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Box office report: 'Fury' reaps $23.5 million in a successful debut

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Fury flattened all other movies in wide release and is projected to take in around $23 million in its debut weekend in theaters. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II action-drama, set largely within the cramped confines of an M4 Sherman tank rolling across Nazi Germany, comes in at the lower end of pre-release audience tracking expectations. But it caps off a recent run of cinematic success for Pitt (a producer of the multiple Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and star of last year’s sci-fi disaster hit World War Z). Fury also features Michael Peña, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman »


- Chris Lee

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Box office update: 'Fury' takes in nearly $9 million Friday

18 October 2014 10:19 AM, PDT

Brad Pitt’s World War II tank thriller Fury blew away the competition in its Friday debut, racking up $8.8 million at the box office and handily ending Gone Girl’s two-week run as the No. 1 movie in the country. The animated kids’ flick The Book of Life, meanwhile, showed a strong pulse in its first day in wide release, tallying $4.9 million. And the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tearjerker The Best of Me opened to a lackluster $4.1 million Friday, on track to come up short of pre-release expectations for its opening weekend. Fury rolls into multiplexes with an A- Cinemascore »


- Chris Lee

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Casting Net: James Cosmo joins 'Tomorrow;' the Coen brothers' 'Hail, Caesar!' rounds out cast

17 October 2014 6:43 PM, PDT

• Game of ThronesJames Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese's long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety] • Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail, »


- C. Molly Smith

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Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix team up for 'Virunga' documentary

17 October 2014 6:08 PM, PDT

Netflix is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio for another film that will be released simultaneously in theaters and on the online streaming service. Described as "part investigative journalism and part nature documentary," Virunga follows a group of park rangers in Africa's oldest national park as they try to protect endangered gorillas from poachers and militia. DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the documentary, which will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 7, the same day it will be released on Netflix. Appian Way Productions is also producing. "Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are »


- Emily Blake

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Jason Schwartzman gets acerbic in this 'Listen Up Philip' clip

17 October 2014 4:05 PM, PDT

Director Alex Ross Perry takes a chainsaw to the tweedy highbrow literary scene and the toxic men who inhabit it in Listen Up Philip. Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) is one of those fully realized personalities. A successful novelist awaiting the publication of his second book, Philip is at turns cripplingly insecure and a megalomaniac who's unafraid to alienate and offend. In this exclusive clip, you'll see Philip meeting up with an ex early in the film. With the droll, unflinching narration (from Eric Bogosian), and bristly intelligent humor, it's an indicative sample of the belligerent arrogance Philip displays throughout »


- Lindsey Bahr

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Nicolas Cage joins Paul Schrader's protest against the film they made together

17 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT

Paul Schrader, the Taxi Driver screenwriter and director of last year's Lindsey Lohan un-comeback The Canyons, has lost his battle to release his version of Dying of the Light. A trailer for the action thriller—which stars Nicolas Cage as a CIA veteran who's diagnosed with dementia but remains determined to hunt down the terrorist he thought he'd killed years ago—debuted on Wednesday, and it's officially slated for release on Dec. 5. The trailer proudly advertises itself as a Paul Schrader film, but he claims that the producers took the film away from him during the editing process. Despite being »


- Jeff Labrecque

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'Birdman' composer reveals how he made the film's crazy, drum-heavy soundtrack

17 October 2014 1:33 PM, PDT

Birdman greets theatergoers today, and it does so with a score that sounds not unlike two hours of silverware tumbling down a staircase. (In the best way.) Director Alejandro González Iñárritu and sound designer Martín Hernández opted for a soundtrack composed almost entirely of percussion to amp up film's tension and give them greater flexibility with pacing. The man they recruited to make those noises was multiple-Grammy winning jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez, who worked closely with the pair as he riffed and clanged his way through the movie's sonic backdrop. He explained to EW how the score came together. Getting »


- Neil Janowitz

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Scream Factory to release Clive Barker's 'Lord of Illusions' on Blu-ray

17 October 2014 12:51 PM, PDT

Those who appreciate the various macabre and/or fantastical works of author, artist, and auteur Clive Barker are having a happy Halloween, thanks to horror imprint Scream Factory releasing the "Director's Cut" of his 1990 film, Nightbreed. And it looks like they're going to have a terrifyingly terrific Christmas as well. Scream Factory announced today that on Dec. 16, it will release a collector's edition Blu-ray of Barker's third—and so far final—film as director, 1995's Lord of Illusions. The 2-disc set will include both the theatrical version of the film and a director's cut, a commentary from Barker, deleted scenes, »


- Clark Collis

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'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' director on love, loss, and The Beatles

17 October 2014 12:46 PM, PDT

Eleanor Rigby (Jessica Chastain) does disappear in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, but that's not necessarily the film's focus: Ned Benson's directorial debut is instead a look at how a couple (Chastain and James McAvoy) grieves after a shared tragedy and what happens to their relationship in the process. Benson wrote the first script 10 years ago and gave it to Chastain to take a look. She pointed out major holes in Eleanor's story, so Benson took action by writing another script focusing on Eleanor's point of view that would later be called Her. Now, the film exists in three parts: Her, »


- Ariana Bacle

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Despite slumping box office, movie ticket prices continue to rise in third quarter

17 October 2014 11:39 AM, PDT

Much has been made of 2014's lagging box-office results, but that hasn't stopped theater owners from charging a premium for a seat this summer. Nato, or the National Association of Theater Owners, released data about ticket prices in 2014's third quarter, and compared to last year at the same time, prices were actually up. For the months of July, August and September, the average ticket price was $8.08, which is a bit above 2013's $7.84 price at the same time. The number is down from the second quarter's average price in 2014, however, which came in at $8.38. The rise in relation to last »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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Film festivals divided on whether to show Stephen Collins short film, 'Penance'

17 October 2014 11:14 AM, PDT

After news broke that Stephen Collins is under investigation for child molestation, the focus turned to the short film Penance directed by Jeff Wolfe, which centers on the ideas of abuse and forgiveness, and depicts Collins as a pedophile priest. EW has confirmed that The Starz Denver Film Festival has chosen not to include the film in their festival line-up as previously scheduled, due to the allegations surrounding Collins. The Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival and the Ojai Film Festival will continue to show the film as scheduled. The film had been scheduled to show at the La Indie Film Festival on Oct. »


- Teresa Jue

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George Romero's son crowdsourcing 'Night of the Living Dead' prequel

17 October 2014 10:47 AM, PDT

We know what happened after the events depicted in George Romero's classic 1968 zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead, thanks to the director's string of sequels, including 1978's Dawn of the Dead and 1985's Day of the Dead. But what happened before Barbra and Johnny made that doomed cemetery visit? It is a question Romero's son, Cameron, hopes to answer in a Night of the Living Dead prequel called Origins, an Indiegogo campaign for which was launched today. The younger Romero is hoping to raise $150,000 for a film which, according to the official synopsis, will detail how a brilliant »


- Clark Collis

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Critical Mass: Michael Keaton takes flight in 'Birdman'

17 October 2014 10:31 AM, PDT

Michael Keaton was the first movie actor to say, "I'm Batman." In 1989, Keaton defied the skeptics who'd shrieked when Tim Burton cast him as the Caped Crusader when Batman became a blockbuster, laying the groundwork for the future of superhero franchises and, hence, Hollywood. But after a popular sequel, Keaton hung up the cape, and despite some memorable performances since then—The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys—he's never found another role with either the depth or profile of Batman. Until now, perhaps. In Birdman, Keaton plays someone we immediately identify—even if he claims he does not. Riggan »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Guillermo del Toro is planning 'Pacific Rim 2' with 'Pacific Rim 3' in mind

17 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT

Guillermo del Toro is always thinking of his next project, and as he completes work on his 2015 film Crimson Peak,  the director is creating Pacific Rim 2 with a third installment already in mind. In an interview with Collider, del Toro laid out the current schedule for Pacific Rim 2's production. The script's first draft is in, and pre-production will begin in August or September of 2015. Del Toro promises he is going in a "very different direction" from the first film, which includes the decision to focus on only select characters in the sequel. Speaking to the film's focus, »


- Jonathon Dornbush

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The stars of 'Interstellar' get quizzed on all things outer space in 'True or False'

17 October 2014 9:00 AM, PDT

Interstellar is a space odyssey. Onscreen, its stars—Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain—are enveloped in this world, but how strong is their intergalactic knowledge offscreen? Entertainment Weekly tested the actors' knowledge with a pop quiz at its cover shoot, asking a number of true/false questions: Do astronauts grow taller in space? Are black holes really black? See if you can keep up with Christopher Nolan's crew. »


- C. Molly Smith

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Robert Redford in early talks for Disney's 'Pete's Dragon' remake

17 October 2014 8:11 AM, PDT

Robert Redford is in discussions to join Disney's remake of the 1977 classic children's film Pete's Dragon, sources confirm to EW. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news. The remake will traverse from the original film's setting, a 20th century fishing village, to a logging community. In the remake, the titular Pete is raised by Elliot the dragon after his parents die in a car accident. Ain't Them Bodies Saints helmer David Lowery is set to direct the remake, along with Boardwalk Empire's Oakes Fegley playing Pete. Redford is in talks to play a local who tells tales about the dragons, »


- Teresa Jue

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Queen Latifah to host the Hollywood Film Awards

17 October 2014 7:51 AM, PDT

No stranger to awards with an Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globes nomination (and win) under her belt, Queen Latifah is set to host the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, CBS announced Friday. "Queen Latifah is the real deal," said Jack Sussman, CBS' executive vice president of specials, music and live events, in a statement. "She is a triple threat—she can act, she can sing, she can dance—she is beloved by audiences across multiple genres and she entertains millions of people every day." For her part, Latifah said she is "honored to be part of a legendary award show, »


- Lindsey Bahr

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'August: Osage County' actress Misty Upham dead at 32

17 October 2014 7:30 AM, PDT

After a body was found in Auburn, Washington yesterday—eight days after actress Misty Upham was reported missing—a family spokeswoman has confirmed the body to be that of the 32-year-old actress. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the body was found by Upham's family and friends during a search of the area. Local filmmaker Tracy Rector, a friend of Upham's, said that the Auburn Police Department was less than helpful in the search process: "The family wants everyone to know that the Auburn police did not help with this situation at all," she told THR. "They refused to help. When she disappeared on Oct. »


- Samantha Highfill

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See the trailer for the Penn State scandal documentary 'Happy Valley'

17 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT

The Penn State football team is off to a 4-2 start this season, and more than 100,000 fans will file into Beaver Stadium next week when their beloved Nittany Lions take on their rivals from Ohio State. James Franklin is Penn State's first-year head coach—but he still operates in the shadow of the late, legendary Joe Paterno, who raised Penn State to national prominence during his 62 years with the university's football program. Paterno infamously was forced out in 2011 after a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was accused of sexually abusing children. Questions remain whether Paterno could or should have done »


- Jeff Labrecque

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Behind the scenes of the 'Interstellar' EW cover shoot with Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain

16 October 2014 10:00 PM, PDT

Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, and Jessica Chastain shared a few Interstellar tidbits behind the scenes of the EW cover shoot for this week's issue—namely, how they can't really talk about what the movie's about. Interstellar centers around a four-person crew who seek a new home for humankind for an environmentally ravaged Earth. The widowed Cooper (McConaughey) leaves behind two children to lead the crew and traverse through a wormhole, going beyond the limits of human discovery in space. Watch the trio talk about keeping a tight lip on Interstellar details, how McConaughey jokes about making up "all kinds of bullsh-, »


- Teresa Jue

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