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It was 32 years ago today that not one but two classic horror comedies opened in theaters. Yes, Ghostbusters was released on the same day as Gremlins. It’s hard to believe that these two movies opened against each other, but 1984 was a different time, when opening weekend numbers weren’t given the same weight as they are now and films stayed in theaters much longer. Ghostbusters that dominated the U.S. box office that opening weekend but not by much — it earned $13.6 million then, while Gremlins grossed $12.5 million. The Bill Murray movie became the clear winner of the box office over the summer, though, holding the No. 1 spot for seven consecutive weeks. Ghostbusters, of course, has a very buzzy and headline-grabbing (for better or worse or mass hysteria) follow-up film on the way this summer, a reboot of the original. There’s reportedly a new Gremlins on the way too: »
- Emily Rome
Who knew Anne Hathaway could rhyme? Probably the “Late Late Show” writers, who clearly pre-wrote all the rhymes she dropped on Tuesday’s episode of the CBS late-night show. The star of “Alice Through the Looking Glass” rap-battled James Corden in the show’s entertaining “Drop the Mic” sketch. The disses cut pretty hard from both sides. Below are some of the best ones. Also Read: James Corden Gets Driven to Work by Chewbacca Mask Lady (Video) Corden: “Like her movie ‘Get Smart,’ her rhymes are gonna flop.” Hathaway: “Your rhymes are like your ratings, they’re incredibly weak.” Corden: »
- Tony Maglio
If you were worried that the fun colorful world of Shazam! was going to take a dark Batman V Superman turn, don't be. According to Dwayne Johnson's personal producer Hiram Garcia, this upcoming Dceu adventure will be a lot more colorful and fun than what else is being planned by Warner Bros. And perhaps it gets to slide out of the damp, dank rheum of the DC Comics Movie Universe for the sole fact that it is arriving from Warner Bros.'s sister studio New Line. Even though that is the case, Shazam! does fit into the current cinematic universe set up at Warner Bros.
Over the rest of this decade, there will be a number of DC Extended Universe movies infiltrating theaters. But only one of them stars The Rock. Though, Dwayne Johnson is taking on the role of villain Black Adam instead of the main hero. While »
17 years ago today, long before we knew the Force would have an awakening in 2015, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace brought new tales of a galaxy far, far away to the big screen for the first time since 1983’s Return of the Jedi. It was the beginning of a much-maligned prequel trilogy that would give us Jar Jar Binks, midi-chlorians, and a love story for Anakin Skywalker. (And some good things! Don’t forget podracing! And Darth Maul!) Ultimate backlash didn’t stop audiences eager for a new Star Wars movie from turning out in droves, though: Phantom Menace was 1999’s highest grossing film, and all three prequel films ended up earning over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Revenge of the Sith was also released on the 19th of May. Today marks 11 years since the prequel conclusion hit theaters worldwide, after premiering at – believe it or not – the Cannes Film Festival. »
- Emily Rome
The story follows a street-wise American con man and a young Chinese physicist as they race against the clock to save the earth from a terrifying loss of gravity.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Two of the seven executive producers on the Oscar favorite The Revenant — Markus Barmettler and Philip Lee — have just formed a Hong Kong- and Beijing-based production and finance company called Facing East Ltd. Their hope is to produce three to four large-scale productions every two years. The first of these is Inversion, a big-budget (think $120M+) sci-fi epic that Peter Segal (50 First Dates, Get Smart) is attached to direct He also has been developing the current… »
Superhero movie crossovers are all the rage, and when the smoke clears in 2020, the Dceu might be the king of this concept. We know all of the iconic DC Comics characters will unite for the two-part Justice League movie. And Cyborg will team with Barry Allen in The Flash. But one long-anticipated brawl we might not see until the second phase of the DC movie universe is one between Black Adam and Superman. While Dwayne Johnson definitely wants to see these two characters go to war, he promises it won't happen in the first Shazam! movie.
Shazam! is bringing up the rear of the Dceu, and doesn't hit theaters until 2019. Though, The Rock has teased that it could arrive earlier. The movie is actually coming from Warner Bros.' sister studio New Line, but Johnson has confirmed in past interviews that the movie is definitely part of the Dceu, and »
International film superstar and ten-time world heavyweight champion Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has announced via Twitter that he and Kevin Hart will be co-hosting the 2016 MTV Movie Awards.
The 25th annual awards ceremony will air live on MTV on April 10.
Any time The People’s Champion is involved with a project, the people can’t be far behind, and this case is no different. The Rock took to Instagram to reach out to fans and followers, asking them to submit script ideas for promos for the event. All fan submissions will be read, and the best ones will be acted out by Rock and Hart during a promotional shoot this Saturday at 2:00 Pm.
Since 1992, the MTV Movie Awards have honored the year’s best films as voted on by the public. Winners in categories such as “Best Male Performance,” “Best Female Performance,” and “Best Kiss” receive an iconic golden popcorn statue. »
- Scott Fried
"Surely you can't be serious?" "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley." Whether you'll take to the new TBS comedy "Angie Tribeca" depends, I expect, on how funny you find this classic line from the old Zucker brothers/Jim Abrahams movie "Airplane!" or any of their other fare, particularly the films -- and the 1982 show "Police Squad!" -- featuring the rubber-faced Leslie Nielsen as Lt. Frank Drebin. Rashida Jones stars in this terrifically goofy series, created by married team Steve and Nancy Carell, as the title character, an Lapd detective who might as well be a direct descendant of Drebin's. Out on January 17th, it's a slapstick, prop-heavy, pun-lovin' homage to the Zuckers and the '60s-'70s series "Get Smart" (I'm guessing Steve Carell got the bug when he starred in the big-screen reboot of that show in 2008). And if there's one thing the show makes abundantly clear, »
- Sara Stewart
For those who’ve been missing that Zucker Brothers or Get Smart sense of humor in their TV comedy, TBS’ Angie Tribeca could fill that vacancy. Consider the fact that it’s been 34 years since Police Squad was on the air, and 46 years since Get Smart ended its run. For Angie Tribeca creators Steve and Nancy Carell, resurrecting this sub genre of comedy really wasn’t a challenge, especially in a single cam era. Initially Carell said at TCA today that when he first pitched Ang… »
Anne Hathaway: Oscar Host's Red Dress outshone Oscars' Red Carpet. Anne Hathaway Oscar host: Red dress one of countless outfits Blast from the Past: Pictured above is Oscar host Anne Hathaway sporting a blindingly bright white smile while on the 2011 Academy Awards' Red Carpet just outside the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. But wait. In the photo, Hathaway is wearing a blindingly bright red gown. Wasn't her dress of a metallic blue hue? Actually, no. It was beige (with patterns). Wait. Come to think of it, she actually wore a tux, not a dress. Or maybe it was all of the above. And more. How could that be? Well, the color, texture, format, and type of Anne Hathaway's outfits varied according to which 15 minutes of the Oscar telecast you watched on Sunday night, Feb. 27. Hathaway, a Best Actress nominee for Jonathan Demme's Rachel Getting Married in early »
11 items from 2016
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