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Box Office: 'Oz The Great And Powerful' Builds A Money Brick Road With Massive Opening

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 10, 2013 12:12 PM
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While the next few weeks will determine if “Oz the Great and Powerful” meets or succeeds expectations, it's off to a good start. Disney insiders were long forecasting an $80 million plus take for its first three days, and they pretty much hit that figure dead on (but didn't exceed it wildly as some were predicting). This prequel/spinoff to the original “The Wizard of Oz” reportedly cost in the neighborhood of $200 million, with at least an additional $100 million in prints and advertising, so Disney’s likely hoping the film can maintain some legs and possibly perform similarly overseas to “Alice In Wonderland,” which captured two-thirds of its billion dollar gross abroad. Speaking of which, the film totaled $150 million counting foreign box office, and it's the third largest March opening ever. So again, not a bad start at all.

What Are You Seeing This Weekend? 'Dead Man Down' Tries To Avoid 'The ABCs Of Death' From 'Oz'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • March 8, 2013 4:19 PM
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Happy Friday, dear readers! One of the most wonderful things about film is its diversity of subject and style, the potential for variance and innovation inherent in the medium. This weekend's release schedule displays this core trait with relish; truly, it's a study in contrasts. We have an action-heavy neo-noir, a horror anthology, a war movie, two meditations on religion, documentaries (one that's pretty serious, one not so much), several character-based slice-of-life pics, and (sigh) another CGI world coming at you in three dimensions. Though, to be fair, we hear this last one is actually quite well done, so maybe watching it won't make us feel like our head's about to spin off. In any case, whether you're laughing, sobbing, or recoiling into your seat back (or, if you're lucky, all three in one sitting!), go enjoy the far-ranging capacity of this century-old medium. And tell us what you're most excited for in the comments below!

16 Great Revenge Movies Worth Hunting Down

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 8, 2013 1:56 PM
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This weekend, "Dead Man Down" finds Colin Farrell out for vengeance on behalf of both his family and his scarred love interest Noomi Rapace. And he's hardly the first in recent months: from the "Gangster Squad" out to avenge a fallen comrade, to Hansel & Gretel hunting the witch that killed their parents, to Sylvester Stallone & Sung Kang hoping to put a "Bullet to the Head" of Jason Momoa, revenge has been a consistent motivator in many of the films of 2013, and that's set to continue as the year goes on, with payback proving crucial to "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Iron Man 3," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Lone Ranger," "The Wolverine," "Prisoners," "Carrie," "47 Ronin" and many more of the biggest films of the next 12 months.

Review: 'Dead Man Down' Is A Surprisingly Satisfying Revenge Movie That Combines B-Movie Aesthetics With European Artiness

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 7, 2013 4:50 PM
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"Dead Man Down," the new revenge movie that marks the domestic debut of Niels Arden Oplev, the Norwegian director behind the original Swedish version of "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," doesn't have an extended title sequence. There are a couple of names of production companies and then the title and that's it. This is sort of strange, especially considering its impressive cast, which includes Colin Farrell, Noomi Rapace, Isabelle Huppert and Terrence Howard. But everything about "Dead Man Down" is designed to catch you off guard, and most of the time it totally works, effortlessly mixing B-movie aesthetics with deeply contemplative European artiness. The result is a movie that is genuinely, totally unexpected.

Interview: Noomi Rapace Talks 'Dead Man Down,' Her Violent '90s Influences & Working With Isabelle Huppert

  • March 6, 2013 4:32 PM
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As far as foreign actresses making the leap to American projects, Noomi Rapace, who made a splash worldwide in the Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (and its two subsequent films), has done quite well for herself. After introducing herself to domestic audiences with a supporting turn in Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Homes: Game of Shadows," she went on to a high profile turn last summer in Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel/sequel/whatever "Prometheus," and will again be courting mainstream American super-stardom this weekend in "Dead Man Down," a surprisingly solid revenge movie from her "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev. We talked to her about what drew her to "Dead Man Down," what it was like working with Isabelle Huppert, and the violent '90s movies inspired her performance.

Watch: Butts & Bullets Remind You 'Dead Man Down' Comes Out On Friday With New Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 3:32 PM
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We're still waiting for 2013 to give us a solid action movie. The less said about "Parker" the better, "Broken City" was an expensive "Law & Order" episode, while "A Good Day To Die Hard" put an iceberg sized hole into the franchise. But could "Dead Man Down" be the one to give us some solid B-movie thrills? Could be.

Terence Howard Says He Voted For Himself In The Election, Talks His Diamond Business & Loves Oprah's "Tig Ol' Bitties"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2013 11:42 AM
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Whatever you might feel about Terrence Howard or his upcoming movie "Dead Man Down," can we just say the man is giving some serious interview this week? Hitting the promo circuit to help get the word out about his film with Noomi Rapace and Colin Farrell, the actor has mostly succeeded in getting the word out about himself, easily and amazingly giving out his opinions on breasts, the election, his business endeavors and more. Frankly, his quotes stand out all on their own so we're just gonna lay 'em out for you, with and let his pure, unvarnished words say all they need to. 

10 Films Worth Tracking Down In Theaters In March

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 1, 2013 2:54 PM
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It's been a long, dark couple of months at the start of 2013, with not all that much that's been worth seeing, bar a few bright spots like "Side Effects" and "No." But as the days start to get sunnier and warmer (we hope so, at least, or we're going to jump off something tall fairly soon), the prospects at movie theaters are improving a bit too.

Exclusive: New Images Of Colin Farrell & Noomi Rapace In 'Dead Man Down' Plus 3 Clips From The Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 20, 2013 1:26 PM
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It’s been four years since the surprise international success of the Swedish-language version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,” and early next month director Niels Arden Oplev will re-team with Noomi Rapace for his English-language debut, the crime thriller “Dead Man Down.” And we've got some exclusive new pics from the film of the actress, along with her co-star Colin Farrell.

Watch: New Clips Of Colin Farrell In 'Dead Man Down' & Keri Russell In 'Dark Skies'

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 13, 2013 4:59 PM
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And now a couple of quick looks at some genre fare coming your way from a gritty crime thriller to a nerve jangling horror flick...onwards...

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