Apparently, it’s hard to keep a good soldier (and movie!) down: Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought in an estimated $9.57 million for Disney/Marvel on Friday night, keeping it in the top spot for its third week in release. The movie — directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and starring Chris Evans as the ever-likeable Steve Rogers — has been well-received by critics and audiences (it has an A Cinemascore) and is on pace to cross the magic $200 million mark this weekend.
Another holdover from a previous weekend, Rio 2 — which sees those chatty blue macaws (voiced by Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg) leave the city for a trip to the Amazon — took in $9.2 million. The holiday weekend may help fluff this film’s feathers.
In an ongoing trend of movies that the industry did not see coming, TriStar Pictures’ Heaven Is for Real — the faith-based drama based on the best-selling book by Pastor Todd Burpo and starring Greg Kinnear as a man whose son says he saw Heaven while unconscious during an operation — earned $7.85 million on Friday from 2,417 locations. Since debuting on Wednesday, it’s made $14.9 million and has an A CinemaScore. Seems very likely it will be following other recent faith-based hits such as God’s Not Dead and Son of God.
Unfortunately, the opening weekend of Transcendence was much more of a downer. This techno-thriller has an awful lot going for it. There’s the stellar cast — Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, and Kate Mara — and the director, Wally Pfister, is Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer. But audiences didn’t turn out for this story about a scientist (Depp) who has spent a large chunk of his career working on a top-secret sentient computer (yeah, no, this ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
The White House has refused to comment on a petition to have Justin Bieber deported.
Nearly 275,000 people have signed an internet petition demanding the Canadian singer's green card be revoked.
White House officials are typically expected to respond to petitions totalling more than 100,000 signatures, reports Sky News.
However, it is able to decline certain petitions under terms of its 'We The People' programme.
"Thanks for your petition and your participation in We the People. Sorry to disappoint, but we won't be commenting on this one," reads a White House statement.
"So we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr Bieber's case, but we're glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken."
Justin Bieber recently made a surprise appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival to perform with Chance The Rapper.
Bieber danced at the close of the set while wearing a white bucket hat and a black T-shirt.
Jack White has broken a world record for fastest studio-to-store release with a time of just under four hours.
White's label Third Man Records announced that the singer had set out for the history-making feat earlier today (April 19) in honour of Record Store Day.
White started the live recording session shortly after 10am ET on stage at the Blue Room in Nashville.
He was backed by a band featuring Fats Kaplin and Daru Jones and recorded two tracks - 'Lazaretto' and a B-side cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 song 'Power of My Love'.
It was then pressed, assembled and made available for sale in stores with the count stopping at 3.55. White personally delivered and sold the records in stores.
Third Man Records posted on Twitter: "TIME!!! One small 7" for man, one great record for mankind! #worldsfastestrecord #RSD14 #thirdmanrecords #jackwhite
Earlier this month, White revealed his attempt to break a Guinness World Record by recording and releasing his track 'Lazaretto' on the same day to celebrate International Record Store Day today (April 19).
'Lazaretto' is also the title track for White's upcoming solo album.
Samuel L Jackson and Michael Madsen have taken part in a reading of Quentin Tarantino's axed script The Hateful Eight.
Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Amber Tamblyn also took part in the event in Los Angeles.
The drama apparently sees a mismatched group of outlaws stranded in a saloon after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route.
Django Unchained star Jackson and Death Proof's Russell played a pair of duelling bounty hunters while Reservoir Dogs actor Madsen read the part of a cowboy.
According to BBC News, Tarantino told the audience of 1,200 that he was still working on a second draft of the script.
The one-off reading was attended by film mogul Harvey Weinstein and X-Men writer David Hayter.
The Hateful Eight was tipped to be the director's next Western movie, but Tarantino was shelved the project after the script was leaked in January.
At the time, Tarantino said he was "very, very depressed" about the incident, adding that the "betrayal" has left him with "no desire" to make the film.
Zack Snyder has spoken about how Batman ended up being included in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
Ben Affleck will play a new incarnation of Bruce Wayne in the Batman vs Superman project, with Henry Cavill returning as Superman.
Director Snyder explained to Forbes that he "subtly" mentioned the idea of Batman facing off against Superman in the film to producers.
He said: "I gotta be honest, it definitely was a thing that… after Man of Steel finished and we started talking about what would be in the next movie, I started subtly mentioning that it would be cool if he faced Batman. In the first meeting, it was like, 'Maybe Batman?'
"Maybe at the end of the second movie, some Kryptonite gets delivered to Bruce Wayne's house or something. Like in a cryptic way, that's the first time we see him. But then, once you say it out loud, right? You're in a story meeting talking about, like, who should [Superman] fight if he fought this giant alien threat Zod who was basically his equal physically, from his planet, fighting on our turf… You know, who to fight next?
"The problem is, once you say it out loud, then it's kind of hard to go back, right? Once you say, 'What about Batman?' then you realise, 'Okay, that's a cool idea. What else?' I mean, what do you say after that?"
He continued: "But I'm not gonna say at all that when I took the job to do Man of Steel that I did it in a subversive way to get to Batman. I really believe that only after contemplating who could face [Superman] did Batman come into the picture."
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Apr 18 2014
The airdate for the 87th annual Academy Awards has been announced by ABC.
Hollywood's biggest night will be held next year on Sunday, February 22 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Centre in Los Angeles.
The ceremony is slated to begin at 7pm ET/4pm PT on that night.
No host has been announced yet for the 2015 Oscars ceremony.
This year's host Ellen DeGeneres made headlines during the telecast for ordering a pizza for the nominees and taking a star-studded selfie that broke social media records.
The very first Academy Awards were held in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
Apr 18 2014
Korn have paid tribute to their former guitarist Shane Gibson, who has died aged 35.
Touring musician Gibson passed away on April 15, due to a blood-clotting disorder.
Gibson played with the metal band on tour from 2007 to 2010, following Brian 'Head' Welch's departure.
On their Facebook page, Korn stated: "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shane Gibson's friends, fans and family following the passing of our dear friend.
"Shane Gibson was Korn's touring guitarist from 2007 to 2010 and a member of Jonathan Davis' solo band, The SFA's. He will be greatly missed."
Welch wrote: "I've never had the pleasure of meeting Shane, but I'm honoured he was able to fill my spot after I left Korn. He was an amazing guitarist. Hopefully we can jam together in the next life. RIP brother."
Jonathan Davis and James 'Munky' Shaffer also paid tribute to the guitarist on their respective pages.
Gibson's most recent band stOrk also paid tribute, stating: "It is with deepest sadness and regret that we must confirm that St0rk founding member and lead guitarist Shane Paul Gibson passed away at 5.45am on April 15th, 2014 in the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama as a result of complications from a blood clotting disorder. He was 35-years-old.
"Shane was one of the best guitar players the world has ever known, and his virtuosity was matched only by his wit and generosity of spirit. He will be missed beyond measure.
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those who loved him as much as we did."
Acclaimed author and screenwriter Gabriel García Márquez has died, aged 87.
A spokesperson for Márquez's family confirmed to The AP that the Colombian writer died today (April 17) in Mexico City.
He had been hospitalised in March for urinary tract and lung infections.
Márquez is credited with popularising the literary style known as magic realism, and in 1982 was honoured with the Nobel Prize in Literature.
One Hundred Years of Solitude and Autumn of the Patriarch were among his most well-known works.
The 1985 book Love in the Time of Cholera was adapted into a critically-acclaimed feature film in recent years by director Mike Newell. Javier Bardem starred in the movie adaptation.
Márquez also worked as a screenwriter on the movies Tiempo de morir and A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.
The author was married to Mercedes Barcha, with whom he had two sons.
Meryl Streep has accepted an honorary degree from Indiana University.
The Oscar-winning actress offered some words of advice at a filmmaker lecture at IU's Bloomington campus, reports The Herald-Times.
She told young women to worry less about their weight, which she believes people spend too much time obsessing over.
Streep advised the audience to celebrate "what makes you strange" and realise it is those things which get you noticed in the world.
Streep's husband, sculptor Don Gummer, is an Indianapolis native and studied at IU's art school.
The actress has been filming Suffragette, in which she will appear as Emmeline Pankhurst in 2015.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier has passed $500 million (£297 million) in its worldwide box office gross.
The Chris Evans-starring Marvel Studios film has far surpassed its 2011 predecessor The First Avenger.
It has currently grossed over $502 million (£299 million), including $167 million (£99 million) in the US and $335 million (£199 million) in other territories, according to Box Office Mojo figures.
This includes $80 million (£48 million) at China's box office alone.
Captain America: The First Avenger grossed a total of $370 million (£220 million) - $193 million (£115 million) outside the US.
Last year's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World sequels similarly outperformed their heroes' previous outings.
2012's Avengers is currently the third-highest grossing international film of all time.