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'If I Stay' Review: 10 Things You Need to Know About the Weepy Romance

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on Aug 22nd 2014 12:02PM
Yes, "If I Stay" is yet another teen romance based on a young adult book. I will disclose that I read and loved Gayle Forman's best-selling book about a brilliant young cellist faced with the ultimate life-and-death decision after her entire family is involved in a devastating car accident. Mia Hall (Chloe Moretz in her first romantic lead role) is an invisible spirit watching over her... read more

Chris Pratt Shares an Extremely Personal Photo From His Humble Beginnings

Posted By Corey Teich on August 08, 2014
Before starring in "Guardians of the Galaxy," the summer blockbuster that has made over $200 million at the box office, not to mention his stint on "Parks and Rec," Chris Pratt's life was... different. His extremely humble beginnings start in Hawaii, living out of a van and waiting tables at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Luckily, actor/director Rae Dawn Chong gave Chris Pratt a role in "Cursed...

Mean Turtles Is What Happens When 'Mean Girls' and 'Ninja Turtles' Combine

Posted By Eric Larnick on August 08, 2014
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" + "Mean Girls"... two great tastes that taste great together! Moviefone and comic book superstar Dennis Culver are teaming up to unite two of pop culture's greatest collections of teenagers; and the resulting mutation is perfect. Way too perfect. Gossip, nunchucks, pizza -- it's all the same whether you're a human girl or a mutated reptile. If only we had Tina...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Rejects: Sci-Fi Icons Who Got Cut From Marvel's Space Team

Posted By Eric Larnick on July 07, 2014
Ooga-chaka! "Guardians of the Galaxy," the solar system's most anticipated summer adventure is about to arrive in theaters and make movie stars out of the freakiest-looking aliens this side of the Milky Way. A gigantic walking tree? A foul-mouthed raccoon with heavy artillery? As strange as these creatures may be, they are the only ones fit for the job -- and some classic outer space characters...

Weekend Box Office: Scarlett Johannson's 'Lucy' Beats The Rock's 'Hercules'

Posted By The Associated Press on July 07, 2014
Luc Besson's "Lucy" proved mind can overpower muscle, topping a remake of "Hercules" by director Brett Ratner at the box office on the weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal Pictures-released movie starring Scarlett Johansson as an accidental psychokinetic took in $44 million in North American movie theaters over the weekend. "Hercules," starring Dwayne "The Rock"...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's Pizza Launcher Debuts At Comic-Con

Posted By Brian Trinh on July 07, 2014
Leave it to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Pizza Hut to put the "throw" in a Throwback Thursday. Fans of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon will may have forgotten about the Pizza Thrower, arguably the coolest plastic toy to ever launch pizza-shaped discs in history, but with each movie reboot comes with a refreshed new line of merchandise. Only, this Pizza Thrower is...

Join Moviefone & Ford for the Summer Spectacular Sweeps and Screening Series

Posted By Moviefone Staff on August 08, 2014
Moviefone and Ford are gearing up to bring you a summer movie season you'll never forget! The mega-popular Summer Spectacular Sweeps is back to reward movie-lovers nationwide; we're giving away thousands of free movie tickets all summer long... and it's just a click away to win. Oh, and one lucky grand prize winner will also receive a trip for two to Los Angeles, a chauffeured Ford experience,...

Box Office: Does 'Apes' Success Mean the Slump Is Over?

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2014
For the past few weeks, box office observers (including this column) have been worried about a big summer slump. After all, summer revenues are down nearly 20 percent compared to the same point last year, and the overall take for 2014, which was ahead of the previous year's earnings in April, has since fallen to 4 percent below 2013's numbers. Last weekend's Independence Day haul was the lowest...

Box Office: Lessons From a Weak July 4th Weekend

Posted By Gary Susman on July 07, 2014
1. Somebody really likes "Transformers." For a smash hit film series, Michael Bay's giant-robot franchise gets awfully little love, at least in public. It's like porn; everyone claims to find it loathsome, but in secret, someone is watching it and making it a huge success. Last week, of course, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" cruised easily to No. 1 because no other wide release film was...

Date Movies For Parents: Fourth of July Edition

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on July 07, 2014
The Weinstein Co. Fourth of July evokes memories of fireworks, barbecues, parades...and some of movie history's biggest blockbusters (usually starring Will Smith). Going to the movies has been a holiday weekend tradition in my family since before my husband and I had kids, and sometimes it's nice (and necessary) to have a movie date night that doesn't include transforming dinosaurs or kid...

​Box Office: Can 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Save a Summer of So-So Sales?

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
Sure, theater owners and Hollywood executives have to be breathing a sigh of relief this weekend over the utter predictability of the "Transformers" franchise. Despite widely expected negative reviews and the usual fanboy grumbling, Michael Bay's "Transformers: Age of Extinction" opened unopposed this weekend, earning an estimated $100.0 million, in line with what pundits had predicted. It's the...

Weekend Box Office: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' Rules 2014 With $100M Debut

Posted By The Associated Press on June 06, 2014
Paramount "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is ruling the box office. The fourth installment of filmmaker Michael Bay's morphing robots series earned $100 million in its opening weekend, making it the biggest debut for a movie in 2014, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Paramount film also earned $201.3 million from 37 international territories. "Transformers" specifically made $90...

Box Office: For 'Think Like a Man Too' and 'Jersey Boys,' Where Were the Guys?

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2014
C'mon, dudes! The manliness quotient of this weekend's two new wide releases, "Think Like a Man Too" and "Jersey Boys," was right there in the titles. So why did so few guys go see them? "Think Like a Man Too" opened at No. 1 with an estimated $30.0 million. For most movies (especially low-budget ensemble comedies), that number would seem an unmitigated success. But it's a lot lower than...

​Box Office: Why Did '22 Jump Street' Win Against 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'?

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2014
This weekend's battle of the sequels was supposed to be close, with nearly every pundit giving "How to Train Your Dragon 2" a slight edge over "22 Jump Street." To some experts, it wasn't even going to be close, with the cartoon expected to earn as much as $70 million, contrasted with about $50 million for the action comedy. Well, it wasn't close, but Father's Day weekend ended with estimates...

'22 Jump Street' Family Review: The 5 Most Parent Shocking Moments

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on June 06, 2014
Sony "22 Jump Street" brings back 29-year-old narcotics cops Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) for another undercover adventure -- this time at the local state university. Whereas in high school, Schmidt flourished and Jenko floundered, this time college life favors the jockish Jenko while confounding the sensitive Schmidt. But this isn't a relationship drama, it's a comedy, and as...

​Box Office: What's Behind the Surprise Success of 'The Fault in Our Stars'?

Posted By Gary Susman on August 08, 2014
A female-centered drama about two teens with cancer doesn't sound like your typical light, summer action fare, but "The Fault in Our Stars" still had one of the strongest openings of the year to date, earning an estimated $48.2 million this weekend. Actually, most pundits were expecting it to do fairly well, given the popularity of both the source novel and of star Shailene Woodley. Even so,...

Young Adult Movies: Why They're Better Off Without the Vampires

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on August 08, 2014
Fox I'm not ashamed to admit that I have read and loved books, particularly young-adult books, about vampires, witches, werewolves, fairies, angels, demons and zombies. Those genre books aren't usually what I'm drawn to, but a compelling story is a compelling story, just like a good movie is a good movie -- regardless of genre. Unfortunately, Hollywood keeps focusing so much of its attention...

​Box Office: In 'Maleficent' vs. 'Million Ways,' It's Girls 1, Guys 0

Posted By Gary Susman on June 06, 2014
Why have this summer's box office behemoths been dropping like flies after their first weekends? "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Neighbors," "Godzilla," and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" all opened at No. 1 and then plummeted, losing half or two-thirds of their business the following weekend. One possible reason: they all have too much testosterone. Yes, summer tentpole movies (note the standard...

Weekend Box Office: 'Maleficent' Opens Big, 'A Million Ways' Fires a Blank

Posted By The Associated Press on June 06, 2014
Disney Disney's "Maleficent" cast a strong spell at the box office with a $70 million debut. Featuring Angelina Jolie's first live-action starring performance in years, "Maleficent" beat forecasts to easily top all films over the weekend. The PG-rated Disney release is a darker twist on "Sleeping Beauty," told from the villain's perspective. Seth MacFarlane's Western comedy "A Million...

'A Million Ways To Die In The West' Family Review: The 10 Most Parent Shocking Moments

Posted By Sandie Angulo Chen on May 05, 2014
Universal Seth MacFarlane's latest hard-R comedy, "A Million Ways to Die in the West" will undoubtedly appeal to teen (and dare we say tween?) fans of his raunchy-for-primetime animated shows "Family Guy" and "American Dad," but obviously the western is not intended for kids. In case you're wavering on letting your teen see it, here are 10 highlights of the movie's many shocking moments...

Villains! Mashing Up Disney and 'Star Wars' Bad Guys (PHOTOS)

Posted By Eric Larnick on May 05, 2014
Moviefone | Dennis Culver We all have a soft spot for villains; they're charismatic, they look badass, and more often than not, they steal the show. Disney -- those guardians of "family friendly" entertainment -- have always done a suspiciously entertaining job at bringing larger-than-life bad guys to the big screen. And now that they guide the future of the "Star Wars" universe, and its Sith...

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