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The Playlist Summer 2014 Movie Song Mixtape

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 30, 2014 2:32 PM
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Summer 2014, mixtape
When it comes to the delicate art of the mixtape, context is everything. And in the context of us hurtling toward the end of summer (ok fine, there’s another month left, and a few big releases still on the calendar, but we’re getting nostalgic nonetheless) we thought we’d emulate Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) in this week’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” who has a cherished memento from Earth in the form of a cassette of classic songs, by putting together a mixtape of our own.

The Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of 2014 So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 1, 2014 2:52 PM
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Worst/Disappointing So Far... 2014
We’ve said it before, notably as a lead-in to our recent Best Films Of The Year So Far feature, but 2014 is looking to be a pretty good year for the movies, with a lot more to celebrate than commiserate being unveiled this past six months. And if we can say that the week that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the big release, you know we must really mean it. However, as the song goes, along with all the sunshine, there’s gotta be a little rain sometimes, and how would we even know how great some of our high points were if we didn’t periodically experience the lows? Even in the best years, there’ll be a few films that stick in our various craws, and so in our bi-annual attempt to exorcize those demons, here’s a rundown of the films our staff members most disliked this year, thus far.

Box-Office: ‘22 Jump Street’ Is The 2nd Highest R-Rated Comedy Opening Ever With $60 Million

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 15, 2014 1:35 PM
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22 Jump Street
There’s been talk of a slow box-office this year. Indeed as of early June, despite big grosses for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” “Godzilla” and “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” the box-office was down 12% from 2013. And it has been relatively soft: Tom Cruise’s “Edge Of Tomorrow” vehicle failed to open higher than $30 million and all of the aforementioned summer blockbusters are expected to not pass the $225 million mark at home (a relatively low performance considering the average tentpole). Could it be blockbuster fatigue has already set in? Evidence in favor of that post it this weekend’s box-office as two non-traditionally loud and epic films took off massively to make for $110 million total.

‘The Fault In Our Stars’ Weeps Its Way To #1, Tom Cruise’s ‘Tomorrow’ Falters With Less Than $30 Million

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 8, 2014 12:40 PM
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Fault in Our Stars
Opening to slightly smaller numbers than predicted, Shailene Woodley’s romantic weepie “The Fault In Our Stars” took the number one slot this weekend, perhaps proving that you don’t need science-fiction or high concept in order for a YA novel to connect with audiences. While its weekend debut was below the $50 or even $55 million some were projecting after Thurs/Friday night’s incredibly strong numbers, it’s still a terrific opening for a movie that isn’t a franchise, isn't a summer blockbuster and doesn't feature explosions and or a huge star. Woodley isn’t a quite a “star” yet, but these numbers suggest she’s surely on her way.

Watch: 50 Cent & Disney Collide In Trailer Parody 'Malefiftycent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2014 2:28 PM
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Malefiftycent
Geez, has it really been a decade since Get Rich Or Die Tryin'? Huh, looks like we're getting old. At any rate Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has a new album out called Animal Ambition and you don't get rich or die tryin' without some major promo steez. And thankfully, Disney provided the perfect opportunity for Fiddy to riff on.

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.

The Essentials: Angelina Jolie's 5 Best Performances

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  • May 28, 2014 2:05 PM
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Essentials: Angelina Jolie
The big release this week is "Maleficent," Disney's latest attempt to reboot one of its classic family properties in as ugly a manner as humanly possible, following the enormous success of "Alice In Wonderland," and the less-enormous-but-still-substantial success of "Oz The Great And Powerful." Taking a page from their green-screen-heavy playbook, it's a riff on the story of "Sleeping Beauty," with young Elle Fanning as everyone's favorite narcoleptic princess Aurora, but as you might be aware from the title (and omnipresent marketing), the real star is the traditional villain of the piece, embodied by megastar Angelina Jolie.

Review: Disney's 'Maleficent' Starring Angelina Jolie, Elle Fanning And Sharlto Copley

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 28, 2014 12:00 PM
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Maleficent
Walt Disney's original 1959 classic "Sleeping Beauty" is notable for several reasons, but most remember it for two things: its outrageously intricate design style, medieval-inspired artwork combined with an angularly modern sensibility and Maleficent, the self-described "Mistress of All Evil." Voiced with velvety viciousness by Eleanor Audley, Maleficent was the wicked sorceress who curses the Princess Aurora with an eternal slumber. Between her now iconic look and the fact that she turned into a frickin’ dragon in the movie's last act, Maleficent was a character that inspired both awe and loathing. Antagonist movies aside (never easy to pull off), it's easy to see why Disney would want to devote an entire movie to the perspective of this embittered and potentially complex character. But the resulting film, entitled "Maleficent," doesn't seem worthy of the immortal villainess. It is, in fact, a largely flavorless snooze.

Watch: Bow Down To Angelina Jolie With 3 Clips From 'Maleficent'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2014 4:49 PM
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Malefiecent
The month we're getting monsters, mutants and "Maleficent." Disney's summer blockbuster is resting on the exaggerated cheekbones of Angelina Jolie and nostalgia for "Sleeping Beauty" and three clips from the film are here showing off both in spades.

Watch: New 'Maleficent' Trailers, Featurettes, Posters & Photos Revisit Disney's Classic Villain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 4:25 PM
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Maleficent
Good lord, Disney, we get it. With a few weeks to go until "Maleficent" arrives in theatres, the mouse house is cranking on the promotional machine hard, as they really try to avoid a "John Carter"-type situation from happening. While "Maleficent" is tied into their classic animated film "Sleeping Beauty," it's still got a weird name, and outside of Angelina Jolie, the kind of cast that doesn't generally move units, but they're hoping history and nostalgia can do some of the heavy lifting.

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