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Weekend Box-Office: Final ‘Hobbit’ Has A 5-Day $90 Million Opening, Has Grossed $355 Million Worldwide

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Ok, last weekend we did not write a box-office report and we apologize about that for the three people that care. The highlights were thus: Ridley Scott’s epic bible movie “Exodus: Gods & Kings” deeply underwhelmed audiences. Budgeted around $140 million, the movie could not crack $25 million in its opening weekend. Factor in promotion and advertising (another $50 million conservatively), and theater splits, and 20th Century Fox pretty much has a turd on its hands. Perhaps that whitewashing backlash actually worked. Or maybe it’s because the movie is genuinely terrible and most critics seemed to agree. Paramount opened Chris Rock’s “Top Five” wide-ish (less than 1,000), but it still crashed the top five box-office party, landing at number four with almost $7 million in its opening weekend. Those are solid numbers. In limited release, Warner Bros.’ “Inherent Vice” easily won the specialty market, grossing $328,184 from five theaters for a $65,637 per screen average. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Kate Winslet Ready For 'Jobs' Biopic, Plus First Look At 'The Dressmaker'

19 December 2014 3:03 PM, PST

It seems every piece of news touches upon Sony this week, and their former Steve Jobs biopic, now housed at Universal, continues to add to what is turning into a stellar cast for the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin-penned walk and talk, and talk and talk and talk. Variety reports that Kate Winslet is in negotiations to join Michael Fassbender (as Jobs) and Seth Rogen (as Steve Wozniak) in "Jobs." Other actors in play include Jeff Daniels circling the part of Apple president John Scully, with Michael Stuhlbarg signing up for the role of computer scientist Andy Hertzfeld, according to Deadline. As for Winslet? There's no word on what character she might play. Also on deck for the actress is the recently wrapped "The Dressmaker." Screen Daily has the first look (up top) at the comedy about "a glamorous woman with a penchant for haute couture who returns to »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: The Curious Case Of Copyright And The Story Behind 'It's A Wonderful Life'

19 December 2014 2:29 PM, PST

What's your Christmas movie tradition? Do you join Kevin McCallister in once again defending his house from bandits in "Home Alone"? Do you hang with John McClane as he walks across broken glass in "Die Hard"? Or do you cozy up to the heartwarming "It's A Wonderful Life"? If it's the latter, you'll want to check out this great video essay on the story behind the movie. The short version is basically this: Director Frank Capra produced the picture via his Liberty Films, and Rko distributed it, but it was a flop on release. Critics were lukewarm, audiences didn't really show up, and it wound up costing Rko over half-a-million in losses. Here's where things get interesting. Paramount snapped up the rights to the movie when they acquired Liberty in 1951, and not long after, it fell into the hands of National Television Associates. However, in 1974 the copyright lapsed due to a clerical error, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Is John Rocker The Real Kenny Powers? 20-Minute Vice Documentary Investigates

19 December 2014 1:48 PM, PST

When John Rocker isn’t getting kicked off “Survivor” or being grilled by TMZ for a comment on U.S./Cuba relations, he lives a quiet life of signing autographs and being interviewed by Vice. The 20-minute documentary, “The Real Kenny Powers?,” explores the former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher’s influence on Kenny Powers in HBO's “Eastbound and Down.” In the doc, Rocker invited Vice out on the town in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he is every much the celebrity he was in his heyday. The film gives Rocker a fair shot, and is sympathetic to the controversial athlete. The doc notes that the Kenny Powers character grew out of Will Ferrell’s impersonation of Rocker on Saturday Night Live. Ferrell would go on to produce “Eastbound and Down,” giving rise to the belief that Powers is Rocker, albeit amped up a notch. Rocker acknowledges his influence on the character, »

- Joshua Encinias

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Sony CEO Says No VOD Company Stepped Up To Distribute 'The Interview'

19 December 2014 1:30 PM, PST

That didn't take long. Just a couple hours after President Obama weighed in on the ongoing Sony hacking scandal, the president of company, Michael Lynton, gave his version of what's happened, and it's worth paying attention. In all the coverage of "The Interview" being pulled from cinemas, it has been forgotten by many that it was the major cinema owners who first refused to carry the film in the wake of threats from hackers. "In this instance, the president, the press, and the public are mistaken on what actually happened,” CEO Michael Lynton told CNN. “We do not own movie theaters, we can not determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters." It's a good point, so too is the one that Sony is dealing with a situation that no one in their industry, and certainly no other corporation, has ever faced before.  "We experienced the »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Review: ‘Into The Woods’ Starring Meryl Streep, Ana Kendrick, Emily Blunt & Johnny Depp

19 December 2014 12:40 PM, PST

A grand, visually impressive adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s 1987 musical theater production, Disney's “Into The Woods” is at the outset enchanting, even entertaining. And if there were concerns that some of the darker, adult themes in the movie wouldn’t be addressed, well, this version is a lot more somber than you might imagine. But perhaps counter intuitively, this approach works to the detriment of the picture’s tenor, rhythm and initially vibrant energy: “Into The Woods” soon loses its spark in an enervating and overlong third act that winds up as a cul de sac to nowhere. Directed by Rob Marshall, ‘Woods’ certainly has its moments and a few enjoyable musical set-pieces, but that dour and drudging final section quickly saps the movie of its various charms. Mostly sticking to Sondheim’s basic plot faithfully —a mish mash of fairy tale tropes and Brothers Grimm stories— “Into The Woods” centers on a baker, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Watch: Trailer For 'Broken Horses' Starring Anton Yelchin, James Cameron Calls It An "Artistic Triumph"

19 December 2014 12:20 PM, PST

Out of the blue, Fox Star India just dropped the teaser for “Broken Horses,” and with it endorsements from James Cameron and Alfonso Cuarón. 62-year-old Indian filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra wrote, produced and directed the film starring an (almost) exclusively Anglo- and American- cast (Vincent D'Onofrio, Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette, Maria Velverde, Sean Patrick Flanery and Thomas Jane) in his first Hollywood directorial feature after decades of working within the Hindi film world. While the teaser has breakneck pacing, we’re not talking Transformers-level editing. Every clip escalates with action without failing to tease its characters but not giving away too much about the plot. So far, we know that it’s about two brothers getting in trouble/causing trouble on the Mexico border. The Times of India described a film “(about a) relationship between two brothers —a concert-level violinist and a hired mercenary— and is set against the drug war in the. »

- Joshua Encinias

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Watch: David Fincher Talks His Films & Career In 25-Minute 'A Life In Pictures'

19 December 2014 11:56 AM, PST

This past fall, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts interviewed David Fincher around the time “Gone Girl” hit theaters for "A Life In Pictures" event, and today you can watch the full interview on their site. In the interview, Fincher delves into his highs and lows and his early ambitions. “I was one of those kids who was really committed to being on sets and watching how shit went down,” said Fincher. “I watched talented people who I liked and admired get kind of spun, and I vowed never to let that happen. I was like, ‘I want to know what every motherfucker in the room does.’” Fincher recounted directing a commercial American Cancer Society and being “sodomized” for two years while making “Alien 3.” “I made a crucial error. I listened to the people who were paying for the movie, and they said not to work with your friends, »

- Joshua Encinias

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President Obama Says Sony "Made A Mistake" In Pulling 'The Interview'

19 December 2014 11:29 AM, PST

We're pretty sure that by this point Sony wishes 2014 would just end already. The massive hack by North Korea last month of the studio's computer network has compromised everything from medical records to internal emails. That was followed by threats from the hacker group known as Guardians Of Peace to cancel the theatrical release of "The Interview" or face  consequences comparable to the 9/11 attacks. And so that's what the studio did, though to be fair, exhibitors across the country forced its hand when thet refused to book the film, likely fearing liability if devastating actions occurred. As of 2:20pm Est, President Barack Obama has weighed in on the matter. Earlier today, the FBI confirmed that North Korea was behind the attack on Sony, and at his last press conference of the year, the President shared his feelings on the matter. “Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage, [and] there were threats against some employees. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Interview: ‘Inherent Vice’ Actresses Katherine Waterston, Hong Chau, Joanna Newsom & Sasha Pieterse Talk Stress & Thrills Of The Film

19 December 2014 10:27 AM, PST

Hopefully over this past weekend, if you lived in New York and Los Angeles or trekked to one of the fourteen advance screenings across the U.S., Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” finally unfurled its hypnotic charms after a run-up of various festival dates. A wide release in the New Year awaits those who didn’t see it, so some behind-the-scenes accounts will have to do. Last week, we spoke to Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin about their experiences on Anderson’s latest film, and this week the ladies of “Inherent Vice” take the floor. Katherine Waterston, Joanna Newsom, Hong Chau and Sasha Pieterse each approached the project from diverse showbiz routes —theatre, network TV, music— and memorably make their marks early on in 'Vice.'  As Shasha, Doc Sportello’s quixotic ex-gal who reappears with a case on her mind, Waterson commands a unforgettable breakout role; Newsom —the immensely talented harpist, »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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Watch: New Full Length, U.S. Trailer For Horror Sensation 'It Follows'

19 December 2014 10:04 AM, PST

After two great international teaser trailers for France and the U.K., "It Follows" is now ready to come stateside, bringing the biggest promo yet. The first full length U.S. trailer for the horror sensation is here, so strap in for what promises to be one of the most unique genre offerings of 2015. Directed by David Robert Mitchell and led by Maika Monroe, the film turns the innocence of dating and young love on its head. After an amorous night, a woman discovers she's been infected with a sexually transmitted haunting, one that finds her being chased by phantoms only she can see. And the only cure is to pass it on the same way she got it.  We've said enough, so just watch below. "It Follows" arrives this March, and will screen at the Sundance Film Festival. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Kevin Hart Prepares Will Ferrell For Jail Time In The First Trailer For ‘Get Hard’

19 December 2014 9:48 AM, PST

Will Ferrell has basically made movies out of any number of thin sketches of ideas he’s ever had. What about the prospect of being sentenced to a term at a maximum-security jail where you know you’re toast once you’re inside? Yep, that too! The idea is a nightmare for many, and Ferrell is tackling that concept head on, alongside other notions of race and class, with “Get Hard.” The comedy, directed by Etan Cohen (the screenwriter of “Men In Black 3” and “Tropic Thunder,” making his directorial debut here) is about a Bernie Madoff figure played by Ferrell. He’s nailed for fraud and about to be sent up the river, so in a panic he tries to hire the first African-American he meets with the misguided assumption they’ll know how to “get hard” for prison time. But the first African-American man he meets, played by Kevin Hart, »

- Edward Davis

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'Ida,' 'Force Majeure,' 'Leviathan' Make Foreign Oscar Shortlist, 'Two Days, One Night,' 'Mommy' Snubbed

19 December 2014 9:42 AM, PST

Was 2014 a good year for foreign films, or do Oscar voters have no concept of what a good movie might be even if one walked up and kicked them in the groin? Perhaps a little of both. The Foreign Language category tends to be somewhat controversial in terms of what films make the final cut and which movies are left to the side. But in choosing from a category that has dozens of submissions from around the world, this branch of the Academy's job is arguably more difficult than the the one supervising the Best Picture category, which also has the luxury of nominating ten choices. So undoubtedly some beloved films were going to miss out this year. The official shortlist for Oscar Foreign Language film has been revealed, and there are some very high profile snubs, including the Dardennes' "Two Days, One Night," and Cannes winners like Xavier Dolan »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Listen: 100 Minutes Of Interviews With Paul Thomas Anderson About 'Inherent Vice'

19 December 2014 9:25 AM, PST

"If your characters are stoned, your camera should be sober," Paul Thomas Anderson tells Studio 360, and its just one of the many zen-like pearls of wisdom the director offers up in his interview about "Inherent Vice." With his Thomas Pynchon adaptation now between limited release and wide(r) release next month, a batch of new talks have arrived that are worth a listen, if only to hear Anderson take complete ownership of the material. “It was a feeling that I don’t want anybody to do this other than me,” he said of tackling the novel. “Even if somebody’s going to blow it, I want to be the one to blow it.” By most accounts he hasn't blown it all, but instead captured the freewheeling detective story while also putting his own stamp on it. And while some have suggested the loopy movie is a bit hard to follow, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Hackers Now Reportedly Say Sony Can Release 'The Interview,' But With Changes

19 December 2014 8:51 AM, PST

There was a much simpler, more innocent time a couple of months ago when "The Interview" was just another enjoyably dumb comedy coming down the line from Seth Rogen and James Franco. Now, it's at the center of a national security maelstrom, media frenzy, and ongoing discussion about how the entertainment industry should handle threats to their art and product, with George Clooney the highest profile name to publicly put his opinion out there. And now, things have taken another twist. USA Today reports that the hacker group known as Guardians Of Peace issued a message last night, stating that "The Interview" could be released...but only if changes were made. Here is the anonymously posted message:  This is Gop. You have suffered through enough threats. We lift the ban. The Interview may release now. But be carful. September 11 may happen again if you don't comply with the rules. Rule »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The 13 Best Movie Trailers Of 2014

19 December 2014 8:27 AM, PST

This job, as you might imagine, involves having to write about a certain amount of movie marketing as well as the actual damn movies themselves. It’s a mixed blessing (who created the motion poster, and why do they hate the world so much?), but there can also be an artfulness to the craft of luring people into movie theaters that shouldn’t be overlooked. We’ve already looked at some of the Best Posters of the year, and now, continuing our year-end coverage (which you can find in full here), we’ve decided to look at the top movie trailers of 2014. Little 60- to 180-second mini-movies can give the whole plot away and ruin the best jokes, but they can also excite, intrigue, and even stand alone. Below you’ll find thirteen trailers that debuted over the past twelve months. Not all are from films we liked, some are »

- The Playlist Staff

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New Photos From 2015's Biggest Movies Including 'Chappie,' 'Jurassic World,' 'Insurgent' And More

19 December 2014 7:33 AM, PST

Have you made your list and checked it twice? No, we're not talking about what you want from Santa Claus (and on the real, you should've had that locked down a while ago — Christmas is in less than a week), but instead what movies are the must-see titles for you in 2015. And if we had to wager a guess, it's likely a few of those movies are mentioned below. Entertainment Weekly is closing off the year by looking ahead, dropping a batch of new photos from some of the biggest films arriving across the next twelve months. So let's dive in, shall we? Right up top is a new look at Neill Blomkamp's "Chappie," which is already proving to be somewhat divisive after its first trailer. I personally think it looks pretty awesome. Meanwhile: Chris Pratt rides a motorcycle with some dinosaurs in a new snap from "Jurassic World »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: ‘A Most Violent Year’ Featurette Focuses On Dp Bradford Young, Plus 10-Min Talk & New Photos

19 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST

Imagine if we ranked the best directors of photography of the year or the best-shot movies of the year… Oh boy, that list would be long. Near the top of that list would likely be a cinematographer you may not know by name yet, but he’s soon going to be ranked up there with the Roger Deakinses of the world. Dp Bradford Young already turned heads with his distinctive look for Sundance pictures like “Ain't Them Bodies Saints," "Mother Of George" and "Middle Of Nowhere." And now he’s one of 2014's Mvp shooters for lensing “Selma” and “A Most Violent Year.” The latter was directed by J.C. Chandor and stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a power couple trying to stay above the moral ugliness of the oil industry and the rise of crime in early 1980s New York. Our A-grade review from earlier in the year said, »

- Edward Davis

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George Clooney Pushes For VOD Release Of 'The Interview,' Calls Out Hollywood For Lack Of Courage

19 December 2014 6:49 AM, PST

Right now, the biggest movie story in Hollywood isn't about an Oscar contender, or even a movie that will be opening this holiday season. Instead, it's about Seth Rogen and James Franco's "The Interview," which might be the most notorious unreleased film in recent memory. Certainly, everything around the movie has been unprecedented, with exhibitors across the country cancelling their plans to put the movie in their cinemas, following threats by hackers with ties to North Korea invoking 9/11. This in turn forced Sony to drop any and all release plans for "The Interview." And while there seemed to be a glimmer of hope when a new promo for the film appeared on Sony's YouTube channel yesterday, it has since been yanked. So too have all clips from the film. And an unlikely, angry voice has emerged calling out Hollywood's lack of courage. George Clooney took some time to talk to Deadline, »


- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: New Trailer And Six Featurettes For 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'

19 December 2014 6:04 AM, PST

An evil, scheming mastermind is about unfold a nefarious plot that puts the whole world at peril, and the only person that can stop it is a sharply dressed man belonging to a British spy agency. Sound familiar? Well, while that may also be the plot of the upcoming Bond flick "Spectre," Matthew Vaughn is hoping to turn the spy genre on its head with "Kingsman: The Secret Service" using the very same ingredients. And a holiday treat has arrived with a new international trailer for the movie. The story is quite simple in this adaptation of Mark Millar's comic. A young kid is recruited into a top secret spy agency, just as a global menace is about to be unleashed. What happens? Well, a lot of (presumably) R-rated stuff as you saw in the recent red band trailer, and basically an entire movie taking the piss out of »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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