Monday, December 22, 2014

Movies

POSTED: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:41 PM
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Pitch Perfect 2 screenshot via YouTube trailer.

They’re back, pitches!

Beca, Chloe, Aubrey, Fat Amy (and her bangs) and the Barden Bellas are bringing their A-game in the re-vamped Pitch Perfect 2.

From the looks of the trailer, they’ve upgraded their styles and are obviously more comfortable together than the their slightly awkward appearance the first time around.

POSTED: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 4:27 PM
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Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey in "Dumb and Dumber To." (Universal Studios)
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Jim Carrey is back on top.

The comedian has struggled at the box office in recent years, suffering through the indignity of "Mr. Popper's Penguins" and "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone," but by revisiting one of his most beloved comedies two decades after it hit screens, Carrey has scored his biggest hit in years with "Dumb and Dumber To." The cinematic adventures of a pair of dim bulbs shone brightly at the box office this weekend, picking up an estimated $38.1 million across 3,154 locations.

Despite the strong showing, "Dumb and Dumber To" had to fight for first place with last weekend's champ, "Big Hero 6," which soared past the $100 million mark. The Disney film fell a meager 36% from its opening, picking up $36 million across 3,773 screens. Its total stands at $111.6 million after two weeks.

POSTED: Sunday, November 16, 2014, 8:53 AM
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1." (Murray Close)
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - We'll be seeing less of Philip Seymour Hoffman in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay" films than initially expected as director Francis Lawrence has revealed that he didn't utilize CGI to finish Hoffman's remaining scenes.

Hoffman had almost completed his turn as Plutarch Heavensbee for the final two installments of the "Hunger Games" franchise, "Mockingjay - Part 1" and "Mockingjay - Part 2," when he died on February 2 from mixed drug intoxication. Lawrence said that the creative team shied away from using "digital trickery" to replace Hoffman.

Lawrence talked to HuffPost Live about rewriting the script after production resumed on "Mockingjay" following the actor's untimely death.

POSTED: Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:01 PM
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Actor Ben Affleck, winner of the Hollywood Film award for 'Gone Girl,' poses in the press room during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Fox's thriller "Gone Girl" won the top award at the 18th Hollywood Film Awards, telecast for the first time Friday.

Benedict Cumberbatch won the acting trophy for "Imitation Game" while Julianne More took the actress kudo for "Still Alice."

Robert Duvall and Keira Knightley have won the supporting actor and actress trophies. Duvall won for his portrayal of a aging jurist in "The Judge" and Knightley took hers for playing a mathematician in "The Imitation Game."

POSTED: Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:42 PM
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Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt attends the 3rd Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives Benefiting The Motion Picture & Television Fund at Milk Studios on April 5, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Motion Picture & Television Fund)

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Edward Snowden in a movie directed by Oliver Stone about the former National Security Agency contractor who blew the whistle on the U.S government's mass surveillance programs, the film's backers said on Monday. 

Stone, who won best director Oscars for "Platoon" and "Born on the Fourth of July," has written the screenplay based on two books - "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" by Luke Harding and "Time of the Octopus" by Anatoly Kucherena.

The still untitled film goes into production in Munich in January, said independent studio Open Road Films and production and financing company Endgame Entertainment.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:34 PM
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co will extend one of Pixar's most successful film franchises with the release of "Toy Story 4" in 2017 and will bring back John Lasseter to direct.

"John created 'Toy Story' and directed its first two films and it's great to have him back directing one of our most valuable properties," Disney chief executive Bob Iger said on an earnings call.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 4:28 PM
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Actor Channing Tatum attends HFPA & InStyle's 2014 TIFF celebration during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel on September 6, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Channing Tatum and Demian Bichir have joined the cast of Quentin Tarantino's western "The Hateful Eight."

The Weinstein Company -- which is selling international markets at the America film Market -- announced the official cast list Thursday and said shooting will take place in Telluride, Colo. Bichir is one of the eight in the "Bob" role. (Bob was played by Denis Menochet in Tarantino's live read of the script in April.) Tatum's role was not disclosed.

The other seven roles in the post-Civil War western: Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell as John "The Hangman" Ruth, Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh as Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins as Chris Mannix, Tim Roth as Oswaldo Mobray, Michael Madsen as Joe Gage and Bruce Dern as General Sanford Smithers.

POSTED: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:20 AM
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Actress Alicia Silverstone attends the premiere of Gravitas Ventures' 'Ass Backwards' at the Vista Theatre on October 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - Alicia Silverstone will star in romantic comedy "Who Gets the Dog?" with Steven Miller on board to direct.

Epic Pictures Group will executive produce and is launching sales at the AFM.

Written by Matt J.L. Wheeler & Rick Rapoza, pic producers are Reid Brody and Bill Ryan of 2DS Prods. Shooting will start Dec. 3 in Chicago.

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