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"Amazing Spider-Man 2" Nabs $47M Overseas

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Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opened in fourteen markets this weekend - including U.K., Spain, Germany, Belgium, Mexico and Australia - and has raked in $47 million thus far. In those territories, with the Easter holiday weekend and school holidays helping numbers, it's the biggest opening of the year.

The opening is on par with the first 'Amazing' and well above the recent "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" which itself passed the half billion mark at the global box-office this weekend. "Rio 2" is also soaring and passed $400 million worldwide this weekend.

Meanwhile Disney's "Frozen" has now surpassed "Ice Age: Continental Drift" in overseas markets to become the highest-grossing animated film of all time in international markets with $729.3 million. Add to that is its domestic total which is expected to cross $400 million next weekend.

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Panettiere Not Returning For "Heroes" Reboot?

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Word came earlier this year that NBC is set revive its "Heroes" franchise with the new mini-series "Heroes Reborn". Since its announcement, many have wondered how many of the original cast members will return.

Hayden Panettiere played cheerleader Claire Bennet on the series, the character appearing in more episodes than any other character on the show. Yet the actress remains just as in the dark as the rest of us regarding this reboot/follow-up.

Speaking with Cosmopolitan (via Cbm) recently, Panettiere indicated she's probably not going to be involved either way:

"Well, it was a shock to me. In fact, I believe I became privy to that through my cousin. She sent me a text message and told me about it, and, I mean, we had nothing, nothing to do with it; it will definitely be interesting to see how they reinvent that.

I think it's a whole new set of characters. »

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Is The "Bioshock" Movie Back On?

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A year ago it seemed the dream was over - plans for a film based on the highly acclaimed video game series "Bioshock" at Universal were dead according to Irrational Games co-founder Ken Levine. Now though, it looks like it may have new life at another studio.

Kotaku reports that Sony Pictures has registered three new web domains – bioshock-movie.com, bioshock-movie.net and bio-shock.net - which suggests they're interested in reviving the property.

It certainly isn't out of the question as the company is leading the charge to bring numerous video game properties to the big screen including "Uncharted," "Watch Dogs," "The Last of Us" and "Gran Turismo".

The first two games in the series take place in the city of Rapture, an underwater utopia built for unethical scientists. The third game, "Bioshock Infinite," took place in Columbia, a cloud city utopia for religious zealots. In both cases, these »

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"X-Men" WonderCon Details, Prof X Return?

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20th Century Fox was on hand at WonderCon in Anaheim today to deliver presentations for its upcoming Summer slate, one of them being "X-Men: Days of Future Past". The footage showcased was the same one played during the MTV Movie Awards, though goes a bit further and includes numerous deaths.

Producer Simon Kinberg was on stage to answer questions and said both the 'Days of Future Past' and 'Dark Phoenix' storylines were his favorite from the comics so it was important to get this right as: "we didn't do so well with Dark Phoenix. This film is our attempt to make up for the past."

Getting the time travel was a big element too: "It was the trickiest part of the screenplay. Everybody wanted to be as true to science as possible even though time travel's obviously not real. James Cameron actually gave us some advice and some evidence for how to do time travel. »

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"Batman Beyond" Animated Short Preview

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The other week we saw "Batman: Strange Days," an animated short celebrating the character's 75th Anniversary and inspired by the classic 1990s "Batman: The Animated Series".

Now, another has been created - this time inspired by the "Batman Beyond" animated series which ran from 1999-2001. Kevin Conroy and Will Friedle reprise their iconic voices for the short which will air after an episode of Teen Titans on Cartoon Network this Wednesday.

Yahoo have released a sneak peek below and it seems the short also pays tribute to various other Batman show from the Adam West era to the post-btas cartoons.

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Game News: Xbox, Ubisoft, Alien, Fables

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Xbox One

A limited edition, NFL-themed, silver Xbox One has been created but won't be available in stores. Only 50 of the limited series will be produced, the first will serve as the prize in a raffle being held next week by the Brees Dream Foundation. [Source: Cinema Blend]

Ubisoft

Despite only being on the scene for seven years with six major titles so far, the "Assassin's Creed" franchise is more popular than you might expect. Ubisoft's financial investor page (via Behind Games) has listed how many total physical and digital copies have been sold of their respective franchises. They are:

Assassin's Creed: 73 million

Just Dance: 48 million

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: 30 million

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: 26 million

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: 25 million

Petz: 24 million

Rayman: 25 million

Imagine: 21 million

Prince of Persia: 20 million

Driver: 19 million

Far Cry: 18 million

Rayman Raving Rabbids: 14 million

The Settlers: 10 million

The Experience: 9 million

Anno: 5 million. »

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Details On "Thrones" Post-Purple Wedding Ep

19 April 2014 1:05 PM, PDT

Spoilers Ahead For Last Sunday's "Game Of Thrones" S4 E2 Episode "The Lion And The Rose".

With the second episode of the fourth season ending with a much-talked about death, those involved in the HBO fantasy series say they have no plans to rest on their laurels just yet.

Director Alex Graves helmed both last week and this coming Sunday's episode and tells THR the upcoming episode will essentially serve to setup the rest of the season:

"Episode three is in part an aftermath episode, where you settle and everything takes a turn toward the second half of the season... Joffrey's death is a beginning. Ned Stark's death was not an end - it was a beginning. It's when the show began. All the deaths are like that, and Joffrey's is no different. Joffrey's death affects the show through to the climax."

Graves adds that the next episode also »

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"Heaven" Beats "Transcendence" At Box-Office

19 April 2014 1:01 PM, PDT

Christopher Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister makes his directorial debut on the sci-fi drama "Transcendence". Sadly the movie appears to have fizzled on opening both with critics and at the box-office.

Good Friday's box-office numbers are in and the high-profile, Johnny Depp-led film came in fourth with $4.8 million for the day and a disappointing 44/100 on Metacritic. Its three day total is expected to be around $12 million.

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and "Rio 2" are battling it out again for the top spot. The pair scored $9.6 million and $9.2 million respectively on Good Friday and so are likely to be neck-and-neck for the holiday weekend in the $23-25 million each range.

Coming in third is the faith-based "Heaven is for Real" which continues the profitable trend for religious movies lately at the U.S. box-office. It made $7.85 million on Good Friday and managed a 47/100 on Metacritic - the best of three new wide releases. »

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"Game of Thrones" Dragons Grow This Big

19 April 2014 10:10 AM, PDT

"A Song of Ice and Fire" author George R. R. Martin has posted an excerpt from his upcoming companion book "The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the World of Game of Thrones" on his official website.

What's most intriguing though is that it includes an illustration of the character Aegon the Conqueror riding on top of his dragon Balerion the Black Dread. The pic effectively demonstrates how big Daenerys Targaryen's continually growing dragons will get when they reach full adulthood.

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Berg Helming Hollywood Sex Abuse Doco

19 April 2014 10:09 AM, PDT

"West of Memphis" and "Deliver Us From Evil" documentary filmmaker Amy Berg has reportedly sought the involvement of 31-year-old Michael Egan for her upcoming documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood.

A source for The Daily Mail says that Berg's company Disarming Films reached out to Egan last week for his participation in the project which Berg has been working on for two years. According to their source:

"Just this week, I got a message from Disarming Films, a documentary film company working out of Los Angeles. They said they are making a documentary about a bunch of children molested by somebody in the film industry. I never contacted them back. They wanted videos and pictures of Michael and a few others he knew. The film company said they were working on numerous children, now adults, now coming forward about this."

Berg confirmed to the paper she is working on the documentary, »

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No "X-Men"/"Fantastic Four" Crossover

18 April 2014 9:46 PM, PDT

Earlier this week producer Avi Arad re-affirmed that there are no plans to crossover "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and its various spin-off films with any other Marvel universe movies like "The Avengers" at Marvel Studios or the "X-Men" films at 20th Century Fox.

Now, a 'well-placed source' for Schmoes Know says that rival Fox has no plans to merge its two big Marvel franchises - the "X-Men" movies and its upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot.

Their source claims Fox wants director Josh Trank's "Fantastic Four" reboot to stand on its own without any help from the X-Men mutants, and hopefully do well enough to warrant multiple sequels. Fox may consider a crossover down the road, but there are no plans for it in the near future.

Mark Millar, who is working for Fox as a consultant on their Marvel movies, previously said that both franchises exist in the same universe but will not cross over. »

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Avalanche Hits The Set Of "Everest"

18 April 2014 9:41 PM, PDT

Baltasar Kormakur's is currently filming his mountain climbing thriller "Everest" for Universal Pictures. The film deals with a 1996 incident when eight people were caught in a blizzard and died during an attempted ascent to the summit.

Principal photography with the main cast is currently underway at Pinewood Studios in London, but the second unit is currently filming on Mount Everest itself. Earlier today, an avalanche took place on the mountain which killed thirteen people - a wall of ice crashing into 'Base 2'.

At the time, the film crew was acclimating at the foot of the summit and thankfully suffered no fatalities or injuries due to the disaster. Seven NBC News staffers, there for the proposed Everest Jump Live next month, were also on site and unharmed.

Most of the fatalities are said to be climbers and sherpas. Several of the sherpas who were consulting on "Everest" rushed to the scene to help. »

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TV News: Outlander, Manhattan, Mad, Heart

18 April 2014 9:39 PM, PDT

Outlander

Starz has unveiled a new photo from its "Outlander" TV series showcasing clan leaders and brothers Dougal and Colum MacKenzie, played by Graham McTavish and Gary Lewis respectively. [Source: Facebook]

Manhattan

The first trailer has arrived for Wgn America's 13-episode scripted series "Manhattan" which premieres in July. John Benjamin Hickey, Daniel Stern, Olivia Williams, Ashley Zukerman and Rachel Brosnahan star.

The story follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families during the clandestine mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos.

Mad Men

The first DVR data for Mad Men's seventh and final season opener is in with the episode growing nearly 75% among adults 18-49 in Live+3 data.

Among total viewers the episode is up 62% to 3.7 million viewers, down 15% from the Live+3 ratings from last season's premiere. It's also estimated that 54% of the show's adult viewers 25-54 earn over $100,000 a year. [Source: The Live Feed]

Wormwood

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"Batman vs. Superman" Goes Early Overseas

18 April 2014 12:01 PM, PDT

The UK Film Distributor's Association website has announced a Friday April 29th 2016 release for the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" film, releasing it one week ahead of the United States of May 6th.

The early release overseas is no huge surprise. The April/May window has proven a boom time to open Hollywood blockbusters earlier overseas. It's going on right now with "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opening this week in several global markets to take advantage of both the Easter Holiday and school holidays currently happening in various countries. There's also extra pressure this year to go early before the World Cup shrinks the global filmgoing audience for a few weeks.

There's no word on Marvel's plans for the UK for "Captain America 3" and whether it will go a week or two earlier as well, but Marvel's "Iron Man" was the film that really began this trend and the studio has »

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"The Simpsons" Lego Episode Details

18 April 2014 11:11 AM, PDT

The first two photos have been released from the upcoming Lego-themed episode of "The Simpsons" scheduled to air on Fox on May 4th.

Co-executive producer Brian Kelley and executive producer Matt Selman, the two guys primarily responsible for the episode, spoke with EW about the challenge of the episode which began its gestation back in early 2012 - long before they knew about the recently released "The Lego Movie".

Due to the computer rendering, the episode was more "front-loaded" than usual and the script had to be done and set before the animation began. In terms of the look, it's said to be halfway between that of "The Lego Movie" and the Lego CGI cartoons. As for the actual plot?

"We thought it was cool to start off in the world of Lego and have all the characters think that this was their normal life. Then through a series of bizarre flashbacks, »

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Garfield's "Spider-Man" Will Never Crossover?

18 April 2014 10:51 AM, PDT

Keen to see Andrew Garfield's "The Amazing Spider-Man" character crossover with the X-Men or "The Avengers"? You'll be waiting a hell of a long time.

Producer Avi Arad, who has been attached to all five live-action "Spider-Man" films produced thus far, tells IGN that basically such a crossover will only happen after he's out of this franchise:

"I think I'm probably a little bit of the militant here. I think it will take a moment in which we've run out of ideas. There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about the Sinister Six. The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in.

We really feel very confident that we have so much to do. Peter Parker is unique; he's really different. He's not an Avenger. He's not an X-Man. He's unique and we revere that. And we'd rather work really »

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Jackie Chan Whips Out His "Dragon Blade"

18 April 2014 10:44 AM, PDT

Jackie Chan is set to star in Daniel Lee's 3D period action epic "Dragon Blade" for Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund, Sparkle Roll Cultural Media, Huayi Brothers Media and Shanghai Film Group.

The Han Dynasty-set epic features Chan playing the commander of the 'Protection Squad of the Western Regions'. The story is inspired by historical records of the Romans in the western provinces of ancient China.

An A-list Hollywood star is being sought for the role of a Roman general. A 3D IMAX release is planned for Chinese and international markets on Chinese New Year's Day next year - February 19th.

Second unit shooting is currently underway at Hengdian World Studios ahead of location filming in Dunhuang and the Gobi Desert.

Source: Screen »

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Latest PS4 vs. Xbox One Sales Figures

18 April 2014 10:36 AM, PDT

The Npd Group have announced video game sales figures through end of March which promptly led to both Microsoft and Sony issuing press releases this week as to how many Xbox One and PlayStation 4 units they've respectively sold.

Sony have announced that over 7 million PS4 units have been "sold through" to consumers, whereas Microsoft claims that over 5 million XB1 units have been "sold-in" to retailers.

"Sold through" is the name given to how many units have actually been sold to the public, whereas "sold-in" refers to how many have been shipped to retailers.

It's estimated that the Xbox One's likely "sold through" rate is in the low 4 million range. At the end of last year, 3.9 million XB1's had been "sold-in" but only 3.0 million had been "sold through". At that time, 4.2 million PS4's had been "sold through".

In terms of gaming, Microsoft's "Titanfall" came out ahead as the best-selling »

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History Meets Fantasy In "Marco Polo 3D"

18 April 2014 10:32 AM, PDT

Paramount Pictures and China Film Co Ltd are teaming for a big-budget 3D fantasy action film based on the life of explorer Marco Polo.

The adaptation will be based on the famed 13th century explorer's life but will swap out the traditional biographical elements for a fantasy action movie.

An "experienced action adventure director from the U.S." is expected to helm the film which will feature a top-tier cast from the U.S. and China. Shooting is planned to begin in October.

Source: Screen »

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Fassbender Talks "Macbeth," First Photos

17 April 2014 9:31 PM, PDT

The first photos are out of Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's upcoming film adaptation of the famed Shakespeare play by See-Saw Films.

The Daily Mail visited the film's set around Ely Cathedral, standing in for Dunsinane Castle, and spoke with Fassbender about how he intends to portray the Thane of Cawdor in this adaptation. The answer is quite interesting:

"He's suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. It makes total sense, when you think about it. Justin set the seed of the idea in my head.

This trauma is something we know about. In World War I they called it battle fatigue, and it was probably more horrific in Macbeth's days, when they were killing with their bare hands, and driving a blade through bodies.

He's having these hallucinations, and he needs to return to the violence to find some sort of clarity, »

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