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Studio71 Adapting Ya Novel ‘Saving Zoë’ Into Feature Starring Laura, Vanessa Marano

Studio71 has completed principal photography on a feature film entitled Saving Zoë -- an adaptation of the hit young adult novel by Alyson Noël.

The New York Times best seller tells the story of a high school freshman named Echo, who is determined to solve the mystery of her sister Zoë’s murder using diary entries left behind. The film stars real-life sisters Laura (War With Grandpa) and Vanessa Marano (Switched At Birth), as well as Giorgia Whigham (13 Reasons Why), Chris Tavarez (Big Momma's House 2), and Nathaniel Bucolic (Hacksaw Ridge).

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14 terrible films that made obscene amounts of money – and only two have Adam Sandler in

14 terrible films that made obscene amounts of money – and only two have Adam Sandler in
Bad films are part of the movie-making process. For every Citizen Kane, there are dozens of Law Abiding Citizens; for every The Exorcist, hundreds of Exorcist II: The Heretics.

They're all meant to do badly, because they are bad. But sometimes, there's an aberration. Sometimes... they're successful. Very successful. Very, very successful.

Here, then, are 14 of our favourite least favourite films to ever make studio heads' eyes turn into little dollar signs (in order of awfulness).

14. Anger Management (2003)

Rotten Tomatoes ranking: 43%

Production budget: $75 million

Worldwide box office: $195 million

Anger Management spluttered back into like in 2012 as a TV vehicle for snake blood-drinking "winner" Charlie Sheen. It lasted two seasons: the first had 10 episodes, the second 90, all so the show could go into syndication. As soon as it hit its 100th episode, it was immediately canned.

13. Meet The Fockers (2004)

Rotten Tomatoes ranking: 38%

Production budget: $80 million

Worldwide box office: $516 million

The third
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The 1990s comedy sequels that deserved better

  • Den of Geek
Bill & Ted, Addams Family Values, Wayne's World 2 - the 1990s wasn't short of good comedy sequels. It's just not enough people watched them.

In recent times, Hollywood has enjoyed going back into the 1990s to come up with belated sequels to previous hit movies. So, we finally got Dumb & Dumber 2, for instance, whilst a third Clerks, a second Mallrats, a new Sister Act and a Naked Gun reboot are being cooked up somewhere. Further belated sequels? Zoolander 2 finally arrives next year, and Anchorman 2 celebrates, quietly, its second birthday this Christmas.

It was only at the end of the 1990s that comedy sequels suddenly really took off. There were exceptions beforehand of course, but few things raise the eyebrows of Hollywood high brass than lots of cash. This, whilst the enormous box office takings of Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me were in part down to an utterly inspired marketing campaign,
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Kat Dennings In "Byrdie"

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek new images of actress Kat Dennings ("Thor The Dark World"), in the July 2015 edition of "Byrdie" :

"...with the help of hairstylist Gregory Russell and makeup artist Rachel Goodwin, Dennings seamlessly transformed into her favorite sources of inspiration, from screen siren Sophia Loren to grunge rocker Eddie Vedder..."

A child actress, Dennings career took off after an appearance in the HBO series "Sex and the City", followed by roles in the features "The 40-Year-Old Virgin", "Big Momma's House 2", "Charlie Bartlett", "Raise Your Voice", "The House Bunny", "Defendor", "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist", "Thor" and "Thor The Dark World".

Dennings currently co-stars in the CBS sitcom "2 Broke Girls".

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Stallone and Schwarzenegger: how their action heroes differ

What sets Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone's action heroes apart from one another?

There are spoilers within for Predator, Terminator 2, Cobra, the Rambo and Rocky films, and Big Momma's House 2 (just seeing if you're paying attention there).

Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. At a certain point, you cannot think of one without the other. Action icons of the 80s, they are as synonymous with 80spop culture as the side ponytail, hair metal and New Coke. For action fans they are yin and yang, the flip sides of the same sweaty bicep. While they bear some superficial similarities, their star personas are actually quite different.

Stallone - The Underdog

Though he boasts a bulky physique comparable to the former Mr Universe, the essence of Stallone’s appeal is that he is inherently an underdog — this is why he is perfect for Rocky Balboa, and miscast in Cobra and Judge Dredd.
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Time Machine: Classy-Looking 'Tangled' Singing Stars at the Oscars

Zachary Levi and guest on the Oscars' Red Carpet Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards Pictured above is Zachary Levi and a guest on the 83rd Academy Awards' Red Carpet this past Sunday, Feb. 27, just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. At the Oscar ceremony, Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore performed "I See the Light," a Best Original Song nominee – music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater – from the animated feature Tangled. The 2011 Best Song winner turned out to be Randy Newman's "We Belong Together," from another animated feature, Toy Story 3 – last year's biggest domestic box office hit. Zachary Levi movies Below is a partial list of Zachary Levi films.* His movie debut took place in Mark Douglas Miller's comedy short Reel Guerrillas (2005), while his feature film debut was in a supporting role in John Whitesell's comedy Big Momma's House 2 (2006). Thor: The Dark World (2013). Director: Alan Taylor.
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Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son recap: unfunny men in female fat suits

On Sunday at 11.25am, Channel 5 is showing an unwanted sequel to an unwanted sequel to an unwanted film

"You've been mommafied!" – Big Momma

The first Big Momma's House movie, where Martin Lawrence dresses up as a flatulent fat old lady, is not a good film by any means. But at least it had Paul Giamatti and Terrence Howard in the supporting cast, doing their best to lift the material. Compared to Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, it's a masterpiece.

Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son has nothing going for it. It's not even as fun as Big Momma's House 2. It's an unwanted sequel to an unwanted sequel to an unwanted film. It stretches an already flimsy premise to depressing new lengths. It attempts to pass the baton to a new generation of film-makers, even though the baton is radioactive and caked in human excrement. This film doesn't deserve to be watched once,
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Sky's new ad: Michael Caine buys a lighthouse

'We've been treated to Al Pacino barking away in a dressing gown, Joanna Lumley pretending to enjoy Grey's Anatomy and now Michael Caine weighing up the purchase of a lighthouse'

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Cast your mind tank back to 2006, a year that just might go down in history as the greatest ever. At the box office Big Momma's House 2 was thrilling crowds with its critique of antiquated gender roles, while on the streets, "It's Chico time" had become the nonconformist mantra for a generation. Over in media land, a battle for the ages was raging between Channel 4 and Sky. The former were bigging up Film4 with a glitzy affair starring Willem Dafoe, Lucy Liu and Dame Judi Dench dressed as a lobster. Sky countered with a cheapo effort assuring viewers that, while its rivals may be blowing wads on slebs in crustacean costumes,
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Sky's new ad: Michael Caine buys a lighthouse

'We've been treated to Al Pacino barking away in a dressing gown, Joanna Lumley pretending to enjoy Grey's Anatomy and now Michael Caine weighing up the purchase of a lighthouse'

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Cast your mind tank back to 2006, a year that just might go down in history as the greatest ever. At the box office Big Momma's House 2 was thrilling crowds with its critique of antiquated gender roles, while on the streets, "It's Chico time" had become the nonconformist mantra for a generation. Over in media land, a battle for the ages was raging between Channel 4 and Sky. The former were bigging up Film4 with a glitzy affair starring Willem Dafoe, Lucy Liu and Dame Judi Dench dressed as a lobster. Sky countered with a cheapo effort assuring viewers that, while its rivals may be blowing wads on slebs in crustacean costumes,
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Interview: I Got CARRIEd Away With Chloe Grace Moretz

A quick admission here. I was so star struck meeting Chloe Grace Moretz that I flubbed the first part of this interview big time. But she was there for me. I know most big stars don't like getting called out for their good deeds but when I needed rescuing Hit Girl was there. Luckily I had done my research and seen Big Momma's House 2 as well as Carrie so our conversation took some interesting turns. Twitch: The character of Carrie has a fascinating history. You first played her in Big Momma's House 2 right? Chloe Grace Moretz: Man...you're good. No one else has picked up on that. Well it says right there on IMDb. Same character name and everything. I was suspicious because it has the same...

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'Thunderstruck' movie trailer starring Kevin Durant!

Watch the trailer for Warner Premiere's "Thunderstruck" starring Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, Jim Belushi, Brandon T. Jackson and Larramie Doc Shaw. The film opens in select theaters this Summer and is directed by John Whitesell of "Deck the Halls," "Big Momma's House 2," "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," from the script by Eric Champnella ("Eddie," "Mr. 3000"). When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero (Kevin Durant, playing himself), he becomes the star of his high school team...while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.
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'Thunderstruck' movie trailer starring Kevin Durant!

Watch the trailer for Warner Premiere's "Thunderstruck" starring Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, Jim Belushi, Brandon T. Jackson and Larramie Doc Shaw. The film opens in select theaters this Summer and is directed by John Whitesell of "Deck the Halls," "Big Momma's House 2," "Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son," from the script by Eric Champnella ("Eddie," "Mr. 3000"). When Brian, a hopelessly uncoordinated young fan magically switches talents with his hero (Kevin Durant, playing himself), he becomes the star of his high school team...while Kevin Durant suddenly can’t make a shot to save his life. But with the playoffs approaching, Brian learns that being a true winner involves working hard at your own game, and he tries to make things right in time to prevent a catastrophic end to his hero’s season.
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10 Movies That Prove Not All January Releases Are Stinkers

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January's long been considered a dumping ground for weak film releases, as studios avoid the award season, figuring it hopeless, and don't want to focus on the film during more important box office periods like summer. This is where you get your Season of the Witch, your spit-out-by-a-computer RomComs like Bride Wars and dreadfully inane "family fare" like Kangaroo Jack or Are We There Yet? (Answer: No.) Really, who can forget the highly awaited Highlander 3: The Final Dimension (1995) and Big Momma's House 2 (2006)?  And generally, when a once-anticipated high profile film gets held until January (see: The Lovely Bones), it's often not a good sign. But quite a few very good films have found themselves popping up in theaters in January, too, due to a...

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Sequel Scorecard: 'Fast Five' Leads 2011 Sequel Race So Far

In January, Box Office Mojo broke the news that 2011 was packing a record number of sequels, and, in the spirit of Hollywood, here's a sequel to that sequel story. This is how the industry's sequel strategy has fared so far: On the one hand, three sequels comprise the Top Three of 2011 so far: The Hangover Part II, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Fast Five. Each one has grossed over $200 million and no other 2011 movie up until this point is poised to reach that level. On the other hand, 2011 is a down year overall, so these sequels haven't resulted in a rising tide. More telling, out of the ten sequels released so far this year, only one has excelled, relative to its predecessor. The rest will fall short to varying degrees, many suffering from classic cases of sequelitis.Fast Five, which will run out of gas close to $210 million,
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Movie Review: Rio (2011)

Rafael (George Lopez), Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) in Rio

Photo: 20th Century Fox Ice Age franchise helmer Carlos Saldanha has teamed with Big Momma's House 2 and Deck the Halls scripter Don Rhymer to essentially take Pixar's Finding Nemo and mash it up with Dreamworks' Madagascar and call it Rio. Fascinating enough, mathematically it all works out. You take Nemo, which was a ten, and Madagascar, which was a four, add those up for 14, divide by two and you get Rio, which is a seven. It really is all about the math.

Rio is the story of Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), a rare macaw living in snowy Minnesota who's asked to return to his home in Rio de Janero where he will be matched up with Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway) and asked to help propagate the species. The situation goes bad when Jewel and Blu
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Seven-Day Summary: 'Unknown,' 'Gnomeo' Too Strong for 'Number Four'...

Seven-Day Summary: 'Unknown,' 'Gnomeo' Too Strong for 'Number Four'...
Liam Neeson flexed his box office muscle this week, driving Unknown to a first place finish ahead of the over-hyped I Am Number Four. The bigger story, though, was Gnomeo and Juliet's incredible hold, as the movie was less than a half-million dollars away from grabbing the top spot. The week was technically up 20 percent over the same period last year, but the inclusion of President's Day this year skewed the comparison. Unknown opened to $30.4 million, or a bit behind Neeson's 2009 hit Taken ($33.1 million). While Taken declined just 23 percent in its second week, expect Unknown to drop much more precipitously, due in part to coming off a four-day holiday weekend and lacking Taken's surprise factor. Gnomeo and Juliet eased less than four percent to $29.9 million. From Monday to Thursday, Gnomeo was actually up 90 percent, which can be attributed partly to a bump from President's Day but also to abnormally strong non-holiday grosses.
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Paul, not Justin Bieber, is the UK's box office Valentine

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's sci-fi comedy wins audiences' hearts, but Never Say Never fails to woo new Beliebers

The winner

In 2007, Universal released Hot Fuzz on 14 February, a date that had the added bonus of being both Valentine's Day and its star Simon Pegg's birthday. Four years later, it was a case of why change a winning formula, as the distributor picked the exact same release date for Paul, unfazed by the fact that on this occasion, 14 February fell on a Monday. This decision had the upside of giving Paul four whole days of previews, boosting its opening "weekend" box office (in fact a whole week) to £5.52m. Pegg tweeted that this figure represented the biggest opening of the year so far – true, but not the whole story. While Paul's numbers were inflated by £2.31m from those Monday-Thursday previews, a few weeks ago Disney's Tangled managed to
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'Unknown' Schools The Box-Office Competition

'I Am Number Four' opens at a disappointing #3 over the holiday weekend.

By Ryan J. Downey

Diane Kruger and Liam Neeson in "Unknown"

Photo: Warner Bros.

Liam Neeson has a solid future as an action hero if he wants it, but "I Am Number Four" may have stumbled in its attempt to build a new sci-fi young-adult franchise, according to box-office receipts.

"Unknown" took in an estimated $25.6 million over the four-day President's Day weekend, making the Alfred Hitchcock-inspired Neeson thriller #1. Family-friendly CG-animated film "Gnomeo & Juliet," in its second week of release, was just behind with $24.8 million, according to reports. "I Am Number Four" was a surprising third with a $22.6 million theatrical debut.

The success of "Unknown" follows on the heels of 2008's "Taken," the surprise smash with somewhat similar themes that proved a capable action vehicle for Neeson, the 58-year-old actor who was previously better known for dramatic fare.
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Weekend Us box office report: The future Is Unknown

Unknown trumps I Am Number Four, Big Mommas: Like Father Like Son, Justin Bieber and Gnomeo & Juliet at the Us box office. Liam Neeson, clearly, rules...

Unknown was sold as an unofficial sequel to Taken, and while the box office domination isn't a surprise this time, it's still impressive. Unknown banked $21.77 million in its opening weekend, versus a budget of only about $30 million. While reviews are mixed (especially when compared to Taken, which was great), it's still a success for all involved.

Unknown managed to hold off the strong challenge of I Am Number Four, which banked $19.5 million. Number Four started very strong on Friday, but as the weekend wore on Unknown surpassed it and the third place film this weekend, Gnomeo And Juliet ($19.4 million), nearly caught up to it. When the official numbers are released on Tuesday, Gnomeo just might have surpassed Number Four. In fact, I Am Number Four
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'Unknown' Takes Top Spot, 'Number Four' Is Number Two

'Unknown' Takes Top Spot, 'Number Four' Is Number Two
I Am Number Four went No. 2 this weekend as the top spot was taken by the less-hyped Unknown, and overall business was down 29 percent from last Presidents' Day weekend. Promoted as the follow-up to Taken, Unknown dredged up an estimated $21.8 million at 3,043 locations over the weekend. While that opening was less showy than Taken's $24.7 million start, it was stronger than Edge of Darkness, and it more than tripled the last thriller featuring Liam Neeson, The Next Three Days, and more than doubled the last Presidents' Day weekend Euro-thriller The International. With an estimated $19.5 million at 3,154 locations, "flashlight hands" saw his franchise hopes flicker out, despite a flood of advertising prior to release. Among comparable Presidents' Day weekend titles, I Am Number Four's first weekend was significantly worse than Jumper's $27.4 million as well as Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief's $31.2 million, and neither spawned sequels. The sci-fi action romance,
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