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12 Films About Black History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 14, 2013 4:00 PM
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This Friday sees the release of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” (our review) the true story of Eugene Allen (renamed Cecil Gaines for the film), an African-American butler who served multiple presidents through several generations in the White House. As played by Forest Whitaker, Gaines bears witness to pivotal moments in the nation’s evolution, watching as the intersection of American history and black history reveals truths about himself and his surroundings, understanding both where he’s been, and where he’s going.

Weekend Box Office: 'Iron Man 3' Scores Second Biggest Opening In Box Office History

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 5, 2013 11:53 AM
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Who really needs any other studios when you’ve got Marvel around? About a year after Marvel’s “The Avengers” set the record for biggest weekend in box office history, “Iron Man 3” comes along to provide the second best. There’s not much precedence for this sort of thing – spinning a successful franchise (“Iron Man”) into another, more lucrative brand (“The Avengers”) and then back out. So while some expected “Iron Man 3” to be seen by the exact same audience as “The Avengers,” that simply wasn’t a realistic proposition. Maybe some people are “Captain America” fans, and some are “Hulk” fans. And most love “Iron Man.”

Box Office: 'Pain & Gain' Takes Top Spot; 'Iron Man 3' Earns $195 Million Overseas, On Track For $1 Billion

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 28, 2013 12:01 PM
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One could argue it was the under-performance of "The Island" that led Michael Bay into the world of "Transformers" but whatever it was, Bay has not made a film outside of that franchise in eight years. The three films in that series collected $2.6 billion worldwide, however, giving him the freedom to take another risk in "Pain & Gain." And one week before the beginning of summer (considered a dumping ground before the big guns come out to play), the picture was able to capitalize on a tidy $20 million opening.

Box Office: Moviegoers Fall Into 'Oblivion' As Studios Prepare For Start Of Summer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 21, 2013 12:01 PM
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Tom Cruise could be seen as a leading man in a holding pattern right now. The fans still come out for his films, but maybe the base hasn’t grown despite an impressive box office record carried into the 2000’s. Though it depends where you consider that base should come from. “Oblivion,” his latest, banked a solid non-3D $38 million by the end of Sunday. One wonders what that does for the Cruise brand: consider that back in 2001, Cruise guided “Minority Report” to a very similar gross. Given more than a decade of inflation and absolutely zero competition as studios clear the decks for “Iron Man 3” in May, shouldn’t you expect more?

Box Office: '42' Rounds The Bases With All-Time Biggest Baseball Movie Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 14, 2013 12:48 PM
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This fact gets trotted out every year, and it continues to baffle, but here it is: the biggest opening weekend for a baseball-themed movie is “The Benchwarmers” with $19.7 million. Despite the fact that no single human being has ever willingly watched that film beyond that first weekend, it’s managed to sustain that record despite a number of contemporary mainstream baseball releases. But this weekend, somehow, the adventures of Spade, Schneider and Heder have been surpassed by “42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? Go 'To The Wonder' And 'Disconnect' With '42' & 'Scary Movie 5'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • April 12, 2013 5:13 PM
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It seems we have a weekend of disaster on our hands. Besides the apocalypse - set during a couples' brunch, of all places - this batch of films details the dystopic effects of modern technology, a futuristic world where diseases are commodified, a battle for survival at the ends of the earth (aka, the Norwegian tundra), and a study of man's inability to relate. And, of course, the cataclysmic "Scary Movie" franchise makes its reappearance. The lone light at the end of the tunnel is a heartwarming come-together-sports movie, a good pick-me-up and strong antidote to the hopelessness of life everywhere else. We're pretty pumped. And you, faithful cinephiles: which Armageddon flick gets your blood pumping?

Review: '42' Admirably & Carefully Weaves Together The History Of Baseball & Civil Rights

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2013 10:04 AM
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Destiny swings a big stick in Brian Helgeland's "42." It underlines every pivotal moment of Jackie Robinson's career captured in the two hour film, often working as baggage keeping the film earthbound, at times making it unnecessarily weighty. It's also probably the major reason why a number of mainstream critics will wag a finger at this unapologetic, old-fashioned hero yarn seemingly stitched from the similarly modest DNA of 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story." What seems like a high fidelity to history is actually an acknowledgement and deep respect, the kind most modern filmmakers and viewers would likely find alien.

15 Of The Best Baseball Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 9, 2013 12:09 PM
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It’s spring, the flowers have sprung, the air is clean and the breeze soothing. For sports fans, it means baseball season, whether it be the return of comparatively-overpaid major league players to our television sets, or the chance for some of us to shake off the winter doldrums and toss the ball around.

10 Must-See Films To Watch This April

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 5, 2013 11:47 AM
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As the weather starts to warm and the flowers bloom, so too does the movie slate become increasingly more promising, with a whole host of springtime movies that will surely thaw the snowy remnants of winter. After a surprisingly robust March that saw the likes of “The Place Beyond the Pines” and “Spring Breakers,” April has even more killer selections to make your spring that much warmer.

'42' Soundtrack Features Nat King Cole, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, Count Basie & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • March 20, 2013 1:25 PM
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The past two years has seen two high-profile baseball-themed movies: one good, 2011’s “Moneyball,” and the other less-than-good, last year’s Clint Eastwood-starring “Trouble With The Curve.” While the latter film was a disappointment for the studio, Warner Brothers is hoping they’ll hit a homerun (see what we did there?) with the Jackie Robinson biopic “42.” Scheduled for release next month, the details of the film’s soundtrack album have been released and, as one would expect from a period film, it’s filled with popular tunes from the era.

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