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Weekend Box Office: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Tops Weekend, Hauls $140 Million Over 6 Days

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 8, 2012 12:19 PM
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Here are some facts, without spin. The opening $64 million weekend of "The Amazing Spider-Man" is less than that of "Spider-Man 2" by about $24 million. The $140 million it has registered since it's release on Tuesday is overshadowed by the first three days of "Spider-Man 3," at $151 million. And with even ten years of inflation and enhanced 3D prices, "The Amazing Spider-Man" has yet to have a period at all like the then-record-breaking $115 million opening take of "Spider-Man." But nonetheless, these results are a huge success for Sony, and certainly they'll be happy with with the foundation laid down for what they hope will be a new trilogy of films.

In Theaters: 'Spider-Man' & 'Savages' Likely To Win This Weekend's 'Do-Deca-Pentathalon'; 'Katy Perry' Might Give You 'Crazy Eyes'

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 6, 2012 2:43 PM
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Happy belated Independence Day, movie fans! Now that the barbeques, firecrackers, and sunburns have subsided, we can’t think of a better way to ring in America’s 236th birthday than with a trip to the theater. This weekend, you can celebrate with an excursion high above the New York skyline, competition in an amateur Olympic event, and a shootout with drug dealers. Or perhaps you prefer a haunted house? And all while Katy Perry’s “Firework” rings out across the twilight’s last gleaming. Happy Fourth (or, you know, Sixth)!

The Films Of Oliver Stone: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 5, 2012 11:05 AM
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Oliver Stone loves his country, but he is also its loudest critic. Whether tackling history head-on in films like "Platoon" or "Born On The Fourth Of July," or profiling presidents in "JFK," "W." and "Nixon," and even in seemingly genre-centered material like "Natural Born Killers" or "Any Given Sunday," Stone views America in his own unique, if sometimes contradictory ways. His track record is certainly marked by tremendous highs, definite lows and curious middles (mostly with genre excursions like "U-Turn," "Any Given Sunday" and "The Doors") but he is never one to sit still. For evidence of Stone's constantly changing priorities one can look to his last few films — "World Trade Center," "W.," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" — and truly get a sense of a director driven both by passion and finance, and by a love for his country that is also pained by its failings.

Review: Oliver Stone's Hard-Boiled Crime Saga 'Savages' A Muddled & Messy Disappointment

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 3, 2012 1:04 PM
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It’s always unfortunate to watch a filmmaker slip further away from his better work with age – but even more so when it’s one who exhibited the sort of storytelling craft that could both frustrate and engage his audience all at once. Director Oliver Stone has always been one to challenge his viewers. From his days of illustrating with his pen the brutal confines of a Turkish prison in “Midnight Express” to the conspiracy-minded reels of “JFK,” Stone has honed an ability to tell seemingly documentary-ready material in a more compelling cinematic narrative – treating fiction like reality (and occasionally blurring the line between the two).

Discuss: Can Taylor Kitsch's 2012 Be Saved By 'Savages?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 3, 2012 10:03 AM
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From a brand perspective, actor Taylor Kitsch has had an unfortunate 2012. With the movie industry dealing with a rocky past few years, Hollywood has had to adjust its strategy, moving to a familiar, but relatively new spending plan. With A-list stars demanding huge salaries or major backend deals with little assurance that their popularity will translate into box-office gold, Tinseltown has looked inward, almost akin to the old studio system, in an attempt to cultivate its own new (less-expensive) would-be stars.

The Top 10 Films To See In July

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We, and we suspect you, have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

Exclusive: Meet Taylor Kitsch's Chon Character In Oliver Stone's 'Savages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 11:22 AM
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Featuring a massive ensemble including Taylor Kitsch, Blake Lively, Aaron Johnson, John Travolta, Benicio Del Toro, Salma Hayek, Emile Hirsch and Demian Bichir, Oliver Stone's upcoming "Savages," based on Don Winslow’s best-selling crime novel, is bringing a lot of talent and a crackling story to the big screen. And to help ease you into the film, we've got an exclusive video below all about Taylor Kitsch's character Chon to get you started.

'Savages' Soundtrack Features M. Ward, Bob Dylan, Peter Tosh, Massive Attack & More Plus All The Songs In The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2012 5:25 PM
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So, it's summer, and what better season is there for lighting one up, throwing on some chill tunes and whiling away a lazy weekend? While we officially don't condone those sorts of activities, unofficially we might, but either way, if you need to re-up your stash you might track down a couple of laid back bros like Ben and Chon in Oliver Stone's "Savages." Though hopefully, you won't get caught in the crossfire. Squaring off against a Mexican cartel looking to take over their turf, their shared girlfriend O is kidnapped, raising the stakes, and needless to say the results are explosive. And, the tunes on the soundtrack are equally fiery.

Watch: Red Band Clip From Oliver Stone's 'Savages' With Blake Lively, Benicio Del Toro & Salma Hayek

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2012 2:32 PM
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There are no superheroes, no toy brands, no gross-out comedy and no spandex in Oliver Stone's summer thriller "Savages." But perhaps that's what makes it such an interesting prospect, and while we'll find out how it all plays in just a couple of weeks, a generous red band clip from the film has dropped online to give us another tease.

Watch: 6 Clips From 'Savages' Offer Extended Look At Plot & Amplified Performances

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 18, 2012 3:41 PM
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After a string of biopics, a documentary, and a decent “Wall Street” sequel, it's clear Oliver Stone is ready to return to his special, sun-soaked universe -- one where the violent atmosphere infuses every frame and its characters' swaggering personalities aren't too far behind. His newest film “Savages” has more than confirmed this with its exaggerated trailer, and now six new clips have arrived before the film opens just around the corner.

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