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14 Amazing Movies About Remarkable People Who Defied the Odds

Posted By Sharon Knolle on Nov 3rd 2014 11:27AM
"The Theory of Everything" (in theaters Nov. 7) tells the remarkable story of physicist Stephen Hawking, who revolutionized the way we think of the universe, despite being stricken with a motor neuron disease when he was just 21. He was given only two years but defied the odds, at age 72, still alive today. He is confined to a wheelchair and cannot speak except through a computer, but his book "A ... read more

5 Things We Learned About 'Men, Women & Children' From Jason Reitman

Posted By Rick Mele on October 10, 2014
According to Jason Reitman, his new film "Men, Women & Children" is about the Internet as much as "Juno" was about teen pregnancy, or "Thank You For Smoking" was about cigarettes; really, he's interested in exploring people, not timely issues. Adapted from Chad Kultgen's 2011 novel, the movie follows a group of Texas high schoolers and their parents, focusing on the many ways the Intern...

Fall Movie Preview 2014: The 40 Most Must-See Movies

Posted By Drew Taylor on August 08, 2014
Time to get serious everybody. After a summer of frivolity and fun, defined largely by large monsters, even larger transformers, and a raccoon that spoke like Bradley Cooper and carried a very large gun, the fall movie season is now upon us, which means that every studio, large and small, will be trotting out their finest product in a bid for audience affection and awards season gold. And, if t...

'The Judge' Selected For TIFF 2014 Opening Film

Posted By Brian Trinh on July 07, 2014
The Toronto International Film Festival's opening movie may not be "Iron Man 4", but it will feature the same leading man come early September. David Dobkin's "The Judge" will open TIFF 2014, according to a release sent out by festival organizers on Friday. "The Judge" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Hank Palmer, a hot-shot lawyer forced to return to his childhood home after his father is accused ...

'Life After Beth' Posters: Zombie Aubrey Plaza and the Man Who Loves Her (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted By Chris Jancelewicz on July 07, 2014
So, just how hard would it be to date a girl who's slowly turning into a zombie? According to upcoming dramedy "Life After Beth," pretty darn hard. Of course, there's levity throughout, which makes it a little easier to ... erm .. swallow. "Life After Beth" seems to be the simple story of young couple Zach (Dane DeHaan) and Beth (Aubrey Plaza), until Beth abruptly dies. When she rises from th...

Box Office: Did 'Oldboy' Even Have a Chance?

Posted By Gary Susman on December 12, 2013
FilmDistrict On paper, "Oldboy" could have been a hit -- a remake of a celebrated South Korean thriller by one of America's most talented filmmakers, Spike Lee, and starring an actor who specializes in brooding, tightly wound men of action, Josh Brolin. Not that anyone was expecting it to top the box office chart, not on a holiday weekend bound to be dominated by "The Hunger Games: Catching F...

Weekend Box Office: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Sets November Record With $161.1M

Posted By The Associated Press on November 11, 2013
Lionsgate "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" opened with $161.1 million at the box office, narrowly besting the original film and setting a record for a November opening. The result, from studio estimates Sunday, fell short of some expectations, and failed to dethrone the year's biggest box-office opening of $174 million for "Iron Man 3." But it did best the previous top November opening of $1...

'You Mewling Quim': The 15 Best Loki Quotes

Posted By Jonny Black on November 11, 2013
Marvel In "Thor: The Dark World," Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston reprise their roles as godly brothers-turned-enemies (brenemies?), Thor and Loki. While the sequel promises another wild Marvel action-blitz bonanza set in the mythical realm of Asgard, we can't help but focus on the center of our realm: Loki. Before the movie arrives in theaters this Friday (November 8), let's celebrate our...

'About Time' Teen Review: Will Young Audiences Enjoy the Time-Traveling Rom-Com?

Posted By Brady Riann on November 11, 2013
Universal Welcome back for another installment from Brady Riann, Moviefone's teenage correspondent. You'll get reviews and insights into the world of film -- from a teenage perspective. "About Time" is a date movie, whether it be with your girlfriend or your mom, but it's rare that a date movie comes along that can interest any unprejudiced moviegoer. Who wouldn't be interested in the idea o...

'Delivery Man' Preview: Vince Vaughn Does Not Have Mental Problems (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted By Jonny Black on November 11, 2013
This exclusive, new "Delivery Man" preview shows us that anonymously fathering hundreds of children may not be all that bad. In "Delivery Man," Vince Vaughn plays an affable yet highly unreliable single man who -- having donated to a fertility clinic years before -- discovers that he has fathered 533 kids. One-hundred and forty-two of his children have filed a lawsuit to discover their father...

Box Office: Is the Ratings System Helping or Hurting Movie Ticket Sales?

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
Sundance Selects Three of the films that opened this weekend provide interesting case studies for whether the ratings system is actually doing its job -- that is, protecting kids from seeing content that's too mature for them while freeing filmmakers to make whatever movies they like without fear of censorship. There was this weekend's box office winner, "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa," whose...

Weekend Box Office: 'Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa' Knocks 'Gravity' Out of Orbit

Posted By The Associated Press on October 10, 2013
Paramount Apparently astronauts are no match for Jackass. According to studio estimates Sunday, Paramount's "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" tops the weekend box office with $32 million, sinking three-week champ "Gravity" to second place. The Warner Bros. space drama starring Sandra Bullock added another $20.3 million to its haul, bringing its domestic ticket total to nearly $200 million. ...

'Gravity' Shifts the 2014 Oscar Race

Posted By Gary Susman on November 11, 2013
Warner Bros. With just 10 weeks left in the year, box office matters a lot more than it should in an Oscar race supposedly based on merit. That's especially true with movies that are on the fence. As most of the major festivals have come and gone, the gatekeeping function they serve now gets handed over to local critics and to the moviegoing public. Last month, I predicted that "Rush" or "Pri...

'Thor: The Dark World' End Credits Scene Leaves Director Alan Taylor Unhappy

Posted By Katie Roberts on October 10, 2013
Marvel WARNING: The following post contains a SPOILER about a scene that appears in the end credits of "Thor: The Dark World." Stop reading now if you want to be surprised by the scene in theaters. A scene added to the end credits sequence of "Thor: The Dark World" is getting negative reviews from a surprising source: the film's director. Alan Taylor, who helmed the sequel to 2011's "Tho...

Box Office: Why Did 'The Fifth Estate' Flop?

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
Dreamworks Guess Julian Assange got all worked up over nothing. The controversial WikiLeaks founder famously fretted that "The Fifth Estate," the unauthorized thriller about him, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, would make him look foolish before countless moviegoers. Indeed, the Disney release was supposed to be one of this fall's prestige pictures, perhaps headed for Oscar glory. Instead,...

Box Office: Why Did 'Machete Kills' Get Slaughtered?

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
With such a long blade, you'd think Machete would have taken a bigger cut of the box office. Not that anyone expected blockbuster numbers from "Machete Kills." Eight million, maybe even 12 million, tops. However, the long-awaited sequel didn't even crack $4 million. It debuted in fourth place with an estimated $3.8 million, about a third of what its most ardent supporters predicted. This desp...

'Romeo & Juliet' Family Review: 5 Things Every Parent Should Know About the Hailee Steinfeld Adaptation

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on October 10, 2013
Relativity Are all Shakespearean adaptations alike? That is the question, and the answer is quite obviously "No." Not all of the Bard's plays are appropriate for younger viewers, but "Romeo and Juliet" is usually a student's introduction to Shakespeare's tragedies, because what could be more compelling to teens than a story about doomed star-crossed lovers? Enter this new adaptation of "Romeo an...

Date Movies for Parents: 'Captain Phillips,' 'Gravity,' 'Rush'

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on October 10, 2013
Sony A chill is finally in the air, the children have been in school for more than a month, and the holiday season is nearly upon us. That means it's also the season for award-caliber "prestige" films the studios believe could be Oscar contenders. Fall is the best time to arrange for childcare and spend some time in theaters without the kids. Save the family flicks for the actual holiday reunion...

Box Office: What Made 'Runner Runner' Stumble Stumble?

Posted By Gary Susman on October 10, 2013
AP Photo/20th Century Fox, Scott Garfield This weekend, 20th Century Fox went all in on "Runner Runner," a $30 million drama about online poker starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck, and even though just about everyone bet high on it, the film went bust. Pundits predicted it might debut as high as $15 million, but it earned only about half of that, an estimated $7.6 million, opening in th...

Box Office: How Did 'Baggage Claim' Beat 'Don Jon'?

Posted By Gary Susman on September 09, 2013
Fox Searchlight It was a big weekend for romantic comedies at the multiplex, with three of them entering the top 15 on the box office chart. The experts predicted that the one that would come out on top was "Don Jon," given the star power of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson, as well as a wide release in 2,422 theaters. It was expected to make $10 to $12 million, while "Baggage Claim...

Weekend Box Office: 'Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2' Tops 'Rush,' 'Don Jon'

Posted By The Associated Press on September 09, 2013
Sony "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2" slurped up the box office. The animated Sony sequel featuring the voices of Bill Hader and Anna Faris opened in first place and earned $35 million in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. The original "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" nabbed $30.3 million during its opening weekend in 2009. Last week's top film, "Prisoners,...

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