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'Identity Thief' Steals Box Office Crown

10 February 2013 9:19 AM, PST

Nothing can stop Melissa McCarthy, not even one of the biggest blizzards in recent memory, as according to Film.com, McCarthy's new comedy "Identity Thief" pummeled the competition at the box office this weekend to the tune of $36.6 million.

That was more than enough to top the charts, as movie fans on the East Coast stayed home in droves thanks to superstorm Nemo; neither returning champ "Warm Bodies" ($11.5 million) or Channing Tatum's new thriller "Side Effects" ($10 million) were able convince people to brave the blizzard.

For a full run down of the weekend box office top ten, including figures for award season favorites "Silver Linings Playbook," "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Argo," head to Film.com. »

- Scott Harris

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Link Riot: 11 Geeky (and Awesome) Snow Creations

9 February 2013 4:00 AM, PST

• Some inspiration if you'd rather not stay indoors during the aftermath of Nemo. [Mental Floss]

• There's evil and then there's unhinged. Here's the definitive ranking of Disney's most insane villains. [BuzzFeed]

• A look back at Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway, before all the crying and singing. [ScreenCrush]

• Actually, why does everyone hate on Anne Hathaway, anyway? [Hollywood.com]

• Heigh-ho! 25 things you probably didn't know about Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." [Moviefone]

• Bad Hair Days at Pixar: The long, laborious and "Brave" process of designing Merida's epic locks. [The Carpetbagger]

• 26 GIFs that give reasons why Channing Tatum is awesome. Who's going to make 26 more? [Celebuzz]

• They call her The Seeker! Check out this exclusive character poster from "The Host." [Hollywood Crush]

• How Not to Destroy Melissa McCarthy's Career, in spite of Hollywood's bewildering efforts to waste her talents. [Film.com]

• Hollywood's real Identity Thieves: Celebs who cribbed from other celebs. [Hollywire]

• Venom might be in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Or something involving Venom. Or something. »

- NextMovie Staff

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Will Quvenzhané Wallis Play 'Annie'? Maybe!

8 February 2013 6:14 PM, PST

Quvenzhané Wallis: From the Bathtub to "Easy Street"?

The young star of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" may soon be showing off her singing abilities as she's in talks to take on the title role in "Annie," according to Inside Movies.

"Annie" is based on the Broadway musical (which was based on Harold Gray's "Little Orphan Annie" comic strip) about a lovable orphan who finds herself out from under the thumb of mean ol' Miss Hannigan and into the home and later the heart of gruff billionaire Daddy Warbucks. The Depression-set show features such classic songs as "Easy Street," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," "Maybe," "Hard Knock Life," "N.Y.C." and, of course, "Tomorrow."

The musical was previously adapted for film in 1982, featuring Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Ann Reinking, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters, and as a TV movie in 1999, featuring Alicia Morton, »

- Bryan Enk

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'Finding Nemo' Winter Storm Meme is Touching All Your Butts

8 February 2013 2:02 PM, PST

As you may have heard, a Cthulhu-sized winter storm is about to beat the east coast into submission with its icy tentacles. What does The Weather Channel name a storm of this magnitude? "Winter Storm Wendigo?" "Winter Storm Beelzebub?" How about something really scary like "Winter Storm Dahmer?"

Nope. "Nemo." Like the tiny, disabled cartoon fish.

Since Winter Storm Nemo is about to leave most of New England in a new ice age, foraging for acorns like in that other animated movie, we might as well have a little fin… er, fun with it.

A new meme has arose from good ol' internet, and here are some of the funniest appropriations of the Disney/Pixar character. Enjoy them before the Mouse House sues half the people who posted these.

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- Max Evry

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When Good Giants Attack (an Exclusive 'Jack the Giant Slayer' Clip)

8 February 2013 1:56 PM, PST

Snow White may have been the fairest of them all in 2012, but that bean-stalk-climbing boy named Jack is poised to take over her title with this year's "Jack the Giant Slayer," directed by "X-Men: First Class" helmer Bryan Singer.

The film stomps into theaters March 1, but ahead of its release, MTV News is gifting you with not only an exclusive clip starring Nicholas Hoult and Eleanor Tomlinson, but an interview with Singer, in which the auteur talks at length about adapting the classic tale and the big technology it took to bring giants to life. Watch the clip above and check out the interview at MTV. »

- MTV Staff

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Critic Rex Reed Calls Melissa McCarthy a Hippo, Feels the Wrath of the Internet

8 February 2013 1:42 PM, PST

Seth Gordon's "Identity Thief" is currently sitting on a dismal 26% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, so suffice it to say the critics are collectively donning their Not Impressed faces right now about the flick. One reviewer, however, has found himself on the receiving end of the movie world's vitriol thanks to his excessively scathing comments about leading actress Melissa McCarthy.

Rex Reed of The New York Observer has come under hefty fire for his harsh word choices about the actress' plus size stature in his write-up on the flick.

Not only did Reed needlessly refer to her as "tractor-sized" in his opening mention of her part in the film and refer to her character as a "female hippo" and a "screeching, humongous creep," he also added a pound of salt to the wound by calling McCarthy herself and "a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success. »

- Amanda Bell

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Way to (Maybe) Spoil "Iron Man 3," Legos

8 February 2013 11:33 AM, PST

You're a simple man or lady, with simple needs. You're excited about the upcoming third installment of the "Iron Man" franchise, and you just can't wait until the summer. So you buy some "Iron Man 3" Legos. It doesn't make you weird. Oh, you have kids? Good, because that would have been weird.

But while Tony Stark may have to deal with the villainy of The Mandarin, you as a consumer have a potentially even more feared opponent: the spoiler. And as our brothers from another mother at Cinemablend have pointed out, those Legos you just bought might be devastating.

Because while two of the boxes feature artwork taken directly from the "Iron Man 3" trailer, one featuring the character of Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian does not. Hint for a fan of the comics: his face is messed up. Does he get the monster-inducing super soldier serum from the "Extremis" plot arc? »

- Nick Blake

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Flowchart: Which Steven Soderbergh Movie Is Right For You?

8 February 2013 10:00 AM, PST

Steven Soderbergh has been one of the most prolific filmmakers of all time. He's also one of the most predictable, balancing out big studio projects like "Ocean's Eleven" and Oscar darlings like "Traffic" with low-budget personal experiments like "Bubble" and "The Girlfriend Experience." He's even got a knack for in-between audience-pleasers like "Magic Mike" and "The Informant!"

With a filmography this eclectic, it may be hard to figure out what Steven Soderbergh movie is right for you (if you had to, you know, pick just one). Upon the release of what appears to be his last theatrical film, "Side Effects," we've conjured a handy-dandy flowchart that may help you find that perfect Soderbergh fit.

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- NextMovie Staff

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Melissa McCarthy and Ellen Page to Hit the Road for Directorial Debuts

8 February 2013 9:36 AM, PST

Two more Hollywood ladies are ready to take their turns behind the camera, Mr. DeMille.

Both the oh-so-hilarious Melissa McCarthy and little Ellen Page have now signed up for their directorial debuts, and while their projects (and, uh, personalities) are pretty distinct, they do have one thing in common: trippin'!

No, we're not talking about a pair of LSD bender flicks here. Instead, both women's films involve their female protagonists leaving the homestead to discover a little somethin' somethin' about themselves.

McCarthy and her hubby Ben Falcone — you may remember him as Not Air Marshall John from "Bridesmaids" — co-wrote and will direct "Tammy," a script about a fast food workwoman whose french fry-slingin' life is in shambles, so she takes her sweet old potty-mouthed grandma out to Mount Rushmore. The movie was reportedly kicked around by a few other directors before ultimately landing right back at home with its originators. »

- Amanda Bell

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Questions and Answers With Kelly McGillis

8 February 2013 9:00 AM, PST

It's been 27 years since Kelly McGillis starred opposite Tom Cruise in "Top Gun" as his instructor and love interest, though the film is arguably as much a part of the zeitgeist now as it ever was — hence its upcoming re-release in IMAX 3D. After "Top Gun," McGillis went on to a prolific film and stage career, including roles in "The Accused," "Winter People" and "The Innkeepers."

We spoke with McGillis in advance of the release of "Top Gun: An IMAX 3D Experience" about sex scenes with Cruise, thinking about "Top Gun" at the supermarket and, of course, the volleyball scene. "Top Gun" in 3D is currently in theaters with the Blu-ray release set for Feb. 19.

When you were making "Top Gun," did you have any idea of the cultural impact that the movie would have for years?

No. How could I know? I wouldn't ever guess that that film was »

- Nick Blake

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'Man of Steel' Star Amy Adams Channels Lois Lane with Song

8 February 2013 8:40 AM, PST

Amy Adams is currently making the promotional rounds for her fourth, yes fourth, Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in  "The Master," but with Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" flying into theaters this summer our favorite ginger's got Lois Lane on the brain.

She took her cuteness to "The Tonight Show" last night and paid a little sing-song homage to the woman who owned the role back when Adams was still in preschool — Margot Kidder — by belting out the tune which Kidder was supposed to sing in "Superman" but which was ultimately cut by director Richard Donner in place of voiceover, Maureen McGovern's "Can You Read My Mind?"

Talk about being one with the nerdy details!

"I really wanted to be Lois because I thought Superman was just awesome," she gushed. "I didn't think I was going to be an actress playing Lois, I just wanted to be Lois. »

- Amanda Bell

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'Back to the Future' in 60 Seconds, Animated

8 February 2013 7:36 AM, PST

You have a quiz on the first "Back to the Future" this morning. But oh, no! You never watched the movie! You're totally screwed, man, and not just because you attend a school that thinks quizzing you on "Back to the Future" is worth your time.

What to do, what to do...

We got it! Watch this video created by 1A4 Studio and discovered by our amazing and friends at Slashfilm. It's only a minute long, and it covers pretty much everything, even if poor Marty for some reason chooses to fly through numerous glass windows to get where he's going instead of just walking there. (Time is of the essence, I guess.)

One surprising aspect of the video: There are a lot of swears. So when you end up taking that quiz, just make sure you don't include anything about Marty's propensity to drop f-bombs. »

- Nick Blake

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Mad Max's Weekend Movie Guide: 'Side Effects' & More

8 February 2013 7:00 AM, PST

"I feel the need ... the need for speed." – some homeless amphetamine addict

Greetings from the apocalypse! This week the U.S. Postal Service announced they will no longer deliver mail on Saturdays, and if that isn't a sign of the impending end of days I don't know what is. Luckily my triple ball mace arrived today, so I will be able to defend myself, my faithful dog, and you from marauding motorcycle mutants looking to destroy the weekend and siphon all your gasoline. Got a full tank? Then drive through the barriers and roll out to the movies, soldier …

Friday, February 8

If Steven Soderbergh is gonna actually retire from making movies (not a Bs Sean Penn "retirement") he's gonna go out with a bang, and his swan song "Side Effects" comes on the market this week for your viewing consumption. This tale of Hitchcockian intrigue within the pharmaceutical industry involves »

- Max Evry

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Link Riot: 20 'Star Wars' Characters Unmasked

8 February 2013 4:00 AM, PST

• We especially love the guy in the giant Wampa costume. [ScreenCrush]

• Laugh it up, fuzzball: 14 actors who could play a young Han Solo. [Moviefone]

• "Star Wars" bloopers! Miscellaneous mishaps and oddities from Episodes IV, V and VI (you know, the good ones). [Mental Floss]

• Here are the 30 hottest actresses under the age of 30. They won't stay like that forever. [Ranker]

Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Khan in the new "Star Trek" movie. Well, maybe. Sigh. [Hypable]

One Critic's Argument: Anne Hathaway, the worst of the supporting actresses. [The Carpetbagger]

• Are you up for learning some more history mixed with fantastical pratfalls? Get ready for another "Night at the Museum." [ComingSoon.net]

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill high-five over swimming with a topless woman. It makes sense. [HyperVocal]

• Meanwhile, the "Spring Breakers" Bikini Team prefers to stay at least semi-clothed. [FilmDrunk]

• From Kelso to Jobs: The (Unlikely Yet True) Evolution of Ashton Kutcher. [Hollywire]

• 19 celebrities with inexplicable food and booze brands. You know, like Dan Aykroyd's skull-head vodka. »

- NextMovie Staff

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Prepare the Roast Beast! 'The Grinch' Gets a Reboot

7 February 2013 7:05 PM, PST

That "Grinch" movie with Jim Carrey (somehow) made a lot of money and all ... but maybe it's time to forget it ever existed. Hey, we're cool with that.

Hollywood seems to really like where the future of Dr. Seuss cinema is going with the highly successful animated adaptations that have come out recently, so much that an animated reboot of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is now in the works, according to Heat Vision.

"The Grinch" was published in 1957 and adapted as a now-classic half-hour animated Christmas special in 1966, which featured Boris Karloff as both the story's narrator and the voice of the Grinch. Jim Carrey didn't sound like Karloff at all when he played the Grinch in Ron Howard's wretched 2000 live-action film (which had so much noise, noise, noise, noise!), but hey, the thing made over $345 million worldwide, so apparently it's us who have the hearts three sizes too small. »

- Bryan Enk

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Kristen Stewart Tries on Fetish Flick 'The Big Shoe'

7 February 2013 4:34 PM, PST

For Kristen Stewart, there's definitely life after "Twilight" ... and it's hot!

Deadline reports that K.Stew will be getting kinky with it as she's signed on to star in "The Big Shoe," a fetish film that's sure to get one half of the audience all hot and bothered whilst totally creeping out the other.

"The Big Shoe" stars Jim Sturgess as a talented shoe designer who breaks ties with a family that wants to turn his work into mass-produced knock-offs (cue this song). In an attempt to lure him back into the fold, the family hires a psychotherapist named Mary Kay (Elizabeth Banks) and a muse named Delphi (K.Stew), and, well ... things will probably get very interesting from there.

"The Big Shoe" is set to be directed by Steven Shainberg, who co-wrote the script with Mickey Birnbaum. Shainberg is certainly no stranger to the world of sexy subversion, having written the amazing "Secretary, »

- Bryan Enk

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Netflix: Ruining Your Dates Since 1997

7 February 2013 3:17 PM, PST

We've all been there: you're sifting through your Netflix queue and, eager for a suggestion, you click on the selection of recommended flicks. And then it happens: your past comes back to haunt you. Netflix knows what you've been up to, and it's ...not good. Sure, you can tell the rest of the world you just finished watching "I Am Love" or something, but who are you kidding? You totally just finished "Porky's 2" for the millionth time.

In this sketch from Ucb Comedy, the equally beloved-and-feared Netflix queue proves a power that reaches far beyond into the queue and into your social life. If you didn't think that "Doctor Who," Kevin James, and that, er, morally questionable foreign flick about a set of conjoined twins could burn your relationship to the ground, think again.

You've been 'flixed! »

- Eliot Glazer

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Korean Soldiers Present 'Les Miserables' of Snow Shoveling

7 February 2013 2:18 PM, PST

Who knew the South Korean Air Force had a flair for theatrics? A group of soldiers have created a parody of "Les Miserables," centering on a…err…slightly altered story line of the popular musical/Oscar-nominated film. Jean Valjean, a soldier on a South Korean airbase, is condemned to shovel snow when all he really wants to do is hang with his girlfriend, Cosette. Yes, we know, Cosette is practically Jean Valjean’s daughter in the real thing…but let’s look past that minor flaw.

The video beings with "Dig Down," sung by the soldiers of the 22nd Fighter Wing as they shovel away their souls. This is a scene that anyone can empathize with who has been forced to spend a snow day digging out the driveway while the neighbor kids go sledding. The parody also features variations on "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," and "Red »

- Olivia Gall

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'Die Hard'...the Musical?

7 February 2013 2:09 PM, PST

This season, the only musical that seems to be on everyone's mind is "Les Miserables." Considering all the accolades it's collected as we near the Oscars — where the movie will potentially give scene-stealing hams Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway another reason to shine onstage at the Kodak Theatre — it doesn't look like movies set to music are going by the wayside anytime soon.

And while this homemade, YouTube creation that posits "Die Hard" as a movie musical is tongue-in-cheek, that's not to say we wouldn't be the first in line at the theater. Sure, you can have your Javert and Cosette, but are you trying to tell us you wouldn't want to spend ninety minutes hearing Hans Gruber's battle with John McClane set to music?

Plus, there's a Reginald Vel Johnson cameo. 'Nuff said. »

- Eliot Glazer

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'Star Wars' Spin-offs on Planet Fanboy

7 February 2013 12:36 PM, PST

Disney CEO Bob Iger took a break from his treasure bath to confirm rumors that, yes, in addition to a third trilogy of "Star Wars" pictures, there will be "standalone" films that will come out in between that are "derived from great 'Star Wars' characters."

When I read that last phrase I immediately thought two things. First, "great, Calculus!" Second, "Whooooooooooooooo?"

Anthony Breznican, an actual journalist, reports that the two projects that are likely to take off first are stories about Boba Fett and Han Solo. They are neither prequels or sequels. . .they are merely quels, and they ought to quell the frustrations of many a nerd who wanted to see, once and for all, just how Lando Calrissian won the Millennium Falcon. (You thought Midi-chlorians were bad? Just wait til you watch the ship that can make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs change ownership on a Queen high! »

- Jordan Hoffman

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