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Weekend Box Office: Dinos and Emotions Feast on Ted

7 hours ago | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

People can’t seem to get enough of Jurassic World as the Universal phenomenon stayed at number one for the third straight week at the North American box office. The movie held off a strong second weekend session for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out and a solid opening for Ted 2, which landed in third place.

Jurassic World became only the fifth film ever to cross the half billion-dollar mark in North America alone this weekend thanks to a $54.5 million haul from 4,198 screens. Off 49%, the film has earned $500.3 million to date and is still on target to finish past $625 million if not more. That would push the dino sequel past The Avengers on the all-time domestic list and land it right behind Titanic and Avatar.

Foreign numbers currently stand at $737 million and will undoubtedly get a huge boost when the movie hits Japan in early August. When all is said and done, »

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Box Office Weekend: Jurassic World Avoids Extinction

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Audiences still showed up for dinosaurs in droves, delivering a third-week win for Jurassic World. With an estimated $54 million, the film is now the fastest film to earn $500 million domestically and likely to do much better as time goes on. However, though it now sits as the fifth highest earning domestic release of all time, it still has to rely on longevity if it seeks to best the one-two punch of James Cameron and his Avatar and Titanic. Audiences have been very kind to Pixar as well, as Inside Out held onto second place with an estimated $52.1 million and is close to earning $200 million domestically, a task it should handily accomplish by next weekend. However, despite the success of the original film, the world may not have been waiting for Ted 2, which ended up in third place with an estimated $33 million.

While Ted 2 may be suffering financial woes with its rough start, »

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Sos This Week #13: Why you shouldn’t turn your brain off at the movies

27 June 2015 5:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

ScreenCrush critic Matt Singer this week came up against one of the most common attacks against film criticism after sharing his thoughts on Jurassic World: “Stop thinking so much! It’s a movie. Just turn off your brain and enjoy it.” Any critic who loves movies and wants movies to be enjoyable knows how frustrating this sentiment is from their readers. On our 13th episode of Sos This Week, we explain why thinking about a movie and enjoying it inherently go hand in hand, even for big, loud, dumb blockbusters.

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Re-Viewed: Arnold Schwarzenegger's sci-fi classic The Terminator

27 June 2015 1:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sci-fi more than any other genre, dates badly. What makes The Terminator an endlessly re-watchable classic is that, conversely, it feels more relevant with each passing year and with every new-fangled gadget that comes along promising to do all of your thinking for you. It's not just a slick, exciting action-thriller, it's also a shrewd cautionary tale for our tech-obsessed times and three decades on, the story continues to unspool with a fourth sequel Terminator Genisys opening in July.

Skynet, a self-governing computer network, is bent on destroying humankind in 2029, but director James Cameron co-penned the script with his future-wife Gale Anne Hurd in the early '80s, well before the rise of the internet. That was the first genius stroke, and then there was the casting of one Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He was a bodybuilder who had just made a significant dent at the box office in 1982's Conan the Barbarian »

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Fast & Furious 7 becomes third biggest movie of all time

24 June 2015 10:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Avengers have been toppled, as Fast & Furious 7 becomes - for now - the third biggest film ever. Jurassic World is approaching, though.

It's heading onto DVD and Blu-ray in September, but there's still been time for Fast & Furious 7 to hit another box office milestone. The movie has just crossed the $1.52bn mark at the global box office, and as a result, it's overtaken the original Avengers film, to become the third biggest film of all time at the box office. Only James Cameron's Avatar and Titanic have made more money.

Interestingly, in the Us, Fast & Furious 7 is the third biggest film of the year so far, behind Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Jurassic World. But it's the takings outside of America that have transformed Fast & Furious 7 into the money-guzzling juggernaut it's become.

That said, the record might not stand for long. Jurassic World is »

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'Furious 7' Topples 'The Avengers' to Become Third Highest-Grossing Movie of All Time

24 June 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

It's great to see people are going to the movies this year, all around the world. And it's interesting to see what they're favoring, both here and abroad. One of the big stories this month has been Jurassic World taking the crown as having the best domestic opening of all time. The movie it replaced is The Avengers. Now another movie has moved the same superhero movie from another of its spots, this time on the global charts. According to tracking at Box Office Mojo, Furious 7 is now parked in the space for the third highest-grossing movie in the world. The seventh installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise is the biggest title not directed by James Cameron, as the top two spots remain dominated by Avatar and Titanic, both of which seem to be safe from...

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Titanic Composer James Horner, 61, Dead In Plane Crash

24 June 2015 11:55 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Two-time Oscar winner James Horner, whose emotive scores for modern classics including Titanic and Braveheart cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most adored composers, died in a California plane crash Monday, his agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, has confirmed. The Los Angeles native was 61.

A beloved figure in the entertainment industry, Horner was perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. The James Cameron-directed romance led to two Oscar wins for Horner – one for original dramatic score, and the other for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings and performer Celine Dion) for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score sold 27 million copies worldwide, becoming a financial phenomenon in the composing world.

Horner is believed to have been flying a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when the vehicle crashed in a remote area approximately 60 miles from Santa Barbara, killing the pilot. »

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James Horner, ‘Titanic’ & ‘Braveheart’ Composer, Dies In Plane Crash

24 June 2015 8:38 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

James Horner, the lauded composure who scored Titanic, Braveheart and many other notable films, died in a plane crash Monday. He was 61. James Horner Dies Horner’s death was confirmed by his personal assistant Sylvia Patrycja on Facebook. “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent,” she wrote. “He died […]

The post James Horner, ‘Titanic’ & ‘Braveheart’ Composer, Dies In Plane Crash appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Weekly Rushes. 24 June 2015

24 June 2015 7:27 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above, the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario, which premiered in competition in Cannes.Cinema Scope #63 is about to hit newstands, but a lot of it can be read online: Mark Peranson on Cannes and Miguel Gomes, Adam Cook talks with Corneliu Porumboiu, Jordan Cronk on The Assassin, Chuck Stephens on Gregory Markopoulous, Christoph Huber on Mad Max: Fury Road, and more.Author William Gibson recounts his encounters with Chris Marker's La Jetée.James Horner, the composer of scores for such Hollywood films as 48 Hrs, Aliens, and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.Federic Babina has made a series of "Archidirector" illustrations, imagining houses designed in the style of filmmakers like David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick.Sight & Sound has exclusive images from the production of Ben Rivers' new movie, »

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James Cameron pays tribute to James Horner: 'Titanic has one of cinema's great scores'

24 June 2015 2:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Cameron has paid tribute to composer James Horner following the news of his death.

The director and writer looked back on his work with James Horner in a piece for The Hollywood Reporter, and praised him for giving Titanic "one of cinema's great scores".

On Horner's work on Titanic, he wrote: "I asked if he could write some melodies. I believe that a great score really consists of something you can whistle. If that melody gets embedded in your mind, it takes the score to a different level.

"I drove over to his house and he sat at the piano and said, 'I see this as the main theme for the ship'. He played it once through and I was crying. Then he played Rose's theme and I was crying again. They were so bittersweet and emotionally resonant.

"He hadn't orchestrated a thing, and I knew it was going »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens likely to make $2bn at box office

24 June 2015 12:16 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jj Abrams’ space opera reboot could make studio Disney more than $1bn in profit alone, according to Morgan Stanley report

An expert box office analyst predicts new Star Wars adventure The Force Awakens will score close to $2bn worldwide, a figure beaten only by twin James Cameron epics Avatar and Titanic.

Morgan Stanley’s Benjamin Swinburne expects Jj Abrams’ film to make studio Disney around $1bn in profit, according to a detailed report seen by Deadline. Such figures would constitute an immediate return on the studio’s $4.05bn investment to buy all rights to the long-running space opera saga in October 2012.

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Titanic Composer James Horner Dead After Plane Crash [Updated]

23 June 2015 11:17 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

James Horner, the revered Academy Award–winning film composer behind the scores for such powerhouse pics as Titanic and Braveheart, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, according to multiple reports. He was 61. An avid pilot, Horner was flying his single-engine S312 Tucano before it went down around 9:30 a.m. (He was the only person onboard, and he was feared dead after his reps were unable to reach him.) The county coroner's office did not initially release the pilot's name, but The Hollywood Reporter and Variety later confirmed suspicions of Horner's death, the former citing a social-media post written by Sylvia Patrycja, his assistant."We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved." The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating the crash, the L.A. Times reports. »

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Oscar-winning composer James Horner dies in plane crash at 61

23 June 2015 9:24 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Film composer James Horner died at the age of 61 on Monday (June 22) after the small airplane he was piloting crashed near Santa Barbara, Calif. Initial reports did not identify Horner as the plane's sole occupant, only that a plane registered to him was found crash-landed in Ventucopa, Calif., at 9:30am Pst, and that the pilot was dead. Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz and attorney Jay Cooper today (June 23) confirmed Horner was the pilot. Horner was a film composer long associated with some of cinema's most influential names, from James Cameron to Ron Howard to Roger Corman. His first score was for 1979's "The Lady in Red" but had his biggest break with 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." "Aliens" (1986) yielded his first of many Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score (and also Best Original Dramatic Score, from the '90s). The two Oscars he won »

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James Cameron Remembers the Late James Horner through Titanic, Avatar, and More

23 June 2015 6:40 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Hollywood and movie/music lovers everywhere are still coming to grips with the death of Academy Award-winning composer James Horner. One of the many professionals deeply affected by this loss is Academy Award-winning director, James Cameron, who collaborated with the composer on some of their most memorable projects. The pair was likely going to work together again on Cameron's suite of Avatar films, which Horner talked about a little less than two months ago. So now, in the most business-like of perspectives, Cameron and the rest of Hollywood will have to look elsewhere for someone to fill Horner's shoes. And in the most personal of reflections, Cameron himself remembered his time spent with the composer, a retrospective he now shares with the world. [caption id="attachment_476693" align="alignright" width="258"] Image via Venice Magazine[/caption] In speaking to Kim Masters of THR, Cameron looked back on his career and the times he and Horner crossed paths. What »

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James Horner's agency, attorney 'awaiting confirmation' of composer's death

23 June 2015 6:14 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As previously reported, a plane registered to composer James Horner crashed yesterday, killing its sole passenger, the pilot. The question through today has remained: was the Oscar-winning musician the pilot? Horner's attorney Jay Cooper and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency have released identical statements regarding the matter, that they are still "awaiting confirmation" if the 61-year-old had, indeed, died. “Although we are all awaiting official confirmation that our dear friend and client James Horner was in fact the pilot, we are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that his single-engine aircraft was involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in northern Ventura County. Our thoughts and prayers remain with James’ family at this difficult time. We can offer no further comment for the time being, except to ask that the family’s privacy be respected in the days ahead.” The single-engine plane went down around 9:30am Pst on Monday morning, »

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In Death, Portrait of James Horner Points Beyond His ‘Titanic’ Success

23 June 2015 4:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For those who equate James Horner with his Oscar-winning “Titanic” score — and many more think of that blockbuster’s signature hit, “My Heart Will Go On,” as a Celine Dion song, even if Horner composed it — a much more rounded portrait of the movie maestro emerged in the wake of his death in a plane crash on Monday.

In terms of social media alone, Horner was remembered as a sensitive, giving, highly versatile composer who was branching out into new territory as a musician before his untimely death at age 61.

In one tweet, Ellen DeGeneres observed: “Think of your favorite music from a movie. Odds are it was composed by James Horner. What an incredible talent. What an incredible loss.”

For every James Cameron blockbuster like “Titanic” and “Avatar” in Horner’s ouevre, there was more character-driven fare like “Searching for Bobby Fischer” and “Iris.”

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'Titanic' Composer James Horner Confirmed Dead in Plane Crash

23 June 2015 4:05 PM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Sandy Cohen, AP Entertainment Writer

Los Angeles (AP) - James Horner, who composed music for dozens of films and won two Oscars for his work on "Titanic," died when his plane crashed in Southern California, his agents confirmed Tuesday. He was 61.

Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz issued a statement saying Horner had died, although official confirmation could take several days while the Ventura County coroner works to identify the remains of the pilot, who was the only person on board.

People who fueled the plane at an airport in Camarillo confirmed that he took off in the aircraft Monday morning, said Horner's attorney, Jay Cooper.

The S-312 Tucano MK1 turboprop crashed and burned in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Horner's credits ran the gamut From big-budget blockbusters to foreign-language indies. He even composed the theme song for the "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. »

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Read James Cameron’s Tribute To Titanic Composer James Horner

23 June 2015 3:09 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

James Horner, Academy Award nominee for Best Music (Original Score) for the film Avatar, arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010. ©A.M.P.A.S.

On Monday, composer James Horner died in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61.

The Hollywood Reporter has released a tribute to James Horner by James Cameron.

“No matter how [‘Titanic’] turned out, and no one knew at that point — it could have been a dog — I knew it would be a great score.”

“I was doing a lot of thinking about James when I heard the news and I checked online. The beginning and end of his filmography are films that he did, or would have done, with me. It’s a curious bookend. We both started out on the same film in 1980, and his last listed films are the Avatar sequels, »

- Michelle McCue

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James Cameron Remembers Working With James Horner

23 June 2015 2:41 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Director James Cameron and the late composer James Horner worked together three times: on AliensTitanic, and most recently Avatar. In a THR as-told-to, Cameron says they "got off to a bad start." Horner had overbooked himself and completed the score for Aliens in a day and a half, leaving Cameron and his team to edit it. Still, Cameron wanted to work with Horner for Titanic and he "totally committed" this time around. It paid off, with Horner winning two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Before it went on to become the tune of the late '90s, Cameron remembers crying the first time he listened to Rose's theme.Cameron's last memory of Horner was also Titanic-related. Earlier in April, the orchestra at Royal Albert Hall played the entire score live to the movie. "It was emotional and I'm glad that was my last personal memory of James, »

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Exclusive Video: A tribute to James Horner

23 June 2015 2:34 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Yesterday saw the passing of composer James Horner, and while everyone has had a lot of kind words to say about the man and his work, sometimes words can be fleeting for such a tragedy. I know there's a lot of you out there playing your favorite James Horner scores today, and whether it be Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, The Land Before Time, Braveheart, Aliens, Glory, Titanic, Avatar, or another,... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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