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'Captain America' sets box office record as it leaps past 'Noah'

Sun, 04/06/2014 - 12:13pm

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. ...

Q&A: Nicole Kidman keeping it real in latest roles

Sat, 04/05/2014 - 11:48am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With several films set to debut this year, including such disparate turns as a taxidermist villainess, mysterious amnesiac and an actress-turned-princess, Nicole Kidman will again become a familiar face in theaters.

George Washington's spy ring comes alive in AMC drama 'Turn'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 6:28pm
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The world of espionage has been brought to life by characters such as James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer on film and television, but a new AMC drama is going back to spy origins with America's own founding father, George Washington. "Turn," which premieres on Sunday, tells the story of four childhood friends who find themselves pulled together as spies during the height of the American Revolutionary War in 1778 in New York's Long Island, under the orders of General Washington. The series is based on Alexander Rose's 2007 book "Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring." The Culper Ring was formed by Major Benjamin Tallmadge, who chose an unsuspecting group of his friends, civilians who opposed the British occupation of New York - farmer Abe Woodhull, pub landlady Anna Strong and fisherman Caleb Brewster.

'GOT's' Gwendoline Christie Headed To 'The Hunger Games'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 4:05pm

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: 'I Used Bad Judgment' In Instagram Encounter

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 3:23pm

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.

Brittany Murphy's last film gets 4-state test run

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:46pm

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Murphy's final movie opens Friday in Eugene before going on a limited run.

Brittany Murphy's last film opening in Oregon city

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:29pm
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Murphy's final movie opens Friday in Eugene, Ore.

Will Ferrell signs for Billie Jean King biopic

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 1:38pm

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.

Q&A: Steve Coogan on 23 years of Alan Partridge

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:42am

NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Coogan has been playing Alan Partridge, his vain, tasteless British radio host, for 23 years.

Larry the Cable Guy cancels New Mexico, Utah shows

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:41am

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Larry the Cable Guy has canceled a couple of upcoming performances in New Mexico and Utah due to an injury he suffered on a movie set.

French 'Matrix' actor to host Cannes film festival

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:27am

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.

Lost 1920s British movie classic found in Amsterdam

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:38am

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.

How Drew Barrymore's life changed as a new mom

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:12am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As a new mom, Drew Barrymore felt she might sacrifice her famous free-spirited nature for the safety of her 15-month-old daughter.

'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' recruits Johnny Knoxville, Tony Shalhoub

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:47am

Michael Bay's upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" reboot has revealed "Jackass" skipper Johnny Knoxville and "Monk," "Pain & Gain" and "Men in Black" actor Tony Shalhoub as prominent cast members.

Lancome taps Lupita Nyong'o as new face

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:11am

NEW YORK (AP) — The fashion and beauty industry's love affair with Lupita Nyong'o continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancome.

Cannes 2014: posters for parallel sections revealed

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:28am

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.

Holly Hunter joins 'Batman vs. Superman'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 7:16am

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.

Store featured in Ford film 'Witness' closing

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 8:55pm
INTERCOURSE, Pa. (AP) — A century-old Pennsylvania grocery store featured in the Harrison Ford movie "Witness" has closed its doors.

Johnny Depp confirms engagement to actress Amber Heard

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 6:56pm

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.