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Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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Divergent

Touted as the next Hunger Games, Divergent seems to have begun slipping into that title this weekend with its $56 million debut.

The latest Muppets film, Muppets Most Wanted, debuted in second place with a modest $16.5 million while last week's top film, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, was subsequently bumped down to number three with $11.7 million. 300: Rise of an Empire also fell two places with its $8.6 million, and newcomer God's Not Dead landed at number five with $8.5 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘Divergent’ Leads Box Office Race

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Mr. Peabody & Sherman

After having lost out to 300: Rise of An Empire when it debuted last week, animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman came out on top this past weekend with $21.8 million.

The sequel to 2006's 300 came in second place with $19.1 million while Need for Speed debuted at number three with $17.8 million. Non-Stop fell one spot from number three to number four with $10.6 million, and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club rounds out the top five with its debut weekend gross of $8 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ Defeat ‘300’ Sequel

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Tara ReidTara Reid accepted the leading role in Sharknado as a joke.

The 38-year-old actress stars alongside former Beverly Hills 90210 actor Ian Ziering in the film, which sees a freak hurricane swamp Los Angeles with hundreds of deadly sharks terrorizing its residents, and admits she never expected the made-for-TV movie to be so successful.

"I'm just as stunned as everyone else. Come on, I did it as a joke! I didn't even think anyone was going to see it. And then what happened has never happened before on any movie. Even now, you thought the buzz was going to stop about 'Sharknado', but it just keeps going."

Following on from its success, Asylum Films - who also made Snakes on a Plane - are now working on a sequel which will also star Tara Reid and she says it will be even more "ridiculous" than the first installment.

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The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie has become unstoppable!

Despite the releases of newcomers 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii, the animated family film based on a children's toy remained at the top of the box office this weekend with $31.1 million. 3 Days to Kill and Pompeii debuted with respectable earnings of $12.2 million and $10.3 million, respectively. The RoboCop remake fell one spot from its debut at number three last week with $9.8 million while The Monuments of Men also fell one spot as well to number five with $7.9 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘LEGO Movie’ Kills ‘3 Days,’ ‘Pompeii’

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Harold RamisGhostbusters star Harold Ramis has died at the age of 69.

The actor and director - best known for his role as Egon Spengler in the 1984 comedy, which he also wrote, with Dan Aykroyd - passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning after suffering autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis for a number of years.

Although he is best remembered on-screen for his roles in Ghostbusters and its 1989 sequel, Harold had been a leading figure in comedy since the 70s, directing Caddyshack, Groundhog Day and National Lampoon's Vacation. He also co-wrote the iconic 1978 film National Lampoon's Animal House, and later 1999s Analyze This and 2002s Analyze That, starring Robert De Niro, which he also directed.

Harold continued to act in recent years, with parts in Knocked Up, Airheads and Oscar-winner As Good As it Gets and he had also directed episodes of the US version of The Office for network NBC.

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Amanda SeyfriedAmanda Seyfried will star in Ted 2.

The actress has been cast as the girlfriend of lead character John Bennett, played by Mark Wahlberg. The same role was taken by Mila Kunis in the first film - which saw her character, Lori, marry John at the end - but she will only have a small role, or will not appear at all in the sequel, according to Deadline.com.

The reason for the change of female lead has been put down to a creative decision by Seth MacFarlane, the movie's creator, who will produce, write and co-star in the sequel as the titular character, a foul-mouthed teddy bear who has been brought to life by John. Les Miserables star Amanda has previously said she will go to great lengths to get film roles, and is not above "begging" for a part she wants.

"Three years ago, a director told me I wasn't made for a certain role and he didn't want to meet me. I called up the casting director and begged him to let me have a trial. I went and he once again told me it was a no. I contacted an acting coach, which I never normally do, and went back in a different outfit and did the audition in a different accent, begging them to see me another time. They gave the role to someone else: but it didn't matter, I just wanted to be sure I had done my best. It's my biggest strength: not being scared of doing castings that some actresses think they're above. I had five auditions for Les Miserables! Of course, I would never go as far as getting undressed to land a role," she previously said.


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Bette Midler+ Seth Green - whom you may recall from Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and Austin Powers - gives Larry King a compelling explanation as to why Ben Affleck is a poor choice as Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.

+ Bette Midler is set to appear at this Oscars this year - additionally, she'll be singing for the first time!

+ Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller is in talks with Warner Bros. and Barry Sonnenfeld to adapt the short-lived (and much-loved!) ABC series into a musical for Broadway, which would star Pushing Daisies alum Kristin Chenoweth. Fuller says that he is also contemplating a film adaptation.

+ Michael Patrick King, who wrote for the Sex and the City series and directed both film adaptations, says that there's one more story to tell for Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda, and Samantha - greatly hinting at the possibility of a third film.

Click to continue reading Cinecast: Seth Green on Affleck’s Batman, ‘Pushing Daisies’ Musical, ‘SATC 3’?


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If you like your Benicio Del Toro white-haired, your Zoe Saldana deadly, and/or your Karen Gillan bald (and also deadly!), then Guardians of the Galaxy may be the move for you.

Disney gave us the first look of Guardians of the Galaxy on New Year's Day, and now they've released the first official full-length trailer for their latest Marvel adaptation, which offers up audiences a closer look at the cast of ecclectic characters.

Click to continue reading ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Promises Lots of Laughs

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The LEGO Movie

The LEGO Movie got more love from movie-goers than any of the new romance films this Valentine's Day weekend.

Pulling in $48.8 million at the box office, the animated film based on the popular toys beat out four newcomers this weekend, including the remake of About Last Night, which placed second with $27 million. The highly-anticipated RoboCop movie debuted at number three with $21.5 million while The Monuments of Men fell two spots from last week to number four with $15 million. The other romantic remake, Endless Love, debuted in fifth place with  $13.3 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: V-Day Films No Match for ‘LEGO Movie’

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Michael Keaton as 'Beetlejuice'It looks as though we might be a little closer to a decent Beetlejuice sequel.

While doing the press rounds for his latest film RoboCop, Michael Keaton admitted that he is interested in reprising his role for the 1988 cult hit:

"I've e-mailed [directpr] Tim [Burton] a couple of times, talked to the writer a couple of times, but all really, really preliminary stuff... I always said that's the one thing I'd like to do again, if I ever did anything again. But it kind of required Tim to be involved in some way or another. Now it looks like [Burton] is involved... And without giving too much away, we've talked to each other, and e-mailed each other, and if he's in, it's going to be hard not to be in."

If Keaton is a go and Burton is a go, what's the hold up?

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