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Box Office Results In China Keep Hope Alive For 'Pacific Rim' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 8:25 PM
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Coming on three weeks in release, Guillermo Del Toro's big, and very expensive ($190 million) monster/robot movie spectacular "Pacific Rim" has pulled in a rather average $86 million. For a blockbuster like this, right in the heart of the summer movie season, that's the kind of number you aim for on opening weekend. Needless to say, much has been written about the successful or failure of the film, all the while the prospect of a sequel — with reports of development first arriving last year —looms in the background. But it looks like China could be a deciding factor as to whether or not Warner Bros. gets the gang back together.

Review: 'The Nine Muses of Star Empire' Documents the Dark Side of K-Pop

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • July 31, 2013 7:38 PM
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The Nine Muses of Star Empire
The tidal wave that is K-Pop (Korean pop music) has only just begun to crest the shores of the United States, heralded by the juggernaut of quirky rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style." However, widespread mainstream awareness in the U.S. has yet to come for many of the K-pop girl and boy bands (Super Junior, 2NE1) that bring a high-octane, flashy, fizzy brand of pop music that would put One Direction to shame (it doesn't hurt that the groups often boast upwards of seven to ten impossibly attractive young members). The documentary "The Nine Muses of Star Empire," directed by Hark-Joon Lee attempts to go behind the scenes of the K-pop star factory, with an intimate and arresting look at just what goes into this shiny, futuristic pop.

Jordan Baker From 'The Great Gatsby' Joins Guy Ritchie's 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 6:43 PM
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There was a lot of things that didn't work in Baz Luhrmann's glitter factory "The Great Gatsby," but one thing that stood clear and strong was Elizabeth Debicki. More than anyone else in the cast, the rising actress got across the Jazz Age attitude with ease, and still portrayed the empty vanity of her character without giving up her presence on screen. And it seems Warner Bros. liked what they saw too because they're lining up another tentpole for her.

Zero Dark Wahlberg: Watch First Trailer For 'Lone Survivor,' Co-Starring Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster, Emile Hirsch & Eric Bana

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 5:55 PM
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Another Oscar player in the mix? With Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" getting a late season contending run, Universal is certainly hoping the film has a chance at getting a little awards season boost, and if the true story captures the attention of audiences and voters, you never know.

New Images Of Bolivar Trask & Mystique In 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past,' Bryan Singer Calls Film "Inbetweenquel"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 5:40 PM
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X-Men Days Of Future Past Peter Dinklage
You would think given how much continues to pour out of the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" mill that the movie was coming out in a month and not next year, but especially given how limply "The Wolverine" performed at home, we suppose we can understand Fox putting all their muscle behind the flick. After all, it's the granddaddy of their superhero movies, the cash cow they hope will keep minting money and making fanboys happy, and they are literally putting as much as they can into the next effort (seriously, name an X-Men character who isn't in 'First Class'). And so today, comes a couple new looks at the movie.

Sigourney Weaver Heads To 'The Mortal Instruments: City Of Ashes'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 31, 2013 5:22 PM
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A few years ago some book about a girl and her vampire boyfriend did reasonably well, and a few years before that some book about a boy and his magic school did pretty good too, and eventually this news made its way to the ears of eager studio executives, whose eyes lit up with childlike wonder at the thought of huge, fat piles of money. So they bought the rights, and they did pretty well off them.

Watch: First 4 Minutes Of Passion Starring Rachel McAdams & Noomi Rapace Plus New Pics From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 4:34 PM
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It's Wednesday, hump day, which means the weekend is now appearing on the horizon, but there's still a bit of a journey before the work week is done and you can put up your feet for a couple days. And given that we're in the middle of summer, it means that prime time TV is a wasteland and given the blockbuster options right now, there isn't much reason to head to the multiplex. But quietly arriving on VOD today is Brian De Palma's "Passion," and to nudge you along in ordering it up this evening the first four minutes of the movie have been placed online.

Watch: Outrageous First Trailer For 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 4:13 PM
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While the fall season promises movies of substance, value and perhaps Oscar consideration, if you need something outrageous, dumb, juvenile and also kind of hilarious, the dudes of "Jackass" are coming. Suddenly dropped onto the calendar in the last couple of weeks, the first trailer for "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" has arrived and it's just as wrong as you might expect.

Watch: 20-Minute Supercut Of Every Movie Reference From Seasons 6-10 Of 'The Simpsons'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 3:27 PM
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Last week, a lengthy supercut dropped featuring every movie reference in the first five seasons of "The Simpsons," and it was glorious. And instead of leaving us hanging, a mere seven days later the daunting work of capturing every nod to cinema continues with a new, 20-minute supercut of every movie reference from seasons 6-10. And yes, it's again pretty awesome.

Watch: Deleted Scene From 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' As Extended Edition DVD/Blu-ray Announced

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 31, 2013 2:58 PM
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While fans of Peter Jackson's original "The Lord Of The Rings" trilogy eagerly eat up the extended editions on home video, which offered up lots more Middle Earth, did anyone walk out of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" saying, "I hope there's even more of that!" Okay, there are the super diehard fans who cry and shake at anything from the Tolkien universe, but it's likely safe to say that 'Unexpected' didn't quite capture the same pop culture buzz as 'LOTR' before it. Nevertheless, the marketing must continue.

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