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'Maleficent' Crosses $700 Million Worldwide, Shining Jewel in Lackluster Summer

Disney's "Maleficent," which opened May 30, has topped $700 million worldwide, marking Jolie’s highest-grossing live action film of all time domestically, internationally and globally, as well as the highest grossing original film of 2014 worldwide. "Maleficent" is a shining jewel in a dull summer box office that has dipped 20 % so far. The year to date is down 6 %.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 22, 2014 2:49 PM
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Sondheim Makes (Very Big) Plot Changes to Disney's 'Into the Woods' Adaptation, Doesn't Seem to Mind

Before you read this, Sondheim fans, hide the fragile items near your computer or smartphone, because you're going to want to throw something.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 19, 2014 2:01 PM
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Disney Adds Another Live-Action Remake, Following Success of 'Maleficent' (Cocteau TRAILER)

Well, this was inevitable, right? 'Maleficent' stomped through the box office last weekend, netting $70 million in U.S. receipts and another $100 million abroad. When a movie brings in money like that, the studio is bound to say: more, please.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 5, 2014 1:08 PM
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Critics on 'Maleficent': Jolie Is Fierce and Film Looks Great, But Fairytale Wears Thin

First reviews have swooped in for "Maleficent," Disney's take on the "Sleeping Beauty" classic arch villain here played by a wickedly gorgeous Angelina Jolie, a ringer for the iconic character. Per critics, the news is good and bad. The film, helmed by Oscar-winning VFX artist Robert Stromberg making his directorial debut, is a suitably sumptuous visual feast. And Jolie kicks ass, clearly reveling in the role. But the message and story seem to have gotten muddled along the way, making reviewers wonder whether this fairytale is more regressive than revisionist.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2014 1:38 PM
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'Godzilla' Conquers Friday Box Office, 'Million Dollar Arm' Opens Modestly

Godzilla" (Warner Bros.) took in $38,525,000 yesterday, including just under $10 million in Thursday night shows, to qualify as the biggest opening day since "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" last November.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 17, 2014 2:15 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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'Star Wars' Cast Revealed on Facebook, Arndt and Lucas Not Mentioned

After all the speculation over recent months, Disney and Lucasfilm--whose leaders Robert Iger and Kathleen Kennedy have joined forces-- announced the cast of the new J.J. Abrams "Star Wars" movie. On Facebook.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 29, 2014 1:10 PM
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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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