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Box-Office: Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Lucy’ Beauty Outperforms Dwayne Johnson’s ‘Hercules’ Brawn

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 27, 2014 11:58 AM
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Lucy
Call it a battle of the beauty and the beast if you like. Though audiences didn’t seem to love Luc Besson’s “Lucy” or Brett Ratner’s “Hercules”—at least considering those dismal Cinemascore ratings (C+ for the former). But they were unsure about either and curious, as reviews for both hit rather late in the week. And so viewers chose “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson—reviews being largely, “ridiculous, but entertaining”—over Dwayne Johnson and “Hercules”—reviews more akin to “ridiculous and just bad.” The critical buzz surely didn’t hurt, Besson not having made a critically lauded film in some time, and perhaps audiences wanted to see what all the fuss was about. And so “Lucy” perched itself atop the box office this weekend, hauling in approximately $44 million. That makes for the highest grossing box-office debut for a Scarlett Johansson-starring vehicle ever (all those Marvel films don't really count) by a rather large margin. Perhaps 2006's the "Black Dahlia" ($10 million opening) is the last movie that could be considered a "starring" role for the actress.

‘A Most Wanted Man’: Anton Corbijn On Philip Seymour Hoffman, ‘Life,’ Robert Pattinson & More

  • By Alex Suskind
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  • July 24, 2014 2:10 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A-Most-Wanted-Man
On its own, Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the 2008 novel by John le Carré, is a taut, post-9/11 spy thriller about a government’s attempt to avert future terror attacks. But consider the events that transpired outside the film, and it morphs into a more substantial, sad, and definitive piece of work.

Review: Spy Tale 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams And More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • July 23, 2014 6:01 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” wondering if it wouldn’t have been better served as a limited series on Netflix or HBO. And it will be a perfectly valid question. Based on the novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), the film is the new anti-thriller from director Anton Corbijn and centers on the war on terror in Germany via a tapestry of several characters, chiefly Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a grizzled counter-terrorist intelligence officer stationed in Hamburg after a previous fuck up in Beirut.

Anton Corbijn & Philip Seymour Hoffman Planned To Reteam For 'Life,' Watch New Featurette On 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 18, 2014 2:10 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Philip Seymour Hoffman, A-Most-Wanted-Man
Nearly six months on, and the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman still stings enormously. In part, it's being reminded of his immense talents in movies like "God's Pocket" and next week's "A Most Wanted Man," which were completed before his passing (both premiered at Sundance in January, mere weeks ahead of the actor's death, and are subsequently hitting theaters). And in part, it's because of knowing that the 46-year-old actor could have had so much good work ahead of him, had he lived.

10 Films To See In July

  • By The Playlist
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  • July 2, 2014 3:46 PM
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Films To See In July
So we've passed the midway mark of the year and we only have technically eight weeks left of summer with July 4th right around the corner. Depending on what kind of moviegoer you are, this is either a godsend, or a melancholy reminder that blockbuster season is almost over (and if it’s the former here’s our wishlist for the Fall Film Festival season).

"We're Not Policeman, We're Spies": Watch The New Trailer For 'A Most Wanted Man' With Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2014 5:29 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
When it comes to government intelligence, it would seem that managing assets is just as important as catching criminals. And what happens when that line blurs? That seems to be the crux of Anton Corbijn's upcoming "A Most Wanted Man," and a new international trailer has arrived.

Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Hunts A Shark In Trailer For Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 1:54 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
The films of Anton Corbijn — well, the two he's made thus far, "Control" and "The American" — are marked by a careful, calculating style where every frame and every shot counts in the building of a particular mood or tension. And much of that seems the same in his next, "A Most Wanted Man," with the first trailer dropping today.

‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2’ Release Date Won’t Be Affected By Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 2, 2014 6:36 PM
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Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Philip Seymour Hoffman
With your empathies obviously in the right place, the question you might be asking yourself right now is: “Wait, Philip Seymour Hoffman was shooting 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2' as Plutarch Heavensbee recently. Will the movie be OK?”

Watch: The Clock Is Ticking In First Clip From 'A Most Wanted Man' With Philip Seymour Hoffman & Rachel McAdams

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2014 1:36 PM
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A Most Wanted Man
Based on the novel by John Le Carré, and featuring a first rate cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright and Daniel Bruhl, all under the guidance of director Anton Corbijn, it's hard to see how "A Most Wanted Man" could fail. And while it didn't quite do that, after premiering over the past few days at the Sundance Film Festival, reaction hasn't exactly been ecstatic for the slow moving, ponderous drama.

Sundance Review: Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man' Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams & More

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 18, 2014 11:50 AM
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A Most Wanted Man
As the line between television and film gets blurrier, it becomes increasingly difficult to distinguish exactly what makes something qualify to be a film at all. Particularly in the age of “Homeland” and “The Americans,” some may leave a slow-burning, understated spy caper like “A Most Wanted Man” wondering if it wouldn’t have been better served as a limited series on Netflix or HBO. And it will be a perfectly valid question. Based on the novel by John le Carré (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), the film is the new anti-thriller from director Anton Corbijn and centers on the war on terror in Germany via a tapestry of several characters, chiefly Gunther (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a grizzled counter-terrorist intelligence officer stationed in Hamburg after a previous fuck up in Beirut.

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