Entries in Theaters (5)


"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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‘Neighborhood Watch’ Teaser Pulled from Florida Theaters in Wake of Trayvon Martin Case

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- A teaser trailer and poster for Neighborhood Watch, an upcoming summer comedy starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill, have been pulled from Florida theaters in light of the Trayvon Martin case, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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The film, scheduled to be released July 27, revolves around a neighborhood watch group attempting to thwart an alien invasion. A poster of the film depicts a neighborhood watch sign featuring the silhouette of an alien. The sign is damaged by what appears to be bullet holes.

In the teaser trailer, which has been included with screenings of Hill’s film 21 Jump Street, Stiller, Vaughn and Hill are seen patrolling a neighborhood inside an SUV. At one point, Hill’s character mimics a shooting motion using his empty hand.

A rep for 20th Century Fox, the studio behind Neighborhood Watch, told The Hollywood Reporter, “We are very sensitive to the Trayvon Martin case, but our film is a broad alien invasion comedy and bears absolutely no relation to the tragic events in Florida.”

The rep added, “The movie, which is not scheduled for release for several months, was made and these initial marketing materials were released before this incident ever came to light.”

20th Century Fox said it does not plan to change the release date for Neighborhood Watch.

17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida late last month by a neighborhood watch volunteer who has claimed he acted in self-defense.

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Hollywood Expands Theater Screenings for Oscar Contenders

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Good news for moviegoers who haven’t seen many of the films nominated for an Academy Award.  The Hollywood Reporter says several studios have announced plans to expand the number of theaters showing their Oscar contenders. 

The Fox Searchlight film The Descendants, will move into 1,700 theaters on Friday, up from the current 650. Paramount, the studio behind Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, will add nearly 300 theaters Friday, upping the total to 944.

The Artist had been screening in 216 theaters before being boosted to 662 on the eve of the Golden Globes ceremony.  In the wake of its Oscar nominations, several hundred more theaters will be added this Friday.

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Disney to Release 'The Lion King' in 3D This Fall

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Disney's 1994 classic The Lion King will be screening in 3D for the first time this fall.

The Oscar-winning animated film is scheduled to be shown in 3D for a limited time in theaters starting Sept. 16. Disney will then release the remastered film on DVD as well on Oct. 4.  The DVD will be sold on a Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3-D combo pack.

Earlier this year, The Lion King was rated the number one animated film of all time by a survey conducted between ABC News and People magazine.  The film is the recipient of two Academy Awards -- Best Original Score and Best Original Song.

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'TRON: Legacy,' 'The Fighter,' 'Yogi Bear' Open Nationwide in Theaters

Photo Courtesy - Walt Disney Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* TRON: Legacy -- Jeff Bridges reprises the role he originated in the 1982 film TRON, that of video game developer Kevin Flynn.  He's lost in a digital universe, and it's up to his 27-year-old son to find him.  Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde also star.  The film is screening in 3D and is rated PG.

* Yogi Bear -- Dan Aykroyd voices the beloved cartoon bear, who tries to save Jellystone Park from shutting down.  Justin Timberlake lends his voice to Yogi's sidekick, Boo-Boo.  Anna Faris and Tom Cavanagh also star. The film is screening in 3D and is rated PG.

* How Do You Know -- Reese Witherspoon's Lisa is stuck in a love triangle with a pro baseball pitcher she's dating and a businessman that also interests her.  Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson also star in the PG-13 rated film.

* The Fighter -- Mark Wahlberg portrays real-life boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, who overcomes family struggles to earn a shot at the world championship.  Christian Bale co-stars as fellow boxer and Ward's troubled half-brother, Dicky Eklund, while Amy Adams plays Ward's girlfriend.  The Golden Globe-nominated drama is rated R.

And expanding into wide release:

* Black Swan -- The critically acclaimed thriller stars Natalie Portman as a ballerina descending into madness.  Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, and Barbara Hershey also star in the Golden Globe-nominated film.  The film is rated R.

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