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'Captain America' Tops Box Office Top Ten for Third Week as Depp's 'Transcendence' Flops

This Easter weekend three religious-themed films made the Top 10, led by new opener "Heaven Is for Real" (Sony) which barely missed taking the #2 spot despite playing in more than 1,000 fewer screens than the box office leaders. This unheralded low-budget effort reinforces the most significant trend of 2014 so far: faith-based films nabbing substantial audiences.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • April 20, 2014 1:03 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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This Weekend, Watch Johansson and Gainsbourg Suck Men's Souls in 'Under the Skin' and 'Nymphomaniac: Volume II'

This weekend, catch sexy Scarlett Johansson in not one, but two films, and in two wildly different roles. While reviews are solid-gold for the Marvel sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," in which she stars opposite the reassuringly bland charms of Chris Evans, you're unlikely to see a weirder, or better, movie than Jonathan Glazer's freaky-good succubus-from-space odyssey "Under the Skin."
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 3:30 PM
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WATCH: More Beautiful Wickedness from Angelina Jolie in New 'Maleficent' Trailer

A new, extended trailer is here for Disney's "Maleficent." Unlike the first trailer, which hid Angelina Jolie's wicked villain until revealing her in the final moments, this one is all Jolie -- which is what will draw most people to see the lavish "Sleeping Beauty" reboot, anyway.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2014 2:08 PM
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WATCH: Angelina Jolie Takes Flight with Maleficent's Wings

Turns out, Angelina Jolie's Maleficent is even scarier than we thought. Disney has released a new promo spot wherein we see a young Maleficent take flight with gigantic, Angel-of-Death-style dark wings. She tells princess Aurora: "My wings were stolen from me." This must be another reason she's so pissed (aside from not being on the guest list for Aurora's christening). Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 17, 2014 2:16 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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Disney's Oscar Nominee 'Frozen' Gets Jazzy at Live Musical Performance (VIDEO)

Sunday night I attended a special "Frozen" musical performance at Vibrato Grill Jazz club with cast members Kristen Bell (Anna), Idina Menzel (Elsa), Josh Gad (Olaf), and Santino Fontana (Hans) singing the songs of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by David Metzger.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 10, 2014 12:59 PM
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'Frozen' Puts Chill on 'Lion King,' Longest Running No. 1 Film Soundtrack Since 2003

"Frozen" has beaten Disney's highest grossing animated blockbuster "The Lion King." The film's mighty soundtrack has held at No.1 on the charts for its fourth non-consecutive week, the first theatrical film album to do so since 2003's "Bad Boys II."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • February 6, 2014 1:15 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Saving Mr. Banks' Premiere; Hanks, Thompson, Sherman & More Talk Disney, Travers and 'Mary Poppins'

The Disney company wasn't sure they were ready to jump on board "Saving Mr. Banks," admits motion picture chairman Alan Horn. He wasn't sure it was the right thing to do, but production head Sean Bailey lobbied hard, and they finally decided that having some control by financing this Australian/British/US co-production of the origin story of the "Mary Poppins" movie, "Saving Mr. Banks," was a good idea.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 10, 2013 3:53 PM
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