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Box Office Report: 'Frozen' and 'Fire' Continue to Take Top Spots; 'Furnace' Extinguished

8 December 2013 2:13 PM, PST

Here are your three-day box office returns (new releases bolded): 1. Frozen - $31.6 million 2. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - $27.5 million 3. Out of the Furnace - $5.3 million 4. Thor: The Dark World - $4.7 million 5. Delivery Man - $3.7 million 6. Homefront - $3.3 million 7. The Book Thief - $2.7 million 8. The Best Man Holiday - $2.6 million 9. Philomena - $2.2 million 10. Dallas Buyers Club - $1.4 million The Big Stories Did you know that there are two big movies at the box office right now? Certainly bigger than anything else of mention. Taking the number one spot this weekend certainly does not qualify as any victory for either of them except as some footnote on a historical chart. Yay, we won our third straight weekend. Yay, look who took the...

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- Erik Childress

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Your Top Three: Coen Brothers Movies

7 December 2013 7:00 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. There aren't many filmmakers as consistently great as Joel and Ethan Coen. They make movies of a certain style all their own, and so it's hard to be a fan of one and not be a fan of them all. Or at least most. Yes, they have had a couple less favored works, namely Intolerable Cruelty and The Ladykillers, but for the most part their oeuvre is of a quality that should make today's Top Three discussion a difficult one. It'd be easier just to pick a single favorite than to pick out a trio of movies exclusively better the rest.  Another thing that would probably be easier is to separate the more ridiculous efforts from the more serious. I just...

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- Christopher Campbell

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Your Favorite Thing Today: Potential Groom Fights Ninjas, Batman, Iron Man and More Before Getting Married

7 December 2013

  Nerdy YouTube wedding videos are becoming the next short film. When Mmorpg AdventureQuest Worlds designer Adam Bohn (aka Artix) got married to his sweetheart Michelle (aka Trini), he choreographed a geeky celebration to end all geek celebrations. Donning Knight’s armor over his tux — inspired by in-game weddings from AdventureQuest, natch — the geeky groom battled swordsmen (with real swords), ninjas (including American Ninja Warrior stars Drew Drechsel and Reko Rivera), and other thugs in order to prove his worth to his ladylove (who looks miserable, by the way). Iron Man and Batman show up for good measure, and WWE icon Jimmy Heart (in a suit with hearts all over it) closed the spectacle. We don’t get to see what came later, which included...

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- Alison Nastasi

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Best of the Week: Coen Brothers Interviewed, Paul Walker Remembered, December Movie Calendar and More

6 December 2013 7:00 PM, PST

Features, Reviews and Interviews Remembering Paul Walker, Syd Field, Irene Kane and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in November by Christopher Campbell Paul Walker Remembered: 5 Memorable Movies from the Late Actor’s Career by Sean O'Connell How to Get Revenge, According to the Movies by Perri Nemiroff Watch: This Exclusive 'Inside Llewyn Davis' TV Spot Wonders if You Ever Think About the Future by Peter Hall 'American Hustle' Is Both Deliciously Sexy and Hilariously Unsexy by Erik Davis You're Old: Gus Van Sant's 'Psycho' Came Out 15 Years Ago This Week by Eric D. Snider Dialogue: The Coen Brothers Explain the Inspiration Behind 'Inside Llewyn Davis' by Todd Gilchrist Meet the...

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- Peter Hall

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The Last Sci-fi Blog: 'Her' Stands Toe-to-Toe with 'Blade Runner,' 'Minority Report' and Other Sci-fi Classics

6 December 2013 6:00 PM, PST

There's an old and tired joke/observation that we're all guilty of having made at least once. It goes something like "In the '50s, we were promised teleportation and hovercars and robot butlers! Why hasn't that happened yet?" This vision of a sprawling, urban science fiction world filled with flying cars and androids has been our go-to vision of the future for going on 70 years. Even darker science fiction movies like Blade Runner and Minority Report appropriate these basic building blocks, changing the pain but not the actual content. What's truly remarkable about Spike Jonze's Her is that it's a film about a science fiction near future that flat-out rejects our typical image of the future while quietly making the case that we're closer to...

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- Jacob S. Hall

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Michael Bay Sets Record Straight on "Goofy" 'Transformers' Remarks

6 December 2013 5:00 PM, PST

Filmmaker Michael Bay is one of the most divisive people working in Hollywood – and as such, he gets interviewed a lot. One of the dangers of being interviewed frequently (or interviewed at all, really) is that you can get misquoted – or while you’re busy pontificating on things, you can say something awkwardly that gets taken out of context. This seems to happen to Bay pretty regularly – including last week, when Bay made comments that Transformers: Age of Extinction would be “less goofy” and “much more cinematic” than the previous films. The Armageddon filmmaker has since taken to his website to clarify those sentiments while taking a few swipes at the film blogosphere in the process. Bay opens up by saying how it’s a drag to...

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- Mike Bracken

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Check Out This Hilarious Clip from 'Wake Up, Run Burgundy' Before You Buy Your 'Anchorman 2' Superticket

6 December 2013 4:30 PM, PST

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues opens nationwide on December 18, 2013. However, you can see it early if you pick up a SuperTicket for the new comedy. But the ability to see this holiday season's biggest comedy before everyone else isn't all you get. You'll also receive instant access to a digital download of Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie, a feature film made entirely of additional material that was cut out of the first film. And in case you think it's just a handful of alternate takes strung together, Wake Up, Ron Burgundy is much better than that. It's got its own plot involving the Channel 4 News Team covering a string of bank robberies by a criminal organization called the Alarm Clock, and plenty of funny material that could have stayed in the first...

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The Schmoes Know Movie Show: The Top 5 Paul Walker Movies

6 December 2013 3:00 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. On this week's episode, the Schmoes wanted to celebrate the life and career of Paul Walker (who died in a tragic car accident last weekend) by counting down his top five movies. Check it out below, and let us know your favorite Paul Walker movies in the comments.                 More From Around The Web...

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Watch an Awesome Stop-Motion Animation Film Four Years in the Making

6 December 2013 2:30 PM, PST

We all have dreams, but most of us never achieve them because we let life get in the way of pursuing our goals. That’s not true of Takahide Hori (known online as Yamiken) – an office worker in Japan by day and stop-motion animator after hours. Hori’s dream was to become a filmmaker and the fledgling director has spent the past four years meticulously crafting a sci-fi adventure entitled Junk Head 1. You can see the fruits of his labor below. Hori is hoping the 10-minute short film will intrigue people enough that they watch his full 30-minute cut when he releases it later this month or early next year. That version will hopefully convince investors to help fund an hour-long sequel that he will eventually attach to the 30-minute cut, creating a full 90-minute...

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- Mike Bracken

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The New 'Terminator' Is Going to Try to Do What 'The Dark Tower' Couldn't

6 December 2013 2:00 PM, PST

Remember a few years ago when it was announced that Stephen King's The Dark Tower would be getting not only a series of big-screen movies, but a TV show that would show a whole side of the epic story that the film's would not? Well that ended up never happening, but brother and sister super producers Megan Ellison (Annapurna Pictures) and David Ellison (Skydance Productions) must have liked that idea, because now they're applying it to their coproduced reboot of The Terminator. THR is reporting that Annapurna and Skydance have hired Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (writers of the previous Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles series) to write and executive produce a new show that will coexist with the new film series. And not only that, but they've offered us our...

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- Peter Hall

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Watch: The Schmoes Review 'Out of the Furnace' and 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

6 December 2013 12:00 PM, PST

  The Schmoes, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, not only have their Schmoes Know Movie Show on Movies.com—they're reviewing movies for us too. Watch more of their movie reviews right here. Out of the Furnace Inside Llewyn Davis                 More From Around The Web:                 ZergNet (function() { var zergnet = document.createElement('script'); zergnet.type = 'text/javascript'; zergnet.async = true; zergnet.src = 'http://www.zergnet.com/zerg.js?id=15794'; var znscr = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; znscr.parentNode.insertBefore(zergnet, znscr); })();

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The Best - and Worst - Movie Trailers of the Week

6 December 2013 11:00 AM, PST

The new trailer for Dom Hemingway is both far from the best and far from the worst, but when a promo features Jude Law indulging in some sexy time with a stolen safe while in front of a crowd, it deserves to be seen. Watch Law going to the extreme in the most bizarre ways imaginable right here and then catch the pieces that fit the Best and Worst molds below. The Best Stuff 1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 The first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has arrived, and turns out it was well worth the wait. There’s a lot going on here which does suggest the film could suffer from villain overload à la Spider-Man 3, but in trailer form, getting the chance to see Rhino in action, catch Peter Parker and Harry Osborn’s big reunion, see glimpses of Oscorp turning into an...

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- Perri Nemiroff

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Wonder Woman, X-Men, Spider-Man -- This Is the Week Everyone Teased Their Own Extended Universes

6 December 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Ever since The Avengers crushed the box office, ending its run in third place on the list of highest box office grossers, every other studio has now jumped on the Marvel Studios bandwagon, agreeing that -- at least for now -- it's all about showcasing an extended universe of characters throughout a series of films that are all connected in some way. This is what's popular right now -- call it "The Marvel Approach" -- and moreso than ever we felt the effects of this shift in planning this week via several announcements, all of which promoted some form of a shared universe. First we had the big Wonder Woman announcement from Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman, revealing Gal Gadot as the choice to play the Amazonian warrior in the film. Not only is this a big...

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- Erik Davis

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See How Robert Rodriguez' 'From Dusk Till Dawn' TV Series Will Connect to 'Pulp Fiction'

6 December 2013 9:00 AM, PST

Austin already has tons of cool stuff that would make even the most jaded movie lover smile (e.g. the Alamo Drafthouse), but it’s just gotten a little cooler with the appearance of a brand new (fictional) fast-food joint. If you’re wondering how a fast-food franchise ties into movies, it’s not just another Mickey D’s or Popeye’s Chicken sprouting up to blight the landscape. No, Austin’s newest fast-food mecca is none other than a Big Kahuna Burger. If you’ve never had a Big Kahuna, word on the street is that the folks there make some tasty burgers. Unfortunately, you won’t be trying their delicious take on Hawaiian fast food anytime soon… Turns out the restaurant isn’t some inspired Austinite’s attempt to...

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- Mike Bracken

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Movie News: Meet 'Shaun the Sheep;' Amanda Seyfried Declares 'He's F------ Perfect;' Raunchy 'Nurse 3D' Trailer

6 December 2013 8:00 AM, PST

Shaun the Sheep: Already an inspirational figure from his stop-motion animated TV series, Shaun the Sheep will make the leap to the big screen in 2015, via Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit, Pirates! A Band of Misfits). A new promo poster puts the character center stage. Shaun first appeared in the Academy Award-winning short A Close Shave before getting his own TV show in 2007. [Collider] He's F------ Perfect: Amanda Seyfried will star in the romantic comedy He's F------ Perfect; Gary Sanchez, a company run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, will produce. Lauryn Kahn, McKay's former assistant, wrote the screenplay, in which Seyfried discovers "the perfect guy" thanks to her Internet-research skills, and then tries to become his perfect match. Jake...

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- Peter Martin

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Update: Sundance Midnight Movies Include Teachers vs. Infected Kids, a Return of Nazi Zombies and More Craziness

6 December 2013

Update: Sundance has just announced the next batch of films, the most interesting part being the Park City at Midnight block of genre films. We've added them to the bottom of the page. Highlights there include Cooties, a film about teachers killing their elementary school students after a virus turns them into savages, The Guest (the next from the team behind You're Next), and Killers (a psycho-sounding, serial-killer flick from Japan/Indonesia). Sundance is not only one of the most respected film festivals of the world, but it also takes place in January, making it the first major film festival in the world every single year. That means Sundance often gets to host the world premiere of many fine independent and international films looking to score distribution details at...

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- Peter Hall

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Poster-Crop Quiz: Can You Guess All of These Coen Brothers Movies?

5 December 2013 8:00 PM, PST

We're pulling out the big guns this week, readers. Inspired by the limited release of their new film Inside Llewyn Davis, we've built our Poster-Crop Quiz around the Coen brothers. We've gathered 10 posters from the catalog of these two visionaries and then we ran them all through a wood chipper. See if you can identify the posters from the bloody shards that remain. The first person to name all 10 posters in the comment section will receive a shout-out in next week's quiz. Give it a try, what's the worst that could happen? To get things started, let us take a gander at the poster for The Ladykillers. If nothing else, this poster reminds us that even the best filmmakers can make mistakes. Last week's answers: Enchanted, Toy Story 2, Black Knight, The...

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- Brian Salisbury

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Ron Perlman on the Thriller 'Crave' and His Increasingly Big Career in Independent Films

5 December 2013 6:00 PM, PST

Fact: It's impossible to hate Ron Perlman. Okay, so maybe we don't have any actual, statistical evidence on hand to back that up as fact, but we're still pretty sure it's true. There's just something about him that's inherently likeable. Maybe it's that he looks like a battle-hardened teddy bear. Maybe it's because he's great at nailing deadpan comedy. Whatever the case, it's really, really hard to not get excited any time you see Ron Perlman's name in the credits, because it's a guarantee at least one thing in the movie will be good. In the case of Crave, thankfully the entire film is a good, solid thriller about a crime-scene photographer with an increasingly disturbed imagination, but it's Perlman specifically that brings us...

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- Peter Hall

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Meet the Basketball Player Who Could've Been Better Than LeBron James

5 December 2013 3:10 PM, PST

Unless you're a hard-core basketball enthusiast who rigorously follows the NBA's annual draft (and the history of said draft), then you're probably not familiar with Lenny Cooke. About 13 years ago Cooke was among the top three high school basketball players in the country, ranked higher than guys like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. He was a machine. At six foot six and 206 pounds, Cooke was a force to be reckoned with during his junior year of high school. He averaged 25 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game, and every major college in the country wanted him to play for them. New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony, also a high school junior at the time, personally flew to a basketball camp in order to play against Cooke -- that's how high profile...

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- Erik Davis

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See Benedict Cumberbatch's Erotic Reading of an R. Kelly Song, Plus Why J.J. Abrams' Doomed Him to Hell

5 December 2013 2:10 PM, PST

Benedict Cumberbatch is a thing now. He's been a good actor for quite a while, obviously, but at some point in the last year or so the spinning wheel of pop culture, for whatever reason, decided to land on him, and now he's gone from good actor to an inexplicable fan sensation. And we don't mean that as a knock on Cumberbatch. Judging from all of his interviews, he seems to be more astounded than anyone that he's become a jewel on the Internet.  Take, for example, Cumberbatch's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The women in the crowd roar for the man, much to his own surprise. And of course Jimmy Kimmel isn't deaf to their delight, so he set up something that would work them all into a lather: Benedict Cumberbatch reading the lyrics to R...

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- Peter Hall

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