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WATCH: It's A Vampire Showdown In The First 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn—Part 2' Trailer


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Vampires, wolves and an overly protective Kristen Stewart go to war in a just-released first trailer for the final "Twilight" film.

So what's all of this fighting over?

The Volturi (the all-powerful vampire authority) believe the Cullen clan (Edward, Bella and the lot) have turned a child into a vampire. This is against vampire law, so naturally, the vamps are coming down to reign all sorts of terror.

In actuality, Bella and Edward's newborn daughter Renesmee is half-human, half-vampire, and growing at a ridiculously rapid pace (creating other problems). 

The first trailer offers up a lot more action than the previous films that have relied mostly on the series' romance. 

Best part of this trailer? Getting to see little Dakota Fanning back as part of the Volturi. 

You got us "Twilight," we'll bite. 

"Breaking Dawn — Part 2" opens in theaters November 16.

Watch the trailer below:


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Forbes Just Announced The Top 10 Highest-Paid Actresses In Hollywood


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Forbes has just released its list of the  highest-paid actresses.

The list gathered numbers from May 2011 to May 2012, and includes the 10 actresses who are receiving the biggest paychecks.

While some on the list are usual suspects like Cameron Diaz, many are young newcomers. And being a part of a film franchise doesn't hurt, either.

Let's just say it pays to be funny.

10. Jennifer Aniston - $11 million

Aniston earned some of the best reviews of her career for her surprising turn in last summer's "Horrible Bosses" and followed it up with the disappointing "Wanderlust." Couple those paychecks with the money from "Friends" repeats, and her bank account is just fine. 

9. Kristen Wiig - $12 million

In addition to last summer's breakout smash "Bridesmaids," which earned $288 million on a $32 million budget, Wiig concluded her run on "Saturday Night Live" and appeared in the low-budget film "Friends With Kids."

8. Meryl Streep - $12 million

The reigning Oscar winner (and most nominated of all time) continues to average a film a year, and with her pedigree, she doesn't work for cheap.

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Here's How To Invest In The Hollywood Stock Exchange



On March 27, the value of "Anchorman 2" on the Hollywood Stock Exchange, at the time merely a pipe dream, was $8.45 a share.

Then Will Ferrell announced the movie was becoming a reality on "Conan," and its stock rose to over $60 a share within a week.

By mid-May, when the teaser trailer debuted in front of "The Dictator" it was up to $80. Anyone who invested in the film before "Conan" made ten times that amount since, and it's still climbing.

Unfortunately, the Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX) isn't allowed to use real money… yet.

Here's how it works: If you think a movie (or person) is going to do better (or worse) than projected, you can invest virtual money in its stock, free to buy, sell, short, and cover, at any time.

And here's how the website describes HSX:

"Hollywood Stock Exchange® (www.hsx.com) is the world's leading entertainment stock market. At HSX.com, visitors buy and sell virtual shares of celebrities and movies with a currency called the Hollywood Dollar®.The Company's Virtual Specialist® technology allows an unlimited number of consumers to trade thousands of virtual entertainment securities in a fair and orderly, supply-and-demand-based market. HSX syndicates the data collected from the Exchange as market research to entertainment, consumer product and financial institutions and as original content to radio, television and print media. Founded in 1996, HSX is now a subsidiary of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. HSX is headquartered in Los Angeles, California."

When you first set up a free account, you start with $2 million Hollywood Dollars. You can use those dollars to invest in MovieStocks (the price of which projects the films final box-office: $1 million = $1 Hollywood Dollar), StarBonds (average gross of an actor or director's last 5 films), and other derivatives, like predicting a films opening weekend (If the number is $25 million and you guess it will gross more, anything over that number is your profit. If it grosses less, you get nothing and lose your initial investment.). While StarBonds are difficult to predict (one independent film can offset a star's blockbuster smash), MovieStocks and derivatives are easier to quantify. But they all come back to domestic box office numbers.  

"First, it's a script, an idea. Then, an actor or director signs on, and the value goes up. And by the time the trailer comes out, there's a very good sense of the valuation of the property," said Rich Jacobs, president of HSX, who went on to say using real money would make HSX even more accurate in predicting a films domestic gross, as people would invest with more care. Currently, Cantor Fitzgerald, which owns HSX, uses the site to gauge predictions for gambling on movies and TV in the UK.

So why can't the HSX be used with real money? It's not for lack of trying. In fact, a few years back, it almost became a reality, with April 2010 set to start live trading of box office projections. Then the government put a stop to it. 

Jacobs explained why in early 2011. "I think they were just concerned about bringing financial market transparency to an industry that hasn't had any transparency about finances," he said. 

Right now, the closest thing to a real-money HSX is Intrade.com. Based out of Ireland, the website allows users to place bets on things varying from whether Barrack Obama will get re-elected to whether "The Dark Knight Rises" will beat the opening weekend record set in May by "The Avengers.". Still though, these are just bets, not a full-fledged stock market, and the bets are essentially limited to weekend box office and tent-pole releases like "The Dark Knight Rises."

For many, HSX could be a very lucrative endeavor, should the money involved ever be real. Until then, it will have to settle for being a lot of fun… and highly addictive. 

For those about to sign up and looking to invest your $2 million (and why wouldn't you), here's a few recommendations: 


The Hangover Part III (HNOV3) - Current value: $127.18

That's as much as the second film made over Memorial Day Weekend 2011. The only reason the number isn't higher is because there hasn't been a trailer released yet, or even a poster. But all of the talent is locked into deals and principle photography is set to begin this summer. This movie is happening. Get in on the ground floor before the price on this skyrockets (Note: This is a theme to look for when investing in MovieStocks. Confirm it will 100% be made, but invest before the first trailer for maximum profit).

Wreck-It Ralph (RALPH) - Current value - $86.52

You may have missed out on getting in before the initial trailer, but take a look at that thing. Do you honestly think this won't fly past $100 million at the domestic box office? It's still a no-brainer. 


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay (HGAM3) - Current value - $249.39

The original "Hunger Games" passed the $400 million mark domestically, and its MovieStock (first four weeks) topped out at $336.67. Next up is the adaptation of the second book, "Catching Fire," (out Thanksgiving 2013, valued at $314.51), followed by the final book, "Mockingjay" (which may be split into two films like "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" before it). Make no mistake, "Mockingjay" will happen. It's a certainty. So investing in it while it's still valued under $250 is an absolute steal. Just plan on holding onto those shares for a long, long time. 


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Um, An IMDB User Actually Thought 'Lord of the Rings' Ripped Off 'Harry Potter'


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Ahead of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" prequel, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," an adamant fan took to IMDB's message boards to note the many similarities between "The Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter."

Cool. The only problem? He claimed 'LOTR" was a direct rip-off of the latter … instead of the other way around.

For the record, J.R.R. Tolkien published "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in 1954. ("The Hobbit" was published several years earlier in 1937.) The first Harry Potter book, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" came out in 1997.

Yep. Total plagiarist. 

The post has since been deleted (it had more than 100 comments).  

You can view a screenshot below. Thanks to uproxx.com for spotting.

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Here's the actual text:

"Overall, I like Lord of the Rings. However, I do feel that Tolkien kind of rips off Harry Potter in many ways. There are several parallels, such as elves, dwarfs, wizards, goblins, trolls, magic (especially invisibility), etc. Sauron is referred to as “Dark Lord” just like Voldemort is. There is also the elder white-haired bearded wizard who serves as a mentor, Gandalf, who is reminiscent of Dumbledore. Some of the character names are similar, such as Wormtongue as opposed to Wormtail, too. There is even a gigantic spider (Shelob) at the end of “The Two Towers” that reminds one of Aragog from Chamber of Secrets. I even noticed that the plots of both series begin with the protagonists’ birthday. Now I see that Tolkien, this unoriginal bastard, is coming out with The Hobbit in December. This would be fine, but why didn’t he just write this book first to begin with? I still like Lord of the Rings, though–don’t get me wrong–but I wonder if Tolkien has ever said in interviews whether he borrowed elements from Harry Potter. I’ll be watching the extended DVDs later this week and I think he’s featured on the commentary track, so I look forward to that."

Note the last sentences, bolded above.

Um. Tolkien passed away September 2, 1973. 

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UH OH: 'Transformers 4' Has A New Cast, Lower Budget & May Take Place In Space—Here's Today's Buzz

  • Undercover lover alert! Actor Giovanni Ribisi, 37, quietly wed British model Agyness Deyn, 29, in Los Angeles. Ribisi has one daughter from a previous marriage.
  • And they weren't the only couple to make it official ... Wynonna Judd is married! The country crooner wed Cactus Moser, a musician in her traveling band, at her Tennessee home last weekend.
  • MSNBC is replacing Dylan Ratigan's show with a new program called "The Cycle," which will feature a permanent cast of four: conservative commentator S.E. Cupp, author and pundit Touré, Salon writer Steve Kornacki and former Congressional candidate Krystal Ball. The show launches on Monday at 3 PM.
  • Alec Baldwin's 16-year-old daughter Ireland looks exactly like h...is ex-wife, actress Kim Basinger.
  • Retirement? What retirement? Charlie Sheen will return to the big screen playing the president of the United States of America in the Robert Rodriguez-directed "Machete Kills." The two announced the casting news via Twitter.Charlie Sheen

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Liam Neeson Takes Down More Bad Guys In First 'Taken 2' Trailer


Liam Neeson killed a whole lot of men in 2008's action-thriller "Taken" as former CIA operative, Bryan Mills—at least 25 (we've counted).

Naturally, the bad men are out for revenge.

So, hide yo wife, and hide yo daughter because they're taking everyone hostage ... or at least Mills' ex-wife.

Silly men, Mills isn't taking any of your sass.

Watch Neeson in action below: 

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How Many Films Will Make More Than $400 Million At The Box Office This Year?



Last week, Vulture ran a story saying a $400 million domestic gross is the new threshold for blockbusters.

To put this in perspective, the only movie to reach that number before "Star Wars:  Episode I - The Phantom Menace" came out in 1999 was "Titanic."

Since then, films like "Spider-Man" and "Shrek 2" hit the mark, and re-releases allowed others like "The Lion King" and "E.T." to reach the milestone as well.

In 2009, two movies passed $400 million, with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" barely crossing and "Avatar" flying past as if it were nothing. 

Now, if one takes inflation into account, a lot of these trends seem meaningless. And 3D ticket and IMAX prices also play a role. But we're box office nerds, and we're sticking with the hard numbers. 

The box office climate is changing. With more emphasis placed on international grosses every year, domestic numbers may not seem as important. But 2012 is on the verge of setting a record that just a decade ago was unfathomable: Three $400 million domestic films in a single year… and possibly more. 

"Hunger Games" finally made it over the threshold this weekend, and "The Avengers" is long past that number.

"The Dark Knight Rises" will easily pass $400 million, the question is by how much. Additionally, Spider-Man's return to the screen after half a decade, and Peter Jackson's "Unexpected Journey" back to Middle Earth have a fighting chance. Let's take a closer look at our three contenders.


The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3) 

Of these three, "Spider-Man" has the toughest road ahead of it. Sandwiched between "The Avengers" and "Dark Knight," the web-slinger may get lost in the shuffle. Even if it does break out, it has less than three weeks before "Dark Knight" opens and takes its entire demographic. 

A breakout seems unlikely with its July 3 release date, a Tuesday. Clearly not making a play to match its own opening weekends (a game it would likely fail), Spidey is instead going for a strategy implemented successfully in the past by "Transformers," hoping for numbers close to or above $20 million for the first six days (and then the following second weekend). This is a good play to ensure the film wills its way to $300 million, and squeezes everything it can out of its pre-"Dark Knight" days, but it won't be nearly enough to hit the $400 million Spidey reached over a decade ago. Tracking has it heading for a $125 million six-day opening, but with numbers this big, reviews can sway that tally by tens of millions in either direction. 

A lot has changed since "Spider-Man" was the premier superhero franchise (Cough. Christopher Nolan. Cough.), and anything less than stellar reviews could spell disaster (any gross less than $250 million) for this big-budget reboot and hopeful franchise-starter. But "Spider-Man" shocked the world before, and that's enough to keep it in the conversation.

Verdict: No


The Dark Knight Rises (July 20)

We just covered this: It's not a matter of if this reaches the $400 plateau, but by how much and when. 

Can it pass its predecessor? Hype alone will drive the opening weekend to "Avengers"-level numbers (seriously, if you plan on seeing this opening day and don't already have your tickets, good luck), but does Bane + Catwoman = The Joker? Doubtful. Heath Ledger's performance was something special, and it drove non-superhero fans to check it out in theaters. Don't expect that this time around. 

Unrealistic expectations for the pic may hurt its legs, though a cushy release date will help prevent that, in what may end up being a weak finish to the summer 2012 box office.

Verdict: Yes. Guaranteed. 


The Hobbit

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (December 14)

The "Lord of the Rings" films were never known for their openings (though they certainly weren't bad), but rather their impressive legs through December and January. For box office legs, it doesn't get better than a mid-December release, where a film that opens in the low-teens still has a chance to cross $100 million. Combining holidays and kids off from school with the fact that nothing even remotely good opens between December 26 and Martin Luther King Day, ensures the staying power of quality (and Chipmunk) pre-Christmas fare. It also gives audiences time to see a number of films, so competition from Leonardo DiCaprio's two Christmas films, "The Great Gatsby" and "Django Unchained," won't be a problem.

Expect part one of "The Hobbit" to follow in this regard. Typically part one of a two-part film may not reach the heights of its successor, but after a decade of waiting to return to Middle Earth, expect fans to come out in droves. Plus, though none of the LOTR films passed $400 million, when adjusted for inflation, they all clear the milestone easily. For these reasons, expect "Hobbit" to be our fourth $400 million earner of the year (even if it takes until 2013 to do so).

Verdict: Yes


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This Week In Movie Trailers: 'Twilight' And Pixar Show Off Their Future Hit Sequels



In this week's trailers, Snow White leaves Thor to return to Edward Cullen, Keira Knightley takes another stab at Oscar gold and Pixar shows us what college life is like for monsters.

Plus, three R-rated comedies duke it out for summer dominance, "Batman" and "Spider-Man" show off some new footage, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman reminds the world why he's one of the best actors in the business. 

Also, take a look at some of this fall's high-profile action movies, and, if you're brave enough, the next Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg film.

"Taken 2" - October 5

After scouring the internet to confirm our suspicions, we unfortunately found out that the antagonist of "Taken 2" is not the guy from the Dos Equis commercials. But the damage is already done. As far as we're concerned, it's Liam Neeson v. The Most Interesting Man in the World. Game on! Oh, you want to know the plot of the movie? His family gets taken (see what we did there?) in a foreign country... again. It also feels like we got cheated out on some great sequel names here: "Takener." "Taken 2: Taken Harder." "Taken 2: Electric Boogaloo ."

"Dredd" - September 21

Futuristic drug busts. Half a movie's worth of slow-mo shots. Karl Urban doing his best "Christian Bale Batman voice" impression. That's all you need to know about "Dredd."

"Hotel Transylvania" - September 28

Well we know it's going to do better than Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg's first team-up, "That's My Boy." With an interesting voice cast, including Fran Drescher and Selena Gomez, this could have the same late-September critical/commercial success of fellow Sony Pictures Animation release "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs." Or it could be another Sandler misfire, this one of the "Eight Crazy Nights" variety. 

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The World's Most Expensive Poster Was Seized And Is Up For Auction



One of four surviving copies of a "Metropolis" poster has been seized from owner Kenneth Schacter as part of a chapter 7 liquidation case.

For those of you unfamiliar with the film, "Metropolis" is a 1927 German silent film directed by Fritz Lang.  

Schacter paid a record $690,000 for the poster in 2005, but valued it at $250,000 in the bankruptcy filing.

Higher projections peg its value at over $1 million. 

Other posters seized for auction include a 1933 "King Kong" poster, which experts say is almost as valuable as the "Metropolis" poster, and a 1933 "Invisible Man" one-sheet. All together, Schacter's collection could sell for as much as $5 million. 

There is no date set for the auction as of now.

Would you pay $1 million for this poster? Check it out below:

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Pixar Out 'Braves' Vampire Hunters — Here's Your Box—Office Roundup



Cartoons outperformed scary blockbusters this weekend.  

While "Brave" was the ultimate child pleaser and shall perform well at the box office, as Pixar films tend to do, "Brave" was anything but what the title suggests.

Other than one real "brave" moment near the film's end, the movie sacrificed too much seriousness for silliness ultimately making "Brave" no different from other animated releases.

Despite the film's huge opening, it didn't outperform "The Lorax" which earned $70 million its opening weekend

Back in January, we expected the initial hype for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" to hold out until summer. However, the film's marketing died down, allowing news of the film to become lost among anticipation for a trio of superhero flicks.

Out of the top ten this week are "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and, to little surprise, "Battleship."

10. Keira Knightley and Steve Carell's low-budget "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" follows Carell as he goes in search of his high school sweetheart as an asteroid comes hurtling toward Earth. The dramedy earned $3.8 million at the box office.

9. "Men in Black 3" drops three spots this week earning $5.6 million. Despite its $163 million domestic earning, the film has grossed $414m overseas.

8. Marvel's "The Avengers" continues its slow descent at the box office with $7 million.

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You Have To See This New 'Dark Knight Rises' 3D Billboard


Holy marketing genius Batman!

We try not to post every single piece of "Dark Knight Rises" info leading up to the film's premiere (which is less than four weeks away!), but we couldn't resist sharing this.

The billboard, first reported by /Film, popped up in Hollywood over the weekend, and the 3D advertisement is sure to lead to a few distracted drivers.

The highly-anticipated conclusion to director Christopher Nolan's "Batman" trilogy opens Friday, July 20, and we strongly recommend you purchase your tickets now if you plan on seeing it that day.

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WATCH: Emma Stone Discusses Her 'Amazing Spider-Man' Boyfriend, Andrew Garfield


Emma Stone sat down with Buzz Sugar editor, Becky Kirsch, to discuss her role in the upcoming "Spider-Man" film.

Stone opens up about what it's like to play the web-slinging hero's love interest, Gwen Stacy, why her superhero boyfriend, Andrew Garfield, is an "unbelievable" actor and why Spider-Man is better than the rest of this summer's action heroes.

"The Amazing Spider-Man" comes out July 3 in theaters. 

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Is Disney/Pixar's Newest Lead Character Gay?


brave Entertainment Weekly's Adam Markovitz recently wrote a blog post suggesting that Disney/Pixar's newest princess might be gay—and internet commentators were quick to respond.

From the post:

"She bristles at the traditional gender roles that she’s expected to play: the demure daughter, the obedient fiancée. Her love of unprincess-like hobbies, including archery and rock-climbing, is sure to strike a chord with gay viewers who felt similarly “not like the other kids” growing up. And she hates the prospect of marriage—at least, to any of the three oafish clansmen that compete for her hand—enough to run away from home and put her own mother’s life at risk. She’s certainly not a swooning, boy-crazy Disney princess like The Little Mermaid’s Ariel or Snow White. In fact, Merida may be the first in that group to be completely romantically disinclined (even cross-dressing Mulan had a soft spot for Li Shang)."

He goes on to say that, "regardless of whether or not Disney/Pixar intended it, those same traits are bound to make Merida an unofficial gay icon — even if she never comes near a Pride parade."

The post was heavily shared, and lead to hundreds of passionate comments. "I found this article to be offensive. Whenever a girl wants to be independent and not obsess about boys, she is presumed to be gay. This article just encourages that kind of narrow minded thinking," said a commenter named Julia. 

Some have questioned the need to classify the character's sexual orientation at all, considering she's the star of a animated children's movie.

Since Pixar films appeal to all ages, it's easy to forget that they are made first and foremost for kids. This isn't "50 Shades of Brave."

Disney would never broach the subject and risk potentially millions of merchandising dollars by stating the sexual orientation of their newest character, so don't expect a definitive answer. Not that there should be one.

Films, books, and all forms of popular culture are open to personal interpretation, and "Brave" is no different. Gay or straight, Merida is a strong, independent female character (Hollywood's been churning out a lot of them lately) and that's reason enough for praise. 

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'The Avengers' Just Passed Another HUGE Earnings Milestone


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After just 54 days, "The Avengers" has broken into James Cameron's $600 million club, becoming only the third film to gross more than that amount domestically.

The movie joins "Avatar" and "Titanic," both of which were directed by Cameron.

The Josh Whedon-directed blockbuster has grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide and is still climbing. 

"Titanic's" second place spot should be safe thanks to an April re-release, which boosted its total to $659 million, though a possible theatrical release for Whedon's "Avengers" directors cut could push it past the former record holder. "Avatar's" final total of $750 million total appears out of reach at this point. 

Cameron is currently preparing to respond though, as word broke this morning that he plans to shoot three "Avatar" sequels back-to-back.

Your move, Hulk

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WB's 'Lego' Movie Just Cast These Comedians As Its Superheroes



It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... flying Lego superheroes!

Warner Bros. has just cast Will Arnett as the voice of Batman in the new "Lego" movie. They are also in talks with Channing Tatum to voice Superman, barring he can fit it into his busy schedule.

"Parks and Recreation" star Chris Pratt is set to voice the lead character, Emmet, a normal Lego figure, who after a misunderstanding is thrust into an extraordinary situation (likely joining the aforementioned superheroes). 

The movie, a live-action/animation hybrid titled "Lego: The Piece of Resistance," will be directed by "21 Jump Street" duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The pair previously worked with animation on "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs," and with Tatum on "Jump Street."

The film has been in development since 2008 and is set for release February 28, 2014. 

So which Batman/Superman movie will we see first, this or "Justice League?"

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WATCH: Ann Curry Gets Uncomfortable As She Is Sandwiched Between Al Roker and Joe Manganiello


Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello stopped by the "Today" show to promote the release of their stripper film, "Magic Mike" Friday.

While there, Ann Curry got more than she bargained for when Manganiello came over to offer some body rolls to the co-host.

Then Al Roker decided to join in the fun and things went from weird to downright awkward. She scuttles off quickly after as a flash mob of strippers intervenes to a cutaway dance with Channing Tatum. 

The best part? Someone already made a gif of the action. 

Watch the video and gif below: 

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BY THE NUMBERS: The '50 Shades Of Grey' Phenomenon


50 shades of grey eroticaE.L. James' popular erotic series, "50 Shades of Grey" has taken America by storm. 

The sexy "Twilight" fan fiction that follows naive college graduate Anastasia Steele and the handsome, dominant billionaire Christian Grey has transformed the way women are reading pornthe book just became the first to sell more than 1 million copies on the Amazon Kindle.

The novels quickly rose among best-selling lists, copies are flying off shelves faster than book stores can stock them and its popularity has spiked sex toy sales across the nation. And, now, it's being turned into a film. 

Just how big has the 50SoG phenomenon become? We've broken down some stats. (Don't worry, we don't have 50.)

16 million: copies of the 50SoG series have been sold so far in the U.S.

The first book in the series, "Fifty Shades of Grey" became the fastest-selling paperback book ever beating out J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series. 

$15 million: E.L. James' estimated net worth.

To put this in perspective, as of May 2012, J.K. Rowling, the creator of the "Harry Potter" franchise, has earned $17 million this year. Rowling recently dropped off Forbe's billionaire list this year. In 2011, the author was estimated to be worth $1 billion.

"Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's net worth is estimated at $125 million

$5 million: The amount Universal and Focus features paid for film rights.

This is $2 million more than Dan Brown's "DaVinci Code" series sold.

In total, ten studios sparred over getting rights to the film adaptation of 50 Shades including Fox 2000, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and Paramount.

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WATCH: Blake Lively Goes From 'Covered In Dirt' To Glam At 'Savages' Premiere


With her form-fitting gown, curled hair and bright red lips, Blake Lively looked every bit an old Hollywood starlet this week at the premiere for her latest film "Savages."

PopSugar spoke with Lively on the red carpet, where she said "It's thrilling to be here dressed up because this movie I had to be tortured and covered in dirt the entire time."

Lively's role is clearly a far cry from her clean cut "Gossip Girl" character.

To hear Lively talk more about her "twisted love story" in "Savages," watch the entire interview below.

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This Week In Movie Trailers: Bradley Cooper Makes A Move On Katniss And More



In this week's just-released trailers, we get more plot details from a few intriguing action films, Kevin James gives mixed martial arts a try, and Madea hunts down a psychopathic Jack Shepard.

Plus, films officially submit themselves for early awards discussion, Spike Lee returns to Brooklyn, and an Oscar nominee befriends a robot.

From Richard Gere covering up a murder, to Tim Burton's claymation black and white children's movie, there's something for everyone this week.

Silver Linings Playbook - November 21

At 21 years old, Jennifer Lawrence can go from playing a teenager fighting for her life to a widow dating Bradley Cooper, who also shows off his acting chops in a way he rarely gets to. The two take center stage as damaged individuals trying get their lives in order. The pair are backed up by Oscar nominated director David O. Russell, Oscar winner Robert De Niro, Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver and, believe it or not, Chris Tucker, in his first non-"Rush Hour" movie in 15 years (seriously). Expect to hear more about this come awards season. 

Total Recall - August 3

The second trailer dives a little more into the plot, and proves nobody skimped on the budget. With "Bourne Legacy" pushing its release date back a week and no big action movie between it and "The Dark Knight Rises," "Recall" is poised for a "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"-level success. 

The Sessions - October 26

Speaking of awards condensers, "The Sessions" (up until a few days ago titled "Six Sessions" and before that, "The Surrogate") was the talk of Sundance. The movie is based on the true story of Mark O'Brien (John Hawkes), a man in an iron lung who, with the blessing of his priest (William H. Macy), meets with a sex surrogate (Helen Hunt) after he decides he wants to lose his virginity. Oscar nominations for Hawkes and Hunt are all but guaranteed.

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China's Launching Its Own Netflix-like Service



China's getting it's own Netflix-like movie service.

The country's government-run China Movie Channel is launching a subscription-based online service similar to Netflix later this year, according to Reuters.

The movie service, currently unnamed, will air Paramount Pictures' movies and television shows after signing a deal with the studio company. Among the selection of movie choices will be Tom Cruise's "Mission Impossible" franchise.

Paramount shouldn't be the only content provider as the service is currently negotiating rights to also stream material from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc (MGM) and other studios as well.

Videos will stream on China Movie Channel's M1905.com through a venture with Jiaflix Enterprises. 

The service won't be free, rather, like Netflix, it shall impose a subscription fee to stream content.  

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