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Captain America: Winter Soldier sets April record with $96 million

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is the biggest April opener ever, with an estimated $96.2 million its first weekend. It averaged $24,429 per location, according to early numbers from Rentrak. 
 
Here are the top 10:
 
1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — $96,200,000.
2. “Noah” — $17,000,000, for $72,341,161 so far. 
3. “Divergent” — $13,000,000, bumping its North American gross to $114,029,140
4. “God's Not Dead” — $7,725,685, for $32,520,000 to date. 
5. “Grand Budapest Hotel” — $6,300,000, or $33,380,427 since limited release. 
6. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $6,285,000, for $42,142,000 since release.
7. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” — $5,300,000, bringing its total to $102,201,925.
8. “Sabotage” — $1,908,000, for $8,766,585 to date. 
9. “Need for Speed” — $1,836,000, bumping its gross to $40,839,000.
10. “Non-Stop” — $1,827,440, for $88,138,230 since release. 
 
“Noah,” by the way, has benefited from a group called Campus Crusade for Christ,  which gave away thousands of movie tickets to  “Noah” to college students who wanted to take a non-religious friend to see the movie and talk about its themes.
 
Interested students, including those at the University of Pittsburgh, were invited to visit a designated website to register. They then received a redemption code for two tickets through Fandango.com.
 
No one connected to the movie knew how many Pitt students took advantage of the offer. The collegiate ministry was founded in 1951.Noah2
 
 

 

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Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o newest face of Lancome

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From the Associated Press, further confirmation that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o ("12 Years a Slave") is here to stay:  
 
NEW YORK (AP) — The fashion and beauty industry’s love affair with Lupita Nyong’o continues: The Oscar winner has been named the new face for Lancome.
 
The Mexican-born Kenyan will be the first black ambassador for the brand, which features Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penelope Cruz and Lily Collins as spokeswomen. In a statement Friday, Nyong’o said she was proud to represent Lancome, adding “beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman’s freedom to be herself.”
 
It’s the first major endorsement deal for the 31-year-old, who won the best-supporting Oscar for her role in “12 Years a Slave.” Her striking beauty and fashion sense made her the It Girl for the Hollywood awards season.
 
Lancome ads featuring Nyong’o will start appearing this summer.
 
Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o enjoys the Governors Ball with her father, Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o,  following the Oscars. Photo by Todd Wawrychuk / A.M.P.A.S.

 

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Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto join Superman-Batman movie

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Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey (shown above) and Tao Okamoto are joining the untitled Superman/Batman movie as characters newly created for the film. 
 
Warner Bros. made the announcement this afternoon about the Zack Snyder film. 
 
He said, in a press release:  “Holly has always been one of my favorite actresses; she has immense talent and is always captivating on screen.  I had an opportunity to meet her a while back and knew instantly that I had to work with her, so as we began writing the script I made sure to create a role specifically for her.”
 
The director added, “I just had the good fortune to work with Callan on ‘300: Rise of an Empire’ and was very impressed with his incredible talent. 
 
“He’s a fantastic actor and I’m looking forward to having the chance to work with him again.  And, quite simply, Tao is a striking presence whose beauty is aptly rivaled by her amazing abilities as an actress.  I’m really excited to have her joining us on this adventure.”
 
Australian-born Mulvey appeared in “Zero Dark Thirty” and is in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Ms. Okamoto was in “The Wolverine.” 
The film will star Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
 
Jesse Eisenberg will turn up as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and returning players will include Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. 
 
The movie is expected to open May 6, 2016.
 
The announcement was made by Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production, and Sue Kroll, president, worldwide marketing and international distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
 
 
Pictured:  Callan Mulvey at the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” premiere at the El Capitan Theatre on March 13 in Hollywood. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney.
 
 
 
 

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Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly in Paris for "Noah" premiere

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Russell Crowe will eventually get to Pittsburgh for “Fathers and Daughters.” 
 
He and Jennifer Connelly left London (see previous post) and went to Paris for the April 1 premiere of “Noah” at Cinema Gaumont Marignan.
 
 Photos by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International.
 

 

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"Noah" premieres in London March 31; Crowe, Jackman reunite

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jconnelly481975317BD00099 UK PremierIf you thought you saw Russell Crowe in a Pirate hat at the game today in Pittsburgh, you were mistaken. He and his castmates from “Noah” attended the UK premiere of the movie at the Odeon Leicester Square today (March 31). 
 
As you can see, Hugh Jackman -- who played Jean Valjean to Crowe’s Javert in “Les Miserables” -- turned out. 
 
Leading ladies Emma Watson, who plays Noah’s adopted daughter, and Jennifer Connelly, Noah’s wife, were on hand. 
 
The group shot below shows: 
(L to R) Logan Lerman, who is Noah’s middle son; singer Patti Smith; producer Scott Franklin; director Darren Aronofsky; Jennifer Connelly; Russell Crowe, Emma Watson; Ray Winstone, whose character is a descendant of Cain; and Douglas Booth, Noah’s eldest.
 
 
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Photos by Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures International. 
 

 

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