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'Despicable Me 2' Had One Of The Best Opening Weekends For An Animated Film


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Universal's "Despicable Me 2" blew away all analyst expectations this holiday weekend.

The return of Steve Carell as the villain with a heart of gold, Gru, and his little yellow henchmen earned a massive $142.1 million domestic haul over the five-day weekend.

Expectations for the sequel to the 2010 film were set around $100 million.

Over the course of the three-day weekend, the yellow minions brought in an estimated $82.5 million. (That number should go up a little since the night's not over.)

That's more than the $82.4 million of Disney and Pixar's "Monsters University."

The original film debuted to $56.4 million.

Worldwide, the film is currently hovering around the $300 million mark"Monsters U" is currently at $400 million

"Despicable Me 2" is now the fourth-highest grossing opening weekend for any animated film.

MovieYearOpening Weekend Gross
"Shrek The Third"2007$121.6 million
"Toy Story 3"2010$110.3 million
"Shrek 2"2004$108 million
"Despicable Me 2"2013$82.5 million
"Monsters University"2013$82.4 million

Compared to previous Independence Day weekends, the little yellow minions place third only behind "Spider-Man 2" ($88.2 million) and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" ($97.9 million).

For a five-day weekend total, the film beat out 2010's "Toy Story 3" which accumulated $141 million in the same time frame.

The film's marketing campaign was excellent. 

Universal used the appeal of its loveable yellow minions to get people excited for the film. The little yellow guys were ubiquitous in a blimp — called the Despicablimp— that toured the country, teasersfor the film, commercials including one for Progressive, and as toys in McDonalds' Happy Meals.

Another plus for the movie was that it was cheaper than most other animated films to make.

"Despicable Me 2" cost an estimated $76 million. Most other animated films cost at least $100 million

"Toy Story 3" cost an estimated $200 million while "Shrek 2" cost $150 million to produce.

A spin-off sequel is already in the works for Gru's minions next year.

SEE ALSO: Why "The Lone Ranger" is a "John Carter"-sized bomb

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'Despicable Me 2' Zaps Away Disney's 'Lone Ranger' Bomb—Here's Your Box-Office Roundup


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As expected, "The Lone Ranger" bombed at theaters over the holiday weekend. 

Originally, analysts pegged the Western to bring in around $60-$70 million over the course of five days. Johnny Depp's big-budget film didn't manage to earn half of that. 

With $29 million, the film earned slightly less in three days than last year's big-budget bust "John Carter ($30.2 million). 

So it was little surprise Steve Carell and the little yellow minions of "Despicable Me 2" rocketed past Disney's long-delayed and troubled blockbuster. 

The sequel to Universal's 2010 film performed better than expected, easily having one of the highest-grossing opening weekends for an animated film. 

In five days, the despicable minions earned more than 2010's "Toy Story 3" in the same time frame. 

Another weekend shocker was the success of Kevin Hart's comedy "Let Me Explain." which is now the fifth highest-grossing stand-up to date. 

Also worth mentioning is the performance of Fox Searchlight's "The Way, Way Back" also starring Carell earned $575,000 in 19 theaters upon its debut. 

Out of the top ten this include "Star Trek Into Darkness" after eight weeks. J.J. Abrams sequel has earned a worldwide total of $443.9 million. 

"Fast & Furious 6" also drops four spots in its seventh week in theaters. The sequel should hit $700 million worldwide this week. 

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

10. Lionsgate and Summit's magic movie "Now You See Me" stays in the top ten earning $2.8 million. The unexpected hit featuring a plethora of talent from Jesse Eisenberg and Woody Harrelson to Morgan Freeman has earned $169.5 million at theaters. 

9. Seth Rogan's apocalyptic comedy "This is the End" drops three spots earning $5.8 million in week four. Made on an estimated $32 million budget, the Sony/Columbia picture has earned more than $90 million at theaters. 

8. Kevin Hart's second turn at a stand-up comedy film, "Let Me Explain" was another hit for Summit this weekend earning $17.5 million. It's now the fifth highest-grossing stand-up film ahead of his 2011 film. At the least, it should pass the gross of Martin Lawrence's 2002 stand-up which earned $19.2 million at theaters. 

7. "Man of Steel" drops two spots and 45% at theaters this week earning $11.4 million. In its fourth week, the reboot, which cost Warner Bros. an estimated $225 million, has earned $586.8 million at theaters. 

6. "White House Down" may have only dipped two spots at theaters in week two with $13.5 million, but the Channing Tatum action flick will need much more than that if it wants to hit its estimated $150 million production budget. The film isn't performing well overseas with foreign sales only accounting for little more than 35% of its $67.9 million box-office earnings. For what it's worth, at thesame point, similar film "Olympus Has Fallen" was only narrowly ahead of Tatum's film with a domestic gross of $55 million. 

5. Instead, even Brad Pitt's zombie thriller "World War Z" earned more than Tatum's thriller with $18.2 million in its third week. The film, which had production delays and saw its production budget raise to north of $200 million, according to a Vanity Fair cover article, is doing well at theaters. "WWZ" has earned $366.2 million worldwide. 

4. With another animated feature out, "Monsters University" fell 57% this week earning $19.6 million in its third week. The prequel to the 2001 movie has earned $400.5 million at theaters.  

3. The dynamic combination of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in "The Heat" continues its monster performance in week two earning $25 million. The film, which cost an estimated $43 million to produce has brought in $93 million for Fox in two weeks. 

2. "The Lone Ranger" may have came in second overall at the box office this weekend, but it was a big hit for Disney with only $29.4 million over the course of three days. Over the long holiday weekend, the film earned $48.9 million domestically, far short of the projected $70 million analysts expected. So far, the $215+ million dollar film has earned $73.2 million worldwide. 

1. It was a despicably awesome weekend for Universal's yellow minions. The return of the funny little yellow characters in "Despicable Me 2" earned more than the opening of "Monsters University" with $82.5 million. Worldwide, the film has already earned $293.2 million. It should surpass the worldwide total of Pixar's film in no time. All this on an estimated budget of $76 million — low for an animated feature.

SEE ALSO: "Despicable Me 2" had one of the best opening weekends ever for an animated film

AND: The final 30 minutes of "The Lone Ranger" were the best

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Russell Crowe Would Return For A 'Man Of Steel' Prequel


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"Man of Steel" has only been out for a month and fans already want to see Russell Crowe back — but not in a sequel.

Instead, fans have been asking the actor if he'd be up to return in a prequel centered around Superman's home planet of Krypton.

Crowe took to Twitter to respond to the masses telling them he would gladly reprise his role as Clark Kent's father, Jor-El. Fans should just let "Man of Steel" production company Legendary know.

In the four weekends since its release, "Man of Steel" has earned an impressive $586.8 million worldwide. 

The latest Superman reboot had the largest debut weekend of any superhero origin movie with a massive $116.6 million haul. 

It also set the June record for highest-weekend opening. 

There are already talks of a sequel in the works, and hopefully a much-anticipated "Justice League" film down the road.

More Superman:  Why "Man of Steel" is killing it at the box office

AND: Tour the filming locations of "Man of Steel"

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These 4 Charts Show How Badly 'The Lone Ranger' Bombed At Theaters


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"The Lone Ranger"bombed at the box office this weekend.

The film earned $29.4 million over the three-day weekend and $48.6 million over the entire holiday.

Just how poor are those numbers?

The Western cost an estimated $225 million to $250 million to produce. 

Initial estimates had the film earning between $60-$70 million at the end of the Independence Day weekend.

Here's another way put Johnny Depp's latest box-office dud into perspective.

In its first three-day weekend it performed worse than Disney's big box-office flop "John Carter."

the lone ranger john carter chart

(The film's five-day performance did do better than "John Carter"— $48.9 million vs. $35.5 million.)

It barely performed better than Will Smith's "Wild Wild West"— a Warner Bros. Western that debuted in 1999.

the lone ranger wild wild west

"Wild Wild West" was one of the costliest films ever made at an estimated $170 million back in '99.

Universal's poorly reviewed"Cowboys & Aliens" had a better opening weekend than it.

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2011's "Cowboys & Aliens" cost an estimated $163 million to produce.

And the final nail in the coffin: 

Johnny Depp's last box-office dud, "Dark Shadows" earned slightly more than the film opening weekend.

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With any luck, Depp's worldwide appeal may help the film pick up some slack at the foreign box office. So far, the film has earned just $23 million overseas.

SEE ALSO: "Despicable Me 2" obliterated "The Lone Ranger" at theaters

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Chris Pratt Got Ripped For Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy'


Actor Chris Pratt just posted a photo to his Instagram account showing off his dramatic weight loss and newfound six-pack.

Pratt lost the pounds for Marvel's upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy," in which he'll have the lead role as Star-Lord.

How did he do it? "Six months no beer. #GOTG Kinda douchey to post this but my brother made me," Pratt wrote alongside the below photo.

Chris Pratt rippedBefore beefing up, Pratt was most well known for playing the bumbling Andy on NBC's "Parks and Recreation."

Chris Pratt"I just like to gain weight and lose weight. It’s a rollercoaster," Pratt joked to Vulture of his weight loss and gain for film roles. "I just want to do this. I want to touch God."

Pratt packed on a reported 60 pounds for his role as a lawyer in the upcoming "Delivery Man" in which he co-stars alongside Vince Vaughn.

Chris Pratt Vince Vaughn Delivery ManIn 2012, he got into tip-top shape for the Oscar-winning "Zero Dark Thirty." 

"I was about 50 pounds or 40 pounds lighter than I am now," Pratt later told E! Online at the film's Hollywood premiere. "I worked out really hard and I cut out everything bad for me for a long time and I just focused on trying to become a believable Navy SEAL." 

The actor shared the below photo of his filming physique while appearing on "Conan."

Chris Pratt Zero Dark ThirtyIn 2011, Pratt played real-life Oakland A’s baseball player, Scott Hatteberg, opposite Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “Moneyball.”

Chris Pratt "MoneyBall"Before that, Pratt appeared as Anne Hathaway’s ill-fated fiancé in the 2009 comedy “Bride Wars."

Chris Pratt That same year, he married his real-life love, actress Anna Faris. 

Chris Pratt Anna FarisThe comedy couple welcomed their first child, Jack, in August.

Chris Pratt Anna FarisDespite his A-list looks these days, let's not forget a lighter-haired Pratt starred as Bright Abbott on the WB's "Everwood" way back in 2002.

Chris Pratt Everwood

SEE ALSO: "Breaking Amish" star strips down for Maxim

SEE ALSO: Meet Chris Pratt:'Parks And Rec' Funnyman Turned Oscar-Worthy Actor

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The Last 30 Minutes Of 'The Lone Ranger' Were The Best Of The Film


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Despite all the negative reviews of "The Lone Ranger" prior to release, I headed out to the theater to see why it was so awful.

The film received pretty positive reviews from audiences, scoring a B+ CinemaScore, and I heard from a few that it wasn't as bad as the media was making it out to be. Maybe it was another one of those films the critics got wrong (see: "Man of Steel" / "The Great Gatsby").

Sure, the film had a lot going against it.

"The Lone Ranger" was delayed for quite some time. Originally, the Johnny Depp / Armie Hammer flick (you know, the guy who played the Winklevii in "The Social Network") was set for a December 2012 release. The movie was nearly scrapped at one point and the budget was rumored to inflate as high as $250 million.

However, Johnny Depp has always been Disney's saving grace when it comes to big blockbusters. There were  four successful "Pirates of the Caribbean" flicks and 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" grossed more than $1 billion at theaters warranting a sequel.

Sorry Depp. The third franchise attempt is not the charm. 

The first two hours of "The Lone Ranger" were a convoluted mess. The film follows John Reid (Hammer) on his adventure to becoming the Western icon along with sidekick Tonto (Depp) while seeking revenge on a dastardly outlaw Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner) for offing his brother.

Unfortunately, the road to get there is winding with too many tangents. 

The audience suffers from an overstuffed plot filled with a bandwagon of bad men headed by Cavendish, Hammer playing an overly silly Reid, prostitutes, railroad paving, and an odd, fumbled romance.

Tonto and the Ranger's white steed serve as comic relief — which sometimes works (when Depp's conversing with the animal), but other times comes off corny (the horse randomly appears on the branch of a tree wearing a hat.)

william fichtner the lone rangerThere's a lot thrown in here for little kids, but with a whorehouse, a lot of over-the-top violence that feels out of place in a Disney film — the silhouette of man's throat being slit, random piranha-like jack rabbits, and a man hanging from a rope — it's clear the film is trying too hard to appeal to every demographic.

It also didn't help that the movie felt more like "The Lone Tonto" rather than ranger. The entire plot was focused around Depp and his native American character. Hammer felt more like Depp's sidekick throughout the film.

To make matters worse, we'd randomly return to an aged Tonto recounting his misadventures with Reid to a young boy dressed in Lone Ranger get up.

In a film where Cavendish appears the ultimate foe, it turns out the trains and railroad shown countless times are the real villain. 

After coming to the exhaustive conclusion Americans are using the building of a railroad to San Francisco to obtain silver  — a secret long kept hidden by Native Americans — the film departs into an epic runaway train sequence.

Just like that, it felt like we were watching a completely different movie.

The William Tell Overture sounded (a bit cliché, but it works here), and the audience finally sees The Lone Ranger and Tonto we paid to see. 

There were no more violent deaths including throat slicing or blasts to the chest. 

tonto train the lone ranger


Instead, it was all slapstick fun paying homage to the black and white television series of the '50s. Two runaway trains running parallel to each other with Tonto and Cavendish in one and the Ranger riding up alongside them in the other one. 

One of the most fun sequences was of Fichtner and Hammer shooting at each other aimlessly from inside two opposite train cars.

A scene of a bank robbery shown for unknown reasons in the first few minutes of the film finally gets resolved in the film's final minutes, and its a wonder why it was ever introduced at the start.

When the plot finally came together, the film made sense, but it was a wonder why it took a laborious two and a half hours to get there. 

There was a good story to be told about American greed and the consequences that come with making a naive, impulsive decision in youth.

Unfortunately, "The Lone Ranger" was so dragged down by unnecessary, weird moments (the killer rabbits, horse humor, and narration from an aged Tonto that the film could have done without) that the point fell short of hitting home.

After an explosive ending (that more or less resembled the opening train scene from "Toy Story 3,") I wanted to like the Western.

The jarring disconnect of the end of the film nearly made me forget everything else that had transpired. However, you shouldn't have to endure what feels like a marathon just to receive a bit of satisfaction.

And that's a shame.

If Disney stuck to the formula delivered in its final half hour where Reid and Tonto were teaming up to get the bad guys, it may not have been such a bust.

SEE ALSO: Critics tore apart "The Lone Ranger"

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Amazing Before And After Images Of The Visual Effects In 'The Great Gatsby'


leonardo dicaprio great gatsby blue screenMostly everything you see in Baz Luhrmann's update to "The Great Gatsby" is CGI. 

While some of the film may have appeared to be shot on location in New York, the only minimal filming took place in Sydney, Australia.

Chris Godfrey, the visual effects supervisor on the film, released a before and after reel showcasing the amount of work that went into bringing the film to life. 

From the simple backdrops to entire buildings, most of Gatsby's great American dream was no more than a visual spectacle.

This recognizable shot of Tom Buchanan's lawn from the opening of nearly every trailer ...

... was nothing more than an empty field without a mansion.

And that wide expanse of lush shrubbery in the Buchanan yard ...

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7 Reasons You Won't Want To Take The Kids To See 'The Lone Ranger'


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"The Lone Ranger" wasn't as terrible as all of the critics made it out to be

Thefinal half hour of the film was actually pretty enjoyable

However, there was one thing about the movie that would leave parents uncomfortable if they brought along the little ones.

The amount of violence in the film is distasteful — something surprising for a Disney flick. 

Granted, "The Lone Ranger" is far from a bloodfest — there's barely any bloodshed to be seen spilled on screen. Instead, some of the more gruesome bits are inferred through sounds, silhouettes, and reflections. 

We get the film isn't necessarily meant for kids with a PG-13 rating.  However, historically the main target audience for "The Lone Ranger" has been those of all ages.

And since an aged Tonto is recounting this story to a young boy — far younger than 13 — we assume the tale is safe for younger moviegoers.  

Not so much. 

Strewn with violent deaths, oddly placed killer bunnies, and pornography references, "The Lone Ranger" isn't a film to take a child to see.

In a film that was otherwise silly every few minutes, it didn't make much sense to include jarring dark moments. It appeared the film couldn't decide whether to be serious or funny.

Word about thefilm's violencegot out quickly in early reviews. Knowing the film wasn't completely kid-friendly most likely costDisney a lot of money opening weekendand probably deterred some families during the holiday weekend to see big box-office win "Despicable Me 2" instead.

William Fichtner's bloody fingers.

One of the first scenes we see in the film is of William Fichtner's villainous Butch Cavendish unscrew a nail with bloody fingernails. 

Normally we're not squeamish, but something bloody and raw this early on in a Disney flick is unsettling.

Two gross-out scenes.

Here's where the distasteful factor enters.

There's nothing appealing about seeing a grown man urinate into a bucket near the start of a Disney movie.

Later on, the film zones in on a defecating horse. There was no added value to show Armie Hammer get dragged through animal feces.

It was just vile. Not funny.

The notorious heart-eating scene.

You've probably heard this one by now. 

Early on in the movie, Cavendish puts an end to John Reid's (Hammer) brother and then cuts his heart out. 

You would think that would be enough, but Cavendish then goes and eats it!

You don't see it on screen. Instead the audience hears the slosh as Cavendish digs in. We also see it reflected in Hammer's eye as he lay partially unconscious next to his deceased brother.

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Lindsay Lohan Is More Talented Than Marilyn Monroe, Says Hollywood Director


lindsay lohan instagramDirector Paul Schrader found something redeeming — and quite like Marilyn Monroe — in the hot mess that is Lindsay Lohan.

The director wrote an essay for Film Comment about Lohan's organic on-screen believability, which he discovered while filming the indie thriller, "The Canyons," due in theaters in August.

Scrader said:

"I think Lohan has more natural acting talent than Monroe did, but, like Monroe, her weakness is her inability to fake it. She feels she must be experiencing an emotion in order to play it. This leads to all sorts of emotional turmoil, not to mention on-set delays and melodrama. It also leads, when the gods smile, to movie magic. Monroe had the same affliction. They live large, both in life and on screen. This is an essential part of what draws viewers to them."

Their magnetism is a product of their chaos, he explained.

"We sense that the actress is not performing, that we are watching life itself. We call them 'troubled,' 'tormented,' 'train wrecks' — but we can't turn away."

Lindsay Lohan court March 2013Schrader picked up on other ways the starlets are alike while reading James Goode's book, "The Making of the Misfits," a behind-the-scenes chronicle of the production of a 1961 drama starring Monroe.

"Tardiness, unpredictability, tantrums, absences, neediness, psychoframa — yes, all that, but something more," Schrader said, "that thing you can't take your eyes off of, that magic, that mystery."

He also pointed out what makes them different —namely the 50 years that separate them — and held the media partly responsible for Lohan's endless supply of crazy.

Lastly, he gives the poor girl some credit:

"It's difficult to maintain self-discipline in a world of easy gratification," Schrader said of a celebrity environment that took shape post-Monroe. "It must be exhausting."

SEE ALSO: Here Are All Of The Times Lindsay Lohan Has Gotten In Trouble

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25 Photos To Get You Pumped For 'Pacific Rim'


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Guillermo del Toro's giant monster versus robots film "Pacific Rim" comes to theaters Friday.

After a number of similartrailers, the only thing audiences really know about the film is that we can look forward to an all-out alien brawl.

We saw an early screening of the film, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Essentially, it's "Power Rangers" for grown ups.

Before checking out Warner Bros.' latest, here's a little more background on the monster film, along with some of the actors you can expect to see in the blockbuster.

No spoilers here.

"Pacific Rim" opens in theaters July 12.

After a chasm opens in the Pacific Ocean floor, terrifying monsters called Kaiju — Japanese for "giant beast"— begin attacking Earth.

They start tearing apart cities from San Francisco to Sydney.

In order to take them down ...

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Lindsay Lohan Strips Down In Gritty Trailer For 'The Canyons'


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A steamy trailer for "The Canyons" shows a scantily clad, cat-eyed Lindsay Lohan declaring, "I'd like to keep some parts of my life private." Ah, the irony.

Directed by Paul Schrader ("Taxi Driver,""American Gigolo") and written by Bret Easton Ellis ("American Psycho"), "The Canyons" is a gritty, neo-noir thriller about sex and ambition in modern Los Angeles.

LiLo plays an aspiring actress who falls into trouble after cheating on her adult film producer boyfriend, played by real-life porn star James Deen.

Both SXSW and Sundance film festivals rejected the flick — which promises tons of nudity — on account of its "ugliness and a deadness," an insider told The Hollywood Reporter.

"The Canyons" premieres August 2, and will be available same-day on home-viewing devices.

Watch the racy trailer below.

SEE ALSO: Lindsay Lohan Is More Talented Than Marilyn Monroe, Says Hollywood Director

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The Best Quotes From John Malkovich's Revealing Reddit AMA


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Yesterday, John Malkovich did an Ask Me Anything (AMA) on Reddit.

Next week, his new film "Red 2," featuring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, comes out in theaters.

The 59-year-old actor discussed everything from his feelings on privacy, to the worst scripts he's ever read. He also debunked a famous Internet rumor about a beer can thrown thrown at him in "Being John Malkovich."

We've gathered his best responses below.

Check out the full AMA here.

Privacy no longer exists. 

"I think, sadly, that privacy is finished. no such thing. if you're a known person, you learned to live without it long ago. that's very,very unfortunate, but such is life. i think there's no going back as that particular horse has left the barn. i have at times spoken with my peers and the head of the actors union about why we're not paid when we appear in say a tmz production, but there seems to be no real interest in combatting it. for the nsa, i've always assumed they listen to everything and read everything and see everything. France, where i've also lived for a number of years is exactly the same-possibly worse. i think it's too late." 

His feelings on fame: 

"It used to be fine, but it gets wearing at my age. too many cell phone cameras and doofuses who need a facebook photo with their thumb up. a few hundred a day over a 15 year period is, well, not that much fun. of course, most the people one actually gets to talk to are as interesting and fun as ever." 

The worst script the actor has ever read: 

"I was given a script in france, by a seemingly rather disturbed young man. let's just say it was not good. also, one night, a woman came in to our yard in france around 2:00 am. i was outside on the phone talking to my producing partners in los angeles. she gave me a script called elle tue,(she kills!) which was about the lead character killing a movie star. it was written like it had been done with a butcher knife in red ink. also, it wasn't very good." 

He debunked the rumor about a "drunk extra" throwing a can at the actor on set of "Being John Malkovich." 

Evanderson: Were you actually pissed when that extra threw that can at your head? 

"On the contrary, spike jonze wanted to cut it because we were late that night and he felt no one would be able to hit me on the head with a half full can of beer from a passing car, and about 70 or 80 sets of hands shot up on the crew saying they would like to try. eventually the task fell to johnny cusack's writing partner and he nailed it on the first try." 

Here's the scene.

On whether he kept the pig and a grenade launcher from last year's action flick, "Red": 

"I didn't get to keep either sadly, though i was able to sneak the pig into this red 2. If they cut it i'll be so pissed." 

Late-night host Craig Ferguson once asked him to be a permanent staple on the show. 

"Every time i'm out here in los angeles, he's on a little hiatus, so i don't get to do it often. at one point he had asked me to become a semi-permanent character who lived in a fish tank. the script was very funny, too. alas. "

What it was like eating only Jell-O for four months.

"I lost seventy pounds eating nothing but jello for 4 months. but of course there is great variety in the colors! i think, if i remember correctly it's 230 calories for a whole bowl. maybe 270? in the 5th month i added fruit." 

Why he's doing a television series, "Crossbones," in the fall on NBC: 

"It's a very nice script. good producers and hopefully a good cast. plus, movies that are well written are hard to get made and hard to finance. plus, it will be the first time since 1990 that i will be in one place for at least five months."

Some of his other responses were pretty hilarious.

On "Red 2" co-star Mary-Louise Parker:

"Marie Louise is my hero. sharp, sad, funny, extremely gifted and quick. I love to be around her and i adore working with her. we had a beautiful vomiting in tandem on the car windshield scene in red 2, ungratefully removed by the powers that be. for the pick up line, I'm not to sure. I would counsel the direct approach. i wouldn't use the Schwarzenegger pick up line "baby your bangability is very high tonight." on 2nd thought, if you have a good styrian accent, maybe it would be perfect."

Markshlitz222: There is a bat in my apartment and it is making me nervous, how can I get rid of it?

"I  had one in my house once. I think i just opened all the windows and kind of gently broomed it out. just make sure it's in your apartment and not in your head." 

He even recorded a voicemail for a fan named Benjamin.

Listen to it here.

SEE ALSO: What we learned from Bryan Cranston's AMA

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Tom Hanks Is Walt Disney In The First Trailer For 'Saving Mr. Banks'


Disney has released it's anticipated first trailer for "Saving Mr. Banks" with Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself.

The movie follows Disney as he tries to obtain the rights from author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to make a film adaptation her novel "Mary Poppins."

However, she has no intention of letting her tale receive the Hollywood treatment.

"Saving Mr. Banks" comes to theaters December 20. It will have a limited release the week prior.

SEE ALSO: 7 over-the-top scenes in "The Lone Ranger"

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'Grown Ups 2' May Be Adam Sandler's Worst Film Yet


"Grown Ups 2" may be Adam Sandler's worst movie to date.

So far, after 21 reviews, no critic has given the film a decent rating.*

It's currently sitting at zero percent on film review site Rotten Tomatoes.

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This isn't a surprise for a Sandler flick.

A look back at his movies from the past five years show his films averaging a 25% score on the site.

His last film to receive a 0% was "Bucky Larson: Born to be a Star" of which Sandler wrote the screenplay.

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The negative reviews haven't affected the performance of Sandler's films at the box office for the most part..

The actor is still a large audience draw.

Despite 2011's "Jack and Jill"sweeping the Razzie Awards, it went on to make a total of $149.7 million worldwide.

Many of his other films still gross more than $100 million. With the added star power of Chris Rock, Kevin James, Rob Schneider, and David Spade, 2010's "Grown Ups" ended up making $271 million worldwide.

Sandler's most recent live-action film, "That's My Boy," featuring Andy Samberg didn't fare as well earning just $57.7 million at theaters. 

As of Thursday morning, "Grown Ups 2" has been accounting for 21% of all ticket sales on Fandango.

The sequel sees the crew — minus Schneider — regroup on their kids' final day of school before the summer.

BoxOffice.com currently has the film earning $47 million opening weekend.

The original film opened to $40.5 million.

*UPDATE:"Grown Ups 2" has since received a "Fresh" review from Film School Rejects, bumping the film up to 3% favorability.

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The 'Sharknado' Trailer Is The Most Ridiculous Thing We've Ever Seen



It's as ridiculous as it sounds. However, it may be absolutely brilliant.  

If you haven't heard about "Sharknado" yet, an original SyFy disaster movie debuting tonight at 9 p.m., you're missing out.

The concept is simple. Killer sharks + deadly tornadoes = Sharknado.

We're not sure what the best part of this is: that SyFy thought this up, that 90210's Ian Ziering is slicing through great whites with a chainsaw like butter, or that Tara Reid is in this made-for-TV horror film.

Previously, the network has delivered original productions including "Sharktopus," and "Independence Daysaster."

Here's the trailer: 

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Hollywood Went Crazy On Twitter Over Ridiculous TV Movie 'Sharknado'


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This morning, people in Hollywood are probably kicking themselves that they didn't think of "Sharknado" first. 

If you weren't watching SyFy's latest original made-for-TV movie last night, you missed out on a big television event.

The film, starring Tara Reid and former "90210" star Ian Ziering, rocked Twitter last night, trending for hours on end.

"Sharknado" quickly  gained attention after SyFy released a ridiculous trailer that made the two-hour event look like a "so bad, it's good" film.

The film generated so much online buzz that even people in Hollywood — from actors to producers and execs — began tweeting about it.

After the ratings come in for "Sharknado," we shouldn't be surprised if we see a storm of similar movies in the future. 

Take a look at what Hollywood was saying across the Twitterverse last night:

Modern Family writer and executive producer seemed upset he had to miss out on the fun.

The executive producer and writer for the "Late Show with David Letterman" thinks we should dedicate an entire network to the TV movie.

Comedian Patton Oswalt had more ideas ready for SyFy.

Former "The Walking Dead" executive producer Glen Mazzara already has a name for an impending sequel.

Celebs also chimed in with their responses including stars Reid and Ziering.

"Lost" creator Damon Lindelof was most enthused by the TV movie. He offered to write a sequel.

A lot of people are open to a Lindelof, Oswalt, and Mazzara collaboration.

In case you missed out, here's one of the best scenes from the monumental two hours:

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Now: Watch the trailer for "Sharknado"

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'Spider-Man' Actor Andrew Garfield Says Spidey Should Be Gay


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Watch out, Emma Stone.

The star of "Spider-Man 2," Andrew Garfield, told Entertainment Weekly he wouldn't mind the web slinger having a boyfriend. 

While kind of joking with producer Matt Tolmach, Garfield asked why Mary Jane — Spidey's love interest — isn't a guy.

‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!…So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Garfield went on saying he knows the perfect guy to play the role of the male MJ — up-and-coming rising star Michael B. Jordan.

“I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better—we’d have interracial bisexuality!”

Here's a photo of Michael B. Jordan:

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The only problem?

Jordan has been rumored as a frontrunner for a different comicbook character in a potential reboot of the "Fantastic 4."

Still, while speaking with Grantland, Jordan said he'd love to work with Garfield in the future.

"I'm a huge fan of Andrew, he’s extremely talented, and I really would love to work with him. If it'd be under those circumstances, well ... he said it in a joking way, I‘m not sure if he was dead serious. It's cool of him looking out for me. I’m glad he has respect for my work."

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Meet The Mystery Cast Of 'Pacific Rim'


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You probably know "Pacific Rim" is about giant-sized monsters and robots battling over Earth.

But do you know who's in the film?

This is a serious question.

While the many trailers we've seen tell us the movie is about robots and monsters going head to head, they fail to introduce actors and their roles in the Guillermo del Toro flick.

Sure you may have caught snippets of Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam, but do you know who they are and what they're from? 

The film is out today in theaters and is already doing well in theaters, earning $3.6 million in Thursday night sales, now see who's in the film.

Do you recognize the actor who plays pilot Raleigh Becket?

"Sons of Anarchy" fans should. Charlie Hunnam is known for his role on the FX series.

He's slightly unrecognizable without his long locks and signature facial hair.

You probably don't recognize the Japanese actress playing Mako Mari.

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Adam Sandler Movies Will Make Money No Matter How Bad They Get


adam sandler grown ups 2No matter how bad Adam Sandler movies get, they will always make money. Look no further than his latest movie, "Grown Ups 2."

Despite the film receiving terrible reviews from critics — it stands at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes— audiences gave it a "B" CinemaScore

So far the film has earned a healthy $42.5 million at theaters opening weekend. 

Despite the film's box-office debut, there's something to be said for the increasingly bland quality of Sandler flicks.

However, for some reason, it doesn't seem to affect his film's performances. 

The more ridiculous the premise, the better the film appears to do in theaters. 

Sandler can play both himself and an obnoxious, over-the-top sister, a fashion forward hair dresser, and an irresponsible father performing the same gags over and over again and audiences will still throw money his way.

Instead, it's when Sandler attempts to deviate and be serious on set, that it's a disservice to his box-office total.

Fans are so used to the gimmicky brand of Sandler folly, that we kind of just go with it.

1995: Adam Sandler's first classic "Billy Madison" is now considered one of the comedian's iconic films.

Opening Weekend: $6.6 million
: $10 million
Worldwide Gross: $26.5 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 45%/79%

Though critics didn't give it great ratings, the "Billy Madison" went on to be Sandler's first box-office success.


*Note: Percentages represent critic and audience review scores respectively.

1996: Sandler's next film, golf flick "Happy Gilmore" did even better at theaters.

Opening Weekend: $8.5 million
: $12 million
Worldwide Gross: $41.2 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 59%/83%

Better reviews from critics and fans led to nearly double the box-office intake of "Billy Madison."


1998: Two years later, "The Wedding Singer," featuring the first of his many successful ventures with Drew Barrymore, received the highest praise from critics and largest haul at theaters yet.

Opening Weekend: $18.9 million
: $18 million
Worldwide Gross: $123.3 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 67%/76%

Barrymore helped bring Sandler to one of best critiqued films at theaters.


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'Despicable Me' Minions Take Down 'Grown Ups' And Monsters — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup


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Despite good reviews from audiences and critics alike, Guillermo del Toro's robot vs. monster movie couldn't take on the sequels at the box office this weekend.  

The costly $185 million+ "Pacific Rim" couldn't even bring in $40 million opening weekend.  

Instead, Adam Sandler's sequel "Grown Ups 2" overtook the action-packed del Toro flick.

Neither could take on the infectious yellow minions of "Despicable Me 2." 

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company's "Fruitvale Station" starring up and coming Michael B. Jordan earned a huge $377,000 from 7 theaters. 

Out of the top ten this week include Lionsgate and Summit's summer hit "Now You See Me" and comedy "This is the End." After seven weeks, the magic movie featuring Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson has earned $185.8 million worldwide. 

Seth Rogen's apocalyptic film is closing in on $100 million at the box office. 

Here are this week's winners and losers at the box office:

10. "Man of Steel" drops three spots rounding out the top ten with $$4.8 million. The Superman reboot has done phenomenal for Warner Bros. earning a total of $619 million worldwide. Good news for WB after a poor first weekend for the studio's "Pacific Rim." 

9. Comedian Kevin Hart's "Let Me Explain" stays at the top of the box office for the second week with another $5 million. With a total of $26.4 million at theaters, the film is now the fourth top-earning stand-up comic film. It will have to beat $36.3 million to overtake Richard Pryor's 1982 film "Live on the Sunset Strip." 

8. Channing Tatum's "White House Down" falls two more spots in its third week earning $6.2 million. That stings for Sony's $150 million film. "WHD" has earned $82.7 million worldwide. 

7. Brad Pitt's "World War Z" zombie flick is exceeding expectations at the box office earning another $9.4 million this week. After a month in theaters, the film has earned a big $423 million worldwide. The Vanity Fair piece in June that tore the film apart for an inflated budget, on-set drama, and a re-shot ending, said the movie would need to make $400 million to be profitable.

6. "Monsters University" takes in another $10.6 million in week four. The prequel is closing in on $500 million worldwide. It's good that this film is faring well for Disney considering its "Lone Ranger" bomb. 

5. Disney's "The Lone Ranger" drops nearly 62% in its second week with $11.1 million. The Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer Western which cost nearly $250 million to produce has earned a total of $119 million worldwide. The film is faring okay overseas with $48 million.

4. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy's "The Heat" moved down one spot in week three earning $14 million. Fox's comedy has now earned more than $128 million worldwide. 

3. Huge disappointment for Warner Bros. expensive monster flick "Pacific Rim" which earned $38.3 million opening weekend. The film was expected to earn at least $40 million. Even that was low for a large budget summer film. 

2. Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2" came in a close second with $42.5 million. The sequel only made slightly more than the $40.5 million of the 2010 original. 

1. Neither new film could beat out the second week of "Despicable Me 2," which earned $44.8 million. That's slightly less than "Monsters University" in its second week. However, the minions had competition from two other big films this weekend.

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