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POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 4:06 PM

Check out the trailer "Thanks For Sharing," a romantic comedy about the troubles and travails of sex addiction featuring Doylestown's own Pink, credited this time around by her real name Alecia Moore.

The movie also stars Mark Ruffalo, Tony-nominated actor Josh Gad, Tim Robbins and, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow, who strips down to her skivvies in the trailer. Pink is Dede, the female sex addict of the mostly-male bunch. Pink is no stranger to acting, with six credits on IMDB (although a couple feature her playing herself, namely in "Get Him to the Greek").

"Thanks for Sharing" is out in theaters September 20.

POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013, 2:50 PM
Filed Under: Movies
This undated publicity image released by Marvel shows Robert Downey Jr., as Tony Stark/Iron Man, in a scene from "Marvel's Iron Man 3." (AP)

Tony Stark is sticking around.

Robert Downey Jr. signed on for two more "Avengers" flicks, Marvel announced Thursday. The 48-year-old actor will reprise his role as Tony Stark for the second and third installment of the series.

Joss Whedon, who is currently writing the screenplay of the Avengers sequel, is set to direct the film. The Associated Press reports production will begin in March, while the movie is expected to drop in May 2015.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 4:02 PM
Filed Under: Movies
FILE - In this Saturday, May 24, 2008 file photo British director Sam Taylor-Wood poses for a portrait during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France. Producers say British visual artist and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson has been signed to direct the movie version of erotic best-seller "50 Shades of Grey", it was announced Wednesday June 20, 2013. (ap)

Sam Taylor-Johnson will direct Fifty Shades of Grey, the adaptation of EL James' steamy, best-selling book.

James broke the news via Twitter Wednesday afternoon saying she was "delighted and thrilled." Universal Pictures and Focus Features released a joint statement following the initial announcement.

46-year-old Taylor-Johnson's directorial debut was in 2009 for Nowhere Boy, a biopic chronicling the earlier years of John Lennon starring her 23-year-old husband Aaron Taylor-Johnson of "Kick-Ass" fame.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 5:08 PM
Henry Cavill as Superman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ action adventure “Man of Steel,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.

Here's an equation for you: Man of Steel + The Lone Ranger + Sherlock Holmes = box office smash?

That's what the execs at Warner Bros. are probably doodling on their legal pads.

Cue the Jerry Goldsmith theme music, and memorize the acronym: In The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the Sixties spy series starring Robert Vaughn as secret agent Napoleon Solo and David McCallum as his Russian partner, Illya Kuryakin, U.N.C.L.E. stands for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement.

POSTED: Monday, June 17, 2013, 1:15 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Just throwing a lobster at investigators.

"The year I turned 26, I made $49 million, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week."

Leonardo DiCaprio's back as a money-making millionaire, but this time his role is based on a real-life, morally-flawed character from another decade. The protagonist of The Great Gatsby stars in The Wolf of Wall Street, a film about the rise and fall of Jordan Belfort, who during the '90s made more than $100 million while he was still in his 20s.

The real-life Belfort went to prison for scamming investors out of more than $200 million. He later went on to publish a memoir in 2007 titled - you've guessed right, The Wolf of Wall Street.

POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 4:44 PM

It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it was shot in Philly -- and Atlantic City. The Burglar, the mid-‘50s film noir with a screenplay by the great David Goodis, directed by Paul Wendkos and produced by Louis W. Kellman, screens Friday at 11:30pm on Turner Classic Movies, part of the cable channel’s “Friday Spotlight on Noir Writers” series. (Dark Passage, Nightfall and Shoot the Piano Player – three other adaptations of books by the Philly-bred pulp scribe -- also screen.) 

In The Burglar, Dan Duryea leads a gang who heist a valuable necklace from a wealthy spiritualist. Jayne Mansfield is the moll who cases the old woman’s mansion, reporting back to Duryea and his crew. Things go bad, as these things often do, with a deadly denouement in Atlantic City. Locations include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Logan’s Circle, Independence Square and the Atlantic City Steel Pier. Shot in 1955, the film wasn’t released until 1957, capitalizing in on Mansfield’s sex symbol ascension.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 10:59 AM
Filed Under: Movies
CLAY ENOS / Warner Bros.

"Awe." That's what the creators behind the latest Superman flick wanted to convey through their Clark Kent.

Among the many reasons why Henry Cavill was selected to play Superman (one being that he's incredibly handsome), producer Deborah Snyder shared with EI News at the New York premiere of Man of Steel the defining moment that lead the team to make the decision.

"The clincher was our suit wasn't ready so we were doing a screen test. And we put him in the old Christopher Reeve suit 'cause it's all we had," she said.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013, 2:44 PM
Filed Under: Movies

Well this could be a nice transition for Game of Thrones fans. Expect dragons, gorgeous landscapes and fantasy galore in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Orlando Bloom reprises his role as Legolas in the second installment of the film trilogy, largely based on J.R.R. Tolkien's series. Here's the synopsis of the sequel to 2012's An Unexpected Journey: Bilbo Baggins, played by Martin Freeman, continues his quest to reclaim the lost dwarf kingdom of Erebor, which was taken over by the big, bad and mighty dragon Smaug. The hero is joined by the Wizard Gandalf, played by Ian McKellen, and a group of thirteen dwarves. On the way, Bilbo encounters packs of elves and a plethora of terrifying creatures, like those large spiders that made us want to sink into our seats during Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

The film will be released in theaters on Dec. 13.

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