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Box-Office: Angelina Jolie Has The Biggest Opening Weekend Of Her Career With ‘Maleficent’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 1, 2014 12:11 PM
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Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is one of those curious global superstars. To this day, the highest grossing live-action film she’s ever been in was $186 million for 2005’s “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” And her top five all-time domestic grosses include three animated movies that she never physically appeared in (two of them being “Kung-Fu Panda” films). This phenomenon— worldwide A-lister actor with disproportionate box-office signal to noise ratio— isn’t uncommon. Before the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” film (which did finally throw him into the realm of true global superstar), Johnny Depp was still on the cover of People Magazine , US Weekly, etc., but his highest grossing domestic release was 1999’s $101-million-grossing “Sleepy Hollow.” Jolie’s partner Brad Pitt has the same deal.

5 Comedy Westerns To Seek Out Instead Of ‘A Million Ways To Die In The West’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 29, 2014 3:19 PM
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5 Comedy Westerns
Well, the critical verdict is in and it ain’t pretty, pardner. Our own Drew Taylor may have been even more scathing than many (his F grade review is here) but whatever debate there is around Seth McFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West,” which opens wide this weekend, seems mainly to be about arguing degree of badness; there are few really spirited defenses of the film as any actual good. In fact the one thing all reviewers appear to agree on is that ‘Million’ is no “Blazing Saddles.”

Review: 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Starring Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron & Liam Neeson

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 28, 2014 9:44 AM
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A Million Ways To Die in The West
Even if you’re not a fan of Seth MacFarlane, you have to acknowledge that the comedic multi-hyphenate has built an empire with his quick-fire, profanity-laced delivery and encyclopedic understanding of pop culture. You’ve got to give him something for the fearlessness, and possibly tonal cluelessness, with which he tackles material. The problem of course is that, armed with that gusto, MacFarlane often belly flops when he’s outside of his comfort zone.

Watch: 6 Clips And New Images From Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West'

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • May 23, 2014 12:18 PM
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A Million Ways To Die In The West
It really does feel like Seth MacFarlane is living the dream—capitalizing on the success of "Ted" by writing, producing, directing and starring in "A Million Ways to Die in the West." Westerns are notoriously tricky box office fare but if the new promotional material, here in the form of six clips and eleven images, is anything to judge by, fans of "Ted" can rest easy. The irreverence du jour and the bread and butter of MacFarlane's animated empire is on buoyant display, but will the period trappings mesh with the leading man's contemporary riffing?

Watch: New Red Band Trailer & TV Spots For Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 12:47 PM
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A Million Ways To Die in The West
You sorta gotta admire the hubris. After his directorial debut "Ted" became a massive hit, Seth MacFarlane hosted the Oscars and embarked on his next feature effort, the western comedy "A Million Ways To Die In The West." And oh yeah, he gave himself the leading role. Now the question is whether or not audiences prefer him in front of the camera or just sticking behind it and doing funny voices.

10 Movies To See In May

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • May 1, 2014 1:05 PM
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Movies To See In May (2014)
The rising temperatures signify one thing: Summer Blockbuster Season! The summer movie season used to start on 4th of July weekend, but as our box office format changes, the blockbusters have started peeping out earlier and earlier with our first summer-time comic book movie coming to us the first week of May. As always, I’ll list the ten movies you should make time for this month!

Watch: New TV Spots For '22 Jump Street' & 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Plus New Pics

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 14, 2014 3:45 PM
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A Million Ways to Die in the West
So in case you were living under a rock this weekend or better yet, you were consuming a lot of great HBO, you might have realized the MTV Movie Awards took place (“The Hunger Games” won a bunch of shit, just like the “Twilight” movies before it). That means every studio and their mother released some kind of new clip or TV Spot and we have a few more stragglers today.

Watch: Seth MacFarlane & Charlize Theron Find 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' In First Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 12:59 PM
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A Million Ways to Die in the West'
While Seth MacFarlane could've taken the easy road and simply cranked out a sequel following his surprise smash hit "Ted" (though, yes, "Ted 2" is slated for a 2015 release) he chose to raise his game for his sophomore feature film. Taking a lead role, and tackling a genre that's tricky to pull off (Western Comedy), the result is "A Million Ways To Die In The West" and the first trailer is here.

First Look: Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Starring Charlize Theron & More

A Million Ways To Die In The West
Dusting himself off after his divisive hosting job of the Oscars last year, Seth MacFarlane has been hard at work on his next feature film, the western comedy "A Million Ways To Die In The West." And if anyone can make the not-always-reliable genre work, it's him. Because, really, who would've thought a movie about a foul-mouthed, teddy bear would earn more than $540 million worldwide? Read More »

Can Seth MacFarlane Break $500 Million Again? 'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Sets 2014 Date

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2013 1:55 PM
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Was it beginner's luck, or is Seth MacFarlane the new R-rated comedy king? With his feature directorial debut "Ted" taking over $540 million worldwide last year, it certainly went way above and beyond what anyone was expecting of a movie with a talking, foul-mouthed teddy bear and Mark Wahlberg. And Universal is hoping MacFarlane will do it again with "A Million Ways To Die In The West." The film carries another high-concept premise, except there will be a couple of small changes: MacFarlane himself will take the lead role, and it will boast even more stars than his last effort.

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