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'Wonder Woman' Will Win Another Weekend

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2017-06-08T14:10:24-07:00'Wonder Woman' Will Win Another Weekend

One of Hollywood's most classic monsters looks like it will be no match for an Amazonian princess-turned-superhero at the North American box office this weekend.

If pre-release tracking is correct, Universal’s The Mummy reboot, starring Tom Cruise, might have trouble scaring up more than $35 million from 4,000 theaters, putting intense pressure on the movie's foreign performance.

In the U.S., Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman will easily stay at No. 1 in its second weekend with as much as $50 million after opening to a historic $130.3 million — the top domestic launch of all time for a female director — and whipping up strong midweek business for a $138.7 million domestic total through Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, at least one major tracking service further downgraded its forecast for The Mummy from $35 million to $33 million, whereas the same service predicted $40 million several weeks ago.
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Tom Cruise: A 30-Year Appreciation of the Hollywood Top Gun

Tom Cruise: A 30-Year Appreciation of the Hollywood Top Gun
More so than ever it seems, we've become increasingly obsessed with acknowledging the anniversaries of beloved movies, TV shows and music. Not that there's anything wrong with celebrating our pop culture past, mind you. In fact, for someone as nostalgic as myself, I completely embrace it. Which brings me to a little milestone of my own. This one, though, doesn't simply focus on a particular piece of celluloid, but instead, revolves around a certain actor whose work has been an enduring presence throughout my movie-going life.

For the last 30 years, not only have I sat and watched every single Tom Cruise film that has come out since 1986, I have done so in an actual, honest-to-goodness movie theater. That's a total of 33 silver screen experiences (34 if you count his Austin Powers in Goldmember cameo), including the latest, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. Yeah, you might say I'm a fan.

However, prior to the start of this streak -- and
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Curtis Hanson Rip: 1945-2016

Curtis Hanson--Confidentially

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Alex Simon

Curtis Hanson was my first interview with a fellow film buff and film journalist. He was nice enough to sit down with me twice, first at the Rose Cafe in Venice, then at a lunch spot in the Marina, the name of which has been lost to time. He was then kind enough to invite me to the world premiere of "L.A. Confidential" at the Chinese Theater as his guest, my first time on the red carpet at a real-life Hollywood premiere, and called me after this piece ran to thank me personally. A nice man. Hanson, and co-writer Brian Helgeland, would go on to win Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars for "L.A. Confidential."

Years later, I ran into Hanson at a book signing party for Pat York that was held in Westwood. I approached him and reminded him of our interview a decade or so earlier.
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Goodbye, Curtis Hanson

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Goodbye, Curtis Hanson
Curtis Hanson, the Oscar-winning director of films including L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile, and In Her Shoes, has died. He was 71 years old. Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada but grew up in Los Angeles. After dropping out of high school, he pursued opportunities as a freelance photographer and editor of the now-defunct Cinema magazine before turning to screenwriting, which bore fruit with 1970's The Dunwich Horror, a Roger Corman-produced fright film that he co-wrote with Henry Rosenbaum and Ronald Silkosky. Hanson subsequently moved to directing with Sweet Kill, a 1973 horror film about a sexually-repressed man who finds gratification in murdering the women he sleeps with. That was followed by a string of other low-budget efforts in multiple genres, including Losin' It, a teen comedy starring a pre-Risky Business Tom Cruise.  Though he worked consistently through the '70s and '80s, Hanson wouldn't achieve mainstream recognition until
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Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential Director, Passes Away at 71

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Curtis Hanson, 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential Director, Passes Away at 71
Curtis Hanson, a beloved director who made hit films such as 8 Mile and L.A. Confidential, passed away last night at the age of 71. While no cause of death has been confirmed, initial reports reveal the filmmaker was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home last night, from an apparent heart attack. However, an Lapd spokesperson would not confirm that information, stating he died of "natural causes."

Variety reports that paramedics responded to a call regarding an unconscious man at the director's Hollywood Hills home at 4:52 Pm. The filmmaker was pronounced dead at the scene, although no further details were given. The filmmaker had been retired for the past few years, with his last film being the 2012 biopic Chasing Mavericks, and other reports claim he had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Curtis Hanson was born March 24, 1945 in Reno, Nevada and he was raised in Los Angles. Despite his father
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'Endless Love' to 'Eyes Wide Shut' - All of Tom Cruise's films ranked

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'Endless Love' to 'Eyes Wide Shut' - All of Tom Cruise's films ranked
Two film franchises, both just now reaching their fifth film, but nothing alike in overall execution. What makes "Mission: Impossible" so rich and robust as a series, and why is "Vacation" such a drag? The answer to the first part of that question has to do with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner, and anyone looking to understand how to build a 21st century franchise would be wise to closely study the model that they've established. Not only has it proven incredibly limber, it seems like they're still just picking up steam. All they have to do now is figure out how to keep Tom Cruise alive and looking exactly like he does right now for the next 100 years. Since it's the Imf we're talking about, I assume they will succeed. When you look at Tom Cruise's career, he came out of the gates really strong. He made his screen debut in "Endless Love,
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Sex, Drugs, Shock and Lol: A Quick and Dirty History of the Raunch-Com

Sex, Drugs, Shock and Lol: A Quick and Dirty History of the Raunch-Com
A glob of stray semen is slathered on as impromptu hair gel. A high school flutist describes all the graphic details of her "one time at band camp." A slobbering frat boy climbs a ladder for a close look at disrobing co-eds — a glimpse so revelatory that he plummets backward without batting an eye. Raunch-comedy history is littered with off-color climaxes, and the genre hasn't blown its load quite yet.

Barely Legal: 30 Nearly Pornographic Films

From full-blown sex romps to softcore substitutes spruced up with gags, Hollywood's history of
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Stars Open Up About Their First Times

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Stars Open Up About Their First Times
Katy Perry is the latest star to open up about losing her virginity, revealing in an interview that she lost it in a Volvo at the age of 16. She's not the only one to "kiss" and tell. Tina Fey, Johnny Depp, and even Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, have also talked about their experiences. The world of pop culture seems to have a bit of a virginity obsession. In film, there's The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Virginity Hit, Losin' It, American Pie, and even last year's award season darling dramedy The Sessions, about a paralyzed adult man in an iron lung who undergoes sex therapy to lose his virginity. It's no wonder virginity, and the attempts to lose it, is such a popular on- and offscreen topic; the first time you have sex is a memorable experience. To learn what not-so-shy celebrities had to say about theirs, read on. View Slideshow
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'The To Do List' Review: 10 Things You Should Know About the Raunchy Comedy

There's a long and storied history of movies depicting young men who are desperate to lose their virginity. These movies were incredibly popular in the '80s, when mainstream Hollywood was awash in bawdy teenage tales (such classics or, um, "classics" as "Porky's" and "Losin' It"), and have shown sporadic popularity ever since ("American Pie" and its ilk being a more recent example).

But the momentous act of cherry popping is something that can be enjoyed (or painfully suffered through until it's quickly over) by both sexes. And just because the male gender is the one typically seen on a mission to lose their virginity, doesn't mean ladies have to be looked over forever.

Enter "The To Do List," the new film by writer/director Maggie Carey, that stars Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader (Carey's real-life husband), Alia Shawkat, Andy Samberg, Clark Gregg, Connie Britton, and Johnny Simmons. In it, Plaza
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Comic-Con Day Two: Cage, "Skyline" and "Super" Bring a Touch of Indie Spirit

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Comic-Con Day Two: Cage,
As you've perhaps read elsewhere, to go to Comic-Con is to be in a perpetual state of disappointment.

The long lines are no exaggeration and regardless of where you are, you will likely be in the wrong place. On Friday afternoon, a panel for "The Goon" brought out David Fincher and Paul Giamatti, who are working on an animated film version of the character, in one of the convention center's smallest rooms -- it was one of the rare panels not to have a line. Later that evening, "Jackass 3D" footage played to wild applause at an offsite event on Friday night and if you weren't invited, you likely were none the wiser. While I sadly was not in the know for either, I left an all-day stay in Hall H more satisfied than bitter.

Much of that had to do with the fact that contrary to some opinion, there
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Tom Cruise Mistakes Real Life for His Latest Movie (Photos)

Tom Cruise is back on the promotional trail, and you know what that means: It's time for another round of head-scratching behavior from the Losin' It star. Cruise was stumping for his latest cinematic epic Knight and Day in Seville, Spain, with his co-star Cameron Diaz on Wednesday, and decided to get the crowd pumped by re-creating scenes from the flick, roaring through the streets on his motorcycle while Diaz trailed him in a BMW. Silly kids; don't you know that if you give the movie away for free, people probably won't go to the theaters to see it? Besides, you...
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Tribeca Exclusive: Clip from Kim Cattrall's 'Meet Monica Velour'

Tribeca Exclusive: Clip from Kim Cattrall's 'Meet Monica Velour'
Have plans to attend this month's Tribeca Film Festival? Then you should certainly make time to Meet Monica Velour. Writer-director Keith Bearden's film, which is one of the acquisition titles playing this year's festival, will be making its world premiere on April 25th. We've got an exclusive clip to get you in the mood.

Billed as a modern day updating of '80s comedies like Last American Virgin, Weird Science, Losin' It, and My Tutor, this sexy-sweet feature stars newcomer Dustin Ingram (who's rockin' a Napoleon Dynamite-like hairstyle) as a geeky high school grad on a quest to meet his favorite porn star - one Monica Velour, star of such porntastical treasures as Saturday Night Beaver. Kim Cattrall plays the title character, an aging porn star still in the biz.

In the clip, Ingram's character is at dive strip club to see his idol strut her stuff. While
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Photo Gallery: Tom Cruise, Stuntman

Looks like Tom Cruise is experiencing some stunted growth. The Losin' It actor continued filming his upcoming action-comedy flick Wichita with co-star Cameron Diaz in Boston on Wednesday, filming a scene that required him to hang onto the hood of a car that pretended to whip through the streets of Beantown. There's a reason he earns the big bucks, people! Click through the photo gallery to share in the thrill of it all!
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Now That's Who Should Play the New Freddy Krueger!

Now here's a crafty bit of casting news that should make the horror hounds happy: Latino Review caught wind a while ago, and Bloody-d got on the case most recently, so while this news is not yet Official*, I'm making a judgment call on this one: Jackie Earle Haley is going to be playing Freddy Krueger in Sam Bayer's upcoming Nightmare on Elm Street remake. Speaking as only one guy (one guy who's seen all** of Haley's work and all of the Elm St. flicks three times each), I'm going to say it now: This is an Excellent choice!

Obviously Jackie Earle Haley has the acting chops to carry a dark, devious, devilish villain -- but, in the right light and coated with the appropriate goo, this guy makes for one Scary-looking mofo. Comic bookworms know Mr. Haley as Rorschach of the Watchmen, art-housers recall his chilling turn in Little Children,
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