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(CLONE) Amanda Knox Verdict: Italian Court Finds American Student Guilty Of Murders

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 2:21 PM

An Italian court has found Amanda Knox guilty of murder in her latest trial on Thursday, ABC reports.

This is the third trial for Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend, Rafaelle Sollecito, in the 2007 murder of Knox's British roommate, Meredith Kercher. An Italian court found Knox...

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Box Office: What's Behind the Disappointing Debut of Will Smith's 'After Earth'?

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Time was, not long ago, a Will Smith space epic like "After Earth" would have opened huge around the world on a July weekend, reconfirming his status as the biggest box office draw in the galaxy. Instead, "After Earth" opened in the shadow of a competitive Memorial Day holiday,

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'Finding Nemo' Turns 10: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Pixar's Classic Fish Tale

(3) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Hard to believe it's been a full 10 years since Disney and Pixar released "Finding Nemo" (on May 30, 2003). That means that you and your kids (or you and your parents) have watched it on DVD approximately, oh, seven bazillion times. Even among Pixar's stellar slate of movies, the...

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The Most Unlikely Actors in Disney Animated Features

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 12:11 PM

It's a little weird to watch a trailer for an upcoming Disney cartoon like "Planes" and hear among the characters the voice of Dane Cook. What's a typically adults-only comic like Cook doing in the G-rated world of a Disney animated feature?

Well, maybe it's not that weird. After all,...

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Box Office: What's Behind the Woozy Debut of 'The Hangover Part III'?

(2) Comments | Posted May 26, 2013 | 2:48 PM

It was supposed to be a close race. Ages ago, when Universal and Warner Bros. scheduled "Fast & Furious 6" and "The Hangover Part III" to open against each other on Memorial Day weekend 2013, it looked like an evenly-matched competition between two franchises chasing the same demographic, testosterone-addled young...

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'Return of the Jedi': 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Original 'Star Wars' Trilogy Finale

(35) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 3:09 PM

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... well, OK, 30 years ago (on May 25, 1983) in our own galaxy, came the theatrical release of "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi." The installment triumphantly wrapped up the "Star Wars" saga for all time. Or...

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Box Office: Is 'Star Trek Into Darkness' a Hit or a Miss?

(11) Comments | Posted May 19, 2013 | 3:21 PM

On paper, 'Star Trek Into Darkness' looks like a smash. It earned a starship-load of money, debuted at No. 1, and dethroned two-week box office champ "Iron Man 3." And yet, box office analysts think it underperformed, falling far short of the $100 million premiere they'd expected.

Are...

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'Star Trek' Movie Villains: Ranking the Best (and Worst)

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 2:53 PM

Much of the buzz surrounding the forthcoming "Star Trek Into Darkness" has centered on the new villain John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), a mysterious man who may have ties to familiar menaces from installments past. Which makes one realize that a "Star Trek" movie is often only as good...

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Box Office: Why Did People Stay Away From Tyler Perry's 'Peeples'?

(8) Comments | Posted May 12, 2013 | 2:05 PM

On paper, "Tyler Perry Presents Peeples" should have done decent business this weekend. Even though he didn't write or direct it, the meet-the-parents comedy had Perry's name on it as producer and promoter. It features two popular TV stars, Craig Robinson and Kerry Washington, in the leads. It's...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Most Memorable Death Scenes, From 'The Quick and the Dead' to 'Django Unchained'

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 3:19 PM

"The Great Gatsby" has been a staple on the high school and college syllabus for nearly a century, so it's probably not a big spoiler to remind you that Jay Gatsby dies near the end, shot to death in his swimming pool by George Wilson, who mistakenly blames Gatsby for...

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Box Office: Why Do Hollywood Blockbusters Like 'Iron Man 3' Open in the Rest of the World First?

(112) Comments | Posted May 5, 2013 | 2:14 PM

If you saw "Iron Man 3" in a North American theater this weekend and didn't have its major plot twist spoiled for you, consider yourself lucky. After all, people in nearly every movie market around the world got to see the movie a week before you did.

It's...

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Box Office: What Will Be Summer 2013's Biggest Hits and Misses?

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2013 | 1:50 PM

It doesn't take a brainiac like Tony Stark to predict that "Iron Man 3" will be one of the summer's biggest hits. All you have to do is look at the nearly $200 million it already earned in overseas markets this weekend. The movie's a certified smash even...

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'Valley Girl' Cast: Where Are They Now?

(27) Comments | Posted April 26, 2013 | 2:43 PM

"Valley Girl" could have (like) been a (totally) lame teensploitation comedy (fer shure), created to capitalize on the novelty 1982 hit song by Frank Zappa and his 14-year-old daughter, Moon Unit. Instead, the film turned the song's satiric jabs at the slang and fashions of the San Fernando...

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Box Office: How Tom Cruise Stays on Top

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2013 | 1:40 PM

Even before Tom Cruise's "Oblivion" opened in North America on Thursday night, the 50-year-old must have been grinning his famous grin. Before the movie had sold a single ticket here, it was a surefire hit.

In his native land, Cruise takes a lot of ribbing, whether...

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'Flashdance' Cast: Where Are They Now?

(6) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 2:58 PM

According to legend, Jennifer Beals was so broke before she landed the starring role in "Flashdance" that she spent the night before her audition sleeping in Central Park. Since then, she's done pretty well for herself, as have some of the others associated with the landmark dance drama (released 30...

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Box Office: How Did '42' Hit a Home Run?

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Baseball may be the national pastime, but baseball movies generally don't do very well at the box office. Neither do movies with unknown stars, or thoughtful historical dramas for grown-ups (at least, not in April), or, for that matter, movies featuring Harrison Ford (at least, not lately). The new Jackie...

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Jonathan Winters Remembered: His 5 Best Movies

(19) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 4:57 PM

Jonathan Winters, who died Friday at 87, was a beloved comic whirlwind for generations, one whose influence on movie comics from Robin Williams to Jim Carrey to Sacha Baron Cohen is very apparent.

So why didn't he make a bigger splash on film? The paradox of WInters's...

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Margaret Thatcher and the Movies

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 8:33 PM

Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, who died Monday at 87, had a much greater impact on the world of film than just inspiring an Oscar-winning role for Meryl Streep in 2011's "The Iron Lady."

The woman who led Great Britain from 1979 to 1990 cast a long shadow...

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How 'Evil Dead' Grew From Indie Horror Cheapie to Studio Blockbuster in Just 32 Years

(4) Comments | Posted April 7, 2013 | 2:54 PM

To no one's surprise, the remake of "The Evil Dead" opened at No. 1 this weekend, scaring up an estimated $26 million from horror film fans. Still, that's a remarkable number, considering that its about 11 times what the 1981 "Evil Dead" earned over its entire domestic theatrical...

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Remembering Roger Ebert

(4) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 8:17 PM

We will never see Roger Ebert's like again.

There was much to admire about the legendary film critic -- his taste, his generosity to friends and strangers (especially writers who basked in his encouragement), and his tireless work ethic, even as his health deteriorated and robbed him of the ability...

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