So in case you were living under a rock this weekend or better yet, you were consuming a lot of great HBO, you might have realized the MTV Movie Awards took place (“The Hunger Games” won a bunch of shit, just like the “Twilight” movies before it). That means every studio and their mother released some kind of new clip or TV Spot and we have a few more stragglers today. What do you do if your first writer/directorial effort is a smash hit? Well, if you’re comedian and “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, you use the success of “Ted” and parlay it into the cachet of doing a western. And a western comedy, no less. I can just see the execs at Universal trying to agonizingly squeeze amused looks in their faces during the pitch. A western comedy? It sounds like a recipe for box-office poison, but »
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At the end of last week, the first trailer for A Most Wanted Man debuted, which sadly turned into one of the two final performances from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman that also debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival (there's also The Hunger Games: Mockingjay coming up). Now the first trailer for God's Pocket has arrived, featuring his other stirring lead performance. The film wasn't one of our favorites from Sundance since it ambitiously goes for a dark comedy vibe akin to Coen Brothers, but stumbles in staying in the right tone. Still, the performances are great and John Slattery shows promise as a director. Watch it! Here's the first trailer for John Slattery's God's Pocket, originally from Apple: God's Pocket is directed by John Slattery (series regular and occasional director on "Mad Men"), who also co-wrote the script with Peter Dexter & Alex Metcalf. When Mickey's (Philip Seymour Hoffman »
- Ethan Anderton
Having wrapped just last week on the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries, it appears that actress Nina Dobrev won’t be taking a vacation as she has just signed on for comedy horror Final Girls. The film which is being directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the mind behind A Very Harold And Kumar 3D Christmas, starts filming next week in Louisiana.
The film which also stars Malin Akerman and American Horror Story’s Taissa Farmiga, sees Farmiga and her group of friends transported into an 80′s slasher movie starring Akerman, Farmiga’s deceased mother. The group must then unite to stop the films killer from killing them. So Last Action Hero meets Halloween, with a little Hot Tub Time Machine thrown in.
- Kat Smith
Santa Monica, CA, and Vancouver, BC, April 14, 2014 – Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), the premier next generation global content leader, and RocketJump Studios, a pioneering digital studio that has emerged as one of YouTube’s hottest innovators, have formed a ground-breaking multiyear partnership for the creation of film, television and digital content, the two companies announced today. RocketJump has surged to online stardom with its effects-laden short films and iconic web series Video Game High School, now in its third season. Since its founding four years ago by Freddie Wong, Matt Arnold and Dez Dolly, the company has launched a broad range of properties on YouTube and RocketJump.com that have propelled it to over 6.8 million subscribers and nearly a billion views across all platforms. Lionsgate, whose content portfolio includes The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent franchises, 34 television series on 22 different networks and a 15,000-title film and TV library, has established a reputation »
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You have to hand it to Shailene Woodley. “Divergent” was not exactly a hit with the critics when it came out last month, far from it, but it’s managed to become a solid performer in the box office and has solidified Woodley’s status as a star. Studios have been desperate to replicate the type of success that “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” have received over the past few years, but only “Divergent” has managed to come close to achieving big box office numbers. Clearly, Shailene Woodley is a big reason for the film’s success. And now, fans of the young actress will get to see her appear on the big screen once again in this summer’s “The Fault In Our Stars.”Shailene Woodley showed up at last night’s MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, as she was nominated in the Best Kiss category. While Woodley wound up leaving empty handed, »
- Ken Guidry
If you happened to have missed last night's MTV Movie Awards to watch all that other Sunday night TV, I'm here to tell you that it's really okay. Things happened, sure, but nothing that'll top last night's Game of Thrones episode. If you really want to know, though, I got you. A shirtless Zac Efron, some Conan O'Brian gags, and The Hunger Games' clean sweep. Never stop being you, MTV demographic.Conan, who hosted, got his 50 celebrity cameos. Ninety-five percent of them, of course, didn't attend the MTV Movie Awards, and maybe this cold open drove that point home a bit too much? The cast of The Other Woman did some super-awkward promo for The Other Woman, even though all they needed was for Nicki just to exist. Here's all the promo that film needs: Eminem and Rihanna performed "The Monster." ... Because everyone else was already booked at Coachella. »
- Lindsey Weber
Lionsgate is the latest Hollywood studio expanding its presence in the YouTube space, announcing a content-development pact with RocketJump Studios, the digital studio whose biggest hit is the “Video Game High School” series.
Under the deal, Lionsgate has access to RocketJump’s upcoming slate of digital content, in-house talent and fan base. RocketJump said it will be able to take advantage of Lionsgate’s development and global marketing capabilities to produce additional long-form projects and to expand its roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and tutorials.
“This partnership unites two entrepreneurial companies with similar cultures and a shared commitment to build new models for creating and delivering content to the next generation of audiences,” Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said in announcing the deal.
YouTube multichannel newtorks and other digital-media content creators have attracted intense interest from Hollywood players recently. Most notably, Disney plans to acquire Maker Studios in a $500 million-plus deal »
- Todd Spangler
The teen awards gave us a glimpse of this summer's biggest films, as well as revealing the winner of best shirtless performance. They spoil us!
The Hunger Games catches fire at the MTV movie awards
The stuffy old Oscars are out of the way. Here finally are the MTV movie awards. The annual teen awards show gave out such prestigious awards as best scared-as-shit performance, best shirtless performance and #Wtf moment last weekend, but the broadcast also featured a host of new clips and trailers from upcoming blockbusters cast your eye on them all below.
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- Ben Travis
MTV movie awards debut new clips from this year's blockbusters
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the big winner at last night's MTV movie awards, taking three top prizes including movie of the year.
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- Ben Child
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Written by George R.R. Martin
Directed by Alex Graves
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
As per usual, kindly avoid revealing future book spoilers in the comments.
It would be an understatement to say the “The Lion and the Rose” merely lives up to its hype; it nearly destroys the meaning of hype. Alex Graves directs an extraordinary instalment, grandly conceived, brilliantly executed and incredibly entertaining. It has passion, raw emotion, true terror, and a palpable sense of evil. Despite knowing George R. R. Martin insists on ending each wedding with a gruesome death, as a non-book reader, I was shocked with the end result. It’s also worth mentioning that Martin himself wrote this particular episode, only the third after “Blackwater” and “The Bear and the Maiden Fair.” This time around, he’s given us a royal wedding and in doing so, »
All told it was a buoyant frame as nationwide takings improved by 6% to $18.25 million and six titles each earned more than $1 million.
Animated comedy The Lego Movie eased by 10% to $5.1 million in its second weekend, propelling its haul to $14.4 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates. The Village Roadshow Pictures/Warner Bros. co-production looks set to reach $28 million, if not $30 million, and the worldwide cume hit $US425 million.
Superhero adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier grabbed $3.6 million despite falling by 40%, to elevate its 11-day total to $12.2 million. However the Marvel franchise isn.t tracking as strongly here as in the Us, where the film starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel J. Jackson has rung up $US159 million in 10 days.
- Don Groves
Jared Leto is on fire. After a red carpet complete with costumed puppies and a cameo-filled intro by host Conan O'Brien, the MTV Movie Awards kicked off Sunday night - and just like the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the Dallas Buyers Club actor came away with a win. Leto, 42, snagged a golden popcorn for best transformation. And as usual, the long-locked heartthrob couldn't resist flirting with presenter (and fellow Oscar winner) Lupita Nyong'o, 31. "It's an award in itself to get that from her," he cooed. Check out the full list of MTV Movie Awards winners and their best acceptance speech quotes below! »
- Michele Corriston
Filmmaker Gary Ross ("The Hunger Games") has spoken some more about his and Jennifer Lawrence's plans for a new film adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic 1952 novel "East of Eden" for Imagine Entertainmentand Universal Pictures.
Set around the Salinas Valley in California, the multi-generational story follows two sons who compete for the attention of their farmer father. The book is essentially a modern retelling of the Biblical Cain and Abel story. The property was previously filmed in 1955 and starred James Dean.
Asked where the project currently stands, Ross tells THR: "It's one of the things that is sort of on my plate, I'm interested in doing. I'm not certain if it's the next movie. Part of that is my schedule. Part of that is Jennifer's schedule as well. But it's definitely something that we intend to do."
Speaking about the differences between the new film and the earlier Elia Kazan movie, »
- Garth Franklin
In a strange turn of events, Rio 2 took first place at the box office on Friday, but fell back to second place for the three-day weekend. Chalk this up to nice weather throughout most of the country, which kept family audiences away from the multiplexes on Saturday.As a result, Captain America: The Winter Soldier was able to narrowly hold on to the top spot for the second-straight weekend. The superhero sequel added $41.3 million, which was off 57 percent from its debut. That's about on par with Iron Man 3 (58 percent) and Thor: The Dark World (57 percent), but it's also a bit worse than the movie's strong reviews and word-of-mouth would suggest. So far, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has earned $158.9 million at the domestic box office. If it remains on pace with the Thor and Iron Man sequels, it will finish with at least $225 million.Playing at 3,948 locations, Rio 2 »
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As we predicted, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" was the big winner at the MTV Movie Awards, taking Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Jennifer Lawrence), and Best Male Performance (Josh Hutcherson). The first "Hunger Games" movie was nominated two years ago but lost the top prize to the penultimate "Twilight" film, "Breaking Dawn, Part 1." -Break- MTV Movie Awards: Complete list of winners "The Hunger Games" didn't sweep, however. Lawrence, Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin lost Best Fight to surprise winners Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." Lawrence also lost Favorite Character to fellow young-adult franchise star Shailene Woodley in "Divergent." Multiple-nominee "The Wolf of Wall Street" was also a winner. Jonah Hill may have lost the Supporting Actor Oscar to Jared Leto, but he won Best Comedic Performance f »
This weekend was a busy pre-Easter frame, with three new titles of varying genres debuting in the Spring – and it made no difference. The hero of the U.S. continued to dominate despite the crowded field, and overall theaters saw close to a $20 million increase over last year.
Here’s how this weekend’s box office played out:
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier – Gross $41.4 million (Cume $159 million; Week 2)
Marvel’s ongoing dominance is unsurprising, but the strong accolades for this entry might have still turned a few heads. The raves were large, and likewise the business. This will easily beat out the original, and should become a top-5 grosser all time for the studio.
2. Rio 2 — $39 mil ($39 mil)
This animated lark (damn, that’s clever!) benefitted from weak performances by other family films on the market. Blue Sky Studios, the animation company behind Ice Age, continues a second franchise with Rio 2. »
- Brad Slager
Well it looks like the Divergent series is doing it right! Just like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games before it, they're taking a tried and true approach to the final installment of their movie adaptations.
What does that mean for Divergent fans? Only good things! For anyone who was suspecting a three-movie deal is now getting four!
Every minute detail surrounding the final moments of Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) will be focused on with the utmost detail in Allegiant - Part 1, which is due out on March 18, 2016 and Allegiant - Part 2, set to premiere on March 24, 2017.
This is truly a day for fans of the novels and movies alike. Now, the big question is, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave B.)
Jennifer Lawrence may star in not just one but two movies adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1952 novel East of Eden, writer-director Gary Ross said April 12. Ross helped launch Lawrence into global stardom with The Hunger Games. “It may be two films,” he said. “We may break it in half, into one generation and the next. And that’s what we’re talking about now.” The picture is in development at Brian Grazer's and Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment, with no start date yet set. Just when it shoots will depend on her crammed schedule and also Ross’s, as he
- Tim Appelo
The lighthearted family toon grossed $12 million, edging out the politically-infused superhero pic’s $11.9 million Stateside haul. “Rio 2,” which brought in $375,000 from Thursday night shows, also looks to dominate in the weekend box office. It’s on track for $44 million, versus the “Captain America” sequel’s $41 million. Distributors had expected the opposite turnout leading into the weekend and had underestimated the earning potential of both movies.
“Rio 2” is coming in strong for a family film considering the fact that theater-goers usually skew older on Fridays, an advantage for “Captain America.” There will likely be a spike in attendance on Saturday and the movie looks to bring in strong earnings next weekend when the number of »
- Maane Khatchatourian
In order to stretch out film franchises based on book series, studios have been splitting the last book into two movies. "Harry Potter" has done it, "Twilight" has done it, "The Hunger Games" is doing it, and now "Divergent" is doing it. Lionsgate just announced that it will release a total of four "Divergent" films, even though there are only three books. The final book, called "Allegiant," will be split into two movies set to hit theaters on March 18th, 2016 and March 24th, 2017. But before that, we'll get the second installment, called "Insurgent," which begins production next month and is set for release on March 20th, 2015. The first movie, "Divergent," was released last month and went on to gross a disappointing $140 million worldwide on a budget of $85 million. The film also has an unimpressive 40% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. »
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