2014 12:05 PM, PDT

In Match, which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18, Patrick Stewart plays a renowned former dancer and Juilliard teacher, who welcomes the opportunity to tell old stories when a graduate student (Carla Gugino) and her husband (Matthew Lillard) arrange an interview for her dissertation on contemporary-dance history. But their conversation soon shifts and becomes more tense, as it becomes clear that the couple has ulterior motives for tracking him down.

Stephen Belber adapted his 2004 Broadway play — which starred Frank Langella in the lead role — and directed the film, which sticks to the strong three-character dynamic that was the basis of the play. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Tribeca Film Festival: Leighton Meester has no barriers in 'Life Partners' -- Exclusive Video

17 April 2014 10:46 AM, PDT

When Leighton Meester signed on to the Bff dramedy Life Partners, she never imagined she’d try something Blair Waldorf would never even consider: going off script.

“What you see is mostly improvised,” explains Meester, who stars as underachieving lesbian Sasha in the film directed by Susanna Fogel and written by Joni Lefkowitz. “I hadn’t had a lot of experience with free-for-all improvisation, but I felt that trying new things was really fun and helped make me feel more connected to the character. She is flawed, and that’s what I related to most.”

As Sasha, Meester wears frumpy clothes, »

- Nina Terrero

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Oscars set dates for 2015 award season

17 April 2014 10:18 AM, PDT

Mark your calendars, Oscar-watchers.

After a slightly later presentation this year due to the Winter Olympics, the 2015 Academy Awards telecast has returned to its usual domain on Sunday, Feb. 22 of next year.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made the announcement today, along with a list of other significant dates that form the backbone of backslapping season.

The Governors Awards — the Academy’s presentation of honorary Oscars, Saturday, November 8, 2014

Screen Credits — the deadline for submissions is set for Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Nominations voting begins — ballots can be submitted starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014

Nominations voting ends — ballots are due by 5 p. »

- Anthony Breznican

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