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July 30

A minute with: Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

Chris Pratt poses at the premiere of ''Guardians of the Galaxy'' in Hollywood (image courtesy Reuters)

By Mary Milliken

Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

But then a door unexpectedly opened to a lead role as Peter Quill in Marvel Studios' new movie franchise "Guardians of the Galaxy," a big-budget, humor-filled outer-space adventure opening in U.S. theaters Friday.

With a more buff physique than his doughy character Andy Dwyer on TV's "Parks and Recreation," Pratt combines cocky and dorky into an unlikely leader of a band of outcasts bent on saving the galaxy.

The 35-year-old Pratt talked to Reuters about trusting his fanboy director, the humiliation of auditioning for action roles and the ability to provide for wife and kid now that he's a leading man.

Click the Continue Reading at link to read the Q & A with Pratt.

Continue Reading at: Reuters

July 29

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies trailer is out

The first trailer for Peter Jacksonís The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has hit the Internet after making its premiere at San Diego Comic-Con last weekend, and the final film in the series looks action-packed, and grim.

Martin Freeman's Bilbo Baggins is shown bracing himself for war, proclaiming, "One day Iíll remember, remember everything that happened here: the good the bad, those who survived and those who did not."

The preview, which declares the movie to be the "the defining chapter of the Middle-Earth saga," shows an elfin Cate Blanchett kissing a fallen Gandalf (Ian MacKellen).

Other familiar faces from the Tolkien-inspired epic are back, including Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Richard Ameritage and Lee Evans.

Continue Reading at: CBC

July 29

First Trailer For George Miller's Thrill-Seeking Mad Max: Fury Road Debuts

By Adam Miller

George Miller, mastermind behind the original Mad Max trilogy of the 70s and 80s, has revived his infamous anti-hero for a full blown, dark and twisted 105-minute long car chase in the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road and now the long awaited reboot has a trailer and we have to say, it looks bloody epic!

Starring Tom Hardy as the main man himself alongside Chalize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the fourth feature in the franchise looks like a thrilling ride slated for release on May 15, 2015.

While the trailer doesn't exactly give too much away, other than some riveting action packed racing and Charlize Theron's shaved head - director, producer and all around Mad Max genius George Miller recently revealed the story would explore the modern day war over water.

Continue Reading at: Entertainmentwise

July 28

Box Office Gender Gap: Why 'Lucy' Conquered 'Hercules'

Scarlett Johansson in a scene from 'Lucy' (image courtesy Universal)
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by Pamela McClintock

Fifty percent of the audience for the Scarlett Johansson action pic was women, another summer sign that female moviegoers are taking on more power in a season once dominated by men.

Women once again proved their might at the North American box office this weekend, delivering a big win for Lucy, the Scarlett Johansson action movie that easily crushed Dwayne Johnson's Hercules, director Brett Ratner's muscle-bound take on the classic Greek hero.

The R-rated Lucy debuted to $44 million in North America, far more than expected and the best showing ever for a female action title not based on a young adult book (i.e., The Hunger Games) or a video game (Tomb Raider). Hercules, conversely, opened to $29 million.

The sword-and-sandal genre is challenged, with recent efforts Pompei and The Legend of Hercules failing to connect with broad audiences. But Johnson is considered one of the world's biggest action stars, so Hercules was expected to do more business than Lucy. Its failure to do so is another example illustrating an alarming trend at the box office: many men are staying away from the U.S. multiplex this summer.

As male-fueled tentpoles like Transformers: Age of Extinction have failed to reach the same heights as in previous summers (though Transformers is performing well overseas), females have powered some of the summer's biggest hits -- think Maleficent ($230 million domestic) and The Fault in Our Stars ($122 million domestic on a $12 million production budget). Now, their power has extended to the R-rated action genre, territory historically dominated by male stars.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

July 27

Zack Snyder shows off first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman at Comic Con 2014

Gal Gadot all decked out as Wonder Woman (image courtesy Zach Snyder / Warner Bros.)

by Andre Borges

Comic Con is ongoing and fans from across the globe flock to get out anything and everything from the geek world's biggest event. And those that attended Zack Snyder's Comic Con Panel were definitely not disappointed.

The room was surrounded with giant screens, while Snyder presented a small teaser of Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in action as Batman and Superman. The two heroes battle it out in a rainy sequence, with a dark and gritty feel, much like Frank Miller's iconic 'Dark Knight' series. But that wasn't all. Snyder also debuted Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, for all the world to marvel at.

Many fans felt that the Israeli actress did not fill the role of Wonder Woman, but from the looks of the action shot, Gadot looks pretty fierce as the Amazonian princess, wielding a sword and ready for battle. It is becoming more and more apparent that Snyder's rendition of the film will have a noi-ish feel to it, and will be a lot like Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight series rather than the previous DC films.

Continue Reading at: DNA India

July 26

George Miller reboots 'Mad Max' with '105-minute chase scene'

Director George Miller (pictured here in 2011) is to reboot 'Mad Max' (image courtesy Reuters)

By Piya Sinha-Roy

A dynamic new lead and an epic-scale chase will be at the center of the new "Mad Max" reboot, as Australian director George Miller reignites his explosive action thriller franchise as the fight for survival in the wasteland rages on.

"Mad Max: Fury Road," the fourth installment of the "Mad Max" franchise that began in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the lead role, saw a post-apocalypse dystopian Australia where police officer Max Rockatansky battles hardened criminals of the outback.

Time Warner Inc-owned Warner Bros' "Fury Road," due in theaters next year, is set 45 years in a post-apocalyptic future, and Miller said the whole film is a "105-minute chase scene through the wasteland."

"Everyone in the story is either a villain or a good guy; this is a very dangerous world and everyone you encounter could be out to kill you to simply to take what you have. So it's all survival," the director told Reuters.

The film has been about 15 years in the making, and Miller said that initially he was working with Gibson, but after 9/11, the project was scrapped. By the time the director picked it up again, Gibson was past the age he wanted Max to be.

"It's not about an old Mad Max, it's about the same Mad Max," he said.

British actor Tom Hardy picks up the mantle of Max, and Miller said he embodies many of the qualities he first felt with Gibson.

"They are (both) the guys who are very lovable, and at the same time they've got their dark side, and that contrast is at the core of their charisma."

Continue Reading at: Reuters

July 26

'The Expendables 3' Online Leak Feared to Affect Box Office Sales

A promotional poster from 'Expendables 2'
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by Ying Zhin

Jet Li returns in "The Expendables 3," the [next] installment of the action-filled series that is set to open in North America on August 15 and may also be possibly released simultaneously in mainland China.

However, three weeks ahead of the film's scheduled release, "The Expendables 3" has been leaked online and has reportedly been illegally downloaded more than 189,000 times in 24 hours.

TorrentFreak revealed that a high quality version of the film has been downloaded through file distribution system BitTorrent.

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According to BoxOffice.com, "The Expendables 3" has been tracking some US$25 million on the opening weekend. But the film piracy is definitely bad news for Lionsgate, the film distributor.

"The Expendables 2" debuted with slightly more at US$28.6 million in summer 2012, although the first movie didn't perform as strongly as the original in the US.

In 2010, "The Expendables" earned US$34.8 million on opening weekend, eventually garnering US$103.1 million in Domestic Box Office and US$274.5 million in Worldwide Box Office.

Continue Reading at: China Topix

July 25

Comic-Con 2014: Batman fans all abuzz about new pic of Ben Affleck in costume

Close-up of Ben Affleck as Batman just released (image courtesy Warner Bros.)

BY Ethan Sacks

Any joker who doubted Ben Affleck would make an impressive Batman can check out the newest photo of the actor as the Caped Crusader.

Just in time for the first full day of San Diego Comic-Con, Warner Bros. revealed a close-up pic of Affleck in the famous cowl from the set of "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice."

Director Zack Snyder had previously tweeted a photo of Ben Affleck in his Batman costume from the film's Detroit set on the first day of production a few weeks ago, but the new photo shows that the actor formerly known as Daredevil has the jaw to be a square-jawed hero.

The studio doesnít have a "Dawn of Justice" presentation scheduled on its Comic-Con panel for Saturday - but it wouldn't be a huge shock if they trotted out some surprise early footage to steal some thunder from rival Marvel Studios' panel later in the day.

Continue Reading at: NY Daily News

July 24

5 Things to Expect at This Yearís Comic-Con


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The convention begins this Thursday, causing rumors to spread about what fans have to look forward to.

Thursday marks the start of the 44th annual San Diego International Comic-Con, and fans are lining up to be a part of the highly-anticipated action.

The panel for the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy will be held on Saturday, and it is rumored that director Peter Jackson will release a trailer for the film.

The Marvel panel will be covering details on the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel to the wildly successful Avengers film is expected to get some reveal during the panel.

Continue Reading at: Time

July 24

'Spider-Man' spin-off' 'Sinister Six' set for 2016 release

Sony Pictures have set the date for 'Spider-man' spin-off, 'Sinister Six', for November 2016.

Doug Belgrad, the studio president, declared the news on the opening day of Comic-Con, and said that they felt "confident" about the super-villain project's release date, which is to be helmed by Drew Goddard, and believe that it would and would make Sony a stronger competitor against the other upcoming superhero films.

According to Variety magazine, Sony had earlier wanted 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3' to hit theatres in 2016, but with this decision, they have pushed the film for 2018, which was previously set for its 4th sequel.

Continue Reading at: The Times of India

July 23

"Avengers," TV and the selfie: What's big at 2014 Comic-Con

By Lauren Moraski

Fan-boys, fan-girls, collectors, movie/TV lovers, comic book fans and cosplayers alike will descend on San Diego this week for the 2014 Comic-Con International.

Now in its 44th year, the convention is bigger than ever with some 130,000 people expected to attend the annual event, which runs from July 24-27. Celebrities will be plentiful, as will previews from upcoming movies and TV series as thousands of people take over the San Diego Convention Center.

Another thing attendees will see a lot of is the year's biggest photo trend: the selfie.

Variety senior editor Marc Graser, who's attended the last 11 conventions in San Diego, told CBS News many of the major players at Comic-Con will have installations featuring selfie opportunities.

"They want everybody to feel like they're part of Comic-Con this year," he said, noting how 2014 is more focused on big events; organizers and participants are increasingly doing away with "velvet rope" and opening up Comic-Con to the masses. They hope to achieve that with major social media pushes (think hashtags and selfies), along with elaborate displays, virtual reality experiences and marketing stunts.

Continue Reading at: CBS

July 22

Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes list for highest earning actor again

Robert Downey Jr. topped Forbes list for highest paid actor for the second consecutive year (image courtesy Reuters)
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Robert Downey Jr, the star of Disney's Marvel superhero film franchises "Iron Man," and "The Avengers," is Hollywood's highest paid actor for the second consecutive year, with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Forbes.com.

The 49-year-old star made most of his money from June 2013 to June 2014 from "Iron Man 3," which made $1.2 billion at the box office and assured him the top spot again in the annual ranking.

"As Iron Man, he's the driving force behind four of Marvel's biggest hits, including 'The Avengers,'" Forbes.com said.

Former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, 42, who starred in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," and the "Fast and Furious," films, jumped into second place this year from fifth in 2013 with earnings of $52 million, followed by "Hangover," star Bradley Cooper, 39, with $46 million.

Continue Reading at: NY Daily News / Reuters

July 21

Box office report: 'Apes' overtakes 'Purge: Anarchy'

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," directed by Matt Reeves, holds onto top spot at the box office (image courtesy 20th Century Fox)
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By Anthony Breznican

After a Friday night showdown that heavily tipped the scales in favor of the survival-horror thriller "The Purge: Anarchy," "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" came back strong this weekend to take the No. 1 spot at the box office.

The "Apes" sequel, starring motion-capture master Andy Serkis as the hyper-evolved higher primate named Caesar, collected $36 million for the weekend, according to Sunday estimates. Meanwhile, "The Purge: Anarchy," a follow-up to last year's nightmare-inducer about a 12-hour period when no crime is illegal, garnered only $28.3 million.

"The Purge" wasn't entirely beloved by its terror-craving audience, getting only a B from the polling firm Cinemascore - compared to the A-minus received by "Apes." So-so word-of-mouth may have led to the Saturday stumble.

It's still a terrific opening for the Universal horror movie, which cost only $9 million to make (compared to an estimated $170 million budget for the "Apes" film, which has earned back only $138 million domestically so far.) The winner there is obvious.

"Apes" is off to a strong start after only two weeks, however, and if it can maintain that it will stand as one of the stronger films of summer.

Continue Reading at: CNN

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