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‘Transporter Legacy’ Set for U.S. Release on March 6

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“The Transporter Legacy,” the launch film of EuropaCorp’s action trilogy, will be released in North America on March 6 through newly launched EuropaCorp USA. Variety first reported in February that “Game of Thrones” actor Ed Skrein (pictured above) would succeed Jason Statham in the reboot of the “Transporter” franchise. Also starring are Loan Chabanal, Radivoje Bukvic, Gabriella… Read more »

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Orbits $100 Million at Box Office

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The opening day of Marvel-Disney’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” has demolished forecasts — so much so that it may reach the iconic $100 million mark in its first weekend. Late Friday afternoon estimates placed the new superhero tentpole’s debut at approximately $95 million, the best ever for the month of August, with Friday estimates ranging… Read more »

Jeff Bridges Saluted by AARP for His End-Hunger Work

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At a Spago luncheon on Friday, the conversation touched upon moviegoing demographics, the new film “The Giver” and the importance of branding — but the key talking point was solutions to hunger. AARP threw the event to honor Jeff Bridges, the cover subject of the org’s August/September issue. The story is tied to the Weinstein… Read more »

Teen Choice Awards to Change Venue After UCLA Flood

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This year’s Teen Choice Awards has been forced to change venues after water flooded Pauly Pavilion near UCLA earlier this week. The show, set for Aug. 10 on Fox, will move to the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, according to the show’s producers. “We wish the best to the team at UCLA as they begin… Read more »

Maxine Waters, Other Lawmakers Press FCC for Diversity in Merger Reviews

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and 51 other lawmakers, including members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are pressing the FCC to ensure that upcoming mergers include  “enforceable commitments” to boost media ownership, programming, advertising and other opportunities for women and minorities. The letter cited the proposed mergers of Time Warner Cable and Comcast, and of AT&T… Read more »

Noel Black, Director of Cult Hit ‘Pretty Poison,’ Dies at 77

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Noel Black, who directed the 1968 black comedy “Pretty Poison,” a cult hit despite a diverse critical response, died of bacterial pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. on July 5. He was 77. Starring Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, “Pretty Poison” was adapted by Lorenzo Semple Jr. from Stephen Geller’s novel “She Let… Read more »

Bill Murray to Voice Baloo the Bear in ‘The Jungle Book’

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Bill Murray has joined the cast of Disney’s “The Jungle Book” as the voice of Baloo the Bear. Previously announced cast include Christopher Walken as King Louie, Giancarlo Esposito as Akela, Ben Kingsley and Lupita Nyong’o as Bagheera and Raksha, respectively; Idris Elba as Shere Khan; Scarlett Johansson as Kaa; and newcomer Neel Sethi as… Read more »

Theater Surprises ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Fans with Wrong ‘Guardians’ Movie

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Fans of “Guardians of the Galaxy” were surprised to find themselves watching “Rise of the Guardians” instead of the new Marvel film Thursday night. Regal Entertainment Group remained silent on its mishap, which caught moviegoers at two different theaters by surprise when they saw “Rise of the Guardians,” the 2012 animated feature from DreamWorks Animation,… Read more »

Q&A: ‘Guardians’ Director Calls New, Big Budget Career in Hollywood ‘Orgasmic’

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Early in his prolific career, James Gunn penned the screenplay for “The Specials,” a movie centering on the sixth or seventh most popular superheroes in the world. He has now come full circle as the writer-director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” also about a group of oddballs–an orphan, two aliens bent on a revenge, a… Read more »