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Tom Hardy Is 'Al Capone'

Sneak Peek actor Tom Hardy ("Mad Max: Fury Road") as iconic gangster 'Al Capone', from director Josh Trank's new feature, chronicling the life of the former Chicago mob boss, prior to his death:

The cast of "Fonzo" (aka "Cicero") also includes Matt Dillon, Kyle MacLachlan, Kathrine Narducci and Linda Cardellini.

Hardy said he has been working closely with Warner Bros, "watching their gangster films — the ones with James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson...it’s interesting to get them, and a bit of 'Capone', into the bloodstream… The idea isn’t to remake those films but to get a flavour of them as we explore Capone’s career as a racketeer."

The "Cicero" screenplay was originally written by Walon Green, noted for writing director Sam Peckinpah's classic western "The Wild Bunch".

Actors previously playing Capone in film include Rod Steiger in "Al Capone" (1959), Neville Brand,
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Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award
Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep — twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Chris Messina and Denis Villeneuve take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.

Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.”

As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.

“I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice
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A Look at Al Capone in the Movies

Al Capone is America’s best known gangster and the single greatest symbol of the collapse of law and order in the United States during the 1920s Prohibition era. Capone had a leading role in the illegal activities that lent Chicago its reputation as a lawless city and an interesting variety of Hollywood stars have had the leading role as Al Capone in the many films that have been made that featured him as a character.

The first film about Capone was produced when he was still making headlines. The main character may be named Antonio Camonte, but there’s little doubt as to who producer Howard Hughes had in mind when he and director Howard Hawks filmed Scarface during the Great Depression. Camonte shares more than the same initials with one Al Capone, who was about to begin his eleven-year sentence for tax evasion when the movie was released
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Albert Einstein, Comedy Icon? 9 Examples of How Film and TV Depict His Lighter Side

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Albert Einstein, Comedy Icon? 9 Examples of How Film and TV Depict His Lighter Side
The legacy of Albert Einstein cannot be overstated — even when we take the scientist’s accomplishments for granted, he’s one of our planet’s most famous pop culture figures, recognizable across generations. The way he’s been depicted on screen has ranged from well-researched takes on the man’s life, such as Nat Geo Channel’s new anthology series “Genius,” premiering today, to, shall we say, somewhat more out-there fare.

Read More: ‘Genius’: Albert Einstein Undergoes a Heated Interrogation in Exclusive Sneak Peek — Watch

Below are some of the most notable examples we found featuring the great scientist depicted in a less-than-serious state. What’s interesting about looking at all of these examples together is how on the one hand, Einstein as an icon has been utilized for the sake of comedy for decades now. But when film or TV choose to engage with the reality of the man himself,
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'Cannonball Run' Remake Moves Forward with 'Get Hard' Director

'Cannonball Run' Remake Moves Forward with 'Get Hard' Director
After several years in development, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward on a new incarnation of The Cannonball Run. Deadline reports that the studio has secured the rights to the original 1981 classic, hiring Etan Cohen to write the script and direct. This report claims the studio doesn't consider this project a "remake," but rather a "relaunch" of the franchise.

Back in 2011, we reported that Warner Bros. was in discussions to team up with auto manufacturer General Motors for a Cannonball Run remake. At that time, the studio was eyeing directors such as Guy Ritchie (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) and Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian). It seemed that deal never went through, but now the studio has acquired the sequel and remake rights from the copyright holders, original The Cannonball Run writer Brock Yates, the estate of director Hal Needham and Fortune Star Ltd.

The Cannonball Run starred Burt Reynolds,
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Netflix Announces 11 New Series Release Dates

Netflix Announces 11 New Series Release Dates
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced premiere dates for several upcoming comedy series and kids series, the renewal of its acclaimed drama Marvel's Jessica Jones and casting on the highly-anticipated series Black Mirror. British star Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights, Concussion and Doctor Who) and Canada's Mackenzie Davis (The F Word, Halt & Catch Fire and The Martian) have been cast in lead roles in one of the episodes of the Netflix original series Black Mirror. Owen Harris (Kill Your Friends) will direct the episode. Created and written by Charlie Brooker, the series is produced by House of Tomorrow, and Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones serve as executive producers.

Netflix also announced that Marvel's Jessica Jones will return for a second season. Currently streaming its first season on Netflix, Marvel's Jessica Jones is a suspenseful, edgy look into the life of Jessica Jones, one of the most popular
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'Mr. Robot': Meet the Show's Breakout Star Rami Malek

'Mr. Robot': Meet the Show's Breakout Star Rami Malek
When Mr. Robot debuted back in June, the show was pitched as a ripped-from-the-headlines techno-thriller, with the return of Christian Slater to TV as its main attraction. Now, two months and 10 episodes later, the USA network has an unlikely hit on its hands: a visually striking, subversive, and often surprising drama about the dehumanizing effects of our corporate-controlled, internet-addicted modern world. And a lot of the credit for the show's out-of-left-field success belongs to the man who plays the series' troubled hacker hero — the 34-year-old character actor Rami Malek.

After
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Christopher Guest Lands Netflix Deal for New Film, 'Mascots'

Christopher Guest Lands Netflix Deal for New Film, 'Mascots'
Actor-filmmaker Christopher Guest has revolutionized the "mockumentary" format, satirizing rock spectacle (This Is Spinal Tap), stage musicals (Waiting for Guffman), dog shows (Best in Show) and folk music (A Mighty Wind). For his latest project, he's teamed with Netflix to poke fun at a more obscure topic: the grueling grind of mascot competitions. The streaming service announced Mascots on Tuesday, Deadline reports, teasing the movie with a poster outlining the basic plot.

"Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a
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Friday TV Ratings: Bruce Jenner Interview, The Messengers, Grimm, Blue Bloods, Shark Tank

Friday, April 24, 2015 ratings -- New episodes: The Amazing Race, Hawaii Five-0, Blue Bloods, Grimm, Dateline NBC, Cedric's Barber Battle, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The Messengers, and Shark Tank. Specials: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (movie) and Bruce Jenner: The Interview. Reruns: (none).

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Giveaway

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is available on Blu-Ray, and I’ve got a copy waiting for you.

Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Robin Williams (in one of his last roles) are at it again, and the family-friendly fun not only explodes off the screen in this one, but the Blu-Ray is jam-packed with goodies fans are going to love.

Check out all the info on the release below, including the full list of bonuses, and then enter to win your very own copy. As a little added bonus, I’ve got a crossword for you.

Bring home the adventure on March 10, on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD!

Every Blu-ray™ comes with a Bonus Digital HD movie – Your choice of Night at the Museum 1 or 2!

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings back to life your favorite museum heroes in Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb available on Digital HD,
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10 Reasons You’re Wrong About Terminator Salvation

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When The Terminator was tested in a California shopping mall in 1984, it caused a riot. 25 years later, Terminator Salvation opened to mixed reviews and, critically for a $200 million blockbuster, it failed to take the top spot from the current box office champion, A Night At The Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

Not only was it the first Terminator not to open at #1, but with a paltry domestic haul of $125 million, Salvation was the lowest grossing sequel in the franchise. Worldwide, it made $371 million, less than double its production budget and considerably less than either Judgment Day ($519 million) or Rise Of The Machines ($433 million).

Fans demanded to know what had ‘gone wrong’. Where, they wondered, were all the signature elements: the time travel paradoxes, the single, indestructible villain and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 character? Why were the tone and the look so different? Why was it rated
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The Hobbit comes out on top with $90.6 million 5-day debut

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While Hollywood continued to wrestle with the fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, the weekend box office offered the solace of a movie-going truism: Hobbits sell.

Peter Jackson's final installment of his six J.R.R. Tolkien adventures, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, debuted with $56.2 million over the weekend and $90.6 million since opening Wednesday, according to studio estimates Sunday. 

Aided by popularity on Imax screens, The Battle of the Five Armies dominated the pre-Christmas frame with a five-day haul similar to the franchise's previous entry, The Desolation of Smaug, even if its actual debut weekend was notably less than both prior "Hobbit" movies. In its second week of release overseas, Warner Bros.' Five Armiesadded $105.5 million to bring its two-week global total past $350 million.

Jeff Goldstein, head of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., said the healthy weekend of moviegoing was a welcome respite after an "upsetting and so disturbing" week.
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The Hobbit 3 Dominates Box Office Weekend, Night at the Museum 3 and Annie Bomb

"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," which is the last installment in "The Hobbit" trilogy, took first place at the domestic box office by earning $56 million, bringing its worldwide total to $355 million. Despite the amazing results, both previous "The Hobbit" films performed better. "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" opened to $84.6 million in 2012 and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opened to $73.6 million last year. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" has a 61% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking second place is "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which is also a third film in the franchise. It earned a very disappointing $17.3 million, far lower than the original "Night at the Museum" ($30.4 million) and "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" ($54.2 million). "Secret of the Tomb" cost $127 million to make, which means that it will heavily rely on international box office to keep loses to a minimum.
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Box Office: No 'Battle' as 'The Hobbit 3' beats 'Night at the Museum 3' for no. 1

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Box Office: No 'Battle' as 'The Hobbit 3' beats 'Night at the Museum 3' for no. 1
Peter Jackson's 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies" took no prisoners easily winning the weekend at the U.S. box office with $56.2 million.  The final installment in the second Middle Earth trilogy has grossed $90.6 million so far. That's actually under pre-release polling which expected "Hobbit 3" to do $100 million plus over the five-day. Considering what a rough year its distributor, Warner Bros., has had and how most "blockbusters" have underperformed over the past 12 months, $90 million should illicit sighs of relief more than anything else. It also doesn't hurt that the adventure has already pulled in a mammoth $265 million overseas.  Moreover, while there are five new releases opening on Christmas day stateside, "Hobbit" is still expected to dominate into early January. Debuting at no. 2 was "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," which features one of the last cinematic performances of Robin Williams.  The Shaun Levy directed comedy pulled in just $17.3 million,
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Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Rules Them All With $90.6 Million

Box Office: ‘The Hobbit’ Rules Them All With $90.6 Million
Moviegoers helped Peter Jackson bid farewell to Middle Earth in style, pushing “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” to $90.6 million over its first five days in theaters.

The franchise finale debuted Wednesday on 3,875 locations and easily trumped tracking which had predicted a debut in the $70 million range. For its inaugural three-day weekend, the fantasy adventure earned $56.2 million.

“There have been six visits to Middle Earth and this is the final one and it became so important for people to come out to see this in a big way,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution executive vice president. “The action was there and Peter made a fabulous movie.”

This “Hobbit” faced stiffer competition than the previous installments in the form of two major family releases, “Annie” and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.” Previous Jackson films, such as “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug,
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Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ Finale Marching Toward $88 Million

Box Office: ‘Hobbit’ Finale Marching Toward $88 Million
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is marching toward a box office victory.

The final installment of Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” trilogy grossed $16.6 million on Friday in the U.S. on its way to hauling almost $54 million this weekend, which would put its five-day total at $88 million. This is far above recent estimates of $80 million.

The fantasy adventure is miles ahead of the other newcomers this pre-Christmas weekend. Another sequel, “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” is headed for $19 million, while the reboot of “Annie” trails slightly behind with $18.5 million. The films are in a neck-and-neck race after initial forecasts as late as Friday pegged “Secret of the Tomb” as the clear winner.

Aside from giving a much-needed boost to the U.S. box office, if estimates hold, “Five Armies” will have the year’s eighth highest-grossing opening, behind “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

Despite the strong showing,
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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb – The Review

In opposition to TV’s “Schoolhouse Rock” classic tune, for movies three is not always the magic number. It’s true for most film franchises especially comedies (with National Lampoon’S Christmas Vacation being the exceptional exception). Many moviegoers still get queasy thinking about last year’s The Hangover Part III. Well, how about a more family friendly comedy series? In 2006 Ben Stiller decided to expand his fan base by starring in the surprise box-office smash, Night At The Museum, an all ages PG slapstick farce. Naturally he followed it up three years later with Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, which did enough business to warrant another entry….five years later?! Really, it took that long for all the stars to align? Now these flicks are special effects heavy and during the post production two of its stars, well, made sure they weren’t available for a fourth installment.
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Forecast (cont.): 'Night at the Museum,' 'Annie' Open Ahead of Christmas Holiday

Forecast (cont.): 'Night at the Museum,' 'Annie' Open Ahead of Christmas Holiday
<< Continued from 'Forecast: Will Moviegoers Show Up One Last Time for 'The Hobbit'?Playing at 3,783 theaters, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is also aiming to be the final chapter in its franchise: the poster's tagline reads "One Final Night To Save the Day."After opening on this same weekend back in 2006, the original Night at the Museum wound up earning a massive $250.9 million. Two-and-a-half years later, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian wasn't quite as impressive, earning $177.2 million (down 29 percent from the first movie).There's been a five-and-a-half year gap between the second and the third installment, which begs the question: does anyone care about this series anymore? Star Ben Stiller has been down this road before with Little Fockers, which opened six years after its predecessor. That didn't work out so well, as Little Fockers wound up earning 47 percent less than Meet the Fockers.
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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb Review

Eight years is a long time in the life of a child. While critics are lining up to award Richard Linklater for exploring such an idea, a much larger viewing audience unfamiliar with Boyhood may experience a similar feeling of time passing them by while watching Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. Advertising itself as the finale of the soon-to-be billion dollar grossing Night at the Museum trilogy, Secret of the Tomb lays it on thick with pretences of finality and closure. In truth, the film doesn’t bring the journey to a stop, and instead simply hits the blinker on a lucrative franchise vehicle that’s always been operating in cruise control.

Ben Stiller once again straps on nightshift blues and a flashlight as security guard Larry Daley, who spends his evenings corralling the magically sentient exhibits of the Natural History Museum. Over the course of his adventures,
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Robin Williams' Widow Susan Schneider Attends Night at the Museum 3 Premiere, Costars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais Pay Tribute: Details

Robin Williams' Widow Susan Schneider Attends Night at the Museum 3 Premiere, Costars Ben Stiller, Ricky Gervais Pay Tribute: Details
Robin Williams was remembered by his friends and loved ones at the Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb film premiere in NYC on Thursday, Dec. 11. His widow, Susan Schneider, was also in attendance to celebrate the star's final role. She looked relaxed and smiled while walking the red carpet. Williams played Teddy Roosevelt in the adventure comedy franchise, appearing in Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and the third movie before his tragic death back in [...]
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