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'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn Looks Forward -- and Back

"Guardians of the Galaxy" is the most irreverent Marvel departure, and, thanks to writer-director James Gunn ("Slither"), we're reminded that sci-fi can be fun. What's old is new again. But even though it wasn't his intention to give us a nostalgia trip while creating his own colorful galaxy of rogues and villains, it's an occupational hazard of turning archetypes on their heads.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 31, 2014 1:44 PM
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Film Industry's List of 100 Favorite Films in The Hollywood Reporter Is Same Old Story

This week, The Hollywood Reporter published a list of Hollywood's 100 favorite films, according to 2,120 film industry insiders that included actors, writers, directors, agents and executives. The results? Nothing new.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio and Jacob Combs
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  • June 30, 2014 12:40 PM
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Director Craig Gillespie Talks 'Million Dollar Arm' and Doing the Dramedy Dance

Craig Gillespie is no stranger to offbeat drama and comedy, and "Million Dollar Arm" represents his greatest dance with dramedy. The inspirational biopic about recruiting two raw talents from India and turning them into major league baseball pitchers in less than a year also afforded "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm the opportunity to show off the full range of his acting chops, according to the director.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 9, 2014 2:26 PM
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'Captain America 3' Gets US Release Date

Disney and Marvel have dated "Captain America 3" for May 6, 2016. That's neck-and-neck with Warner Bros.' untitled "Superman-Batman" movie, slated for release the same day.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 7, 2014 1:42 PM
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Oscar Winner 'Frozen' Crosses $1 Billion Mark in Worldwide Box Office

Well, "Frozen" had a very good weekend. Not only did it score two Academy Awards on Sunday, for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song ("Let It Go"), but it also crossed the $1 billion dollar mark in worldwide box office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 3, 2014 2:31 PM
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WATCH: Kermit and the Gang Sing the Sequel Song in New 'Muppets Most Wanted' Trailer

A clever new trailer has arrived for Disney's upcoming "Muppets Most Wanted," wherein Kermit et al put on a song-and-dance routine to the ditty "We're Doing a Sequel." Though they admit while crooning, "that's what we do in Hollywood, though everybody knows the sequel's never quite as good," it beats the depressing alternative: Standing on a deserted Hollywood Boulevard with tumbleweeds blowing by. Check it out, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 28, 2014 1:14 PM
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Weekend Top Ten: 'Thor' Bashes Box Office, 'Ender's Game' Collapses

Led by a strong performance by 3-D enhanced "Thor: The Dark World," overall grosses came in about equal to last year, keeping pace with the 2012 year-to-date total. (2013's top ten grossed $159 million against $161 million last year.) With $86,109,000 for the weekend, "Thor" came in just behind "Skyfall"'s stellar opening last year, but the heavy lifting came from the rest of the top 10.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • November 10, 2013 1:57 PM
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Review: Thompson Triumphs in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' which Adds Spoonful of Sugar to Backstage 'Mary Poppins' Tale (TRAILER)

For 20 years, Walt Disney avidly pursued the film rights to "Mary Poppins," and for 20 years, author P.L. Travers rebuffed the mogul's tenacious advances, fearing the ways he might maul her beloved book and character. This is the tale that "Saving Mr. Banks," which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and North American premiere at AFI FEST, sets out to tell, interspersed with flashbacks to Travers' own difficult, unexpected childhood in the Australian Outback. Travers is Emma Thompson's best leading film role since Elinor Dashwood in "Sense And Sensibility," 18 years ago, and she makes the Australian-born British transplant a curmudgeonly delight.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 8, 2013 1:03 PM
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Animation Oscar Frontrunners--Will Pixar Skip This Round?

Could this be an award season with no Pixar Oscar nominee? In a weak year for top animated features, enough have been officially submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration to likely make a race with five nominees, even though several of the films have yet to qualify via a required Los Angeles run. In the eventuality that five films don't nab high enough ratings of 7.5 (out of 6--poor--to 10--excellent), though, there could be fewer entries.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2013 2:27 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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