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A Montage Of The Best Screaming Scenes In 'Jurassic Park'

Julianne Moore Plays A Wicked Mom In The First 'Carrie' Trailer

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The first full trailer for the "Carrie" remake is finally here. 

Featuring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, the film is a remake of the 1976 horror classic with Sissy Spacek as the ostracized Maine high school girl with supernatural powers.

Moore plays an abusive mother, locking daughter, Carrie (Moretz), in the closet "Harry Potter" style

Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel, the film was originally supposed to hit theaters this spring, but was later pushed back to October 18. 

We first showed off a teaser trailer and poster from the upcoming film last year after New York Comic Con. 

Check out the trailer below: 

The number that shows up at the end of the trailer, 207-404-2604, has been live since October. It's part of the #WhatHappenedtoCarrie campaign initiated last year. Dial it and you'll hear one of the film's stars Moretz or Moore.  

(By the way, 207 is a Maine area code — the only one in the state!)

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Disney Is Planning Major Layoffs Within The Next Two Weeks

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More cuts are coming to Disney 

The Walt Disney Company will lay off a number of workers in the coming weeks, according to Reuters. 

Cuts to both Disney's film studio and consumer products division could come as early as two weeks. 

Employees from animation and marketing and home video are expected to be laid off. 

It's not how many positions will be cut, but the layoffs are reported to be a result of an internal audit from CEO Bob Iger who wants to cut costs. 

Numbers wise, Disney had record earnings ever in November. 

Its stock continues to hit all-time highs reaching $53.53 in January and $57.76 last month.

In February, the company revealed lower first-quarter results, attributing them in part to "rising costs of acquiring TV sports rights for its ESPN division,"something Iger previously predicted would occur at the end of 2012. 

Right now, Disney doesn't need as much manpower as it once did at its studio. 

The studio is now heavily relying on brands Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm to release films. 

Marvel has six films set to release through 2015, Pixar just announced a highly-anticipated sequel to its 2003 hit "Finding Nemo," and the new "Star Wars" trilogy is set to begin in two years. 

These aren't the first layoffs to be announced this week. 

Earlier this week, Disney shut down video game company LucasArts, laying off 150 people.  

The Mouse House acquired Lucasfilm back in December after initial word of a $4 billion purchase was revealed in October.  

Work on future "Star Wars" related games will most likely come from its own troubled game segment, Interactive, which is hoping for a massive success when its new gaming initiative, Infinity, launches later this summer. 

Last September, Disney Interactive laid off more than 50 employees 

A year earlier, the company laid off a reported 200 employees from its interactive unit. 

In December, The Walt Disney Company was ordered to pay $319 million to Celador, the creator of game show "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?", after losing an appeal for a new trial. 

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For $35K You Can Watch 'Jurassic Park' In 3D At Home This Weekend

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jurassic parkUniversal is re-releasing Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" in 3D this weekend. 

But now you can relive the dinosaur thriller in the comfort of your home — provided you have a home theater and $35,000 on hand. 

Think of it as Blockbuster for the super wealthy. 

Prima Cinemas allows members to watch new theatrical releases in their own private theaters. 

Backed by Best Buy Capital and Universal, Prima Cinemas works with a few Hollywood studios to make new releases available to rent for $500 a piece for 24 hours. 

The $35,000 price tag is for a digital box that streams the movies over the Internet. 

The catch?

If you want to watch the movie more than once, you have to shell out another $500.  

Right now, members can view"Admission" featuring Paul Rudd and Tina Fey, and Ryan Gosling's "The Place Beyond the Pines."  

In addition to "Jurassic Park" in 3D, Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" is set to become available.  

The hardware is super high tech as well. The box can only be activated through the fingerprint of the subscriber. 

Who pays this much for a screening in their home?  

Prima Cinemas CEO Jason Pang told The Hollywood Reporter that sports franchise owners, Hollywood power brokers, and members of the financial community use the service.

But don't try to invite everyone you know over for a viewing party. Prima Cinemas inspects private theaters to make sure they don't have more than 25 seats.

Of course, that wouldn't stop people from sitting on the floor.

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The Most Epic Celebrity Hairstyles From The '80s

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The '80s brought us mullets, crimped looks, and heavy loads of hairspray. 

The bigger the better.

While we may wish to forget some of the do's, some pulled off hair-raising styles. 

Next week, National Geographic is airing a three-night special: "The '80s: The Decade That Made Us."

Narrated by Rob Lowe, the event will take a look back at the political, cultural, and technological moments that defined the generation.

Prepare to relive the rise of Calvin Klein jeans by Brooke Shields, Pac-Man, the Walkman, Jane Fonda's workout videos, and, of course, the hairstyles.

We've compiled some of the best and worst looks of the decade. 

Rewind back to the '80s and see how the stars wore their locks.

Sarah Jessica Parker may wear her long locks straightened now ...



... she showed off her very curly crop in 1985's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun."



Cyndi Lauper's hair may be short and wavy now ...



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The 'Evil Dead' Rise Above 'Jurassic Park' — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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It was a monster rewind at theaters this weekend. 

Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" returned to theaters in 3D while Bruce Campbell's horror classic "Evil Dead" scared its way back to the box office 30 years later, and both films delivered.

The success of the dinosaur thriller was of little surprise considering the film was one of the highest-grossing films of all time.

One of the big draws to the "Evil Dead" remake, unlike others, was having the original creators—Campbell and Sam Raimi—on board to produce the film. 

All together, Raimi's having a great year at the box office so far. From Disney's return to "Oz" to producing the reboot of Bruce Campbell's "Evil Dead" scare, both films have been drawing moviegoers out to theaters after what was an awfully slow beginning to the  year.  

Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper's "The Place Beyond the Pines" earned $695,000 in its second limited week in 30 theaters. That may not sound like much, but the film had an average of $23,167 per theater. Compare that to "The Evil Dead" which earned an average of $8,595 per theater. 

Out of the top ten this week is James Franco's "Spring Breakers." The film, which cost $5 million to produce, has earned $15.4 million worldwide.  

Here are this week's winners and losers in Hollywood: 

10. "Admission" rounds out the top ten with $2 million after dropping another two spots this weekend. The Tina Fey dramedy has not had a great run at theaters. In three weeks, the film has earned $15.4 million. The film cost an estimated $13 million to produce. 

9. Though Halle Berry's 911 film, "The Call," dropped two places earning $3.5 million this weekend, the film has managed to earn $45.5 million — three times the amount of "Admission" in four weeks time on the same budget. 

8. Stephanie Meyer's alien love film, "The Host" falls hard in its second week earning $5.2 million—less than 50 percent of its intake opening weekend. With a worldwide gross of $30.4 million, the next installment from the "Twilight" author is faring poorly overseas earning only a third of its gross internationally. The film cost an estimated $40 million to produce. 

7. Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" is still winning big in week five. The film only dropped 30 percent in ticket sales this weekend. The film has brought in a grand total of $454.1 million worldwide, earning more of its money overseas. 

6. Tyler Perry's "Temptation" (a.k.a. the film Kim Kardashian appeared in) dropped a massive 53.8 percent this weekend earning $10 million. Last weekend, the film was in the top three. Despite that, its drop was less than that of Perry's highest-grossing film, "Madea Goes to Jail." 

5. Gerard Butler's "Olympus Has Fallen" holds steady at theaters earning $10 million in week three. The thriller, about a White House takeover, has earned most of its $76.4 million earnings (93 percent) at home. The film is Butler's first success after "Playing for Keeps" and "Chasing Mavericks" flopped last year at theaters — a reminder for future directors that he is a big draw as an action star as opposed to a romantic comedy winner. 

4. "Jurassic Park" roared back to theaters in 3D earning $18.2 million. Compared to other 3D re-releases, its third after "The Lion King" in 2011 and "Star Wars" last year.

2. [TIE] DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods" see the lowest drop in the top ten at theaters this weekend earning $21.1 million. The cavemen flick has now earned $330.7 million in three weeks. The overseas box office has made up nearly two-thirds of those earnings.

2. [TIE] "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" dropped nearly 48 percent in week two with $21.1 million putting it in line with the 2009 original which earned $22.3 million in its second week in theaters. 

1. "Evil Dead" manages to scare up an impressive $26 million. The remake/reboot to the original 1983 film cost an estimated $17 million to make. However, it doesn't manage to become the largest horror opening of the year. (That honor still belongs to "Mama.")

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Fandango's 5 Most Anticipated Movies Of The Summer

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Moviegoers will be inundated with summer movies beginning next month.  

Which ones will rise to the occasion at the box office, and which ones should distributors be worried over?

Fandango surveyed more than 4,000 moviegoers to find out the five most anticipated movies of the summer.  

You may be surprised by what's left off the list. 

5. May 24: "The Hangover III" (Warner Bros.)



4. May 24: "Fast and the Furious 6" (Universal)



3. May 10: "The Great Gatsby" (Warner Bros.)



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The 'Avatar' Sequels Will Use Groundbreaking Underwater Technology

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When "Avatar" came out in 2009, James Cameron helped reinvent the way both 3D and motion capture are used in film. 

Now, he'll be taking that technology one step further in the next two "Avatar" sequels.

Producer Jon Landau revealed at the 2013 NAB Technology Summit on Cinema that James Cameron will use motion capture performance in water in the upcoming sequels. 

“We could simulate water [in computer graphics], but we can't simulate the actor's experience, so we are going to capture performance in a tank," said Landau.

Motion capture records the actions of actors in order to replicate it into digital models in computer animation. Normally, it's used above ground, and was utilized in the first "Avatar" to make actors Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington into blue Na'vi.

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“We want to take advantage of the technologies brilliant people are putting out to make the next two movies even more emotionally engaging and visually tantalizing, and to really wrap up the story arc of our two main characters," said Landau.

Landau is a producer on the next two "Avatar" sequels and has worked with Cameron on "Titanic." 

Last year, Cameron completed a solo dive to the deepest part of the ocean in the Mariana Trench as part of an expedition on deep-ocean research. 

This has led some to believe that Cameron's dive had something to do with "Avatar."  

Landau says that isn't so. 

He also shared they are also considering using high frame rates (HFR) in the sequels.  

Peter Jackson first experimented with HFR when releasing "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" last year.  

Normally, audiences view films at 24 frames-per-second (fps). Jackson filmed "The Hobbit" in 48fps.

The technology received a mixed reception from audiences. Some claimed the experience left them feeling sick, while others praised Jackson for the fluidly of character movement on screen.

Landau, who was impressed with Jackson's use of HFR, didn't see any reason to not make films at even 60fps.

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The First Trailer For Michael Douglas And Matt Damon's Liberace Love Story

The First On-Set Photo From The Next 'Captain America' Movie

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Marvel announced production on the "Captain America" sequel, "The Winter Soldier"begins today 

Disney released the following image from the set of the film:

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Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the film will follow the 1941 comic series of the same name and will show Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) teaming up with the Black Widow from "The Avengers" in Washington D.C. 

The movie isn't out until April 4, 2014, but for now, here's everything we know about the upcoming Marvel flick revealed in the press release: 

Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson will star in the film as Black Widow and Nick Fury. 

Cobie Smulders ("How I Met Your Mother") will be reprising her role from "The Avengers." 

There almost certainly will be a flashback. 

Haley Atwell, who played Captain America's girlfriend in the first film, will make an appearance as Peggy Carter. 

Robert Redford will be in the film.  

He'll play S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Alexander Pierce.  

ABC star Emily VanCamp ("Revenge") will play Captain America's new love interest. 

VanCamp is playing Agent 13 (aka Sharon Carter), and, yes, she has a connection to America's old flame, Peggy.

The movie will be filming in Los Angeles; Cleveland, Ohio; and Washington, D.C. 

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Roger Ebert's Final Movie Review

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Roger Ebert passed away Thursday at age 70 after a long battle with cancer.  

Sunday, The Chicago Sun Times published his final film review to his web site.  

Jim Emerson, who edits Ebert's site, tweeted the review of Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" from Ebert's account.

"To the Wonder" stars Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams, and Javier Bardem and follows the relationships of Affleck's character, Neil, in both America and abroad in Europe.

Ebert gave the film three out of four stars, saying the film could just as easily have been silent.  

Overall, the movie received mixed reviews.  

"To the Wonder" will open in limited release April 12.

Here's an excerpt from his review

A more conventional film would have assigned a plot to these characters and made their motivations more clear. Malick, who is surely one of the most romantic and spiritual of filmmakers, appears almost naked here before his audience, a man not able to conceal the depth of his vision.

"Well," I asked myself, "why not?" Why must a film explain everything? Why must every motivation be spelled out? Aren't many films fundamentally the same film, with only the specifics changed? Aren't many of them telling the same story? Seeking perfection, we see what our dreams and hopes might look like. We realize they come as a gift through no power of our own, and if we lose them, isn't that almost worse than never having had them in the first place?

There will be many who find "To the Wonder" elusive and too effervescent. They'll be dissatisfied by a film that would rather evoke than supply. I understand that, and I think Terrence Malick does, too. But here he has attempted to reach more deeply than that: to reach beneath the surface, and find the soul in need.

Last year, Ebert added Malick's "The Tree of Life" to his list of greatest movies of all time

Read the entire review on his blog HERE.

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13 Gorgeous New Images From 'Star Trek Into Darkness'

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star trek into darkness zoe saldana zachary quintoParamount released a new set of images from "Star Trek Into Darkness" yesterday.

Though we get a few new looks at Captain Kirk, the crew, and the mysterious villain known as "John Harrison," we still know very little about the film.

This isn't new for a J.J. Abrams movie. The director loves to keep his films under wraps until release ("Super 8,""Cloverfield"). 

What is cool to see among the up-close character images is a behind-the-scenes photo of Abrams on set.

"Star Trek Into Darkness" comes to theaters May 17.

Everything looks fine on board with Hikaru Sulu (John Cho).



Looks like Pavel Chekov (Anton Yelchin) just received some bad news. Check out the Starfleet insignia on that phone.



Nyota Uhura (Zoe Saldana) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) look troubled by something as well.



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The Upcoming 'Avengers' Spinoff Show Could Be Huge For ABC

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One of the strongest contenders for a hit fall series is Disney's "Avengers" spinoff series about S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's human intergalactic police force.

Fans were buzzing over the weekend when they found a rumored new title and plot for the upcoming show on an advertising site for ABCrevealing the series may be called "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

While, Entertainment Weekly reports the title isn't official, it seems to be what producers and Marvel are referring to the series as for now. 

Here's the plot:

"Fresh from his role in the summer’s box office smash, Marvel's The Avengers, Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) returns to the worldwide law enforcement organization S.H.I.E.L.D. He puts together a small, highly trained, team of Agents to tackle the cases that haven’t been classified yet, the new, the strange and the unknown. That team consists of straight arrow Agent Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), an expert in combat and espionage; pilot and martial artist Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen); and brilliant if socially awkward scientists Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge). They’ll be joined by civilian new recruit and computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet).

Prepare for an epic adventure that showcases the hope and wonder of the human spirit. This is a world of Super Heroes, aliens and the unusual – of action, spectacle and world spanning stories. The show will speak to the human condition through the lens of our very human, non-powered S.H.I.E.L.D agents – that together we are greater than we are apart, and that we can make a difference in the world."

the avengers phil coulsonDisney really knows what it's doing with the Marvel property.

It wisely built up the franchise by producing interest in individual character films – Iron Man, Captain America, Thor – before tackling a group film in "The Avengers."

The result, was box-office gold.

Last year, "The Avengers" went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year, and the third highest-grossing of all time.

With the sequel not out until 2015, it makes sense ABC greenlit a pilot for the series last August for fans eagerly awaiting the next film.

Plus, over the next two years Disney and Marvel are working on the next set of "Avengers" films titled "Phase 2," which includes "Iron Man 3,""Captain America: The Winter Soldier,""Thor: The Dark World,""Ant-Man," and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

The series will take place following the events of last year's movie, focusing on the agents led by Agent Phil Coulsen (Clark Gregg) who appeared in the film. (Remember, Coulsen died in the movie, a plot point Gregg told EW will be explained in the series.)

If done correctly, the series has a lot of potential.

So far, it appears to be going in the right direction. 

Joss Whedon, who directed "The Avengers" and consulted on "Captain America: The First Avenger" is attached to co-write the pilot for the series and may direct as well. 

Disney and Marvel could tie in actors from the series to films and vice versa in small cameos not only for extra draw and viewer appeal, but also to make a direct connection between the series and films.

It wouldn't be difficult given Whedon worked on "The Avengers." The drawback is that a Robert Downey Jr. cameo wouldn't come cheap (but think of the ratings!).

iron man 3 tony starkThe one thing we can't get over is this long, unofficial title for the series, which seems slightly packed especially for social media and sharing purposes online.  

We wouldn't be surprised to see the title cut down to "S.H.I.E.L.D." (By the way, in case you're wondering, the acronym stands for "Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistics Directorate.") 

Last May, TIME asked whether a superhero series could survive on television

Over the past few years we've seen a short-lived NBC series "The Cape," a failed "Wonder Woman" pilot, and Batman spinoff "Birds of Prey" failed to pick up steam with audiences.

However, there has been success (mostly with Superman).

For a decade, "Smallville," following a teenage man of steel, dominated the CW.

Most recently, the CW renewed "Arrow," based on DC superhero Green Arrow, for a third season

And, 20 years ago, ABC had a hit superhero series of its own in "Lois & Clark – The New Adventures of Superman." The show lived for four seasons on the network with no ties to any film series.

Since "S.H.I.E.L.D." revolves around a franchise, and a very successful one at that, it's difficult to see it do anything but thrive. 

Otherwise, it would be a hard flop for Disney.

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'Veronica Mars' Movie Campaign Has Raised $4.5 Million From Online Donations — But Is Still Begging Fans For More

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The "Veronica Mars"Kickstarter campaign raised a record $2 million in just ten hours  zooming past the 30-day goal.

The campaign to turn the canceled TV show into a feature length film has since raised a total $4.5 million in funding — but apparently it's still not enough.

Show writer/director Rob Thomas posted an update to the project page on Kickstarter, in which he revealed not only has he finished a "too long" rough draft of a script, but that they also still desperately need more funds.

Assuring fans that he will not use their money to “swim around in a mountain of gold coins like Scrooge McDuck,” Thomas explains most of the money raised will go to freebies promised to backers but the remainder will go to making “in my humble opinion, a really great movie.”

"I wanted to take a moment to explain something that I could have made clearer at the beginning," Thomas continued. "$2 million was our minimum goal. It would be enough to get a movie made, but it was never going to let us make the exact movie we really wanted to make, or the one we know you deserve."

Thomas goes on to further explain:

For a feature length movie, [$4.5 million] is still a pretty conservative budget. Everything you’ve pledged beyond the initial $2 million gives us more options, and for that I’m eternally grateful. More backing means more locations, more sets, more actors, and most important of all, more shooting days. The bottom line? That extra support gives us the freedom to make the best movie possible.

That additional money could mean the difference between a movie that lasts 90 minutes, and one that lasts 110. It could also mean the difference between us shooting in Southern California, where the series was shot, and in a less expensive location somewhere else. 

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Still No New Footage For 'Man Of Steel'

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There's a new television trailer out today for Superman reboot "Man of Steel," and most fans will be disappointed. 

The 30-second spot reveals no new footage for the film. 

It's been about more than three months since the first—and last—full-length trailer for the reboot starring Henry Cavill and Amy Adams debuted. The ad is merely a condensed rehash of the December trailer.

The television spot focuses on Superman's origin story: where he comes from and the kind of man he wants to be. 

Watch it below: 

Meanwhile, Warner Bros. has been rolling out footage and posters quite heavily for its films out next month, "The Great Gatsby" and "The Hangover: Part III." 

In the past week, we've seen postersmore posters, a new full-length trailer, and a ton of television spots for "Gatsby."  

The NCAA March Madness games over the weekend were even sponsored by the upcoming adaptation.  

"The Hangover" debuted a television spot online and posters featuring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Ken Jeong, and John Goodman. 

There's also an advertising push – not as large – for upcoming Jackie Robinson film, "42."

It's not a surprise. The studio needs a big hit out after all of its five releases so far this year have failed to connect with audiences at the box office.  

"Jack the Giant Slayer"was a flop. It's estimated to lose between $120 and $140 million for the studio, but was the only film out of its theatrical releases to cross $100 million internationally.

the great gatsbyWhile we have big expectations for "Gatsby" and "Hangover" now, we're a little worried about Superman. 

Warner Bros. is failing to deliver an aggressive campaign for the Superman reboot so far. 

Granted, "Man of Steel" doesn't come out for another two months at the end of June. 

However, tracking marketing for last year's "The Dark Knight Rises," Warner Bros. was advertising the film more than two months before its big release in July. 

Last May, upon revealing a trailer for the film, Warner Bros. unleashed a world-wide viral campaign 

The film went on to become the second highest-grossing film of the year bowing only to "The Avengers." 

Though "The Dark Knight Rises" director Christopher Nolan serves as a co-writer for the film, the movie can't and won't ride on his coattails alone.

Right now, according to Fandango, "Man of Steel"isn't on fans' minds as one of the most anticipated movies for the summer. ("Gatsby" and "Hangover" do share spots on the short list.) 

However, the first "Man of Steel" trailer does have 30.8 million views, more than both "The Hangover Part III" (28.1 million) and the most-viewed "Gatsby" trailer (9.4 million).

Word is that the third "Man of Steel" trailer is coming soon.

We expect it to appear in theaters in front of one of "Gatsby" or "Hangover."

"Man of Steel" comes to theaters June 14.

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Earth Is In Ruins In The First 'Elysium' Trailer

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Sony Pictures released the first trailer for its summer film "Elysium" and it looks awesome.  

The film takes place in the year 2154 where there are two classes of people.  

The wealthy live on Elysium where there isn't any poverty, people can cure cancer, and war is a thing of the past.  

The word Elysium itself means paradise. It's also the name of a region of Mars. 

Overall, it sounds like a dream world, or Aldous Huxley's 1931 "Brave New World." 

Then, there's Matt Damon's character, Max, who lives on overpopulated, barren Earth.  

Despite anti-immigration laws against heading to Elysium, Max undertakes a mission to get there to save Earth. 

The film is directed by Neil Blomkamp who brought us 2009's "District 9" and stars Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharito Copley, and William Fichtner.  

The film comes to theaters August 9. 

If the trailer isn't enough, Sony has also launched a few websites for the film.

ItsBetterUpThere.com is the main site and leads to three more.

There's one for the Civil Cooperation Bureau an enforcement team on Earth, a site advertising homes on Elysium, and a third on a fictional company, Armadyne, which oversees Elysium.

Here's the first poster for the film as well. 

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'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Reveals A New Photo Featuring Jennifer Lawrence

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Lionsgate revealed a new photo for its upcoming "Hunger Games" sequel featuring star Jennifer Lawrence through a new website for the film.  

TheHungerGamesExplorer.com launched collaboration with Internet Explorer to release new content over the next few days. 

Based on the best-selling series by Suzanne Collins, the second film in the franchise picks up where the last film left off with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hafter winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games. 

The photo shows Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) returning home to greet sister Prim (Willow Shields).

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Over the next few days, the site will be revealing more photos from the upcoming film as fans share the image from the site using the hashtag #HungerGamesExplorer. 

As new photos appear, we'll add them below.  

The first trailer for the film will premiere during the MTV Movie Awards this Sunday, April 14.  

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" comes out November 22.

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'Oblivion' Reviews: Tom Cruise's New Film Is Like A Live-Action 'Wall-E'

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The first "Oblivion" reviews are out.

The sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman has already premiered in 35 countries ahead of its U.S. release April 19. 

Based on director Joseph Kosinski's unfinished graphic novel, the film features Cruise as a former Marine, Jack Harper, in the year 2077 searching for resources on a barren Earth. 

If the film looks familiar, its because Kosinski first brought us "Tron: Legacy" in 2010.

As the first reviews are trickling out, here's what you should know before deciding to see it yourself.

You'll be watching a real-life action version of Disney and Pixar's "Wall-E."

oblivion tom cruiseThe Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy, Total Fillm's Kevin Harley, and Variety's Justin Chang compare "Oblivion" to the likes of the Oscar-winning animated feature.

Total Film:

"You’re watching WALL-E humanised, though the deadening dialogue could’ve benefited from WALL-E’s wordless reserve."

THR:

"In mood, a certain delicacy and the sense of isolation both on a depopulated Earth and somewhere above it, the recent film that this most strongly recalls is WALL-E, except with violence and without the humor and charm of the Pixar classic."

Variety:

"It all looks and sounds a bit like a live-action remake of “Wall-E,” right down to the way the protagonist, spurred by natural curiosity and an unexpected love interest, finds himself on a dangerous unauthorized mission."

It's long and anything but original. (The film clocks in at 126 minutes.) 

The Mirror:

"Oblivion is essentially Top Gun in space with a smattering of Total Recall, Minority Report and Moon thrown in for luck."

The Guardian:

"Oblivion goes on for a long time, moving slowly and self-consciously, and it looks like a very expensive movie project that has been written and rewritten many times over."

Total Film:

"The plot could’ve benefited from some spark, too: taking ages to get moving, it leaves you homing in on the echoes of other movies. ... The canyon dogfight echoes Star Wars; the explosive but hollow, muddled climax echoes Independence Day minus the goofy thrills."

The star power of Cruise and Freeman is wasted.

The Mirror:

"None of the cast – including a seriously underused Morgan Freeman -- is well-served by a script that requires them not to act but recite dull, expositionary dialogue."

Andrea Riseborough is one of the few gems of the film.

THR:

"[Riseborough] is an inspired bit of casting as she brings prim, snappy delivery to many routine lines and irrepressible emotion to her later behavior."

The set is gorgeous, so gorgeous it steals the film.

oblivion setThough Kosinki delivers another mind-blowing futuristic landscape, Time Out's Guy Lodge says in his "Oblivion" review that the director gets too caught up in his "sleek sci-fi playground of gleaming cloud palaces":

"Kosinski continues to lavish far more thought on how his elaborate fantasy worlds look than how they work, and neither the politics nor the human stakes here coalesce into rational or relatable drama."

It's something a lot of critics have picked up on regardless of a positive or negative review.

Olly Richards of Empire Magazine praised the art direction in his review, but also found it overwhelming of the cast. 

"Kosinski has again built a fantasy world that feels real to its core, but once more put most effort into the scenery and too little into the people."

If you can get past all that, it's not half bad.

Variety:

"A moderately clever dystopian mindbender with a gratifying human pulse, despite some questionable narrative developments along the way."

The Playlist:

"It's never especially bad, but neither is it especially excellent, beyond the visual wow factor. But there's still a lot to admire in the film, not least that it's engaging from the first moment to the last."

Overall consensus: Pass

Most "Oblivion" reviews boil down to the same thing: Kosinski delivers a story that can't keep up with the visuals and, for the most part, the main cast's mundane performances. Instead, you may want to wait for "Elysium," another tale about the end of the world out later this year or just tune into "Wall-E."

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"Iron Man 3' Looks Like It Will Be The First Film This Year To Pass $100M Opening Weekend

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"Iron Man 3" is expected to be the first film this year to break $100 million opening weekend at the box office.  

Initial tracking for the film has the sequel earning north of $125 million upon its debut when it opens May 3.

Featuring Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, the first number is slightly below the first weekend for 2010's "Iron Man 2" which earned $128.1 million. 

Boxoffice.com projects the film to debut at $151 million. 

Last year's Marvel superhero film "The Avengers" went on to earn a record-breaking $207.4 million last year in its premiere weekend at the box office. 

The film will help turn around a dismal box-office year so far. 

Currently, Disney is leading the pack at theaters already. "Oz the Great and Powerful" has the highest opening of the year with $79.1 million. 

Placing second is DreamWorks Animation's "The Croods" with $43.6 million. 

"Iron Man 3" is the first big blockbuster set to debut next month with "The Great Gatsby,""Star Trek Into Darkness," and "The Hangover: Part III" opening in the weeks following.

SEE ALSO: What critics are saying about Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" sci-fi thriller >

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How To Buy Your Way Into A Movie Or TV Role

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The "Veronica Mars"Kickstarter campaign recently broke records for how quickly it raised its funding goals from fans' online donations.

One way the people behind the TV show-turned-film bribed fans to donate was by offering them "freebies" for each amount donated.

Those who pledged $10 will be sent a pdf of the shooting script on the day of the movie's release, but the one anonymous person who donated the largest amount — $10,000 or more — will receive the honor of a speaking role in the film.

The role is of waiter/waitress and as it explains on the Kickstarter project page:

Here’s the scene — Veronica is eating with the man in her life. Things have gotten tense between them. You are the waiter/waitress. You approach the table, and you say, “Your check, sir.”

We guarantee you will be on camera as you say the line. Unless you go all hammy and ruin the scene and we have to cut you out, but that would be a sad day for all of us. Just say the line. Don’t over-think it. You’re a waiter.

In addition to appearing in the movie, you’ll receive a framed copy of the page of the script that includes your line. You’ll get an invitation to the premiere and the after party. You are, after all, in the movie. You’ll also receive the signed movie poster, the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack, the digital version of the movie, the T-shirt and a pdf of the shooting script.

Other sites, too, are capitalizing on the general population's desire to appear on-screen.

Buyamovierole.com is, according to their website, an organization set up by established members of the film and entertainment industries to raise global awareness for charities founded by celebrities.

Entourage Adrien GrenierAs explained on the site, wealthy individuals are able to get involved with movie production— from on-screen cameos, supporting and speaking roles, and owning a share of box office profits, to being fully involved as an executive producer.

Current items for sale include"a voiceover in a 3D animated project" for £250, an invite to a movie premiere for £50 and a week-long set visit in London or L.A. for £500, among others.

Omaze.com is another site devoted to creating "dream experiences" for people, but not just for the highest bidder.

These dream experiences can be anything from playing a doubles tennis match with Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf or recording a song with Usher, to making your TV debut with a walk-on role on USA TV show "White Collar." They'll even throw in airfare if you live outside of the L.A. area.

Here's how it works: Donate $5 to be automatically entered for the opportunity to win. The more you donate, the better your chances of winning. The process works just like a charity raffle. Once the deadline to enter for the experience passes, they collect all the entries and select the winners through a computer-generated random selection process.

"Walk-on parts are among our most popular experiences," Omaze co-founder Matt Pohlson tells Business Insider. "We get thousands of people from all over the world entering and it generates an incredible amount of money for the causes."

Roubeena Jeetah and her mother, Titrarecah, won an Omaze raffle for a walk-on TV role after donating just $10 to Young Storytellers Foundation.

After traveling all the way from Mauritius, they soon found themselves at the infamous "MacLaren's Pub" with the cast of "How I Met Your Mother."

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Others have found themselves rubbing elbows with Matt Bomer on the set of "White Collar."

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While sites like Omaze open up dream roles to the general public, the wealthy can often still purchase walk-on roles at charity auctions.

But it isn't cheap.

Bill Thompson from Young Storytellers Foundation tells Business Insider "Many of our supporters in entertainment have donated walk-on parts, and they typically raise anywhere from $5,000-$15,000."

The amount is on par with the minimum $10,000 donated by a "Veronica Mars" fan for that waiter or waitress role in the upcoming film, but still a lot more than Roubeena Jeetah's $10.

SEE ALSO: 'Veronica Mars' Movie Campaign Wants More Than The 4.5M Of Fan Money Already Donated >

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