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Weekend Box Office: 'Expendables 2' Opens At #1, But Can't Match First Film's Numbers

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 19, 2012 11:44 AM
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The release of "The Expendables 2" felt like a celebration. Not only were the trailers boasting the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis in legit action roles, but it was also promising the addition of Jean Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris to the franchise. Along with the release and buzz over two new trailers featuring Schwarzenegger ("The Last Stand") and Sylvester Stallone ("Bullet to the Head"), most saw this as a sign that b-movie action was back to the big time at the box office. Of course, the question as to whether this is star power or "star" power (with an ironic eyebrow raised) may have been answered, with the highly touted actioner finishing at $28.8 million, 17% below the first film's $35 million opening.

'Sparkle' Soundtrack Features Cee Lo, Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2012 1:50 PM
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Led by "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks with an the ensemble cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and the late Whitney Houston in a music heavy remake of the 1976 film of the same name, you can bet the filmmakers behind this are hoping the same audience that turned "Think Like A Man" into a sleeper hit show up for this next month. And it certainly won't hurt having a start studded soundtrack.

Watch: Full Trailer For 'Sparkle' Remake Featuring The Late Whitney Houston

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 2, 2012 1:28 PM
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As they things tend to go, Whitney Houston's tragic death earlier this year has given the otherwise under-the-radar "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 movie, an extra bit of shine. Following a brief preview this morning on "Today" followed by a brainshattering discussion about it with Kathie Lee Gifford and Pat O'Brien, the whole thing has now landed at Yahoo.

Paul Greengrass & Tom Hanks' Pirate Movie 'Captain Phillips' Sails Into Theaters On March 22, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2011 9:31 AM
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So, we guess it's happening then. First announced over the summer under its earlier title "Maersk Alabama" with Paul Greengrass to direct and Tom Hanks to star, not much was heard since and we began to wonder if it was yet another project stuck in development for the director. But nope, that's not the case at all as Sony has earmarked the film, now titled "Captain Phillips," for a March 22, 2013 release.

Michael K. Williams Says 'Django Unchained' Role Looks Good To Go

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:30 AM
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Says He'll Co-Star In 'Sparkle' Remake With Whitney Houston & Cee-Lo Green; R. Kelly Doing The SoundtrackIt was just under a week ago that Michael K. Williams first revealed that while he lost out on the lead role in Quentin Tarantino's forthcoming "Django Unchained," that the director might be writing a new part for him. Well, as the actor continues to do the rounds to promote the second season of "Boardwalk Empire" (the first episode aired last night), he's becoming much more chatty and confident about his prospects for 'Django.'

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