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WATCH: Eye-Popping Summer Movie Clips Unveiled at the MTV Movie Awards, from 'X-Men' to 'Spider-Man 2'

On Sunday night, the MTV Movie Awards unveiled an array of VFX-packed new footage from the studios' upcoming summer movie slate. Watch them here.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 14, 2014 2:38 PM
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The Highs and Lows of the Meaningless 2014 MTV Movie Awards, from Shirtless Efron to Wahlberg's F-Bombs (VIDEOS)

"Welcome to the Satanic Cult Awards, ladies and gentleman!" was how host Conan O'Brien kicked off the MTV Movie Awards 2014 on Sunday night, and though it was a show filled with highs and lows, O'Brien was among the highs.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 14, 2014 2:21 PM
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'Lone Survivor' Stuns in Wide Release; 'Her' is Weak, 'August: Osage County' Strong

Led by "Lone Survivor," which grossed double its expected amount and looks to be a powerhouse for weeks to come, this weekend continued the steady business of the last few weeks. The Top 10 grossed about $114 million, up a tick from last year, when three new wide releases grossed better than all but one of this year's two new ones.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • January 12, 2014 1:21 PM
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Watch: THR's Producers Round Table with Wahlberg, Gardner, De Luca, Heyman and More

The Hollywood Reporter's round table series continues on, today with their Producers panel. Included are Mark Wahlberg ("Lone Survivor"), Pam Williams ("The Butler"), Dede Gardner ("12 Years a Slave"), Charles Roven ("American Hustle"), Michael De Luca ("Captain Phillips") and David Heyman ("Gravity"). Interview highlights below, plus full video.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 21, 2013 2:54 PM
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WATCH: New Trailer for Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor,' Starring Wahlberg, Foster, Kitsch and Hirsch

A new trailer has arrived for Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor," starring Mark Wahlberg, Ben Foster, Taylor Kitsch, Eric Bana and Emile Hirsch. The film, which follows the true story of four Navy SEALS' covert mission into the mountains of Afghanistan -- and their subsequent ambush -- has its world premiere at AFI FEST on November 12, a limited release December 27, and a national rollout January 10. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 8, 2013 2:57 PM
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Oscar Watch: 'Lone Survivor' Is Peter Berg's Bid to Redeem Himself After 'Battleship'

Peter Berg directed "Battleship" for Universal Pictures so that he could direct the movie he cared about, "Lone Survivor," which he has been working on for five years. Universal is giving "Lone Survivor" an Oscar qualifying run on December 27 in advance of a January 14 wide release. Like "Argo" and "Zero Dark Thirty," it is based on a true story.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2013 3:46 PM
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'2 Guns' Blasts Mild August Weekend; 'Smurfs 2' Lags Stateside; 'Conjuring' Most Profitable Movie Ever Made?

Universal returned to the #1 spot with Denzel Washington-Mark Wahlberg actioner "2 Guns," the latest in the studio's diverse string of successful openings, after an expensive detour with the dreadful opening of "R.I.P.D." "2 Guns" led a top 10 that totaled about $120 million in gross, a jump of $8 million over last year. Meantime, the domestic take for "The Smurfs 2" disappointed, although Sony reports better international returns.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 4, 2013 1:49 PM
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Review and Roundup: '2 Guns' Tries to Breathe Life Into Old Formula

"2 Guns" is a great example of what's right and wrong with commercial studio moviemaking these days. It's smarter and more entertaining than your average $80-million schlocker. And it's got a cast of wily entertainers keeping us engaged, from sparring undercover agents Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg (the trailer gives that high-concept away) to villains Bill Paxton (as a corrupt CIA agent) and Edward James Olmos (as a Mexican drug lord).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2013 4:27 PM
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Review Roundup: Michael Bay's 'Pain & Gain' Is a Soulless Macho Farce

I had the misfortune of seeing Michael Bay's "Pain & Gain" at CinemaCon, which Paramount mystifyingly screened to the nation's exhibitors, who tend to be a conservative family-oriented bunch who are always begging the studios to release less R-rated fare. Don't get me wrong.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 23, 2013 2:05 PM
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Weekend Preview: Jessica Chastain's 'Mama,' Schwarzenneger's 'Last Stand' and Wahlberg's 'Broken City'

It's all about Jessica Chastain this weekend, with Andrew Muschetti's horror title "Mama" joining Oscar-nominated holdover "Zero Dark Thirty" at the box office. The modestly reviewed "Mama" is probably the best bet of the new releases...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 18, 2013 2:52 PM
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