With Hollywood focused on the Oscars, this was one of the dullest box office weekends in recent memory, with each of the new releases arriving with a shrug, last week's champions plummeting and 'Identity Thief' climbing back to the top of the chart.
David O. Russell's 'Silver Linings Playbook' was the big winner at this year's Independent Spirit Awards, taking home four awards including Best Feature. Of course, the debate asking why a mainstream, star-studded box office smash beat out the actual indie fare at the Independent Spirit Awards, but that's a conversation for another time. Check out the rest of winners below!
Normally, the Best Short Film awards at the Oscars are a great opportunity to go the kitchen to grab a beer. After all, you probably haven't seen these films and don't have much invested in who's winning or losing (unless you're the gambling type). That changed this year when all of the animated short film and live action short film nominees made their way online, letting anyone watch them for free. But then the animated nominees vanished from YouTube this past week. What happened?
'Identity Thief' has been in theaters for less than two weeks and it's already grossed $76 million at the box office, an enormous amount for a modestly budgeted comedy with a known but untested leading lady. Although critics haven't been as kind as audiences, $100 million is a sure thing at this point and we wouldn't rule out $150 million if March is kind to it. So of course Universal has already thought about an 'Identity Thief 2.' They probably thought about it two weeks ago.
'Star Wars: Episode 7' is still a few years away, but it's all the internet can talk about...even though everyone knows nothing about it. In that way, it's kinda comforting to know that Luke Skywalker himself is just as much in the dark as the rest of us! Although the one and only Mark Hamill can't provide us with any hard data on the upcoming 'Star Wars' adventure, he unleashed his two cents on the entire project into the internet.
A new international trailer and TV spot for the long-delayed/eagerly anticipated 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' have appeared online and you can watch them below...but first, let's address the question asked in the headline at the top of this article. The answer is that there is never too many ninjas. Ever. Especially when they're sword fighting while rappelling off the side of a mountain. And there seem to be a lot of ninjas in this movie.
How is it that 'Star Trek Into Darkness' is only a few months away and we still don't know the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch's mysterious, trenchcoat-wearing villain? Despite the fact that we know absolutely nothing about him (aside from the fact that he means to do great harm to the crew of the Enterprise), he's been at the center of the film's marketing, including a brand new motion poster that you can check out below.
With the release of 'Iron Man 3' only a few months away, Marvel has begun rolling out various posters showcasing the highly anticipated film's robust supporting cast. Last week, we got a look at Don Cheadle in his Iron Patriot armor and today, we have a poster starring Guy Pearce, whose Aldrich Killian is still a big question mark. Check it out below!
Another awards ceremony, another victory lap for Ben Affleck's 'Argo'! If it doesn't scoop up Best Picture at the Oscars next week, there are going to be a lot of very confused bookies. The latest accolade for the critically acclaimed crowd-pleaser comes courtesy of the Writer's Guild of America, who awarded screenwriter Chris Terrio the trophy for Best Adapted Screenplay.
In retrospect, it's easy to say "Of course the new 'Die hard' movie was going to open at number one at the box office!" but you can bet Bruce Willis and company were a little worried. After all, 'A Good Day to Die Hard' opened in the wake of the failure of 'The Last Stand,' 'Parker' and 'Bullet to the Head,' three other macho, R-rated movies starring modern action icons. However, the strength of the 'Die Hard' brand seems to have broken that trend: John McClane's fifth outing made $25 million over the weekend.
Saturday Night Live doesn't often tackle religion, but when it rains, it pours! You may have already seen the instantly viral 'Djesus Uncrossed,' but have you seen the fake advertisement for a service that assists Popes with their retirement plans? It manages to combine relevant comedy with a spot-on commercial parody, effectively killing two SNL birds with one stone. Check it out below.
With 'Inglourious Basterds' and 'Django Unchained' star Christoph Waltz hosting, it was inevitable that last night's Saturday Night Live would contain some kind of Quentin Tarantino parody...and oh boy, did they deliver in the most offensively hilarious way possible. There's no reason for Tarantino to make a third historical revenge film now -- SNL has done it for him with 'Djesus Uncrossed.'
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