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Turbo boosts UK box office, but Captain Phillips really pushes the boat out

23 October 2013 1:29 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

New commercial fare helped box office bounce back; Escape Plan proves Sly + Arnie still works but Enough Said not enough

Peter Bradshaw's review of Turbo

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Following a session that saw the lowest grosses of any weekend in 2013 so far, box office has bounced back, thanks to the arrival at last of some commercially strong new product. Both Turbo and Captain Phillips delivered numbers north of £3m. The last time a film – any film, let alone two at once – managed a £3m-plus session was back in late August with the arrival of One Direction: This Is Us.

In the official chart, DreamWorks Animation's Turbo grabs the top spot with £3.89m, boosted by £1.77m in previews. That number compares unfavourably with the previous effort from the company, The Croods, which kicked off with £5.37m including £1.85m in previews back in March. Turbo's result »

- Charles Gant

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Charlie Hunnam -- I'm Still the Best Man ... For My Friends Wedding

13 October 2013 8:07 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Charlie Hunnam appeared front and center for his friends wedding yesterday -- not phased at all over Dropping Out Of The One Of The Most Anticipated Movies Ever!!Hunnam watched his buddy tie the knot in Santa Barbara yesterday ... just hours after Universal announced he was bailing on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.Charlie also gave a toast at the reception and was in great spirits ... according to reports.No word on whether or not Robert Pattinson, »

- TMZ Staff

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Jaden Smith Encourages Dropping Out: School Brainwashes The Youth

17 September 2013 9:12 AM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Is Jaden jaded? (Sorry, I had to.) In a new series of tweets, Will Smith’s son shared that he doesn’t think schooling is exactly necessary — and actually admits he thinks dropping out is a good thing.

At 15, Jaden Smith sure has a lot to say about schooling! The Karate Kid actor tweeted for two days in a row about education, and how people would be “much more intelligent” if they just dropped out!

Jaden Smith Encourages Dropping Out Of School

“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth,” Jaden tweeted out to his 4.5 million followers on Sept. 12. While we thought that was a little off — it was just the beginning.

That same day he added, “Education Is Rebellion,” and “If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.”

Well, tell us how you really feel, Jaden!

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- Emily Longeretta

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Lil Wayne on ‘Katie’ Reveals Why He’s Retiring From Rap Music

9 September 2013 12:58 PM, PDT | HollywoodLife | See recent HollywoodLife news »

Lil Wayne, 30, sat down with Katie Couric, 56, on her show ‘Katie’ on Sept. 9 to discuss prison, his seizures and retiring — when he turns 35? Read on to get all the details of his interview!

In an interview on KatieLil Wayne touched on many of the headlines he’s made over the years on the heels of his hugely-anticipated album that was released on Sept. 3, Dedication 5.

Lil Wayne Talks About His Seizures & Dropping Out Of School On ‘Katie

The last time that Katie Couric publicly spoke to Lil Wayne was 4 years ago for a televised Grammy special, and since then, he has suffered multiple seizures in 2013. Katie asked him what caused his seizures and what can stop them from happening again.

“Dehydration, working too much and no sleep,” he replied. “Im sort of epileptic, so we had to go back in history to my past and see why this happened. My »

- Ivy Jacobson

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Star Wars: Episode VII Aims for January 21, 2014 Production Start and Christmas 2015 Release

26 August 2013 2:27 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Before we can get to the juicy bits of Star Wars news like confirmed casting and plot points, we first have to figure out when they're going to start filming the damn thing.  A few months back, Star Wars: Episode VII producer Bryan Burk told Steve that they were aiming for a January 2014 start date for filming and were still trying to coordinate schedules and get the script to the necessary level for a production start.  It looks like things may be a bit more gelled now as a hard date has emerged for the kick-off of production on one of the most-anticipated films in decades.  There's also a bit more evidence leading to a late-2015 release of the film.  Hit the jump for more. Latino Review, who recently landed a solid Guardians of the Galaxy casting scoop, have it on good authority that Star Wars: Episode VII will kick »

- Dave Trumbore

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10 Movie Directors Who Deserve Their Own Biopic

11 February 2013 2:44 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

If executed correctly, biopics can be an absolutely wonderful thing. There are (and have been) a ridiculous amount of truly interesting people in this world, and without biographical films, a lot of us would never know the details of their existence.

A solid portion of those aforementioned interesting people happen to be movie directors, but for whatever reason, films about filmmakers haven’t had too much success in the past. Take last year, for example. Two separate Alfred Hitchcock films were released: HBO’s The Girl and Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock. The former was panned by critics, but managed to get a Golden Globe nomination, while the latter received mixed reviews, and was ultimately considered a huge disappointment.

That being said, I think we’re all due for a truly great biopic revolving around a deserving director: he’s 10 we think would make for some seriously great cinema.


10. Quentin Tarantino

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- Tyler Ritso

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