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Veronica Santiago and Neil Estep review Hairspray, Chuck & Larry, and Premonition in this episode of FilmCrunch.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past

The fight between summer blockbusters has begun with X-Men: Days of Future Past and Godzilla, which held the number one title last weekend with $93.1 million. The monster movie remake was not enough of a pull to detract from the latest installment of the X-Men films, which took in $90.8 million.

Not only did Godzilla lose its top spot, but it also saw a 67% decrease from last weekend's pull, as its earnings was $30.9 million this Memorial Day weekend. Newcomer Blended - Adam Sandler's latest - debuted at number three with $14.2 million while Neighbors fell two spots to number four with $14 million. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 also fell two spots to number five with $7.8 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘X-Men’ Battle ‘Godzilla’ for Top Spot

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H.R. Giger working on 'Alien'

Surrealist artist H.R. Giger - one of the driving creative forces between 1979's Alien - died today in Zurich after complications from a fall.

The 74-year-old Swiss was known for his dark but brilliant fascination in humanity's relationship with machines. Having been brought to Hollywood by El Topo director Alejandro Jodorowsky to work on his unrealized Dune, Giger went on to work in sci-fi films like Alien, for which he won an Oscar (it's worth noting that his designs for Jodorowsky's Dune were still used in David Lynch's 1984 film adaptation).

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Although it may not have been one of the biggest openings for a superhero film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still managed to defeat its competition at the box office this weekend.

With $91.6 million, the Marvel reboot was able to knock down last week's number one film, The Other Woman, to the number two spot, as the Cameron Diaz comedy only managed to pull in $14.4 million. Heaven Is for Real remained at number three with $8.6 million, while Captain America: The Winter Soldier fell two spots to number four with $7.77 million. Rio 2 rounded out the top five with $7.71 - down one spot from last week.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘Spider-Man 2’ Rises Above ‘Other Woman,’ ‘Heaven’

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Scarlett Johansson and Adam Pearson in 'Under the Skin'

"In the end, the nude scene was a bigger deal for her than it was  for me. I’m totally comfortable in my own skin. The worst part was that I was bloody cold."

- Adam Pearson, who suffers from genetic disorder neurofibromatosis, revealed that he had no problem filming a nude scene with Scarlett Johansson for the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin.

(Make sure to check out other notable quotes.)

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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

Legos aren't just extremely marketable toys for children - they're a marketable movie franchise for adults, too.

The LEGO Movie topped the box office this weekend, earning $69 million while another newcomer, The Monuments of Men, debuted with $22 million, landing it a second place title. Despite holding the number one spot for three consecutive weeks, Ride Along took a dive down to number three with $9.5 million. Frozen fell two spots to number four with $6.8 million while Lone Survivor stayed put at number five with $5.5 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘LEGO Movie’ Takes ‘Monuments’ Down

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Jennifer Lawrence in 'American Hustle'+ It's a good thing that Jennifer Lawrence's white dress from American Hustle only cost $3.99 for a yard of the fabric: costume designer Michael Wilkinson revealed that the actress got into some trouble eating Doritos while in costume. Yeah, we're not surprised, either.

+ Disney/Marvel announced that the sequel to Thor: The Dark World has been greenlit, adding that Christopher Yost (who co-wrote Thor: The Dark World) and Craig Kyle (who produced both Thor films) are set to write it.

+ Twilight alum Nikki Reed has been cast in horror film Email, which will be set in Singapore. Perhaps this latest American-take-on-Asian-horror project will serve as her springboard onto bigger projects, as it seemed to do for Naomi Watts (almost forgot that she was in The Ring, eh?).

+ Forest Whitaker will be taking a step behind the camera to direct Lionsgate's adaptation of the best-selling book The Shack.

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Ride Along

With few newcomers this past weekend, it was easy for the Ice Cube and Kevin Hart buddy cop comedy, Ride Along, to maintain its top box office position. The runner-ups in second and third place - Lone Survivor and The Nut Job - also remained in their box office positions.

Ride Along took in $21.2 million while Lone Survivor and The Nut Job took in $12.9 million and $12.1 million, respectively. Frozen came up one spot to number four from last week with $9.1 million while Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit pulled in $9 million, dropping down one spot to number five.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘Ride Along,’ ‘Survivor,’ ‘Nut Job’ Stay Put

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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in 'Ride Along'
 

Although Ride Along seemed like it was going to face stiff competition this weekend, the Kevin Hart and Ice Cube buddy cop comedy not only came out on top but also set a new record for the biggest January opening (a title held previously by Cloverfield, which had made $40.1 million in 2008.

Ride Along's record-breaking opening for the weekend was $41.6 million, dropping last week's top box office earner, Lone Survivor, down to number two with $22 million. The animated film Nut Job debuted third with $19.4 while the other newcomer, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, came in fourth place with $15.5 million. Last week's number two earner, Frozen, fell three spots to number five with $11.8 million.

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Lone Survivor

Although Frozen made a triumphant journey to the top spot last weekend, the release of Mark Wahlberg's war drama Lone Survivor brought the animated film to its knees, relegating it to second place.

Lone Survivor gained the most with its wide release this week, bringing it from 38th place to the top with its $38.5 million while Frozen earned $15 million. Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street made it to third place - one spot up from last week - with $9 million. The Legend of Hercules bombed with its debut of $8.6 million, marking it at number four. American Hustle stayed put at number five with $8.6 million.

Click to continue reading Box Office Breakdown: ‘Lone Survivor’ Defeats ‘Frozen,’ ‘Wolf’

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