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Captain America hangs onto top spot

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captpster“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” held onto the top spot at the box office this weekend with a commanding $41 million.
 
That meant “Rio 2” still landed in second place with an estimated $39 million. 
 
Here are the early numbers, courtesy of Rentrak:
 
1. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” — $41,398,000, for $159,006,000 since release. 
2. “Rio 2” — $39,000,000.
3. “Oculus” — $12,000,000.
4. “Draft Day” — $9,750,000.
5. “Divergent” — $7,500,000, for $124,876,993 since release. 
6. “Noah” — $7,450,000, bringing its total to $84,871,635.
7. “God’s Not Dead” — $5,485,000 or $40,700,000 so far. 
8. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” — $4,050,000 or $39,469,555 to date.
9. “Muppets Most Wanted” — $2,193,000, for $45,670,000 so far. 
10. “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” — $1,825,000, for $105,214,979 since release.
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Jane Fonda now in movie mix for "Fathers and Daughters"

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janefondaosAmanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul are gone but Jane Fonda and Bruce Greenwood are here or due for their roles in “Fathers and Daughters,” the Russell Crowe movie shooting in Pittsburgh.

The cast is pretty spectacular, with Octavia Spencer, Diane Kruger and Quvenzhane Wallis also part of the story of the troubled relationship between widowed father and daughter.

Crowe plays a prize-winning novelist left to raise his young daughter alone after a fatal car accident. The narrative toggles between the 1980s and present day.

Gabriele Muccino, a native of Rome, Italy, is directing the screenplay by Brad Desch. Muccino also directed “The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith.

Photo of Jane Fonda from 2013 Oscars. By Matt Petit, A.M.P.A.S. 

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Allegiant split into 2 movies

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The “Divergent” trilogy is getting the “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” treatment. Lionsgate has announced it will split the third book in the series into two movies.

 

The second “Allegiant” film will open on March 24, 2017, which means Shailene Woodley (soon to be seen in “The Fault in Our Stars”) will be living with Beatrice or Tris Prior for a very long time.

 

“Divergent,” also starring Theo James, opened on March 21 and is still playing in theaters. “Insurgent,” based on the second book in the Veronica Roth series, is due in theaters March 20, 2015.

theojamesThe first “Allegiant” will arrive March 18, 2016 and the second a year later. After cataclysmic events in “Insurgent,” Tris and Four enter a dangerous new world in “Allegiant – Parts 1 & 2” that they no longer recognize. As new truths are revealed about the past and future, Tris must face impossible choices about courage, allegiance and love to protect the people closest to her.

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairmen Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger said in a statement: “Veronica Roth brings her captivating story to a masterful conclusion in ‘Allegiant,’ a rich, action-packed book with material that is ideally suited to two strong and fulfilling movies.

“The storytelling arc and world of the characters lend themselves perfectly to two films, a storytelling strategy that has worked very well for us on the two ‘Twilight Breaking Dawn’ films and about which we’re tremendously enthusiastic for the two upcoming ‘Mockingjay’films of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise.”

“The Hunger Games” and “The Twilight Saga” franchises have grossed more than $5 billion worldwide, with “Mockingjay –Parts 1 & 2” scheduled for Nov. 21, 2014, and Nov. 20, 2015.

Photos by Jaap Buitendijk, Summit Entertainment

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TCM to salute Mickey Rooney with movie marathon

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Turner Classic Movies to Present 24-Hour Marathon of Classic Mickey Rooney Performances Sunday, April 13
 
Here is part of the press release about the salute: 
 
natlvelvet - CopyTurner Classic Movies (TCM) is remembering screen legend Mickey Rooney with a multi-tiered tribute to the screen legend who passed away Sunday at the age of 93. 
 
The memorial tribute includes a 24-hour marathon of Rooney’s most iconic performances, airing on TCM this Sunday, April 13, beginning at 6 a.m. (ET). 
 
“Mickey Rooney was easily one of the most talented people in American show business,” said TCM host Robert Osborne. 
 
“Actor, singer, dancer, musician — he did it all. And what’s truly remarkable is that he did it so well for so long. 
 
“Mickey was also a great friend to the TCM community. In addition to enjoying his great performances in countless Hollywood classics, we’ve had the chance to get to know Mickey through is interviews on TCM and his appearances at the TCM Classic Film Festival and the TCM Classic Cruise. He was a priceless talent, and we will all miss him deeply.”
 
On TCM (check your cable listings) on Sunday, April 13:
 
6 a.m. — Broadway to Hollywood (1933)
7:30 a.m. — The Devil is a Sissy (1936)
9:15 a.m. — A Family Affair (1937)
10:30 a.m. — You’re Only Young Once (1938)
Noon — Captains Courageous (1937)
2 p.m. — The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
3:45 p.m. — The Human Comedy (1943)
6 p.m. — Killer McCoy (1947)
8 p.m. — Boys Town (1938)
10 p.m. — Men of Boys Town (1941)
Midnight — National Velvet (1944)
2:15 a.m. — Babes on Broadway (1941)
4:30 a.m. — A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1935)
  
 

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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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