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Box Office Report: 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' and 'Frozen' Break Thanksgiving Records

1 December 2013 2:21 PM, PST

Here are your five-day Thanksgiving box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $110.1 million 2. Frozen - $93.0 million 3. Thor: The Dark World - $19.7 million 4. The Best Man Holiday - $11.1 million 5. Homefront - $9.7 million 6. Delivery Man - $9.6 million 7. The Book Thief - $6.4 million 8. Black Nativity - $5.0 million 9. Philomena - $4.6 million 10. Last Vegas - $3.8 million   The Big Stories Anyone who wavered last weekend thinking The Hunger Games Deux was only a marginal success story given its slight increase in attendance over the original certainly has more to write about on the positive side this week (not that they shouldn't have been writing positively about Catching Fire's success in...

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- Erik Childress

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'Fast and Furious' Star Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash

30 November 2013 8:57 PM, PST

TMZ and several other sources are reporting tonight that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker died Saturday afternoon when his Porsche slammed into an object described as either a "post or a tree." The actor was in Santa Clara, California for a car show and was being driven around by friend/business partner Roger Rodas when the accident took place, according to the site. It's very much still a developing story. Walker is best known as one of the leaders of the Fast and Furious franchise, where he played Brian O'Conner. The next Fast and Furious movie, due out July 11, 2014, is still completing its production. Walker was great at playing that flawed action hero; the damaged heartthrob. He's a huge presence and his absence will no doubt be...

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- Erik Davis

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Best of the Week: Jake Gyllenhaal Interviewed, 'Jack Ryan' Previewed, 'Frozen' Reviewed and More

29 November 2013 7:00 PM, PST

Features, Reviews and Interviews Jake Gyllenhaal: "I Feel Like I've Just Begun My Career" by Erik Davis We Preview 'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Footage, Plus: Chris Pine on Why Harrison Ford's Version Was Boring by Alex Suskind Infographic: Original vs. Remake -- Which Does Better at the Box Office? by Nick DeSantis The 'Fast & Furious 6' Blu-ray Has a Scene from 'Fast & Furious 7' That Raises the Stakes Big Time by Peter Hall 'The Signal' Director Jacob Gentry on Moving from Horror to Sci-fi for the Band Broken Bells and Beyond by Peter Hall How 'Supergirl' Changed Thanksgiving at the Movies by Matthew Kiernan Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Mandela: Long Walk to...

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- Peter Hall

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The Best -- and Worst -- Movie Trailers of the Week

29 November 2013 6:00 PM, PST

If you’re still feeling the effects of your Thanksgiving food coma, you’re in luck! It’s time to sit back, relax, indulge in the top trailers that hit this holiday week and get a quick laugh at the expense of those that didn’t make the cut. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar earned some major cute points courtesy of its adorable, high-flying stars, but three other promos offered up a little bit more to be thankful for.   The Best Stuff   1. The Boxtrolls Perhaps someone should make a movie about stop-motion animation artists because the latest trailer for The Boxtrolls is downright mesmerizing. Rather than focus on the finished product, this new promo offers a look behind the scenes, showing off the astounding amount of time, precision and heart...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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The Schmoes Know Movie Show: The Top 5 Disney Princesses

29 November 2013 4:30 PM, PST

  Who are the Schmoes, and what exactly do they know? The Schmoes are a couple of regular guys, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, who--like you--are the people for whom movies are made. Each week, we're posting brand new video from the Schmoes that'll give their spin on a given movie topic. Watch previous episodes of The Schmoes Know Movie Show here. This week, in honor of Disney's Frozen, the Schmoes count down their picks for the top five Disney princesses. Did they include your favorites? Watch below.                  More From Around The Web:                 ZergNet (function() { var zergnet...

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- Movies.com

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You're Old: 'Mrs. Doubtfire' Came Out 20 Years Ago This Week

29 November 2013 3:34 PM, PST

Over the course of his 35-year career, Robin Williams has been loathed by audiences about as often as he's been loved by them. For every Dead Poets Society and The Birdcage, there's been a Jack and a Toys. He's in our good graces again now with the TV series The Crazy Ones (ceaseless patter consisting of random vocal impersonations will never go out of style), just in time for the 20th anniversary of his biggest hit: Mrs. Doubtfire. Yes, it's been 20 years since Thanksgiving 1993, that fabled week when Doubtfire Fever took hold on America. Twenty years! If Mrs. Doubtfire were a real person, she would almost certainly be dead now. And if you saw Mrs. Doubtfire in theaters, You're Old®. Mrs. Doubtfire was a smash hit, the number-two film of...

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- Eric D. Snider

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Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess These Movies Released on Past Thanksgivings?

29 November 2013 3:00 PM, PST

Prepare to stuff your eyeballs, kids, because it's time for a rather festive Poster-Crop Quiz. In honor of Thanksgiving, we have gathered 10 posters from films released on the holiday in years past. Well, technically they don't really release films On Thanksgiving, but rather the day before. Therefore it's doubly fitting that we present this quiz on Thanksgiving Eve. See if you can identify all 10 posters from the carved-up images below and serve up your guesses in the comment section below. The first person to correctly name all the posters will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. It won't burn off all the calories from the imminent turkey and trimmings, but it should keep you extra warm as you slip into the annual food coma. I actually thought it...

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- Brian Salisbury

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The Last Horror Blog: 8 Creepy Books That Would Make Great Movies

29 November 2013 1:30 PM, PST

Welcome to The Last Horror Blog, a biweekly column on all things horror. Hollywood may be mostly interested in rebooting and remaking popular horror films these days, but some of the genre’s best titles were actually adaptations based on books and short stories. The Haunting (the 1963 original) was a film version of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby were both inspired by the works of William Peter Blatty and Ira Levin, respectively. Before Stephen King became so vocal in his disdain for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, the author was thrilled to have one of the icons of moviemaking adapting his novel. Fiction has given us the framework for some really great horror cinema – and it still does in the world...

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- Mike Bracken

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When You Can Watch the First Footage from Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar'

29 November 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Here's something to be thankful for this week if you're a Christopher Nolan fan. According to our friends at The Film Stage, the first trailer for Nolan's next film will drop alongside The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug when it hits theaters on December 13. And this ain't just a short teaser for Nolan's Interstellar either -- it's a full-on trailer that runs one minute and 43 seconds long.  Due in theaters on November 7, 2014, the sci-fi blockbuster will follow Inception in being the second film to come from Nolan since the director catapulted to superstardom status following the launch of his Batman trilogy, which concluded with The Dark Knight Rises last year. We don't know a ton about Interstellar, aside from the fact that it follows a group...

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- Erik Davis

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Movie News: New 'Transformers 4' Pics; 'Pirates 5' Casting Rumors; 'Jurassic World' - Reboot or Sequel?

29 November 2013 8:00 AM, PST

Transformers: Age of Extinction: We've seen the humans, we've seen the new Optimus Prime, so what's left to see of the upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction? Multiple new images from the film have been released, mostly of humans, and our favorite is a behind-the-scenes shot of director Michael Bay explaining to new co-star Nicola Peltz why she should listen to everything he says. (Either that, or he's demonstrating how one of the giants robot might attack her.) The movie will hit theaters on June 27, 2014. [Latino Review] Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Who will play the villain in the next Pirates of the Caribbean adventure? Christoph Waltz has been rumored, but that's "nothing like a done deal," according to a more recent report. As for other...

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- Peter Martin

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The Geek Beat: 8 Things To Be Thankful For This Year

29 November 2013

With the holidays looming large, 'tis the season for giving thanks – and this year has provided more than a few things to be thankful for if you're a fan of Hollywood's geekier side. Whether it's original ideas, fresh spins on familiar material, or actors and filmmakers who occasionally seem to know what we want before we know it ourselves, 2013 has been ripe with moments worth thanking the gods of geekery for all that they've bestowed upon us. Heck, even when things haven't gone quite as we hoped, there's been reason to celebrate, debate, and anticipate the future of our favorite genre fare. Here are eight things I'm thankful for this year:   Extra Credits Marvel's doing a lot of things right with their cinematic universe...

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- Rick Marshall

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Listen: The Movie-Related Things We're Thankful for in 2013, Plus: An 'It's a Wonderful Life' Sequel?

28 November 2013 2:00 PM, PST

Need something to do while you recover from that Turkey Day coma? On this week's Fancast movies podcast, our own Erik Davis and Sean O'Connell tell you which things they are and aren't thankful for this year when it comes to movies. Also, the guys bring you up to date on everything they know about that controversial It's a Wonderful Life sequel. As always, thanks so much for listening and let us know what movie-related thing you're thankful for this year in the comments below. You can listen to this week's podcast using the player below. Also, make sure you subscribe to the Fancast movies podcast over on iTunes. Listen to ‘The Movie-Related Things We're Thankful for in 2013, Plus: An 'It's a Wonderful Life' Sequel?’ on...

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- Erik Davis

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How 'Supergirl' Changed Thanksgiving at the Movies

28 November 2013 11:00 AM, PST

There’s no disputing that the Thanksgiving movie box office is huge for the movie industry, typically making up the second largest movie going weekend of the year (after Memorial Day). There’s also no question that it’s brought us some of the biggest hit movies of all time, along with some genuine movie classics (such as the first two Toy Story movies). For most people it’s one of the few weekends of the year where movie going is almost mandatory, adding to the fun of the holiday weekend. This, however, was not always the case, and the movie that turned the tide for Thanksgiving at the movies was that most unlikeliest of movie heroes…  Supergirl. Don’t get us wrong, 1984’s fantasy flop ($14 million gross on a $50 million budget) is...

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- Matthew Kiernan

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Movie News: 'How to Train Your Dragon' Thanksgiving Parade Balloon (Pic); Judd Apatow's Next; Madagascar' Trailer

28 November 2013 8:00 AM, PST

How to Train Your Dragon: As of this writing, they've decided the giant balloons will fly in Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, regardless of windy weather in the forecast, and four new inflatable characters are scheduled to join the annual celebration, including Toothless from 2010's How to Train Your Dragon. The balloon is "four stories tall and requires 90 handlers." Even if the balloon doesn't fly, Toothless will fly again in the sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, due out on June 13, 2014. [Parade.com] Train Wreck: Judd Apatow will direct Train Wreck, a comedy written by and starring Amy Schumer. Apatow was already on board as producer; Schumer, who has her own show on  Comedy Central, plays "a basket case who tries to rebuild her life.&quot...

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- Peter Martin

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving Like Marilyn Monroe

28 November 2013

Looking for a last-minute recipe for your Thanksgiving feast this year? Hoping to try something different from your usual basics of turkey and stuffing? How about making this a Hollywood-relevant occasion and spend the holiday as one of the most famous movie stars of all time would? Namely Marilyn Monroe, whose recipe for turkey and stuffing were published in the New York Times Dining and Wine section a few years ago. Originally the handwritten instructions (seen down below) appeared in a book called Fragments, which features 20 years' worth of letters, poems and other writings by the actress. This specific artifact is from the mid-1950s, though no date is certain. The Times' detective work presumes it was made while Monroe was married to Joe Dimaggio and living in San...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Comics on Film: Alan Moore Hates Superheroes, and if You Don't, Then He May Hate You Too

27 November 2013 7:00 PM, PST

Most comic book and superhero fans who love the characters and the medium all understand that a huge debt is owed to writer Alan Moore. The skilled and imaginative works he’s created for the comic book medium and for the superhero genre are some of the most timeless comics anyone can read, with those works often aging like a fine wine. Did you ever see the Joker the same way after reading The Killing Joke? Do you remember crying for Krypto during his death scene in Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Did you shame yourself for dismissing a character like Swamp Thing after you read any part of Moore’s trailblazing run on the character? Did you thrill to the adventures of the anarchist V as he took a young woman on an unparalleled journey of...

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- Chris Clow

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Your Top Three: Disney Animated Features

27 November 2013 6:00 PM, PST

Your Top Three is a series here at Movies.com where we choose a topic and you give us your top three picks. With the positive reviews for its latest release Frozen, Walt Disney Animation Studios seems to be doing pretty well as a distinct brand from the company's more esteemed subsidiary Pixar. The latest resurgence in quality might not be as noteworthy as the early '90s revival (begun with 1989's The Little Mermaid), but between this, Wreck-It-Ralph and Tangled, we're seeing a upturn in recognition and popularity for more traditionally styled -- albeit computer-generated -- animated features.  But are any of these titles among your favorites? In total, not counting the DisneyToon brand that has put out sequels to Disney classics and Pixar rejects...

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- Christopher Campbell

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DVD Obscura: The Indie and International Movies You Should Watch This Month

27 November 2013 5:00 PM, PST

New Indie Whether you’re a year-end Top 10 Movie list maker (for fun or profit) or just want to keep abreast of the some of the best that 2013 had to offer, you owe it to yourself to check out Frances Ha (The Criterion Collection; also streaming on Netflix). Cowritten by director Noah Baumbach (The Squid and the Whale) and leading lady Greta Gerwig (Damsels in Distress), this is a graceful coming-of-age tale about a woman who probably should have come of age a few years sooner. In her late 20s, Frances (Gerwig) sees relationships, living situations and career aspirations fading away, but since the filmmakers clearly love the character, they let new ones take their place as this young dancer stumbles around and makes a mistake or two as she slouches toward adulthood. Lyrical...

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- Alonso Duralde

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'The Signal' Director Jacob Gentry on Moving from Horror to Sci-fi for the Band Broken Bells and Beyond

27 November 2013 3:00 PM, PST

It's no secret that the movie industry tends to stick with what it knows, and what it knows is that if someone does something successfully once, then you have to tie that thing to them like an anchor and make them do it over and over and over again. In the case of director Jacob Gentry, that thing happens to be horror movies. He was one of the three minds behind The Signal, a smart, creative, experimental horror movie that was the kind of Sundance success story few artists ever experience. It was made independently for about $50,000, and then it sold at its 2007 world premiere at Sundance to Magnolia Pictures for over $2 million, so naturally studios wanted Gentry (and everyone involved with The Signal) to keep making horror movies. And he did so for a few years, directing a...

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- Peter Hall

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Ya Movie Countdown: Why the Weakest ‘Hunger Games’ Book Could Create Two Great Films

27 November 2013 2:00 PM, PST

Welcome to the Ya Movie Countdown, our resident expert’s continuing guide to young adult book-to-film adaptations. Francis Lawrence did it. He stepped in for Gary Ross and didn’t just churn out another quality Hunger Games adaptation --- he raised the bar even higher. But now that begs the question: can he do it again? The odds were in Lawrence’s favor in every respect with Catching Fire. He had a built-in audience, a much bigger budget, all the star power in the world and, most importantly, impeccable source material. After reading the trilogy countless times over, Catching Fire is still the most fluid of the bunch and is absolutely brimming with cinematic quality. Even though Hunger Games is a close second to Catching Fire, from a book-to-film adaptation...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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