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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.

Box-Office: 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' Soars To $90 Million Memorial Day Weekend Opening

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 25, 2014 2:08 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
In order to convey that the X-Men are smaller, less-known characters in the Marvel Universe compared to The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, director Bryan Singer has been given to describe the “X-Men” of late as the “bastard stepchild of the comic-book universe.” And while the X-Men are far from underground or on the fringes, perhaps Singer’s comments do have a tiny bit of merit. While his latest X-picture, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” did open to $90.7 million this weekend, that’s far below the forecasted $100+ million the soaring reviews helped project; the film did fall below the opening weekend gross of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Godzilla,” and even the poorly reviewed “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” So yes, ‘Days Of Future Past’ had the 2nd best opening weekend of an X-men movie ever (after "X-Men: The Last Stand"), but relatively, it’s the lowest opening weekend gross of all the summer blockbusters thus far.

Review: 'Blended' Starring Adam Sandler And Drew Barrymore

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 22, 2014 9:01 AM
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Blended
The on-screen pairing of Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore is one of diminishing returns. The first time they partnered up, on 199-SOMETHING amiable "The Wedding Singer," the chemistry was palpable and it was wrapped in a movie that, in retrospect, is one of the funnier, more charming films in Sandler's oeuvre, doused in melancholy and bejeweled with period detail, while 200-SOMETHING's "50 First Dates" was ickier and less stable (mental deficiencies are so romantic); it was a comedy that was beneath either of them, much less them as a duo. And with this week's "Blended," they've hit rock bottom. "Blended" is probably the worst of the bunch, a movie that is, in its subtle way, as offensive and mean-spirited as anything Sandler has done, but in a way that is so cuddly, there's the possibility it could, somehow, go unnoticed.

Watch: Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore Go On Vacation In New Trailer For 'Blended'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 4, 2014 9:22 AM
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Blended
Whether or not you subscribe to the law of diminishing returns, when Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore share the screen together — as they did in “The Wedding Singer” and “50 First Dates” — audiences come out and Warner Bros. hopes that the third time’s the charm with the actors’ third outing together, “Blended,” hitting theaters next month. To keep awareness up, the studio has released another trailer for the comedy.

Watch (If You Dare) The First Trailer For Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore's Rom-Com 'Blended'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • December 18, 2013 10:00 AM
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Oh, the perils of being a female filmmaker in Hollywood. Finally making her directorial debut after a lifetime in front of the camera with 2009’s charming “Whip It,” Drew Barrymore has struggled to launch a feature length follow-up and though she is returning to the romantic comedy well, it’s not in the manner one would hope.

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