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Spike Lee's Remake Of 'Oldboy' Bombs At Theaters — Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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Josh Brolin in Spike Lee's OLDBOY_Credit_Hilary Bronwyn GayleSpike Lee's "Oldboy" remake didn't make a splash in theaters over the holiday.  

The film, a remake of Chan-wook Park's 2003 classic, bombed making just $850,000 opening weekend. 

Not a great start at all for a movie that costs an estimated $30 million to make and has the star power of Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson.  

The film may have opened in 583 theaters this weekend, but, in comparison, "Dallas Buyers Club" in 696 theaters has made nearly $2.6 million in one weekend. 

It probably didn't help that right before release an artist came out claiming Spike Lee stole his artwork for the film and presented it as his own. Though Lee dismissed the claims, people across social media were angered, smearing the film's FB page with notes to boycott. 

Despite that, both "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Disney's latest, "Frozen" helped set a new record for the box office Thanksgiving weekend. Both movies combined made more than $200 million over the course of five days.

With many new releases out, a lot of films fell from the top ten. 

"Dallas Buyers Club,""12 Years a Slave," and "Gravity" all bowed out. As well, "Bad Grandpa" dropped seven spots in the past week.  

Maybe the most surprising to take such a large dip is Relativity's animated "Free Birds," though it was expected to take a hit with Disney's big release out. 

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

10. Morgan Freeman's comedy "Last Vegas" fell four spots in week five with $2.8 million. The film may not have a "Hangover"-size budget ($28 million), but the film has made $72 million worldwide.  

9. Here's a movie you probably haven't heard of. Weinstein Company's "Philomena" made $3.8 million in its wide theatrical release. The film is based on an investigative story of a mother, Philomena (Judi Dench), who is trying to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption. 

8. Fox Searchlight's "Black Nativity" starring Tyrese, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassset opened to a small $3.9 million. The music retelling of Jesus and Mary? cost an estimated $17.5 million. 

7. "The Book Thief," based on the book of the same name, moved up nine spots in its wide theatrical release with $4.9 million. 

6. Disney and DreamWorks' "Delivery Man" held its own with $6.9 million in its second week. The Vince Vaughn dramedy about him fathering more than 500 kids has now made $20 million worldwide. The movie cost $26 million to make. 

5. Did anyone know a new Jason Statham movie was coming out? The actor's latest, "Homefront" starring James Franco and Winona Ryder earned a measly $7 million opening weekend. That's in line with Statham's recent string of films. Funny there wasn't more marketing for a movie written and produced by Sylvester Stallone. 

4. "The Best Man Holiday" continues to be a winner — domestically anyway — as the sequel took in another $8.5 million in its third week. The Malcolm D. Lee film has made more than $63 million. 

3. "Thor: The Dark World" moves down one spot adding another $11.2 million to its haul. The Marvel sequel is nearing the $600 million mark worldwide after a month in theaters overseas. 

2. Critics were praising the latest Disney flick "Frozen" long before it hit theaters. Upon its debut, The Kristen Bell-voiced musical earned $110 million. The film cost an estimated $150 million.  

1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" stays ablaze in its second week with an impressive $74.5 million. That's way up from the $58 million the original film made in its second week. The second of four planned movies has now earned $573 million worldwide.

SEE ALSO: Hollywood mourns the loss of Paul Walker

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See How Sketches Of Amy Adams And Jennifer Lawrence's Disco Gowns In 'American Hustle' Came To Life

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Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence's next film "American Hustle" is out this Christmas.

The film follows two con artists (played by Adams and Christian Bale) who are working with the FBI to catch corrupt government officials.

By now, you've seen the ads and trailers featuring the two actresses in daring, figure-hugging dresses.

Sony and Columbia Pictures, who are distributing the film, released photos and sketches of the costumes worn in the movie used to transport the cast back to the '70s.

Here's Amy Adams envisioned in a backless, gunmetal sequin evening gown.

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And here's Jennifer Lawrence in a white evening gown. She looks like she's crying.jennifer lawrence sketch american hustle

Both gowns were designed by Michael Wilkinson for the film. Here are both actresses in their finished dresses:american hustlejennifer lawrence amy adams american hustleHere's Adams in another shorter, sheer disco dress. amy adams american hustle dress

Adams wears the dress along with a fur in a scene at Studio 54 in the film.amy adams dress american hustle

SEE ALSO: A trailer for the film

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Chris Hemsworth's Wife Stood In For Natalie Portman During 'Thor' Kissing Scene

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Thor kiss chris hemsworth natalie portmanNatalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth's "Thor: The Dark World" characters share a passionate kissing scene at the end of the film.

But Portman told the New York Daily News that there's a reason the scene was so steamy—  she wasn't in it!

Instead, Hemsworth's real-life wife, actress Elsa Pataky, threw on a wig and filled in for Portman.

Chris Hemsworth Elsa Pataky"It was for reshoots and he was working in Hong Kong and I couldn't get there because I was working on my own film," Portman explained. "And so they put his wife in my wig and costume, that's why it was so passionate."

“It was such a perfect solution, wasn’t it,” added Portman.

Apparently they did something right, as the film has gone on to earn a whopping $591,105,086 worldwide.

Hemsworth, 30, has been married to the Spanish-born Pataky, 37, since 2010. The couple have one child and another on the way.

SEE ALSO: DAY IN THE LIFE: How Chris Hemsworth's Stunt Double Stayed In Shape For 'Thor: The Dark World'

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You Can Buy Han Solo's Decrepit 'Star Wars' Blaster Gun For $200,000

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If you've always wanted an authentic piece of "Star Wars" history, here's your chance.

The blaster gun Han Solo used in both "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" is going up for auction — just make sure you have a lot of cash laying around.

The starting bid for the blaster is $200,000.

Sorry folks, it doesn't work.

Here are some details on the gun from Hollywood Auction who is selling the piece:

"Based on the German issue Mauser C96 pistol, this piece, measuring 11 in. long, was custom made for the film from resin by casting the original hero prop from the first Star Wars: A New Hope, it therefore exhibits the same serial number as the hero prop, which is thought to no longer exist. The blaster is exactly in its original filming condition and therefore exhibits wear from use, but retains all of the original details, including the flash suppressor and scope (the eye-piece of which is detailed with reflective scotch-lite tape)."

Cool to note that the gun is also believed to have been used by Mark Hamill, who of course played Luke Skywalker. 

The blaster is up for bid Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. 

Take a look at some photos: 

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SEE ALSO: "Star Wars" characters who should get their own spinoff films

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New 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Poster Hints At Multiple Villains

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Sony Pictures has finally released a high quality version of its action-packed "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" triptych poster which features not one, but three villains. 

If you're a fan of Spider-Man, you've probably seen shots of this poster circulating around the Internet.

The poster reveal comes two days ahead of the film's first trailer.

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Let's take a closer look at each villain.
The Rhino looks sort of like a Transformer.amazing spider man 2 posterHere's who looks like Dane DeHaan as the Goblin from the poster's center:amazing spider man 2 posterAnd here is Jamie Foxx's Electro who we are familiar with by now:amazing spider man 2 posterEagle eyes will spot the OsCorp logo hovering in the background:amazing spider man 2 oscorp

We know what you're thinking — it's "Spider-Man 3" all over again.

It's no secret fans weren't pleased with the seemingly overstuffed abundance of villains in Sam Raimi's 2007 flick starring Tobey Maguire which had Spider-Man facing off against the Sandman, Venom, AND the Green Goblin.

However, it looks like this is a slow introduction to Spidey's main villain group, the Sinister Six — something we've always figured since the first film. 

The group is comprised of members who have ranged from Electro, Green Goblin, Doctor Ocopus, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter to appearances by Mysterio, Venom, and Vulture, and the Lizard (who was in "The Amazing Spider-Man"). At times, the group has been headed by Norman Osborn who was briefly hinted at during the end of the first film.

Their introduction would make sense with the recently announced future Spider-Man spinoff movies.

Sony Pictures Entertainment chief Michael Linton told analysts last month "a number of scripts [are] in the works." 

Sony also released an updated synopsis for the film highlighting the entry of character Harry Osborn:

We’ve always known that Spider-Man’s most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

SEE ALSO: Photos of "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel filming in NYC

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Everything We Know About The 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Movie

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Following some casting hiccups and production delays, the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James' extremely successful novel, "Fifty Shades of Grey" has officially hit the ground running.

The crew began filming in Vancouver this past weekend, Marcia Gay Harden and popular British singer Rita Ora just joined the cast, and James' Instagram photos from the film's production have us more excited than ever.

But before we start our countdown to release day, let's get our facts straight:

The Story

  • "Fifty Shades of Grey" is the first installment in an erotic trilogy that follows the relationship between recent college graduate, Anastasia Steele and a billionaire tycoon, Christian Grey. In a plot full of explicit sexual content — bondage, dominance, and masochism — the innocent and young Anastasia is pursued by the older, experienced Christian.

The Director

  • Sam Taylor-Johnson, a London-born director and actress, is directing "Fifty Shades." Taylor-Johnson has only one prior feature film to her name, the John Lennon biopic, "Nowhere Boy." In response to the announcement that she would be directing the erotic film, Taylor-Johnson said, "I am excited to be charged with the evolution of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' from page to screen."

The Cast

Filming Details

  • Following Hunnam's departure from the cast, production was delayed and the film's release date was pushed back from August 2014 to February 2015.
  • The cast began filming on Dec. 1 in Vancouver and author E.L. James shared the below photo on Instagram.

Publicity

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SEE ALSO: FIRST PHOTO: Dakota Johnson And Jamie Dornan In Character For 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Movie

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'Fast and Furious' Actress Gal Gadot Cast As Wonder Woman In 'Batman / Superman' Movie

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gal gadotVariety reports that "Fast and Furious" actress Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the "Batman / Superman" movie.

Gadot will star alongside Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in the "Man of Steel" sequel.

The actress played a minor role in Universal's summer blockbuster "Fast and Furious 6" with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

Last month, Variety reported Gadot was one of three actresses testing for the role of the Amazon Princess. 

The "Fast and Furious" actress was reportedly up against Elodie Yung ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Olga Kurylenko ("Quantum of Solace").

In comic iterations of the character, Wonder Woman aka Diana Prince has had romantic ties to Bruce Wayne / Batman.

The entry of the heroine helps pave the way for an eventual Justice League film that could compete with Disney and Marvel's already well-established "Avengers" storyline.

Variety also speculates that other members of the DC team could make appearances in the film including the Flash.

The untitled "Batman / Superman" movie will be released July 17, 2015.

SEE ALSO: Ben Affleck says "Daredevil" was one of the motivations behind taking on the role of Batman

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The 11 Best Streaming Apps To Turn Your Tablet And Smartphone Into A TV

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Most of us can't live without a subscription to Netflix or Amazon Prime.

With busy schedules and other issues that arise, the ability to stream content to a multitude of devices from anywhere has become a perfect tool to prevent pop culture indifference.

How else could someone catch up on shows like Mad Men and Dexter when managing numerous deadlines for projects related to work?

Apps like VUDU and gadgets like the Roku Box have helped make this process simple to access these shows and movies you may have missed.

However, some people may turned off by the idea of watching their favorite shows on a smartphone or tablet. Concerns could be raised about the quality of what is on screen and being bothered by nuisances oc curing around them.

Fortunately, these are the 11 best apps that will alleviate this anxiety.

VUDU has a colossal library of movies and TV shows to watch on your tablet.

VUDU provides users with an extensive database of movies and TV shows to view on a variety of devices. Compatible machines include the iPad, Android tablets, Roku boxes and gaming consoles. The releases arrive on VUDU before they hit Netflix. While the sign-up process is free, the ability to rent more movies depends on paying the $2 dollar fee. Fortunately, there are no late fees.

Price: Free

Available: iPhone and Android



WATCH ABC delivers all your favorite shows and live streams to view on your tablet or phone.

In case you missed the most recent episode of Grey's Anatomy or Agents of SHIELD, try out the WATCH ABC app to catch up on your favorite shows. The interesting part of this app is that it can stream these series live on any device. None of its competitors are capable of doing that. Through the On Demand menu, you can access the most recent re-runs of comedy hits like Modern Family but a version for Android is available for select devices. 

Price: Free

Available: iPhone and Android



Comcast XFinity TV GO app gives subscribers THOUSANDS of movies and shows to stream from any Wi-Fi connection.

Comcast rebranded their mobile app as XFINITY TV Go. For subscribers to the cable service, the app allows for streaming from any Wi-Fi network nearby. The video quality is HD. The only downside is that the selection of channels is limited but it should be expanding soon.

Price: Free

Available: iPhone and Android



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'Fast & Furious' Franchise Releases Emotionally-Charged Video Tribute To Paul Walker

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Following the Nov. 30 death of Paul Walker in a car crash in Santa Clarita, Calif., the "Fast & Furious" franchise — for which he's most famous for — has released a touching two-minute video tribute to the 40-year-old actor.

The video highlights Walker's five appearances as the Brian O'Conner character in the series (he was not in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift) before finishing with a message of "In Loving Memory."

The song “Coming Home” by P. Diddy featuring Skylar Grey plays in the background, according to Variety.

The Youtube description of the video advises fans and friends to donate to Walker's charity, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), instead of sending flowers or other gifts.

Production of "Fast & Furious 7" has been put on hold indefinitely, and some Hollywood insiders are saying the actor's death puts the studio in "uncharted territory" with no clear way forward.

Here's the video:

SEE ALSO: How Hollywood grieved Paul Walker's death

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The First 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Trailer Looks Pretty Great

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The first trailer for one of next year's biggest films, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is out, and the trailer looks pretty great.

Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker who will not have to face one, but three villains. Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Rhino (Paul Giamatti), and the Green Goblin were all teased on a triptych poster officially unveiled earlier this week.

Emma Stone also returns as Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy.

One thing we're excited for from the trailer is that looks like the sequel will finally delve into the story of Peter's parents which was hinted at in the first film.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" comes to theaters May 2014. 

Now that you've watched the trailer, here are a few things we noticed:

A link to a Tumblr account for The Daily Bugle:the daily bugle spider man Giamatti as the Rhino taking shots at Spidey.rhino shoots at spider manThe Rhino in a Transformer-like outfit:paul giamatti the rhino spider manSpectacularly creepy shot of what looks like the Green Goblin (unless he's going by the Hobgoblin in this film).goblin amazing spider man 2Is that actor Dane DeHaan who joined the cast as Peter Parker's "friend" Harry Osborn?dane dehaan goblin the amazing spider man 2Foxx as a menacing Electro:electro amazing spider man 2Andrew Garfield at the grave of Uncle Ben, his parents, or someone else? ... spider man peter parker funeralAnd that awesome blast shot of Spider-Man where it looks like he's fighting the Rhino. What else could that horn be?spider man explosion

SEE ALSO: Two more future villains were teased in the trailer. Did you spot them?

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One Image From 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Trailer That Hints At The Entire Future Of The Franchise

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Sony and Columbia Pictures released the first trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" today.

While we've spotted a few cool things — an ad for The Daily Bugle Tumblr along with a few looks at the next incarnation of the Green Goblin — the best image shown in the nearly 3-minute teaser hints at what's in store for the Spider-Man franchise down the road.

We've talked quite a bit about how Sony / Columbia Pictures could really flesh out Spidey's character for the future if they wanted to compete with the likes of Disney's Avengers gang and Warner Bros. Batman / Superman duo.

The most obvious answer would be to introduce the Sinister Six — a legion of Spidey's biggest villains joined together. Over the years, the members of the group have varied, but has consistently comprised of villains ranging from Electro, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, the Hobgoblin/Green Goblin, Mysterio, Venom, and Sandman.

Not convinced?

Here's proof Sony's leaning that way from midway through the trailer:spider man vulture doc octopus

What are we looking at?

Those are what look like costumes for The Vulture and Doctor Octopus, two known members of the Sinister Six.

amazing spider man 1964We know Sony has spinoff movies for "The Amazing Spider-Man" in the works.

This would be a great move for the studio.

Not only would it provide them with plenty of original content for more original Spider-Man films, but in the future, it could result in a potential pairing with the "Avengers" if Sony ever wanted to make some sort of deal with Disney for a crossover.

After all, the Avengers have fought the Sinister Six before (Spidey can't do it all alone, right?).

The idea doesn't seem foreign. 

There's been speculation that after the next two films in the franchise are made — a third for 2016 and a fourth in 2018 — that Marvel / Disney may eye up the character to join the Avengers gang.

It makes sense — pairing Spider-Man (a known Avenger ally / member) up with more heroes rather than forcing him fight crime alone because different studios own the rights to other characters that interact with Peter Parker.

Even "Amazing Spider-Man" actor Andrew Garfield said at San Diego Comic Con he'd like to team up with Iron Man's crew.

Are those future villains we could very well see in Spidey's future or is Sony Pictures just teasing us?

SEE ALSO: The first trailer for the film

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Finally, You Can Play Video Games With Your Mouth Or Your Rear

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For anyone looking for a new way to play video games, a man has created two very unique game controllers — one that can be controlled by your mouth and another by your rear. 

Really.

Ben Krasnow, an engineer at video game developing company Valve, created the two controllers. In the videos below, he demonstrates how the two controllers work, though Krasnow doesn't say why he came up with the ideas.

The mouth controller uses hardware from a computer mouse connected to a retainer that you wear.

Krasnow points out that it would be impossible to use this to play an actual game. It's not really for precise movements but more for swiping gestures and movements. 

You'd also have to wear a retainer to use the mouth controller.

The one for the rear that's made out of a bathroom scale and Xbox 360 controller let's you turn a character left or right while you sit on top of it.

It's not really clear what either of these would add to the gaming experience. It sure doesn't seem like the "rear" controller would make me any better at first-person shooters.

As silly as they look or sound, these controllers could be useful prototypes for someone with physical disabilities.

SEE ALSO: Here's why I just bought a Wii U instead of a PS4 or Xbox One

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QUIZ: Guess The Biggest Movies Of The Year By Their Taglines

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GATSBYMovie marketers spend millions of dollars to make sure their films stick in your head, but how well do you remember the biggest movies of the year?

We've broken down some of this year's blockbusters — and flops — to nothing more than their marketing tagline and a zoomed in glimpse of an iconic image or poster from the movie.

If you're stumped, we've added hints.

Note how similar some of the taglines are.

See how well you know the biggest movies of the year.

If you need a hint, highlight the black box below the iconic movie image. We'll give you the answer on the following slide. Movie taglines will appear up here. Here's the first one: "Even heroes fall."

Hint:It's not "Star Trek."



Movie: "Iron Man 3"



Tagline: "Earth will fall."

Hint:"John Harrison" was the bad guy.



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Everything You Want To Know About Gal Gadot — The Actress Playing Wonder Woman

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"Fast and Furious" actress Gal Gadot was announced this week as the new face of Wonder Woman.

The actress will play the iconic DC Comic character in the upcoming "Batman / Superman" movie where she'll star alongside Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill.

Not familiar with Gadot?

Here's everything you need to know about Warner Bros.' future Amazonian Princess.

Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model.

She won Miss Israel in 2004.



Don't worry about whether she can play a tough female lead. Gadot served in the Israeli Army for two years in the Israel Defense Forces.



She's a motorcycle chick ...

 Gadot owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R.



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QUAALUDES, HOOKERS, AND PENNY STOCKS: 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' Is Epic

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"The Wolf of Wall Street" is going to be a monstrous hit. 

It is the kind of movie that will inspire (mostly) men of a certain age (I am guessing 15 to 55) to memorize scenes and forever trade their favorite lines over and over. I won't give any of them away. But this movie will enter the pantheon of Martin Scorsese classics like "Goodfellas" and "The Departed."

I was lucky enough to see a screening at the Director's Guild Theater on 57th Street on Thursday night. This is not a movie review.

Just an early heads-up that this movie is epic. And it will be huge. 

Leonardo DiCaprio compares "The Wolf of Wall Street" to a "modern-day Caligula"in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. And he's not far off. There's gratuitous t&a. So much so that my wife Natasha asked me why there were so many orgy scenes. I didn't have a good answer. There's so much nudity and sex that I was surprised to learn that the film had EVEN MORE in an earlier version  but additional sex scenes were cut to avoid an NC-17 rating. So prepare yourself for flesh.

Then there are the drugs.

From Quaaludes to cocaine, crack and booze  the drug scenes are exquisitely staged. Drug use fuels the whole movie, especially 'ludes. DiCaprio's Jordan Belfort character (the movie is based on Belfort's memoir of the same name) seems to thrive on 'ludes  a tranquilizer that you'd be hard-pressed to find in the U.S. today. But the drugs act as a fuse for all of the Wall Street selling that Belfort oversees at his firm in the late 1980s and early '90s.

The movie is also incredibly long. I am going to guess that the cut we saw was almost 3 hours. 

There's more to this movie though than sex, drugs and 165 minutes.

DiCaprio revels in his role as Belfort  a cult-like figure who inspires his sales team to unload crappy penny stocks to unwitting buyers. There's a scene at a country club that will forever be associated with the Great Actor Leo. He is so convincing that the audience last night didn't know whether to laugh. I couldn't. But many people did. 

And Jonah Hill  in the role of Belfort's business partner — plays it straight, to a point, and is memorable as soon as he comes on screen. He kills it in his second, third, and fourth scenes too. 

Surprisingly, it's less a movie about Wall Street and more about salesmen, posing as brokers. (And I mean men. Hundreds of them. Women are few and far between unless they're naked.) They happen to be selling penny stocks, but might as well be selling fake real estate plots. Or encyclopedias. They are selling. Period. Because people want to buy. 

Scorsese focuses hard on all the big-time sins: greed, gluttony, lust, envy and pride. Add it all up and it makes it hard to look away.

Wall Street will be pleased.

The film will be released on Christmas Day. (You should all go see it.)

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More 'Indiana Jones' Movies Are Coming!

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Disney has acquired the rights from Paramount Pictures for the future of the Indiana Jones franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

You know what that means?

More Indy films are on the way!

Disney hasn't announced a new film yet, but the deal has Paramount continuing to receive compensation for future movies.

Disney originally retained rights for the Indiana Jones property when buying Lucasfilm last October for $4 billion.

Paramount will still retain all rights for the first four "Indiana Jones" installments.

More to come ...

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There Are 8 Movies Coming Out Christmas Day — Here's Which Ones You Should See

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December is a BIG movie month.

For those heading out to theaters on Christmas, there are eight movies coming out. Of those, four are big wide releases. 

Not sure what to see? We've broken down which films are worth watching for everyone.

1. Skip: "47 Ronin"

keanu reeves 47 roninWhat it's about: Reeves swings around a sword as a samurai as he leads an army of 47 warriors to avenge the death of their master.

The only reason to see it: Keanu Reeves.

It's the actor's return front and center in a big-budget film for the first time in 10 years.

Why you should pass: 

We love Reeves, but after some thought, we're not convinced from the trailers this looks like a great film. Maybe it's the monstrous woman turning into a cheesy-looking CGI dragon, maybe it's the fact the film has a tumultuous production story — it's been pushed back since Nov. 2012 with a budget estimated at $225 million— either way, both leave us hesitant.

At the least, you should check out the graphic novel.

Worth noting: Since his time away on screen — his lastbig films were in 2003 — Reeves has become Internet famous gaining traction for viral meme Sad Keanu.

The once-Matrix actor really resonates with fans and no matter how bad this movie may be it may very well end up surprising at the box office despite all the competition.

2. Run out and see: "The Wolf of Wall Street"

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What it's about: Leonardo DiCaprio is back as another wealthy socialite, this time as crooked stockbroker Jordan Belfort.

Why this is a must-see: 

Other than the sex, drugs, and over-the-top wild parties on screen?

1. This "Anything for the Oscar" GIF of Leonardo DiCaprio

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This is DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese's fifth time working together on a film. Despite DiCaprio's two Oscar nominations for Best Actor, he has yet to win an Academy Award.

2. Early reviews, including one from our Executive Producer Justin Maiman, are raving about the performances.

3. If that isn't enough, our own Linette Lopez got her hands on the script for the film last year and picked out the 15 scenes she can't wait to see.

3. Overrated: "Grudge Match"

grudge match robert de niro sylvester stalloneWhat it's about: Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone are returning to the boxing ring to go a few rounds for the title of top boxer.

Why to watch: The addition of Kevin Hart for comic relief may be the only saving grace to an otherwise campy film that seems outdated and unnecessary. 

Why to pass: Do you really want to watch "Rocky" vs. "Raging Bull"? We're not sure how many crowds of audiences have been saying they want to see such this "epic" fight onscreen.

How many other films with two older actors trying to recapture the spotlight have you seen do well this year? ("The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" with Jim Carrey and "Escape Plan" with Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are a two examples that come to mind.)

This isn't something like "The Avengers" vs. "The Justice League" that may get fans all riled up.

4. Steer clear: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"

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What it's about: Based on the James Thurber book, Ben Stiller stars as a shy guy constantly lost in a daydream who finally goes on a big life adventure.

Who should see it: Fans of the book. Kristen Wiig / Stiller fans.

Why you should pass:

Collective early reviews for the film agree Mitty's dead on arrival with the adaptation lost in its own fantasy.

If we're being serious, between "American Hustle,""The Wolf of Wall Street," and this pick, we'd go with either of the former choices.

The four other movies out Christmas Day:

5. "August: Osage County": How can you go wrong with Meryl Streep AND Julia Roberts?A group of women come together for a family crisis. Ewan McGregor also stars in the film produced in part by George Clooney. Worth a watch.

6."Labor Day": Kate Winslet plays a mom who unknowingly gives a ride to an escaped convict (Josh Brolin). See it.

7. "Justin Bieber's Believe": A follow-up documentary to the singer's 2011 "Never Say Never" movie that teenage girls and "Beliebers" may want to check out, but that will probably get lost among all the other big releases. Skip.

8. "Walking With Dinosaurs 3D": Stick with Disney's animated flick, "Frozen." of is supposed to deliver a look at what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. The title sounds like the film is geared toward one demographic, but upon viewing the trailer it feels like a kid's film (a la "The Land Before Time"). Having 3D in the title doesn't do the film any favors as audiences often assume that means you must see the movie in that format. Skip.

Other films you'll want to check out:

Maybe you don't want to see any of those movies. 

There are a few other movies coming out RIGHT before the holidays you should consider:

Must-See: "American Hustle"

american hustleRelease date: December 20

After last year's Oscar winner, "Silver Linings Playbook," director David O. Russell is back with actors Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. This time Amy Adams and Christian Bale join as two con artists trying to take down corrupt politicians.

Early reviews for the film are saying this could very well be O. Russell's next big Oscar win.

For the diehard film fan: "Her"

her joaquin phoenixInitial release date: December 18

Need something a little more quirky? Look no farther than Spike Jones' romantic dramedy about a man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with an operating system (voiced by Scarlet Johansson).

For the Peter Jackson fan: "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

the hobbit martin freemanRelease date: December 13

Weren't a fan of the first film? The second of the trilogy should be the movie where the majority of the high-action takes place. 

Don't take our word for it, the majority of early reviews say the second installment is better than the first. 

Fans of Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") will appreciate him voicing the menacing dragon Smaug. "Lord of the Rings" fans will welcome back the return of Orlando Bloom as Legolas.

And yes, it looks like it will be in that high 48 frames per second frame rate.

For the Disney fan: "Saving Mr. Banks"

tom hanks saving mr banksRelease date: December 13

Love "Mary Poppins" or Walt Disney? This film will tell you how the legend himself brought the film to the big screen. If you thought you were signing up for a film about Disney himself, look elsewhere. You may not get the full (true) story of the adaptation but you will get strong performances from Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.

Must-watch comedy: "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues"

will ferrell christina applegate anchorman 2Release date: December 18

The news team reassembles!

Even if the movie's bad — and with all of the marketing oversaturation lately it very well could be — it won't matter. Fans have been waiting for nearly a decade to see Ron Burgundy reunite with the Channel 4 News team. And great Odin's raven are there a number of cameos — Tina Fey, Jim Carrey, Harrison Ford, and more. If it's the last thing we do, we'll be seeing this sequel — for better or worse.

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Christian Bale's 'Out Of The Furnace' Bombs—Here's Your Box-Office Roundup

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Christian Bale got scorched without his Batsuit.

His new film "Out of the Furnace," a revenge story starring Woody Harrelson and Willem Dafoe, made lower than estimates ranging from $7-$9 million.

Granted, the week following Thanksgiving is usually a slow one at the box office and ratings for the Relativity film weren't great (pretty sour?)

However, only the "Hunger Games" sequel and Disney's "Frozen" managed to earn more than $6 million.

Before the onslaught of December film releases, this weekend was pretty slow overall with Morgan Freeman's "Hangover"-esque "Last Vegas" out of the top 10 after six weeks and "Black Nativity" dropping out in week two.

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

10. Matthew McConaughey's "Dallas Buyers Club" moved up two spots to make it into the top ten with $1.5 million. The Focus Features film also starring Jennifer Garner which has been out for six weeks has made $12 million to date.

9. Weinstein film "Philomena" starring Judi Dench drops one spot this week earning $2.8 million. The film, about a mother forced to give up her child, is making a majority of its $24 million overseas ($16 million).

8. After a month in theaters, "The Best Man Holiday" finally falls four notches with $2.67 million. The Universal sequel which cost an estimated $17 million to produce has brought in a big $67.6 million.

7. Fox's adaptation of "The Book Thief" starring Geoffrey Rush added another $2.7 million to its $12 million haul.

6. Jason Statham's movie "Homefront" dropped one place from last week with $3.4 million. The film, which cost an estimated $22 million to make has made $15.3 million worldwide.

5. Surprisingly, Disney's "Delivery Man" with Vince Vaughn actually moved up one spot since last week with $3.8 million. The film's premise about a sperm donor having upwards of 500 children is nothing short of absurd. Yet, it has managed to come back from a poor opening weekend ($7.9 million) to make $26 million worldwide — on par with the film's production budget.

4. "Thor: The Dark World" continues to ride the top of the box office with another $4.7 million. The Chris Hemsworth "Avengers" film passed a milestone last week crossing $600 million worldwide at the box office. 

3. Christian Bale's "Out of the Furnace" disappointed with $5.3 million. The film, also starring Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, and Woody Harrelson cost an estimated $22 million. Bale's not as big of a draw when he's not in the Batsuit. Not that this film was expected to make tens of millions upon opening. To be honest, it was easy for this film to get lost among the myriad of films coming out in the coming weeks. Bale will be back with Oscar film "American Hustle" at the end of the month.

2. After two weeks ruling theaters, the girl on fire gets iced. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" made $27 million in its third week. In that time, the Jennifer Lawrence-fueled franchise has made a huge $673 million worldwide. Worth noting that the film is performing as well overseas as it is at home — right down the middle in fact ($336 million). It took until the first film's fourth week to hit that point.

1. "Frozen" holds strong for a second week with $31.6 million. Overall, the film has made $190.2 million ($134 million domestic). That's way ahead of 2010's "Tangled"second weekend ($21.6 million / $96 million domestic), and slightly less than "Wreck-It Ralph" ($33 million). However, "Wreck-It Ralph" hadn't crossed $100 million domestic at this point.

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Warner Bros. Releases Creepy Teaser Trailers For 'Godzilla' Remake

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In case you didn't know, Warner Bros. is rebooting the "Godzilla" franchise next summer.

Before you groan, you should know Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") will be in it. Is your interest piqued a bit now?

The first trailer for next summer's film is out tomorrow and ahead of its debut, Warner Bros. has launched a viral site for the movie complete with teasers and clues about the mysterious monster.

"Godzilla" is being directed by Gareth Edwards, who's known for 2010's sci-fi flick "Monsters." Elizabeth Olsen will also star.

The two videos don't offer much at all.

You can check out the viral website here.

You'll want to keep an eye on this YouTube account — Mutoresearch— for new videos.

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The ‘X-Men’ Movies Are Taking A Big Risk By Introducing One Of Their Weirdest Villains

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There’s no question that the X-Men concept has proven to be one of the most successful ever created in comic book and superhero history.

The mutant origin of their powers allows creators to come up with countless new heroes and villains, without the need to keep coming up with origin stories to explain away where they’re all coming from.

The parallels between regular people’s fear of mutants and racism, and the main characters of the X-Men mythos and iconic civil rights leaders, allow every X-Men story told to be easily layered with metaphors and themes that elevate them above just being action stories where beings with super powers beat on each other and try to take over the world.

In any good X-Men story Professor Xavier takes on the role of Martin Luther King Jr., striving toward a peaceful coexistence for all men, Magneto takes on the role of Malcolm X, fighting for a place for him and people like him at the global table, and things like robotic sentinels and shady government organizations meant to control mutants take on the role of the Nazis, oppressive regimes, and hate groups of the world, who threaten to ruin everyone’s lives with their spreading of fear, hatred, and violence.

It’s a solid setup that makes it so easy to write solid stories, that X-Men comics have consistently been some of the most popular on comic book shop shelves for decades now.

That popularity can be a bit of a double-edged sword though, because more sales leads to more spinoff books, and writers get to a point where there’s only so many civil rights stories about the X-Men battling Magneto or the X-Men battling some new anti-mutant hate group they can tell.

When there’s eight or nine X-Men books being published at any given time, it becomes necessary for writers to expand that world out more, to come up with different kinds of stories that can be told with these characters, and that’s when things inevitably start to get a little weird, convoluted, and lame—a direction that Fox’s X-Men movies may now be heading in.

The golden period for X-Men comics is generally accepted as starting when Chris Claremont took over writing the series in the mid 70s.

He had a distinct voice, told sweeping stories (like the ‘Days of Future Past’ tale that Fox is next adapting), and added a soap opera element to the tales of Marvel’s resident mutants. By the time the 80s rolled around, Claremont’s formula had worked so well that X-Men books were far outselling all other comics, and a rash of spinoff titles started getting created.

Around this time X-Men stories went from looking like traditional superhero stories that anyone could get into—the sort of stories that Fox has adapted into their movies so far—to looking like a complex and convoluted mess of time travel confusions, alternate dimension weirdness, and clones. Lots of clones.

The characters being introduced into the series went from simple, straightforward conceptions like a guy who controlled magnetism named Magneto and a guy with big sharp teeth named Sabretooth to weirder looking dudes with confusing powers and complicated origin stories as well.

Probably the weirdest and most confusing of these new characters was Apocalypse, an immortal and supposedly all-powerful mutant who seems to be the character Fox and producer/director Bryan Singer are going to be building the X-Men movie following Days of Future Past around. The big news comes from a Bryan Singer tweet, which simply read:

To follow up on that news, distributors started to let it slip that Fox had confirmed to them that their next X-Men venture is officially going to be called X-Men: Apocalypse, and it’s currently scheduled to be released on May 27, 2016.

While a title and a release date is all that we currently know about this next X-Men movie for sure, Bleeding Cool seems to have been snooping around the production for a while, and they’ve talked to people who claim that the film is indeed going to feature the character of Apocalypse as its villain, and it is indeed going to serve as a direct sequel that spins out of the events of Days of Future Past.

While this news has generally been met with enthusiasm across the Internet, the inclusion of Apocalypse as a movie villain scares me a bit, and it scares me for a few reasons. 

First of all, Apocalypse is a lame villain because he just looks dumb. What is he? He’s a big metal guy who’s generally blue or purple, who has a big A on his belt, who has tubes connecting his back to his elbows for… some reason, and who has big goofy lips that generally make him look simple, or sometimes like he has to take a poop.

Why? Seeing as Singer and company have already told a handful of Magneto and anti-mutant hate group stories, it was inevitable that their movies were eventually going to have to expand out to include some more recent X-Men villains, but did they have to pick Apocalypse?

One of the big problems directors who make comic book movies always face is that things that look acceptable or even cool when drawn on the page often look ridiculous when they’re brought to life on the screen. It’s the sort of problem that leads to the X-Men wearing black leather instead of yellow spandex, or the Rhino character being a guy in a mechanical suit instead of an actual rhino man in the next Amazing Spider-Man movie.

If Apocalypse already looks this dumb when he’s drawn on the comic book page, how in the heck are they going to make him remotely presentable on the big screen?

The second problem with the character is his powers, which are so immense and so ill-defined that they generally encompass whatever the writer needs them to in any given moment, giving everything that he does a sort-of deus ex machina lameness. If you’re going to tell stories in science fiction or fantasy worlds, it’s important to establish clear rules to your world so that your viewer knows what is and isn’t possible. That way your action can include tension and suspense.

Apocalypse throws all tension out the window. He can shape change, he’s invulnerable, he’s super strong, he can shoot laser blasts, he can sometimes fly, he can sometimes teleport. He also has the constant fortune of “finding alien technology,” which generally gives him the ability to do anything else the writer might not have thought to have him do the last time he was around. Most of the time he’s portrayed as being so powerful that he can’t even be touched, until the story needs him to be beat, and then suddenly he isn’t.

Here’s a picture of him slithering around like a snake and turning his arms into hammers.

That ability of Apocalypse to be whatever the writer wants him to be (you know, because he’s so poorly thought out in concept) points to the real reason adding Apocalypse as the villain of an X-Men movie is dangerous though—the silliness of his conception inevitably leads to all of his stories being inherently silly.

He’s sold as the ultimate X-Men villain, the unbeatable immortal who they’ll never be able to defeat, but his appearances fail to carry any of that dramatic weight because he always loses. He’s said to be the first mutant, a guy named En Sabah Nur who’s been around since ancient Egypt, which means that he’s been trying to take over the world and institute his person doctrine of survival of the fittest for thousands of years now, and he still hasn’t been able to get the job done!

Apocalypse X MenTheoretically, humans armed with swords and arrows have stopped him in the past. If his origin as established is to be believed, then apparently he was taken down at some point by a musket. What good does that make all of his super powers and advanced alien technology, and why should we believe the X-Men would have any problem handling him?

The silver lining to all of this is that there was one cool Apocalypse story that used the character right, and, due to the context clues available, a lot of fans are assuming that it’s the one that’s going to be used for the X-Men: Apocalypse movie. The story was called ‘The Age of Apocalypse,’ and it was about Charles Xavier’s crazy son going back in time and accidentally killing him before he could form the X-Men.

The effect this had in the story was that the X-Men never existed, so they were never able to stop Apocalypse’s rise to power, so now our present is a horrifying dystopia not unlike the alternate 1985 in which Biff Tannen is the super-rich ruler of Hill Valley.

In this story Apocalypse rules the world, which is now full of ravaged and desolate landscapes. Mutants are his army, humans are kept in concentration camps, and even some of the most heroic of the X-Men have been turned villainous because of the environment in which they were born and raised.

Finally, in ’The Age of Apocalypse,’ all of that infinite power the Apocalypse character has actually means something. Finally, his threats to take over the world and remold it into his own dark vision can be taken seriously and have some weight.

Up to this point it was looking like making an Apocalypse story that was actually good would be an impossibility, but by completely destroying and remaking the world in which they told their stories the X-Men writers cracked the code.

While it’s a bit scary to see that the X-Men movies are now moving into the time travel and alternate reality stories that eventually made the X-Men comics a mess, it’s heartening to see that they at least have the good sense to stick to the crazier stories that were actually good, like ‘Days of Future Past’ and, possibly, ‘The Age of Apocalypse.’ If Singer has plans to create an end of the world film that’s as dark and twisted as the ‘Age of Apocalypse’ comic books were, and he’s given the budget to make the new world expansive and immersive, then we could all be in for a real treat.

But if his plans are to tell pretty much any other story featuring the Apocalypse character, then God help us all. Focusing on that big blue idiot could result in an X-Men sequel that makes the Brett Ratner one look good in comparison.

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