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May 3

Mila Kunis Is Done Trying To Be Perfect In 'Bad Moms' Trailer

by Stephanie Marcus

From the writers of "The Hangover" comes "Bad Moms," a comedy starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn as three women who are done trying to be the mythical "perfect mom."

Fed up with the stresses of attempting to juggle careers, the PTA, soccer practice and ensuring their children live "amazing and magical lives," the ladies toast to being "bad moms" and - you guessed it - hilarity ensues.

According the film's synopsis, the three moms join forces "on a quest to liberate themselves from conventional responsibilities - going on a wild, un-mom-like binge of long overdue freedom, fun and self-indulgence - putting them on a collision course with PTA Queen Bee Gwendolyn and her clique of devoted perfect moms."

The store-bought donut holes Kunis' character provides for the school bake sale seem to be a point of contention with Christina Applegate, who has been cast as the tightly wound villain in the film.

Watch the RED Band trailer (definitely NSFW and R-rated):

Continue Reading at: Huffington Post

May 1

Box office report: The Jungle Book threepeats and bests Keanu, Mother's Day

Mowgli, portrayed by Neel Sethi, right, and Baloo the bear, voiced by Bill Murray, appear in a scene from, "The Jungle Book." (image courtesy Disney / AP)
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by Devan Coggan

Not even three new wide releases could dethrone the king of the jungle.

The Jungle Book spent its third weekend at the top of the box office, earning an estimated $42.4 million. Even with Keanu, Mother's Day, and Ratchet & Clank hitting theaters, none of them could touch Disney's epic tale, which fell a minuscule 31 percent and was the only movie to hit double digits this weekend. Over the three weekends it's been in theaters, The Jungle Book has showed remarkable staying power, earning $252.1 million domestically and $684.8 million worldwide.

Of the new releases, Keanu fared the best, virtually tying for second place with The Huntsman: Winter's War. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's action cat comedy earned a so-so B CinemaScore and an estimated $9.35 million opening.

The Huntsman earned $9.39 million to Keanu's $9.35 million, falling 52 percent in its second weekend. The sequel to 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman now has a domestic total of $34 million.

Fourth place went to the Garry Marshall rom-com Mother's Day, which opened to an estimated $8.3 million and a B+ CinemaScore. Its ensemble cast includes Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, and Jason Sudeikis, and its opening is a far cry from other Marshall ensemble comedies like Valentine's Day, which opened to $56.3 million in 2010, or New Year's Eve, which debuted to $13 million in 2011.

As for this weekend's final new wide release, the animated Ratchet & Clank, it couldn't even break into the top five, opening in seventh place with $4.8 million. Sylvester Stallone and Paul Giamatti lent their voices to the animated adventure, which only earned a B CinemaScore.

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

Apr 30

From 'Purple Rain' to 'Star Wars,' a look at classic flicks making a splash again in theaters

Prince in his early days (image courtesy AP)
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By Keri Blakinger

It's back to the future - or back to the silver screen.

With a number of anniversaries and memorials in the not-so-distant future, filmgoers can expect some cinematic throwbacks to surface in 2016.

From "Labyrinth" to "Ghostbusters," here's a look at some of the fabulous films from the past slated to appear on a screen near you.

"Labryinth"

Three decades after its original release, "Labyrinth" will be returning to theaters in September.

The 1986 fantasy film starring David Bowie as the Goblin King is being rereleased by Fathom Events and will appear in theaters Sept. 11 and 14, just before the release of an anniversary BluRay edition of the film.

Though 2016 would have been a good time for an anniversary release anyway, in light of Bowie's death in January, now it's a memorial release as well

Click the Continue Reading at link to read the rest of the story about some classic movies returning to theaters.

Continue Reading at: NY Daily News

Apr 29

Alicia Vikander to Star as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider'

Alicia Vikander to star in the Lara Croft reboot (image courtesy Getty)

by Borys Kit

Lara Croft has been found.

Alicia Vikander has signed on to star in Tomb Raider for MGM, Warner Bros. and GK Films, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The movie project, which has Roar Uthaug (The Wave) on board to direct, will tell the story of a young and untested Croft fighting to survive her first adventure.

MGM and Warner Bros. are co-producing the film, with MGM overseeing production. They acquired the rights from GK Films, who had previously purchased the film rights in 2011 from Square Enix Ltd.

Graham King is serving as producer.

Angelina Jolie famously starred in the two previous Tomb Raider movies, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, which established her as a bankable, franchise-carrying international star.

Vikander, who won an Oscar for her turn in The Danish Girl, is hoping for a similar path, and the Tomb Raider movie gives the actress her own franchise after proving her salt in acclaimed dramas.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 28

'Angry Birds' maker wants phones out as film credits roll

by Associated Press

The creators of "Angry Birds" hope movie theater audiences don't get their feathers ruffled if some filmgoers pluck out their mobile devices at the end of "The Angry Birds Movie" and point them at the screen.

Rovio Entertainment is dropping a code in the credits of the upcoming animated film inspired by the mobile gaming sensation that will hatch an exclusive level for a new pinball-inspired game called "Angry Birds Action!"

The latest entry in Rovio's ever-expanding "Angry Birds" empire is populated by characters and locales from "The Angry Birds Movie," which features Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad and Danny McBride as a trio of the series' feathered protagonists.

"It's really about continuing the story," said Miika Tams, vice president of games at Espoo, Finland-based studio Rovio. "Everyone is usually distracted after watching a movie, but we wanted audiences to be distracted by wanting to go back into the game."

A level set on Piggy Island, home to the Angry Birds' snout-faced adversaries, can only be unlocked if players pluck out their mobile devices and zap a code displayed during the film's credits when it debuts May 20.

"This takes place after the movie is over, so it won't disturb the actual movie-going experience," said Mikael Hed, executive chairman at Rovio Animation Studios. "When we were coming up with the concept, we thought about something like this happening during the movie, but we decided that would be totally disrupting."

Continue Reading at: Fox News

Apr 27

Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Trailer Debuts Online

by Hilary Lewis

The official trailer for Oliver Stone's Snowden movie has debuted online.

Open Road released a teaser for the film last year, without any new footage, but this is the first extended look at Stone's upcoming film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The film is set to hit theaters on Sept. 16 after being pushed back twice from its original release dates of Dec. 25, 2015, and May 13 of this year. In addition to Gordon-Levitt, Snowden stars Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas Cage, Melissa Leo, Tom Wilkinson, Scott Eastwood, Timothy Olyphant, Rhys Ifans and Joely Richardson. Woodley plays Snowden's girlfriend, while Quinto plays journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Stone directed the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Kieran Fitzgerald (The Homesman), basing it on two books, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man, by journalist Luke Harding; and the novel Time of the Octopus, by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 27

Hollywood's Latest Whitewash: What Doctor Strange's Casting of Tilda Swinton Means

Tilda Swinton as "the Ancient One"—bald, but still not Tibetan (image courtesy Vice / Marvel)
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By Gelek Badheytsang

If you're not white, chances are when you're watching a movie or a TV series, you'll catch yourself on the lookout for anyone who's not white.

It's a very minor event, this trying to find someone who looks like you onscreen, and most of us probably do it unconsciously.

That Hollywood has blind spots when it comes to race and race-based issues is not a groundbreaking revelation. Its audience, increasingly non-white and vocal, are challenging the films and their filmmakers about this gap when it comes to who is shown on-screen and who isn't.

It's in this context that we find Doctor Strange. Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, in a fit of exasperation and indignation, responded to criticisms recently that his movie committed the age-old Hollywood tradition of whitewashing by casting Tilda Swinton in the role of the Ancient One. In the Marvel comic book lore, the Ancient One was based on a Tibetan mystical master. He guides the titular hero (portrayed onscreen by Benedict Cumberbatch) in his journey from a brilliant but ordinary surgeon, to a brilliant and powerful superhero; cloaked and ready to join the pantheon of Marvel characters, and the next instalment of the money-printing enterprise that is the Avengers series.

As Cargill explains it, the decision to cast Swinton was not done lightly. "The Ancient One was a racist stereotype who comes from a region of the world that is in a very weird political place," he says in a video interview posted on YouTube. "He originates from Tibet, so if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he's Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that's bullshit."

The one billion people that Cargill is referring to are the Chinese people. He continues:

"[You] risk the Chinese government going, 'Hey, you know one of the biggest film-watching countries in the world? We're not going to show your movie because you decided to get political.'"

Continue Reading at: Vice.com

Apr 26

Turner to launch its own movie-streaming service, FilmStruck

by Sarah Perez

New video streaming services are launching left and right these days, and now Time Warner-owned Turner is looking to get a piece of the action for itself, too. The company announced this morning plans to debut an on-demand service focused on films, including both indie titles and mainstream Hollywood hits from major studios, including Warner Bros. Called FilmStruck, the service is being developed by Turner Classic Movies (TCM) in collaboration with the Criterion Collection, and will arrive in the fall.

The content library will include films from studios like Janus Films (which will bring over 1,000 titles), plus Flicker Alley, Icarus, Kino, Milestone and Zeitgeist, as well as larger studios. It will also be home to titles like “Seven Samurai,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “A Room With A View,” “Blood Simple,” “My Life As A Dog,” “Mad Max,” “Breaker Morant” and “The Player,” the company notes.

John Martin, chairman and CEO of Turner described the service in an announcement as something that’s “tailor-made for the diehard movie enthusiast,” explaining that FilmStruck’s aim will be to offer mix of content, including independent, foreign and art house films.

The service’s film selection will be refreshed on a continual basis, says Turner, and will be accessible on range of consumer devices.

Of course, Turner’s isn’t the only one trying to carve out a niche by focusing more heavily on movies while competitors like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu invest heavily in new, original TV series for consumers to binge. The streaming movie service Tribeca Shortlist, which comes from Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises (the Tribeca Film Festival org), is also touting its own movie streaming service’s quality and curation as its advantage over Netflix, for example.

Continue Reading at: TechCrunch.com

Apr 25

Wolverine Is Back in New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer

by Francesca Bacardi

You almost had us, Hugh Jackman!

The new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse debuted Monday morning, and you're definitely going to want to watch it in full. Sure, the trailer shows more action, fighting and even some lighthearted humor, but it's the last four seconds that will leave your jaw dropped. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) approaches Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and notices how busy they've been—they're surrounded by bodies—and McPhee's character explains they've received "a little bit of help."

All of a sudden, an arm appears and the telltale claws pop out of a hand—hello, Wolverine! He wasn't expected to be in this installment, but we're certainly glad to see him his arm.

The newest trailer goes into more depth about Apocalypse's (Oscar Isaac) backstory, telling viewers that he's been "amassing mutants to take their powers," but he's always had four followers known as the Four Horsemen: Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Archangel (Ben Hardy), Psylocke (Olivia Munn) and Storm (Alexandra Shipp). At one point, however, it looks like Charles Xavier (James McEvoy) tries to stop Magneto from joining Apocalypse.

Check it out here:

Continue Reading at: E! Online

Apr 24

Box Office: 'Huntsman' Flops With $20M; 'Jungle Book' Roars to $61M

Chris Hemsworth in a scene from 'The Huntsman: Winter's War' (image courtesy Universal)
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by Pamela McClintock

Without Kristen Stewart as Snow White, Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War flopped at the North American box office, grossing $20.1 million from 3,792 theaters despite a net budget of $115 million.

Rather, The Jungle Book remained king of the multiplex as it raced past the $500 million mark globally. The film continued to defy expectations in its second weekend, falling a scant 41 percent to $60.8 million from 4,028 theaters for a 10-day domestic total of $191.5 million.

Overseas, Jungle Book roared to another $96 million for a foreign total of $337 million and global haul of $528.5 million. Huntsman took in $32.1 million offshore for a foreign total of $80.2 million (it began rolling out internationally two weeks ago) and global cume of $100.3 million.

Jungle Book's performance further solidifies Disney's prowess in spinning classic tales into live-action tentpoles. Other studios are having a much harder go of it, including Universal. In the 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart starred as Snow White. Instead of making a sequel to that film, Universal decided to go in a different direction, banking on Chris Hemsworth's star power, as well Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain.

The move didn't pay off. Huntsman came in more than 64 percent behind the domestic debut of Snow White and the Huntsman ($56.2 million), and marks the latest disappointment for Hemsworth who, outside of playing Thor, hasn't clicked as a leading man. Both Blackhat and In the Heart of the Sea were big-budget misses, while Rush also did poorly in the U.S.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Apr 24

WATCH: 'The Ring,' 'The Grudge' spirits battle in 'Sadako vs Kayako' first trailer

It started as an April Fools' Day joke last year, but it turns out Sadako vs Kayako is actually happening. Forget Batman v Superman, or #TeamCap versus #TeamIronMan, this is going to be one epic showdown – a crossover, if you will, of two famous Japanese horror titles.

Helmed by director Koji Shiraishi, the Sadako vs Kayako places Yuri Kurahashi (Mizuki Yamamoto) at the crossfire between two vengeful spirits: Sadako Yamamura from The Ring, and Kayako Saeki from Ju-On/The Grudge.

The trailer is in Japanese, but you'll see familiar elements at play, like the cursed videotape and well from The Ring, and of course, the ghostly figure of Kayako from The Grudge.

Both The Ring and Ju-On are massive Japanese horror franchises, which have spawned several sequel and prequel films on their own. This time, it looks like it's going to be an epic showdown in the vein of Alien vs Predator – set to some J-Rock music.

Watch the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Rappler.com

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