Entries in Movies (19)


"Fast and Furious 6" Tops Weekend Box Office Again

Universal Studios(NEW YORK) -- Fast and Furious 6 was tops at the box office for the second straight weekend, collecting $34.5 million in ticket sales.  In just ten days of release, the film has grossed more than $480 million worldwide.

The Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo magic crime caper movie Now You See Me debuted in second place with more than $28 million in gross revenue.

The premiere of the Will Smith/Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure, After Earth, finished in third place with $27 million in revenue, a disappointing result, according to industry observers. After Earth was directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

The 3D animated movie Epic tied for fourth place with Star Trek: Into Darkness. Both films had $16.4 million in ticket sales.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales, according to

1. Fast & Furious 6, $34.5 million
2. Now You See Me, $28.05 million
3. After Earth, $27 million
4. Epic and Star Trek: Into Darkness, tie $16.4 million
6. The Hangover Part III, $15.9 million
7. The Great Gatsby, $6.3 million
8. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, $1.6 million
9. Mud, $1.2 million

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Rob Lowe to Portray JFK in "Killing Kennedy"

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Rob Lowe portrayed Liberace’s plastic surgeon this past weekend in HBO’s Behind the Candelabra and now he’s been tapped to play John F. Kennedy in the National Geographic Channel’s upcoming film Killing Kennedy, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The film is a follow-up to the channel’s popular movie Killing Lincoln, which was based on a book by Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. Killing Kennedy is also based on a book by O’Reilly and Dugard.

The film begins in 1959 with Kennedy announcing his candidacy for the White House and ends in 1963 with his assassination.

Once Upon a Time star Ginnifer Goodwin is cast as Jacqueline Kennedy. Michelle Trachtenberg will portray Marina Oswald, the wife of JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.

Production is scheduled to begin in June in Richmond, Va.

No air date has been announced, but it’s expected to air sometime around the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s assassination on November 22.

The National Geographic Channel is also developing a film based on O’Reilly and Dugard’s upcoming book, Killing Jesus.

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"Snitch" and "Dark Skies" Open Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Snitch -- Dwayne Johnson is a father who becomes an undercover informant and snoops on a drug cartel in order to rescue his son, who's been wrongly accused of a drug-related crime. Susan Sarandon and Barry Pepper also star. Rated PG-13.

* Dark Skies -- A young suburban family is disturbed by a deadly force that terrorizes them. Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and J.K. Simmons star. Rated PG-13.

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Hollywood Pulls Episodes, Delays Shows in Wake of Shooting

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood is being cautious about what it puts out to the public in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. on Friday, reports E! Online.  Movie premieres and shows with potentially objectionable content have been cancelled or pulled.

Fox pulled new episodes of Family Guy and American Dad scheduled to air this past Sunday due to sensitive material. The network did not air Family Guy's "Jesus, Mary and Joseph!" episode, in which Peter relates his own version of the nativity story, as well as American Dad's "Minstrel Krampus," which features a demon that punishes bad kids.  The network aired repeats instead. There's no word as to when or if the shelved episodes will eventually air.

Weekend premieres for two films -- one for Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher in Pittsburgh and another for Billy Crystal and Bette Midler's Parental Guidance in Los Angeles -- were cancelled.  Also, SyFy pulled a violent Haven episode that was supposed to air last Friday.

Additionally, TLC has decided to delay Best Funeral Ever, a one-hour special on a funeral home that specializes in organizing unique funerals, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The program was to originally air Dec. 27, but the network says it will air instead on Jan. 6.

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Steve Jobs Movie Won’t Be Full Biography, Says Aaron Sorkin

Shahn Kermani/Liaison(LOS ANGELES) -- While Ashton Kutcher gets ready to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie, Aaron Sorkin, the mastermind writer of The West Wing and The Social Network, is preparing another -- he plans to adapt Walter Issacson’s biography of Steve Jobs into a film.

“I am at the earliest possible stage with ‘Steve Jobs.’ What I will do is go through a long period that will not look to a casual observer like writing,” Sorkin said during an interview at the All Things D conference in Los Angeles.

Sorkin also likened writing about Jobs to writing about The Beatles.

“To be honest with you, one of the hesitations I had was that this was a little like writing about The Beatles," Sorkin said. "There are so many people out there that know him and revere him; I saw a minefield of disappointment. Hopefully, when I’m done with my research I’ll be in the same ballpark as some of the folks in here in terms of their knowledge about Jobs.”

Sorkin also discussed the challenges of turning a biography into a movie and said the movie won’t likely cover Jobs’ entire life. “When biographies are turned into movies it is hard to shake the cradle to grave. I probably instead will identify the point of friction that appeals to me and dramatize that,” he said.

Sorkin gave a nod to that other Steve Jobs movie, the one in which Ashton Kutcher is starring, and said he believes that “there is room for more than one movie.”

As for who might play Apple’s legendary founder in his film, Sorkin said he is still unsure. "I don’t know who the actor will be, but they are going to have to be smart. There are a lot of things actors can fake. Intelligence is something you cannot fake.”

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America's Love Affair with 3D Movies Still Going Strong

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sure, they give some people headaches and others complain that they don't see the difference, but most moviegoers enjoy the 3D experience and are looking forward to this summer's crop of 3D films, a survey by the International 3D Society has found.

In a recent poll conducted with 1,011 Americans ages 18 and up, the International 3D Society says that 52 percent of respondents have gone to see at least one 3D movie over the past three years.

Of this group, 71 percent claim 3D surpasses conventional 2D movies, with about three-in-ten calling their experience with 3D "incredible."

Meanwhile, there are plenty of 3D movies opening this summer and throughout the rest of 2012, including The Avengers, Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spiderman, Prometheus, Katy Perry: Part of Me and The Great Gatsby.

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Oscars 2012: Too Close to Call?

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Blame it on the expanded best picture race, on the films themselves or on the guilds that honored a variety of movies: This year's Oscar race is still too close to call in some categories.

"There is a little tension going into Sunday," Yahoo! Movies contributing editor Thelma Adams told "I know who I should be saying is in the lead, and then I think there is still a little bit of mystery left."

ABC News' Oscars Stock Market Index, a collaboration with Bluefin Labs, which provides a real-time snapshot of social sentiment, what's trending and the collective assessment of entertainment industry experts, shows just how much uncertainty there is going into Sunday's ceremony.

At the final guild awards before Sunday's Oscars ceremony, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris got a boost but not the presumed front-runner The Artist.

The black-and-white, mostly silent homage to the era before "talkies" was excluded from last Sunday's Writer's Guild Awards because its writers are French. Instead, Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, another film set in the 1920s, won for best original screenplay, while The Descendants earned the trophy for best adapted screenplay.

Earlier in the year, the producers guild gave The Artist their top prize, while the film's director, Michel Hazanavicius, was hailed as the year's best by the directors guild.

On ABC News' Oscars Stock Market Index, Hazanavicius overtook Alexander Payne who directed The Descendants and Martin Scorsese who directed Hugo as of 7 a.m.

Also on the index, Descendants star George Clooney seemed to be hanging on to the lead in the best actor category, with Jean Dujardin from The Artist coming in a close second.

Clooney's pal Brad Pitt who starred in Moneyball followed behind in third place.

"These front races are so close," Adams said, "there is a little wiggle room."

Iron Lady Meryl Streep was keeping her lock on the best actress race, but Viola Davis, star of The Help, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara were closing the gap.

"The issue is how much people love The Help versus The Iron Lady," Adams said, believing the race is between Davis and Streep.

Supporting actor Christopher Plummer and supporting actress Octavia Spencer were still holding onto the lead in their respective categories on the index.

Ultimately, the winners will be decided by the nearly 6,000 Academy members, which, according to a recent report by the Los Angeles Times, are overwhelmingly white and male, with a median age of 62.

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New Roles for 'The Help' 

Steve Granitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Three Oscar-nominated actresses from The Help have landed new roles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Viola Davis has been cast in Beautiful Creatures, about a teen boy drawn to a mysterious girl in a Southern town. The project is based on the book series of the same name by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. According to Variety, Davis will also star in a futuristic alien-invasion drama titled Ender's Game.

The Hollywood Reporter says Octavia Spencer will appear in a sci-fi flick titled Snow Piercer, about a revolution on a train in a futuristic world where a new Ice Age has destroyed virtually all life on the planet. Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans will also star in the film.

Finally, Jessica Chastain will join Warrior actor Joel Edgerton in a double feature, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, exploring the lives of a New York City couple as they struggle with their marriage. Each film will tell the story from a different perspective.

Davis is a strong contender in the best-actress Oscar race for her performance in The Help, while Spencer and Chastain will oppose one another in the best-supporting-actress category.

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'The Devil Inside' Debuts on Top with $34.5 Million

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Devil Inside possessed the top spot at the box office over the weekend.  The horror film earned an estimated $34.5 million in its first three days of release.  It was the only movie to open nationwide on Friday.

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, which was the number-one movie the previous two weekends, slipped to second place, with $20.5 million.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows rounded out the top three, with $14.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Devil Inside, $34.5 million.
2. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, $20.5 million.
3. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, $14.1 million.
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, $11.3 million.
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, $9.5 million.
6. War Horse, $8.6 million.
7. We Bought a Zoo, $8.5 million.
8. The Adventures of Tintin, $6.6 million.
9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, $5.8 million.
10. New Year's Eve, $3.3 million.

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'Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol' Tops Box Office Again

Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol began the New Year the same way it ended the previous year: as box office champ.

The Tom Cruise sequel earned $38.3 million from Friday through Monday to win the box office for the second consecutive weekend.  It has now made $141.2 million in the U.S.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked rounded out the top three. There were no movies that opened in wide release over the holiday weekend.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, $38.3 million.
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, $26.5 million.
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, $21 million.
4. War Horse, $19.2 million.
5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, $19 million.
6. We Bought a Zoo, $16.5 million.
7. The Adventures of Tintin, $15 million.
8. New Year's Eve, $7.7 million.
9. The Darkest Hour, $5.3 million.
10. The Descendants, $4.3 million.

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