LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the Red, White and Blue super hero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, "Noah." The film, which stars Chris Evans as a scrawny World War Two reject given super powers from an experimental serum, easily exceeded the April take for the racing movie "Fast Five," which collected $86.2 million in ticket sales in April 2011. ...
Another "Game of Thrones" leading lady is headed to "The Hunger Games" franchise. Gwendoline Christie is set to play Commander Lyme in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 2," Access Hollywood has confirmed. The actress will replace "American Horror Story" alum Lily Rabe, who is unable to play the role of a former Hunger Games winner, due to another commitment, per Deadline. Currently, Gwendoline's "GoT" co-star Natalie Dormer is filming "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay-Part 1," playing Cressida.
James Franco allegedly got flirty with a 17-year-old girl via social media this week, reportedly attempting to meet up with her at a hotel room. The 35-year-old actor reportedly began chatting with a 17-year-old Scottish tourist via Instagram after she saw the actor perform on Broadway in "Of Mice and Men." I guess I'm just a model of how social media's tricky.
Know for his roles in comedy capers "Anchorman 2" and "The Lego Movie," SNL alumnus Will Ferrell will be flexing his dramatic chops in "Match Maker," a sports drama focusing on 1973's tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. It's not the first time that Ferrell has taken on a more serious role, with "Winter Passing" and "Stranger than Fiction" parts in the mid 2000s, and for "Match Maker" he'll become none other than Bobby Riggs himself, reports Variety. The other was 29-year-old women's player Billie Jean King, who was in top form.
French actor Lambert Wilson, best known for his role as The Merovingian in two Matrix films, is to host the opening and closing ceremonies at this year's Cannes film festival. Wilson, 55, will introduce president of the jury Jane Campion on stage at the opening ceremony on May 14, as well as steer the closing awards ceremony on May 24, festival organisers said in a statement on Friday. Wilson played The Merovingian in "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions", the second and third instalments in the science fiction action trilogy, both released in 2003. The actor made his first appearance at Cannes in 1985 in an Andre Techine film, "Rendez-Vous", in which he appeared alongside a young Juliette Binoche.
One of Britain's "most-wanted" lost films from the 1920s has turned up in a collection of old canisters rescued from a rural Dutch cinema, Amsterdam's EYE Film Institute said on Wednesday. "The long-lost British masterpiece called Love, Life and Laughter (1923) featuring actress Betty Balfour was discovered in the EYE's collection last Friday," spokesman Marnix van Wijk said. Shot by famed director George Pearson, the film was listed as "missing" by the British Film Institute and featured on a list of 75 movies the BFI said "was not in our vaults" but "which we would love to find." The silent classic features a youthful Balfour, by far the most popular British screen actress of the time, playing the role of "Tip-Toes", who dreams of dance-hall fame and befriends a young aspiring writer played by Harry Jonas.
Organizers have unveiled the visual identity of the next Semaine de la Critique (International Critics' Week) and Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Director's Fortnight), two of the Cannes Film Festival's most prestigious parallel sections. Organized by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics and devoted to emerging filmmakers, the Semaine de la Critique has chosen a poster created by marketing firm Les Bons Faiseurs for its 53rd edition. The graphic features actress Kate Moran, who starred in Yann Gonzalez's film "Les Rencontres d'Après Minuit" ("You and the Night"), presented during a special screening during the parallel section last year.
Warner Bros announced that the actress will share the screen with Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in the superhero movie, which is due in theaters in May 2016. Holly Hunter, who won an Oscar in 1994 for her performance in "The Piano," will play an unspecified role created for the feature. The 56-year-old actress has joined the project alongside Tao Okamato ("The Wolverine") and Callan Mulvey ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier"), who will also play new characters absent from the original comics. Among the most anticipated movies on the horizon for superhero fans, the sequel to "Man of Steel" will feature a battle between Superman and Batman.
Actor Johnny Depp is engaged to marry actress Amber Heard, who he calls "a Southern belle and sweet as can be and very good for me" in an interview with NBC's "Today" show to air on Friday. The 50-year-old "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor confirmed the news days after he was spotted wearing a woman's engagement ring on his left index hand, which set off speculation that he was to wed Heard. Heard, a 27-year-old Texas native, co-starred with Depp in 2011's "The Rum Diary." The following year, Depp split from his long-time partner, the French actress Vanessa Paridis, with whom he has two children.