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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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State of the Oscar Race, Reading the Oscar Nominees Lunch Tea Leaves (VIDEO)

As of Friday, February 8, Academy members can vote for the Oscars, right up to February 19. Many have already received their paper ballots, and three have anonymously revealed their votes to the LA Times. All they reveal is that this year, more than most, the race is wide open and hard to call. "It's the best collection of movies in 90 years," says Harvey Weinstein...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2013 3:32 PM
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Sony Movie Channel Honors Black History Month with Tuesday Night Double-Features Showcasing Poitier, Freeman, Washington and Pryor

In recognition of Black History Month, the Sony Movie Channel is dedicating its Tuesday night "Take Two" programming to films featuring African-American stars. The films in each double feature block are linked by actor -- Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier and Richard Pryor all get their own themed evenings.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 28, 2013 3:25 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Don Burgess Talks 'Flight'

Being reunited with director Robert Zemeckis on "Flight" was just like old times for cinematographer Don Burgess. The last time they worked together was on "The Polar Express" in 2004, Bob Z's first foray into performance capture. But in terms of live action, you have to go back to "Cast Away" in 2000...
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 24, 2012 3:08 PM
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Damon, Foxx, Washington, Gere, Arkin & Hawkes Talk Hollywood, Fame & Craft in THR's Actors Roundtable

It's that time of year again for The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable discussions, with the actors installment debuting November 8. The six leading and supporting men featured are Matt Damon (who stars in the upcoming "Promised Land"), Jamie Foxx ("Django Unchained"), Denzel Washington ("Flight"), Richard Gere ("Arbitrage"), Alan Arkin ("Argo") and John Hawkes ("The Sessions"). Full video roundtable plus quote highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 9, 2012 11:53 AM
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Immersed in Movies: Zemeckis Talks 'Flight' and the 'Digital Stew'

While "Flight" marks Robert Zemeckis' return to live-action, he rejects the notion that he spent the last decade wandering in the virtual woods with performance capture. In fact, the Oscar-winning director likes to quote Francois Truffaut in explaining that his movies have always been about "truth and spectacle." In "Flight," we get both, of course, with a harrowing plane crash, and a riveting performance from Denzel Washington as an alcoholic airline pilot forced to confront his personal demons when his heroics turn against him. Indeed, Zemeckis maintains that the real spectacle was navigating the dramatic ambiguity of Washington's crucible.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • November 2, 2012 4:21 PM
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Weekend Recap: Zemeckis and Brad Grey Talk 'Flight,' John C. Reilly on 'Wreck-It Ralph,' and Murdoch Courts Penguin (Updated)

The New York Times interviews Robert Zemeckis about his return to live-action movies with "Flight," his first since "Cast Away" in 2000. “Everyone keeps thinking I haven’t made a movie in 12 years,” the director behind "Back to the Future," "Forrest Gump," and "The Polar Express" said.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • October 29, 2012 6:34 AM
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Watch Clip: Zemeckis’ Harrowing Plane Crash in 'Flight,' Starring Washington

Check out this tour-de-force clip from the beginning of Bob Zemeckis's return to live-action, "Flight" (Nov. 2). The Paramount movie, which closed the New York Film Festival, showcases Denzel Washington at his best as an alcoholic captain who miraculously saves a diving plane and most of the passengers on board.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 22, 2012 1:49 PM
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'Flight' Review; Zemeckis, Washington and Cheadle Talk at NYFF Press Conference (VIDEO)

Denzel Washington waltzed in late to the press conference following the NYFF screening of the Robert Zemeckis-directed "Flight." The audience didn't mind of course, because he's Denzel: His appearance prompted wild applause which immediately drowned out the voice of screenwriter John Gatins.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 14, 2012 3:59 PM
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