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A Star Goes Missing in New Trailer for Coens’ ‘Hail, Caesar!’

“How lucky are we to get a Coen brothers film so early in the year?,” fellow writer Brian Roan remarked in naming Hail, Caesar! one of our most-anticipated of the year. “Any fan of cinema should be overjoyed at the sound of the name alone, but more reasons to be excited are not in short supply. The story of a studio fixer in Golden Age Hollywood trying to recover a missing star, it plays into all of the metatextual farce that the Coens love so much. And, in keeping with its story, half of Hollywood is starring in this. The anticipation is high and can only get higher, so thank God we don’t have long to wait.”

The project brings together the star-studded ensemble of Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Frances McDormand, Christopher Lambert and Scarlett Johansson. Ahead a release in just about three weeks,
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Game of Thrones, Safe House

Game of Thrones: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

The drama continues in Westeros as newlyweds Margaery and Tommen spend more time together. Away from King's Landing, we see Sansa and Littlefinger meeting the Bolton family.

Over in Essos, we see Tyrion in Volantis as he walks the Long Bridge, and Arya's travels to Braavos have her coming face to face(s) with the Many Faced God.

Safe House: ITV, 9pm

In the second episode of this four-part drama, the Blackwells are settling in to the Guest House, using a script to aid them with cover stories.

The tension begins to escalate as their son's car is found abandoned and damaged, and a tenuous link between the accident and the criminal targeting their family is found.

Gotham: Channel 5, 9pm

This week in Gotham, Gordon (Ben McKenzie) looks into Commissioner Loeb's past after the release of Arnold Flass. The detective has to
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Update: Ex-Fox, Disney Marketer Oren Aviv Officially Joins Robert Simonds’ Stx Venture

  • Deadline
Update: Ex-Fox, Disney Marketer Oren Aviv Officially Joins Robert Simonds’ Stx Venture
Updated, 11:15 Am: The mini studio making big moves today confirmed that former Fox and Disney exec Oren Aviv will serve as President and Chief Content Officer, which we told you about first last month. Aviv will oversee motion picture development, production, and marketing at the new film and TV studio, reporting directly to Stx head Robert Simonds.

Aviv and Simonds are prepping to produce and distribute up to 10 star-driven films per year in the $20 million to $60 million budget range. The two first worked together on the Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy, which Simonds produced and Aviv marketed while at Disney. That’s also the kind of star-centered genre project Stx is focusing on. The duo cite more recent midbudgeted hits The Proposal, The Other Woman, Neighbors, Ride Along, Contraband, Safe House, and 22 Jump Street as examples of the kinds of projects they’re strategically engineering.

“These are not passion projects,
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Josh Duhamel and Fergie to have a son?

Josh Duhamel has hinted he and Fergie are expecting a son. The 'Safe House' star and his Black Eyed Peas star wife have yet to confirm their unborn child's sex, but Josh referred to looking after a boy when talking about childproofing their home. He said: 'You know your kid is going to get... He's going to fall and bump his head. And he's going to do all of those things. But that to me is going to be the hardest thing.' Josh, who is hosting the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles' on Saturday (23.03.13), recently admitted he feels the timing is right for he and the Black Eyed Peas singer to have kids as they feel much 'wiser'
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February 2013 Preview (cont.): 'Die Hard 5,' 'Beautiful Creatures,' 'Safe Haven' and More

<< Continued from "February 2013 Preview"February 14Four nationwide releases crowd in to theaters on Valentine's Day, which falls on Thursday this year. Based on the franchise's track record, odds are A Good Day to Die Hard winds up being the highest-grossing entry, though Beautiful Creatures and Safe Haven also appear to be in decent shape.Over 25 years after John McClane (Bruce Willis) squared off with Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) in the Nakatomi Plaza building, the legendary badass is making his fifth big-screen appearance in A Good Day to Die Hard. By most accounts, the three previous sequels have all failed to live up to the high standard set by the original, but that hasn't stopped audiences from coming back: in 2007, Live Free or Die Hard earned $134.5 million at the domestic box office despite middling reviews and a PG-13 rating. A Good Day to Die Hard is the biggest stretch of the
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Jim's Notebook: Open to The Following, Smash and More!

  • TVfanatic
My notebook is busting at the seams this week because I’ve been busy covering the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour.

As the broadcast networks panels kicked off, I got some great intel on Smash, The Following, Justified and White Collar creator Jeff Eastin’s next addictive series, Graceland...

The Following A lot of the talk at TCAs about the new Fox series was the violence in the show, but this project is also an evolution for creator Kevin Williamson, who has personally changed a lot since the days he created Dawson’s Creek and The Vampire Diaries. Of The Following, the writer explained:

“This is a project that has been percolating in my head for many, many years in some form or another. The Vampire Diaries... there's a supernatural element to it. It's gothic romanticism hinged in sort of a vampire/werewolf landscape, with witches and stuff and
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Looper's £2.4m opening fires some life into a feeble UK box office

Strong ticket sales is welcome news for cinema chains, and marks a benchmark for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in lead role

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Just when it looked as if September was going to go by without a single film opening above £2m, Looper arrives to kick some much-needed life into a sickly UK box office. Its three-day gross of £2.43m is hardly record-shattering, but following a run of films opening around or under £1m – Killing Them Softly, The Sweeney, Dredd, Lawless, Anna Karenina – it is welcome news for the nation's cinema chains. It's also a new benchmark for Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a lead role. Premium Rush recently debuted with a disappointing £115,000 from 159 cinemas. Last November, 50/50, co-starring Seth Rogen, kicked off with £410,000 from 228 venues. In 2009, (500) Days of Summer began its run with £1.24m, including £383,000 in previews. Debuts of films such as Inception and The Dark Knight Rises, where Gordon-Levitt is not the lead actor,
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The 15 most impressive* box office performances of 2012 so far

The 15 most impressive* box office performances of 2012 so far
We’re officially halfway through 2012, and if you’re an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it’s also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That’s My Boy, but we’ll save that for another time…)

There have been loads of strong performers with sensible budgets, so it was difficult to whittle down the slate (sorry, Safe House and Contraband, you were thisclose to making the cut!
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The Imminent Death of Originality in Cinema

  • HeyUGuys
Ok, the headline may seem a little over the top, and yes, we have heard this argument many, many times. Unfortunately, however, the necessary people are not listening.

This is not an article merely rehashing the same outrage at the number of sequels on cinema screens this year, it is an exploration of why this has come about, and the great repercussions it may well have on the state of cinema, most specifically Hollywood.

Let me start out by saying I am not a hater of sequels, prequels, reboots or reimagining. I don’t get up in arms about book, video game or cereal packet adaptations. I fully appreciate the love, and need, for franchise based blockbuster filmmaking. The fact is, however, it really has now got out of hand.

So far this year, of the top ten highest grossing movies, eight are based on existing properties. Of these, three
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'Warrior' Director Gavin O'Connor To Direct Underworld Thriller 'Yakuza'

  • The Playlist
So are yakuza flicks the hot new trend in Hollywood or are those Far East markets more important than ever? Probably a bit of both. Earlier this year, "Safe House" helmer signed up to direct the yakuza crime flick "The Outsider" at Warner Bros., and now a rival project of sorts is gearing up.

"Warrior" helmer Gavin O'Connor will get behind the camera for the clearly named "Yakuza" for the suits at Universal. Originally penned by Chap Taylor ("Changing Lanes"), with O'Connor and Josh Fagin ("Pride & Glory") to rewrite, the story centers on an American intelligence officer who gets caught up in the post-tsunami underworld of Japan, mixing it up with a yakuza godfather. So yeah, that's pretty vague, but it's all we got for now. O'Connor certainly is no stranger to men squaring off mentally, emotionally or physically and he's a pretty solid choice by producer Brian Grazer to direct the flick.
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Josh Duhamel in Talks for Nicholas Sparks Adaptation 'Safe Haven'

Despite the fact that The Notebook has essentially been turned into a punchline in today's pop culture landscape, we can't ignore one thing: movies based on Nicholas Sparks books make a lot of money at the box office. Zac Efron's The Lucky One made $22 million last weekend, and that's enough for Relativity Media to give the greenlight to the next in the list of Sparks novels waiting to turn into box office gold. Variety reports that the studio is in talks with Transformers actor Josh Duhamel to star in Safe Haven, an adaptation that will see him playing a widowed father who starts a relationship with a mystery woman. More below! Safe Haven - not to be confused with Denzel's Safe House, or Jason Statham's Safe (what's with the word "safe" in recent movie titles these days?) will be directed by Lasse Hallstrom, someone who, as the director
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"American Reunion," "Titanic 3D" No Match for "The Hunger Games"

"The Hunger Games" continued to dominate the box-office leading the pack for its third-straight weekend. Studio estimates put the Lionsgate action-thriller-romantic drama extravaganza on the top spot with $33.5 million. So far, the film based on the popular Suzanne Collins novel has scored $302.8 million at the box-office, the first 2012 release to crossover the $300 million mark. ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

But the big question still looms large for Lionsgate -- will original director Gary Ross return for the sequel "Hunger Games: Catching Fire?" Apparently, Ross wants more money! I say give it to him! He deserves every penny much as the main cast which will be back for the sequel -- Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale), and Josh Hutcherson (Peeta). But if Ross does not return, you know who will be cool to direct the sequel? I vote for Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow. She can bring her "Hurt Locker" sensibilities to the sequel,
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Weekend box office: 'The Hunger Games' tops 'Titanic 3D,' 'American Reunion'

  • Pop2it
The odds seem to be forever in "The Hunger Games'" favor since the movie again won the weekend box office, easily surpassing "American Reunion" and "Titanic 3D" to take the Easter weekend prize.

The Jennifer Lawrence/Josh Hutcherson-starring movie about a dystopian future in which teens fight to the death in an arena grossed $33.5 million in ticket sales, according to Box Office Mojo, down from last week's take but still more than enough to bury "American Reunion's" $21.5 million. James Cameron's "Titanic 3D" came in third with $17.4 million at the box office -- respectable, but a far cry from the film's original opening weekend in 1997 when it raked in $28 million and kept going as fans went back to see the film a second and third time.

Rounding out the top 10: "Wrath of the Titans" ($15M), "Mirror Mirror" ($11M), "21 Jump Street" ($10.2M), "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" ($5M), "Salmon
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Sorry Bella, Katniss Has More Box-Office Power Than You! "The Hunger Games" Scores Third Biggest Opening Ever!

We all predicted that "The Hunger Games" would take the box-office crown this past weekend but I didn't think we knew just how much! Well, suffice it to say that Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games" was a bonafide box-office bonanza scoring the third-best debut of all time, and the best for any film opening outside of summer! ("The Hunger Games" movie review)

"The Hunger Games," starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Collins from the bestselling young-adult novel by Suzanne Collins," sold $155 million worth of box-office tickets, claiming the top spot and broke box-office records including having the biggest opening for a non-sequel.

The film now sits close to the top of the all-time box-office heap with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($169.2 million) at No. 1 and "The Dark Knight" ($158.4 million) at No. 2. "The Hunger Games" rightfully claimed the No. 3 all-time spot scoring a huge opening bigger than any of the "Twilight
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The Hunger Games Bites Off a Staggering $155 Million Box Office Debut

All odds favored Lionsgate Entertainment's The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth this weekend as it opened to spectacular numbers at the North American box office. The critically-praised film adaptation of the Suzanne Collins futuristic novel not only debuted at number one, it made twice as much as the entire top ten combined. Suffice it to say, Katniss and pals helped lift the box office to new heights for the year: 119% higher than last week, 95% higher than last year at this time, and 81% higher than the top ten from 2010.

Starting at 12:01 am Friday morning, the much-anticipated The Hunger Games launched in 4,137 theaters - including 268 limited run IMAX theaters - and earned a huge $19.75 million alone from midnight shows and additional 3 a.m. showings. It then went on to earn a terrific $48.5 million during its first full day of release, which is third in all-time non-midnight
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The Hunger Games Devours Huge $155 Million Opening Weekend

The odds were definitely in the favor of Lionsgate's The Hunger Games this weekend as it opened to spectacular numbers at the North American box office. The critically-praised film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' futuristic novel starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth not only debuted at number one, it made twice as much as the entire top ten combined. Suffice it to say, Katniss and pals helped lift the box office to new heights for the year: 119% higher than last week, 95% higher than last year at this time, and 81% higher than the top ten from 2010.

Starting at 12:01 am Friday morning, the much-anticipated The Hunger Games launched in 4,137 theaters (including 268 IMAX theaters for a limited run) and earned a huge $19.75 million alone from midnight shows and additional 3 a.m. showings in some theaters. It then went on to earn a terrific $48.5 million during its first full day of release,
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Weekend Box-Office: 'Hunger Games' On Fire with Third Best Opening Ever

Everyone knew The Hunger Games was going to be big, but how big seemed to be a mystery, but all those questions have been answered as the first film based on the Suzanne Collins trilogy of young adult novels now own the third best opening of all-time. Let's take a closer look... Laremy predicted the #1 movie correctly 4 Weeks In A Row The Hunger Games When I reported The Hunger Games had brought in $19.7 million from midnight openings alone and then said it should be looking at $150-160 million for the weekend, a lot of commenters didn't agree. My theory was that it wouldn't hit The Dark Knight status, but it would certainly top Twilight franchise status due to a larger demographic appeal. As it turns out that's exactly what happened, and with high CinemaScore ratings it will be interesting to see how this one does next weekend. Anyone care to wager an early guess?
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Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games' Scores Third Highest Opening In Box Office History With Massive $155 Million Haul

Who’s hungry? “The Hunger Games” proceeded to predictably beat the stuffing out of the box office, scoring $155 million, the third highest opening weekend in history, and highest for a non-sequel. The fan base came out in full force, no doubt, but so did the normals, as the books don’t (yet) have nearly the support of “Harry Potter” or “Twilight.” But make no mistake, this property had a similar groundswell of opinion, including an ad blitz and news and web coverage suggesting this was the “good” version of those pre-existing properties. Within three days, Lionsgate has their highest grossing domestic release of all time, and Hollywood’s strongest new franchise. Because everyone secretly loves child murder.

Fans were notably pleased, as the picture registered an ‘A’ Cinemascore, which shifted to an ‘A+’ for younger demographics. While there’s no full demo breakdown, it’s likely much of this audience were males,
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The Devil Inside scares off 21 Jump Street at the UK box office

UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March 2012...

The low budget found footage horror The Devil Inside repeats its North American debut from earlier this year by opening atop the UK box office chart, fending off competition from fellow new releases 21 Jump Street, We Bought a Zoo and Contraband. A haul of £1,988,461 was enough to give The Devil Inside the lead ahead of the Jonah Hill / Channing Tatum action comedy 21 Jump Street, which takes second place with a decent bow of £1,556,039, while Cameron Crowe's latest drama We Bought a Zoo pulled in £850,651 to open in fifth, one place ahead of the Mark Wahlberg action thriller Contraband with £683,654.

Shifting to the hold-over films and John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel drops one spot to third, adding another £1.5m to give it a strong cumulative gross of £13.8m in its fourth week on screens.
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Chronicle, Journey 2 and Project X Sequels Already in Development

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For the most part, the first two months of 2012 have lived up to expectations, delivering a few unexpected gems but mostly a lot of forgettable crap. That being said, someone still has to win at the box office, and there have been a handful of success stories throughout these winter weeks. The Vow and Safe House are currently sitting at the top of the charts and The Lorax seems likely to catch them shortly. However, there are a few other hits that might surprise you. In particular, the Journey to the Center of the Earth sequel Journey 2: The Mysterious Island starring The Rock, which is easily the highest international earner so far this year with $271 million and counting. You better believe a sequel is being fast-tracked, along with follow-ups to a couple recent found footage flicks as well. According to THR, New Line has closed deals with director Brad Peyton
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