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Box Office: 'Tomorrowland' no. 1 as 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' passes $400 million

14 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It looks like you can't put a Walt Disney Studios release down.  Even after "Tomorrowland" took the top spot at Friday's box office many observers believed that it would fall behind "Pitch Perfect 2" for the weekend crown.  Instead, the Brad Bird picture has shown some solid resiliency despite just a B Cinemascore and very mixed reviews. "Tomorrowland" is estimated to make $32.1 million for the three-day and up to $40 million for the entire Memorial Day weekend. That's below pre-release polling which predicted a $50 million four-day, but it's an Ok start for the reportedly $190 million production. "Pitch Perfect 2" took the second slot with another $30.3 million and $117.7 million in just 10 days.  That's almost double what the original "Pitch Perfect" earned in 2012. "Mad Max: Fury Road" weathered "Tomorrowland" and "Poltergeist" coming into the marketplace for another $23.8 million and $87.3 million so far. At this point, it looks like George Miller's critically acclaimed »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office: Tomorrowland Stays Ahead of Pitch Perfect 2 with $32.1 Million

17 hours ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The box office didn’t give us the dead-heat between Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2 that was hinted at by Friday’s estimates. Instead, Tomorrowland was able to hold onto first place with an estimated $32.1 million, including $725,000 from Thursday previews. That’s slightly more than was forecast yesterday, thanks to a slight audience bump on family-friendly Saturday. A victory for Tomorrowland – even a narrow one – is good news for Disney. The live-action adventure cost a reported $190 million before marketing. By comparison, Pitch Perfect 2 was budgeted at just under $30 million. Pitch Perfect 2 wound up in second place with an estimated $30.3 million, representing a drop 56%. PP2 also saw its domestic total rise above $100 million on Saturday: quite an achievement considering the first Pitch Perfect topped out at $65 million back in 2012. Of course, the original film gained much of its fanbase from its home video and cable runs. And because it »

- Nicole Pedersen

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Box Office: 'Tomorrowland' squeaks by 'Pitch Perfect 2' for no. 1 Friday

23 May 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It looks like "Tomorrowland" may not have the liftoff Walt Disney Studios was expecting.  The Brad Bird family flick was expected to earn around $50 million over the four-day holiday weekend, but its Friday gross started the frame with just $9.73 million.  Granted, Saturday and Sunday matinees may surprise, but at this point it will be a fierce battle to take the four-day from last week's champ, "Pitch Perfect 2." Elizabeth Banks' hit flick earned another $9.7 million for $97.1 million in just eight days. The first "Pitch Perfect" grossed only $65 million.  The sequel will earn over double that figure. Debuting in no. 3 was 20th Century Fox's remake of "Poltergeist" with $9.3 million.  It will be intriguing to see how the horror flick plays out as it earned just a C+ Cinemascore.  It may be one weekend and out for the reboot. Dropping to no. 4 was "Mad Max: Fury Road" with another $6.7 million and $70.1 million since opening last Friday. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Box Office: ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Crossing $100 Million Mark

23 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pitch Perfect 2″ will cross the $100 million mark at the U.S. box office on Saturday.

This is yet another high note for the Universal comedy as it looks likely to edge out big-budget tentpole “Tomorrowland” at the Memorial Day weekend box office, with just north of $41 million. The “Pitch Perfect” sequel has an estimated $29 million pricetag, while Diseny’s “Tomorrowland” reportedly cost $180 million to produce.

Pitch Perfect 2″ will surpass $125 million by the end of the four-day weekend.

The a cappella sequel launched in theaters last weekend to a surprise $69.2 million — more than the original movie grossed in total at the domestic box office ($65 million). This is the top musical opening and the second-biggest PG-13 comedy debut of all time.

For Elizabeth Banks, this marks the best debut for a first-time feature film director and is the second-highest grossing opening for a movie by a female director, behind Sam Taylor-Johnson, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Pitch Perfect 2’ Edging Out ‘Tomorrowland’ in Tight Box Office Race

23 May 2015 8:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tomorrowland” doesn’t have as promising a future as Disney might have anticipated.

The George Clooney-starrer is being outperformed at the U.S. box office this Memorial Day holiday by the second weekend of “Pitch Perfect 2.” While “Tomorrowland” was expected to open to $45 million — already slightly below recent forecasts — it now looks likely to reel in less than $40 million, giving the “Pitch Perfect” sequel a narrow edge with $41 million-plus.

The two films were neck and neck on Friday in as tight a race as it gets, with “Tomorrowland” earning $9.73 million, while “Pitch Perfect 2” brought in $9.66 million. The weekend’s other newcomer, “Poltergeist,” was a close third, but will likely finish the weekend in fourth with about $29 million.

The tentpole “Tomorrowland,” which carries a hefty $180 million pricetag, had been shrouded in mystery leading up to its release and is likely suffering from being an unfamiliar property with no established brand, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Louisiana's Anti-Gay Order Won't Disrupt Its Film Industry, Says 'Pitch Perfect' Producer

23 May 2015 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Louisiana's governor Bobby Jindal has received heavy criticism this week for signing a "religious freedom" executive order to protect same-sex marriage opponents in his state. Louisiana is the #1 location for major motion pictures filmed in the U.S., according to a study released last year. Could Jindal's perceived anti-gay measure affect the success of the film industry in Louisiana? New Orleans native and Gold Circle Film's Scott Niemeyer doesn't think so. Niemeyer executive produced Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2 both of which were filmed in Baton Rouge. Niemeyer, along with many other people in Louisiana, sees Jindal's executive order as a flaccid

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- Lorena O'Neil

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Elizabeth Banks stands for women in Hollywood: 'Pitch Perfect 2 is unique'

21 May 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Elizabeth Banks has been quietly building up her roles in Hollywood over the last few years, and is now making her directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.

The actress has spoken to The Edit on how her success producing the first film in 2012 led to a move behind the camera for the sequel.

She explained that she sees it as a step forward for female directors in Hollywood and was mindful of that when she agreed to the job.

Banks said: "I don't want to pretend it's not what it is. You can't not take up the cause the minute you accept the job. I made a funny movie – about girls – and it's going to make money? It just doesn't happen."

Admitting that directing was a gruelling process, Banks's upcoming role in Magic Mike Xxl was like a vacation for her: "I was deep in post-production on Pitch Perfect 2 and I needed a break. »

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Pitch Perfect 2 Stars Want Taylor Swift in the Sequel, Talk Rebel Wilson's Age

21 May 2015 1:03 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The Pitch Perfect 2 Bellas might be opening up auditions for one special star. E! News caught up with stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin at the Elle Women in Music event presented by eBay. Although it's unclear if Pitch Perfect 3 is happening. Skylar confessed, "I wish we were cool enough to know these things, and not tell you, but we don't know anything, really, truly. We won't be the first to hear." So, hypothetically, scratch that, when Pitch Perfect 3 happens, who would the pair like to see join the Bella's? Taylor Swift! Camp tells E! News, "I think that Taylor Swift would make a great Bella. I really think she would. I think it would be an even bigger movie!" A bigger »

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Elizabeth Banks Says None of Her Work Will Be "Vanity Projects," Wants "More Control" Over Her Life

21 May 2015 9:03 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Elizabeth Banks might have worked on fun projects such as Magic Mike Xxl and the Pitch Perfect movies, but that doesn't mean it's all fun and games for the blond bombshell. The actress-turned-director talked to Net-a-Porter.com's The Edit about her crazy film schedule and how motherhood has changed the way she works in Hollywood, and even added that her husband, Max Handelman, is the reason she decided to take on male-dominated Hollywood. "Both Max and I have to fight misconceptions," Banks explained. "'She's just a blond actress who works with her husband.' 'Who are they?' 'She's not even that successful of an actress!' But none of this is a vanity project. I »

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Rebel Wilson Lied About Real Age: Age Confirmed As 35, Not 29

21 May 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Rebel Wilson has been lying about her real age and is actually 35-years-old, records confirm. Rebel Wilson Lied About Real Age Australian tabloid Women’s Day published a story earlier this week in which a woman who alleged to be former classmates with Wilson claimed that the Pitch Perfect actress was 36-years-old, not named Rebel and […]

The post Rebel Wilson Lied About Real Age: Age Confirmed As 35, Not 29 appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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Rebel Wilson Gets Cozy With Rumored Boyfriend Mickey Gooch Jr. at New York Rangers Game

20 May 2015 8:03 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Has Rebel Wilson found love? The Pitch Perfect actress recently stepped out to enjoy a New York Rangers game with comedian Mickey Gooch Jr. at Madison Square Garden, posting a number of photos on her various social media handles from the game of the pair rocking their matching jerseys. But it seems like this wasn't just a friendly hangout. Us Weekly reports the duo, who met through mutual friends, are actually dating. "They get along really well, they respect each other's work," a source tells them. "She's been too busy to date for awhile, they've been texting often and they've been spending some time together in L.A. and New York." E! News reached out to Wilson's rep »

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Still on Top of Home Video Charts

20 May 2015 5:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Universal Pictures’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” was the top-selling disc for the second consecutive week, again topping both national home video sales charts.

The film, based on the sexually charged novel about a kinky billionaire’s seduction of a young college student, was No. 1 for the week ending May 17 on both the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.

“Fifty Shades” easily outsold second-ranked “Pitch Perfect,” another Universal title, by a margin of more than 7 to 1. “Pitch Perfect,” a 2012 disc release that jumped back up the charts thanks to anticipation over its theatrical sequel, moved into the No. 2 spot on the overall disc chart from No. 7 the prior week.

“Paddington,” a family film from Anchor Bay, slipped to No. 3 its third week in stores, while the next three spots on the overall disc sales chart went to new »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘Pitch Perfect 2′: How Home Viewers and ‘Cups’ Scored an Original Hit

20 May 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pitch Perfect 2″ hasn’t just made more than the first film in the a cappella series. It topped its predecessor’s lifetime gross in a single weekend, after the modestly budgeted sequel debuted to a stunning $69.2 million.

The incredible growth in “Pitch Perfect’s” fanbase between installments is testament to the way that Universal Pictures organically built the audience for the quirky franchise about a group of misfit college vocalists. It’s a success story that was three years in the making, and one that relied on strong word-of-mouth that gained momentum on cable television, on-demand platforms, and through chart-topping soundtrack sales.

“We had a strong built in-audience as a result of the overall holistic marvel the film became in its afterlife,” said Paul Brooks, president of Gold Circle Films and a producer on the “Pitch Perfect” films. “People responded to it very aggressively when it screened on TV and HBO. »

- Brent Lang

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Rebel Wilson's Real Age Confirmed as 35 Following Controversy

20 May 2015 11:19 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

29? 35? Who’s counting anyway! Rebel Wilson’s age became the center of attention this week after Australia’s Woman’s Day claimed the Pitch Perfect star has been lying about her youth. Following their report, in which they interviewed one of Wilson’s alleged former schoolmates, the Sydney Morning Herald confirmed via records that Wilson is indeed actually 35, not 29 like she's been claiming. According to business records filed with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission, Down Under star Wilson was born on March 2, 1980, not February 3, [...] »

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5 Songs You Obsessed Over After Seeing the First Pitch Perfect

20 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Pitch Perfect 2 came out last weekend and no doubt has already launched your love of some new favorite songs. But the original still has a special place in our hearts for its music - not only did Beca and the Barden Bellas cover songs we already loved, the movie also introduced us to some new jams in the a cappella covers and mashups. Which songs became forever jams because of Pitch Perfect? These ones. »

- Shannon-Vestal

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TVLine Items: Mischa Barton's Road Trip, Osbournes Get Animated & More

19 May 2015 2:25 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

If there’s a place more dysfunctional than The O.C., Mischa Barton is about to pay it a visit.

TV’s erstwhile Marissa Cooper will guest-star on Recovery Road, ABC Family’s upcoming drama about a teen party girl who must go to rehab or face expulsion from school.

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Per People.com, Barton will play Olivia, a patient at another rehab center who befriends Vern (played by Looking‘s Daniel Franzese).

Since ending her run on The O.C., Barton has appeared on The Beautiful Life: Tbl and Law & Order: Svu. »

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Mad Max: Fury Road's Final Chase Sequence Was Designed Around One Crucial Element

19 May 2015 7:31 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Mad Max: Fury Road put the fast in the furious, even more so than Furious 7. Though Pitch Perfect 2 pulled ahead of the film at the box office, and presumably so will Disney.s Tomorrowland this coming weekend, Fury Road was a helluva good time at the theaters, due largely in part to its crazy stunts, like the final car chase. If you want to get the inside scoop on how stunt coordinator Guy Norris pulled off this epic, death-defying sequence, get the details from the man himself.  Norris recently spoke with Rolling Stone magazine for a feature on the large-scale stunts performed in the new Mad Max. When it comes to the final blowout, there.s a lot going on. [Spoiler Warning for anyone who hasn.t seen the film yet.] There were explosions, hand-to-hand combats and car flips, but Norris said the relationship and interaction between Furiosa and Max »

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Video of the Day: Watch Anna Kendrick step into the role of Indiana Jones

19 May 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Among the most well-known cinematic characters of the 80s is Indiana Jones, an adventurous professor played over three films during the decade by Harrison Ford, with Steven Spielberg directing each film. Ford and Spielberg once again returned to the franchise in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, the end of which suggested that the reins of the character would soon be passed off to a younger counterpart, in a similar vein to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

Now, as part of the promotion for its upcoming Red Nose Day fundraising marathon, NBC has released their own take on the franchise, with Pitch Perfect‘s Anna Kendrick donning the iconic fedora as “Indianna Jones”. In a riff on the all-female lead casting of Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, Kendrick recreates the chalice selection scene from 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, putting her own spin on it. »

- Deepayan Sengupta

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Jack Black Exploring Micronations With Napoleon Dynamite Helmer

18 May 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jack Black is reteaming with his Nacho Libre director Jared Hess for Micronations, which will peer inside the bizarre world of “do-it-yourself” countries.

The comedy, which boasts a screenplay by New Girl scribes Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes, centers on the weirdos and wackjobs who reside in backyards that they’ve declared to be sovereign. Black is playing a lovable oddball appointed the head of defense for the 12-person nation of Valoria, which is at war with a neighboring country.

Hess, who directed Napoleon Dynamite and the upcoming Masterminds, released an official statement:

“Once I learned that there were people within the United States who have created their very own countries, I knew I had to make a movie about them. Jack and I have been looking for another project to team up on, and the hilarious world of micronations spoke to both of us.”

I wasn’t a big fan of Nacho Libre, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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The 45 Most Underrated, Weird and Fun Moments in ‘Pitch Perfect’

18 May 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Once you’ve seen a movie a few times, the main story just isn’t as exciting. Your eyes begin to wander around the frame seeking other details. You might find surprises the filmmaker put in there on purpose, or happy accidents, but either way, the best movies always find ways to reward a viewer over and over again. A movie that […]

The post The 45 Most Underrated, Weird and Fun Moments in ‘Pitch Perfect’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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